Blue Jay Flyer

August 19, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

“But who do you say that I am?”

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have been gathering as a faculty and staff both on Zoom and in person to continue to prepare for our reopening. We have engaged in prayer, reflection, discussion and focused professional development. Our entire faculty and staff have been using these additional days to do everything possible to be ready to safely welcome your daughters and sons back to St. John the Baptist School.

Next week we will continue our professional development by looking at the ways in which we will help students know, understand and be able to engage in this “new normal” of school. We have been and will continue to work with our consultants regarding health and safety, in person and distance learning and the social and emotional adjustments of returning to school. There’s a great deal to do.

Today you will be receiving a revised DRAFT of our school calendar. At this point, there are only a few minor changes (the end of the first trimester has been extended by one week, and November 6 will be a regular in person class day). As you all know, everything is subject to change. On Friday, you will be receiving our modified Open House schedule for Monday, August 31, 2020. This will also include information regarding the orientation and pick up of computers for grades 4-8.

I have found over the last several weeks that I can easily get stuck in the many, many details some of which I am unable to know. This Sunday’s Gospel (MT 16:13-20) reminds us of the big picture. It calls us to answer the most important question of Faith. “Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus’ disciples were His students. He is holding class for them, and He wants to know if they have understood all that He has been teaching and demonstrating for them. As we prepare to have our students return to school, how will we work together to pay attention to what is most important. We are a school that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of this pandemic, Jesus is asking us this Essential Question, “But who do you say that I am?”


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Revised 2020-21 School Calendar

Please see the attached copy of our revised 2020-21 school year calendar.

School Office Closed Friday

The school office will be closed on Friday, August 21. We will reopen on Monday, August 24.

Safety First

Congratulations First Communicants

God bless and congratulations to all our First Communicants. Over the course of the summer, students celebrated their First Communions on various dates in a modified manner.

May they always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within them.

Daily Home Screening for Students

Please use the document attached below as a tool to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school. If you have any concerns and aren't sure it is always best to err on the side of caution and keep your child home.

PLEASE NOTE; the tool states the temp at 100.4 - we are using 100 degrees even.

*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student would be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy - 48 hours symptom and fever free without fever reducing medications.

*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing.

School Supply Lists 2020-21

Please open document below to view the school supply lists for grades K-8 for the 2020-21 school year. Supply lists can also be found on the school website by clicking on the Parent Tab.

Blue Jay Masks

Spirit wear masks are available to special order. These are NOT part of the required uniform, but simply an option for our students. Any masks appropriate for a Catholic school may be worn.

Click here to print an order form: Blue Jay Mask Order Form

Please e-mail order forms to Laura Heidorn or drop off at the school office.

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Preschool Openings

We still have some openings in our preschool program (3's, 4's, and PreK). Please contact the school office for more information. Registration forms can be found on our school website at

SJB Athletic Boosters

Girls Volleyball Sign Ups Open

St. John's Girls Volleyball Sign-ups will be held from August 15th through September 7th.

Please click here to register your daughter Girls Volleyball Sign Ups.

We will be sending out information on clinics and tryout dates in the near future to those who sign up or express interest in playing volleyball this season. If you have any questions please contact the volleyball coordinators at

At this point the GWAC has not released any guidelines for the upcoming season. However, they have discussed limiting the number of spectators, requiring masks for all spectators and clearing and cleaning the gym and equipment between each game. Rules will be discussed and voted on in September and we will keep everyone posted about the expectations.

If we are unable to have a season money will be refunded for registration costs. However, if the season starts and we are forced to shut down the season early, parents will be refunded a prorated amount. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


St. John's Volleyball Coordinators

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