Blue Jay Flyer

May 26, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing this letter to you for the very last time. I have always valued the opportunity to communicate with you about the many wonderful things that abound at St. John the Baptist School. I have equally valued reflecting upon these gifts in light of the scriptures and what the Church teaches. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

My understanding of Gifts or Grace has been a powerful and motivating truth in my life. I have spent many hours, days and weeks reflecting upon this deep truth; “It’s all a gift.” I have been blessed by my time here at St. John the Baptist School, and I will be forever grateful for the gifts that you, you daughters and sons and the faculty and staff have shared with me.

As we end this year, we are called upon to be thankful for the gifts of those who are leaving. Mrs. Elaine Shotwell and her 47 years of service. Mrs. Deborah Robbins and her 26 years of service. Mrs. Elise Hochhausler and her 6 years of service. These faithful and faith-filled women have given St. John the Baptist School the greatest gift; the gift of themselves. May they be richly blessed as they retire, and may they share their gifts with everyone they meet in the future.

This past Sunday the Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. It is a remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the bestowing of gifts upon the disciples and on us. St. Paul tells us in the second reading (1 Cor. 12:3b-7), “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.”

My hope and prayer for our students, families, faculty and staff and all of us is that this summer may be a wonderful time of rest and renewal. That it may be a time to travel and to be with our families and friends in ways that we have missed. May it also be a genuine time to reflect upon the Gifts, the Grace, that we have received. Let us not overlook the small ways that the Holy Spirit has come to us, and may we always remember; There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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School News

Retirement Ceremony

On Tuesday after our all school mass, we honored and celebrated our retirees (including Mrs. Donna Hayes who retired last year during quarantine) and Fr. Kyle, who is being reassigned to a St. Peter Parish in Huber Heights, Ohio. We will miss them and thank them for their years of dedication and service to our school.
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After Care Will Be Closed Friday

Please note that after care will NOT be provided on Friday due to early dismissal at noon.

IOWA Test Scores

Iowa Test scores will be sent home today with your student(s).

Cafeteria Fees Due June 1

Cafeteria fees of $50 per student (grades K-8) for the 2021-22 school year are due no later than Tuesday, June 1, 2021. You can pay cash, check made payable to St. John the Baptist School, or Venmo @SJB-School.

Lost and Found

All lost items are on the table in the cafeteria. Please take a look at the photo included here to see if you recognize any items. Unclaimed items will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society after Friday.

Name ID Badges

At the end of the school year, student name badges are collected by the homeroom teachers for use in the first few weeks of the next school year. Lifetouch will provide new student name badges two-four weeks after pictures are taken in September.

If your child does not turn in their name badge at the end of the school year, you will have to purchase a replacement in August for $3.00 each.

Performing Arts

If you have a student that will be in grades 6-8 next year and is interested in being a part of the St. John's Performing Arts Troupe, please fill out the bottom portion of the attached form below and return to the school office by the end of the school year.

PTO News

Field Day

What a fun day last Friday was at our annual PTO Field Day! Thank you to our Chairpersons, Emily Meyer and Andrea Hartmann, along with their committee and many volunteers. We appreciate all the planning and efforts that went into this special fun-filled day for our students.

As if the day could get any better, eighth graders enjoyed a refreshing surprise when the Kona Ice truck showed up especially for them.

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PTO Board Members Needed: Treasurer & Membership

The PTO Board is still in need of two positions to be filled for the next school year. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the school and with more things returning back to normal, we hope to have a lot of fun next year. Both positions can be filled by either one or two people.

Please email Elizabeth Scholz at ASAP if interested in the following positions: Treasurer and Membership

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Alumni News

Athletic Boosters

Out with a Bang

As the school year and spring sports come to a close, the athletic boosters would like to take a moment to thank our community for their dedication and commitment to providing a full season of youth athletics. It has been a challenging year to say the least but most importantly the kids were able to get back to doing the things they love. We are thankful for the passion of all of our parents and volunteers to make this season a success!!!

To celebrate the closing of this school year, the athletic boosters has planned a small celebration for our final Family Night on Friday May 28th. It is fitting that this is the final day of school and what better way to celebrate. We will have a food truck serving food starting at 5:30 pm, a DJ playing music later in the evening, and for the first time we are excited to announce a fireworks show starting around 9:30 pm. We are confident this is something the kids will be excited about and that they will remember for years to come. We hope that you are able to join us in celebrating the closing of the 20-21 school year.
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Boosters Board Positions

St. John's Athletic Boosters is in search of nominees to fill the 2021 - 2023 board positions. Four 2 year positions are open to nominations including President, Vice President and two trustees. If you or someone you know would like to help the boosters mission of improving and enhancing the athletic program at St. Johns please consider volunteering.

Each Board Member must be a member of the Parish, considered by the Parish to be in good standing, and approved by the Pastor. Prior to becoming a Board Member, and all times while on the Board, each Board Member must be in compliance with the Decree on Child Protection.

Current board openings include President, Vice President and 2 Trustee positions. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions or have questions please contact current boosters Vice president Tom Hilgeman @

Interested members must submit their name to the current board no later than May 31st. The current board will vote on the new board members before our June boosters meeting. New board members will be announced and take the position before the July Boosters meeting.

There are many other opportunities to support athletics at St. Johns. Consider attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the athletic complex across the street from the school. Meetings are open to all participants of St. John's athletic programs and we encourage your attendance.

St. John’s Athletic Boosters by-laws can be found here.

U.K. International Soccer Camp

U.K. International Soccer is hosting a soccer camp July 19-July 23 at the athletic complex. The camp is for boys and girls 4-14 years of age. If you have any questions regarding the camp please contact Tom Osborn at

Click here to enroll.

Boys and Girls Golf

St. John's Athletics is pleased to offer golf to both boys and girls in 5th-8th grade for the upcoming 2021 fall season. Teams are formed based on initial seeding by playing 2 practice rounds at Robin's Nest from the far tees. Three skill levels are offered and all kids compete. Please have scores submitted no later than June 27th. Final teams and number of matches played will be determined by the number of golfers that sign up. Matches usually start mid July and run through Sept with an end of the year tournament for the top teams and individuals.

Fees for the 2020 season will be $50, plus a $50 family fee that is payable once per year for all sports played. Kids are required to provide their own clubs and balls for practice and play, the Boosters will be providing shirts that will be collected at the end of the season. Note: Each participant is responsible for the course and green fees. These range from $8-$10 per round for tryouts and matches. These are payable prior to each round.

If your son or daughter is interested in playing or you have any questions, please email me at with contact information or call at 513-616-9472. Parent help is needed, please let me know if you are interested and able to help. All parent helpers must have Virtus Training.

Signups for the 2021 season will close June 13th.

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

Summer Opportunities

For information on various summer opportunities including camps, HSPT prep courses, reading enrichment programs, VBS and more, click here Summer Opportunities.

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