Blue Jay Flyer
September 14, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This week I wanted to highlight all of the options that our students have to participate in the Fine Arts for the 2022-2023 school year. We have made a few changes to this year’s events based on the addition of the Spring Fine Arts last school year. Below you can find a breakdown of the offerings by grade that we have here at St. John the Baptist.
Kindergarten students will participate in the Kindergarten Christmas Pageant on December 20th.
Grades 1-3 - will participate in the Fine Arts Night on Tuesday, March 28th. This event was new last year and was a huge success.
Grades 4-5 - this year, we will invite our students in grades 4 and 5 to participate in the annual Christmas Concert on December 13th.
Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate in Beginner and Advanced Band - Students were invited to an introductory meeting last week to learn about this opportunity.
Students in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in Performing Arts. Our fall play is in the middle of rehearsals, and our production will take place on Friday October 28th. The spring musical will be held on the weekend of April 21st.
These events allow our students to showcase their talents outside of the classroom, and I look forward to seeing our students shine.
Lastly, I would like to mention that on Thursday, September 22nd, Sgt. Hussle from the Colerain Police Department will be the guest speaker at the first PTO membership meeting of the year. Any parent who has a student with a Social Media account should consider attending this meeting to learn about how to keep your children safe.
School Calendar 📅
Shopping Cent$ Order Incentive
Shopping Cent$ orders will be filled tomorrow, 9/15.
BONUS INCENTIVE: For every $25 in orders turned in, you will be entered to win a $25 generic Shopping Cent$ gift certificate that can be used on anything we have in stock or special orders! Please support this program and help our school earn money, all without costing you anything more than you usually spend. Thanks for your support!!
Order forms were sent home on Wednesday in the Blue Jay Flyer. A copy is also attached below for your convenience.
Picture Day Coming Soon!
Tuesday, September 20th
Order ahead of time at mylifetouch.com and
enjoy $30 off at Shutterfly plus a FREE 8 x 11 photo book.
Picture Day ID: EVTKZWHHD
Walk for Technology
The Walk for Technology, Rock the Walk, is right around the corner and we are gearing up to raise $10,000 this year!
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).
Bookstores Now OPEN!
Our student bookstores opened this week. Every morning from 7:45-8:00 a.m. junior high students sell basic school supplies in each of the three hallways. If your child is running low on glue sticks, index cards, pencils, white out, etc., they are welcome to visit one of our bookstores. Price lists are available on the school website or by clicking link below.
We are looking for volunteers to sell gift cards before and after masses at St. John the Baptist Church. The time requirement is less than one hour per month. All profits benefit our school and help keep tuition costs down. If interested, please contact Amy Roetting at email@example.com.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
Hospice Sock Drive
Keep those sock donations coming! Our school wide service project will wrap up on Friday and socks will be delivered to local hospice patients.
Thank you to Mrs. Anne Weiss for visiting our kindergarten classes on Wednesday to teach them about injury care. She is not only a registered nurse, but also one of our St. John's parents.
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!
Join the PTO & Earn An Out of Uniform Day
Cost is $15 per family and includes access to an on-line directory of school families.
*** If you sign up by September 15, your children will be OUT OF UNIFORM on September 16th! ***
Venmo - @SJB-School (please add PTO Membership in Venmo comments), Cash - please send to the school office or Check - please send to the school office (made payable to St. John the Baptist PTO).
There are also several events and committees in need of leadership and help. Please email Jen Dent at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Thank You for Your Support of the St. John’s PTO!
PTO Board Members 2022-23
President: Jen Dent
Vice Co-Presidents: Katie Litteral & Jodi Owens
Treasurer: Nicolette Goedde
Asst. Treasurer: Rachel Myers
Co-Secretaries: Mandy Combs & Justine Fischvogt
Membership: Carley DeRosa & Amanda Estes
Teacher Representative: Linda Ashley
Principal: Courtney Weinheimer
Deadline Extension for Spirit Wear Pop-Up Shop
Order Deadline Extended to Sunday, Sept. 18th
It's not too late to order athletic spirit wear from their fall pop-up shop. Orders will be delivered to the school in two to three weeks. All sales are final. No returns or exchanges are accepted as all items are custom made to order and not stocked.
Click here to order.
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
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 Schools 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!
Soccer Night – September 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Panther Athletic Complex
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 24 th 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.
Elder Financial Aid and Scholarship Information Night
Prospective parents are invited to attend Financial Aid and Scholarship Information Night on
Wednesday, September 14 th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Elder Staff will discuss our robust financial aid & scholarship programs and go over any questions. The meeting will be held in the Elder Schaeper Center (building facing Glenway Avenue). RSVP at www.elderhs.org/fasin.
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 10 th . 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.