Blue Jay Flyer

September 8, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We met yesterday for our first faculty meeting of the year. It was so nice to be able to come together as a faculty and share ideas across grade levels and learn from each other. Unfortunately, most of our meeting revolved around COVID in the hopes that every adult in the building was on the same page with the requirements handed down to us by the Hamilton County Health Department. Please see the COVID section below for important changes to school quarantines. During our time, we had some great discussions and created grade level plans that will allow us to be prepared in the future if needed.


Leaving the meeting, I could not help but feel sad for our children. I wish so badly that they did not have to deal with this during their elementary years, and I look forward to a time where life can go back to normal. Since there is no magical solution, we as a faculty will keep working day in and day out to provide an in-person education for our children. This pandemic is causing unbelievable stress for many; therefore, we must lean on each other during these times. I hope that when you see someone who is struggling that you offer a helping hand, share some kind words, or just give them a boost to brighten their day. We are all in this together, and we will make it through.


Sincerely,


Courtney Weinheimer

School Calendar

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September Menu

School News

COVID Updates

Hamilton County Health Department has released a new flowchart to explain who should be quarantined during a classroom exposure to COVID-19. Please review the attached PDF as a family. This chart will be used from here on out for exposures in the classroom. Some notable changes that I would like to draw your attention to:


  • Hamilton County is now saying that any unvaccinated student who is determined to be a close contact within 3 feet will need to quarantine regardless if they are wearing a mask or not.

  • All vaccinated students, regardless of distance, will just need to self-monitor for symptoms. However, St. John’s will still be requiring close contacts that are vaccinated to wear a mask for 14 days after the exposure.


A couple of reminders,

  • If anyone in your house has tested positive for COVID, family members will need to quarantine for 10 days from the last contact with the positive case.

  • If anyone in the household is being tested for COVID we ask that you keep all unvaccinated students home until the results come back.

Picture Day is Tuesday Sept. 14

Picture Day is coming up next Tuesday. You can order photos one of two ways:


1. Picture order form envelopes were sent home in this week's Blue Jay Folder. You can send them in with your child with payment enclosed on picture day.


2. Order online using Picture Day ID: EVTH43WTH and receive a special offer! Enjoy $30 off at Shutterfly plus a FREE 8 x 8 photo book when you purchase a package on mylifetouch.com. Offer expires 4-30-22.


***DON'T FORGET that St. John's earns an 8% commission on all orders

placed with Shutterfly provided that you shop through our Storefront link: Stjohnthebaptistschool.ShutterflyStorefront.com.

In-House Bookstore

Our in-house bookstore is a great service for students who need to replenish school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, gluesticks, etc. We have three locations that are open daily from 7:45 -8:00 a.m. Our bookstores are operated by junior high students, giving them a great opportunity to learn resonsibility and leadership skills.


Click below to view available supplies and

pricing or visit our website under the Parent tab.

Bookstore Price Sheets

Automated Communication

Did you know that you can opt in to receive text messages? Simply text the word ALERT to 22300. If you would like to update any phone numbers or email addresses from our One Call messaging system, please contact the school office at 385-7970.

Reminders from the Nurse

Any student who returns from an absence due to sickness will need to stop by the nurse’s office for a quick wellness check prior to entering their homeroom. The wellness check will consist of 5 questions and a temperature check.


If your child has an underlying health condition that would lead to symtoms that are the same as COVID-19 (seasonal allergies, asthma, GI issues, headaches, etc.), and we don't already have a doctor note on file, please have their physician write a note for their school medical record. If there is no documentation we have to treat it as a COVID-19 symptom.

We are Hiring!

Part-time Maintenance

St. John's School is seeking a qualified individual at least 18 years of age for a part-time position in our maintenance department. This person will perform general routine custodial duties that wlll include dusting, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms and restocking paper and soap supplies. Hours will be flexible and pay is negotiable. Please send resume to Tom Cunningham@tcunningham@stjohnsdrschool.org


Substitute Teachers

We are also seeking qualified substitute teachers for grades K-8 and specials. Candidates must complete the substitute license requirements for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and be Safe Parish compliant. Please see attachment below for list of requirements.

Resource Development

Shopping Cents Orders Filled Thursday

Send in those Shopping Cent$ gift card orders tomorrow!

An order form is attached below for your convenience.

EXTRA CURRICULAR

Beginning and Advanced Band

Students in grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to participate in before school band from 7:15 -7:55 am. Advanced Band is meeting on Wednesday mornings and Beginning Band will meet on Fridays beginning Sept. 10th.


Please see attached flier and registrationform.

Soccer City/River's Edge

Please see attached flier below regarding the following indoor sports at Soccer City and River's Edge: Indoor soccer (Individual & Team registration), flag football (Individual & Team registration), Lacrosse, Soccer training programs and camps.

XLT Praise & Worship Concert

There will be a praise and worship concert with guest speakers and Eucharist Adoration for junior high students and their parents at St. Maximillian Kolbe in Liberty Township from 6:30 - 8:00 on Thursday, October 7.

Blue Jay Gallery

A New Tradition - The Birthday Bunch


Introducing a new tradition at St. John's...THE BIRTHDAY BUNCH!!!


We are beginning each school day by announcing birthdays during our morning announcements. Birthdays are special and we want to celebrate and recognize our students, faculty and staff. We had some catching up to do last week and included all August birthdays too. Birthdays that fall in June and July will be announced during the month of May.


***Stay tuned to our Facebook & Instagram pages every Friday to see a photo of the week's BIRTHDAY BUNCH!

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You just never know what you mind find on a nature hike while exploring God's wonderful world! Mrs. Osborn's kindergarteners are learning about their five senses and discovered many different sights, sounds and textures while exploring the great outdoors last week.

St. John's Athletic Boosters

FCC St. John's Night

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It’s here!!! Our annual St. John’s night at the FCC game! Tix are $30/each. Venmo @thememoryfamily06 please put your name, email address and number of tickets in the comments.


Cash or check (payable to St. John’s Athletic Boosters) can be sent to Shannon Memory c/o Alexis Memory, Mrs. Caldwell’s class. Please include your name, email, and phone number with your order.


Your email address is how we will deliver tickets. Please contact Shannon Memory via text 513-227-9428 with questions!

Alumni Spotlight

High School Events for Grade Schools

Mercy McAuley

8th Grade Parents: Visit www.mercymcauley.org/ClassOf2026
Details about Mercy McAuley’s admissions process and upcoming recruitment events can be found at www.mercymcauley.org/ClassOf2026. Questions? Please contact Kevin Brinkman, Director of Admissions, at brinkmank@mercymcauley.org or (513) 681-1800 x2272.


Mercy McAuley Shadow Day Registration Now Open
Registration for 8th grade Shadow Days at Mercy McAuley High School is now open! On Shadow Days 8th graders are paired with a Student Ambassador for the day and will see firsthand what it’s like to be a Wolf! Guests will attend classes, meet teachers and students, learn more about sports and extracurriculars, and experience a Pep assembly. Lunch is provided to all 8th grade guests, who will leave with a special Mercy McAuley T-shirt and other giveaways. Registration is required. Visit www.mercymcauley.org/shadow for more information and to register.


Mercy McAuley Offering HSPT Prep Class
Mercy McAuley High School offers a 4-week prep course to help 8th graders prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The course covers academic content on the test, familiarizes the students with test format, teaches test-taking strategies and eases apprehension about the test. There is a $75 fee for the 4-week course, which is from 9 – 11 a.m. on the four Saturdays leading up to the test: October 23, October 30 November 6, and November 13. Visit www.mercymcauley.org/hsptprep for details and to register.


Mercy McAuley Holds Grade School Sports Nights
Grade school girls are invited to experience the excitement of Mercy McAuley athletics at Mercy McAuley’s Grade School Sports Nights! Future Wolves receive free admission to the games and will enjoy snacks, activities and giveaways. Join us for the JV and/or Varsity games!


Grade School Soccer Night – September 16
4:15 p.m. (JV) / 6 p.m. (Varsity)


Grade School Volleyball Night – September 30
4:30 p.m. (JVB) / 5:30 p.m. (JV) / 6:30 p.m. (Varsity)

Ignite Your Seton Spirit

All 8th grade girls are invited to Ignite your Seton Spirit and schedule your Shadow visit today! Shadow dates include October 8, 15, 22 and 29 as well as November 19. Spots fill quickly, so be sure to visit the Future Saints page on our website and register today at www.setoncincinnati.org!


Grade School Soccer Night - Wednesday, September 15

Join us for games, giveaways and fun, and experience the Spirit of Seton in the student cheering section! Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the PAC (1915 Quebec Road) with the Varsity game beginning at 7:00 p.m. The theme is Luau!

Mount Notre Dame

SHADOWING (Sept. 16 – Nov. 16) – We invite eighth grade girls to spend the day at MND! Each visitor will be paired with a freshman or sophomore to experience a full school day at MND. Register for your shadow day at https://www.mndhs.org/admissions/shadowing-at-mnd/

INFORMATION NIGHTS (Sept. 13 & Oct. 12) - We invite prospective 6th – 8th grade students and their families to learn more about a Mount Notre Dame education. Attending an Information Night is a great way to learn about the MND Experience! Register at https://www.mndhs.org/admissions/information-nights-mnd/

GRADE SCHOOL NIGHTS (Field Hockey – Sept. 9 / Volleyball – Sept. 23) – Grade school nights are open to all girls in grades 5-8. There is no admission charge for girls in grades 5-8 to attend and registration is not required.

St. Ursula

Please see attached flier below.

Ursuline Academy

Please see attached fliers.

La Salle High School

La Salle Grade-School Night 9/17

Grade-school age students are invited to Lancer Stadium on September 17 as the Lancer football team takes on DuPont Manual. Students will form a tunnel on the field for the team to run through prior to kickoff. Admission for students is FREE. Please visit our website for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


La Salle Shadow Days

La Salle is excited to welcome young men from the current 8th-grade class to experience a day in the life of a Lancer. Students will be paired up with a La Salle Student Ambassador and will attend classes, have lunch, tour the building and meet staff during their visit. To sign up for a shadow day, or for more information, please visit futurelancers.com


La Salle Information Nights and Open House

La Salle information nights are designed for parents and guardians to learn more about life at La Salle, the admissions process, deadlines, financial aid, scholarships and more. Dates for Information Nights are October 13, 19 and 27 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:45 pm, please use the courtyard entrance. Save the Date for Open House on November 7, 2021. Visit futurelancers.com for more information or email admissions@lasallehs.net with questions. Click here to download a pdf copy of important dates.

Badin

See attached flier below.

Elder High School – Grade School Events

Elder Shadow Days:


A shadow visit is the best way for an 8th grade boy to experience what a day at Elder High School is like! Be led by an Elder student for an entire day, and see what it’s like to be a Panther! The preferred shadow dates, and additional information can be found at www.elderhs.org/shadow.


Elder Financial Aid & Scholarship Information Night:

Thursday, September 16th - 6:00 - 7:00 PM


The Financial Aid & Scholarship Information Night is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn about our robust tuition assistance program. We will discuss application deadlines and how to apply for these funds.


RSVP at www.elderhs.org - check out the “Upcoming Events” at the bottom of our homepage. This event is intended for 8th grade parents/guardians.


Elder Soccer Grade School Night:

Saturday, September 25th - JV begins at 5:00 PM - Varsity begins at 7:00 PM - PAC, 1915 Quebec Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45205


All grade school students are invited to attend Elder Soccer Grade School Night as the Panthers take on the Lakota West Firebirds at the Panther Athletic Complex (PAC). Free admission and giveaways to all grade school students!


Elder & Seton Football Tailgate Party & Grade School Night:

Friday, October 8th - 7th & 8th Grade Tailgate party begins at 5:30 PM - Kickoff at 7:00 PM


Join us for Football Grade School Night as the Panthers battle against Indianapolis Roncalli in The Pit. All 7th & 8th grade students are invited to a free tailgate party before the game, and all grade school students will receive free admission to the game!


Register for the Tailgate Party at www.elderhs.org – check out the “Upcoming Events” at the bottom of the home page.

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