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May 12, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There are times when I am able to stop and reflect upon the extraordinary realities that are present in the ordinary. If the door to the kindergarten is open as I lead prayer at the beginning and end of each day, I am moved by the collective voice of these children in prayer. I believe that God listens to their prayers, and my faith is enlivened. It is a simple and ordinary situation that is made holy.

I have been reading the essays of our 8th grade students who have applied for consideration for our Leo and Laura Duwel Memorial Scholarship trust fund which provides financial assistance to our graduates who are continuing their Catholic education in high school. In their writings, I am able to see more clearly the importance and impact of their time at St. John the Baptist School. They have grown in faith, friendship and a hope for their future.

There are certain students who always smile and say goodbye to me at dismissal. No matter what kind of day I’ve had or perhaps even what kind of day they’ve had, they share this simple kindness with me. I am grateful and blessed by their gentleness.

This week the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday and formally this Sunday. In the second reading (Eph. 4:1-13), St. Paul reminds us of this. “Brothers and sisters, I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

We have been called to look for, see and understand the deeper realities which are all around us. We are called to make these simple gifts of gentleness, patience, forbearance and love seen and felt in our world. The humble prayers of kindergartners, the reflections of 8th graders, the smiling goodbye of small of a child are ways in which the Spirit of the Lord is made manifest. May we all learn from these ordinary realities, and in so doing live in a manner worthy of the call we have received.


Dan Minelli

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Last Call For End of Year Gifts

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Performing Arts Interest for Incoming Grades 6-8

If you have a student that will be in grades 6-8 next year and is interested in being a part of the St. John's Performing Arts Troupe, please fill out the bottom portion of the attached form below and return to the school office by the end of the school year.

2021-22 Cafeteria Fees Due June 1

A cafeteria fee of $50 per student for all full day kindergarteners and grades 1-8 is due no later than Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Any unpaid cafeteria fees will be added to the FACTS system along with tuition payments.

Payments can be made using cash, check (made payable to St. John the Baptist School), or Venmo @ SJB-School (Add "cafe fee" in comments).

Summer Tutors

St. John's is compiling a list of names and contact information for summer tutors. If you know any high school or college students that would be interested in earning service hours tutoring grade school age children over the summer, please contact the school office. We would like to share this tutor information with interested families.

Cicada Resource For Children

As we are all aware, the Cicadas will be arriving very soon. As some children may experience anxiety and sound sensitivity to the Cicadas, we are sharing a resource link below to possibly help ease some of your child's anxiety.

The Cicadas are Coming

Covid Quarantine Policy

The current Covid Quarantine Policy for St. John the Baptist School is attached below.

Resource Development

Shopping Cent$ Out of Uniform Pass

Get your order forms ready for tomorrow's turn-in, Thursday, May 13! A Shopping Cent$ order of any dollar amount will earn an OUT OF UNIFORM pass for each of your children on Friday, May 14.

We still have $5 Panera and Starbucks cards in inventory, as well as $10 Target and Amazon cards. There are many other $10 options to choose from including Arby's Bath & Body Works, Bob Evans, Dunkin', Skyline and many more. NEW...we are trying out $20 Pebble Creek gift certificates. Make a note on the order form if you'd like this higher denomination.

Remember, supporting this program doesn't cost you anything more than what you would normally spend at these places and your support helps keep tuition costs down.

An order form is attached below for your convenience.

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Field Day Thank You

Thank you to all who purchased items from our Field Day Amazon Wishlist. Because of your generosity, Field Day 2021 is bound to be a blast! Please pray for beautiful weather on May 21st.

Thank you,

The Field Day Committee

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Athletic Boosters

Athletic Boosters Board Positions

St. John's Athletic Boosters is in search of nominees to fill the 2021 - 2023 board positions. Four 2 year positions are open to nominations including President, Vice President and two trustees. If you or someone you know would like to help the boosters mission of improving and enhancing the athletic program at St. Johns please consider volunteering.

Each Board Member must be a member of the Parish, considered by the Parish to be in good standing, and approved by the Pastor. Prior to becoming a Board Member, and all times while on the Board, each Board Member must be in compliance with the Decree on Child Protection.

Current board openings include President, Vice President and 2 Trustee positions. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions or have questions please contact current boosters Vice president Tom Hilgeman @

Interested members must submit their name to the current board no later than May 31st. The current board will vote on the new board members before our June boosters meeting. New board members will be announced and take the position before the July Boosters meeting.

There are many other opportunities to support athletics at St. Johns. Consider attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the athletic complex across the street from the school. Meetings are open to all participants of St. John's athletic programs and we encourage your attendance.

St. John’s Athletic Boosters by-laws can be found here.

Boys and Girls Golf

St. John's Athletics is pleased to offer golf to both boys and girls in 5th-8th grade for the upcoming 2021 fall season. Teams are formed based on initial seeding by playing 2 practice rounds at Robin's Nest from the far tees. Three skill levels are offered and all kids compete. Please have scores submitted no later than June 27th. Final teams and number of matches played will be determined by the number of golfers that sign up. Matches usually start mid July and run through Sept with an end of the year tournament for the top teams and individuals.

Fees for the 2020 season will be $50, plus a $50 family fee that is payable once per year for all sports played. Kids are required to provide their own clubs and balls for practice and play, the Boosters will be providing shirts that will be collected at the end of the season. Note: Each participant is responsible for the course and green fees. These range from $8-$10 per round for tryouts and matches. These are payable prior to each round.

If your son or daughter is interested in playing or you have any questions, please email me at with contact information or call at 513-616-9472. Parent help is needed, please let me know if you are interested and able to help. All parent helpers must have Virtus Training.

Signups for the 2021 season will close June 13th.

Football Sign Ups Open

St. John's has merged with the St James Panthers football program due to lack of numbers within our own program. Football signups will close on 07/31/2021.

Check out the new St James Football website at To register and/or sign up please visit

For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at or Tony Fassbender at

Summer Opportunities

For information on various summer opportunities including camps, HSPT prep courses, reading enrichment programs, VBS and more, click here Summer Opportunities.

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