Blue Jay Flyer

April 14, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

In the breaking of bread

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Easter, I hope that everyone had a wonderful, safe and enjoyable Easter break. The Spring weather certainly cooperated for us all. I am sure that many families were able to get together and celebrate Easter. I also am sure that many people were able to travel. We hope and pray that everyone returns to us safe and healthy.

We are in the final weeks of this school year. It has been a year with many challenges. I am deeply thankful for your continued support of all of our efforts to keep our students, faculty and staff and our families safe and healthy. As was noted before our break, we have revised our quarantine and contact tracing protocols to reflect the latest recommendations from the health department now that our adults have been vaccinated. Please review the attached information.

We will be celebrating the Easter Season for most of our remaining school days. We will hear many familiar narratives about the beginnings of the Church and the experiences of the early believers in the Resurrection of Jesus. Their stories often reflect our own experiences. Their struggles to remember and believe can be ours as well.

This Sunday’s Gospel (LK 24:35-48) recounts the events after the two disciples return from their encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. “The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.” Jesus then appears in their midst and asks for something to eat. I have always believed that the sharing of a meal enables us to see one another more fully. In the same way that Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples, He reveals Himself to us in the Eucharist.

The meals that I share with my family and friends are sacred to me as well. I look forward to them and I remember them as the best of times together. Our relationship with the Lord through our Sacred Meal is much the same. During this Easter Season, may our eyes and hearts be opened each time we gather at Mass and with family in the breaking of the bread.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Free Virtual Tutoring

Tutor Teens is a group of local teenagers from 14 high schools offering free online tutoring to students in over 70 local schools. The founders, Erin Finn and her brother Aidan, came up with the idea after COVID-19 shut down schools last spring. After rounding up some friends and creating both a logo and website, their efforts landed them in Forbes' magazines 8 Under 18: The Young Trailblazers Stepping Up During The Pandemic In May.

Please visit the website to fill out an information form and sign your child up for tutoring. To read more about Tutor Teens, please click here to read the article featured in The Enquirer last week.

Soles for Souls Shoe Drive

The Soles for Souls Shoe Drive continues through Friday, April 23. In order to obtain service hours toward her requirements for confirmation, one of our eighth grade students is partnering with the Aubrey Rose Foundation to help critically ill children whose families are struggling financially AND those living in poverty around the world. Please consider donating any new or gently used shoes to help support this important cause. Shoes can be sent into school or dropped off at the main office.

See flyer below for more details.

La Salle High School Cheerleading Tryouts

Please see attached flyer below for details.

Update to COVID Quarantine Policy

We have continuously evaluated our quarantine policy for the school throughout the year and have followed the CDC best practice guidelines. Since the teachers and staff have been fully vaccinated, the numbers have been down in the school and in the community, and the guidance has changed, we updated our quarantine policy effective April 12. We will continue to evaluate how these quarantine changes work for our school and make any needed changes.

The update is as follows:

For students that are identified as a “Close Contact” to a student that has tested positive for

COVID-19 in the classroom with masks worn correctly – (within 3 feet for 15 minutes or

greater) there will be no quarantine from school or extra-curricular activities required. Your

child will need to continue monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following the

exposure. These students should follow normal protocols for quarantine while not at school.

This includes staying home and staying away from people who are at high risk for developing

severe illness from COVID-19 and wearing masks. The above guideline only applies to

exposures in the classroom settings.

For Students who are exposed to a positive case during lunch or at recess when masks are not worn they will be required to be quarantined for 10 days without testing (can return on the 11th day) or for 7 days (can return on the 8th day) following a negative PCR test that is performed no earlier than the 5th day after exposure. The negative PCR test result must be provided to the school. You will need to continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms for the remaining time until 14 days is reached.

For students that are exposed to COVID-19 somewhere other than the classroom ( i.e. at home, or at sports) they will continue to need to quarantine from school. The quarantine from school will be as follows: Students will quarantine for 10 days without testing (can return on the 11th day) or after 7 days (can return on the 8th day) following a negative PCR test that is performed no earlier than the 5th day after exposure. The negative PCR test result must be provided to the school. You will need to continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms for the remaining time.

Resource Development

Shopping Cents Orders Filled Thurs. April 15

Shopping Cent$ orders will be filled this week on Thursday (April 15). Please help make this program successful and send in your orders to support the school!

BONUS INCENTIVE: For every $25 of orders you send in this week, you will receive an entry to win a $25 generic Shopping Cent$ gift certificate. Your order won't cost you anything more than what you would normally spend at stores and restaurants and you are earning money for our school.

Volunteers are needed to help sell gift cards before and after weekend masses (Sat 4:30 and Sun 11:00). It takes less than one hour a month and is an easy way to help the school. Less than half of our current volunteers have children at our school - the rest are parishioners who have been helping for years, some ready to step down. Please consider getting involved and helping out. Contact Amy Roetting at for more information.

Derby Day Themed Party

St. John's Derby Day Themed Party

(with "a touch of fashion")

pick-a-purse raffle, basket raffles, silent auction, games & more

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time: 7:00-11:00 pm

St. John's Parish Center

April 16 Deadline to purchase tickets is quickly approaching!

$40 per ticket or purchase a table for 8 at $300 and save!

(Due to the pandemic, the event

will be limited to a maximum of 150 guests)

To purchase tickets click here

New this year...all silent auction bidding and raffle ticket purchases will be online so that those unable to attend in person can still participate.

***Please see attached flyer for additional details.

Empty Ink Jet Cartridges Earned $325.00

Please keep sending in those empty ink jet cartridges! St. John's recently sent in 308 empty cartridges and received a check for $325. Thank you for your support of this easy and free fundraiser. It is a win-win for everyone as it also keeps the plastic out of the landfills.

Blue Jay Snapshot

High School Admissions Events

Mercy McAuley JumpStart Night #2

Due to popular demand, Mercy McAuley High School will hold an additional Jumpstart Night for 5th-7th grade parents and girls on Thursday, April 22, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event is for 5th-7th grade parents and students who are interested in getting a jumpstart in exploring all that Mercy McAuley has to offer.

Parents will tour the school and learn about Mercy McAuley’s academics, counseling and student services, Women Lead Honors Program, faith and service, arts, athletics and clubs, and tuition, financial aid and scholarships.

5th-7th graders will participate in science, art, theater and service activities with Mercy McAuley teachers and students. There will also be games, giveaways and photo opportunities.

Masks are required, and social distancing measures will be in place. For safety reasons related to COVID-19, space is limited. Registration is required at

Elder Baseball and Lacrosse Grade School Nights

Ursuline Academy

Grade school girls are invited to attend the following events:

7th Grade Sneak Peek - April 17 - 7th grade girls and their parents are invited to schedule a time to tour the Academy with an SUA Ambassador. A "Hot-Dawg Grill-Out" will be offered after your tour with an opportunity to learn more about Saint Ursula Academy. Register at

Girls Night - May 7 - We have planned several fun activities to help you get acquainted with Saint Ursula Academy. Play games, win prizes, meet girls from around the city and MORE! This FREE event is open to current 6th and 7th grade girls. Dinner will be provided. Parents are invited to a Q&A session from 5:15-6:00pm with optional tours from 6:00-6:30pm. It's going to be a PAWesome night! Register at

Please visit their website at to learn more about upcoming events or register to attend.

Ursuline Spring Open House


Sunday, May 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 pm (registration required)

Register here:

*See attached flyer for more details.

Athletic Boosters

Spring Lollipop Soccer Training

St. John's Spring Lollipop Training Signups

**We still have some openings for Lollipop training sessions starting this Saturday. If interested, please register using the link below.**

This year St. Johns soccer will offer a 6 week Lollipop training program for boys and girls with 2016 and 2017 birthdays. These training sessions will be led by U.K. International Soccer who also provide training for our soccer camps and our St. Johns Academy program.

The training sessions will run from April 17 - May 22. Training sessions will be Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 am and will be held at St Johns athletic fields.

The cost of this program will be $75 per child and will include a snack from the concession stand after each training session.

Registration for this program is now open. If interested, please sign up your child as soon as possible so we can get an accurate headcount and lock in the proper number of trainers.

Please register online at .

If you have any questions regarding this soccer program please contact one of our Soccer Coordinators:

Kevin Weiss

Tom Osborn

Nicole Given

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 To register and/or sign up please visit

For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at or Tony Fassbender at

Parish News

Vacation Bible School

VBS is back for a fun bible adventure for

children ages 4 through 4th grade!

July 26-30

Adult volunteers are needed to make this adventure happen. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Hale at

Summer Opportunities

Badin Summer Camps

See flyer attachment below.

Mercy McAuley Summer Camps

Registration for Mercy McAuley’s Summer Sports and Enrichment Camps is now open! Join our Pack for some summer fun! Camp offerings include Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Babysitting, Musical Theater (Disney’s Moana, Jr.), Service, STEM, and HSPT Prep (Coming Soon). Space is limited and registration is required at

Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp Grades K-8

Please see attachments regarding the Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp for grades K-8.

Seton Summer Camps

Future Saints, get ready to SHINE at Seton Summer Camps! We have several athletic and special-interest camps available throughout the summer. Register online at

St. Ursula Summer Camps Grades 3-8

Summer Academy and Athletic Camps: Join us for one of the many courses and camps offered throughout the summer at SUA! From basketball to cooking, forensics to volleyball, guitar to soccer, and many, many more, there is something for every girl in grades 3-8! Registration and information are available at

Ursuline Summer Camps For Grades 1-9

Ursuline is excited to offer a wide range of camps this year for girls entering grades 1–9, whatever her interests may be. Please see attached flyer for details.

Junior Rowing Club Summer Camps

Want to try an Olympic sport and make new friends on the water? We are pleased to present the 2021 CJRC (Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club) Summer Camps, open to boys and girls (ages 12-15) in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Each of the six one-week sessions run from Monday to Saturday, offering expert teaching of the rowing stroke, icebreakers, camp bonding, handling and caring for excellent equipment, and fun activities on the water. Each session culminates with a race day on Saturday. Parents are invited to watch the campers participate in the friendly competition on Saturday! Afterwards, our summer coaching staff will hold an information session regarding further opportunities to pursue and explore rowing for those who are interested. For more information, please visit

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