2022-2023 New Family Guide

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ST. JOHNS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

NEW FAMILY GUIDE 2022-2023


Table of Contents Message from the Head of School

3 4 Key Division Staff 5 New School Year Checklist 6 My School App Website 7 School Calendar 8 Stay Informed

9 St. Johns Experience 11 Get Involved 12 Student Success 13 Key Contacts 14 Carpool 15 Campus Map


Message from the Head of School

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t is my honor to welcome your family to the St. Johns Country Day School community. Fostering the growth of a student is a joint effort between School and home, and we are excited to partner with you in this experience. We encourage you to build relationships and discover all the many opportunities for you to participate in School life. Just as each child’s Spartan experience is unique, you, too, will create your path and opportunities within the School community. I hope this Guide gives you the information and avenues you need for your involvement in all that is St. Johns. Thank you for entrusting your children to our guidance and leadership. Together we will partner in growing young adults and building on a great future. Sincerely,

Valorie Baker Head of School

Byrdie Baker, Campus Therapy Dog Byrdie Baker is St. Johns’ Campus Therapy Dog. She is in training to receive her Therapy Dog Certification and works most days out of Mrs. Baker’s office in the Administration Building. Byrdie helps support the amazing work being done by St. Johns’ Student Services team, providing relief in anxietyprovoking situations and bringing comfort and affection during transitions or other stressful times, such as those we have all been experiencing over the past few years. If you have any concerns about Byrdie, e.g., allergies, etc., please inform your child’s homeroom teacher so that we are aware of your preferences.

St. Johns Country Day School admits qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and grants to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.

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OUR MISSION St. Johns Country Day School’s mission is to provide a superior college preparatory program with an innovative curriculum that stresses academic accomplishment, artistic excellence, and athletic competition in a supportive environment that develop students who seek solutions, accept responsibility, and lead collaboration.


We Look Forward to Meeting You!

Jordan Robbins Rechcigl ‘10 Parent Relations Coordinator

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Otis Wirth Head of Lower School

Ben Magidson Head of Middle School

Pat Rodifer Middle School Dean

Kim Kurnitsky Middle School Administrative Assistant

Jackie Lentini Head of Upper School

Mike Hilliard Upper School Dean

Dana Goode Registrar & Upper School Administrative Assistant


New School Year Checklist

Here’s a checklist to get you started on your first school year:

Update Emergency Contacts. If you haven’t already provided emergency contacts, please email Jordan Rechcigl (jrechcigl@sjcds.net) with your child’s emergency contacts.

Submit your child’s health and immunization forms to the Magnus Health Portal. Health exam, immunization, and consent to treat forms are required for all students at St. Johns and must be submitted before the start of the school year. The sports physical is also required of all athletes. You can fill out and upload all the forms in your My School App portal or download the Magnus Mobile app to your phone.

School Supplies. Visit your parent portal on My School App for supply lists.

Complete Summer Assignments. Summer reading and math assignments are available on the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Division pages of My School App. Contact your Division Assistants with any questions.

Need Bus Transportation? St. Johns is pleased to offer bus transportation to points around the Jacksonville area. Visit sjcds.net/bus for routes, approximate stop times, and to sign up.

School Uniforms. Dress codes are in the Student Handbook, which is included on each Division’s Topics page on My School App. St. Johns’ uniform vendor is C&S Uniforms, which, for your shopping convenience has both a website (CustomShirtsAndUniforms.com) and a storefront on Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park. After a grace period in which either C&S or the old uniform vendor are acceptable, St. Johns will be fully transitioned to C&S by the 2024-2025 School year. The on campus Spirit Store carries previously owned uniform items at great prices and uniformapproved polos you won’t find at C&S. Or check out sjcds.net/fanshop for even more great options.

Register for Extended Day. Before school care and exciting after school enrichment courses are available right on campus. Learn more on page 9, or visit sjcds.net/AfterSchool for schedules and pricing.

Start thinking about fall sports! Practices for Middle and Upper School fall sports often start before the School year begins. Get a complete list of teams and practice start dates at sjcds.net/athletics.

Set up your lunch account. Starting August 1, you can sign up for student lunch accounts and view menus at sjcds.net/lunch.

Purchase Required Books. Some Middle and Upper School courses require books that aren’t available electronically. Those are available for sale in our custom MBS bookstore at bnck-12.com/stjohnscds. No need to buy anything from MBS for Lower School students. Their books will be on their desks ready for them on Orientation Day.

Check Tech Requirements. Middle and Upper School students are required to bring Apple laptops to School each day. Check out School technology requirements and access St. Johns’ online technology store on each division’s Topics page in My School App. Also, please note that every new Middle and Upper School student will need to meet with Director of Technology Anne Gorman to set up their device prior to the start of school. Mrs. Gorman will contact you to set up a time. St. Johns provides Lower School students with iPads. They need only provide earbuds for their personal use.

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My School App Website

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The My School App website at sjcds.myschoolapp.com is your one-stop resource for all the information you need across all three divisions, including: ■ Supply lists ■ Dress code information ■ Summer reading & math ■ Student-Parent Handbook ■ Student grades ■ Classroom weekly plans ■ Tuition Management ■ Lunch account setup ■ Family and Faculty Directories

From your student’s page, click on a course and then “Weekly Plan” to view the syllabus and homework assignments for that course. To get to your Division Topics page, click on Groups, and then select your Division (or other group) from the drop-down list. You may not see every group here. For example, if you don’t have an Upper School student, you won’t see the Upper School group. Then, on the group’s landing page, select Topics to see all the content under that group.

To get started, visit sjcds.myschoolapp.com and log in with your user name and password. Once you’re logged in, the two most popular spots are either your student pages—you should see your child/children in the upper left portion of the screen—or your division Topics page.

If you have any trouble with or questions about My School App, please contact Director of Technology Anne Gorman at agorman@sjcds.net.


2022-2023 Calendar

July

20.................... New Family BBQ

August

5....................... Orientation Day & New Family Breakfast 9....................... School begins 23.................... Lower School Open House 24.................... Middle and Upper School Open House

September

5....................... Labor Day – School Holiday 14.................... Founders Day 19-Oct. 23... Grade 8 Mountain Trip

October

14.................... End of Quarter 1 14-17.............. Fall School Holiday 18-21...........Fall Spirit Week 21.................... Spartan Fest 24................. Middle/Upper School Conference Day– Lower School in Session 24................. Lower School Conference Day– Middle/Upper School in Session

November

7-10..............Book Fair 10.................Grandparents Day 11................. Professional Development Day; No school for students 18.................Senior Class Brunch & Senior Presentation 21-25...........Thanksgiving Break – School Holiday 29.................Classes resume

December

15.................... End of Quarter 2; School dismissed at noon 16-30............Winter Break – School Holiday

January

February

17-20............. Winter School Holiday 25.................... Gala & Auction

March

10.................End of Quarter 3 13-17............Spring Break – School Holiday 20.................Classes resume 28................. Lower School Conference Day; Upper School in Session 29................. Middle & Upper School Conference Day; Lower School in Session

April

7-10..............School Holiday 20.................NJHS Induction Ceremony 21................. 17th Annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament

May

11.................Grade 8 Closing Ceremony 25.................Grade 5 Crossing the Quad Ceremony 26................. Last day of school; Students dismissed at noon 26.................Baccalaureate & Senior Reception 27.................Graduation of the Class of 2023

June 5....................... Summer Camp Begins

2022 & 2023 SUMMER OF FUN St. Johns Summer Camp Monday, June 6, 2022 - Friday, July 29, 2022 Monday, June 5, 2023 - Friday, July 28, 2023

Register at sjcds.net/summer.

2....................... Professional Development Day; No school for students 3...................Classes resume 3-6................Winterim 16.................Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Holiday

These dates are subject to change. The current calendar is always available at sjcds.net/calendar. While you’re there, subscribe to our calendar on your phone, so you always have the latest in your pocket.

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Stay Informed

There are many great ways to stay in touch with all the latest St. Johns news and happenings! 1953: The Magazine of St. Johns Country Day School As a member of the St. Johns community, twice each year—in summer and winter—the School magazine will hit your mailbox, featuring news and profiles on St. Johns alumni, School events, and much more. Questions or problems with your subscription? Please contact Director of Communications Regan Minners (rminners@sjcds.net).

Division Updates Each division sends a regular email update with important upcoming dates and events. Contact your division assistant(s)—see page 13—with any questions.

In the News Visit sjcds.net/news to read articles about School events, student successes, and much more. You can also sign up to receive notifications on your phone or other device each time we post a story in a category you select.

Social Media Be sure to follow St. Johns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vimeo in order to stay up on all the latest happenings and news from the classrooms. Facebook.com/stjohnscountrydayschool Twitter.com/sjcds Instagram.com/st.johnscountrydayschool

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Website Not on social media? No problem. Visit sjcds.net to check out all the latest from our social media feeds with no account or login needed.

Subscribe to the Calendar Campus Update Campus Update goes out by email every Tuesday afternoon and contains news and announcements from all three divisions. Please contact Parent Relations Coordinator Jordan Rechcigl at jrechcigl@ sjcds.net if you are not receiving Campus Update.

Subscribe to St. Johns’ calendar on your phone or other mobile device so you’ll always have the latest in your pocket. You can get the calendar of all regular School events as well as any athletics team calendars you might want. To subscribe, just visit sjcds.net/calendar from your phone and select the gray RSS button above the monthly view. Then, for each calendar you want, hover over the green iCal button to select the format you need and install.

Missing something? Trouble getting connected? Please reach out to Parent Relations Coordinator Jordan Rechcigl at jrechcigl@sjcds.net.

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St. Johns Experience

Before and After Hours in the Library

Trips

The Heinrich Learning Resource Center is open for our Middle and Upper School students. No registration is required.

Field trips, Spring Break travels, curricular travels, and grade level experiences build camaraderie among students, broaden perspectives, create lifelong memories, and put learning into action. The Grade 8 Mountain Trip (above) is one of St. Johns’ alums most beloved memories. This weeklong experience in the mountains of North Carolina sets the stage for the rest of their year and their transition to Upper School.

Extended Day St. Johns’ Extended Day Program provides before school care and after school supervision for students in Grades Pre-K3-5. Visit sjcds. net/AfterSchool for schedules and registration information.

Club Sparty Club Sparty provides students through Grade 8 with after school enrichment activities, such as sports, dance, theater, and much more. Sessions usually run for 6-8 weeks and are offered at various times throughout the School year. Visit sjcds.net/ ClubSparty for schedules and registration.

The first Friday of every month is Spartan Spirit Dress Day! Students are encouraged to show off their School pride by wearing a Spartan t-shirt and jeans or uniform bottoms.

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St. Johns Experience

The Arts

Athletics

St. Johns’ arts program is designed for varied skill levels and interests, and teaching incorporates history and theory. In Lower School, all students meet multiple times each week for instruction in movement, visual art, and music. All Middle School students select one course from art, band, chorus, dance, theatre, and percussion. In Upper School, students may participate in these or many other arts electives, as their interests and schedules permit. See the current Curriculum Guide in your child’s My School App Division Topics Page for this year’s offerings.

Athletics are an essential component of the St. Johns Experience, and we encourage every student to participate on our dynamic and competitive teams. St. Johns’ athletic program is a great physical component to the St. Johns Experience, helping our Spartans develop character, teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking skills. Whether you participate on the field or by cheering from the stands, games, matches, and meets are a family affair. We hope you’ll join us cheering on the Spartans at every opportunity! Here’s a season-by-season rundown of what’s available to our Middle and Upper School Spartans:

Photo by Mary Beth Garrison ‘22

Performance Schedules The School calendar at sjcds.net/calendar is the best source for dates for all School performances. Typically, each area hosts a performance in the fall and again in the spring. All are invited!

Fall:

Winter:

Spring:

Cheerleading Cross Country Football Golf Swimming Volleyball

Basketball Cheerleading Soccer Girls Weightlifting

Baseball Softball Tennis Track & Field

Visit sjcds.net/athletics for more information about our teams, coaches, and facilities. St. Johns is also proud to have Clay County’s only scholastic pool and to host the Spartan Aquatic Club (SPAC), with swimming teams and lessons for all ages. Learn more at sjcds.net/SPAC.

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Get Involved Photo by Jules Raimondi ‘24

Getting involved with the St. Johns community will enrich the experience for you, your family, and the School! Keep an eye on Campus Update each Tuesday for more information on all of the following.

St. Johns Parent Association (SJPA) The SJPA works to support the School, its faculty, and the School community through a variety of activities and events including faculty appreciation lunches, new family events, and more. All St. Johns parents and guardians are automatically members of the Parent Association. No registration or fees are needed, and all are welcome!

Support St. Johns Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a St. Johns education, and we hope you will find a way to make our School a priority in your giving. Your support helps us offer the tools, programs, and opportunities that truly make the “St. Johns Experience.” No gift is too small, and we truly appreciate your support. Learn more or give online at sjcds.net/support.

Volunteer Parents are welcome on campus at St. Johns any time. Please come volunteer in classrooms, at the library, or with the SJPA. Just check in at Reception in the Administration Building with your driver’s license each time you visit campus during School hours. Coffee Talk St. Johns hosts a series of “Coffee Talk” events designed to provide informal opportunities for parents to get together with School faculty and administration, ask any questions that might be on their minds, or just learn more about what’s going on at School.

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Student Success

St. Johns is dedicated to your child’s success and has a number of resources to help you and your student along the way. Student Services

Led by dedicated and experienced learning specialists and counselors, the Student Services team recognizes the needs of the whole child by offering social-emotional support as well as academic enrichment and remediation. Learning Specialists in the Academic Achievement Center: ■ Empower students, teachers, and parents to access resources and strategies that will assist them in achieving their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

Provide enrichment opportunities and remediation for students including individualized and small group math and literacy instruction, and organizational, time management, and study skills services. Coordinate faculty and peer tutoring services to foster student success.

Counselors: ■ Help students with personal issues and social concerns in a safe, confidential environment. ■ Work with individuals, small groups and classes to address the specific needs of the students.

College Counseling At St. Johns, your child’s college journey begins in Grade 8 and continues throughout Upper School. Our college counselors will help facilitate your student’s preparation for, applications to, and transition to college.

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Key Contacts

Where to go for help: TOPIC

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Absences & Tardiness

Reception x1111

Mrs. Kurnitsky x8015

Ms. Goode x9024

Academic Achievement Center Academics

Mrs. Rosenau x9022 Mr. Wirth x3008

Admissions Athletics

Mr. Magidson x8016

Mrs. Lentini x9025

admissions@sjcds.net or Mrs. Risdon x1118 ***

Business Office

Coach Livingston x4001

Coach Livingston x4001

Mr. Manson x1114

College Counseling

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Mrs. Morris x9028

Mrs. Morris x9028

Course Scheduling

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Mrs. Kurnitsky x8015

Mrs. Kurnitsky x8015

Disciplinary Actions

Mr. Wirth x3008

Mr. Rodifer x8017

Mr. Hilliard x9026

Illness and First Aid Locker Assignments Lower School Questions

School Nurse Mrs. Adams-Lentz x3014 ***

Mr. Rodifer x8017

Mr. Hilliard x9026

Mr. Wirth x3008

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Magnus Health Middle School Questions

877-461-6831 ***

My School App Questions Standardized Testing

Ms. Landers x1128

Mrs. Johnson x9023

Ms. Landers x3009

Mrs. Johnson x9023 Mrs. Ingram x3013

Technology

Ms. Gorman x1202 Mr. Wirth x3008

Tuition Management Upper School Questions Visitors to the School

Mrs. Morris x9028

Ms. Goode x9024

Summer Camp

Textbooks

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Ms. Gorman x1202

Student Records/Transcripts Student Services

Mrs. Kurnitsky x8015

Mrs. Kurnitsky x 8015

Mrs. Johnson x9023

Ms. Goode x9024

1-888-868-8828 ***

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Ms. Goode x9024

Reception x1111

Need to change your contact information? Email Parent Relations Coordinator Jordan Rechcigl at jrechcigl@sjcds.net with any updates to your home address, email address, or phone numbers.

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ATHLETIC FIELDS

Carpool

PAC

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

ALUMNI GYMNASIUM

LOCKER ROOMS

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LOWER SCHOOL

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PACE LECTURE HALL

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Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. Students need to be on campus, in classrooms, and ready to go before flag raising at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:15 p.m.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

BROWN GYMNASIUM

POOL

Some of the most-asked questions are about carpool—When to arrive, where to go, and how to find your student! Here’s everything you need to know.

If you are picking up students in other divisions, please begin with the Lower School student, following the process above, and then turn right at the library and drive toward the back of the campus.

Middle School

Lower School ATHLETIC FIELDS

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

PAC

VISUAL ARTS

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER

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ALUMNI GYMNASIUM

CHAPEL OAK TECH CENTER

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UPPER SCHOOL

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BROWN GYMNASIUM

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As so many Upper School students go to after School activities and/or drive themselves, there is no set carpool system for them. Upper School students who are dropped off and/or picked up from School are welcome to use the PAC parking lot, as VISUAL ARTS ADMINISTRATION in the map above. BUILDING QUAD

If you have a Lower School student, a carpool tag will be on your students’ desk during orientation. Please put your carpool tag (or a photocopy of it) in the front window of each car you might use for carpool. Please note that Lower School students will not be released to anyone not on your authorized pickup list. Any drivers not known to us should be prepared to show government-issued identification. When you arrive on campus, turn right to take either the first (dirt) or second (paved) driveway. If both lanes are full and reach out to Spartan Drive, please use the first parking lot lane, so the driveway is not blocked. All three lanes will feed into one lane near the pickup area. A few reminders: ■ Please make sure your carpool tag is visible. ■ Do not get out of your car. An adult or student safety patrol will help your student into the car. ■ When exiting campus, please turn left at the stop sign and exit the School back onto Doctors Lake Drive.

POOL

ENTRANCE

LOCKER ROOMS

Middle School pickup takes place at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). At the 3:15 bell, students proceed to the PAC and wait on the PAC steps for their ride. No carpool numbers are assigned, but there will be staff on hand to help locate students and open doors. Upon exiting the PAC parking lot, please turn right and exit to Moody Avenue. For the safety of our students and family members, please do not proceed back through campus past the Lower School.

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER

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CHAPEL OAK TECH CENTER

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PAC

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

ALUMNI GYMNASIUM

LOCKER ROOMS

ATHLETIC FIELDS

Campus Map

POOL

BROWN GYMNASIUM

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

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LOWER SCHOOL

QUAD

PACE LECTURE HALL

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UPPER SCHOOL

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

FINE ART

SPIRIT STORE

CHAPEL OAK

ART

ENTRANCE

TECHNOLOGY CENTER


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