Blue Jay Flyer

January 22, 2020


Called by Name

Dear Parents,

I am sure that you know that this Sunday, January 26, from 12:30-2:30 is our Open House. Many hours of work, many student and adult volunteers and a great deal of extensive planning will culminate this Sunday. I am deeply grateful for all of the dedication and faith-filled commitment which have gone into making this day a very special one for the St. John the Baptist School community. We are very excited to welcome our potential new families, our special guests from the classes of 1970 and 1995 and our current families.

As we welcome new and prospective families to our school and as we celebrate our school with our current families, let us keep our Mission in Mind. This is who we are.

The Mission of St. John the Baptist School

To inspire students to live faith-filled lives

and to be, like St. John the Baptist,

heralds of God’s love in the world

Our Open House is also the beginning of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations. We will begin with an All School Mass on Monday, and each day will have a special focus and events. We hope that you will join us for Mass. Please see the other events listed in the newsletter.

It is fitting that the readings during this week focus on those who are called by name by the Lord. On Tuesday in I Samuel, we hear of David being anointed king by the prophet Samuel. “And from that day forward the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.” Later in in this week we hear of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew. On Friday we read the names of the twelve Apostles who Jesus calls by name.

May our Open House and our celebration of Catholic Schools Week remind us that we have been called by name. May we listen for the Lord to call us and respond with here I am, Lord. As we greet, welcome and invite new families to join us at St. John the Baptist School and to become partners in our Mission, may we all hear our names when we are called.


Daniel A. Minelli

Calendar of Events

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We will kick off Catholic Schools Week with our Open House on Sunday. All current and prospective families are welcome to come tour the school and visit our classrooms. Be sure to also visit the Bookfair in the school library.

The theme this year is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Monday: Students will attend mass together at 8:30am. Please join us if you are able!

Tuesday: Students may be out of uniform and will have no homework! New this year will be random drawings throughout the day for students to win a candy prize if their number is called. Student council will be attending mass at St. Peters in Chains Cathedral along with other student representatives from many other Catholic schools in our area. To finish out the day, Tom Sparrow will be back this year to perform his juggling show in the parish center.

Wednesday: Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and/or blue shirts and socks with their regular uniform bottoms. Students will be gathering with their Faith Families to make cards for a veteran or current member of the military. Faith Families are groups of students from kindergarten through eighth grade that get together a few times a year to attend mass or do special activities.

Thursday: To celebrate vocations, each classroom will be visited by either Father Pete or Father Kyle who will talk to students about vocations and answer questions. Students will have a class card to give the the priest to thank them for their service to our school and parishes.

Friday: The moment our 8th graders have been waiting for all year...the annual Faculty vs. 8th Grade Volleyball Game will be at 10:30am!!! Students may wear spirit wear with regular uniform bottoms. No lunch will be served this day due to our 12:00 noon dismissal time. Bus transportation will be available. However, After Care will be CLOSED. Please plan accordingly.

Thank you for choosing to send your child to St. John the Baptist School!

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Student Council Dollar Dress Down Day will be Thursday, January 23. Students may bring in one dollar and wear white shirts, sweatshirts, pants, sweatpants, etc. No shorts will be permitted.

$$Tuition Credit$$

Would you like a chance to win a $500 tuition credit for the 2020-2021 school year? Refer new families to our school (Preschool-8th grade) and for each family that registers you will be entered into a tuition credit drawing.

K-8 Grade Tuition Assistance 2020-2021

The Catholic Education Foundation is currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 elementary school tuition assistance scholarships. All scholarships are needs-based and can be used at any Catholic elementary school recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Awards range from $250-$1000 per student.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 31, 2020

Please click on the link below for more details and directions on how to apply.

Also, applications for Ed Choice Scholarships, both financial and traditional types, will be accepted online beginning February 1, 2020. To view a list of designated public schools that are eligible for the traditional type, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website. For more information about tuition assistance, please visit our school website under the Admissions tab, Financial Aid page. If you have any questions, please contact our Business Manager, Cathy Dreyer, at

St. John's Bookfair

The Annual SJB Book Fair is underway! Please be sure to ask your students about the book fair, and review their wish lists. The teachers will also be making wish lists of books that they would greatly appreciate parents to purchase for their classes. Also, be sure to come visit us during Open House on the 26th.


There are two ways to order a 2019-2020 yearbook:

1) Order your yearbook online at and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120

2) Yearbook order forms came home last week in the Blue Jay Folders. You may send in payment (checks made payable to St. John the Baptist School or cash) with the envelope attached to the form.

Yearbooks will arrive in mid August and be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

URGENT: Coordinator Needed for Shopping Cents Program

Our Shopping Cents program is looking for a new coordinator to take over immediately. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact the school office.

In addition, we are looking for a St. John Neumann parishioner to take over our Shopping Cents program for that parish.

News from the Art Room

Ms. Hull is collecting People magazines for an upcoming art project. If you have any old issues that you could donate, please send them into school with your student(s) labeled for the art room.

La Salle Lancers Youth Lacrosse

Registration for Lancers Youth Lacrosse is now open. Practices begin late February and games start in early March. Join one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation! Lacrosse is a fast and exciting game where rainouts and makeup games are extremely rare. The season ends in mid-May so you have your summer all to yourself, not making up rained out games! Visit for more information.

Email your questions to Lancers Youth Lacrosse Coordinator Andy Limle '94 at

Create the Good

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 24 & 25 6:00 PM

St. John the Baptist Parish is preparing for their Spring "Create the Good" project. If you would like to donate any items, please click on the Sign Up Genius link All families are welcome to attend either or both nights of the event to help prepare the Easter baskets for Hope's Closet, the Easter dinner baskets for Corpus Christi Food Pantry and the items for Vivian's Victory. Dinner will be provided.

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PTO Spotlight

Mother Son Dance - Fly Me to the Moon

Please join us in the parish center on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for the PTO 3rd Annual Mother-Son Dance, Fly Me to the Moon. Boys in preschool-8th grade may bring their mom (or a special adult female) for a fun night of dancing, desserts and a few crowned Kings and Queens. Members of any of the three school parishes are invited join do not need to be a student at St. John's to attend.

Moms...get ready to show your son(s) how awesome you look all dressed for Old Hollywood and the Rat Pack! There will be prizes for best dressed (however costumes are not required). To capture your memories of the night, a photographer will be present.

Cost is $20 per couple, and $5 for each additional son. Reservations and payment are due by Friday, January 24. Please send to Becky Kautz, c/o Emily Kautz in Mrs. Schneider's class. Please make checks payable to St. John's PTO. Venmo payments may be sent to: @SJB-Bluejays (please comment with student names). Contact Nicole Given at with questions.

Pebble Creek Dine to Donate

Monday, February 10, 2020

11:30 am-9:30 pm

Dine-in or Carry-out

Pebble Creek will donate 10% of all food sales to St. John the Baptist School. You must tell your server you are dining for St. John's.

Don't forget to purchase Pebble Creek gift certificates from Shopping Cents and our school will benefit even more.


We are trying something new this year and combining "Donuts with Dad" and "Mornings with Mom" into one event, "Pastries with Parents" Stay tuned for more information.

Alumni News

Noah Stepaniak, an alumni of St. John the Baptist school, was severely injured last October while working his Rumpke route in Delhi. Friends of his family are holding a fundraiser for him on February 8, 2020. See flyer below for details. Please consider supporting a great cause.
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