Blue Jay Flyer

May 5, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

love one another as I love you.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have arrived at the last month of school for the 2020-2021 school year. I am quite certain that this has been a year that we will all remember for a long, long time. Over the past week or so, I have been meeting with all of our teachers individually. Each teacher submitted a final reflection on this year.

I asked all of our teachers to respond to these questions. Their reflections have been wonderfully thoughtful and a clear indication of how much they care about your daughters and sons and the holy work that they have been called to do. If you like, you might want to reflect upon these as well.

What have you learned from this year that you want to be sure you take with you into next year?

What have you decided that you will need to work on for next year? What personal professional goals do you want to establish for yourself?

As a result of the past year or so, what do you want to let go of? What practices, behaviors, attitudes do you want to leave behind?

It has been and continues to be my consistent experience that we have all had to learn a great deal this year; we have all had to adapt and be flexible. A little over a year ago, I didn’t know what Zoom was. It has often been a humbling year.

In this Sunday’s Gospel (JN 15:9-17), Jesus tells His disciples. “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus makes the greatest sacrifice for us. His commandment has been lived out here at St. John the Baptist School as well. In a year of so many challenges and sacrifices, I have watched this happen.

As we finish this school year, may we all reflect upon how many people have laid down their lives for us. Our medical professionals, first responders, grocery store workers, service personnel and teachers have given so much. I am deeply thankful for them all. You, too, have been called upon to do this. May we rejoice in the sacrificial love that has been so freely given to us all, and in so doing, we remember love one another as I have loved you.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Congratulations to our Newly Confirmed

Congratulations to our newly confirmed 8th graders! May the Holy Spirit always be with them to renew and strengthen their commitment to follow Christ.
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Performing Arts Interest for Incoming Grades 6-8

If you have a student that will be in grades 6-8 next year and is interested in being a part of the St. John's Performing Arts Troupe, please fill out the bottom portion of the attached form below and return to the school office by the end of the school year.

Cicada Resource For Children

As we are all aware, the Cicadas will be arriving very soon. As some children may experience anxiety and sound sensitivity to the Cicadas, we are sharing a resource link below to possibly help ease some of your child's anxiety.

The Cicadas are Coming

Covid Quarantine Policy

The current Covid Quarantine Policy for St. John the Baptist School is attached below.

Resource Development

Thank You From Derby Party

Thank you to all who supported our Fashion Show/Derby Day Themed Party both online and in person last Saturday and Sunday, May 1st and 2nd.

Shopping Cent$ Out of Uniform Pass

Thank you for your support of our Shopping Cent$ program last week. Congratulations to Heather Smith, the lucky winner of our bonus incentive gift certificate!

Get your order forms ready for next week's turn-in on Thursday, May 13. An order of any dollar amount will earn an OUT OF UNIFORM pass for each of your children. We still have $5 gift cards from the holidays and a lot of $10 options available!

PTO News

Field Day

Field Day will be on Friday, May 21 (In the event of rain, Field Day will be cancelled). We will be taking the necessary safety precautions to ensure the day follows COVID-19 safety protocols.

If you are interested in donating, please check out our Amazon wish list to help us replenish supplies needed for this fun-filled day. Click here: Amazon Wish List

If you would like to be a field day volunteer, please sign up by clicking here: Sign Up Genius. As a reminder all volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant and up to date on their bulletins.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Emily Meyer at or 513-604-1947. We hope that you enjoy the day and thank you for all you do!

Thank you

The Field Day Committee

Box Tops Earned $67.70

The most recent Box Top submission earned our school $67.70. Thank you for your continued support of this program. Keep scanning those receipts!

Blue Jay Snapshot

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to our St. John's Social Committee for planning all the nice daily surprises for Teacher Appreciation Week. Check out a few of the ways below that we have shown some love and appreciation for our teachers this week.

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to Brianna Birkle, St. John's Class of 2018! Brianna's art was once again chosen to be in the top 20 for the Congressional Art Competition. Last year her drawing won first place and is currently still hanging in the U.S. Capitol.

"An Artistic Discovery," a nationwide high school visual art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute, aims to showcase the artistic talents of high school students. This annual competition is open to students in grades 9-12 who are residents of Ohio's First Congressional District.

Voting closed earlier today. Best of luck to Brianna!

High School Admissions Events

Ursuline Spring Open House


Sunday, May 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 pm (registration required)

Register here:

*See attached flyer for more details.

Athletic Boosters

Football Sign Ups Open

St. John's has merged with the St James Panthers football program due to lack of numbers within our own program. Football signups will close on 07/31/2021.

Check out the new St James Football website at To register and/or sign up please visit

For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at or Tony Fassbender at

Parish News

SJB First Communicants

Congratulations to our second grade students from St. John the Baptist Parish who celebrated their First Holy Communion last Sunday. May the peace of God rest on them and the joy of the Lord fill their hearts.

St. John's Summer Camp: Formed in Faith

St. John the Baptist Parish is excited to offer a week long camp about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! During the week, students will be immersed into the enormous beauty and depth of the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith.

Each day will involve fun activities, prayer, in depth learning sessions, community, service, and much more. Each day will center around a particular theme or concept:

  • Day 1: Agape
  • Day 2: Pasch
  • Day 3: Emmaus
  • Day 5: Missa

By the end of the week each student will have developed a greater understanding of the liturgy, formed new friendships, and received new tools to live out their Catholic faith every day.

***Open to all kids Grades 1-8 from St. John the Baptist, St. John Neumann, and Corpus Christi.***

Vacation Bible School

VBS is back for a fun bible adventure for

children ages 4 through 4th grade!

July 26-30

Adult volunteers are needed to make this adventure happen. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Hale at

Summer Opportunities

Mount Notre Dame Summer Skills Sampler

Rising 6th – 8th grade girls are invited to participate in engaged learning opportunities to help strengthen and sharpen fundamental skills for the classroom and beyond! These unique refresher camps are led by talented and experienced MND faculty members. Suitable for students who have a passion for a particular subject area or students seeking additional skill reinforcement, especially those whose learning may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Register at

English & Writing Skills Camp

July 12-15, 2021 | 9 AM – 11 AM

Description: In the four-day English and Writing Skills camp, students will engage in review skills with exciting hands-on experiences that will improve, enhance and strengthen their Language Arts foundational skills.

Flyer attached below.

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Skills: Essay Writing, Grammatical Foundations, Critical Thinking Approaches to Reading, and Unlocking Vocabulary for Understanding

Math Skills Camp

July 12-15, 2021 | 9 PM – 11 AM

Description: In this four-day experience, campers will gather and analyze data, and discover ways to use mathematics to communicate information and make predictions while reviewing and strengthening their foundational Math skills.

Skills: Relating Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Basic Statistics, Algebraic Thinking and Graphing, Sequences and Series

Science Skills Camp

June 28 – July 2, 2021 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Description: In this five-day camp, participants will engage in hands-on experiences to strengthen foundational Science skills. The camp fee includes take-home supplies of goggles, lab notebook, fossils, crystals, etc.

Skills/Content: Data Analysis, Measurement, Lab Techniques, Matter and Energy, Earth Science, Rocks and Fossils, Energy in Ecosystems

Mercy McAuley HSPT Prep & Summer Camps

Mercy McAuley High School is offering a High School Placement Test (HSPT) Prep Camp for incoming 8th grade girls. Details are in the attached flyer. In addition, as noted in the flyer, space is still available for the following camps: Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Musical Theater, STEM, and Service. Register here:

Badin Summer Camps

See flyer attachment below.

Seton Girl Power Camp

Hey, incoming 5th-6th Grade Future Saints! You are invited to Spark your Seton Spirit this summer at Girl Power, a two-day camp all about leadership, team building, empowerment and service! And, we can’t wait to see many incoming 7th and 8th Graders this summer, too! Come discover the Spirit of Seton at Summer Bash! Join us for a day filled with fun activities, games, prizes, service and experience what it’s like to be a Seton Saint!

For dates, information and registration for Girl Power and Summer Bash, visit our website at

Seton Summer Camps

Future Saints, get ready to SHINE at Seton Summer Camps! We have several athletic and special-interest camps available throughout the summer. Register online at

Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp Grades K-8

Please see attachments regarding the Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp for grades K-8.

St. Ursula Summer Camps Grades 3-8

Summer Academy and Athletic Camps: Join us for one of the many courses and camps offered throughout the summer at SUA! From basketball to cooking, forensics to volleyball, guitar to soccer, and many, many more, there is something for every girl in grades 3-8! Registration and information are available at

Ursuline HSPT Prep & Summer Camps For Grades 1-9

Ursuline is excited to offer a wide range of camps this year for girls entering grades 1–9, whatever her interests may be. Please see attached flyer for details.


Also, any 8th grade girl can prepare for the new Archdiocesan High School Entrance and Placement test here at Ursuline Academy!

Led by two experienced Ursuline teachers, the HSPT test prep course will help you feel more confident on testing day so you can do your best. The course will cover standardized test taking strategies as well as familiarize you with the format and types of questions on the HSPT, including practice questions for each section. Each class session will also incorporate stress management strategies and activities led by Ursuline guidance counselors and student leaders.

August 2-6, 8:30am - 10:30am

August 2-6, 10:30am - 12:30pm


Fall after school class -

Mondays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Cost: $100

Register at

Xavier Summer Reading Enrichment Program

Please see attachment below for more information about Xavier's Summer Reading Enrichment Program for students ages 4 years through 11th grade.

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