Blue Jay Flyer

November 20, 2019

To inspire students to live faith filled lives

and to be, like St. John the Baptist,

heralds of God's love in the world


And now, bless the God of all

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you for your wonderful support for St. John the Baptist School. I want to thank everyone who supported, attended, volunteered and donated to our first annual St. John’s School Spectacular. It was an amazing event, and preliminary numbers indicate that we significantly exceeded our net goal of $50,000.

Last Friday, we gathered for an All School Mass, and we sang “Open My Eyes, Lord; Help Me to See.” I sometimes ask myself if I am being attentive to all that God has placed within my view. Am I appreciating the people in my life? Am I looking for the little wonders and miracles that surround me? Am I grateful for all that has been given to me?

Next week, we all have some well-deserved time to rest; to be with family and friends and to give thanks. I’m sure that some of you will have the opportunity to travel for vacation or to visit family members who live in another city or state. I wish all of you safe and enjoyable journeys.

The first reading for Thanksgiving Day comes from the Book of Sirach. It begins with these words, “And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth:” Sirach goes on to remind us that God has created us according to His will. He has created us for joy, peace and goodness.

This year, as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, I encourage you to reflect upon, share and celebrate all of the wondrous things God has done for you. Recognize the joy, peace and goodness that has been given to you. May we all also take the time to remember and pray for the poor and the suffering in the world. May we all end our meal with And now, bless the God of all.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Daniel A Minelli

St. John's School Spectacular Moments

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School Spectacular

Calendar of Events

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Dollar Dress Down Day

On Friday, November 22, we will have our first dollar dress down day. The theme is Jersey Day. Students may wear their favorite team jersey with jeans or sweatpants if they bring in one dollar.

Naturalization Ceremony

St. John the Baptist School is proud to announce that we will be hosting our third Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10am in the Parish Center. All are welcome to come and join our school as we witness this memorable and important event where these individuals become United States citizens. All students in grades 4-8 will be participating and/or witnessing the ceremony.

Science Fair Judges Needed

Volunteer science fair judges are needed to judge the students' projects on Friday, January 24, 2020. Persons with an interest in science and a desire to work with junior high school students are invited to participate as a science fair judge. Judges are requested to be at school from 9:15 A.M. until judging is complete (usually around 11:30-11:45 A.M.).

Interested persons should respond by Friday, October 18th. Please e-mail Mrs. Christine Smith at or leave a voicemail by calling 699-6960 ext 231.

979 Pounds of Canned Food Donated

Our 2019 Student Council Canned Food Drive was a mighty 979 pounds of success!

Thank you to all of our school families that donated to help provide Thanksgiving meal baskets to needy families. Students helped to load the trailer and members of the St. John's Joseph's Group delivered them to the Corpus Christi Food Pantry on Friday, November 8.

Thank you Miami Valley Paperhanging

A big thank you to Miami Valley Paper Hanging and the Even family for repainting the walls and the stair railings and risers in the stairwell leading from the church to the junior high wing. All of the religious artwork that used to hang by the main office has been given a beautiful new home!

Ceramic Tiles Needed for Science Lab

Do you have any extra ceramic tiles laying around the house? Our junior high science lab uses the backs of them for mineral scratch tests. Please send tiles to the school office. Thank you.

Blue Jay Gallery

PTO Spotlight

Father Daughter Masquerade Dance

With dancing, desserts, a photo booth and kings and queens, our Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, November 9, was a big success. Thank you to the PTO committee and volunteers that made this evening a memorable event for our families.

Santa Shop December 2 & 3

When students return from Thanksgiving break, the art room will have been transformed into a Christmas shop. During school hours on Monday and Tuesday, Dec 2-3, students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of giving by choosing their own gifts for family, friends, teachers and even pets. Please see this weeks Blue Jay Folder for a flyer with more information, a schedule of when each homeroom shops, and payment information.

PTO Pie Peddler Fundraiser

Please support St. John's PTO by selling pies for Christmas. A flyer and an order form will be coming home this week in the Blue Jay Folder. All pies are $12 and will come fresh, ready to eat or can be frozen in their shipping box for two-three months. Pies will be picked up on Sunday, December 22nd in the school cafeteria. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Scholz @