Blue Jay Flyer
October 20, 2021
From the Principal's Desk...
Parents and Guardians,
I wanted to thank everyone for their generosity towards our 2021 Walk for Technology
(Walk-o-ween). While we have not met our goal as of yet, we are close, and our last turn in day will be Thursday October 21st (TOMORROW). Any student that raises $30 or more will be out of uniform on a date to be announced later. The money that is raised at our Walk-a-thon allows the school to provide our students with the technology they need to succeed in the classroom, without asking parents to purchase a computer or pay fees towards needed licences. This great tradition also allows our students to have a fun-filled day to walk with their friends while knowing that they have helped their school through their donations. Students will be out of uniform on Friday for the Walk-a-ween, and they are encouraged to wear their best Halloween themed apparel (no costumes please). The chairs have planned a great day for our students, and I can’t wait to join in the fun on Friday.
I know we have a lot of events coming up in the next few weeks, so I wanted to put two things on your radar. First, Tony’s Fight on the Court. This is a fundraiser that was started by one of our St. John’s families 5 years ago. This fundraiser helps raise money for families that are fighting cancer. If you have a son or daughter that likes basketball, please consider signing them up to play in this wonderful event. The deadline to register is Friday October 22nd. Please see the flyer below for more details. Second, we will be changing the way we do conferences this fall. Instead of having conferences all on one day, we will hold conferences on two weeknights during the second and third week of November. Please look out for the conference form that will be sent home the first week of November.
I hope everyone has a great week.
October Cafeteria Menu
Walk-O-Ween on Friday
Our last and final turn in day will be Thursday, October 21!
~Every student who turns in $30 can be out of uniform (date TBD)
~The GRADE in K-3 with the highest turn in amount will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
~The GRADE in 4-8 with the highest turn amount will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
~The family with the highest turn in total will receive a $100 Shopping Cent$ gift card
And last but not least....IF WE REACH OUR GOAL OF $10,000, WE WILL ALL RECEIVE
NOVEMBER 22 OFF SCHOOL GIVING US A FULL WEEK OFF FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK!
How to donate:
Cash, checks (payable to St. John the Baptist School) or Venmo @SJB-School
See Venmo QR code below
Friday's forecast appears to be perfect for our fun-filled day!
A few important reminders:
The cafeteria will be closed.
Students that did not pre-order pizza will need to pack a lunch.
Halloween attire and comfortable shoes are encouraged.
Please send a water bottle to school with your child.
Full Throttle Winners
Congratulations to the Osborn family! They are the lucky winners of the walkathon drawing for a $240 Full Throttle gift card and 4 t-shirts.
Picture Re-take Day October 27
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Picture Day ID: EVTMM6GMT
If your student did not have their photo taken in September or would like to have re-takes, they may be out of uniform on picture re-take day. Photos will be taken in the morning.
For retakes, please have your student bring their original photo package in to give to photographer. To order pictures for the first time, please use the new Picture Day ID from above to order online.
Opt in for Text Messages
Text the word ALERT to 22300
Receive important messages from school via text message in addition to e-mails.
Election Day November 2
Tony's Fight Fundraiser
Please read information below regarding a local fundraiser started by one of our St. John's families. Three of their four children have already graduated from St. John's and their youngest is in eighth grade.
"If I could ask for a couple moments of your time. My name is Beth Even and I am with the Tony’s Fight Foundation. We have hosted a youth 3v3 basketball fundraiser at LaSalle High School for the last 4 years. We are currently looking for 3rd-8th grade students from your school to play in this event on Saturday, November 20th. This tournament was started as a benefit in March 2017. In October 2016 my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 3ES with Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome, followed by a Renal Cell Carcinoma diagnosis in February 2017."
"In March 2017 our friends and family rallied around us, hosting a 3v3 basketball tournament, to show support and help with the medical expenses that come with a cancer diagnosis. With Tony’s test results clear and Tony, myself and our 4 children settled into our new normal... we decided we would like to pay it forward by continuing the tournament. Together with the help from the original tournament committee, we have officially become a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tony’s Fight Foundation was started to help families from west side catholic parishes that have children in area catholic schools with a family member fighting a life threatening illness, so they are not faced with the choice of their children’s education or their health."
Attached below is the registration form and link to the eventbrite registration site.
Lots of things going on as we near the November 13th date for the St. John's School Spectacular- Over the Rainbow. Our auction committee has been putting together some over the top items that we know you will want to see! Each class has donated so that 10 fantastic class baskets, each with a different theme, will be raffled with tickets available for only $5 each. You will be able to view all of these items at a PREVIEW PARTY from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th in the Gathering Space of St. John's Church. Stay tuned for more details to follow.
Tickets to the gala event on November 13th can be purchased at stjohnschool.givesmart.com. The ticket price is $80 per person or $150 per couple and includes open bar, four course dinner prepared and served by Destiny’s Catering and dancing after dinner. Our evening’s host will be Steve Raleigh, Chief Meteorologist at WCPO. Please join us for the evening friendship and fundraising.
Also, our GRAND RAFFLE for a $1500 tuition voucher is open. This voucher can be used at St. John's or at any area Catholic high school. Who would not love to win that?! Chances are only $20, 3 for $50 or 7 for $100. If you do not have children in school and win, think how happy you could make a family struggling to meet today’s tuition expenses! Chances can be purchased at stjohnschool.govesmart.com.
We are recruiting volunteers to work the Spectacular event on November 13th. If you are interested in helping, please contact, Mary Beth Salyers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-708-4908, Jeanna Wiesman, email@example.com, 513-382-1260 or Laura Heidorn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up to date on all our details and auction items on Facebook at St John’s School Spectacular.
Blue Jay Gallery
Thank you to Mrs. Dreyer and Mr. Cunningham for preparing and delivering the Tom's Tasty Treats during the school performance of the play last Friday.
Best friends forever on out of uniform day!
Dog Day in kindergarten! While learning about the letter D last week, they sorted and graphed stuffed toy dogs based on their different characteristics.
Our third grade classes had their own little baby shower for Mrs. Caldwell in the library. She will be welcoming her sweet baby boy any day now!
C for camouflauge in Pre K! Students learned about a chameleon that can change colors.
A little extra time and a break in the rain at the end of the day on Friday resulted in sIxth grade playing a friendly game of Duck Duck Goose with kindergarten.
St. John's Athletic Boosters
GIrls Basketball Sign Ups
GIRLS BASKETBALL - Registration is now open and will run through October 30th for
grades 2 – 8.
Sign-ups will only be offered online at www.stjab.com. 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.
- Tryouts for 5th – 8th grade – Depending on number of teams in each age group, tryouts will be in mid-November.
- 3rd-8th grade will be playing in the Girls Western Athletic Conference (GWAC). Information about the league can be found at www.gwacsports.com. The season generally runs from last weekend in January to first weekend in April (depending on the grade level).
- 2nd grade will be playing in the St. Jude League, the season starts mid-February. All games will be played at St. Jude.
Email any questions for girls basketball to Will Crawford at email@example.com.
High School Events for Grade Schools
Mercy McAuley Offering HSPT Prep Class
Mercy McAuley High School offers a 4-week prep course to help 8th graders prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The course covers academic content on the test, familiarizes the students with test format, teaches test-taking strategies and eases apprehension about the test. There is a $75 fee for the 4-week course, which is from 9 – 11 a.m. on the four Saturdays leading up to the test: October 23, October 30 November 6, and November 13. Visit www.mercymcauley.org/hsptprep for details and to register.
Mount Notre Dame
All 8th grade girls are invited to Ignite your Seton Spirit and schedule your shadow visit today! Shadow dates are filling quickly, so be sure to visit the Future Saints page on our website and register today at www.setoncincinnati.org!
Parents of 8th graders are welcome to attend Coffee & Conversation to learn more about Seton’s academics, technology use, the admission process, financial aid and scholarships. Register on our website for October 27 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR: following each session there will be a separate informational session from 9:30-10:00 a.m. for those needing accommodations through an IEP, ISP, 504 plan or accommodation plan.
Seton High School’s Open House is on Thursday, November 4 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. All 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend! Discover the Spirit of Seton and learn about our deeply-rooted Catholic faith, strong academics and innovative schedule, athletic teams and performing arts groups, leadership and service opportunities, extracurricular clubs and activities and so much more! Pre-registration is required and can be found on our website under Future Saints.
La Salle Information Nights and Open House
La Salle information nights are designed for parents and guardians to learn more about life at La Salle, the admissions process, deadlines, financial aid, scholarships and more. Dates for Information Nights are October 13, 19 and 27 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:45 pm, please use the courtyard entrance. Save the Date for Open House on November 7, 2021. Visit futurelancers.com for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Click here to download a pdf copy of important dates.
November 14, 2021, 1:00-4:00 pm
X-PERIENCE DAYS (Shadow)
October: 20-22, 26-27
November: 3-5,9-11,16-18, 30
December: 1, 7-10
October: 25, 27
November 30, 2021
See attached flier for information regarding an Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Elder – Grade School Events
Elder Shadow Days: A shadow visit is the best way for an 8th grade boy to experience what a day at Elder High School is like! Be led by an Elder student for an entire day, and see what it’s like to be a Panther! The preferred shadow dates, and additional information can be found at www.elderhs.org/shadow.
Open House: Elder High School is excited to welcome families to our campus for Open House on Thursday, November 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Take a tour led by a Student Ambassador, meet our dedicated faculty & staff, and learn about everything Elder has to offer to its students! Register for an Open House Tour at www.elderhs.org/openhouse. Tours will take approximately one hour.
High School Placement Test (HSPT): The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at area high schools (including Elder High School) on November 20, 2021. Students are required to register for the HSPT by November 3rd.
Elder High School is offering a 1-day boot camp to help prepare students for the HSPT on Saturday, November 6th. Visit www.elderhs.org/hspt to find information and how to register for the HSPT & the Boot Camp.