Parent Ambassadors

The Parent Ambassador committee at Jacksonville Country Day School extends a warm welcome to you and your family. We are very excited that you have chosen the exceptional learning environment here at JCDS.

Parent Ambassadors are a group of dedicated parents who are interested in helping all parents at JCDS feel welcomed and supported. Our committee members not only serve new parents as liaisons to inform and assist families as they transition into our school, we also work with existing families to ensure a continued strong connection to the JCDS community.

If you have any questions or needs that are not addressed in the FAQs below, please contact our Parents' Association President, Paige Terry. She will be happy to assist you! We look forward to seeing you throughout the year at our school events and hope that you will get involved on campus!

The PA Answers Your Questions

Where Do I Purchase School Uniforms?

Jacksonville Country Day School uses Lands’ End for our school uniforms needs.  Our Preferred School Number is 900182528.  Online, you will go to landsend.com/school to create or sign in to your account.  Include your student and school information in My Account (or find our school using the Preferred School Number Search entering the number above).  Start shopping with your personalized product checklist!  

If you have questions please call 1-800-469-2222 and reference our Preferred School Number 900182528, your child(ren) grade level(s) and gender.  The Lands’ End team of consultants are available 24/7 for assistance.

Don’t forget to sign up on landsend.com/school for email updates and notices!
 
Please Note: Specific information about uniform requirements, skirt length, etc. is in the Parent-Student Handbook available on the school website. We recommend that you review this information to be aware of the importance of complying with the school dress code.

What Are Hanging Car Tags?
During dismissal, hanging car tags are required to be displayed from the rearview mirror. These will be available on Back-to-School Conference Day. These cards enable staff to know you are authorized to pick up a child while also allowing for the efficient loading of cars which helps to reduce waiting time. Separate hanging car tags will also be assigned if your family is involved in a carpool.

Special car tags for Pre-K 3 students will allow you access to the Green Circle, which may only be used to pick up and drop off Pre-K 3 students and their siblings. Pre-K 3 car tags will be distributed during Back-to-School conferences. Please email the Welcome Center team at office@jcds.com if you need additional car tags.

To learn about daily Arrival and Dismissal please check the Parent-Student Handbook.

What Are The Procedures for Dismissing My Child Early?
For an early dismissal, you must send an email to your child’s teacher and to the Welcome Center team at office@jcds.com prior to 2:30 p.m. on the day of dismissal. At the designated early dismissal time, your child will be escorted to the Welcome Center. Students may not be dismissed from the classrooms. You must have identification with you to sign your child out.
 
Are There Procedures for Parents and Other Visitors on Campus?

Yes, the school has developed specific procedures to ensure the safety and security of all students. They are outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook. Everyone entering the campus after 8:05 a.m. must be buzzed into the gate at Blue Circle. You will then need to sign in at the Welcome Center with your driver’s license in order to obtain the appropriate visitor badge for your time on campus. The badge must be visible at all times. Parents and visitors are never permitted to go directly to classrooms or other areas of the campus without signing in first. This includes lunch with your student. To expedite the process during conferences or when parent groups are invited to a function, we may have pre-printed badges ready for you.
 
What After School Activities are Available and How do I Register My Child?
JCDS offers a variety of extracurricular activities known as Enrichment. These options are categorized as academic, artistic, and active. Options vary by grade level but may include art, athletic teams, dance, musical performance groups, individual music lessons, or robotics.

Is Extended Care Available? What are the Hours and How do I Enroll My Child?
Extended care is available before and after school. Early Care is from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Smith Center and may only be accessed through the Yellow Circle. Extended Care is available from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Student groups are organized by grade level with schedules that will be communicated at the start of the school year. Occasional Extended Care is available with an email to the student’s teacher, the Welcome Center team (office@jcds.com), and Extended Care (extended@jcds.com). Registration for Extended Care will be online prior to the start of the school year. A list of fees for this service is available at this link.
 
Meet and Greet
Our campus meet-and-greet day is held the Tuesday before school starts. Children and their families are invited to come to their new classroom, see their friends, and meet their teachers! The times for these are staggered to accommodate families with more than one child.
 
Does JCDS have a school directory available?
The directory is available through myJCDS. Parents will be able to update their information as necessary. Parents must opt into the directory if they wish for their family’s information to be visible. Remember, this is how many families set up playdates, carpools, and birthday parties! More information about this will become available for new families at a later date.
 
Have a question that is not answered here?
Email your question to Krista Pizzi, Director of Admissions, at kpizzi@jcds.com or Katie Bono, Admissions Associate, at kbono@jcds.com.
 
 
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.