Blue Jay Flyer

May 19, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Your word is truth


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are preparing for all of the final events and celebrations of this school year. There have certainly been times this year when I wondered if we would be able to have any of these wonderful events. We have come through a great deal together, and I believe that we have learned how much we need each other.


This week and next week classes are having their individual celebrations. Thank you to all of the volunteers who will be helping with these. On Friday, we will have our annual Field Day. This fun day will happen much like it has in the past. I’m sure that all of our students are looking forward to it.


Next week on Wednesday, May 26, we will have our Candle Ceremony. This celebration will be slightly modified, but we will be able to have it nonetheless. It is a critically important opportunity for our 8th grade students to pass on the role of leadership to our current 7th grade students.


On Thursday, May 27, in the evening, we will celebrate Mass and recognize our 8th grade students as they graduate. We have been able to add in much of the opportunities from our past graduation. We are all very excited to recognize our wonderful 8th grade class and to wish them well as they matriculate to high school.


I believe that it is no coincidence that today’s Gospel (JN 17:11-19) reminds us of what our graduates and all of us have been called to. “Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”


Our Mission is for all of us to become “Heralds of God’s love in the world.” May we experience in all of these end of the year events, especially our graduation, the Lord’s call to witness to the truth and to be people of love.


Peace,

Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

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.

Summer Tutors

St. John's is compiling a list of names and contact information for summer tutors. If you know any high school or college students that would be interested in earning service hours tutoring grade school age children over the summer, please contact the school office. We would like to share this tutor information with interested families.

Covid Quarantine Policy

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

Resource Development

Last Turn Day In for Shopping Cent$

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 20 will be the last turn in day of the school year to order gift cards from Shopping Cent$. Keep in mind that gift cards make great gifts for Father's Day, graduation, and summer birthdays.


Gift cards can still be purchased during the summer before or after all weekend masses at St. John the Baptist Church.


Thank you for support of the Shopping Cent$ program throughout the year. Together we can all help keep tuition costs down simply by paying for our everyday purchases with gift cards!

save the date: 2021 School Spectacular

We know there is a lot of excitement in the air right now with Field Day, Graduation and the end of the school year coming up over the next 10 days, but please mark your calendars for the 3rd St John School Spectacular! Over The Rainbow will take place on Saturday, November 13 and our hope is we will be back to full capacity.


Your support of the class basket raffles last year brought in nearly $7500 and we hope your help this year will make that number go even higher. This was a popular addition not only for those who purchased raffle tickets but the kids really loved being a part of this and getting their free chance to win a basket. It was amazing to see how many used that chance to win the basket of pampering for their mom!


The Spectacular has netted over $142,000 in it’s first two years and has kept your tuition increases lower than past years as well as keeping the registration fee stable. In addition, it covered the tablet costs for our 4th to 8th graders, covered the costs of additional needs due to Covid requirements and provided our teachers and staff with a 1% raise.


Thanks to all of you for your support of this event. It could not happen without our dedicated families and volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the planning committee this year, please reach out to Mary Beth Salyers at mbsalyers13@gmail.com.


Enjoy your summer!

PTO News

Field Day Friday May 21

Students will enjoy a fun-filled day on Friday during our annual Field Day. All students should wear their new Field Day t-shirts or any shirt matching their class color.


Kindergarten - RED

1st Grade - ORANGE

2nd Grade - GREEN

3rd Grade - ROYAL BLUE

4th Grade - YELLOW

5th Grade - PURPLE

6th Grade - PINK

7th Grade - LIGHT BLUE

8th Grade - GRAY



* Cafeteria will be closed. Students must pack a lunch and bring a water bottle.


* Please have students apply sunscreen before sending them to school. They will be outside most of the day.


* Students should wear gym shoes and comfortable shorts or pants with their t-shirts. They may also bring sunglasses to wear.


Any questions can be directed to Emily Meyer at emburg13@gmail.com.

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Open PTO Board Positions

Our PTO board has several positions open for the 2021/2022 school year. Next year (post Covid) should be a fun and exciting time to really get involved and the PTO is an excellent opportunity to do just that and to help St. John’s be the best school around. If you’d like to run for one of these positions, please email Elizabeth Scholz at elizabethscholz804@msn.com by Saturday, May 22 to be added to the ballot. All positions can be filled by either a single person or two people.


The positions to be filled:


Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Membership


Thanks,
Elizabeth Scholz

Blue Jay Snapshot

Playground Paint Games

Hip hip hooray, it's finally time to jump and play!!! Second graders were the first class this morning to test out the newly painted games next to the playground. "This is the best day of my life," shouted one second grader. To check out a video, please visit our Instagram page @stjohnthebaptistschool or click here.


A heartfelt thank you to our 8th grade students and parent volunteers for this wonderful gift to our school from The Class of 2021.

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Athletic Boosters

End of Year Family Night


As the school year and spring sports come to a close, the athletic boosters would like to take a moment to thank our community for their dedication and commitment to providing a full season of youth athletics. It has been a challenging year to say the least but most importantly the kids were able to get back to doing the things they love. We are thankful for the passion of all of our parents and volunteers to make this season a success!!!

To celebrate the closing of this school year, the athletic boosters has planned a small celebration for our final Family Night on Friday May 28th. It is fitting that this is the final day of school and what better way to celebrate. We will have a food truck serving food starting at 5:30 pm, a DJ playing music later in the evening, and for the first time we are excited to announce a fireworks show starting around 9:30 pm. We are confident this is something the kids will be excited about and that they will remember for years to come. We hope that you are able to join us in celebrating the closing of the 20-21 school year.

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U.K International Soccer Camp

U.K. International Soccer is hosting a soccer camp July 19-July 23 at the athletic complex. The camp is for boys and girls 4-14 years of age. If you have any questions regarding the camp please contact Tom Osborn at tjosborn18@yahoo.com.


Click here to enroll.

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Athletic Boosters Board Positions

St. John's Athletic Boosters is in search of nominees to fill the 2021 - 2023 board positions. Four 2 year positions are open to nominations including President, Vice President and two trustees. If you or someone you know would like to help the boosters mission of improving and enhancing the athletic program at St. Johns please consider volunteering.


Each Board Member must be a member of the Parish, considered by the Parish to be in good standing, and approved by the Pastor. Prior to becoming a Board Member, and all times while on the Board, each Board Member must be in compliance with the Decree on Child Protection.


Current board openings include President, Vice President and 2 Trustee positions. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions or have questions please contact current boosters Vice president Tom Hilgeman @ Tomhilge03@gmail.com


Interested members must submit their name to the current board no later than May 31st. The current board will vote on the new board members before our June boosters meeting. New board members will be announced and take the position before the July Boosters meeting.


There are many other opportunities to support athletics at St. Johns. Consider attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the athletic complex across the street from the school. Meetings are open to all participants of St. John's athletic programs and we encourage your attendance.



St. John’s Athletic Boosters by-laws can be found here.

Boys and Girls Golf

St. John's Athletics is pleased to offer golf to both boys and girls in 5th-8th grade for the upcoming 2021 fall season. Teams are formed based on initial seeding by playing 2 practice rounds at Robin's Nest from the far tees. Three skill levels are offered and all kids compete. Please have scores submitted no later than June 27th. Final teams and number of matches played will be determined by the number of golfers that sign up. Matches usually start mid July and run through Sept with an end of the year tournament for the top teams and individuals.


Fees for the 2020 season will be $50, plus a $50 family fee that is payable once per year for all sports played. Kids are required to provide their own clubs and balls for practice and play, the Boosters will be providing shirts that will be collected at the end of the season. Note: Each participant is responsible for the course and green fees. These range from $8-$10 per round for tryouts and matches. These are payable prior to each round.


If your son or daughter is interested in playing or you have any questions, please email me at jmburke55.jb@gmail.com with contact information or call at 513-616-9472. Parent help is needed, please let me know if you are interested and able to help. All parent helpers must have Virtus Training.


Signups for the 2021 season will close June 13th.

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 www.stjpantherfootball.com. To register and/or sign up please visit www.stjamespanthers.org.


For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at bsmith@waltekltd.com or Tony Fassbender at afasbender@icloud.com

Summer Opportunities

For information on various summer opportunities including camps, HSPT prep courses, reading enrichment programs, VBS and more, click here Summer Opportunities.

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