Blue Jay Flyer

April 22, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Governor DeWine announced on Monday that all K-12 Ohio schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year. This provides an answer to one of the questions we’ve all been asking, but it also raises many more questions. I want everyone to know that we have been working on responses, strategies and processes well before this announcement.

This week I have had conversations with Fr. Pete, Fr. Kyle, Laura Meibers, assistant superintendent for the archdiocese, and our entire faculty and staff about where we go from here. You will receive a more detailed communication on Friday of this week as we work to finalize these strategies. Please know that everyone’s health and safety are most important.

I want to thank all of you for your wonderful support and cooperation during this pandemic. I recognize the sacrifices you have had to make to support your daughters and sons in their distance learning. Our faculty and staff will be meeting via Zoom this evening to discuss the draft which I have sent them,

There are many unanswered questions for all of us, and we are relying upon the wisdom and guidance of Governor DeWine, Dr. Acton and his staff for responses to these questions. For our part, we are working to make sure that our 8th grade students are able to have some kind of Graduation, Confirmation and memorable closing for their time at St. John the Baptist School.

In the midst of all that we still do not know, today’s Gospel (JN 3:16) provides us with what we do know. “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son” so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” May we continue to place our hope and trust in what God has promised us. Let us pray for each other as we continue during this challenging time.


Dan Minelli

School Nurse Available For Questions & Concerns

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

Leo & Laura Duwel Memorial Scholarship

If you currently have a student in eighth grade, you should have received an e-mail during the first week of April regarding an exciting new high school scholarship opportunity. If you were unable to open the attachments, we have included them below and also added them to our school website for your convenience. You may access them by double clicking on the Parent Tab.

Blue Jay Showcase

class of 2020

Almost ready to fly from the Blue Jay Nest onto their next big adventures as high school students, our 44 eighth graders have very bright futures ahead. Although their last few months at St. John's are not ending the way anyone could have ever imagined, nothing can take away all the fond memories they already share together.

Stay tuned as we continue to honor them throughout the next few weeks.

Our Class of 2020 are headed to a total of 14 different high schools. We wish each and every one of them the best of luck!

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Ms. Wilmes Second Graders

Ms. Wilmes created a few photo collages of her second grade students reading books in fun and different ways. Also, her surprise drive by visits to each of her students during spring break brought many smiles.
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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.

Laughter is the best medicine

An inspiring song about the trials of online teaching.

Fun Activities

Climb Your family Tree

Let’s bring some JOY to our grandparents or other relatives and call them this week! Here are some ideas to get your daughter or son climbing that family tree. You might just learn something you didn’t know.
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Hulafrog Cincinnati Hot Lists

Get Those Wiggles Out

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Mercy McAuley High School Holds Virtual Info Session for 5th-7th Grade Parents

All 5th-7th grade parents are invited to Mercy McAuley’s Virtual Parent Information Session on Tuesday, April 28, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., led by Mercy McAuley President Patty Ragio, Principal Connie Kampschmidt, and Recruitment/Admissions Coordinator Alli Miazga. Learn about how Mercy McAuley's students and teachers were well prepared for online instruction during the pandemic through its innovative academic curriculum and blended learning model. See how Mercy McAuley’s innovative approach to learning equips students for success in a changing world and prepares them for the online courses they will face in college. In addition, you'll learn about the following from school leaders, as well as a current student and parent:

  • Mission, Faith & Service
  • Innovative Academics
  • Counseling & Student Support Services
  • Women Lead Program
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Clubs & Extracurriculars
  • Parent Engagement

A Question & Answer session will follow. Registration is required; registrants will be emailed a link to join the virtual meeting. Register online at

Questions about the virtual info session can be directed to Alli Miazga, Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator, at

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.


The Festival Committee

Athletic Boosters

St. John's Football Sign Ups

Football sign ups are still open until April 30 for the fall 2020 season. We are planning for the season tp run from August 3rd through November 4th (play offs). Keep in mind, these dates and the protocols regarding school sports will depend upon what is permitted by the state of Ohio with social distancing procedures. For more information or to sign up please visit the SJB Boosters website. Any questions, please contact our coordinator, Brant Smith at 615-9383.

Program Levels are as follows:

Bandit (Kindergarten-2nd grade), Pony (3rd-4th), Reserve (5th-6th), Varsity (7th-8th).


Bandits practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pony through Varsity practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (typically).

Equipment is provided by the program.

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