Blue Jay Flyer

April 29, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

What are we to do, my brothers?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are approaching the end of April and the beginning of May. In the past, these would have been opportunities for celebrating and enjoying the events that come at the end of the school year. The faculty and staff have been meeting regularly to discuss what we can still do to celebrate and remember. This is particularly important for our graduating 8th grade students.

We know that the opportunity to gather in person in a large group is unlikely for quite some time. On Monday, I was in a Zoom meeting with ten other elementary principals and two archdiocesan representatives and much of our discussion was focused on this issue. We are all working to find ways to be together even if it is still virtually. I will be meeting with our entire faculty and staff tomorrow afternoon to continue this conversation.

I cannot express strongly enough how much we all miss being with your sons and daughters. What goes on in school is so much more than just academics. When we are together, we can express all that makes us happy and that which makes us sad sometimes. We can celebrate the little things. I remember how many times with the buses arriving in the morning that I would see a student arriving with treats to celebrate their birthday. It always made me smile. My youngest of five turned 28 yesterday, I was only able to talk to her but not see her.

In this Sunday’s first reading (Acts 2:37), the disciples ask Peter, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter tells them that they must believe in the risen Christ and wait for the Holy Spirit. I can relate to this question. I believe that many of us are asking it almost daily. These were not easy times for the followers of Jesus, and they are certainly not easy times for us.

My prayer is that we can continue to ask this question and still trust in the Risen Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Please know that we want to be with you and your daughters and sons. May you continue to be safe and well. We will continue to ask ourselves; What are we to do, my brothers?


Dan Minelli

School Year will End on Friday, May 22, 2020

A reminder to everyone that the 2019-20 school year will end on Friday, May 22, 2020. The final day for assigning student work will be on Friday, May 15, 2020. For your convenience, we have attached the Strategies document that was sent to all families last week. Please review if need be.


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 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.

Social Distancing

How about this for social distancing! This smart little future Blue Jay put cones down to distance visit with her grandmother. Way to stay safe and healthy!

Deadline Extended to May 6th: Leo & Laura Duwel Memorial Scholarship

If you currently have a student in eighth grade, you should have received a reminder e-mail on Tuesday regarding the Leo & Laura Duwel Memorial Scholarship opportunity. We have included the criteria and application documents below as well as added them to our school website for your convenience. You may access them by double clicking on the Parent Tab.

Blue Jay Showcase

Celebrating Earth Day

How did you celebrate Earth Day last week? Ms. Witzgall’s second graders got outside to play, read, plant flower seeds, and even compost.
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Unexpected Kindness

Thank you to those that participated in our Kindness Challenge last weekend. Pictured here is one of our eighth grade students cutting the lawn of a neighbor going through cancer treatments.

Blue Jay Pride Facebook Frames

Thank you Facebook users for sharing your Blue Jay Pride and support for your eighth grader with our two new profile pic frames.
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Lessons in Home Economics

One aspect of the silver lining of distance learning is that many of our students are learning to cook, do laundry, paint, and help with other domestic responsibilities around the house.

All in a Day's Work (and Play)

Mercy McAuley Virtual Game Night, Grades 4-7

Calling all girls in grades 4-7! Enjoy a “Meet & Greet” with Student Ambassadors and a Scavenger Hunt in which participants compete to find specific items in their home. The event will also include some fun Disney Trivia to see who will “crowned” the Disney Queen! Registration is required...see flyer below for details.

Fun Activities

Quarantine Craft

Here is a fun footprint craft for the little ones to make.

Hulafrog Cincinnati Hot Lists

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

Last Call...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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