Blue Jay Flyer

November 4, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am very glad to let you know that our faculty and staff who have been quarantined are beginning to return. Everyone tested negative, and all of them will be back no later than Monday. We continue to be very blessed to be able to keep our students, faculty and staff and our families safe and well. Our protocols are working.

We are looking into acquiring new temperature scanning systems which may be mounted on the wall and will keep a record of each student’s temperature. As the weather gets colder, we have found that our hand held thermometers are difficult to use. As you know, we are returning to in person classes beginning next Wednesday, November 11, 2020. It is critically important that we all remain vigilant in following the protocols we have established at school and outside of school. We are deeply appreciative for your support and cooperation.

We will be sending out information next week regarding our fall parent and teacher conferences. This year these conferences will all be done via Zoom. In this way, we can continue to keep everyone as safe as possible. Conferences will take place on Monday, November 23 as the calendar indicates.

I want to encourage everyone to support our second annual St. John’s School Spectacular on Saturday., November 14. You can find the link to purchase a ticket, register to bid online and see the items available at This is a very important event, and we are very hopeful that it will be as successful as last year.

In today’s first reading (PHIL 2:12-18), St. Paul reminds us that God works within us and among us. Keeping one another safe during this pandemic; caring for one another in these challenging times, and supporting our school community in all of its endeavors to continue to provide a quality Catholic education for all of our students is allowing St. Paul’s words to take root in us. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you. Thank you for all that you continue to do.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Let It Shine School Spectacular

Thanks to all our parishioners and school families who have generously contributed to the St John School Spectacular- Let It Shine. It is hard to believe the fun-filled event is only one week away. This evening of raising funds will directly impact our students and help keep tuition in check for their families.

There are many ways you can help and also enjoy the event this year- even from the comfort of your own home!

*Preregister at and you can participate

virtually with your cell phone or on your computer.

*Buy a raffle ticket for a $1500 tuition voucher. This can be used an any Cincinnati are Catholic high school or at St Johns. What a gift that could be for your kids or grandkids!

*Buy a chance on the 10 fabulous baskets donated by each class in the school They will be on display at the Masses at St John the Baptist on 11/7, 11/8, 11/14 and 11/15. You can purchase tickets at any of the parishes on those dates and they will be raffled on 11/16. Tickets are also available online.

*Bid on silent auction items which are all visible at Many of these items will also be on display in the Gathering Space of St John the Baptist before and during Masses on 11/7 and 11/8. Pick from Christmas items, dining certificates,

pampering items, picnic baskets, a smoker, Reds and Bengal tickets, spirit wear items,

a bourbon basket, beef bundles or even FIRST ROW SEATS FOR GRADUATION!

*Tune in to the live event 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 performance from our students.

*Bid on any of our Premier live items online from 7pm-9pm on November 14.

Please remember you must be registered to bid.

A limited number of tickets to the live event are still available. Please know we are making this as safe as possible through many steps. In addition to the attendance being kept at less than half the parish center's capacity, there will be a wonderful four course meal served instead of food stations and servers will be bringing cocktails to the guests. All the auction and raffles will be online to prevent sharing pens and gathering around auction tables.

Tickets can be purchased at

This is our largest fundraiser for the school and we are looking forward to your support.

Wine Tasting for 10 In your home

Enjoy a wine tasting for 10 people in the comfort of your own home!

Taste six varieties of wine (2 bottles of each), enjoy an antipasto platter from Bridgetown Finer Meats, and receive $100 to spend at Kroger. Tasting notes will be provided on each wine. Get your group together to bid on this live auction item.

Have you registered yet to bid on our Spectacular website?

Bids can be placed both at the live event or virtually from anywhere. Click on button below to register or visit

Out of Uniform Day for Basket Raffle Donors

For those students that sent in a donation for the Spectacular Basket Raffle, you may choose ONE of the following days to to be out of uniform...

Friday, November 6th OR Friday, November 13

Please make sure clothing is appropriate for a catholic school.

Once again, thank you for your support of our School Spectacular.

Spectacular Website

Register here to purchase raffle tickets and bid on auction items

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.

St. Vincent de Paul Winter Coat Drive

Beginning Friday, Nov 7th, St. John the Baptist Parish and School will be collecting new and/or gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves. 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 mid December.

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

The holiday season is quickly approaching and many of us enjoy the convenience of shopping on Amazon.

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.

New Pink T-Shirt and Mask

In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we introduced a new pink t-shirt style and mask to the school spirit wear line.

The new pink t-shirt (pictured here) is a moisture wicking mesh fabric with a white outline of the blue jay and "ST. JOHN'S." The new mask is white cotton and will have a small pink blue jay. Please see attachment below for an order form.

Blue Jay Gallery

High School Admissions News

Mercy McAuley Application Deadline Nov. 21

November 21 is an important deadline for all 8th grade families applying for admission to Mercy McAuley. November 21 is the deadline to submit the required Admissions Application. A completed Admissions Application is required in order to be considered for admission to Mercy McAuley. November 21 is also the deadline to submit the FACTS Financial Aid Application, the Catherine McAuley Scholarship Application, and the Spirit Scholarship Application. Details and links to all of these applications can be found at Any questions may be directed to Alli Miazga, Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator, at 681-1800 x2272 or

Badin High School Merit Scholarships

Although there will not be any High School Placement Tests this year, Badin High School is still offering Merit Scholarships.

If you have an 8th grader applying to Badin and are also applying for a Merit Scholarship, you must notify Jill Katterjohn ( in the school office of your plans so that we can send Badin the necessary records.

Mount Notre Dame

MND Application for Admission

Prospective members of the Mount Notre Dame Class of 2025 may now submit their Application for Admission if they have not done so already. Applications are due Nov. 23. MND will request school records from each applicant’s current school to be received by December 1, 2020. CLICK HERE to apply.


MND offers academic scholarships, merit-based awards and alumnae legacy awards for our students. Applications for these items are due Nov. 23. To learn more and apply, CLICK HERE.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is provided for many of our families through financial aid and named scholarships. Financial assistance and scholarship/award applications are due Nov. 23. Parents are notified of awards, grants and scholarships in the mid-January admissions mailing. To learn more and apply, CLICK HERE.


On January 13, MND will mail a full enrollment packet to admitted applicants, containing registration information and notification of any awards. Parents/guardians will also receive an email with admission status. Registration for the Class of 2025 will take place on January 27, 2021. A tuition deposit is due at the time of registration.

St. Xavier Open House

St. Xavier High School’s Open House will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 15 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Parents are asked to preregister and choose a 15 minute window in which to arrive for their tour. Many of the windows are full already, so we encourage your family to register now if they have not done so already.

PTO News

Dine to Donate: Chipotle

Forget making dinner tonight on Wednesday, November 4th and "Do Good with Burritos" instead!"

Bring in the flyer attached below, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting St. John's and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to our school's PTO.

NEW! Order online for easy pick up using code 3CBKJVA in the promo field. Orders placed on or through the Chipotle app will be counted toward this fundraiser.

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.

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Athletic Boosters

3rd Grade Girl's Basketball Registration Extended

GIRLS BASKETBALL registration has been extended for 3rd grade through November 8th. We're looking for two additional girls who want to play.

Also, 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.

Important info:

  • 3rd-8th grade will be playing in the Girls Western Athletic Conference (GWAC). Information about the league can be found at The season runs from last weekend in January to the first weekend in April (depending on the grade level).

Email any questions for girls basketball to Andre Porter

Boys 2nd Grade and High School Basketball Sign Ups

Boys 2nd grade basketball signups and High School Basketball signups will close on Nov 8th at Midnight. To guarantee a place on the team you must be signed up by this date.

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. If you do not sign-up during these time frames, we cannot guarantee your son a spot on a team. If you sign-up late and are given a spot on a team a late fee will be charged.

Important info:

• High School will be playing in the Western Basketball Conference (WBC). Information about the league can be found at The season runs from December to end of February (depending on the grade level) with practices starting in November.

• 2nd grade will be playing in the St. Bernard League the season runs from January to end of February. 2nd grade signups will end on October 31st

Email any questions for boys basketball to Rob Schneider

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