Blue Jay Flyer

March 10, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to thank you for your support of our faculty and staff as we received our second COVID vaccinations last week. For the first time since October of last year, we have our full faculty and staff back in school. I am confident that this will enable us to remain in person for the rest of this school year.

Mrs. Hochhausler, our school nurse, and I have been reviewing all of our protocols in light of the vaccination of the vast majority of our faculty and staff. As new information and understandings emerge, we will be considering making some changes to our student quarantine protocols. It is likely that these will go into effect after our Easter Break. It remains critically important that all of the precautions outside of school remain in place. Our quarantining of students has been the result of events beyond the school day. Thank you for your ongoing support.

We are quickly moving through our Lenten Season, and we are living in a time of great challenges and sacrifices. We are working to find new life together in the midst of this pandemic. This coming Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. In the Gospel (JN 3:16), we hear one of the most familiar statements in the Gospels. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

As we continue our journey toward Easter, may we look for ways to recognize God’s promise to us. May we work to help our daughters and sons see God’s promise of life all around us. It is my hope and prayer that we, like Christ, will rise from this pandemic to know more fully how much God loves us all.


Dan Minelli

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School News

No Northwest Buses on Thursday, March 11

Please note that there will be NO NORTHWEST BUS TRANSPORTATION available tomorrow, Thursday, March 11, as bus drivers will be receiving their COVID vaccinations. You will need to find alternate transportation for your child(ren).

The morning car rider line will operate per usual. Enter through the cemetery driveway and proceed down to the gym doors to drop off your child(ren).

For afternoon pick up, please proceed down the cemetery driveway and we will have extra staff members directing traffic to include the upper lot for some overflow parking.

Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences

The second trimester parent-teacher conferences which were originally scheduled for Thursday, March 11 have been rescheduled to Thursday, March 25, 2021. Conferences are optional and will be via ZOOM only. Conference request forms are due back no later than Friday, March 19.

Last Call: Food Pantry Items for Badin Senior Service Project

***TOMORROW, Thursday, March 11, is the final day to send in donations!

We have been asked by two seniors at Badin High School (Lucy Wurzelbacher, SJB Class of 2017, and Kim Salerno, who also attended St. John's for a few years) to participate in their Senior Service Project by donating specific items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Boniface Parish.

Items being collected are as follows:

Dry Cereal

Granola Bars

Canned vegetables and soups

Jelly in non-glass containers

Monetary donations to purchase fresh fruit & vegetables

All home rooms with 100% participation, will earn an "Out of Uniform" day on a Friday (date to be determined).

Ursuline Summer Camps For Grades 1-9

With summer comes the opportunity to unwind, have fun, and explore new things. Ursuline will be offering a variety of summer camps this year that will allow your younger daughters to do just that – have fun while learning something new! Ursuline Academy will be following the CDC guidelines and the Ohio Department of Health guidelines for COVID–19 safety best practices.

We are 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.

Resource Development

Shopping Cent$ Orders Filled Thursday

Shopping Cent$ orders will be filled tomorrow, Thursday, March 11. Please send in your orders to help support our school!

Shopping Cents Order_Form_ChristmasVersion2021.pdf (

Spring sports are right around the corner and we always have Dick's Sporting Goods gift cards in stock that can be used to purchase new batting helmets, gloves, cleats and shin guards.

Easter is quickly approaching and we always have Honeybaked Ham gift cards in stock for your Easter dinner. And lastly, don't forget, $5 Panera and Starbucks cards make great Easter basket fillers!

Shopping Cent$ is looking for help to sell gift cards before and after the 4:00 Saturday and 11:00 Sunday masses. It takes less than an hour a month and is an easy way to volunteer! If you are interested in helping, please contact Amy Roetting at

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!

(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.

financial aid & Scholarships

Ed Choice Scholarships

The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program provides students from designated failing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program also provides low-income students who are entering kindergarten through 12th grade scholarship opportunities.

For the RENEWAL of both financial (income based) and traditional (school district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, applications are now being accepted online.

For NEW traditional (school district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website to view a list of designated public schools that are eligible for the scholarship. There are NO NORTHWEST LOCAL SCHOOLS on the list at this time. When applying, please bring your scholarship request applications along with a copy of a current utility bill to the school office.

Your student(s) must be registered at St. John's for the 2021-22 school year before any scholarship requests can be submitted.

For more information about tuition assistance, please visit our school website under the Admissions tab. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Katterjohn at or call 385-7970.

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High School Admissions News

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 Spring Open House


Sunday, May 16, 2021

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

Ursuline’s Open House offers prospective students and their families an opportunity to see the school on a student-led tour, meet Ursuline faculty and staff, and explore all that Ursuline has to offer. Due to COVID-19 and the need to maintain physical distance, our spring Open House is limited to 6th and 7th grade families this year and all families must register for an arrival time. Up to eight families may register for each ten-minute arrival time slot. We ask that each party is limited to a maximum of three family members.

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

Drive-Thru Fish Fry

All monies raised will be allocated to the "Help-a-Student" fund for St. John's School.


Fridays During Lent

February 19 - March 26

4:30-7:30 pm

A menu and order form are attached below for your convenience. Please click here Fish Fry for more information or visit the St. John's Parish website at

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