Blue Jay Flyer

August 17, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a great first day at St. John the Baptist School! I was able to stop by each class and welcome all of the students back for another great year. Since we have a lot of new families at our school we wanted to make sure that we send out all the needed information for drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. These procedures can be found below in the Blue Jay Flyer. Keep in mind that all of these procedures are in place to keep all of our students safe and keep the traffic moving on Dry Ridge Rd. The morning drop off line down by the gym doors is very fast paced in order to avoid a back up on the main road. If it is too fast paced for your taste, please feel free to park across the street and walk your child(ren) over to the front doors of the school. Also, please remember that parents are not allowed to escort their kids to their classrooms for any reason. We have adults and junior high students at the two main entrances to help get our younger students to their classrooms.

I hope everyone had a great first day and I can’t wait to see them back again tomorrow.


Courtney Weinheimer

Welcome Back Blue Jays!

Our school theme this year, "Let Your Light Shine!" will be seen, heard and felt throughout the year in announcements, all school mass homilies, bulletin boards, signs in the hallways and most importantly in our words and actions toward each other. We are so excited to have our students and teachers back in the building and are looking forward to a great year together!

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School Calendar

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Welcome to Our Blue Jay Family!

In last week's newsletter, we introduced you to ten of our new faculty & staff members and we are proud to formally announce four more!

Arrival Procedures

Safety and liability issues necessitate that students not be allowed to enter the building until 7:45 A.M. Do NOT leave your child unattended outside the building. Before school care is available at 6:50 A.M. in the After Care Room for a fee of $2.00 per student per day.

Bus Riders and Walkers:

Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. for bus riders and walkers to enter through the door by the office (blue awning). All students must then proceed to their classrooms.

Car Riders:

The car rider line is a fast paced drop off line for students in the morning. Cars can begin lining up at 7:35 am and students will be allowed to enter the building starting at 7:40 am. Cars should enter the school lot from the driveway near the cemetery and circle around the northwest corner of the building. Please pull up to allow students to exit multiple cars at the same time. Mr. Gildea will be outside each morning to help keep the line moving quickly. Your child(ren) must exit the right side of the car for safety reasons. Once students exit the car, please exit the lower exit on Dry Ridge Road. Be sure to watch for buses entering the upper lot. Car riders will be held in the gym until 7:45am when they will be dismissed to their classrooms.

If your child(ren) needs assistance getting out of the car, please park across the street in the athletic fields and walk your son/daughter across to the blue awning.

No parents are permitted to walk their children to their classrooms in the morning.

Scooters and mopeds are not to be ridden to school.

Dismissal Procedures

Bus Riders:

Bus riders are dismissed out the side or front doors.

Car Riders:

All car riders will be dismissed from the parish center doors. Cars should park behind the parish center in the designated rows. Please get out of your vehicle and wait outside the gym doors for your student(s) to walk them to your vehicle. Cars will then be dismissed by row to exit the parking lot once ALL students are safe inside their vehicles.


All walkers will be dismissed from the doors by the flag pole after both the buses and car riders have left the parking lots.

After Care:

Any students going to after care will be dismissed directly to the after care room. After school care is available until 6:00 PM on regular school days in the After Care Room for a fee of $12.00 per student per day for registered students.

School Communication

1. St. John's utilizes the OneCallNow System to generate e-mail, text messaging, and telephone communication to school families. Please be sure that the school office has an updated phone number and e-mail address that a parent/guardian checks regularly. To "opt in" to receive text messages, text the word Alert to 22300.

2. This weekly parent newsletter, The Blue Jay Flyer, will be sent out via e-mail every Wednesday to all school families including important information regarding the school calendar, policies, special events, fundraising, photos, etc. These newsletters can be read easily from either your smart phone or computer.

3. Please visit our school website at for school news, information, links to important forms, and much more. Helpful hint: When looking for information underneath the "Parent Info" tab, in addition to hovering over the tab, you can also click on the tab for a lengthy list of additional links to information and forms.

4. St. John's also utilizes both Facebook and Instagram to communicate and share photos with school families. Be sure to like us, follow us, comment and share. The more you engage, the broader our audience.


Students will go through a line to select their entrees, sides and beverages. We will not be selling water bottles. Students may bring their own water bottles from home to refill during lunch and throughout the school day.

The St. John's Cafeteria will be using The FACTS Management System as our payment source for school lunches. Every family at St. John's has a FACTS account. If you are unsure how to access your account, please contact Cathy Dreyer at Payments of cash or check can also be sent into the school office for lunches. Please reference your student's name(s) with the payment and the funds will be added their lunch account.

To Prepay School Lunches:

1. Login to your FACTS account and click on Prepay Accounts.
2. Click on Add Funds.
3. Follow the prompts as to how you would like to pay. Any monies added to your account will be a lump sum per family, not individual amounts per student. When using a checking or saving account, there is no additional fee. For credit card payments, there is a service fee up to 2.85% per transaction.


If your family has not yet paid the 2022-23 Facility Cafeteria Fee of $50 per student, please send your payment into school as soon as possible. Cash, check or Venmo (SJB-School) payments are accepted for the cafeteria fees. If you are uncertain whether or not you have paid your cafeteria fee, please contact Cathy Dreyer at

The August Menu is attached below and reflects the slight increase in pricing for this school year. The daily meal price is $4.00.


For any questions regarding busing from Northwest Local, Fairfield or Mt. Healthy School Districts, please call your school district's transportation departments directly.

Transportation Departments:

Northwest 825-4600

Fairfield 829-6603

Mt. Healthy 728-4985

2021-22 Yearbooks

If you did not order a 2021-2022 yearbook and would like to still get one, a limited number of extra copies are available to purchase for $18.00 in the school office. Please email Laura Heidorn at to arrange having one sent home with your student. Cash, check or Venmo @SJB-School are accepted.

Previous years are also available to purchase if interested.

Shopping Cent$ Volunteers Needed

Our Shopping Cent$ program, Raise Right, is in desperate need of volunteers to sell gift cards before and after weekend masses. If you are interested in helping, please contact Amy Roetting at

Blue Jay Gallery

Open House/Meet the Teacher Night

One of our favorite St. John's traditions is the prayer service before our Open House/Meet the Teacher Night. Our faculty & staff were very excited to welcome students and their families on Monday evening.

First Day of School

Our school theme this year, "Let Your Light Shine!" will be seen, heard and felt throughout the year in announcements, all school mass homilies, bulletin boards, signs in the hallways and most importantly in our words and actions toward each other. We are so excited to have our students and teachers back in the building and are looking forward to a great year together!