Blue Jay Flyer

February 26, 2020


Behold, now is the day of salvation

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today we begin the Lenten Season. It is a time of deep reflection; a time of fasting, alms giving and prayer. We begin these 40 days of Lent with our students at our All School Mass. We are signed with a cross of ashes. In so doing, we are both claimed for Christ and reminded of his sacrifice for our salvation.

This week and next we are also very engaged with the CogAt and IOWA tests. These important national tests help us to reflect upon what we are doing well at St. John the Baptist School and what we need to continue to work on. Please help you daughters and sons to do their best by getting a good night’s sleep and breakfast.

Our school along with our parish is working on the Create the Good project. It is a wonderful way to be more fully aware of and committed to the Season of Lent. Please consult the parish bulletin or see below for the full details about Create the Good.

Last week, my oldest son and I along with my nephew, his wife and daughter had the opportunity to go to Italy. There were many amazing and inspiring sights and experiences. I had not been in Italy for more than 40 years. I am deeply grateful for the blessing of this trip. We were touring the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. As I entered St. Peter’s, there was a holy water font which was offered to those who enter by two angels. When I blessed myself, I was overwhelmed with a sense of wonder, mystery and grace. Behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 COR. 6:2 for Ash Wednesday)

During this Lenten Season, may we all take the time to look for, recognize and be thankful for the presence of the Lord in our midst. I encourage you to invite your daughters and sons to look for ways to do good and to be moved during Lent. As we do these things, we will more fully be able to say, Behold, now is the day of salvation.


Daniel A. Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Registration Deadline for Grades K-8

The re-registration deadline for current families entering Grades K-8 is FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH.

After this date the registration fee increases to $300 per family. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please contact the school office for a complete kindergarten registration packet.

PRESCHOOL still has available spots for 3 year old, 4 year old, and Pre K students.

If you are in need of registration forms, they can be found on our school website in the top right hand corner of the home page or under the Admissions tab.



Refer new families to our school (Preschool-8th grade) and for each family that enrolls, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $500 tuition credit to be applied to the 2020-21 school year. Drawing will be held in late August.

Ed Choice Scholarships

For both NEW and RENEWAL of Financial (income based) Ed Choice Scholarships, applications are now being accepted online through April 15, 2020.

For both NEW and RENEWAL Traditional (district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, enrollment will not be available until April 1, 2020. To view a list of designated public schools that are eligible for the traditional type, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website. You may however bring your scholarship request applications along with a copy of a current utility bill to the school office anytime. Your student(s) must be registered at St. John's for the 2020-21 school year before any scholarship requests can be submitted.

For more information about tuition assistance, please visit our school website under the Admissions tab, Financial Aid page. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Katterjohn at jkatterjohn@stjohnsdrschool or 385-7970.

Create the Good Event

Please join us on March 24 & 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm for the fourth Create the Good event. Bring the whole family, scout troop, athletic team, etc. for a fun night of service. Pizza and salad will be provided. We will begin in the cafeteria for fellowship and dinner.

For this round of Create the Good, St. John's will be helping the following organizations:

Binky Patrol: An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to making blankets and giving them away to children in crisis such as abuse shelters and hospitals

Hope's Closet: An organization located in Hamilton that enriches the lives of families that are impacted by children's services. They strive to build intentional relationships to restore broken families as they LOVE displaced children and their families, PROVIDE encouragement, support and material needs, and INSPIRE hope in a loving God.

Raviv - A Program of Vivian's Victory: Resource binders are a handy tool for families who have a child admitted from the Emergency Room into the Pediatric Care Unit. Often times, this unexpected stay is an overwhelming time involving several medical teams. These binders allow for the families to keep all their information and notes regarding their child's care in one place.

Corpus Christi Food Pantry: Provides for the poor in our community.

We still need many supplies to be DONATED. Please check out the Sign Up Genius (link below) for a list of specific items needed and to sign up.

Online donations accepted: If you wish to make a financial contribution, you may do so through the online giving. Go to and click on "Support the Parish." Press "CLICK HERE TO MAKE A GIFT ONLINE". Sign in or create an account: Give a new gift and select "Create the Good." St. John's will use the funds to purchase items still in need.

St. John's Fashion Show

"Derby Day"

March 21, 2020

7:00-11:00 pm

Silent Auction, Pick-a-Purse raffle, Basket Raffle, Games & More!

Hair by Shagz A Salon

We hope you can join us for a fun ladies night out! Tickets are $45 per single ticket or buy a table for ten at $400 and save! Price increases to $60 at the door. All tickets inlcude hors d' oeuvres & drinks. To purchase tickets go to:

If you are interested in making a donation to our silent auction, raffle or a sponsorship, please contact us at

Join us Friday at Fish Fry

Volunteers Still Needed

Fridays during Lent

February 28-April 3

4:30-7:30 pm

Would you like to have fun while meeting new people at our parish/school? If so, we would love to have you come and help out. Many different jobs are available including carry out, food line, dishwasher, cashier, etc.

Sign up here:

Any questions, please contact Jeana Wiesman at or 513-382-1260


There are two ways to order a 2019-2020 yearbook:

1) Order your yearbook online at and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120

2) Yearbook order forms came home awhile back in the Blue Jay Folders. You may send in payment (checks made payable to St. John the Baptist School or cash) with the envelope attached to the form.

Yearbooks will arrive in mid August and be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

St. John's Night at FC Cincinnati

The St. John's Athletic Boosters is excited to announce our 4th annual St. John's night at FC Cincinnati on March 14 at 7:00 pm. This is the Home Opener and will be an awesome game!

Flyers were sent home in the Blue Jay Folders earlier this month. Tickets are $22 each and will be delivered electronically the week of the game to the e-mail address provided. Orders are due by March 4th. Checks should be made payable to St. John's Athletic Boosters. Venmo payments may be sent to @shannon-memory (please inlcude # of tickets and comment "FC STJ" in comments.

Please contact Shannon Memory with any questions at 513-227-9428 or

St. John's Football Sign Ups

Football sign ups are now open for the fall 2020 season. The season will run from August 3rd through November 4th (play offs). For more information or to sign up please visit the boosters website at sports.bluesombrero/sjab/.com. Any questions, please contact our coordinator, Brant Smith at 615-9383.

Program Levels are as follows:

Bandit (Kindergarten-2nd grade), Pony (3rd-4th), Reserve (5th-6th), Varsity (7th-8th).


Bandits practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pony through Varsity practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (typically).

Equipment is provided by the program.

3rd Trimester Report Card Changes

Report cards will be sent home this Friday via a hard copy per usual. Grades can also be found on Option C. It is important that each family check your Option C login name and password at this time in order to prepare for the upcoming changes in Trimester 3.

The 3rd Trimester changes are as follows:

* Grades 4 through 8 will NOT receive a hard copy of their 3rd trimester grades or final grades.

* The only way to access final and 3rd trimester grades will be through Option C (print friendly).

* The changes do not affect K through 3.

* Grades K through 3 will continue to receive hard copies of their grades.

All academic honors and Blue Jay Pride awards will be given to the students by their respective teachers at the end of the year.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these changes.

Blue Jay Gallery

D.A.R.E. Graduation

Congratulations to our 46 fifth graders on their graduation from our D.A.R.E. program. Thank you to Officer Quinn from The Colerain Township Police Department for all of your dedication to this valuable program.

Spatial Reasoning

Mrs. Anne Flick, our Accelerated Math & Reading and Gifted Specialist, has been guiding students in grades 4-8 in hands-on spatial reasoning learning activities supported by the grant she was generously awarded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Sessions will continue for the next few weeks. Ask your child about their experience!

PTO Spotlight


Friday, March 27, 2020

8:15 am

Donuts with Dad is back on! It has been determined that a combined event for both parents, "Pastries with Parents" is not feasible at this time. We apologize for any confusion and scheduling issues this may have caused.

Morning with Mom


Friday, May 8, 2020

8:15 am

Mother-Son Dance

A great time was had by all on February 8th at our third annual PTO Mother Son Dance, Fly Me to the Moon. Everyone looked fabulous in their Old Hollywood attire! Students and their moms/special guests danced the night away while enjoying an amazing spread of delicious desserts. Congratulations to the crowned Kings and Queens and the winners of the "Best Dressed" awards.

Many thanks to all who planned, organized, and volunteered to make this a fun and memorable event for our students.

Below is the link to all of the photos taken that night.

Dewey's Pizza Dine to Donate

Monday, March 2, 2020

Dewey's Pizza at Harrison Greene

5649 Harrison Avenue - Green Township

4:00-10:00 pm

Dine-in or Carry-out

Eat Pizza to Raise Funds! All students, families and friends of the St. John the Baptist School are invited to join us for our first Dewey's Dine to Donate. You must present your paper flyer sent home in the Blue Jay Folders this week or show via mobile device and up to 20% of all food purchases will be donated to our school. Only valid at Harrison Greene location.

Save the Date: PTO Carnival

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Noon-3:00 pm

St. John's Parish Center (Gym)

Step right up for games, prizes, face painting and awesome raffle baskets! Two stilt walkers from Cincinnati Circus will be here from 12:30-2:30 entertaining the kids with juggling and balloon creations.

This year, rather than placing boxes in each classroom and asking for specific themed basket donations, we are asking for school families to send in $5.00 to be used to purchase raffle basket items. If you are interested in sponsoring an entire basket, larger donations are certainly welcomed. Please send donations to school in a sealed envelope to Sam Jacobs in Miss Wilmes' class, Attn: Carnival. Thursday, March 13th will be the last day of our collection.

We will be sending out a Sign Up Genius later this week for parent/student volunteers. Any student in 6th grade or older is welcome to sign up. We will need many helping hands!

Any questions, please contact Danielle Jacobs at

$693.81 Raised From Pebble Creek Dine to Donates

PTO is proud to announce that our monthly Dine to Donate events this year at Pebble Creek Restaurant have raised $693.81 to date. (This figure does not include last nights Dine to Donate).

Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser.