Blue Jay Flyer

April 1, 2020

A Special Message from St. John's Faculty & Staff


And the truth will set you free

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We begin a new month; a month that we had hoped would see us return to school. Now we know that we have another month ahead of us with the same, difficult challenges. We are deeply grateful for your cooperation and support during this pandemic.

As I communicate with the faculty and staff, they continue to express to me how much they miss their regular interaction with your daughters and sons. They recognize that not being with your children is a loss for them as well. We wanted to try to communicate this to everyone in today’s newsletter.

This coming Sunday the Church will enter into Holy Week. We will remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. And yet, we will not be in the pews holding up palms to be blessed. It’s hard for me to believe that our churches will be empty.

Today’s reading for April 1st gives me great hope. Jesus tells his disciples, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (JN 8:31) What is this truth? It is the truth that we remember and celebrate each time we go to Mass. It is the truth we acclaim each time during the Consecration. Jesus has conquered death, and he is our savior.

May we all take time over the next week, even in the midst of all that we have to face, to remember this truth and this promise. I do not know or understand why we are all in this time of great difficulty. May we recognize our limited understanding and remember Jesus’ promise “and the truth will set you free.”


Daniel A. Minelli

St. John's School Will Remain Closed Until May 1

Per Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's order that was announced yesterday, all schools in the state of Ohio are to remain closed until at least May 1, 2020. He will reevaluate whether or not to reopen schools as May 1 approaches.

Virtual Talent Show

We hope everyone is enjoying watching all their school mates show off their talents this week. It is not too late to send in a short video for our "30 seconds of fame" Virtual Talent Show this week. Please send video to or through Facebook Messenger to Laura Heidorn. If posted on the "St. John's Info" group Facebook page, we are unable to save the videos amd share them on our official school social media sites.


Don't miss out on all the memories! This year is sure to be unlike any other your student(s) will ever experience. We have received so many wonderful photos of everything you are doing at home these past few weeks that we may even need to increase the number of pages in the yearbook just to relay what a unique experience this year was!

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.

help support Colerain Small Businesses

It is important to remember our small business owners in Colerain Township during this difficult time. They are always very generous to St. John's when it comes to our school and parish fundraisers, and we need to make sure that we support them in return in whatever way possible.

"Love thy Neighbor"

Last weekend, Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann parishes held a Drive Thru Food Drive for the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. Thank you to the Scholz family for organizing and collecting two car loads, both bursting at the seams, with items to donate to needy families during this Covid 19 pandemic.

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!

Because We All Need a Good Laugh

Blue Jay Showcase

Home School Virtual Spirit Week

Thursday: Jersey Day

Last Thursday, students shared their spirit for favorite sports teams. Wow....we have a lot of Reds fans in this bunch! On a day which would have been Opening Day, this was a great way to show our love for our hometown baseball team.
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Friday: Donuts with Dad & Pajama Day

We love our St. John's dads and missed seeing all of you in person last Friday for Donuts with Dad. Looking on the bright side...this year you could have all stayed in your pajamas if you wanted to and had cinnamon rolls, pop tarts or whatever else you liked! If you would like to see all the photos, please visit our Facebook Donuts with Dad Photo Album.

Donuts with Dad/Pajama Day Facebook Photo Album:

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Mrs. Sellers' Drive By Hellos

We Can Do This Together!

Thank you to everyone who continues to share their photos with us. We miss our students very much. Keep the pictures coming of your student(s)' experiences with remote learning. Please send to
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The Monkey Bars Kids Club on Facebook

A big thank you to one of our moms, Amy Dabbelt, for creating The Monkey Bars Kids Club page on Facebook as a way to keep our students connected. If you have a Facebook account and haven't already joined, you can request to join at anytime. Simply search "The Monkey Bars Kids Club" and the page should pop up. Click request to join. This is a private page and only students from St. John's should be invited to join this page.

Daily challenges, live story time with different students, healthy snack ideas and much more can be shared among families on this page. Pictured in the collage below are some of the photos from Mondays BRIGHTEN up the Sidewalks Chalk Challenge.

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Mrs. Kahny's Four Year Olds

Our four year old preschool students are missing their playmates and teachers but also enjoying their extra time spent at home with family and pets.

Check Out These Fun Resources

Art for Kids Hub on YouTube

Check out this family fun site for directed drawing videos. Ms. Wilmes discovered this site last week and pictured here are the drawings she made.

Shadow Drawing

Another great way to get the kids outside and keep them busy! Use any objects to create a shadow on the paper which can then be traced.

Goin' on A Bear Hunt

Join the fun! If you would like to participate, simply place a stuffed bear in a window of your home so when families go for car rides or walks during this quarantine, they can hunt for bears! Communities around the nation are participating in bear hunts for the little ones to enjoy. Have some fun with your family while you practice social distancing.

Resources & Activities for Every Age Student

Check out this incredible list of resources for parents. Thank you to Shannon Bonno for sharing this valuable information with us.

Scavenger Hunts

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.

Stay Connected

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