Blue Jay Flyer

November 18, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of

the least brothers of mine, you did for me.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to thank everyone who helped and supported our St. John’s School Spectacular last weekend. Even though it was a significantly scaled down event, it was very successful. We had such a wonderful remote attendance, buying and bidding. I want to thank Mary Beth Salyers for her wonderful leadership; Roger Hollstegge for is expertise and culinary excellence; our Spectacular Committee; Zach Collins for his technology assistance, and Cathy Dreyer, Laura Heidorn and Jill Katterjohn, our office staff, all of whom made this a success.

I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved Thanksgiving holiday. I want to wish all of you and your families a very blessed Thanksgiving. Please take care of yourselves and do what is needed to stay safe and healthy. We all know that this is a critical time.

We continue to be able to stay open because of our students’ willingness to follow our protocols and because of your cooperation. Our school nurse, Mrs. Elise Hochhausler, has been an incredible resource and our primary guide and contact with the health department.

We are still wrestling with being able to find enough substitute teachers to fill the ever changing vacancies. We are doing well managing what goes on at school, but we have little or no control over what happens outside of school.

This Sunday ends the Church’s Liturgical Year with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is especially fitting that we are reminded in Sunday’s Gospel (MT 25: 31-46) of what God expects of us and of how we are to treat one another. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least of brothers (sisters) of mine, you did for me.”

In the midst of this pandemic, may we all continue to care for those around us, those in need, and especially the poor. We have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate. My prayer is that we will all be able to hear the Lord say to us. Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers (sisters) of mine, you did for me.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Let It Shine School Spectacular

On behalf of all those involved with the planning of our 2020 School Spectacular, "Let it Shine," we are grateful to all who supported our event, both virtually and live. Your generosity is overwhelming in these unusual times and we thank each and every one of you!

We would love to see your "Spectacular" moments. Please tag us in your photos on Facebook & Instagram using #SJBspectacular.

This Little Light of Mine

We are sharing the video below of our heartwarming performance of students in grades K-8 singing "This Little Light of Mine."

If you missed watching it during the live streamed portion of the Spectacular on Saturday evening or would like to watch it again, you can play the video below. Please feel free to invite friends and family to visit our school's YouTube channel, St. John the Baptist Catholic School Cincinnati, to watch the performance.

This Little Light of Mine

Basket Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the grade level themed basket raffle.
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School News

Report Cards On Option C Nov 30

Report Cards for the first trimester will be available to view on Option C (in the parent accounts only) beginning Monday, November 30.

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.

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. We recently received our third quarter earnings from Amazon in the amount of $64.57. Let's double this amount for next quarter!!

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 publishes 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

PTO News

Pie Peddler Fundraiser

Please support our PTO by selling pies for Christmas!

*All pies cost $12 each

*Cash, checks (written to St. John's PTO),or Venmo (SJB-Bluejays)

*Orders must be submitted and paid by Friday, Dec. 8, 2020.

*Pies can be picked up on Sunday, December 20 after the 11:00 am mass at St. John the Baptist.

*PIck up will be done drive thru style

*Pies will come fresh, ready to eat for 4-5 days or can be frozen for 2-3 months.

See attached files for pie descriptions and order form.

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

Last turn in date is December 1.

Santa Shop

Our new Santa Shop Chairperson, Laura Monti, and her committee are planning a modified, scaled down version of our traditional Santa Shop. In hopes of clearing out the perishable items that have already been purchased, we will be pre-wrapping bath & body products and some food items that students may purchase for their family gifts.

Unfortunately, with the tremendous number of volunteers that it takes to have this event every year and the space being crowded with students, we are unable to hold the event in the same manner as in the past.

Gifts will be available to purchase the week of December 7th. Stay tuned for more details.

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

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