Blue Jay Flyer

May 13, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

I will not leave you orphans

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to again thank you for your support and cooperation during this very challenging time. The faculty and staff of St. John the Baptist School are deeply grateful for all that you continue to do. We recognize that you have had to shoulder a great deal with this distance learning.

I have been in contact last week and this week with administrators from both Catholic and public schools regarding the end of the year issues. We are working to finalize these items and send a more detailed description out to everyone by the end of this week. It is clear that all schools public and private, small and large are wrestling with these same issues.

As you know, the bishops of Ohio have announced that some modified practice of resuming Masses will begin after Memorial Day. The intention is to have Mass on Pentecost. There is still a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, but people may choose to attend. These decisions will be the responsibility of the pastor.

There are certainly days during this pandemic when I feel alone. Days when I wonder what will be required of us next. I know that I would like greater clarity about what school and life in general will look like going forward. I believe that we are all asking the same kinds of questions. Our students, your daughters and sons, are asking them as well.

I don’t have answers, but this Sunday’s Gospel gives me hope. Jesus says to His disciples, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you (JN 14:15-21). We are not alone in this. Jesus has promised to be in the midst of this with us. This week may we be thankful for those who are with us, for our family and friends. May we find in them the real presence of the Lord. In so doing, we will trust Jesus’ words to us; I will not leave you orphans.


Dan Minelli

Be Not Afraid

During this time of fear and crisis, a group of Catholic artists have come together and created this incredible and inspiring message of hope that we wanted to share with our school families.
Be Not Afraid by Catholic Artists from Home

Morning Pledges and Afternoon Prayer

Thank you to those students who volunteered to recite the morning pledges and afternoon prayers for us. We hope that seeing those daily on social media has brought some familiarity and feelings of connection to the school day.

School Year will End on Friday, May 22, 2020

A reminder to families that the final day for assigning student work will be on Friday, May 15, 2020. Students will have the week of May 18-22 to turn in any missing assignments. The 2019-20 school year will officially end on Friday, May 22, 2020.

We are working to provide a detailed plan by the end of the week for the process in which books can be safely returned to school, medications picked up, and lockers be emptied. Stay tuned for more information regarding this matter.

Library Volunteers Needed for 2020-21 School Year

The library is losing four very dedicated volunteers this year and we are in extreme need of new volunteers to replace them. Many hands light work, they say, and that can remain true for the library if we have enough people to make operations run smoothly. Why not consider giving of your time next school year to help out?

There are multiple ways of helping and we appreciate any time you can offer. Training for all library opportunities will hopefully be provided during the summer, depending on the social distancing guidelines.

Please contact Linda Stentz at or call her at 324-6182 if you have questions and/or would like to volunteer.


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.

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Blue Jay Gallery

Virtual Mornings with Mom

Our annual PTO "Mornings with Mom" may not have turned out as we had hoped this year, but our St. John's super moms were still celebrated from home with some quality time and special breakfast treats with their kiddos. We certainly missed seeing all of you and the joy that this event brings to all of our students every year.
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Art Challenges

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.

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