Blue Jay Flyer

December 2, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

John the Baptist appeared in the desert

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope and pray that everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. I will admit that it was a very unusual Thanksgiving. My family had a Zoom dinner over the weekend with 20 people in three cities. Especially in the midst of this pandemic, I am reminded of how important, valuable and cherished are our families.

We are in the last few weeks before our Christmas Break. It is our intention to return in person beginning on Monday, December 7, 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We will continue with Wednesdays being remote until Christmas. I appreciate your support and patience with this week.

Right now, it seems that we are in a very good position to return. In my conversations with our school nurse, Mrs. Hochhausler, our faculty and staff are all well and out of quarantine. Also, the grade levels which were out are permitted to return next week. Let us continue to pray that everyone was careful over the break.

We are in a new Liturgical year in the Season of Advent. It is a time of anticipation and preparation. Advent is a time when we hear many of the foundational narratives of our Christian Faith. In this Sunday’s Gospel (MT 1:1-8), we hear the first story about our patron, St. John the Baptist. “John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” John the Baptist did not know fully what or whom he was preparing for or anticipating. He did know that he had been called by God to be ready.

As we prepare for Christmas during Advent and during this COVID crisis, may we be like John; ready and waiting. May we hear John and prepare our hearts and our minds for the Lord’s Grace, forgiveness and presence. Even today, we can trust that John the Baptist appeared in the desert to help us be ready.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Report Cards On Option C

Report Cards for the first trimester are now available to view on Option C. Please note that you must be logged into your parent account to view report cards.

School E-mail Server Has Been Updated

Our school e-mail server has now been updated to Google. We are grateful to Zach Collins for working tirelessly over Thanksgiving weekend to make the conversion for us. Hopefully, all the e-mail issues that we have been experiencing lately will now be resolved.

Thank you for your patience during this conversion process.

Winter Coat Drive

St. John the Baptist Parish and School is collecting new and/or gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves for St. Vincent de Paul. Please send any coats to school with your student(s) next week and they will be placed in one of our donation bins. Coat drive will run through December 14th.

Thank you in advance for sharing the warmth with those less fortunate.

Send Us Your Distance Learning Photos

As we all work and learn from home this week, we really miss seeing our faculty, staff, and students in person. Please share with us some photos of your student(s) during this week of distance learning.

Tag us on Facebook (St. John the Baptist School) and Instagram (@stjohnthebaptistschool) or e-mail photos to Laura Heidorn at

Shopping Cents Gift Cards

Shop with Scrip (our Shopping Cents online program) has some great promotions going on right now through their Raise Right mobile app. Through December 4th, gift cards will be shipped to your home for free when purchased through the app. Additional bonuses are also being offered on many popular brands, including Starbucks, Home Depot, Outback, Bob Evans and more. Our school earns even more with each purchase on these limited time bonuses.

Simply download the Raise Right app and create an account.

Enrollment Code: A1EFFA5L1L12

*Please note, there is a small fee to pay with a credit card or link to a bank account.


If you would rather make your purchase in person this week (even though school is remote), we will still be filling orders on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the parish office from 9:00-10:00 am.

If you would like to purchase gift cards but cannot make it in on Thursday,

please contact Amy Roetting at to make special arrangements.


Orders will also be filled (and can be sent through school) on

Thursday, Dec.10th and 17th in the parish office at SJB.

Any questions, please contact Amy Roetting at

Earn an Out of Uniform Pass

Anyone who turns in a Shopping Cents order this week or next, either online or through school, will receive an out of uniform pass for their student(s) to use next Friday, December 11, 2020.

Gift cards are available in various increments ranging from $5.00-$100.00. There is no minimum requirement to earn an out of uniform pass.

Shop Amazon Smile

The holiday season has arrived and the convenience of shopping on Amazon can be a win-win for all of us!

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.

Shutterfly Orders Earn 8% For St. John's

Ordering Christmas photo cards or personalized photo gifts from Shutterfly or tinyprints?

Click here to order and St. John's will earn an 8% commission on the net total of your order. All special offers and coupon promo codes will still apply to your order. Please share the link below with friends and family to maximize our fundraising.

Covid Testing Protocol

If you, your child, or someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, please keep your child or children home from school while waiting for the results.

Please notify the school that this is the reason for their absence on the attendance line.

Blue Jay Gallery

All Decked Out For Distance Learning

One of our eighth grade students had some fun over Thanksgiving break decorating her remote learning workspace for Christmas. She even wrote a little article to share with you offering some of her recommendations...

"By now most of us have established a routine when we have school at home. Our workspaces differ from each other. Some of us change our workspace locations a time or two or more during the school day. Do you work from a desk, table, couch or somewhere else? Do you have one specific place you do remote learning or do you travel through out your home?

"Do you decorate the area you work out of for school? If so how? Did you have fun decorating? When and if you decided to decorate your workspace make sure you do not clutter the area you do work on. Check and see if you are able to get to your school stuff easily. Keep extra supplies like power cord, paper and pencils nearby. Make sure that you have plenty of lighting so you can see what you are doing. Especially now that the daylight isn’t as bright and it’s darker in the morning. Christmas lights do not make a good source of good lighting to work by.

"Hope that you have a wonderful Christmas season."

All About Turkeys

Do you know what the red thing is called on the turkey? Or why the male turkey has more colorful feathers than the female turkey? Ask one of our kindergarten students in Mrs. Osborn's class!

A+ For Snowy Remote Recesses!

Distance Learning Week

PTO News

Pie Peddler Fundraiser

Please support our PTO by selling pies for Christmas!

*All pies cost $12 each

*Cash, checks (written to St. John's PTO), or Venmo (SJB-Bluejays)

*Orders must be submitted and paid by Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.

*Pies can be picked up on Sunday, December 20 after the 11:00 am mass at St. John the Baptist.

*PIck up will be done drive thru style

*Pies will come fresh, ready to eat for 4-5 days or can be frozen for 2-3 months.

See attached files for pie descriptions and order form.

Mike's Car Wash Certificate Sale Extended

Due to remote learning this week, the final turn in day has been extended until next Tuesday, December 8th.

Orders can be paid for with cash, check, or Venmo (@SJB-Bluejays). Car washes are $9/$20 each.

Car wash certificates will be sent home on December 11th. If we do not return to school next week, the PTO will figure out a way to get all the orders collected and gift certificates delivered to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Elizabeth Scholz at

Please see attached order form below.

Basic Wash is $9.00

Ultimate Wash is $20.00

Santa Shop

Our new Santa Shop Chairperson, Laura Monti, and her committee are busy planning a modified, scaled down version of our traditional Santa Shop. In hopes of clearing out the perishable items that had already been purchased, they are pre-wrapping bath & body products and some food items that students may purchase for their family gifts.

Unfortunately, with the tremendous number of volunteers that it takes to have this event every year and the space being crowded with students, we are unable to hold the event in the same manner as in the past.

Gifts will be available to purchase the week of December 7th. Watch your e-mail for more details and additional photos of the gifts that will be available.

Athletic Boosters

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Covid Classic Champs!

Congratulations to the 7th grade boys basketball team for winning the 2020 St. Antoninus Covid Classic Tournament. We are proud of how well they represented our school.

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