Blue Jay Flyer

January 13, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

“Here I am. You called me.”

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We made it through our first five-day in person week since early March. Thank you for your support and cooperation with all of our protocols. As we continue this week, it is even more important that we all remain steadfast in our attention to the needed health and safety practices.

We currently have 30 students in quarantine and only one staff member. More students will be returning as this week progresses. Our school nurse, Mrs. Elise Hochhausler RN, has been an incredible resource in enabling us to stay on top of our COVID concerns. Please continue to contact her at if you have questions or concerns.

As you know, there is an increased focus on keeping schools open and in person. The roll out of the vaccine has begun to prioritize teachers and school staff in order to accomplish this. We do not yet know what the timeline will be for St. John the Baptist School, but we have been asked to submit the number of school and parish personnel who could possibly be vaccinated. I believe that this is a hopeful sign and a critically important step in keeping our school open and in person.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the first reading (1 SM 3: 3b-10), we hear the story of the call of Samuel. “The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” Samuel did not expect God to call him. Even the prophet Eli did not expect God to call Samuel.

During this challenging time, are we listening for God to call us? In the midst of all of the concerns and worries that we have, are we open to what God has in store for us? May we choose to live in such a way that our prayer may include Samuel’s response, “Here I am. You called me.”


Dan Minelli

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Covid Quarantine Policy

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We recognize that there has been some public communication regarding the criteria for quarantining students based upon close contact tracing. We understand that this has created confusion for some families.

We have chosen to continue with our protocols in the same way that we have since school began. We have received the full support of the Hamilton County Health Department for our practice.

We have had no COVID spread within our school nor have we had any from school to home. This has been our primary goal as we have stated on numerous occasions. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and families is our first and most important concern.

We recognize that everyone may not agree with our policy. However, until such time as we have been able to have our faculty and staff vaccinated, and we see a reasonable decline in the number of presumed and positive cases within our school community, we will continue to quarantine as we have.


Daniel A. Minelli, principal

Elise Hochhausler RN, school nurse

New Student Open House/$500 Tuition Credit Raffle

Open House this year will be for new students and their parents/guardians only. Reservations will be required. If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling a tour, appointments can be scheduled on our website at Tours will begin in the gathering space of the church.

***Would you like to be the lucky winner of a $500 tuition raffle?

Simply refer a new family to St. John's School (Preschool-8th grade) and upon their official registration, your family's name will be entered into a drawing for the tuition raffle. Winners will be announced at our fall Open House in August.

Re-registration for 2021-22

Re-registration forms will be sent home later this month with your youngest child. We will notify families via e-mail when the forms have been sent home.

Financial Aid: Archdioceses One Faith, One Hope, One Love

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Extended to Monday, February 8, 2021

Families applying for the Archdiocese One Faith financial aid will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by February 8, 2021. Please see attached file below for more information.

Application Deadline Extended for Aubrey Rose Foundation Scholarship

Extended Application Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021.

The Aubrey Rose Foundation applauds young people who give back & are excited to offer

8th-grade students attending private high school the opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship toward tuition!

Unlike academic and/or athletic scholarships, ARF scholarships are based on a young person's kindness, willingness to give back to our community & their compassionate incredible way to honor a deserving students.

Click here to apply online: Aubrey Rose Foundation

Shopping Cents Orders Filled Thursday

Shopping Cent$ will be filling orders on Thursday this week. Please support our school and send in your order!

There are still plenty of $5 Panera and Starbucks cards, as well as some $10 Amazon and Target cards leftover from the holidays. Also, we have $25 eBay cards in stock for a limited time.

As we have all been trying to support local businesses over the last several months, why not support our school at the same time?! Pebble Creek, Barnesburg, Eli’s, Skyline and Shagz Salon gift cards are always in stock. Let’s support the businesses who continue to give back to our school during these crazy times.

Thanks for your support,

Amy Roetting

Shopping Cent$ Coordinator

Covid Testing Protocol

If you, your child, or someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, please keep your child or children home from school while waiting for the results.

Please notify the school that this is the reason for their absence on the attendance line.

Inclement Weather Policy

St. John's follows Northwest Local Schools regarding inclement weather procedures. If they are closed, we will also be closed. In case of a two hour delay, both school and transportation will begin two hours later. For students that are bussed by another district (Mt. Healthy or Fairfield), you are expected to follow the announcements of Northwest Local Schools.

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.

Blue Jay Gallery

Splatter Paint!

First graders had great fun last week splattering paint and discovering what new colors form when colors overlap.

Athletic Boosters

Spring Sports Sign Ups

Sign ups are now open for baseball, t-ball, softball, and SAY soccer. Please visit the Boosters website to register.

A note from the Softball Coordinator, Robert Roetting...

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, or have an interest in taking over as the softball coordinator, please reach out to Robert Roetting at He is looking for someone that can bring some new blood and ideas to help the softball program grow and flourish. Also, please consider signing up as a coach, coordinator, etc.

Congratulations 7th/8th Grade Girl's Volleyball Team

Congratulations to the girl's 7th/8th grade volleyball team for finishing the season in first place with an undefeated record of 10-0. Great job Blue Jays!

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