Blue Jay Flyer
January 11, 2023
From the Principal's Desk...
Parents and Guardians,
We need your help! Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will start on January 29th with our Open House. We need EVERY family to help share our Social Media posts and spread the word about what you love about being part of the Blue Jay Family!
Tomorrow is a SPIRIT WEAR day for students! Students may wear spirit wear along with their regular uniform bottoms on THURSDAY this week. We usually reserve our spirit wear days for Fridays, but since we will have visitors in our building on Friday, we are moving it to tomorrow.
On Friday, January 13th, Local 12 will be on our campus to shoot a promotional video for their segment: “The Catholic School Showcase: An Interactive Tour.” Local 12 will have a camera crew on our campus from approximately 8:30-12pm. They will be recording video segments in classrooms as well as interviewing some staff, students, and parents. Please make sure that all students are properly dressed in proper uniform attire that is clean and presentable. Every student will have the chance to be on camera at one point throughout the day. I think this is an amazing opportunity for our school, and I can't wait to see the finished product.
If you have any questions about the showcase of our school, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.
Thanks and have a great night!
School Calendar 📅
WKRC Local Channel 12 Visits on Friday
We would like to remind all families that Channel 12 will be on campus on Friday of this week to film a three minute promotional video showcasing St. John's. “The Catholic School Showcase: An Interactive Tour,” will air on Channel 12 during Catholic Schools Week. Please make sure that your child(ren) are looking their best on Friday in clean and tidy school uniforms.
***Students may wear spirit wear on Thursday this week instead of on Friday.
Re-Registration Forms 2023-24
Re-registrations forms were sent home this week in the Blue Jay Folders. Please check your youngest child's backpack. If you are planning to return to St. John's in the fall, please fill out one registration form per family and return to the school office no later than Friday, February 3. The registration fee of $225 per family is not due until March 31st.
Quarters for Kindness
Last Call for PTO Directory
If you have not already filled out a form giving your permission to be listed in the PTO School Directory, please click here to fill out a short form. We would like to complete the directory as soon as possible. Thank you.
Win a $500 Tuition Credit
We are getting excited for our upcoming prospective student Open House on January 29, 2023! Please help spread the word about St. John's to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Refer any new family to St. John's for the 2023-24 school year and upon their official registration, your name will be entered to win a $500 tuition credit!
Please Take Our Parent Survey
We are quickly approaching 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.
Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Grants
The Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is now accepting K-8 tuition assistance grant applications for the 2023-2024 school year. The application period runs from now through February 2023. For more information, please click here. To apply, please visit https://factsmgt.com/.
Cards for Damar Hamlin
Customer Appreciation Sale
See flier below for details.
Discounts for Heroes at Schoolbelles
Did you know that school, military, police, fire and EMT employees receive a special discount at Schoolbelles? See flier below for details.
Aubrey Rose Scholarship Deadline Jan. 27
The deadline for current 8th grade students to apply for the Aubrey Rose Foundation Scholarship is quickly approaching. An application is available at https://aubreyrose.org/scholarships/. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 27, 2023.
The Aubrey Rose Foundation offers this scholarship opportunity to 8th graders who will be attending a private high school in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky or Southeastern Indiana.
Since 2001, they have organized a children’s educational scholarship program in honor of Aubrey Rose. Aubrey made such a difference in many people’s lives within her three short years here on this earth. To honor her and her achievements, they base our scholarships on a child’s kindness and willingness to give back to their community. Their scholarships are for those students who have a compassionate heart, unlike other scholarships that are based on academics or athletic ability.
Cold & Flu Season Guidelines
As we enter the winter months we want to make sure everyone is on the same page with when to keep your child(ren) home for an illness. Please see the attachment from Mrs. Greer about guidelines to follow when you have a sick child.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
There is no better way to start off your Monday morning than by going to mass with your mass buddy!
Mrs. Kahny's four year old preschoolers have been learning about Earth and the other planets.
Boston Tea Party
Our fourth grade students filled out British colonist profiles with their names, colonies, jobs, and whether they were Loyalists or Patriots. Meanwhile, King George III (Miss McCoy) taxed them for things without representation for things like wearing white socks, having their hair worn in a ponytail or living in Boston during the Boston Tea Party!
Congratulations to both of our fifth/sixth grade girls' volleyball teams on winning their leagues this season! Team Crawford went 10-0 and Team Haskamp went 10-1. Great job Blue Jays!
Spring Sports Sign Ups
Spring season sports sign ups are now open and will be online only at www.stjab.com. Signups will be open thru February 15th.
Want to get involved in St. Johns Boosters? Boosters meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the athletic barn by the sports fields. This is a great way to meet new families and also get involved in your child's sports programs.
**REMINDER: A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.
- Instructional Baseball (t-ball) for kids 5 and 6 years of age.
- 7U - Coach pitch will give your child the opportunity to continue to learn the fundamentals of the game while still having a blast with their friends.
- 8U to 15U will focus on the fundamentals as well, while getting a little more competitive. We have both American and National divisions.
We play in the Western Baseball Conference which comprises of teams such as St. I’s, St. Jude, St. Vivian, St. John Harrison, St. James, St. Antoninus, St. William, Victory, Visitation, Oak Hills, St. Teresa, St. Bart, St. Als, St. Dominic, St. Martin, Westend Reds and more.
*** If you try to sign your son up to play baseball but you don't see your son's grade level as an option. Please feel free to reach out to Dan Schneider (contact info below) and let him know.
The league sets birthdates for each level as follows below. If your son is outside the range on the low end, contact me with a name of the player and their complete birthdate.
7u - 5/1/2015 to 5/1/2016
9u - 5/1/2013 to 5/1/2015
11u - 5/1/2011 to 5/1/2013
13u - 5/1/2009 to 5/1/2011
15u - 5/1/2007 to 5/1/2009
How can you get involved in St. John Blue Jays Baseball?
1) We need coaches at the T-ball, 7u and 9u levels.
2) We need T-ball Coordinators
3) We need Baseball Coordinators.
4) We Need You to help out in any way you can for the St. John Athletic Boosters Program. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the barn. We could add you to the email group if you are interested.
Please contact Dan Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lee Houchen, email@example.com with any questions. We are looking forward to a great 2023 season!
Dan Schneider - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator
Lee Houchen - St. John's Athletic Boosters Baseball Coordinator and T-Ball Coordinator
Girls Western Athletic Conference Softball
Girls Softball: 1st grade & up (teams are set by grade 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th,5th/6th, 7th/8th)
Girls Instructional Softball: Pre-school thru Kindergarten
Teams are formed soon after sign-ups. Please spread the word to all of your family and friends who have daughters that may be interested in participating in the softball program here at St. Johns.
If you have questions/concerns/ideas about softball please email Geoff Ziegler – firstname.lastname@example.org (Softball coordinator)
We are excited to get started this year and hope to see you all soon. Please indicate during sign ups if you would like to be a head coach or be an assistant coach for your daughters’ team.
Spring Soccer Sign Ups Open Soon
St. John's will be offering SAY Rec Soccer for boys and girls playing Swarmers (2017), Passers (2015 & 2016) and Wings (2013 & 2014). These teams will play an 8 game season in Northwest SAY. There is no post season tournament in the Spring.
St. John's also now offers Premier soccer for those who want to experience club level competition. Our teams play in Select leagues such as Cardinal Premier and Buckeye Premier and are eligible to enter various tournaments. This program is coach driven and will typically require a tryout. Keep in mind there is a bigger time commitment with this option and the cost is significantly higher. Right now we have a U9(2013) girls team and are in the process of putting together a U9(2013) boys team. We hope to form more teams moving forward but need coaches and parents to help lead the charge. If you would like more information on our Premier program please contact Tom Osborn.
***A one-time family fee of $50 will be assessed per account at the beginning of each calendar year. The family fee helps to cover capital improvements and operating expenses of our athletic facilities.
If you have any questions regarding the Soccer program please contact one of our Soccer Coordinators:
Kevin Weiss- Lollipop
Vacation Bible School - Save the Date!
Vacation Bible School returns this summer! Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2023 at St. John the Baptist Parish. VBS is open to all children 4 years old to 4th grade within our family of parishes.
Volunteers are needed! In addition to parent volunteers, VBS is a great opportunity for older kids needing service hours. Please contact Tyler Castrucci (email@example.com) or Cathy Hale (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer.
We love to share exciting news about our St. John's alumni with our school community! If you have an older child or know anyone who graduated from St. John's who has an achievement to share, please send information and any photos to Laura Heidorn at email@example.com.