Blue Jay Flyer
October 26, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last Call to purchase tickets for the St. John’s Spectacular: Together We Grow. It is a wonderful night for our community to come together and show their support to our school. We will have an alum, who will be student teaching at St. John’s in the Spring, speak about her experience and love for St. John’s. If you can’t attend, please consider signing up on GiveSmart in order to purchase raffle tickets, or bid on one of our fabulous silent auction items at stjohnschool3.givesmart.com. We are still accepting sponsorships, donations, and volunteers for the event.
Friday, November 4th, is the end of the First Trimester. Please make sure you are checking Option C (4-8) regularly and reaching out to teachers with any concerns. The K-3 teachers are working on “cheat sheets” for the K-3 report cards so that parents can better understand the progress of their students.
I want to wish the cast and crew of the fall play the best of luck this weekend! These students and volunteers have been diligently working since the second week of school. On Friday, students in grades 4-8 will be able to attend Hydrangea Albright: Comedy or Tragedy? while K-3 attends their Halloween classroom parties. The one and only performance of the fall play will take place on Friday at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 each or $20 per household. Have a great night!
School Calendar 📅
November menu coming soon!
Shopping Cent$ Incentive
It's time for another Shopping Cent$ incentive! The homeroom with the highest turn-in percentage will receive a FREE sweet treat during lunch on Friday. One order per family will count for all your children. There is no minimum purchase required. Please list names and classes of all children in your family on the order form or envelope.
Online purchases made before midnight on Wednesday will also count toward class participation. Any physical cards ordered online will be sent home the week of 11/7. Remember, you can always purchase e-cards for immediate use.
Scrip Gift Card Fundraising for Organizations • RaiseRight
Our school's enrollment code is: A1EFFA5L1L12
Start your holiday shopping early or purchase gift cards from us and use them like cash when you're out shopping to keep those credit card bills low. Every purchase earns money for our school. Thanks for your support!!
Performing Arts Fall Performance
Share Your Halloween Candy
We are in the planning stages of our Open House for prospective students that takes place during Catholic Schools Week in January. We are asking for a few minutes of your time in filling out a short survey. Please click here to fill out survey. Your response is greatly appreciated.
St. John's Spectacular
Purchase Spectacular Tickets or Bid, Browse & Buy
New items are being added daily so be sure to visit often.
Preview Auction Items
Items will be on display for viewing before and after masses at
St. John the Baptist Church on the following dates:
Saturday, October 29th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 30th 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Out of Uniform Pass $10
Out of Uniform passes for students may be purchased this weekend during preview hours in the St. John's Parish gathering space or anytime next week through school. Cost is $10 per student or $25 per family. Payments of cash, check or Venmo @SJB-School will be accepted. Please include "Out of Uniform" and your child(ren)'s names on your envelope or leave a comment in Venmo.
Silent Auction Spotlight
Front Row Seats at Graduation
Here is your opportunity to secure front row seats at 8th grade graduation! Also included with this silent auction item is a $50 gift card to Trio in Kenwood.
Fly Away with Delta
A Lovely Day Out
$600 Gift Cards:
Jeff Ruby's $250
First Watch $50
Home Depot $100
$1500 Tuition Raffle
Premier Auction Spotlight
Dinner for Four Prepared by St. John's Students
Enjoy a fun and delicious dinner prepared by three St. John's student chefs! Your party of four will be picked up at your home and transported to the home of one of our student chefs where they will prepare and serve a fabulous Stehlin's steak dinner complimented by four bottles of wine. The talents of our students truly know no boundaries!
Name the Athletic Fields
We know some of you spend more time at the Athletic Complex than you do at home! Why not put your family or business name on the Facility (in two places) for a year?
VIP Parking Spot
Be the last in and first out of the car rider parking lot with your very own reserved parking spot!
Supporting the Event
- Sponsorship - All sponsorship levels include free tickets for the event! Sponsorship levels can be viewed at stjohnschool3.givesmart.com under tickets. You may also contact Mary Beth Salyers at email@example.com for sponsorship information.
- Attend the event - Tickets are $85 each and includes a sit-down dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, raffles and dancing. Click here to purchase tickets or text stjohnschool3 to 76278.
- Bid, browse & buy online/virtually -
- Register via the GiveSmart website @ https://e.givesmart.com/events/iPN/ to participate virtually. Select register to participate.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
From the Science Lab...
Hard at work in the science lab studying processes in the rock cycle, sixth grade students made crayon sediments and then squeezed, melted and ironed the sediments to make crayon rocks!
Physical & Chemical Properties
Using circular motion to spin a bucket full of water around, eighth grade students learned that centripetal force does in fact prevent the water from leaving the bucket. Click here to watch the video.
Father Daughter Dance
- Register to Attend: Please click here to fill out registration form. Registration and payment of $25 per household are due by November 1st. Payments can be made via cash or check (payable to St. John's PTO).
- Volunteer: The Father-Daughter Dance Committee is looking for volunteers to help at the dance as well as volunteers to send in baked goods for the dessert table. Please click here to sign up.
- Contact Shannon Memory via text 513-227-9428 or email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Santa Shop is a Christmas shop at school where students can select and purchase gifts for their families. There are a wide variety of gifts to choose from that range in price from $1.00-$12.00. One of the best parts about Santa Shop is that volunteers wrap the gifts so that the students can bring home surprises! Students in grades preschool 4's – 8th grade will have the opportunity to visit the shop on Monday, November 28th or Tuesday, November 29th . Mrs. Unger’s Pre-K class will visit the shop on Wednesday, November 30th .
- We will need help to set up the shop on Tuesday, Nov 22nd and also to wrap or assist students in the shop on Monday, Nov 28th and Tuesday, Nov 29th . You can volunteer for the entire day or part of the day. We will confirm your volunteer time by November 18th. You must be SafeParish compliant to volunteer.
- Click here to sign up to volunteer by Tuesday, Nov 15th.
- We happily accept wrapping items like tissue paper, gently used or new gift bags and other wrapping supplies. If you have any gift items to donate, please send to LauraHeidorn in the Main Office. Thank you!
Students will bring home a shopping list they can fill out for who they would like to
purchase gifts for and how much they would like to spend. Each homeroom will have an
assigned day and time to shop.
Santa Shop Co-Chairs
Nicki Middleswarth (Jmiddleswarth@fuse.net)
Betsey Miyahara (Elizabeth.email@example.com)
Laura Monti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Save the Dates for Skating Parties!
Registration is now open and will be open through Nov 6th for grades 2 – 8.
Sign-ups will only be offered online at www.stjab.com. In the upper right corner you will see the login or register tab if you do not already have an account. If you do not sign-up during these time frames, we cannot guarantee your son a spot on a team. If you sign-up late and are given a spot on a team a late fee will be charged.
- Tryouts for 5th– 8thgrade– Depending on number of teams in each age group, tryouts will be in mid-November.
- 3rd-8th grade will be playing in the Girls Western Athletic Conference (GWAC). Information about the league can be found at www.gwacsports.com. The season generally runs from early February to early April (depending on the grade level). Practices will start in January.
- 2nd grade - The season runs mid January through mid March. The girls will be playing on Friday nights in the St John gym. This will be a transition year where we incorporate the 2nd graders back into Friday the night instructional basketball with the younger St. John girls. There will be no official league. This will be skill building mixed in with some game play.
Email any questions for girls basketball to Will Crawford at email@example.com
Sign-ups for instructional basketball (grades preschool-1st grade) will be open in the coming weeks.
Create the Good
We are happy to bring back our Fall into service once again. Bring the whole family on Monday, November 14, at 6:30 pm to St. John the Baptist school cafeteria. We will be putting together 150 Thanksgiving bags together for Bethany House (Bethany House services & empowers homeless & at risk families with the solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency) & making baby blankets for Pregnancy Center West.
Here are the items we will need to complete the bags.
1. Pack up some snacks - small bags of flavored popcorn, gum, suckers, etc..
2. Make them laugh - silly items, such as a whoopee cushion, magic kit, slime ball
3. Books - puzzles, coloring, etching books, stickers & sketch books
4. Health/Hygiene – tooth brushes, bubble bath, body wash, personal care items
5. Dress Up – packages of eye patches, plastic tiaras, fake tattoos, stick on mustaches
6. Extra items-water bottles, any gift card to movies, arcades, restaurants and Amazon, etc…
***For the blankets, please drop off two 1 square yards of baby/soft fleece fabric.
Please drop off any items to the church gathering space and place
in the bin marked "Create the Good" by Nov.13th.
Grade School Events
at Catholic High Schools
Tony's Fight - November 19
Tony’s Fight Foundation is looking for students in grades 3-8 to play in their sixth annual youth 3v3 basketball fundraiser at LaSalle High School on November 19, 2022. This tournament began as a benefit supporting Tony Even and his family in March 2017. In October 2016 Tony was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 3ES with Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome, followed by a Renal Cell Carcinoma diagnoses in February 2017. In March 2017 friends and family rallied around them, hosting a 3v3 basketball tournament to show support and help with the medical expenses that come with a cancer diagnosis. After Tony’s test results were clear and Tony, his wife Beth, and their 4 children settled into their new normal, they decided they would like to pay it forward by continuing the tournament. Together with the help from the original tournament committee, they have officially become a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tony’s Fight Foundation was started to help families from west side catholic parishes who have children in area catholic schools with a family member fighting a life threatening illness.
If your student is interested in playing in the tournament, please see attached registration form and link to the eventbrite registration site…
Mercy McAuley Admissions Events
Pre-register for Open House on October 30
Students and families of all grade levels are invited to see all that Mercy McAuley has to offer at the Open House on Sunday, October 30, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to save time at check-in. Pre-register at www.mercymcauley.org./OpenHouse.
Future Wolves are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley's award-winning theatre program at its Grade School Theatre Day on Sunday, November 13. The event begins at 1 p.m. and includes a pizza lunch, followed by a backstage tour and a meet and greet with the theatre director, cast and crew of the fall play, "Peter & the Starcatcher." Then, future Wolves will receive free admission to the 2 p.m. play. Registration is required at www.mercymcauley.org/peter.
HSPT Prep Course
Parent Information Nights
Parents of all grade levels are invited to tour the building and learn more about Mercy McAuley at our last Parent Information Night on November 8, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Topics covered will include academics, athletics, clubs, faith and service, arts, and tuition/financial aid/scholarships/admissions process. Register at
www.mercymcauley.org/InfoNights. *Note that the October 4 session will focus exclusively on tuition, financial aid, scholarships and the admissions process.
Seton Grade School Events & Admissions
Shadow at Seton and be a Saint for a Day! Future Saints in the 8th grade will be paired with a current student and learn about Seton’s academics and innovative schedule, the many extra-curricular clubs and activities offered, and all the different ways to Find Your Light at Seton! Spots are filling quickly, so register today at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/admissions/plan-your-shadow-visit/.
St. Ursula Academy
Upcoming Events for Grade School Girls - Saint Ursula Academy
Additionally, registration is now open for the following events:
Now through December - Shadow Days
November 2 - Walkabout Wednesday
November 3 - Showcase Night
November 5 - HSPT Preparation - Review and Strategies Course
November 9 - Walkabout Wednesday
November 9 - Theatre Preview Night (Little Women)
November 19 - High School Placement Test (required if applying to a Diocesan High School)
December 1 - Showcase Night
December 6 - Grade School Basketball Night
Additional information and registration links for all events can be found at www.saintursula.org/visit.aspx
8th grade students are invited to spend the day shadowing a current UA student to find out what life as an Ursuline Lion is all about. Shadow days will be from 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. Parents are invited to stay for a parent meeting from 7:45-8:30 a.m. followed by a tour of the school from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Register for a shadow day here: ursulineacademy.org/admissions/shadow
La Salle Admissions Info & Events
Elder Grade School & Admissions Events
Elder Shadow Days
Current 8th grade students are invited to visit Elder and shadow a current Panther! Shadowing is the best way for a prospective student to experience a day at Elder! There are 13 preferred dates to schedule a shadow day, to schedule your visit go to www.elderhs.org/shadow.
Elder Open House
Join us for the annual Elder Open House on Thursday, November 10th . Take a tour with a
student ambassador, meet our dedicated Faculty & Staff, and learn about everything about Elder High School! Reserve a time for your family to take a tour at
High School Placement Test (HSPT) Elder Prep Bootcamp
The official High School Placement Test (HSPT) testing day is Saturday, November 19th . If you are currently in 8th grade, then make sure to schedule your test at your desired location.
In order to help 8th grade boys prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT), Elder will
host a HSPT Bootcamp on Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Cost of the
bootcamp is $40. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot! Find information on the HSPT and the Elder Bootcamp at www.elderhs.org/hspt.
HSPT Prep Course at St. Xavier High School
This HSPT course covers all 5 sections of the test: Verbal Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Quantitative Skills and Language. The course begins with a comprehensive assessment exam, and the rest of the course focuses on learning content. By program’s end, students know how to tackle every type of problem on the HSPT – and effectively manage their time and the test.
The course will be taught on October 29th and November 5th at St. Xavier High School from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:30 to 4:30 pm.
Attached below is a one-page program overview for families who may be interested. Parents can sign-up at www.RedwoodPrep.com by clicking on the 'Sign Up' button on the website.