Blue Jay Flyer

May 6, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

And will do greater ones than these

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There are and there have been so many things, events, experiences that are completely out of the realm of all that we have known in the past. It’s not just how different school is; it’s our entire world. In the midst of this, I am amazed and humbled by the kindness and generosity that I see all around me. We are in this together, and I hope and pray that when we have emerged from this crisis we will remember and recognize what we have seen, heard and experienced.

This weekend we have the opportunity to remember, celebrate and thank our mothers. Even those of us whose mothers may have passed on many years ago can celebrate the love and generosity that they gave to us. In a world that is constantly changing, the love of a mother does not. I still cook and share with my adult children and my grandsons the recipes that my mother taught me how to make. A mother’s love is not limited to this world alone.

On behalf of St. John the Baptist School, I want to wish all mothers and grandmothers a most happy and blessed Mother’s Day. Each one of you is a constant presence in this world. I recognize that many of you as mothers and grandmothers are not only working but also helping support and teach your sons and daughters. You are a gift.

In this Sunday’s Gospel (JN 12:44-50), Jesus reminds His disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” How many times have our mothers and grandmothers done far more than we could have imagined possible.

This Weekend may we all be filled with gratitude for the gifts, blessings and sacrifices that mothers and grandmothers have made and continue to make for us. Please take the time to express in person or from afar your love and gratitude. And if, like me, your mother has passed on, say a prayer of thanksgiving. In so doing, we affirm this truth that they will do greater ones than these.


Dan Minelli

Teacher Appreciation Week

As we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, let's show our love and support for all the teachers at St. John's. We are beyond blessed to have such an incredible group of dedicated and caring teachers at St. John's. Please take a moment to reach out to your student(s) teachers with some words of encouragement and support.
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National Nurses Day

Thank you to our very own super hero, Mrs. Elise Hochhausler! We are blessed to have her with us at St. John's.

Last Call for Duwel Scholarship Applications: Deadline extended to Friday, May 8

Friday, May 8th, will be the final day for our 8th grade students to turn in applications for the Duwel Scholarship opportunity! We have included the criteria and application documents below as well as added them to our school website for your convenience. You may access them by double clicking on the Parent Tab.

Mornings with Mom on Friday

Although we will not get to be together as we had hoped for our annual PTO "Mornings with Mom", there is no reason why we can't celebrate from the comfort of our own homes! Enjoy some donuts, muffins, or whatever special breakfast you would like with your student(s) on Friday morning.

We would love to see all your photos. Please send pictures to Mrs. Heidorn at

Rosary Book/App for Catholic School Families

On A Mission to Love is a book and also a free app that was created for Catholic schools and families as a way to engage children with images, music and the voices of children praying the rosary. The children heard on the app are from the Cincinnati Archdiocese’ own Royalmont Academy. The professional recording was done by Cincinnati filmmaker Nick Staresinic.

The app is available in both the Apple App or Google Play stores. For more information, please visit On a Mission to Love.

School Year will End on Friday, May 22, 2020

A reminder to families that the final day for assigning student work will be on Friday, May 15, 2020. Students will have the week of May 18-22 to turn in any missing assignments. The 2019-20 school year will officially end on Friday, May 22, 2020.

We are working diligently to plan the process for which books can be safely returned to school and lockers can be emptied. Stay tuned for more information regarding this matter.


Don't miss out on all the memories!

1) Order your yearbook online at and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120

Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

School Nurse Available For Questions & Concerns

Our school nurse, Mrs. Elise Hochhausler, is available via e-mail every Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for any questions or concerns.

Blue Jay Gallery

Fun Fort Friday

The silver lining to learning at home is learning from your fort! Students really loved school last Friday as their classrooms looked a little different. Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous fort photos with us.
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Art Challenge

One of this week's "Art Challenges" from Ms. Hull is to find a photo from art history and re-create it with yourself or your family. Check out these creations that were submitted by one of our school families. These are wonderful!

Rainbow Milk

Our four year old preschoolers recently made Rainbow Milk during a science video lesson with Mrs.Kahny.

Mercy McAuley Virtual Game Night, Grades 4-7

Calling all girls in grades 4-7! Enjoy a “Meet & Greet” with Student Ambassadors and a Scavenger Hunt in which participants compete to find specific items in their home. The event will also include some fun Disney Trivia to see who will “crowned” the Disney Queen! Registration is required...see flyer below for details.

Great Parks of Hamilton County Fun Resources

Mad Science Mondays

Did you know science, technology, engineering and math are all also a part of the natural world? Join us every week for Mad Science Mondays where we’ll delve into how you can see STEM in action in nature.

Click here: Mad Science Mondays

Fairy Garden Fridays

Join us every week for Fairy Garden Friday! We’ll share tips on how to create your own fairy garden from scratch, as well as ideas to add to the garden you already have!

Click here: Fairy Garden Fridays

Parish News

Blue Jay Raffle

Don’t miss your chance to purchase a Blue Jay Raffle Ticket before our next Early Bird Drawing on May 11th. The grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded on August 9th along with 20 additional $500 winners. Tickets can be purchased by printing off a flyer and sending it into the Parish office (5361 Dry Ridge Rd. 45252) or filling out the online Google form located at Tickets are $100 or you can purchase part of a ticket in increments of $10. For more information see the Blue Jay Raffle flyer below. Contact Courtney Weinheimer at 513-253-9094 or with any questions.


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