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June 3, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Summer break has arrived, and we wish everyone a safe, restful and enjoyable summer. We are deeply grateful for all of the support and encouragement the school received during this challenging time. As you begin your summer, please continue to be safe and stay well.

We are working to finish up the many, many end of the year tasks that are a part of the regular end of the year responsibilities. In addition to these tasks, we are working to develop and articulate a few possible scenarios for next school year. These will be reviewed and sent to everyone later in June.

Please be sure to watch the Virtual Candle Ceremony video which was published today and is also included below. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Laura Heidorn, we will be able to see this important ceremony even though we could not have it in person. This act of handing on the leadership of the school from one 8th grade to the next is an important sign and symbol of who we are and who we want to be.

This coming Sunday the Church celebrates The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast which is always the Sunday after Pentecost invites us into one of the Church’s deepest mysteries. We are not able to fully understand this mystery, but in believing what has been revealed, we are able to embrace what we do not know. We are reminded in the Gospel (JN 3:16), “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

All of us have been experiencing a world that we do not fully understand. We have been dealing with challenges which have tested our resolve and perhaps our beliefs. This Sunday and every day of our lives we are called to trust in this promise even when we are faced with mystery and the unknown. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. May your summer be filled with Grace.


Dan Minelli

Junior High Candle Ceremony 2020

Cafeteria Fees Due by June 5th

Cafeteria Facility Fees of $50 per student for the 2020-21 school year are due by June 5th. If not paid by this date, the fees will be added to your FACTS account and automatically withdrawn with your tuition payments.

You can send payment through Venmo @SJB-School or drop off check or cash to the school office. Office hours for the month of June are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-noon.

Report Cards on Option C

Option C will be unavailable to view grades until report cards are released on Friday, June 5th. Report cards will be held if you owe any outstanding fees such as Kaldi's lunch accounts, damaged or lost books, tuition, etc.

Preschool Openings

We still have some openings in our preschool program (3's, 4's afternoon, PreK). Please contact the school office for more information. Registration forms can be found on our school website at

Please Vote for Brianna Birkle

Congratulations to Brianna Birkle, St. John's Class of 2018, for making it into the top 20 in the Congressional Art Competition 2020 | U.S. House of Representatives. Her amazing drawing, "Call of the Road Through Generations," is of her brother (St.John's Class of 2014), father, and grandfather and their first cars.

Now she needs your VOTES! Click on the link below and scroll down to the bottom. Brianna's drawing is #10. You can vote as many times as you like. Please help spread the word and share the voting link with your friends and family.


Right to Life Poster Winner

Congratulations to Patty Zeller for winning first place in the Cincinnati Right to Life poster contest for the 3rd-5th grade category. Patty will be receiving a certificate, ribbon, and a check for $25.

Aftercare Program Accepting Donations of Toys & Art Supplies

Do you have any gently used games, toys and/or art supplies that need a new home? Our aftercare program is now accepting donations of well cared for items. You may drop donations off to the school office during the month of June ( Monday-Friday, 8 am-noon) or to Meghan Engel, Aftercare Director, at 6865 Jennifer Lynn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45248. Her phone number is 513-470-0016.


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 Supply Lists 2020-21

Please open document below to view the school supply lists for grades K-8 for the 2020-21 school year.

The Garage Pop-Up Bookstore

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Friends of the Library has opened a new bookshop in the garage of their Hartwell warehouse.

Aptly called “The Garage,” the bookstore features gently used books both bundled and organized by age range and reader level, as well as games and puzzles. Customers can purchase bundles for curbside pick-up or browse individuals titles after making an appointment. You can also purchase book bundles for schools and neighborhoods, including local "Little Free Libraries."

To learn more, please visit the link to an article from CityBeat magazine: Garage Pop-Up Bookstore

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2019-2020 School Year Memories, 6th and 7th Grade

If you missed seeing the videos for preschool-5th grade posted in last week's newsletter, you can still view them on our Facebook page or YouTube channel @StJohnTheBaptistSchool.
Sixth Grade 2019-2020
Seventh Grade 2019-2020

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