Blue Jay Flyer

January 19, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Parents and Guardians,

Our Open House committee has been working diligently over the last few months to plan for our January 30th Open House. I am excited to be able to open our doors and allow prospective families to come tour our building and see the amazing things our school has to offer. Please spread the word by sharing our Open House posts on Social Media and by telling all your friends/colleagues about the reasons your family chose St. John the Baptist for your children. Anyone who refers a family to our Open House will be entered in a drawing for a $500 tuition voucher.

Catholic Schools Week will run January 31st-February 4th. Next week we will share the events/themes for each day so that students and their families can prepare. I am excited to celebrate our students and our school during Catholic Schools Week. I am proud to be a part of this school, and I hope that my leadership will continue to help our school improve and grow during my time as principal.

I thank you for your commitment to our school and your children’s education.

Courtney Weinheimer

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Re-Registration Forms

Re-registration forms for the 2022-23 school year were sent home last week with your youngest child in their Blue Jay Folder. If your family is planning to return to St. John's, registration forms are due back no later than January 31. The non-refundable registration fee of $225 (per family) is due by March 11, 2022. After March 11, the re-registration fee will increase to $300.00 per family.

Scholastic Art Award Winners

Congratulations to two of our talented 8th grade students whose artwork has been accepted into the Scholastics Art Awards and will be on display for a limited time at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. This is a huge honor, similar to going to state for art! There are three award levels: Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions. Those students receiving Gold Key Awards will go on to compete at a national level.

For more details about Scholastics and the Art Academy, please visit the links posted below.

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Win a $500 Tuition Credit

Please help spread the word about our Prospective Student Open House on January 30th from 12:30-2:30 pm. Refer any new family to St. John the Baptist School for the 2022-23 school year and your name will be entered to win a $500 Tuition Credit upon their official registration.

***Please note: This year's Open House is for new/prospective students only. Reservations are required for prospective families.

CoGat & Iowa Testing Feb. 22-Mar. 7

For students in grades 2-7, standardized testing will begin on Thursday, February 22, and run through Monday, March 7th. Testing will begin promptly each morning following morning announcements and end before 10:00 am.

It is imperative that students not be tardy or have any outside appointments during morning hours on these testing dates.

Students that are tardy or coming in late from an appointment will not be permitted to go to their classroom until the next testing session begins. All missed tests will need to be made up as soon as possible.

Inclement Weather Plans

Inclement weather plans will be announced on the radio/television/social media as follows:

1. We will follow Northwest Schools. If Northwest Local Schools are closed, we will be closed.

2. Two hour delay. This means school will start two hours later than usual. Transportation will begin two hours later as well. If your transportation is provided by Fairfield or Mt. Healthy, you will need to verify that they are on a two hour delay as well. Otherwise, their transportation schedule will not match that of Northwest Local and your student(s) may not be provided a morning bus.

3. Early Dismissal. This announcement would mean the district would be transporting private and public students home early. Parents need to have a contingency plan in order to deal with this circumstance. In addition, parents will need to remain in contact with local media if adverse weather conditions occur during the school day to determine if Northwest Schools is going to transport students home early. The announcement that will go to the media will be “Northwest Schools will Dismiss Early”. The length of the early dismissal will also be announced, such as "1-hour" or 2 hours".

Do Not Put Laptops in Backpacks

Please remind your child(ren) in grades 3-8 that their laptops should NEVER be put in their backpacks. We have had multiple instances of bent/cracked screens from the pressure that books put on the laptops when placed in backpacks. These expensive mishaps can be prevented by simply not placing laptops in backpacks.

Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Grants

The Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is now accepting K-8 tuition assistance grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year. The application period runs from now through February 6, 2022. For more information, please go to To apply, please go to

Aubrey Rose Scholarship Application Deadline is Jan. 28

The Aubrey Rose Foundation will be awarding up to thirty-five (35) $500 scholarships to 8th graders in the graduating class of 2022 who will continue their education at a private high school in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky & SE Indiana areas in the fall of 2022.

Your students can complete the scholarship application and essay by going online to submit it.

Scholarship Application Deadline is January 28, 2022.

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Who Dey!

Students were permitted to wear Cincinnati Bengals attire or black and orange shirts with their regular uniform bottoms last Friday. Our Blue Jay mascot even made a surprise appearance to share in the hometown spirit.

Athletic Boosters

Spring Soccer

Please register at by February 11.

St. John's will be offering SAY Rec Soccer for boys and girls playing Swarmers (2016), Passers (2014 & 2015) and Wings (2012 & 2013). These teams will play an 8 game season in Northwest SAY. There is no post season tournament in the Spring.

St. John's also now offers Premier soccer for those who want to experience club level competition. Our teams play in Select leagues such as Cardinal Premier and Buckeye Premier and are eligible to enter various tournaments. This program is coach driven and will typically require a tryout. Keep in mind there is a bigger time commitment with this option and the cost is significantly higher. Right now we have a U9(2013) girls team and are in the process of putting together a U9(2013) boys team. We hope to form more teams moving forward but need coaches and parents to help lead the charge. If you would like more information on our Premier program please contact Tom Osborn.

We will continue to have Academy Training for Swarmers and Passers. This training would be in addition to the teams weekly practice and is designed to give those kids an additional opportunity to work on foot skills, speed and agility, etc. The Academy training will be held on Monday evenings. U.K. International Soccer will run the training sessions. Academy Training is optional but highly encouraged.

***Also this Spring***

  • We will offer an 8 week Lollipop training program for 2017 and 2018 boys and girls. This training will be with U.K. International Soccer and will take place on Friday evenings at St. John's April 1-May 20. Registration for this will be separate. More details to follow.
  • U.K. International Soccer will be conducting a Day Camp at St. John's during our Spring Break. This is tentatively set for Friday April 22 and will be free of charge.

***A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.

***We are looking for volunteers to help with our SAY program. We currently have no one in place to coordinate for the Fall season. Please consider volunteering so our kids can continue to play Soccer at St. John's.

If you have any questions regarding the Soccer program please contact one of our Soccer Coordinators:

Tom Osborn

Nicole Given

Kevin Weiss- Lollipop

Baseball Sign Ups

If your child is interested in playing baseball in 2022, please follow the link below to access Blue Sombrero.

St. John's currently offers:

  • Instructional Baseball (t-ball) for kids 5 and 6 years of age.
  • 7U - Coach pitch, it will give your child the opportunity to continue to learn the fundamentals of the game while still have a blast with their friends.
  • 8U to 15U will focus on the fundamentals as well, while getting a little more competitive. We have both American and National divisions.

Currently we play in the Western Baseball Conference which comprises of teams such as, St. I’s, St. Jude, Vivian, St. John Harrison, St. James, St. Antoninus, St. William, Victory, Visitation, Oak Hills, St. Teresa, St. Bart, St. Als, Dominic, St. Martin, Westend Reds and more.

Sign-ups are open now and will run till January 15, 2022.

If you have any questions please contact Dan Schneider, or Lee Houchen,

We are looking forward to a great 2022 season!

Dan Schneider - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator
Lee Houchen - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator

Girls' Softball Sign Ups

What: Girls Western Athletic Conference Softball Sign Ups

When: Now thru March 4th


Girls Softball: 1st grade & up (teams are set by grade 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th,5th/6th, 7th/8th)

Girls Instructional Softball: Pre-school Thru Kindergarten

Signups will be online only at

Teams are formed soon after sign-ups. Please spread the word to all of your family and friends who have daughters that may be interested in participating in the St. John's softball program.

If you have questions/concerns/ideas about softball please email: Geoff Ziegler – (Softball coordinator)

We are excited to get started this year and hope to see you all soon. Please indicate during sign ups if you would like to be a head coach or be an assistant coach for your daughters’ team.

A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.

***Want to get involved in St. Johns Boosters? Boosters meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the athletic barn by the sports fields. This is a great way to meet new families and also get involved in your child's sports programs.

High School News


Please see attachment below for the Badin Connection newsletter.

Parish News

St. John the Baptist Mom's Facebook Group

Calling all St. John the Baptist Parish Mom's! St. John's Parish has created a "St. John's Mom's Facebook Group." The private group page is intended to be a space for mothers of young children at St. John's to connect, share ideas and build community. You can find the group by going to the official St. John the Baptist - Dry Ridge Facebook page and searching under "Groups." Simply request to join and invite other mothers you know from the parish!

Any questions, please contact Tyler Castrucci, Pastoral Associate, 513-385-8010 ext 119.