Campus Update for Tuesday, October 17

Campus Update for Tuesday, October 17

Good afternoon! We hope you had a great long weekend. Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Congratulations, Senior Swimmers!

St. Johns was proud to celebrate our senior swimmers—Jacob Kuramoto, Isabela Rudy, and George Auchter (who couldn't be there)—and their families at Thursday's Senior Swim Night. Thanks to each of you for your many contributions to St. Johns' swim program!

Athlete of the Week Sarah Robinson '24

Congratulations to last week's Nichols & Pina Spartan Athlete of the Week, Sarah Robinson '24 of Spartan Cross Country! Sarah has had an outstanding season, improving her finishing times with each race. She most recently set a new PR at the New World Spectacular, running a 22:55, which was almost a minute faster than her former personal best. Congratulations, Sarah!

Middle School Coffee Talk Tomorrow

The St. Johns Parent Association (SJPA) invites you to get involved with the School! If you haven't already filled out the SJPA Volunteer Formclick here to do so. The SJPA will be sending out more information about October volunteer opportunities, so be on the lookout. We also invite you to join us for a Coffee Talk with Head of Middle School Ben Magidson tomorrow, Wednesday, October 18, immediately following flag raising in the PLH. Come gather with fellow parents, hear from Mr. Magidson about the state of the Middle School, and ask any questions that may be on your mind. We look forward to seeing you!

Report Cards

Friday marked the end of Quarter 1 and the close of the first marking period. First quarter report cards for all divisions will be posted and available in the Veracross Parent Portal this Friday, October 20.

Mr. St. Johns Saturday

We can't wait to see you at Mr. St. Johns on Saturday evening. This fun show is this Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center! The theme this year is Barbie, so brace yourself for tons of fun with lots of Kens, hosted by St. Johns' Interact Club. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to American Cancer Society. There will be prize drawings so be sure to bring extra cash to buy tickets and to vote for your favorite contestants. See you there!

Schedule Parent Conferences

Conference Days are coming up! Mark your calendars for Lower School Conference Day on Tuesday, October 24 and Middle & Upper School Conference Day on Friday, November 3, 2023. Registration is open now in your Veracross Parent Portal. Please note that on October 24, Lower School students will be off and Middle and Upper School students will be in session. On November 3, Lower School students will be in session and Middle & Upper School will be off.

Yearbook Tribute Ads

Want to honor a student, club group, or special senior? Celebrate them with a Chalice yearbook tribute ad. The final deadline to reserve your space is October 25, 2023. See this information sheet for the answers to many frequently asked questions, and click here to reserve your tribute space today! Please remember that yearbook advisors/staff cannot edit finalized tribute ads, so be sure to carefully review your creation before submitting it.

Spartan Fest Next Week!


We can't wait to see you at Spartan Fest—a night of food and fun for the Spartan community—on Friday, October 27, from 3:30-6:00 p.m. There will be crafts, face painting, games, food trucks, and more, so bring the whole family! We are still in need of donated items and volunteers to help make the event a success. Click here to sign up for a slot (or two!). When Spartan Fest winds down, head on up to the soccer fields where there will be a soccer double-header. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the boys face off against Ridgeview and the girls play Bolles. You won't want to miss the halftime crowning of the Homecoming Queen. See you there!

Spartan Fest Tournaments

Don't miss the backyard games tournaments this year at Spartan Fest! From 4:30-5:30 p.m., three student tournaments will take place: Cornhole, on the tennis courts, open to all Middle and Upper School; Spikeball, for Middle School only, on the Roddey R. Fisher Quad, and Pickleball, for Upper School only, on the tennis courts. Registration is open now through October 23, so sign up today! 

Order Your HoCo Shirt Today!

Speaking of Homecoming, don't miss out on the opportunity to buy a limited edition Homecoming t-shirt! We only ordered 125 of these, so order fast to get yours. Shirts are $15 each, come in adult sizes XS through XXL and are available for purchase by Venmo @SJCDS or at Just note your name and shirt size. Students can pick up their shirts with Mrs. Berrang at Reception; Parents, we'll touch base to coordinate with you. Questions? Reach out to Ryan Trevett. And thanks to Karley Costlow '24 for the great modeling job above! 


Please join us for St. Johns' upcoming production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. This heartwarming, hilarious, family-friendly tale is a prequel to Peter Pan and tells the story of how a lonely orphan became The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Get your tickets today at We look forward to seeing you there!

Grandparents Day 2024

Mark your calendars and save the date for this year's Lower School Grandparents Day, coming March 8, 2024! Be sure to register your student's grandparent or "grandfriend" to receive an invitation to this wonderful St. Johns event. To register, just log into your Veracross Parent Portal at Click on the "Update Household Profile" button at the top of the page, and then scroll down to "Grandparents" and add grandparent or grand friend households. We'll send them a hard copy invitation early next year!

College Admissions Visits

Check out the schedule of visiting college admissions representatives below for upcoming visits. Upper School students, seize these opportunities to learn more about these schools, check out the full schedule in SCOIR, and register there for visits with schools you're interested in. Please note, the schedule changes frequently, so keep an eye on SCOIR for last minute adjustments or additions, and stop by College Counseling with any questions. 

Contact Us!

St. Johns staff stand ready to assist with anything you might need. Please to reach out any time to:

Head of School Valorie Baker
Head of Upper School Jackie Lentini
Head of Middle School Ben Magidson
Head of Lower School Otis Wirth

We hope you have a fabulous long weekend! 





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