Blue Jay Flyer
February 1, 2023
From the Principal's Desk...
Thank you to everyone who was instrumental in making our Open House a success. The Open House Committee did a fantastic job with planning the logistics of the day, marketing the event, and organizing all the volunteers. Our parent and student tour guides did an amazing job showing off our school and providing vital information to our prospective families. We also had many other volunteers in the building from athletics, PTO, the SJB cafeteria, before/aftercare, and our School Board who helped showcase all the opportunities we have to offer at St. John’s. I received compliments from multiple families as they left our campus, so thank you to everyone who played a part in the success of the day.
The Local 12 video was released earlier in the week. If you haven't already had a chance to view it, you may either watch it below or visit our Facebook and YouTube pages. We encourage all families to share the post so that we can spread the word about our school. I emailed out the link to all teachers so that they could share the video with our students. I am so proud of our students for how they cooperated during the filming of the promotional video.
Catholic Schools Week is in full swing! The students are loving all the activities planned by the committee, especially the candy! The committee must be doing something right since the students got a 2-hour delay on the day we celebrated our students! Tomorrow, we will celebrate Mass as a whole school. Students are permitted to be out of uniform if they dress in their “Sunday’s Best.” We will end the week with our 8th grade vs. Faculty volleyball game on Friday before our 12pm early release. Thank you to all the families who have generously donated to the two service projects that we have running during Catholic Schools Week. We will be able to help many families in need with your donations.
Thanks and have a great night!
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Re-Registration Forms Due
If you are planning to return to St. John's in the fall, please fill out one registration form per family and return to the school office no later than Friday, February 3. The registration fee of $225 per family is not due until March 31st.
If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please call the school office to request a kindergarten packet.
A copy of the registration form is attached below for your convenience.
Win a $500 Tuition Credit
We had a great turnout on Sunday at our Open House! Thank you to those who have already referred new families to our school. Please continue tohelp spread the word about St. John's to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Refer any new family to St. John's for the 2023-24 school year and upon their official registration, your name will be entered to win a $500 tuition credit!
Shopping Cent$ Gift Card Orders Filled Thursday
Tomorrow is a Shopping Cent$ turn-in day!
Please consider supporting this EASY fundraising program. It is as simple as purchasing gift cards to use instead of cash or credit cards. Supporting this program doesn't cost you any more than you normally spend at grocery stores, gas stations, stores, etc.
- Heading out to Skyline? Grab a couple cards to pay for your meal.
- Filling up your car at the gas station? Purchase a Speedway or Shell gift card and simply use the gift cards at the pump instead of your credit card.
- Making a stop at Starbucks? Order a gift card from us, add it to your Starbucks app and earn bonus stars for free menu items!
- NEW - Who doesn't love Dairy Queen? Did you know that a new location recently opened on Springdale near Arby's?
- Also NEW - Busy week nights sometimes call for McDonald's Happy Meals!
Please use the order form that was sent home in the Blue Jay Folders today A copy is also attached below for your convenience.
Thanks for your support!!
Catholic Schools Week: January 29 - February 4
Thank you for choosing to send your child(ren) to St. John the Baptist School!
For our CSW school-wide service project, are collecting baby items and money for Pregnancy Center West. Any items that can be used to care for a new baby are appreciated. Below are some ideas of things we have collected in the past:
- diapers/baby wipes
- baby shampoo/body wash/lotion/ointments
- formula/baby food
- baby blankets
- baby clothing, bibs, onesies, socks, etc.
- toys/board books
Please send all donations to school by Friday, February 3rd. If you are writing a check, please make payable to Pregnancy Center West. Thank you so much for your generosity and helping our students remember that we serve Jesus by serving others.
CoGat & IOWA Testing March 13-28
We will begin doing our Cogat & IOWA testing for students in grades 2-8 on March 13 and finish on the following Tuesday, March 28. It is imperative that students arrive to school on time these days and do not leave for any appointments.
*** ALL students in grades 3-8 will need a pair of WIRED headphones that can be plugged into their computer. Wireless earbuds will not be permitted.
Ed Choice Scholarship Applications
The enrollment period for both Traditional and Expansion Ed Choice Scholarships will be open beginning February 1, 2023.. Please click here to visit our school website for more information.
Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Grants
- The Catholic Education Foundation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will once again be able to offer over $2 million in tuition assistance grants for the 2023-2024 school year.
- Families of elementary students (K-8) may apply for needs-based assistance between now and February 3, 2023.
- Please visit www.CatholicBestChoice.org for more details. To apply, please visit https://factsmgt.com/.
Cold & Flu Season Guidelines
As we enter the winter months we want to make sure everyone is on the same page with when to keep your child(ren) home for an illness. Please see the attachment from Mrs. Greer about guidelines to follow when you have a sick child.
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Catholic Schools Week Celebrations
From Pajama Day to making Valentines for Veterans, we have had a fun-filled week thus far!
100th Day of School
Kindergarten students celebrated their 100th day of school this week by dressing up like little old people and doing some counting/sorting of 100 items.
We had some "Happy Campers" in second grade yesterday! Mrs. Ventling and Miss Witzgall surprised their students and allowed them to do schoolwork on their sleeping bags around a campfire. What a fun way to celebrate your students during #CatholicSchoolsWeek!
We hope you can join us for some family fun!
PTO Membership Meeting
Spring Fling 2023
We are sending this message to share that we would love to take our annual PTO Spring Fling trip this year to Nashville, Tennessee! The trip dates will be Fri 3/31 - Sun 4/2/2023.
Spring Fling is a weekend get-a-way for the ladies of St. John’s and their friends and family. The purpose of the trip is to meet other SJB ladies and to raise funds to help support the PTO sponsored activities for the students and school.
We will be staying at a hotel just 2 blocks from the famous Broadway Street, at the Courtyard Nashville Downtown.
The APPROXIMATE cost, which includes your lodging and transportation, will be as follows:
2 person/room $473 each*
3 person/room $357 each*
4 person/room $299 each*
*This could be adjusted based on the total number of attendees.
Please let us know asap if we can count on you to join us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 513-505-7616. Once we have a confirmed number that will allow us to fill a charter bus, we will finalize plans and payment.
Thanks so much in advance!
PTO Spring Fling Planning Committee
Spring Sports Sign Ups
Spring season sports sign ups are now open and will be online only at www.stjab.com. Signups will be open thru February 15th.
Want to get involved in St. Johns Boosters? Boosters meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the athletic barn by the sports fields. This is a great way to meet new families and also get involved in your child's sports programs.
**REMINDER: A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.
Softball - We Need More Girls!
Girls Western Athletic Conference Softball
Girls Softball: 1st grade & up (teams are set by grade 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th,5th/6th, 7th/8th)
Girls Instructional Softball: Pre-school thru Kindergarten
Teams are formed soon after sign-ups. Please spread the word to all of your family and friends who have daughters that may be interested in participating in the softball program here at St. Johns.
If you have questions/concerns/ideas about softball please email Geoff Ziegler – email@example.com (Softball coordinator)
We are excited to get started this year and hope to see you all soon. Please indicate during sign ups if you would like to be a head coach or be an assistant coach for your daughters’ team.
St. John's will be offering SAY Rec Soccer for boys and girls playing Swarmers (2017), Passers (2015 & 2016) and Wings (2013 & 2014). These teams will play an 8 game season in Northwest SAY. There is no post season tournament in the Spring.
***A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.
If you have any questions regarding the Soccer program please contact one of our Soccer Coordinators:
Kevin Weiss- Lollipop
- Instructional Baseball (t-ball) for kids 5 and 6 years of age.
- 7U - Coach pitch will give your child the opportunity to continue to learn the fundamentals of the game while still having a blast with their friends.
- 8U to 15U will focus on the fundamentals as well, while getting a little more competitive. We have both American and National divisions.
We play in the Western Baseball Conference which comprises of teams such as St. I’s, St. Jude, St. Vivian, St. John Harrison, St. James, St. Antoninus, St. William, Victory, Visitation, Oak Hills, St. Teresa, St. Bart, St. Als, St. Dominic, St. Martin, Westend Reds and more.
*** If you try to sign your son up to play baseball but you don't see your son's grade level as an option. Please feel free to reach out to Dan Schneider (contact info below) and let him know.
The league sets birthdates for each level as follows below. If your son is outside the range on the low end, contact me with a name of the player and their complete birthdate.
7u - 5/1/2015 to 5/1/2016
9u - 5/1/2013 to 5/1/2015
11u - 5/1/2011 to 5/1/2013
13u - 5/1/2009 to 5/1/2011
15u - 5/1/2007 to 5/1/2009
How can you get involved in St. John Blue Jays Baseball?
1) We need coaches at the T-ball, 7u and 9u levels.
2) We need T-ball Coordinators
3) We need Baseball Coordinators.
4) We Need You to help out in any way you can for the St. John Athletic Boosters Program. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the barn. We could add you to the email group if you are interested.
Please contact Dan Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lee Houchen, email@example.com with any questions. We are looking forward to a great 2023 season!
Dan Schneider - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator
Lee Houchen - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator and T-Ball Coordinator
Let’s Have Our Own “Souper Bowl!" Create The Good is sponsoring a “Souper Bowl” to benefit the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. From January 30 through February 12, bring your “soup” can (this does not have to be soup, the pantry can use small laundry detergent, cleaning solutions - Clorox spray, wipes - anything to clean a kitchen or bathroom) and place it on the side of the church indicating which team you think will win. There will also be a box to enter your name and team because if your team wins, you could win too! We will draw a name from the winning team for a prize. If you have any questions contact Suzi Roth, 513.515.3175 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for your continued support of our community. The Create The Good Committee.
Vacation Bible School - Save the Date!
Vacation Bible School returns this summer! Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2023 at St. John the Baptist Parish. VBS is open to all children 4 years old to 4th grade within our family of parishes.
Volunteers are needed! In addition to parent volunteers, VBS is a great opportunity for older kids needing service hours. Please contact Tyler Castrucci (email@example.com) or Cathy Hale (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer.
We love to share exciting news about our St. John's alumni with our school community! If you have an older child or know anyone who graduated from St. John's who has an achievement to share, please send information and any photos to Laura Heidorn at email@example.com.