Back to School Info

Please use this page as your go-to resource for back-to-school information. As details are finalized, you will find information about back-to-school activities, open house dates, uniform updates, etc. Also, look for the summer newsletter, including class lists, in ParentsWeb.

The 2017-18 school year begins Wednesday, August 23. See the key dates for next school year.

Contact Changes

New email or phone number? Moved? Name change? Update your contact info via a web form in ParentsWeb(School / Web Forms / Family Demographic Form). Note that you must submit the form from a Mac/PC or iPad, not from a phone. Please contact Andrea Tierney with questions.

Summer Reading Lists

Students entering the first and second grades have suggested summer reading. Rising third through eighth graders have required summer reading, which must be completed by the first day of school. Those students must also bring their signed reading logs to school on the first day. Get reading log. Please see the reading lists by grade level below.

Rising first grade reading suggestions
Rising second grade reading suggestions
Rising third grade reading list
Rising fourth grade reading list
Rising fifth grade reading list
Rising sixth grade reading list
Rising seventh grade reading list
Rising eighth grade reading list

Parent Volunteer Registration

Parents should have received login information and link to register via email May 16 from Sarah Donahue ( We encourage you to complete the brief sign-up as soon as possible, as the PA will use the information over the summer to create volunteer assignments. If you did not receive registration instructions, please contact Sarah.

Middle School Textbooks

Seventh graders have the option of purchasing a math textbook (supplemental to the school-provided e-text), and eighth graders must purchase a science textbook (resource is new this year). The links below are provided for your convenience; you may purchase the books from other sources, if you prefer. Please do not purchase a teacher edition of either of these textbooks.

Seventh grade math (optional hardcopy; if purchased elsewhere, ISBN-13 is 9781256736783)
Eighth grade science (required hardcopy; if purchased elsewhere, ISBN-13 is 9780076772872)

Middle School Schedule

Parents will receive an email from Head of Middle School Pam Jordan regarding schedules, after which we will post details here.


All students must have all state-required immunizations on file with the school by the first day of school, August 23. Parents of students who do not have up-to-date immunizations on file should have received a non-compliance email in July. Parents had the opportunity to update medical records earlier this year during online re-enrollment (returning students) or enrollment (new students). If your child has received new immunizations or a new medical diagnosis since then or your child is new to the school and you have not submitted an immunization record yet, please submit the records to clinic nurse Amy Johns or have your doctor's office fax a record to 214-328-9131. Students with diabetes, severe asthma, or a severe allergy requiring an epi-pen must have an action plan on file in the clinic. If you do not have an action plan from your child's doctor, contact Nurse Johns by email for the required forms.


You may find dress code and uniform information beginning on page 35 of the St. John’s handbook.

Parker Uniforms in Casa Linda stocks new St. John's uniform pieces (except the P.E. uniform, sweatshirts and Middle School hoodie, which are available through Crusader Shop - see below). Parker is the only supplier of logo patches for uniform sweaters/blazers. Please note the date of Uniform Resale, where you can purchase gently used uniforms: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Other Dress Code Notes
  • P.E. shirts and shorts are available through the PA's Crusader Shop. Fourth grade girls wear the P.E. shorts as their modesty shorts so they can quickly remove skirts for P.E.; Middle School boys and girls wear the P.E. shirts and shorts.
  • Regarding Middle School socks: Students may wear white, black or navy socks of any length. Nike Elite or other performance socks are acceptable in white, black or navy only (i.e., no neon or neon-accented Nike Elites).
  • We have made some adjustments to the Middle School uniform shoe options for boys and girls. Our hope is that these changes will be comfortable for students and will make it easier for them to consistently adhere to the dress code.
    Boys: Solid black, lace-up athletic shoe with non-marking sole and black laces (no color other than black on logo, sole or any part of the shoe) OR solid black Sperry with black laces.
    Girls: Solid white, lace-up athletic shoe with non-marking sole and white laces. (no color other than white on logo, sole or any part of the shoe) OR solid navy blue leather Sperry.

Lunch Accounts

Please create a lunch account with our caterer, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (GWCTD), for your child. Follow these instructions to set up an account (leave "Student ID" blank). Please contact GWCTD with questions or view the DineRite Guide. Manage your child's DineRite account.

Menus will be available in the School / Resources section of ParentsWeb, via the weekly newsletter and through Quick Links on the St. John's home page.


Two carpool tags are distributed to each Lower School family. (Middle School doesn't use carpool tags.) You may request additional carpool tags from our receptionist, Darlene Williams.

Refer to the chart below for carpool pick-up and drop-off times. Harter Road is one-way during carpool hours. From 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:00 p.m., enter the campus by turning right into the drive from Harter Road and exit by turning right onto Harter Road. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not use the residential streets as a cut-through to or from Buckner Boulevard. Read the carpool guidelines.

carpool chart

Wednesday Early Dismissal

Wednesdays are early-dismissal days due to faculty professional development. School dismisses 30 minutes early every Wednesday (pre-k: 2:00 p.m.; kindergarten through second: 2:30 p.m.; third and fourth: 3:00 p.m.; Middle School: 3:15 p.m.) See the right side of the carpool chart above for campus entry and pick-up times. The After School Program runs as usual on Wednesdays (from school dismissal time until 6:00 p.m.). Middle School Homework Club runs from 3:45 until 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 3:15 until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.


We will provide one printed version of the 2017-18 school directory to each family during the first weeks of school. An online version of the directory (which is always the most accurate version!) is available in ParentsWeb(School / Resources).

Birthday Blessings

We celebrate each kindergarten through eighth grade student's birthday (or half-birthday for those with summer birthdays) in chapel with a special birthday blessing. Parents are always welcome to attend chapel, and we encourage you to attend for your child's birthday blessing. We publish the birthday blessing schedule each month and post it on ParentsWeb (School / Resources).

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