Blue Jay Flyer
September 28, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Who Dey! To celebrate our Cincinnati Bengals playing on Thursday Night Football, all students may wear Bengals attire or any ORANGE or BLACK shirts with their regular uniform bottoms tomorrow. Hopefully, our students can send some good luck to our hometown team tomorrow night to help them bring home a win against the Dolphins.
I am very excited for our ROCK THE WALK on Friday. All students are out of uniform on Friday for our walk-a-thon. Please make sure that all students are dressed appropriately since they will be outside walking for the majority of the day. Thank you to all those who have already donated to our event! Any last minute donations can still be brought in. Students who turn in $32 or more will get an out of uniform day later in October. At this point, we are close to our goal so keep those donations coming! Friday will start with the reveal to learn if the students have earned Monday, November 21st off school.
Lastly, this is just a reminder that our school day starts at 8 a.m. with announcements. All students should be in their homeroom by 8:00 a.m. in order to not be marked tardy for the day. If the Parish Center doors are closed, students must report to the main office for a tardy slip.
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Rock the Walk - Walk for Technology
Let's keep on rockin' those donations Blue Jays! Our annual Walk for Technology is on Friday and we are hoping to raise at least $10,000 this year for continued improvements to our technology at St. John's. Donations may be sent in via cash, check or Venmo (@SJB-School). Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist School.
IF we reach our goal we will earn an extra day off school on Monday, November 21st,
giving us the full week off for Thanksgiving!
- LAST MINUTE INCENTIVE - Every child that turns in at least $50 by Thursday, September 29th, will be entered to win two tickets to the UC/Tulane game on Nov 26!
- Every student who turns in at least $32 will receive an "Out of Uniform" day (date TBD).
- The GRADE in K-3 with the highest turn-in will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
- The GRADE in 4-8 with the highest turn-in will receive a pizza party (date TBD)
- The family with the highest turn in total will receive a $100 Shopping Cent$ gift card.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our Walkathon Chairs.
Kelly Heid (email@example.com) or Amanda Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Students who did not pre-order pizza must pack a lunch.
- Students may be out of uniform. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Please bring a water bottle.
Bookstores Now Open Every Morning 7:45-8:00am
Did you know we have a bookstore located on each floor that is open every morning from 7:45-8:00 a.m. for students to replenish school supplies at a minimal cost? Thank you to our "Bookstore Crew," a group of junior high students who volunteer to provide this daily service to our students.
Click link below to view price lists.
We are excited to announce that after a couple of years on hiatus, we are bringing back Student Council!
Students in grades 6-8 are invited to be members of the Student Council. The president must be an 8th grader, the vice president must be a 7th grader, and all other offices of Student Council must be filled by a 7th or 8th grade student. All 6-8 homerooms will have one homeroom representative.
All students interested in running for ANY position on Student Council, including homeroom representatives, must complete a Student Council packet. This packet includes the Student Council bylaws, a permission slip to run for a position, a candidate application, and two teacher recommendation forms Students may ask any teacher from grades 5-8 and specials teachers to complete a teacher recommendation form.
Students who choose to run for office or as a representative must give their teacher recommendation forms out no later than Monday October 3rd. We ask that we have these forms back by October 10th. Our Student Council elections will be held on October 11.
Shopping Cent$ Orders Filled Sept 29
Shopping Cent$ gift card orders will be filled on Thursday, Sept. 29th. Please help support this important fundraising program that doesn't cost you anything more than you would normally spend!
Trunk or Treat Movie Night
Please see attachment below for guidance from the Department of Health.
Blue Jay Gallery 📸
Adapt for Life
Eighth grade students were visited each afternoon last week by a representative from the Adapt for Life program. He spoke to students about becoming mentally fit and learning how to better manage everyday stress in times of crisis through developing healthier habits and skills—including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. For more information, please click here.
St. John's Family Fall Fun at Burwinkel Farm
Wednesday, October 5th
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hayride will leave at 5:30 p.m.
- $10 per person WITH hayride (includes all activities and hayride to field to pick pumpikin and sunflower to take home)
- $6 WITHOUT a hayride (includes all activities and walking trail to field to pick a pumpkin and sunflower to take home)
Please RSVP to Jen Dent with how many plan to attend for farm staffing purposes.
513-546-1909 or email@example.com
St. John’s PTO is excited to share that the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances will return this year! The Mother-Son dance will be held after the first of the year.
The Father-Daughter Dance will be on Saturday, November 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Center. Girls in preschool-8th grade are invited to bring their dads, or a special male guest, to enjoy dancing, drinks, desserts and games at the Boots and Beauties Father-Daughter Dance!
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite flannels, cowboy hats and boots! If you’d rather wear something casual that is perfect too! The cost is $25 per household. Payments can be made via cash, check (payable to St. John’s PTO). Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/v382V1fhxsuzbssy5 to register to attend. Registration and payment are due by November 1.
We will be sending out information for volunteer sign-ups in mid October.
Please contact Shannon Memory via text 513-227-9428 or email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The PTO Dance Committee
2nd - 12th grade BOYS' BASKETBALL SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN
Boys' Basketball - Registration is now open and will go through October 2nd for grades 3rd – 8th. 2nd grade and High School will be open until November 13th.
Sign-ups will only be offered online at https://sports.bluesombrero.com/stjab/. 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 – 8th grade –Will be in Mid-October so you must sign up by October 2nd to receive tryout info.
- We will be playing in the Western Basketball Conference (WBC). Information about the league can be found at www.wbcbasketball.com. The season runs from December to end of February (depending on the grade level) with practices starting in November.
- 2nd grade will be playing in the St. Bernard League. The season runs from January to end of February. All games are played at St. Bernard. 2nd grade signups will end on November 13th.
Catholic High School Happenings
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
Grade School Volleyball Night is October 13
All grade school girls are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley
athletics at the Grade School Volleyball Night on Thursday, October 13. The Varsity
game begins at 6:30 p.m. All grade school girls will receive free admission to the game,
plus snacks and giveaways. (See flyer)
HSPT Prep Course
Parent Information Nights
Parents of all grade levels are invited to tour the building and learn more about Mercy
McAuley at a Parent Information Night on October 4*, October 11 or 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.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reservations are available on the Badin website, BadinHS.org. Meet teachers, faculty, coaches and students during our annual Open House. Enjoy a private tour through our building, and have all of your questions answered.
Ramformation Nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for interested families. Dates include Sept. 27, Oct. 27 and Nov. 14. In addition, there is a special Latino Ramformation Night on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with interpreters present. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (513) 869-4498 or by email at NCarley@BadinHS.org.
Potential members of the Class of 2027 are invited to shadow. Sign up on the Badin website, BadinHS.org, under “Admissions.”
Mount Notre Dame
Seton Grade School Events & Admissions
Volleyball Night – October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in Seton’s gym: Cheer on the Saints at Seton’s Alumnae & Grade School Volleyball Night on October 4 at 6:00 p.m.! The theme is ALL OUT GREEN! All Future Saints and Alumnae will receive a special giveaway and be entered to win a Seton swag basket. There will be games, prizes and plenty of spirit in the cheering section!
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/.
Tailgate Mixer: All 7th and 8th grade Future Saints and Panthers are invited to the Seton & Elder Tailgate Mixer on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.! Join us before the football game for shaved ice, snacks, music and giveaways, and receive free admission to the game and LaRosa’s pizza in the pit! Registration is required at https://www.setoncincinnati.org/tailgate/ or on Elder’s website.
St. Ursula Academy
With the changing season and the crisp air, Saint Ursula Academy's campus is beginning to show the beautiful colors of fall leaves. Grade school girls and their parents have several opportunities to see our campus during one of our upcoming events. Please join us soon to learn more about why Saint Ursula Academy is the perfect high school for so many girls in the Cincinnati area. More information and all registration links are available at www.saintursula.org/visit.aspx. We hope to see you soon!
Shadow Days - Now through December
Be an SUA Bulldog for a Day and shadow a current student through a regular school day. Visit classes, take a tour of our campus, have lunch in the Keller Student Center, and meet future classmates and teachers. The Admissions Team will pair you with a current student with similar interests or taking courses you would like to see. Shadow Days take place on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from August - December 16. Register HERE.
Merici Readiness Academy, October 8, 10:00am - 2:00pm
The goal of the Merici Readiness Academy is to celebrate diversity and empower each girl to be her own best self. The retreat will include a variety of community-building and skill-building activities specifically geared towards girls in the 6th – 8th grades. Registration is limited to 50 girls. Please register here.
Open House: October 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
SUA welcomes all 7th and 8th-grade girls and their families to take an in-depth look at all that Saint Ursula Academy has to offer. The welcoming environment will be on full display as students give tours through campus and showcase the unique facilities, talented teachers, and endless resources for today's student. Meet teachers and staff, ask questions, and meet parent volunteers. Register HERE.
Showcase Night: November 3 or December 1, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Join us for the evening and hear about the offerings at Saint Ursula Academy! This program for girls in grades 6 - 8 and their parents will “showcase” the many strengths of the Saint Ursula education. Get inside information on academic programs and more. Register here for November 3 and here for December 1.
HSPT Prep Course: November 5, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Prepare for the November High School Placement Test with this one-day course. It will review strategies that will be helpful on testing day. Register HERE.
Grade School Basketball Night: December 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Come cheer on the varsity basketball team! Free admission for grade school girls, parents and coaches - register here!
For parents, we also have a few "Walkabout Wednesday" tours available on October 5, November 2 and November 9. This one-hour tour will help you learn more about Saint Ursula Academy. Learn more HERE.
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
- The Case for All-Girls Education: Information Session for Prospective Families, Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- This event will be held in person on Ursuline’s campus with a virtual option to attend virtually.
- Parents and students in grades 5 - 8 are invited to learn more from Ursuline educators, administrators, students, and alumnae about the benefits of an all-girls education.
- UA Saturday Event, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Join us for a fun and immersive day to learn more about Ursuline! All 7th and 8th Grade prospective students are welcome. Prospective students will join Ursuline student leaders for small and large group activities including club and student life activities, mini Ursuline classes, a student panel, and more! Lunch will be provided for all students. The day will conclude with a prayer service from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to join the prayer service.
- Public School Information Night, Monday, October 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (followed by optional school tours from 7:00 – 8:00 pm)
- Join us to learn all about Ursuline Academy, specifically for families coming from public schools! We know the private high school search and application process can be overwhelming. At this event, you'll learn about the unique benefits of an Ursuline education, the application process and requirements, tuition, and financial aid FAQs, and hear from families who made the transition from public schools to UA themselves. There will also be opportunities to tour the school after the presentation.
See flier below.
La Salle Admissions Info & Events
Elder Grade School & Admissions Events
Grade School Soccer Night
All grade school students are invited to come out to the Panther Athletic Complex (PAC) on Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 PM for Soccer Grade School Night. Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Cougars of Conner High School! Free admission and giveaways for all grade school students! Find information on Elder Athletics at www.ehsports.com.
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.
Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to the Seton & Elder Football Tailgate Party on
October 14th starting at 6:00 PM. All in attendance will receive complimentary snacks, drinks,
shaved ice, give-a-ways and free entry to the Elder vs Bishop Chatard football game. Sign your
student up at www.elderhs.org/tailgate.
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.
St. Xavier High School hosts two Xperience Nights (October 18 and 26). Your school and all 7th & 8th grade families will receive an invitation to attend.
The evening begins in our Chapel of the Holy Companions at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Parents will hear a presentation about the mission of St. Xavier from a current student, the parent of a current student, faculty member, and an admissions representative – with ample time for questions and answers afterward. Students will learn about St. X by engaging in experiential learning opportunities that will be directed by current St. X students. Your students will also have the chance to have their questions answered. Families have found these nights to be an opportunity to receive in-depth information and hear different perspectives. Parents and faculty often can give a more “on the ground” view of the school. We ask that families register in advance.
On Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House. Tours are given by current students, allowing families time to speak with teachers, co-curricular moderators, and students about their experiences.
Shadowing is an integral role in a student’s decision making process. The shadowing program runs from September through December and provides interested eighth grade students with a firsthand experience on campus. Prospective students will be hosted by an Ambassador of Excellence, a freshmen or sophomore qualified to speak on the various aspects of St. Xavier High School. On these days at 8:30 a.m., parents have the opportunity to tour the school and hear a presentation from a St. Xavier representative about programs, tuition assistance, scholarships, and the admissions process. Families may register for shadowing on our website at https://www.stxavier.org/admissions/visit.
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.
Join Us For An Exciting Soccer Doubleheader!
Roger Bacon soccer is excited to invite all of our grade school friends to visit Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium NEXT THURSDAY, September 15th, for an exciting conference doubleheader. The Spartan girls take the pitch at 5 pm, followed by our boys team at 7 pm. Admission is free, and there will be fun prizes and giveaways for our future Spartans.
Open House is October 23 from 1-4 pm. Come see for yourself what all of the excitement is about. There is no place like Roger Bacon!
Drop by anytime or click here to register for a spot.