Blue Jay Flyer
October 12, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We had a great first night of conferences! Next Thursday, October 20th will be our final night of Fall Conferences. If you missed your conference tonight or you forgot to sign up please contact your son/daughter’s teacher. The First Trimester ends on November 4th and report cards will go home the week of the 14th. It is important for students and parents (grades 4-8) to be checking Option C multiple times a week. This trimester we have had a large amount of students serving Homework Detentions. Please know that homework is a daily expectation here at St. John’s as this is a way for our teachers to assess if a student is comprehending the material presented during the school day.
We have two events going on this weekend. First, we hope to see everyone at our Trunk or Treat hosted by the Foresters and the School. Please see below for more information. Second, the three parishes are hosting a food drive this weekend at Mass for the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. If you would like to send in any non perishable items I will make sure they get over to the church where they will be collected.
I hope everyone has a great rest of your week!
School Calendar 📅
Trunk or Treat Movie Night
St. John's Spectacular - Together We Grow
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Saturday, November 5, 2022
About the Event: This fundraiser was created to help St. John the Baptist School keep tuition rates down. Catholic schools must rely on fundraising in order to fill the gaps between what it costs to educate a child and the amount we collect in tuition each year. Over the last three years, this event has raised over $200,000 for our students. This semi-formal event is open to any member of the school community or the church family to come support the students at St. John’s.
How you can support the event:
- Donate Gift Cards (deadline to donate is Oct. 21st)
- We are asking school families to donate gift cards of any denomination to help support the Spectacular. Gift cards will be used in raffle baskets, class baskets and to purchase items for the silent auction.
- Gift Cards Needed include: Shopping Cents, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Meijer, Graeters, Dunkin’, and Starbucks.
- Families can also donate money to be put towards the purchase of a gift card by the committee.
- Thursday October 13th the school will be filling Shopping Cents orders. If you order through Shopping Cents the school will receive a bonus so it is a Win Win! Just write “Spectacular” next to any cards that are to be donated to the event.
- Every family that participates will receive a ticket for each child to drop in the class basket of their choice.
- The class with the highest participation will receive a donut breakfast
- If you have any questions about the gift card donations please contact Ahna Nichols @ email@example.com
- Purchase an Item From the Amazon Wish List
- Sponsorship - All sponsorship levels include free tickets for the event! Sponsorship levels can be viewed at stjohnschool3.givesmart.com under tickets. You may also contact Mary Beth Salyers at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship information.
- Attend the event - Tickets are $85 each and includes a sit-down dinner, an open bar, live and silent auctions, raffles and dancing. Purchase tickets @https://e.givesmart.com/events/iPN/ or text stjohnschool3 to 76278.
- Purchase raffle tickets and bid on items virtually -
- Register via the GiveSmart App @ https://e.givesmart.com/events/iPN/ to participate virtually. Select register to participate.
Please help support our school by attending, sponsoring or making a donation. There will also be a second collection at St. John's masses on 10/16 to help support the event. Thank you for your generosity.
Quarters for Kindness
As we continue our efforts to spread kindness and let our lights shine at St. John's, we are introducing the "Quarters for Kindness" project. On Fridays during lunch periods when students are able to purchase a sweet treat for 75 cents, they will now have the option to round up to $1.00 and donate their extra quarter. For the month of October, all money raised will be given to Matthew 25 Ministries to benefit the victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida.
School Picture Retake Day
Picture Retake Day
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
- If you want to have your student's picture retaken, simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day
- If your child is having their picture taken for the first time this year, packages can be ordered online at mylifetouch.com with Picture Day ID: EVTC7CQXP
Job Opening in Maintenance Dept.
St. John's has an opening for a full time position in the maintenance department. Hours are to be determined. If interested, please contact Tom Cunningham at email@example.com.
Tony's Fight - November 19
Tony’s Fight Foundation is looking for students in grades 3-8 to play in their sixth annual youth 3v3 basketball fundraiser at LaSalle High School on November 19, 2022. This tournament began as a benefit supporting Tony Even and his family in March 2017. In October 2016 Tony was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 3ES with Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome, followed by a Renal Cell Carcinoma diagnoses in February 2017. In March 2017 friends and family rallied around them, hosting a 3v3 basketball tournament to show support and help with the medical expenses that come with a cancer diagnosis. After Tony’s test results were clear and Tony, his wife Beth, and their 4 children settled into their new normal, they decided they would like to pay it forward by continuing the tournament. Together with the help from the original tournament committee, they have officially become a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tony’s Fight Foundation was started to help families from west side catholic parishes who have children in area catholic schools with a family member fighting a life threatening illness.
If your student is interested in playing in the tournament, please see attached registration form and link to the eventbrite registration site…
Please see attachment below for guidance from the Department of Health.
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Congratulations Mrs. Hesse!
Here comes the bride! Faculty and staff held a bridal shower for Ally Hesse last Tuesday after school at Barnesburg Tavern & Grill. Ally is getting married this weekend. With the help of Mrs. Caldwell, our third graders also threw Mrs. Hesse a little surprise shower of their own on Wednesday afternoon.
D is for Dog Day and Donuts
Kindergarten had some fun with the letter "D" last week for Dog Day and donuts! Students sorted their stuffed dogs by characteristics and then did some graphing. Afterwards, they discovered that a donut with a straw placed on the right side makes a lowercase "d."
Eighth grade students traveled to Camp Kern last Thursday for a fun-filled day of team building activities. Thank you to Mrs. Green and Mrs. Smith for organizing and to our parent volunteers for joining us.
Kindness Super Heroes
Congratulations to our first grade Kindness Super Heroes! After each student chose their kindness super power and made a cape, they took turns walking the "red carpet" to announce their super power and model their capes for their classmates.
Thanks to everyone that attended the St. John's Fall Farm Fun at Burwinkel Farm. The weather was perfect, sunflowers were in full bloom, and the hayride was jam packed full of fun!
Casserole Committee Needs Volunteers
The PTO Casserole Committee is excited to show our support and appreciation to our teachers by providing meals during Conference Nights and Professional Development Days. If you would like to be a part of this committee in support of our partners in our PTO- the teachers and school administration- please e-mail PTO@stjohnsdrschool.org and/or sign up to donate items at the link below. We would love to have your help!
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DABA92EA7F5C52-teacher
Save the Dates for Skating Parties!
(6:00-8:30 p.m. at The Place)
St. John’s PTO is excited to share that the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances will return this year! The Mother-Son dance will be held after the first of the year.
The Father-Daughter Dance will be on Saturday, November 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Center. Girls in preschool-8th grade are invited to bring their dads, or a special male guest, to enjoy dancing, drinks, desserts and games at the Boots and Beauties Father-Daughter Dance!
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite flannels, cowboy hats and boots! If you’d rather wear something casual that is perfect too! The cost is $25 per household. Payments can be made via cash, check (payable to St. John’s PTO). Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/v382V1fhxsuzbssy5 to register to attend. Registration and payment are due by November 1.
We will be sending out information for volunteer sign-ups in mid October.
Please contact Shannon Memory via text 513-227-9428 or email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The PTO Dance Committee
Catholic High School Happenings
Mercy McAuley Admissions Events
Pre-register for Open House on October 30
Students and families of all grade levels are invited to see all that Mercy McAuley has to
offer at the Open House on Sunday, October 30, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is
strongly encouraged to save time at check-in. Pre-register at
Grade School Volleyball Night is October 13
All grade school girls are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley
athletics at the Grade School Volleyball Night on Thursday, October 13. The Varsity
game begins at 6:30 p.m. All grade school girls will receive free admission to the game,
plus snacks and giveaways. (See flyer)
Future Wolves are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley's award-winning theatre program at its Grade School Theatre Day on Sunday, November 13. The event begins at 1 p.m. and includes a pizza lunch, followed by a backstage tour and a meet and greet with the theatre director, cast and crew of the fall play, "Peter & the Starcatcher." Then, future Wolves will receive free admission to the 2 p.m. play. Registration is required at www.mercymcauley.org/peter.
HSPT Prep Course
Parent Information Nights
Parents of all grade levels are invited to tour the building and learn more about Mercy McAuley at our last Parent Information Night on November 8, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Topics covered will include academics, athletics, clubs, faith and service, arts, and tuition/financial aid/scholarships/admissions process. Register at
www.mercymcauley.org/InfoNights. *Note that the October 4 session will focus exclusively on tuition, financial aid, scholarships and the admissions process.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reservations are available on the Badin website, BadinHS.org. Meet teachers, faculty, coaches and students during our annual Open House. Enjoy a private tour through our building, and have all of your questions answered.
Ramformation Nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for interested families. Dates include Oct. 27 and Nov. 14. In addition, there is a special Latino Ramformation Night on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with interpreters present. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (513) 869-4498 or by email at NCarley@BadinHS.org.
Potential members of the Class of 2027 are invited to shadow. Sign up on the Badin website, BadinHS.org, under “Admissions.”
Mount Notre Dame
Seton Grade School Events & Admissions
Shadow at Seton and be a Saint for a Day! Future Saints in the 8th grade will be paired with a current student and learn about Seton’s academics and innovative schedule, the many extra-curricular clubs and activities offered, and all the different ways to Find Your Light at Seton! Spots are filling quickly, so register today at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/admissions/plan-your-shadow-visit/.
Tailgate Mixer: All 7th and 8th grade Future Saints and Panthers are invited to the Seton & Elder Tailgate Mixer on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.! Join us before the football game for shaved ice, snacks, music and giveaways, and receive free admission to the game and LaRosa’s pizza in the pit! Registration is required at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/tailgate/ or on Elder’s website.
St. Ursula Academy
With the changing season and the crisp air, Saint Ursula Academy's campus is beginning to show the beautiful colors of fall leaves. Grade school girls and their parents have several opportunities to see our campus during one of our upcoming events. Please join us soon to learn more about why Saint Ursula Academy is the perfect high school for so many girls in the Cincinnati area. More information and all registration links are available at www.saintursula.org/visit.aspx. We hope to see you soon!
Shadow Days - Now through December
Be an SUA Bulldog for a Day and shadow a current student through a regular school day. Visit classes, take a tour of our campus, have lunch in the Keller Student Center, and meet future classmates and teachers. The Admissions Team will pair you with a current student with similar interests or taking courses you would like to see. Shadow Days take place on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from August - December 16. Register HERE.
Open House: October 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
SUA welcomes all 7th and 8th-grade girls and their families to take an in-depth look at all that Saint Ursula Academy has to offer. The welcoming environment will be on full display as students give tours through campus and showcase the unique facilities, talented teachers, and endless resources for today's student. Meet teachers and staff, ask questions, and meet parent volunteers. Register HERE.
Showcase Night: November 3 or December 1, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Join us for the evening and hear about the offerings at Saint Ursula Academy! This program for girls in grades 6 - 8 and their parents will “showcase” the many strengths of the Saint Ursula education. Get inside information on academic programs and more. Register here for November 3 and here for December 1.
HSPT Prep Course: November 5, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Prepare for the November High School Placement Test with this one-day course. It will review strategies that will be helpful on testing day. Register HERE.
Grade School Basketball Night: December 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Come cheer on the varsity basketball team! Free admission for grade school girls, parents and coaches - register here!
For parents, we also have a few "Walkabout Wednesday" tours available on November 2 and November 9. This one-hour tour will help you learn more about Saint Ursula Academy. Learn more HERE.
8th grade students are invited to spend the day shadowing a current UA student to find out what life as an Ursuline Lion is all about. Shadow days will be from 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. Parents are invited to stay for a parent meeting from 7:45-8:30 a.m. followed by a tour of the school from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Register for a shadow day here: ursulineacademy.org/admissions/shadow
La Salle Admissions Info & Events
Elder Grade School & Admissions Events
Elder Shadow Days
Current 8th grade students are invited to visit Elder and shadow a current Panther! Shadowing is the best way for a prospective student to experience a day at Elder! There are 13 preferred dates to schedule a shadow day, to schedule your visit go to www.elderhs.org/shadow.
Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to the Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party on
October 14th starting at 6:00 PM. All in attendance will receive complimentary snacks, drinks,
shaved ice, give-a-ways and free entry to the Elder vs Bishop Chatard football game. Sign your
student up at www.elderhs.org/tailgate.
Elder Band is once again inviting grade school students to perform with us during the game!!! Band students in grades 5 – 8 and/or any student who wants to perform with the Elder Color Guard are welcome to participate. I have attached a flyer for your school newsletter.
Also, here is a direct link for registration…https://elderhs.myschoolapp.com/page/event-detail?pk=12306226&fromId=274828&siteId=1211&ssl=1
Elder Open House
Join us for the annual Elder Open House on Thursday, November 10th . Take a tour with a
student ambassador, meet our dedicated Faculty & Staff, and learn about everything about Elder High School! Reserve a time for your family to take a tour at
High School Placement Test (HSPT) Elder Prep Bootcamp
The official High School Placement Test (HSPT) testing day is Saturday, November 19th . If you are currently in 8th grade, then make sure to schedule your test at your desired location.
In order to help 8th grade boys prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT), Elder will
host a HSPT Bootcamp on Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Cost of the
bootcamp is $40. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot! Find information on the HSPT and the Elder Bootcamp at www.elderhs.org/hspt.
St. Xavier High School hosts two Xperience Nights (October 18 and 26). Your school and all 7th & 8th grade families will receive an invitation to attend.
The evening begins in our Chapel of the Holy Companions at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Parents will hear a presentation about the mission of St. Xavier from a current student, the parent of a current student, faculty member, and an admissions representative – with ample time for questions and answers afterward. Students will learn about St. X by engaging in experiential learning opportunities that will be directed by current St. X students. Your students will also have the chance to have their questions answered. Families have found these nights to be an opportunity to receive in-depth information and hear different perspectives. Parents and faculty often can give a more “on the ground” view of the school. We ask that families register in advance.
On Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House. Tours are given by current students, allowing families time to speak with teachers, co-curricular moderators, and students about their experiences.
Shadowing is an integral role in a student’s decision making process. The shadowing program runs from September through December and provides interested eighth grade students with a firsthand experience on campus. Prospective students will be hosted by an Ambassador of Excellence, a freshmen or sophomore qualified to speak on the various aspects of St. Xavier High School. On these days at 8:30 a.m., parents have the opportunity to tour the school and hear a presentation from a St. Xavier representative about programs, tuition assistance, scholarships, and the admissions process. Families may register for shadowing on our website at https://www.stxavier.org/admissions/visit.
HSPT Prep Course at St. Xavier High School
This HSPT course covers all 5 sections of the test: Verbal Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Quantitative Skills and Language. The course begins with a comprehensive assessment exam, and the rest of the course focuses on learning content. By program’s end, students know how to tackle every type of problem on the HSPT – and effectively manage their time and the test.
The course will be taught on October 29th and November 5th at St. Xavier High School from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:30 to 4:30 pm.
Attached below is a one-page program overview for families who may be interested. Parents can sign-up at www.RedwoodPrep.com by clicking on the 'Sign Up' button on the website.
Open House is October 23 from 1-4 pm. Come see for yourself what all of the excitement is about. There is no place like Roger Bacon!
Drop by anytime or click here to register for a spot.