Blue Jay Flyer

December 18, 2019

To inspire students to live faith filled lives

and to be, like St. John the Baptist,

heralds of God's love in the world


And they shall name him Emmanuel

Dear Parents,

It is very clear from both the weather and the excitement of our students that the time has come for Christmas Break. Yesterday we had our grades 1-3 Christmas Concert. Tomorrow we will have the kindergarten Christmas Pageant, and there have been Christmas parties galore. It is an exciting and exhausting week.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of St. John the Baptist School, I want to wish all of you a most holy and blessed Christmas. May you and your families experience the deep and lasting Grace of the Incarnation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May the Mercy and Love of God be the gifts you receive and give this year.

Today’s Gospel reminds us of the angel’s announcement to Joseph of the coming of God’s Son. Matthew writes, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us.” (MT 1: 23)

Matthew recounts Joseph’s experience of the encounter with God’s angel in a dream. The angel delivers the same message to Joseph as he does to Mary in Luke’s Gospel, “Do not be afraid.” When God sends amazingly good news to us, it seems that we can be taken by surprise. We, like Joseph and Mary, may ask if we are ready, worthy and prepared for what God has in store for us.

May this Christmas be filled with the amazing things God has in store for you and your family. May your time together be filled with joy and peace. As you gather and celebrate Christmas and as you hear the words of Matthew’s Gospel; “and they shall name him Emmanuel”, may you be filled with confidence that this means God is with us.

Peace and Merry Christmas,

Daniel A. Minelli

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Calendar of Events

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Naturalization Ceremony

St.John the Baptist School proudly welcomed 67 candidates for United States citizenship and their families for a special Naturalization Ceremony on December 6, 2019. There were 27 different countries represented.

We are so honored to have been a part of this important educational and special day. Our fourth and fifth grade students sang "America the Beautiful" among other songs while our seventh and eighth grade students assisted with childcare and other responsibilities. A special thank you to our school family volunteers that helped to serve refreshments.

Our Lady of Visitation Old Timers Association Donates To Help-A-Student-Fund

Our sincere gratitude goes out to the Our Lady of Visitation Old Timers Association for their surprise visit last Friday with a donation check for the St. John’s Help-a-Student Fund. We greatly appreciate all of their fundraising efforts to make these donations possible.

Help St. John's Earn Free Money

Don't Forget to Shop Through Amazon Smile

Doing some holiday shopping on Amazon? Don't forget to shop through the Amazon Smile link and assign St. John the Baptist School as your charity. We earn a percentage of all orders.

St. John's Earns 8% of All Shutterfly Purchases

If ordering Christmas cards and/or photo gifts through Shutterfly this holiday season, be sure to shop through our storefront link and St. John's will receive an 8% commission on all orders.

$1431.12 Quarterly Earnings From Kroger Rewards Program

Thank you to all of our Kroger shoppers! St. John's recently received our quarterly check from Kroger which amounted to $1431.12. If you don't already have your Kroger Plus card linked to St. John's, you can help St. John's continue to earn FREE money by linking your Kroger Plus card to our school.

Go to to register. Use the St. John's code of 80216 or search for St. John the Baptist-Dry Ridge. Verify that you are linked by checking the bottom of your Kroger receipt. It will show St. John the Baptist as being assigned for rewards.

Please share this information with family, friends, and co-workers. It only takes a few short minutes to make a big difference!

Shopping Cents Program Needs New Coordinator

Our Shopping Cents program is looking for a new coordinator. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact the school office.

Save the Date: Open House

Mark your calendars for our annual St. John the Baptist School Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2020. All current and prospective families are welcome to come tour the school and visit our classrooms.

Would you like a chance to win a $500 tuition credit for the 2020-2021 school year? Refer new families to our school (Preschool-8th grade) and for each family that registers you will be entered into a tuition credit drawing.

We need your help placing Open House yard signs around the area. Do you live in a high traffic area or in a neighborhood with lots of young children? Do you have a business in the area? Stop by the school office or preschool class to pick up a sign.

Inclement Weather Policy

St. John's follows Northwest Local Schools - if they are closed, we will be closed. For a two hour delay, both school and transportation will begin two hours later. If your child(ren) are bussed by another district, you are expected to follow the announcements of Northwest. Morning preschool and half day kindergarten will be cancelled for a two hour delay. Please refer to page 19 of your Student Handbook (accessible on the school website under the Parent tab) for further information.

Science Fair Judges Still Needed

Volunteer science fair judges are needed to judge the students' projects on Friday, January 24, 2020. Persons with an interest in science and a desire to work with junior high school students are invited to participate as a science fair judge. Judges are requested to be at school from 9:15 A.M. until judging is complete (usually around 11:30-11:45 A.M.).

Interested persons should respond by January 8, 2020. Please e-mail Mrs. Christine Smith at or leave a voicemail by calling 699-6960 ext 231.

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Christmas Concert

The Christmas season came alive last night with the angelic voices of our students in grades 1-3 as they performed Christmas carols for their annual Christmas Concert.

First Grade Christmas Service Project

Our first graders learned all about giving to others during this Advent season by collecting coats, hats, mittens and baby wipes for a needy preschool in Camp Washington. Thank you to our first grade families for all of your generous donations and for helping your children live out our school mission of being "heralds of God's love in the world"

News From the Science Lab

PTO Spotlight

Pebble Creek Dine to Donate

Monday, January 13, 2019

11:30 am-9:30 pm

Dine-in or Carry-out

Pebble Creek will donate 10% of all food sales to St. John the Baptist School. You must tell your server you are dining for St. John's.

Don't forget to purchase Pebble Creek gift certificates from Shopping Cents and our school will benefit even more.

High School News

Mercy McAuley Grade School Basketball Night

Mercy McAuley High School, located at 6000 Oakwood Avenue in College Hill, will hold a Grade School Basketball Night on Tuesday, January 7. The varsity game begins at 7:30 p.m., when the Mercy McAuley Wolves will take on Seton. Grade school girls who attend will receive free admission to the game, will enjoy snacks and giveaways, and will learn cheers with current Mercy McAuley students. Any questions can be directed to Alli Miazga, Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator, at (513) 681-1800 x2272 or