Blue Jay Flyer

December 4, 2019

To inspire students to live faith filled lives

and to be, like St. John the Baptist,

heralds of God's love in the world


Prepare the way of the Lord

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Given that Thanksgiving was so late, December and Advent are here. Yesterday, we gathered together for an All School Prayer Service to celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season. This prayer service was centered on our need and desire for light, and our recognition that Jesus Christ is the Light we come to celebrate.

This Friday we will have the opportunity to recognize, affirm and congratulate many new American citizens during our Naturalization Ceremony. The Honorable Judge Michael R. Barrett will preside over the ceremony for 67 citizenship candidates from 27 different countries. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to welcome individuals and families into full citizenship.

Next Monday, we will gather for an All School Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. There are many opportunities during Advent to remember the ways that God has chosen to bring light into our world.

This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is particularly appropriate for us. Matthew reminds us (MT3:1-12) of John the Baptist heralding the coming of Jesus. John quotes Isaiah when he says, “A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist is living his Mission and reminding us of ours.

The Season of Advent is a wonderful time for us as individuals and as a school to become both receivers and bearers of the Light. We, like St. John the Baptist, have been called to be heralds. During this Season of Advent, may we all take to heart the call of John the Baptist to Prepare the way of the Lord.


Daniel A. Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Earn an Out of Uniform Pass

Place a Shopping Cents order on Thursday, Dec. 5 or Thursday, Dec. 12 and your child(ren) will receive an out of uniform day on Thursday, Dec. 19. Don't forget to purchase Pebble Creek gift certificates for our PTO Dine to Donate on Monday, Dec. 9.

Please write your child(ren)'s name(s) and homeroom on your order form. No out of uniform passes will be sent home with your order. Homeroom teachers will be given a list of students that can be out of uniform.

Please see flyer below for more information and a printable order form.

Last Call for Crystal Clear Science Club Sign Ups

If you are interested in signing your child up (grades 1-4) for the winter session of Science Club, please do so as soon as possible. You may sign up through the link provided below. Each session is new and different. Contact Jen Dent at with any questions.

Naturalization Ceremony

St. John the Baptist School is proud to announce that we will be hosting our third Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10am in the Parish Center. All are welcome to come and join our school as we witness this memorable and important event where these individuals become United States citizens. All students in grades 4-8 will be participating and/or witnessing the ceremony.

Don't Forget to Shop Through Amazon Smile

Doing some holiday shopping on Amazon? Don't forget to shop through the Amazon Smile link and assign St. John the Baptist School as your charity. We earn a percentage of all orders.

St. John's Earns 8% of All Shutterfly Purchases

If ordering Christmas cards and/or photo gifts through Shutterfly this holiday season, be sure to shop through our storefront link and St. John's will receive an 8% commission on all orders.

Dollar Dress Down Day

On Wednesday, December 18, students will be permitted to bring in one dollar to be out of uniform. Our last Dollar Dress Down Day raised $356.

Science Fair Judges Still Needed

Volunteer science fair judges are needed to judge the students' projects on Friday, January 24, 2020. Persons with an interest in science and a desire to work with junior high school students are invited to participate as a science fair judge. Judges are requested to be at school from 9:15 A.M. until judging is complete (usually around 11:30-11:45 A.M.).

Interested persons should respond by January 8, 2020. Please e-mail Mrs. Christine Smith at or leave a voicemail by calling 699-6960 ext 231.

Blue Jay Gallery

PTO Spotlight

Santa Shop

During Thanksgiving break, our art room was transformed into a Christmas gift shop. Upon returning to school this week, students were given the opportunity to shop for their family, friends, teachers, and even pets.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers without whom this fun and meaningful experience for our students wouldn’t be possible. Also, kudos to our seventh and eighth graders for helping the younger kids shop.

PTO Pie Peddler Fundraiser Orders Due Dec. 6

Please support St. John's PTO by selling pies for Christmas. A flyer and an order was sent home in the Blue Jay Folders before Thanksgiving. All pies are $12 and will come fresh, ready to eat or can be frozen in their shipping box for two-three months. Pies will be picked up on Sunday, December 22nd in the school cafeteria. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Scholz @

Pebble Creek Dine to Donate

Monday, December 4, 2019

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.

High School Events

Mercy McAuley

Mercy McAuley will hold two Christmas concerts, which are open to the public.

* The Holiday Harmony Showcase Concert is Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 pm. This concert is an all-choral show featuring vocalists from both Mercy McAuley and LaSalle High School. Tickets are $5 at the door.

* The Sounds of Christmas Concert is Sunday, December 15, at 7:30 pm. This concert features the Mercy McAuley chorus, orchestra and Vocal Ensemble. Tickets are $5 at the door.


  • Basketball Grade School Night, December 5th at 6:30pm, Come cheer on the Lions! Enjoy free admission, pizza and prizes
  • Ursuline Academy’s Annual Christmas Concert December 12th, Hot Chocolate Bar 6pm, Concert begins at 7pm, in the Besl Theatre, Come celebrate the Christmas season with us and learn more about our music program