Blue Jay Flyer
October 5, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all the families who helped support our Walk for Technology last Friday. The students had a great time walking with their friends and participating in the activities. A huge THANK YOU to our walk chairs! They did an amazing job planning this special day for our students.
This is a reminder that our Fall Conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 20th. If you have not turned in your conference paper, please do so ASAP. The teachers will be assigning conference slots this Friday morning.
Lastly, please remind your students that their name badge is part of their uniform each day. We have had multiple students come down to the lunch line without their name badge. The cafeteria will start assigning conduct points for missing name badges.
School Calendar 📅
Rock the Walk - Walk for Technology
Our annual Walk for Technology was a rockin' good time and a tremendous success!!! We are thrilled to share that we surpassed our $10,000 goal and raised $13,230!
Thank you to our amazing Walk for Technology Chairs, Kelly Heid & Amanda Kirkpatrick, and their volunteers for planning this fun event for our students. We are beyond grateful to our school families and friends for their generous contributions to this important fundraiser.
Last but not least, congratulations to all the winners of our Rock the Walk incentives, including Bearcats Football tickets, a Shopping Cent$ gift card and four high school spirit sweatshirts. The lucky winners of the grade level pizza parties are first and sixth grade!
Check out the video below of our fun event!
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.
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
Schoolbelles Cincinnati Store Closing Until Spring
The remaining days to shop in their Cincinnati Store:
10/5 Wednesday 12pm-5pm
10/6 Thursday 12pm-7pm
10/7 Friday 10am-4pm
10/8 Saturday 10am-4pm
10/11 Tuesday 10am-5pm
10/12 Wednesday 12pm-5pm
10/13 Thursday 12pm-7pm
10/14 Friday 10am-4pm
10/15 Saturday 10am-4pm
10/17 Monday 10am-5pm
10/18 Tuesday 10am-5pm
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.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
Thank you Mrs. Martha Brosz for visiting our kindergarten classes and sharing a special science lesson with them! Mrs. Brosz taught students about liquids, solids and chemical absorption. During some hands on science fun, they learned how chemicals in diapers absorb liquids and help to keep babies dry.
October is fire safety month! Thank you to the Colerain Fire Department for visiting our pre-k and kindergarten students to teach them about fire safety.
We have several PTO Committees in need of a Chairperson/Co-Chairs:
Teacher Amazon Wish List- Organizes teacher requests into Amazon Wish List for parents to purchase items for the school (playground equipment, supplies, etc).
*Casserole: Collects/organizes requested food and drink for school events (Teacher Conferences/InService Day).
*Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week celebrates our being a Catholic school, united in Christ. Assistance is needed with special school events for the week.
Teacher Appreciation- Plan monthly and Teacher Appreciation gifts/activities to show our appreciation to our teachers year-round.
Grandparents Day-The event is a way to share our school with each student’s grandparent(s) or special person.
Mornings with Mom/Dad- The event is a way to share our school with each student’s parent(s) or special person.
Please contact Jen Dent at email@example.com or 513-546-1909 if you are interested.
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)
HSPT Prep Course
Parent Information Nights
Parents of all grade levels are invited to tour the building and learn more about Mercy
McAuley at a Parent Information Night on October 4*, October 11 or 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.
Merici Readiness Academy, October 8, 10:00am - 2:00pm
The goal of the Merici Readiness Academy is to celebrate diversity and empower each girl to be her own best self. The retreat will include a variety of community-building and skill-building activities specifically geared towards girls in the 6th – 8th grades. Registration is limited to 50 girls. Please 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 October 5, 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
- The Case for All-Girls Education: Information Session for Prospective Families, Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- This event will be held in person on Ursuline’s campus with a virtual option to attend virtually.
- Parents and students in grades 5 - 8 are invited to learn more from Ursuline educators, administrators, students, and alumnae about the benefits of an all-girls education.
- UA Saturday Event, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Join us for a fun and immersive day to learn more about Ursuline! All 7th and 8th Grade prospective students are welcome. Prospective students will join Ursuline student leaders for small and large group activities including club and student life activities, mini Ursuline classes, a student panel, and more! Lunch will be provided for all students. The day will conclude with a prayer service from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to join the prayer service.
- Public School Information Night, Monday, October 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (followed by optional school tours from 7:00 – 8:00 pm)
- Join us to learn all about Ursuline Academy, specifically for families coming from public schools! We know the private high school search and application process can be overwhelming. At this event, you'll learn about the unique benefits of an Ursuline education, the application process and requirements, tuition, and financial aid FAQs, and hear from families who made the transition from public schools to UA themselves. There will also be opportunities to tour the school after the presentation.
See flier below.
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 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.
Join Us For An Exciting Soccer Doubleheader!
Roger Bacon soccer is excited to invite all of our grade school friends to visit Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium NEXT THURSDAY, September 15th, for an exciting conference doubleheader. The Spartan girls take the pitch at 5 pm, followed by our boys team at 7 pm. Admission is free, and there will be fun prizes and giveaways for our future Spartans.
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.