Blue Jay Flyer

April 21, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

I am the good shepherd

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have reached the point in the school year where it seems that everything that I am doing is focused on our end of the year events or planning for next year. I understand and recognize that this is critically important, and I know that all of these things need to be addressed.

We are working to try to make sure that several of the celebrations that we were unable to have at the end of last year do happen this year in some form. We are planning for our Field Day, outside K-3 parties, Candle Ceremony and Graduation. I am very thankful to all of the parents, faculty and staff who will make all of these events possible.

I do find myself sometimes wondering what I may be missing in the moment by focusing so much on what comes next. I believe that we all experience this when we are very busy. I know that many of you have your children involved in all kinds of sports and other activities. These good and important events take up space on our calendars and in our heads. So how do I, how do we, enter into the moment?

In this Sunday’s Gospel (JN 10:11-18), we hear the familiar narrative of the Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”

During this very busy time, may we pause for a moment and reflect upon Jesus as OUR Good Shepherd. May we place our trust in the one who lays down His life for us. May we witness to our daughters and sons that we believe that we are known and loved in this very moment by our Lord. May we hear Jesus say to us in this very moment, I am the Good Shepherd.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Aladdin Jr.

St. John's Performing Arts Troupe

proudly presents

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24

7:00 p.m.

St. John's Parish Center (Gym)

Audience will be limited to 120 guests for each performance, with family of cast and crew given first priority. Approximately 25 extra tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis for $5.00 each. The performance will also be livestreamed and/or on the St. John's YouTube channel for viewing.

After Care Director

Do you enjoy working with children? St. John the Baptist School is seeking a new After Care Director for the 2021-22 school year. This is a part time position for 10-15 hours per week during the school year. In addition to being in after care a few days a week from 3:00-6:00 pm, other responsibilities include scheduling and managing the after care staff members, billing, and purchasing snacks & supplies for the program.

For any questions, please call the school office at 513-385-7970. Please send a cover letter and resume to Laura Heidorn at

Last Call: Soles for Souls Shoe Drive

The Soles for Souls Shoe Drive will end on Friday, April 23.

In order to obtain service hours toward her requirements for confirmation, one of our eighth grade students is partnering with the Aubrey Rose Foundation to help critically ill children whose families are struggling financially AND those living in poverty around the world. Please consider donating any new or gently used shoes to help support this important cause. Shoes can be sent into school or dropped off at the main office.

See flyer below for more details.

Alumnus Spotlight

Congratulations to Jake Toelke, St. John’s Class of 2015! He was named as one of the 12 NAIA All-Americans for men's bowling. Jake is one of the first ever from Thomas More to be named as an All-American. Click here to read more.

Covid Quarantine Policy

The current Covid Quarantine Policy for St. John the Baptist School is attached below.

Resource Development

UPDATE! Derby Day Themed Open House

St. John's Derby Day Themed


Saturday, May 1, 2021

4:00-11:00 pm

St. John's Parish Center

Unfortunately, enough tickets were not sold to hold the event as planned. The event will now be an OPEN HOUSE running from 4:00 - 11:00 pm on May 1st. No ticket is needed to enter. Stop by at your convenience to play some fun games and view the auction items, basket items, designer purses, and designer dresses. While you are browsing, you can purchase a drink from the bar and some snacks. Covid protocols will be in place and masks are required. Both men and women are welcome!

Everyone that stops by will receive a chance to win 1 of 6 VIP bags!

**To view all ticket and auction items please register at or text fashionshow2021 to 76278 Stay tuned for our Go Live date!

If you can't make it on Saturday, items can also be viewed on Sunday, May 2 between 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Stop by before or after masses. All auctions and raffles will close at 12:30 pm on Sunday May 2. Winning items can be picked up on Sunday May 2 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

***If you have already purchased tickets, you will receive a full refund.

Flyer attached below.

Shopping Cent$ Incentive Winner

Thanks to all who turned in an order for Shopping Cent$ last week. We had a great turnout and will do another incentive sometime soon. Congratulations to Matt Stepaniak/Brittany Merten, winner of the Shopping Cent$ gift certificate!

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Preschool Parking Lane

Please be aware that the car rider pick up lane closest to the building is for the 2:45 pm preschool pick up only. This lane is dismissed prior to the K-8 car rider lanes and it is imperative for traffic flow that only cars picking up preschoolers park in this lane. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Playset Reopens

Shouts of joy abounded last Friday to the news that the playset would finally reopen during recesses! Safety guidelines have been adjusted to follow our Covid protocols.
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High School Admissions Events

Elder Baseball and Lacrosse Grade School Nights

St. Ursula Academy Girl's Night

On Friday, May 7th, your 6th and 7th grade daughters can enjoy several fun activities to help thrm get acquainted with Saint Ursula Academy. Play games, win prizes, meet girls from around the city and MORE! This FREE event is open to current 6th and 7th grade girls only. Dinner will be provided. Parents are invited to a Q&A session from 5:15-6:00pm with optional tours from 6:00-6:30pm. It's going to be a PAWesome night! Register at

Please visit their website at to learn more about upcoming events or register to attend.

Ursuline Spring Open House


Sunday, May 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 pm (registration required)

Register here:

*See attached flyer for more details.

Athletic Boosters

Football Sign Ups Open

St. John's has merged with the St James Panthers football program due to lack of numbers within our own program. Football signups will close on 07/31/2021.

Check out the new St James Football website at To register and/or sign up please visit

For any questions, please e-mail Brant Smith at or Tony Fassbender at

Parish News

First Communion

Congratulations to our second grade students who celebrated their First Communion last weekend. May the peace of God rest on them and the joy of the Lord fill their hearts.

We would love to see your First Communion photos. Please tag us on Facebook & Instagram @stjohnthebaptistschool or share photos with Laura Heidorn at

Vacation Bible School

VBS is back for a fun bible adventure for

children ages 4 through 4th grade!

July 26-30

Adult volunteers are needed to make this adventure happen. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Hale at

Summer Opportunities

Mercy McAuley HSPT Prep & Summer Camps

Mercy McAuley High School is offering a High School Placement Test (HSPT) Prep Camp for incoming 8th grade girls. Details are in the attached flyer. In addition, as noted in the flyer, space is still available for the following camps: Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Musical Theater, STEM, and Service. Register here:

Badin Summer Camps

See flyer attachment below.

Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp Grades K-8

Please see attachments regarding the Three Rivers Summer Drama Camp for grades K-8.

Seton Summer Camps

Future Saints, get ready to SHINE at Seton Summer Camps! We have several athletic and special-interest camps available throughout the summer. Register online at

St. Ursula Summer Camps Grades 3-8

Summer Academy and Athletic Camps: Join us for one of the many courses and camps offered throughout the summer at SUA! From basketball to cooking, forensics to volleyball, guitar to soccer, and many, many more, there is something for every girl in grades 3-8! Registration and information are available at

Ursuline HSPT Prep & Summer Camps For Grades 1-9

Ursuline is excited to offer a wide range of camps this year for girls entering grades 1–9, whatever her interests may be. Please see attached flyer for details.


Also, any 8th grade girl can prepare for the new Archdiocesan High School Entrance and Placement test here at Ursuline Academy!

Led by two experienced Ursuline teachers, the HSPT test prep course will help you feel more confident on testing day so you can do your best. The course will cover standardized test taking strategies as well as familiarize you with the format and types of questions on the HSPT, including practice questions for each section. Each class session will also incorporate stress management strategies and activities led by Ursuline guidance counselors and student leaders.

August 2-6, 8:30am - 10:30am

August 2-6, 10:30am - 12:30pm


Fall after school class -

Mondays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Cost: $100

Register at

Junior Rowing Club Summer Camps

Check out the 2021 CJRC (Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club) Summer Camps, open to boys and girls (ages 12-15) in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Each of the six one-week sessions run from Monday to Saturday, offering expert teaching of the rowing stroke, icebreakers, camp bonding, handling and caring for excellent equipment, and fun activities on the water. Each session culminates with a race day on Saturday. Parents are invited to watch the campers participate in the friendly competition on Saturday! For more information, please visit

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