Blue Jay Flyer

March 17, 2021

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From the Principal's Desk...

He will save his people from their sins

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the long weekend that we just had. As we have more and more people being vaccinated, it provides us with the opportunities to begin to see and be with family and friends who we have perhaps not been able to see. I am deeply grateful for this.

We will soon have our extended Easter Break, and this time will also give us a chance to do things that we have not been able to do. I, too, am looking forward to this. I am sure that many families have travel plans for our break. I want everyone to enjoy these opportunities, but I also want to encourage everyone to do so with their health and safety in mind. We want to return for the final weeks of school in such a way as to stay open five days a week.

This Friday our students in grades 6-8 will attend Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. This day is set aside by the Church for us to remember the importance of Joseph in the life of Jesus. In Matthew’s Gospel (1:18-21), it is Joseph who is given the responsibility to name Jesus.

“For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Joseph fathers the son who saves us from our sins. As a father, I think of St. Joseph often.

This week as we near the end of Lent may we remember the importance of those who father (and mother) us in our relationship with Jesus. We have all learned about the Lord from our parents, teachers and pastors. May we continue to be thankful for those who have helped us to see that he has saved his people from their sins.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences

Second trimester parent-teacher conferences are optional and will be via ZOOM only. A request form is attached below.

*Conference request forms are due back no later than Friday, March 19.

Nate's Toy Box

Thank you to Nate's Toy Box for their gift of books to our second and third grade students. This amazing organization also delivered books for every second and third grade student in the Northwest Local School District.

Nate's Toy Box was created in memory of Nathan Schroeder, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2005 at age 28. Among Nate's many great qualities were his love for children, love of reading and his never ending love of toys.

To learn more about Nate's Toy Box, visit their Facebook page @Nate'sToyBox.

Badin Senior Service Project

We are grateful to our school families for all the donations of canned foods, cereals, and cash to help two former Blue Jays complete their Senior Service Project at Stephen T. Badin High School.

Lucy W. (SJB Class of 2017) and Kim S. chose the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Boniface Church for their senior service project. Over the weekend they delivered all our food donations to St. Boniface along with $93 in cash to be used to purchase fresh fruits & vegetables. We are proud of these ladies for continuing to be heralds of God's love in the world.

Resource Development

My Coke Rewards Program

Did you know that two of our eighth grade students have been earning money for our school in their free time by entering thousands of the Coca-Cola codes into the My Coke Rewards program? We are grateful for their service to us. They plan to continue their service to St. John's by entering the codes even after graduating!

All Coca-Cola products (Coke, Sprite, Powerade, etc.) have a rewards code found either on the inside of the plastic lid or inside the cardboard boxes. We earn up to .38 cents for every code that is entered.

Please check your Coke products for codes and send any lids and/or cardboard codes into the school office. You can also help St. John's by entering your own codes. Visit and select the “Donate to a School” option and then select St. John the Baptist School.

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.

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.

Your student(s) must be registered at St. John's for the 2021-22 school year before any scholarship requests can be submitted. When applying, please bring your scholarship request applications along with a copy of a current utility bill to the school office.

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.

Blue Jay Gallery

St. Patrick's Day

From finding shamrocks at recess to eating green macaroni & cheese for lunch, students enjoyed all the St. Patrick's Day classroom activities and celebrations.

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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 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

Summer Opportunities

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.

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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