Campus Update for Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Good afternoon! We hope your summer is going well. Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Alumna Named to U.S. National Women's Soccer Team

Spartan alumna Carson Pickett '12 was last week named as an alternate to the U.S. Women's National Team Roster. Though Pickett has played for the US17 and US23 teams, this is her first time on the main team roster. Pickett currently plays for the North Carolina Courage. Congratulations, Carson! You can read more about it right here.


2022-2023 Technology

Summer is upon us, and as we get ready for the next School year, many of us are looking ahead to new technology for our students, particularly if they're going into Middle or Upper School. Beginning this coming year, all Middle and Upper School students are required to bring to School each day a fully charged laptop. You can get all the details on either the Middle or Upper School "Technology" page in My School App, including the laptop requirements, and don't miss the link to access special St. Johns family pricing in our exclusive online Apple Store


Planning Ahead

It feels like the summer only just started, but we know some families are planning ahead to the 2022-2023 school year. Here are a few dates and pieces of key info to get you started:

  • Magnus Health. If you haven't already done so, please log into Magnus Health via My School App or the Magnus Mobile app (from the Apple Store or Google Play) to review and update your student's health information and upload updated forms. Having trouble? Please call the Magnus Help line at (877) 461-6831. If you have any questions, please reach out to School Nurse Michele Adams-Lentz '89, RN, MSN, ARNP. 
  • Schedules. Middle and Upper School Schedules for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in My School App on Monday, July 18. Lower School schedules will be available on the First Day of School. 
  • Books. Some Middle and Upper School courses require students to provide hard copy books. St. Johns' online bookstore, operated by MBS, will open be open July 18-24 with free shipping on orders over $99. The MBS store makes it fast and easy to order all the right versions of the right books for your child's classes. Just select the courses your child is taking, and all of the assigned books for those classes will be automatically dropped into your cart—no worrying about versions, ISBNs, or that you've forgotten one. Lower School students do not need to purchase any supplemental texts. All materials are provided. 
  • Supplies. Supply lists for Middle School students will be available in My School App at the beginning of July. Upper School students are asked to provide an ongoing supply throughout the year of whatever they might need (paper, pens, notebooks, etc.), depending on their course requirements. No one-size-fits-all supply list will be distributed. Teachers will let them know during the first week of school if any particular supplies will be required for their class. For Lower School students, all necessary supplies will be provided. 
  • Orientation Day, Friday, August 5. Once you have ordered your books and supplies, your students are ready to stash them in their lockers on Orientation Day, Friday, August 5. Plan to come find classrooms, meet teachers, and set up lockers or cubbies. Stay tuned for more information on the Orientation Day schedule.
  • First Day of School, Tuesday, August 9. We can't wait to see you!
  • Open House. Be sure to mark your calendars now for Lower School Open House on Tuesday, August 23, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and for Middle/Upper School Open House on Wednesday, August 24, at the same time. 
  • Questions? Have another question or think of something we forgot to mention here? Please reach out to your child's classroom teacher (in Lower School) or Division Assistant (Kim Kurnitsky in Middle School or Dana Goode in Upper School).

CPR Certification Course

Don't miss this opportunity to get CPR certified this summer at St. Johns. Geared to students entering Grades 5-8, this is perfect as a standalone or add it on to the babysitting course to complete your child's training. Space is still available in session II tomorrow, June 22. Register today at sjcds.net/summer!


Join Coach Rocky for Summer Football Workouts

Join Spartan Football Coach Rocky Bantag for summer football conditioning at St. Johns! Workouts take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as follows:

  • Mondays: 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. in the weight room, and then 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. on the field for conditioning and drills.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in the weight room, and then 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. on the field for conditioning and drills

Conditioning workouts are open to all St. Johns students in Grades 6-12. Conditioning workouts will take a break for the holiday weekend July 1 and 4. Happy 4th! 


Summer Work 

We know the students likely all need a break from the spring semester, but when they're ready, summer reading and math assignments have been posted on each division's My School App Topics page. Note that work is assigned according to the course the student will be entering next year, and all assignments are due on the first day of class unless otherwise noted.


Summer Camps for Middle School

Some summer camps still have space available for sessions next month, including some Adventure Camps and our regular day camp sessions. Day Camp includes a variety of activities to keep your camper busy with their friends this summer, including swimming, crafts, outdoor games, and even air conditioned computer time for when the day just gets too hot. You can also sign up for our half-day Adventure Camps and "wraparound" day camp for a longer and more diverse experience, and extended day care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Check availability and sign up today at sjcds.net/summer!


Summer Throwing Practice

Join Assistant Track & Field Coach Emily Patterson '16 for Summer Throwing—shot put, discus, and javelin. Get some practice or learn an exciting new skill! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., through July 29. (Photo by George Auchter '24)


New Uniforms Available

In response to parent feedback, St. Johns is transitioning to a new uniform vendor. C&S Uniforms has a convenient website as well as a storefront on Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park.  St. Johns' goal is to provide a uniform that is universal in fit, cost-effective, and presents our students as a united St. Johns. As we transition, uniform attire from Lands End School will continue to be acceptable through the 2023-2024 School year. Questions? Please reach out to Auxiliary Programs Coordinator Sherry Burnside at sburnside@sjcds.net.


Spirit Store Sale

From now through June 30, 2022 the Spirit Store is pleased to offer 50% off all gently used uniform items. Stop by today to stock up for the new School year, from uniform attire to fun shirts and gear! Please note that as of July 1, the Spirit Store will only feature new spirit wear and will no longer carry gently used uniform attire.


Summer Contacts
We know it's summer, but the work goes on to bring you the best experience and education in Northeast Florida. Though with a nod to summer, we are shortening summer hours. School will be open and Administrative staff will be here 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you need anything over the summer, please to reach out to:

  Head of School Valorie Baker vbaker@sjcds.net
  Head of Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini       jlentini@sjcds.net
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth owirth@sjcds.net

We hope you have a great week!