Blue Jay Flyer

February 5, 2020


Dear Parents, Friends and Benefactors of St. John the Baptist School,

I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of you a happy and blessed New Year. I also wanted to thank you for your incredible generosity for our gala event. Now that we have concluded 2019 and all of the final details of revenue and expenses from our first St. John’s School Spectacular are known, I am able to announce the amazing level of success we achieved with your generosity.

We began this first ever event with the hope of raising $50,000 dollars for St. John the Baptist School. I will admit that on the first night that the entire committee met there was some serious skepticism about how realistic or unrealistic this goal was. There were moments along the way when it seemed we would get close but not quite make it.

I am very pleased to announce that we vastly exceeded our goal. We had a gross revenue total of $98,000, and we were able to net $75,664 to support St. John the Baptist School. All of our students will benefit from your generosity. We are already planning for next year’s Spectacular. It will be held at St, John the Baptist School on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

As a result of this success, we will be able to do several critically important things which I articulated in my welcome letter when we began this event. We will be able to keep our registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year the same as this year. We will be able to have a very minimal increase in tuition of only $75 per student (the average tuition increase for the past six years has been $120-150). We will be able to allocate $8,500 for students who have an immediate and emergency need. Lastly, we were able to eliminate the magazine drive and to exceed its proceeds through this event. All of the proceeds from this event go directly to benefit students. They are not used for other school projects.

St. John the Baptist School has been providing a Catholic education to students for 173 years, three centuries. This school has been a powerful instrument of academic education, Catholic Faith formation and responsible citizenship for thousands of students and generations of graduates. Through this initiative, we are able to continue this important and holy work.

This event affords us the opportunity to begin to do what Catholic high schools and Catholic universities have been doing for years. That is to develop and maintain relationships with graduates, sponsors and benefactors in order to create a philanthropic base for the future.

Through your ongoing support, we will be able to ensure that a Catholic education is affordable for every family who wants this for their children. It will continue to provide us with funds to create additional educational opportunities for all students.

As I often say, it’s all a gift. God has gifted us; let us in return be the giver of the gift.

Thank you for your support of and generosity for St. John the Baptist School.

Daniel A. Minelli, principal

Calendar of Events

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Open House

A heartfelt thank you to everyone for sharing their time, talents and dedication to come together and make our Open House successful. Thank you to our parent, alumni and student volunteers for helping with tours, welcoming new families and working in classrooms. We truly appreciate the commitment of our faculty and staff for the countless hours spent to make Open House a special event.

Science Fair

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Science Fair winners! First, second, and third place winners were chosen in the categories of both Life Science and Physical Science for seventh and eighth grade science projects.

We would like to thank our volunteers who helped to judge the projects and tally the results.

Catholic Schools Week Highlights

Catholic Schools Week Service Project

Wow! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of donations for our Catholic Schools Week Service Project for Pregnancy Center West. In addition to diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothing, bibs, lotions and shampoos, over 30 baby bottles were filled with money to help Pregnancy Center West provide pregnancy related education and services. Thank you for your generous donations.

2020-21 Registration Open



Refer new families to our school (Preschool-8th grade) and for each family that enrolls, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $500 tuition credit to be applied to the 2020-21 school year. Drawing will be held in late August.

PRESCHOOL Priority Registration Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 13th. After this date registrations will be accepted for open slots or put on waiting lists.

K-8 Re-registration Deadline is Friday, March 6. After this date the registration fee increases to $300 per family. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please contact the school office for a complete kindergarten registration packet.

If you are in need of registration forms, they can be found on our school websites home page under the Admissions tab.

Ed Choice Scholarships

For the RENEWAL of both financial (income based) and traditional (district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, applications are now being accepted online through April 15, 2020.

For NEW traditional (district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, enrollment will not be available until April 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. You may however bring your scholarship request applications along with a copy of a current utility bill to the school office anytime. Your student(s) must be registered at St. John's for the 2020-21 school year before any scholarship requests can be submitted.

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 Jill Katterjohn at jkatterjohn@stjohnsdrschool or 385-7970.

Mr. Minelli Out of Office

Attention Parents:

Mr. Minelli will be out of town from Thursday, February 13 until Monday, February 24, 2020. During his absence, Mr. Acito will be in the office in his role as the acting assistant principal. Mr. Acito and Mrs. Katterjohn will monitor Mr. Minelli’s email as he will be unable to do so. If you have questions, please contact the office. Thanks for your cooperation.

Thank you from Book Fair

The Book Fair Committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the students, teachers, and families who purchased books during our Super Hero Book Fair and to all of the volunteers that helped with the event. The incredible support of our school library is greatly appreciated.

As a result of surpassing the sales goal of 1000 books, the students enjoyed an out of uniform day last Friday. Also, two classes tied for the most books sold per student! The WINNERS of the Class Pizza Parties are: Miss Witzgall's 2nd grade class, and Mrs. Duhon's 3rd grade class! Congratulations to those students and teachers! Please stay tuned for pizza party dates.

Our library cannot wait to get all the new books we have earned through your purchases!

15th Annual Snow Tubing at Perfect North

When: Thursday, February 13, 2020 (School is closed on Friday February 14)

Time: 1:00 -9:30 pm (come anytime and stay as long as you would like)

Cost: $15 per person tubing (family and friends are welcome to join us)

All tickets must be purchased through our online store. No tickets will be distributed through school! Tickets can be printed or shown on a phone at Perfect North.

Online store:

Username: STJOHN Password: TUBING

Username and password are case sensitive.

All tubers MUST have a signed waiver form to tube. Make sure to bring waivers to Perfect North on February 13. If Perfect North is closed on February 13, the tickets will be valid any Monday-Thursday (non-holiday) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. Please contact Beth Hassel with any questions at or 513-508-3321.

**This event is not a school sponsored event**

St. John's Fashion Show

"Derby Day"

March 21, 2020

7:00-11:00 pm

Silent Auction, Pick-a-Purse raffle, Basket Raffle, Games & More!

Hair by Shagz A Salon

We hope you can join us for a fun ladies night out! Tickets are $45 per single ticket or buy a table for ten at $400 and save! Price increases to $60 at the door. All tickets inlcude hors d' oeuvres & drinks. To purchase tickets go to:

If you are interested in making a donation to our silent auction, raffle or a sponsorship, please contact us at


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.

Volunteers Needed for Spatial Reasoning Enrichments

We are in need of 12 more volunteers for various dates in February and March to help students in grades 4-8 as Mrs. Flick guides them in hands-on spatial reasoning learning activities supported by the grant she was generously awarded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Please sign up at least a week in advance so our Virtus coordinator can confirm you are up-to-date:

New EZ Parent Center Link for Kaldi's

The website previously used to access the EZ Parent Center for the lunch service no longer works. Please use the following link:

Should you have any questions about this change, your child's account, or the lunch service in general, please e-mail us at Be sure to let us know which school your child attends.

Thank you,

Kaldi's Catering Team

Morning Car Rider Reminder

A friendly reminder for morning car riders...when dropping off your student(s), please pull all the way up to the edge of the building if possible so that multiple cars can unload at the same time. This helps to alleviate back up in the car rider line.

URGENT: Coordinator Needed for Shopping Cents Program

Our Shopping Cents program is still 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.

Blue Jay Gallery

The Body Matters

Nathanael Egan and Savannah Falter from Pregnancy Center West recently visited the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade religion classes to present “The Body Matters.” This program actively engages students in learning about the physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits of choosing a chaste lifestyle. Encouraging the virtue of self-control, it seeks to provide them with the knowledge, desire, and strength to practice God's plan of chastity.

PTO Spotlight

Mother-Son Dance: Fly Me to the Moon

Saturday, February 8, 2020

7:00-9:00 pm

St. John the Baptist Parish Center

We are looking forward to a fun night of dancing, desserts and a few crowned Kings and Queens on Saturday. 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.

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.

Monday, February 24, 2020

6:00-8:30 pm

Please join us for St. John's Night at The Place!

Package #1: $5.50 PER SKATER includes regular skate rental (jam skates or inlines $4.00)

Package #2: $19.95 PER PERSON for Unlimited Attractions (skating, laser tag, bumper cars, climbing walls, ropes course), Regular Skate Rental, Pizza, & Drinks. The unlimited pizza & drinks are only for those customers who purchase package #2.



Friday, March 27, 2020

8:15 am

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.

Parish News


MARCH 24 & 25 6:00 PM

Bring your family for another night of service and fun. This spring, we will be donating to Binky Patrol, Hope's Closet, Reviv, and Corpus Christi food pantry. Be on the lookout for more information regarding these organizations! In the meantime, our list of needed donations has been published in the bulletin and is up on our website. Here's a link to the signup genius so you can see how much of each item we still need. Please remember to sign up for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continual support and generosity.



June 22-26, 2020

All aboard the Rocky Railway! Mark your calendars for the 2020 St. John the Baptist VBS program, Rocky Railway, Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through. Stay tuned for more information.