Blue Jay Flyer

March 31, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

and he saw and believed

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. John the Baptist School, I want to wish everyone a Blessed Easter. We have come through Lent and a very long period of suffering and sacrifice during this pandemic. We now look forward to the promise of new life. Christ’s Resurrection calls us to experience the life that He came to give us.

I had the wonderful opportunity last Sunday to celebrate with my immediate family my oldest grandson, Tommy’s 7th birthday and to get to see and hold my youngest and only granddaughter, Mary Kate. We, like most people, have not been able to be together for most of the past year. It was a truly life-giving time. My deepest Easter hope for all of you is that you get to be with family and celebrate life.

I also hope that you have the opportunity to fully enjoy our well-deserved Easter break. If you are planning on traveling, please continue to be attentive to the health and safety protocols wherever you are. We want everyone to have a great break and return to us well.

This Sunday is Easter Sunday, and the Church calls us to an ever deepening Faith in the Resurrection of Jesus. We hear these words from the Gospel (JN 20:1-9) “Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

This Easter Season may we have our eyes more fully opened. As we begin to be able to experience life more fully, may we see all that God has given us. May we look around at our family and friends this Spring and hear the Lord say to us; and he saw and believed.

Peace and Happy Easter,

Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Uniform Shorts May Be Worn Beginning April 1

Beginning Thursday, April 1, students may wear uniform shorts of no more than knee length (no knit, cargo, jean, athletic, or baggy oversized shorts). Grades K-5 must wear navy blue and

grades 6-8 wear khaki.


Grades 4-8 must wear a black, brown, or blue colored belt with all pants and shorts.

Grades K-3 may choose to wear a black, brown, or blue colored belt.


Solid white navy blue, or black above the ankle socks only.

Free Virtual Tutoring

Tutor Teens is a group of local teenagers from 14 high schools offering free online tutoring to students in over 70 local schools. The founders, Erin Finn and her brother Aidan, came up with the idea after COVID-19 shut down schools last spring. After rounding up some friends and creating both a logo and website, their efforts landed them in Forbes' magazines 8 Under 18: The Young Trailblazers Stepping Up During The Pandemic In May.

Please visit the website to fill out an information form and sign your child up for tutoring. To read more about Tutor Teens, please click here to read the article featured in The Enquirer last week.

Update to COVID Quarantine Policy

We have continuously evaluated our quarantine policy for the school throughout the year and have followed the CDC best practice guidelines. Since the teachers and staff have been fully vaccinated, the numbers have been down in the school and in the community, and the guidance has changed we have made the decision to update our quarantine policy that will be effective beginning April 12. We will continue to evaluate how these quarantine changes work for our school and make any needed changes.

The update is as follows:

For students that are identified as a “Close Contact” to a student that has tested positive for

COVID-19 in the classroom with masks worn correctly – (within 3 feet for 15 minutes or

greater) there will be no quarantine from school or extra-curricular activities required. Your

child will need to continue monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following the

exposure. These students should follow normal protocols for quarantine while not at school.

This includes staying home and staying away from people who are at high risk for developing

severe illness from COVID-19 and wearing masks. The above guideline only applies to

exposures in the classroom settings.

For Students who are exposed to a positive case during lunch or at recess when masks are not worn they will be required to be quarantined for 10 days without testing (can return on the 11th day) or for 7 days (can return on the 8th day) following a negative PCR test that is performed no earlier than the 5th day after exposure. The negative PCR test result must be provided to the school. You will need to continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms for the remaining time until 14 days is reached.

For students that are exposed to COVID-19 somewhere other than the classroom ( i.e. at home, or at sports) they will continue to need to quarantine from school. The quarantine from school will be as follows: Students will quarantine for 10 days without testing (can return on the 11th day) or after 7 days (can return on the 8th day) following a negative PCR test that is performed no earlier than the 5th day after exposure. The negative PCR test result must be provided to the school. You will need to continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms for the remaining time.

Congratulations Mrs. Flick

Mrs. Anne Flick has been chosen as one of only 30 teachers from across the country to participate in a 15 day rigorous online course in June, "Remaking Monsters and Heroines." Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the course will focus on contemporary appeal for classic literature by studying different adaptations of Frankenstein and Cinderella. In addition to reading six books, Mrs. Flick will be creating a project on her own adaptation of a classic novel. She is thinking of possibly doing a breakout. Stay tuned next fall to learn more about Mrs. Flick's experience.

Soles for Souls Shoe Drive

In order to obtain service hours toward her requirements for confirmation, one of our eighth grade students is partnering with the Aubrey Rose Foundation to help critically ill children whose families are struggling financially AND those living in poverty around the world. Please consider donating any new or gently used shoes to help support this important cause.

See flyer below for more details.

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are holding a contest for an "Original Design Yearbook Cover" for all students in grades 6-8. Although this is optional for students, Ms. Hull will be going over the details and requirements during art classes in the near future.

The winning design will be used for the cover of our 2020-21 yearbook. Our winner will receive a free yearbook and their name/Class of 2021 will appear on the back cover as the artist.

Please see attachment below for requirements.

Resource Development

Derby Day Themed Party

St. John's Derby Day Themed Party

(with "a touch of fashion")

pick-a-purse raffle, basket raffles, silent auction, games & more

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time: 7:00-11:00 pm

St. John's Parish Center

$40 per ticket or purchase a table for 8 at $300 and save!

(Due to the pandemic, the event

will be limited to a maximum of 150 guests)

To purchase tickets click here

New this year...all silent auction bidding and raffle ticket purchases will be online so that those unable to attend in person can still participate.

***Please see attached flyer for additional details.

Introducing our soon to be...

In a few short months, our 34 eighth grade students will begin their next journey at the high schools of their choice. We are so proud of them and wish our SJB Class of 2021 the very best of luck!

Blue Jay Snapshot

Heartland Hospice Greeting Cards

As part of their ongoing service project with Heartland Hospice, junior high religion students made beautiful Easter cards for the patients at Mt. Airy Gardens, Burlington House Rehab & Nursing, and Harmony Court. In addition, they collected candy and cash donations (to purchase candy) for them.

Enriching the lives of others is just one of many ways our students are fulfilling our school's mission of being "heralds of God's love in the world."

High School Admissions Events

Mercy McAuley JumpStart Night

Mercy McAuley High School will hold a Jumpstart Night for

5th-7th grade parents and girls on Thursday, April 15, from

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event is for 5th-7th grade parents and students who are interested in getting a jumpstart in exploring

all that Mercy McAuley has to offer.

Parents will tour the school and learn about Mercy McAuley’s academics, counseling and student services, Women Lead Honors Program, faith and service, arts, athletics and clubs, and tuition, financial aid and scholarships.

5th-7th graders will participate in science, art, theater and service activities with Mercy McAuley teachers and students. There will also be games, giveaways and photo opportunities.

Masks are required, and social distancing measures will be in place. For safety reasons related to COVID-19, space is limited. Registration is required at

Ursuline Academy

Grade school girls are invited to attend the following events:

7th Grade Sneak Peek - April 17 - 7th grade girls and their parents are invited to schedule a time to tour the Academy with an SUA Ambassador. A "Hot-Dawg Grill-Out" will be offered after your tour with an opportunity to learn more about Saint Ursula Academy. Register at

Girls Night - May 7 - We have planned several fun activities to help you get acquainted with Saint Ursula Academy. Play games, win prizes, meet girls from around the city and MORE! This FREE event is open to current 6th and 7th grade girls. Dinner will be provided. Parents are invited to a Q&A session from 5:15-6:00pm with optional tours from 6:00-6:30pm. It's going to be a PAWesome night! Register at

Please visit their website at to learn more about upcoming events or register to attend.

Ursuline Spring Open House


Sunday, May 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 pm (registration required)

Register here:

*See attached flyer for more details.

Athletic Boosters

Football Sign Ups Open

St. John's has merged with the St James football program due to lack of numbers within our own program. Football signups will close on 07/31/2021.

Check out the new St James Football website at To register and/or sign up please visit

For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at or Tony Fassbender at

Parish News

Vacation Bible School

VBS is back for a fun bible adventure for

children ages 4 through 4th grade!

July 26-30

Adult volunteers are needed to make this adventure happen. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Hale at

Summer Opportunities

Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp Grades K-8

Please see attachments regarding the Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp for grades K-8.

Mercy McAuley Summer Camps

Registration for Mercy McAuley’s Summer Sports and Enrichment Camps is now open! Join our Pack for some summer fun! Camp offerings include Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Babysitting, Musical Theater (Disney’s Moana, Jr.), Service, STEM, and HSPT Prep (Coming Soon). Space is limited and registration is required at

Seton Summer Camps

Future Saints, get ready to SHINE at Seton Summer Camps! We have several athletic and special-interest camps available throughout the summer. Register online at

St. Ursula Summer Camps Grades 3-8

Summer Academy and Athletic Camps: Join us for one of the many courses and camps offered throughout the summer at SUA! From basketball to cooking, forensics to volleyball, guitar to soccer, and many, many more, there is something for every girl in grades 3-8! Registration and information are available at

Ursuline Summer Camps For Grades 1-9

Ursuline is excited to offer a wide range of camps this year for girls entering grades 1 – 9, whatever her interests may be. Please see attached flyer for details.

Junior Rowing Club Summer Camps

Want to try an Olympic sport and make new friends on the water? We are pleased to present the 2021 CJRC (Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club) Summer Camps, open to boys and girls (ages 12-15) in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Each of the six one-week sessions run from Monday to Saturday, offering expert teaching of the rowing stroke, icebreakers, camp bonding, handling and caring for excellent equipment, and fun activities on the water. Each session culminates with a race day on Saturday. Parents are invited to watch the campers participate in the friendly competition on Saturday! Afterwards, our summer coaching staff will hold an information session regarding further opportunities to pursue and explore rowing for those who are interested. For more information, please visit

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