Blue Jay Flyer
September 21, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our Blue Jay Time this week started a discussion on how we can all spread kindness throughout our school. I have challenged our Jr. High students to create a Kindness Project/Initiative that can be implemented here at St. John’s. If you have a junior high son or daughter, please ask them about what their group is planning and how their SMART goal is coming along. I can’t wait to read about all the amazing ideas our students have. Hopefully, we will find some great ideas that become yearly projects for our students.
Don’t forget: Rock the Walk will take place on Friday September 30th. This is a fun event for our students and a fundraiser to allow our school to ensure we have the most up-to-date technology in the hands of our students. Our walk-a-thon chairs are planning a great day for our students. Right now we are almost halfway to our $10,000 goal. If students reach their goal, students will be off School on Monday, November 21st.
Lastly, I hope to see everyone at the PTO membership meeting on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Sgt. Hussle from the Colerain Police Department. He will be addressing Internet Safety with the parents and the importance of staying on top of your student’s Social Media accounts.
School Calendar 📅
Walk for Technology
The Walk for Technology, Rock the Walk, is next Friday, Sept. 30th and we are gearing up to raise $10,000 this year! Donations may be sent in via cash, check or Venmo (@SJB-School). Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist School.
If we reach our goal we will earn an extra day off school on Monday, November 21st,
giving us the full week off for Thanksgiving!
- Every student who turns in at least $32 will receive an "Out of Uniform" day (date TBD).
- The GRADE in K-3 with the highest turn-in will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
- The GRADE in 4-8 with the highest turn-in will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
- The family with the highest turn in total will receive a $100 Shopping Cent$ gift card.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our Walkathon Chairs.
Kelly Heid (email@example.com) or Amanda Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hospice Sock Drive Thank You
A big thank you to those families who donated anti-skid grip socks to our school wide service project for ProMedica Hospice. Seventh grade religion students made beautiful greeting cards to be given along with the socks. ProMedica will distribute the cards and socks to their local hospice patients around the Cincinnati area.
💡 Way to keep those lights shining bright Blue Jays!
Please see attachment below for guidance from the Department of Health.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
Mexican Independence Day
Día de la Independencia or Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th, marking the day that Mexico's gained it's freedom from Spain in 1821. Sixth grade students in Senorita Moore's Spanish class decorated Mexican flags last week as part of their Spanish history lesson.
Shining Light Awards
1st PTO Membership Meeting
PTO Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 22
Sergeant Hussel will be speaking about the dangers of Social Media for our children. Everyone is welcome to attend!
2nd - 12th grade BOYS' BASKETBALL SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN
Boys' Basketball - Registration is now open and will go through October 2nd for grades 3rd – 8th. 2nd grade and High School will be open until November 13th.
Sign-ups will only be offered online at https://sports.bluesombrero.com/stjab/. In the upper right corner you will see the login or register tab if you do not already have an account. If you do not sign-up during these time frames, we cannot guarantee your son a spot on a team. If you sign-up late and are given a spot on a team a late fee will be charged.
- Tryouts for 5th – 8th grade –Will be in Mid-October so you must sign up by October 2nd to receive tryout info.
- We will be playing in the Western Basketball Conference (WBC). Information about the league can be found at www.wbcbasketball.com. The season runs from December to end of February (depending on the grade level) with practices starting in November.
- 2nd grade will be playing in the St. Bernard League. The season runs from January to end of February. All games are played at St. Bernard. 2nd grade signups will end on November 13th.
Boosters Golf Outing
Sign up soon as registration will be closing and there are only a few spots left!
We are also excited to announce through an anonymous donor we will have a $500 cash prize for the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the Island Par 3, #16. Don't miss out!!!
2022 St. John’s Athletic
Boosters Annual Golf Outing
When: October 8th, 2022
Time: 10:30AM shotgun start, please arrive no later than 10:00AM to sign-in
Where: Pebble Creek Golf Course (9799 Prechtel Road; Cincinnati, OH 45252)
Cost: $80/person (Includes Golf, Lunch ticket w/drinks, skins game, prizes, and more)
Hole Sponsorship $150
Company Sponsorship (hole sponsorship and foursome) $450
Last year's event was at full capacity, submit your foursomes early to guarantee your spot.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!
Catholic High School Happenings
Mercy McAuley Admissions Events
Pre-register for Open House on October 30
Students and families of all grade levels are invited to see all that Mercy McAuley has to
offer at the Open House on Sunday, October 30, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is
strongly encouraged to save time at check-in. Pre-register at
Grade School Volleyball Night is October 13
All grade school girls are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley
athletics at the Grade School Volleyball Night on Thursday, October 13. The Varsity
game begins at 6:30 p.m. All grade school girls will receive free admission to the game,
plus snacks and giveaways. (See flyer)
HSPT Prep Course
Parent Information Nights
Parents of all grade levels are invited to tour the building and learn more about Mercy
McAuley at a Parent Information Night on October 4*, October 11 or November 8, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Topics covered will include academics, athletics, clubs, faith and service, arts, and tuition/financial aid/scholarships/admissions process. Register at
www.mercymcauley.org/InfoNights. *Note that the October 4 session will focus exclusively on tuition, financial aid, scholarships and the admissions process.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reservations are available on the Badin website, BadinHS.org. Meet teachers, faculty, coaches and students during our annual Open House. Enjoy a private tour through our building, and have all of your questions answered.
Ramformation Nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for interested families. Dates include Sept. 27, Oct. 27 and Nov. 14. In addition, there is a special Latino Ramformation Night on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with interpreters present. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (513) 869-4498 or by email at NCarley@BadinHS.org.
Potential members of the Class of 2027 are invited to shadow. Sign up on the Badin website, BadinHS.org, under “Admissions.”
Mount Notre Dame
Seton Grade School Events & Admissions
Athletic Nights: Cheer on the Saints! Seton High School invites all grade school students to attend our upcoming Athletic Nights for Alumnae & Future Saints! All Future Saints and Alumnae will receive a giveaway and be entered to win a Seton swag basket, and there will be games, prizes, and plenty of spirit in the cheering section! We can’t wait to see you there!
Volleyball Night – October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in Seton’s gym
Shadow at Seton and be a Saint for a Day! Future Saints in the 8th grade will be paired with a current student and learn about Seton’s academics and innovative schedule, the many extra-curricular clubs and activities offered, and all the different ways to Find Your Light at Seton! Spots are filling quickly, so register today at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/admissions/plan-your-shadow-visit/.
Tailgate Mixer: All 7th and 8th grade Future Saints and Panthers are invited to the Seton & Elder Tailgate Mixer on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.! Join us before the football game for shaved ice, snacks, music and giveaways, and receive free admission to the game and LaRosa’s pizza in the pit! Registration is required at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/tailgate/ or on Elder’s website.
St. Ursula Academy
8th grade students are invited to spend the day shadowing a current UA student to find out what life as an Ursuline Lion is all about. Shadow days will be from 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. Parents are invited to stay for a parent meeting from 7:45-8:30 a.m. followed by a tour of the school from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Register for a shadow day here: ursulineacademy.org/admissions/shadow
See flier below.
La Salle Admissions Info & Events
Elder Grade School & Admissions Events
Grade School Soccer Night
All grade school students are invited to come out to the Panther Athletic Complex (PAC) on Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 PM for Soccer Grade School Night. Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Cougars of Conner High School! Free admission and giveaways for all grade school students! Find information on Elder Athletics at www.ehsports.com.
Elder Shadow Days
Current 8th grade students are invited to visit Elder and shadow a current Panther! Shadowing is the best way for a prospective student to experience a day at Elder! There are 13 preferred dates to schedule a shadow day, to schedule your visit go to www.elderhs.org/shadow.
Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to the Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party on
October 14th starting at 6:00 PM. All in attendance will receive complimentary snacks, drinks,
shaved ice, give-a-ways and free entry to the Elder vs Bishop Chatard football game. Sign your
student up at www.elderhs.org/tailgate.
Elder Open House
Join us for the annual Elder Open House on Thursday, November 10th . Take a tour with a
student ambassador, meet our dedicated Faculty & Staff, and learn about everything about Elder High School! Reserve a time for your family to take a tour at
High School Placement Test (HSPT) Elder Prep Bootcamp
The official High School Placement Test (HSPT) testing day is Saturday, November 19th . If you are currently in 8th grade, then make sure to schedule your test at your desired location.
In order to help 8th grade boys prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT), Elder will
host a HSPT Bootcamp on Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Cost of the
bootcamp is $40. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot! Find information on the HSPT and the Elder Bootcamp at www.elderhs.org/hspt.
St. Xavier High School hosts two Xperience Nights (October 18 and 26). Your school and all 7th & 8th grade families will receive an invitation to attend.
The evening begins in our Chapel of the Holy Companions at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Parents will hear a presentation about the mission of St. Xavier from a current student, the parent of a current student, faculty member, and an admissions representative – with ample time for questions and answers afterward. Students will learn about St. X by engaging in experiential learning opportunities that will be directed by current St. X students. Your students will also have the chance to have their questions answered. Families have found these nights to be an opportunity to receive in-depth information and hear different perspectives. Parents and faculty often can give a more “on the ground” view of the school. We ask that families register in advance.
On Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House. Tours are given by current students, allowing families time to speak with teachers, co-curricular moderators, and students about their experiences.
Shadowing is an integral role in a student’s decision making process. The shadowing program runs from September through December and provides interested eighth grade students with a firsthand experience on campus. Prospective students will be hosted by an Ambassador of Excellence, a freshmen or sophomore qualified to speak on the various aspects of St. Xavier High School. On these days at 8:30 a.m., parents have the opportunity to tour the school and hear a presentation from a St. Xavier representative about programs, tuition assistance, scholarships, and the admissions process. Families may register for shadowing on our website at https://www.stxavier.org/admissions/visit.
HSPT Prep Course at St. Xavier High School
This HSPT course covers all 5 sections of the test: Verbal Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Quantitative Skills and Language. The course begins with a comprehensive assessment exam, and the rest of the course focuses on learning content. By program’s end, students know how to tackle every type of problem on the HSPT – and effectively manage their time and the test.
The course will be taught on October 29th and November 5th at St. Xavier High School from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:30 to 4:30 pm.
Attached below is a one-page program overview for families who may be interested. Parents can sign-up at www.RedwoodPrep.com by clicking on the 'Sign Up' button on the website.
Join Us For An Exciting Soccer Doubleheader!
Roger Bacon soccer is excited to invite all of our grade school friends to visit Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium NEXT THURSDAY, September 15th, for an exciting conference doubleheader. The Spartan girls take the pitch at 5 pm, followed by our boys team at 7 pm. Admission is free, and there will be fun prizes and giveaways for our future Spartans.
Open House is October 23 from 1-4 pm. Come see for yourself what all of the excitement is about. There is no place like Roger Bacon!
Drop by anytime or click here to register for a spot.