Blue Jay Flyer

March 25, 2020


Do not be afraid

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope and pray that all of you are well. I know that all of us are praying for our students and families. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of St. John the Baptist School, I want to thank you for your support, cooperation and encouragement during these very difficult times. We are very blessed to have such a strong community.

I was at school on Monday (perhaps for the last time for quite a while), and I realized how still and silent the building is. It’s not like the stillness of the summertime. I recognized so many of the ordinary things that I missed and often take for granted. I missed saying good morning to our students as the get off their bus; I missed the questions that teachers might have early in the morning. I will admit that I even missed the disciplinary conversation I might have had with a student.

We will be sending a newsletter every Wednesday for as long as we are off. Laura Heidorn is doing a great job working to keep us all connected. The physical distancing that is required of all of us does not have to separate us from the heart of our school community.

In today’s Gospel for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (LK 1:26-38), the angel Gabriel comes to Mary to announce to her that she will be the mother of the savior. Mary was “greatly troubled” by the angel’s words. She, like us, does not know what lies ahead for her. The angel says, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

As we continue to face this often frightening challenge, may we hear the angel Gabriel speaking God’s word to us. May we, like Mary, respond with trust and confidence in God’s word. My prayer for all of us is that we may continue to listen for these words Do not be afraid.


Dan Minelli


Don't miss out on all the memories! This year is sure to be unlike any other your student will ever experience.

With that being said, we need your help to fill our pages. Please send any photos of your student(s) during their remote learning experience to Mrs. Heidorn at We would love to see photos of what your students are doing...studying, playing outdoors, cooking, art projects, etc....all the memorable moments of this crazy experience.

1) Order your yearbook online at and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120

Yearbooks should arrive in mid August and be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

Trouble with Google Classroom Account? Need a User Guide?

If you are in grades 3-8 and are not able to get into your Google Classroom, please contact Mrs. Robbins at

If you have other questions about Google Classroom, follow the link below for a complete guide. We are all in this new way of learning together!

St. John's Fashion Show Reschedule Date TBD

"Derby Day"

Silent Auction, Pick-a-Purse raffle, Basket Raffle,

Games & More! Hair by Shagz A Salon

We are working to reschedule this fun ladies night out. Stay turned for more information. If you are still interested in making a donation to our silent auction, raffle or a sponsorship, please contact us at

Wondering How You Can Help?

St. Vincent de Paul has created an Amazon Wish List with some of the most needed items for their Food Pantry. If you would like to help out, please consider placing an order that will ship directly to their Outreach Center. Thank you for helping keep neighbors nourished and healthy during this Covid-19 Pandemic.

Wish List:

Because We All Need a Few Good Laughs

Blue Jay Showcase

Leprechaun Breakout

They broke out! Led by fifth grade accelerated math students, our smart little first graders from Mrs. Seller's class completed a Breakout EDU challenge on March 12.

Art Challenge # 1: Colorwheels

Students are getting super creative at home! Last week, Ms. Hull challenged students in grades 3-8 to look around their homes for different colored objects and arrange them in color wheels.

Home School Spirit Week

Monday: Super Hero Day

On Monday, students dressed as a multitude of different super heroes in honor of all doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery employees and all other essential personnel.
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Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day

On Tuesday, a whole lot of crazy hair was going on at home in honor of hair stylists and other salon employees. We thank you for the smiles and laughs you created.

Wednesday: Blue Jay Strong

In keeping with our Wednesday tradition, today we showed our school spirit and pride with a Blue Jay BLUE OUT!

Thursday: Jersey Day

In honor of all the sports teams that cannot play right now, students are encouraged to support their favorite team and wear a sports jersey.

Friday: Pajama Day and Donuts with Dad

Let's face it. The best part about remote learning is having the opportunity to stay in your jammies all day!

And of course, Donuts with Dad can still happen on March 27 as planned....just in a different place. If possible, enjoy some donuts (or whatever your breakfast of choice might be) with your dads/special person on Friday.

We Are All in This Together!

Thank you to everyone that has shared their photos with us. We miss our students so very much and cannot wait to be back together again. Keep the pictures coming of your student(s)' experiences with remote learning. Please send to
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Check Out These Fun Online Offerings

Steve Spangler Science

Steve Spangler Science team will be sharing "50 experiments for 50 days", starting on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET. Steve will go Live on his Facebook page @Steve Spangler on Mondays each week to announce that week's experiments.

The experiments will then be released daily on his Facebook Page and Instagram Page so that you and your kids can follow along.

Harptoons Art

Join Steve Harpster everyday at 2 pm EST for a Facebook live drawing class. This piece was drawn by one of our very talented third grade girls! See link below.

Paint A Stained Glass Window

Several of our school families have created beautiful stained glass (temporary of course) doors this past week. Perfect art project during lent time. Check out the link below.

Free Subscription to Ranger Rick

Athletic Boosters

St. John's Football Sign Ups

Football sign ups are open until April 26 for the fall 2020 season. The season will run from August 3rd through November 4th (play offs). For more information or to sign up please visit the boosters website at Any questions, please contact our coordinator, Brant Smith at 615-9383.

Program Levels are as follows:

Bandit (Kindergarten-2nd grade), Pony (3rd-4th), Reserve (5th-6th), Varsity (7th-8th).


Bandits practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pony through Varsity practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (typically).

Equipment is provided by the program.

Parish News

St. John the Baptist Church

A portion of a message that Father Pete posted to Facebook a few days ago...

"I know life is weird at the moment and trust me, it will remain that way for a while. It brings be back to the days when I was stationed with the Marines of 2/8 and all Christmas leave was canceled and next thing we know, we are on our way overseas to the sandy part of the world.

This is a time of bonding and not of isolation. Just because we have been ordered to say apart does not mean that we cannot use the gifts of God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- to draw closer via prayer and acts of charity and kindness.

I pray for each and every one of you at my Daily Mass, said with you at heart, and all I ask is that you do the same for me"

God’s Love and Peace to you all,

Fr. Pete

Father Pete will be using the parish Facebook page to post the daily mass live at 12:30 pm. In addition, he is hoping to post the Stations of the Cross, starting with Station One, and running for 14 days.

You can follow St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish --Dry Ridge Ohio on Facebook at

St. John Neumann & Corpus Christi

Father Kyle is now using You Tube to stream daily 8:30 am masses. He is hoping to cross post them to the SJN and Corpus Christi Facebook pages.

St. John Neumann Facebook Page:

Corpus Christi Facebook Page:

Stay Connected

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