Blue Jay Flyer

October 23, 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

From the Principals Desk...

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

We are quickly approaching the end of the first trimester. It continues to be a busy and productive school year. We completed a very successful Technology Walkathon on October 10, and we reached our super goal of $10,500. These funds will be used to install card readers on several of the main doors. We are currently in the process of installing several new doors. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so successful.

On Friday, our 8th grade students will be going to Camp Kern as a part of team building and leadership development. It is critically important for our older students to demonstrate Dignity, Kindness and Respect. I am confident that they are growing in these virtues.

Next week will be a special week. Our students will enjoy celebrating Halloween. On next Friday, November 1, we will gather as community for an All School Mass to celebrate All Saints Day. It is a special time for us to remember all of the faith-filled saints who have left us the example of their lives as a model for our own.

It is our custom to collect food for the poor and those in need during this time of year. We will begin our food drive on Thursday. October 24. In cooperation with our three parishes, we hope to provide needed food for many families. Those who will be attending our PTO sponsored Father-Daughter dance on November 9 will also be asked to contribute canned food. It is fitting that the Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday is Psalm 34; “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” Scripture constantly reminds us of the expectation to provide for those in need.

This week and during the coming month I encourage you to pray for the poor. Please discuss with your daughters and sons what you can do for and contribute to the local families in need. Our donations of food make a real difference in the lives of those around us. When we pray for and support these works of charity, we participate in The Lord hears the cry of the poor.


Daniel A. Minelli

St. John's School Spectacular

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and dancing! Proceeds from this event will benefit the students of St. John the Baptist School by funding additional staff, offering more academic programs and controlling tuition increases.


Don't delay as we expect a sellout!

Tickets may be purchased online

St. Johns School Spectacular Facebook page and Eventbrite

After October 31, ticket price will be $100 per ticket. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Salyers at

Many are asking how they can help with the first ever St John School Spectacular. One way is donating to the silent auction. We are in need of gift cards for restaurants, salons or places of interest, tickets to events, bottles of wine, jewelry items, or anything you might think would be of interest. To donate, please contact Lisa Severt or Stephanie Stegmuller.
Let’s make this event successful for our students!


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Walk for Technology 2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the huge success of our annual Walk for Technology! We reached our donation goal and as a reward, will be off school on Monday, November 25, 2019, giving us entire week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. The funds raised will be allocated to five new card scanners on major entry doors to be placed throughout the school. These doors will enhance the safety of our school and require scan cards for faculty & staff entrance into the school. Check out the video below to get a glimpse of our fun-filled day!
Walk for Technology 2019

Last Day to Wear Shorts is October 31st/Halloween T-shirts

  • New this year, all students grades K-8 will be required to wear pants or plaid jumper/skirts after Thursday, October 31. Grades 7 and 8 will no longer be permitted to wear shorts all year as in the past.

  • Also, students may wear a Halloween themed or colored t-shirt with their regular uniform bottoms on Halloween, Thursday, October 31.

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive

Student Council is once again is holding a canned food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. A growing list of needy families are signing up for Thanksgiving meal baskets. The items listed below are most needed at this time. A box will be placed in each homeroom for the canned goods.

  • Canned Goods (Yams, Corn, Green Beans, Fruit)
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Dried Pasta
  • Cake Mix, Icing, Jello
  • Facial Tissues
  • 2 in 1 Shampoo
  • Deodorant (Mens and Womens)


Each of these volunteer opportunities can be done on your own time, outside of school. For working parents, these are great ways to get involved. If you are interested in helping with any of these volunteer needs, please contact the school office for more information at 385-7970,, or

Election Day, Tuesday, November 5

Elections will be held in the Parish Center (Gym) on Tuesday, November 6th. Further details regarding car rider drop off/pick up will be forthcoming in a One Call e-mail.

2019 NWLSD Levy Information

How does a NWLSD Levy affect non-public parents? Why is it important to me?

Passing the levy will affect parochial schools in a variety of ways. Strong schools directly relate to property values and community strength.

Our district supports non-public schools in a variety of ways such as:

· NWLSD manages approximately $6 million dollars a year for non-public schools.

· NWLSD is the fiscal agent that provides processing and approvals for state and federal funds, maintaining compliance of special education paperwork for scholarships (in 2018, this totaled to $1.8 million), hiring staff and processing payroll and purchase orders for the use of State and Federal funds.

· NWLSD provides transportation beyond the state minimum for non-public schools currently costs our District about $1.4 million a year. This year we transported 1,517 non-public school students, which contributes to the 6,522 miles that are driven daily by NWLSD buses.

· We provide non-public school groups access to our facilities in the evenings for meetings and sports programs, which require custodial coverage.

If the new levy passes, how much will each homeowner pay per month?

Based on a $100K home, homeowners would pay an additional $21.88 per month. A homeowner with a $250K home would pay an additional $54.69 per month.

How many Mills is the District actually asking for?

7.5 mills will generate $11 million for the Northwest Local School District.

If the new levy does not pass, how will it affect non-public transportation?

If the levy fails in November, NWLSD would implement the 2 mile state limit for the 2020/2021 school year.

If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming levy, join the NWLSD Superintendent and Treasurer for: SUPER CIRCLE: Round table discussion, transparent exchange, Strong School District.

October 23rd, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Colerain High School

8801 Cheviot Rd.

Fundraising at NO Cost to You

Please be sure to read the flyer that was sent home in the Blue Jay Folders today regarding FREE and EASY ways to help St. John's School earn money. All of these are at NO COST to you and only require you to either save items for us and/or take a few extra and easy steps when shopping/ordering online.