Blue Jay Flyer

November 11, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to thank you for your continuing support and understanding during this incredibly challenging time. I recognize that as things continue to change we are always in a state of transition. There are many days when It seems that what I thought was the reality at 7:00 a.m. is radically different by 7:30 a.m., and it may change again before 8:00 a.m.

This week has been one of those weeks. I was certain last week that we were on track and doing very well in preparing for our in person Wednesdays. Early on Sunday, things began to change and to change quickly. Monday was the day when every half hour things were in transition. Please know that every decision is made with the fullest intention to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

Your flexibility as things continue to change is critically important in making our school community work. Your support and patience enable our faculty and staff to provide quality Catholic education no matter in what form it occurs. We will continue to keep you informed with the most current information we have.

I encourage everyone to support our St. John’s School Spectacular this weekend. There are many wonderful baskets and auction items that you can bid on and support our school from your own home. You will be able to sign in and view the live auction as well. Thank you for your support and contributions.

In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we hear the words of the most familiar of psalms. We read Psalm 23, “Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life.” This is the translation from the New American Bible which we hear at Mass. This same psalm in the Jerusalem Bible reads, “Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me every day of my life.”

As we work together to do what is best for your daughters and sons, may we recognize the importance of what we say and do. It is certainly wonderful for God’s goodness and kindness to follow us, but how much more significant is it for us to believe this. Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me. May we rejoice that our God, even in these challenging times, pursues each of us every day of our life.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Let It Shine School Spectacular

Browse, Bid, & Buy Virtually

Spread the word to friends, families, and co-workers. ANYONE can enjoy the event this year...even from the comfort of their own home!

*Preregister at or text stjohnschool to 76278 to participate virtually with your cell phone or on your computer.

*Tune in to the live event on November 14 from 8pm-9pm on and you can bid on the live items, donate to the Help a Student fund, and watch a recorded music performance from our students.

*Bid on any of our Premier Live Items online 7pm-9pm on November 14.

Featured below are just a handful of the amazing items available in the basket raffle and premier/silent auctions. Please remember you must be registered to bid.

Spectacular Website

Register here to purchase raffle tickets and bid on auction items

Spectacular Decorations

We are just as excited for you to see our Spectacular decorations as this little guy was to help make them!

Every student in preschool-8th grade made their own creative candle sleeves. Wait until you see all their little lights SHINE!

Out of Uniform Day for Basket Raffle Donors

For those students that sent in a donation for the Spectacular Basket Raffle and chose NOT to be out of uniform last Friday, you may do so this week on Friday, November 13.

Please make sure clothing is appropriate for a catholic school.

School News

Conference Forms Due Back Friday, Nov. 13

Conference forms should have come home with your youngest child on Friday. As stated, family conferences will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 from 2:00-7:00pm via ZOOM this year due to Covid restrictions.

Every family is welcome to schedule a conference. However, if your student is doing well and you are satisfied with your child's progress, you are NOT required to schedule a conference. If any teachers have any concerns, they will specifically request a conference.

All forms are due back to school no later than Friday of this week, November 13, 2020.

SVDP Winter Coat Drive

St. John the Baptist Parish and School is collecting new and/or gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves for St. Vincent de Paul. Please send any coats to school with your student(s) and they will be placed in one of our donation bins. Coat drive will run through December 14th.

Thank you in advance for sharing the warmth with those less fortunate.

Shopping Cents Orders Filled Thursday

Thank you for all the support at our last turn in for Shopping Cents! Please consider replenishing your order - the holidays are coming!

We have $10 Amazon and $5 Starbucks and Panera gift cards in stock for the holiday season. The perfect stocking stuffers! We also have $25 Ebay cards in stock for a limited time.

Amazon Smile

The holiday season is upon us and the convenience of shopping on Amazon can be a win-win for all of us!

Our school earns .5% of all Amazon orders provided that you shop through the Amazon Smile link, and select St. John the Baptist Catholic School Cincinnati as your charity.

It really is that simple. If you have Amazon Prime, all of your benefits remain the same when using Amazon Smile.

Shopping through the Amazon app on your phone???

Go to Settings. Click on AmazonSmile and assign your St. John's as your charity. All purchases made through the app will earn money for St. John's unless you go back in and change it.

Covid Testing Protocol

If you, your child, or someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, please keep your child or children home from school while waiting for the results.

Please notify the school that this is the reason for their absence on the attendance line.

COVID-19 Tracker

In accordance with the Ohio Department of Health order, St. John the Baptist School will publish a weekly report with information about COVID-19 cases in our building.

Click here to view this week's report. You can locate the COVID-19 Tracker information on our school website under the Parent Info/COVID-19 Resources. We will update the information weekly on Mondays.

Blue Jay Gallery

High School Admissions News

PTO News

Mike's Car Wash Certificates

Please see attached order form below regarding a PTO fundraiser for Mike's Car Wash.

Basic Wash is $9.00

Ultimate Wash is $20

Turn in Dates: November 17 and December 1.

Athletic Boosters

Instructional Basketball

Instructional Basketball registration for boys and girls in 4 year old pre-school thru 1st grade is open until November 23rd.

Sign-ups will only be offered online at In the upper right corner you will see the login or register tab if you do not already have an account.

Email any questions for girls basketball to Andre Porter

Parish News

Experiencing the Presence of Jesus in Scripture

#PrayAMinute Movement

Fr. Kyle Schnppel shared how we can connect with Jesus while reading the Word of God.

When you read Scripture, do you feel Jesus truly speaking to your heart?

There’s a big difference between reading scripture with your head and feeling Jesus alive and present in your heart by encountering Him in scripture.

Click here to sign up for the #prayaminute movement if you would like to receive reflections like this every Monday.

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