Blue Jay Flyer

October 28, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

See what love the Father has bestowed on us

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week our school board met, and I reviewed with them the possibility of returning to in person classes on Wednesdays. I shared with the board how well our protocols have been working in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. Our students have been very cooperative, and we have had no COVID spread within the school or from school to home.

I shared the most recent metrics from the Hamilton County Board of Health with regard to schools. They are looking at schools separately with regard to the spread of COVID. I have also been in communication with NWLSD, and I have reviewed the most recent communication from the superintendent.

It is our intention to return to in person classes beginning on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. This decision was supported by Fr. Kyle, Fr. Pete and our school board. It is critically important that everyone recognizes that at any time a decision may be made by Governor DeWine or the health department that all schools return to working fully remote. It is equally important that everyone continue to practice the necessary health and safety protocols outside of school.

We will continue to keep our school community informed about any changes as soon as we become aware of them. Mrs. Hochhausler, our school nurse, is in ongoing contact with the board of health. She and I meet daily to review the current status. One of our most significant local concerns is being able to have the needed faculty and staff available to remain open. As was noted last Friday, we have a few faculty and staff in quarantine.

I am very grateful for your support of what we have been doing and of what we will continue to do. Our faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing our students every day. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of our school, our community, our nation and our world. The second reading for this Sunday comes from the First Letter of John (1JN 3:1-3). “Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” May we all work to demonstrate the love that God has bestowed on us.


Dan MInelli

Calendar of Events

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Let It Shine School Spectacular

Basket Raffle Donation Winners

Congratulations to our 1st and 8th grade classes for the WIN!! They tied for first place for having the highest percentages of students turn in donations for our Spectacular Basket Raffle.

1ST GRADE PRIZE: Extra Recess (Date TBD)

8TH GRADE PRIZE: Bring your own snack & drink to enjoy

during a homeroom class on Friday, Novembr 6.

Thank you to all our school families for your generous donations. Every student who turned in a donation will automatically have one raffle ticket entered into the drawing for their grade level basket.

Stay tuned for photos of the ten amazing baskets. You won't want to miss your chance to buy raffle tickets and win! Register online at

Dinner for six Prepared by Fr. Kyle

Back by popular demand, this amazing live auction item....dinner and dessert for 6 prepared by Fr Kyle Schnippel!!!

Fr. Kyle will bring a staff and take over your kitchen for the evening preparing dinner. Clean up is also included. Fr Kyle is known for his culinary expertise and was once a contestant on The Great American Baking Show. The lucky winner will work with Fr Kyle to help prepare the menu and then he will work his magic!

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

Spectacular Website

Register here to purchase raffle tickets and bid on auction items

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***Students who are having their photo taken tomorrow may be out of uniform for the day. Please make sure that all clothing is appropriate for a catholic school.

Halloween Shirts and Socks on Friday

Students may wear Halloween themed shirts and socks

with regular uniform bottoms on Friday, October 30.

***Any students that turn in a Shopping Cent$ order tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 29 may be completely out of uniform. No Halloween costumes are permitted. See below.

Shopping Cent$: Earn an Out of Uniform Day

All students (families) who turn in a Shopping Cent$ order tomorrow, Oct. 29, may be completely out of uniform (in addition to Halloween shirts and socks) on Friday, Oct. 30.

***Please make sure to put student name(s) and homeroom(s) on the envelope.

We all need gas and groceries! Why not pay for them with gift cards and simultaneously help keep tuition costs down. The best part....It doesn't cost you ANYTHING extra!

For your convenience, an order form is attached below. Please send order form and payment of cash or check (made payable to Shopping Cent$) to school with your student. Your gift cards will be sent home tomorrow afternoon unless they are from the special order column on the right hand side of the order form.

Thank you for your continued support of our Shopping Cent$ Program.

New Pink T-Shirt and Mask

In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are introducing 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.

Have you ever wondered why all the pink for spirit wear day? The pink t-shirts were introduced to honor our long time school secretary, Mrs. Andrea Argus, who passed away in 2010 after a long fight with breast cancer. For every pink t-shirt ordered, St. John's donates $1 to the American Cancer Society.

Also in honor of Mrs. Argus, the Andrea Argus Scholarship is awarded to two eighth grade students, one boy and one girl, who will be attending catholic high schools. The scholarship is funded by St. John's faculty & staff members who pay $2 every Friday (or spirit wear day) to wear jeans and something pink. Winners of the scholarship are chosen based upon essay submissions expressing what a catholic education means to them.

Trick or Treat with Father Pete

Thank you to Fr. Pete and our St. John’s parish staff for bringing some special treats over this week and visiting with our dressed up preschoolers.
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.

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.

Blue Jay Gallery

Happy Halloween From Our Preschool Gang!

PTO News

Join the PTO

See attachment below to join the 2020-21 PTO.
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High School Admissions News

SJB Athletic Boosters

Friday is Deadline for Girls Basketball Sign Ups

Registration for girl's basketball for grades 2-8 is now open and will run through October 30th.

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. If you do not sign-up during these time frames, we cannot guarantee your son or daughter 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:

  • 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 The season runs from last weekend in January to the 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 Andre Porter

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