Blue Jay Flyer

September 1, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Parents and Guardians,


Today marks the first day of September which means we made it through August! The students have been working hard over the last two full weeks of school and they, along with the teachers, have earned the extra day off this weekend. I hope everyone is able to relax a little this holiday weekend and spend some time with family and friends in a safe manner.


We have been getting multiple questions about a couple of items, so I want to clear up any confusion on these issues:


  1. When to keep a child home and when a doctor should be consulted. We are following the guidelines given to us by our Hamilton County contact which include: if a student or staff member has one symptom from category 1 (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste) or two symptoms from category 2 (fever, chills, body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion/runny nose), the student should not attend school or return until they have been seen by a physician. I completely understand that these are common symptoms around this time of year; however, we want to be overly cautious in order to prevent any potential spread in our building.

  2. Masking - If it is the expectation that your child will be wearing a mask while at school, please put this in writing to all of his/her teachers. At this point, we are still allowing families to decide if they want their child(ren) to wear masks while at school; however, wearing a mask could stop your child from missing school due to an exposure if they are properly wearing it throughout the day.

  3. SafeParish - The first SafeParish Training will be sent out within the next week. Please be on the lookout for this email. This training will be different from the weekly emails that are sent each Tuesday. In order to be SafeParish compliant and eligible to volunteer in our building or for sports teams, you must be current on all SafeParish training. These trainings will be released quarterly.

  4. VIP parking spot - Please remember that the only person who is allowed to enter the parking lot using the bus entrance at the end of the day is the St. John’s Spectacular VIP parking spot winner. This auction item allows one family to park in the VIP spot during PM pickup for a year. If you would like more information on how you could win this amazing prize for future years, check out the information below.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me at cweinheimer@stjohnsdrschool.org or call the office at 513-385-7970.


Hope you have a great rest of your week!


Courtney Weinheimer

School Calendar

Big picture

September Menu

School News

Option C Electronic School Forms

If you haven't already, please log into your parent portal on Option C to complete and sign the electronic forms. These must be completed no later than WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 8th. None of these electronic forms need to be printed and returned.


Any questions, please contact Jill Katterjohn in the school office at jkatterjohn@stjohnsdrschool.org or 385-7970.

Automated Communication

Did you know that you can opt in to receive text messages? Simply text the word ALERT to 22300. If you would like to update any phone numbers or email addresses from our One Call messaging system, please contact the school office.

Reminders from the Nurse

Beginning this week, any student who returns from an absence due to sickness will need to stop by the nurse’s office for a quick wellness check prior to entering their homeroom. The wellness check will consist of 5 questions and a temperature check.


If your child has an underlying health condition that would lead to symtoms that are the same as COVID-19 (seasonal allergies, asthma, GI issues, headaches, etc.), and we don't already have a doctor note on file, please have their physician write a note for their school medical record. If there is no documentation we have to treat it as a COVID-19 symptom.

Beginning and Advanced Band

Students in grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to participate in before school band from 7:15 -7:55 am. Advanced Band will meet on Wednesday mornings beginning Sept 8th and Beginning Band will meet on Fridays beginning Sept 10th.


Please see attached flier and registrationform.

We are Hiring!

Part-time Maintenance

St. John's School is seeking a qualified individual at least 18 years of age for a part-time position in our maintenance department. This person will perform general routine custodial duties that wlll include dusting, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms and restocking paper and soap supplies. Hours will be flexible and pay is negotiable. Please send resume to Tom Cunningham@tcunningham@stjohnsdrschool.org


Substitute Teachers

We are also seeking qualified substitute teachers for grades K-8 and specials. Candidates must complete the substitute license requirements for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and be Safe Parish compliant. Please see attachment below for list of requirements.

Picture Day is September 14

Picture Day is coming soon. You can order photos one of two ways:


1. Picture order form envelopes will be coming home in next Wednesday's Blue Jay Folder. You can send them in with your child with payment enclosed on picture day.


2. Order online using Picture Day ID: EVTH43WTH.

Spectacular

VIP Spectacular Parking

Would you like to avoid the lines and have your very own VIP parking spot in the car rider dismissal lot? The top bidder on this special spot is the first to exit the parking lot at dismissal everyday.


Stay tuned for details on how you can bid on this and many other items at our third annual School Spectacular, "Over the Rainbow," on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Fundraising At No Cost to You!

Listed below are all the EASY ways that you can help earn money for our school at NO COST to you. Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers...they can help us earn money too.

Blue Jay Gallery

Last Friday was our first All School Mass of the year. Kindergarten students were paired with eighth graders to walk them over and sit together in church.



As a final project for lab safety, eighth graders created ABC books about safety, wrote and performed skits and rap songs, and created lab safety games. They had a great time creating and presenting their projects, and demonstrating their knowledge of lab safety.

Special Delivery

Thank you to the Admissions Department at Elder High School for the special delivery of beautiful flowers to wish St. John's a happy and healthy school year.

High School News

Mercy McAuley

8th Grade Parents: Visit www.mercymcauley.org/ClassOf2026
Details about Mercy McAuley’s admissions process and upcoming recruitment events can be found at www.mercymcauley.org/ClassOf2026. Questions? Please contact Kevin Brinkman, Director of Admissions, at brinkmank@mercymcauley.org or (513) 681-1800 x2272.


Mercy McAuley Shadow Day Registration Now Open
Registration for 8th grade Shadow Days at Mercy McAuley High School is now open! On Shadow Days 8th graders are paired with a Student Ambassador for the day and will see firsthand what it’s like to be a Wolf! Guests will attend classes, meet teachers and students, learn more about sports and extracurriculars, and experience a Pep assembly. Lunch is provided to all 8th grade guests, who will leave with a special Mercy McAuley T-shirt and other giveaways. Registration is required. Visit www.mercymcauley.org/shadow for more information and to register.


Mercy McAuley Offering HSPT Prep Class
Mercy McAuley High School offers a 4-week prep course to help 8th graders prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The course covers academic content on the test, familiarizes the students with test format, teaches test-taking strategies and eases apprehension about the test. There is a $75 fee for the 4-week course, which is from 9 – 11 a.m. on the four Saturdays leading up to the test: October 23, October 30 November 6, and November 13. Visit www.mercymcauley.org/hsptprep for details and to register.


Mercy McAuley Holds Grade School Sports Nights
Grade school girls are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley athletics at Mercy McAuley’s Grade School Sports Nights! Future Wolves receive free admission to the games and will enjoy snacks, activities and giveaways. Join us for the JV and/or Varsity games!


Grade School Soccer Night – September 16
4:15 p.m. (JV) / 6 p.m. (Varsity)


Grade School Volleyball Night – September 30
4:30 p.m. (JVB) / 5:30 p.m. (JV) / 6:30 p.m. (Varsity)

Ignite Your Seton Spirit

All 8th grade girls are invited to Ignite your Seton Spirit and schedule your Shadow visit today! Shadow dates include October 8, 15, 22 and 29 as well as November 19. Spots fill quickly, so be sure to visit the Future Saints page on our website and register today at www.setoncincinnati.org!


Grade School Soccer Night - Wednesday, September 15

Join us for games, giveaways and fun, and experience the Spirit of Seton in the student cheering section! Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the PAC (1915 Quebec Road) with the Varsity game beginning at 7:00 p.m. The theme is Luau!

Mount Notre Dame

SHADOWING (Sept. 16 – Nov. 16) – We invite eighth grade girls to spend the day at MND! Each visitor will be paired with a freshman or sophomore to experience a full school day at MND. Register for your shadow day at https://www.mndhs.org/admissions/shadowing-at-mnd/

INFORMATION NIGHTS (Sept. 13 & Oct. 12) - We invite prospective 6th – 8th grade students and their families to learn more about a Mount Notre Dame education. Attending an Information Night is a great way to learn about the MND Experience! Register at https://www.mndhs.org/admissions/information-nights-mnd/

GRADE SCHOOL NIGHTS (Field Hockey – Sept. 9 / Volleyball – Sept. 23) – Grade school nights are open to all girls in grades 5-8. There is no admission charge for girls in grades 5-8 to attend and registration is not required.

Upcoming St. Ursula Events

Please see attached flier below.

Elder High School – Grade School Events

Elder Shadow Days:


A shadow visit is the best way for an 8th grade boy to experience what a day at Elder High School is like! Be led by an Elder student for an entire day, and see what it’s like to be a Panther! The preferred shadow dates, and additional information can be found at www.elderhs.org/shadow.


Elder Financial Aid & Scholarship Information Night:

Thursday, September 16th - 6:00 - 7:00 PM


The Financial Aid & Scholarship Information Night is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn about our robust tuition assistance program. We will discuss application deadlines and how to apply for these funds.


RSVP at www.elderhs.org - check out the “Upcoming Events” at the bottom of our homepage. This event is intended for 8th grade parents/guardians.


Elder Soccer Grade School Night:

Saturday, September 25th - JV begins at 5:00 PM - Varsity begins at 7:00 PM - PAC, 1915 Quebec Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45205


All grade school students are invited to attend Elder Soccer Grade School Night as the Panthers take on the Lakota West Firebirds at the Panther Athletic Complex (PAC). Free admission and giveaways to all grade school students!


Elder & Seton Football Tailgate Party & Grade School Night:

Friday, October 8th - 7th & 8th Grade Tailgate party begins at 5:30 PM - Kickoff at 7:00 PM


Join us for Football Grade School Night as the Panthers battle against Indianapolis Roncalli in The Pit. All 7th & 8th grade students are invited to a free tailgate party before the game, and all grade school students will receive free admission to the game!


Register for the Tailgate Party at www.elderhs.org – check out the “Upcoming Events” at the bottom of the home page.

St. John's Athletic Boosters

FCC St. John's Night

Big picture

It’s here!!! Our annual St. John’s night at the FCC game! Tix are $30/each. Venmo @thememoryfamily06 please put your name, email address and number of tickets in the comments.


Cash or check (payable to St. John’s Athletic Boosters) can be sent to Shannon Memory c/o Alexis Memory, Mrs. Caldwell’s class. Please include your name, email, and phone number with your order.


Your email address is how we will deliver tickets. Please contact Shannon Memory via text 513-227-9428 with questions!