Blue Jay Flyer

August 12, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

there am I in the midst of them

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to thank you for your supportive reception of our reopening plan for September 3, 2020. We have worked carefully to develop a plan that we believe can be safely executed. Our plan was extensively reviewed prior to sending it to everyone last week. We will continue to send new information and updates every Wednesday.

Our teachers have been meeting in grade level groups and working to clarify as many details as possible. They, like you, will continue to have questions which we will work to gather and communicate responses. Today our teachers will be sending out class homeroom lists to every family. Additionally, we will be sending out our phase in meetings for our incoming kindergartners. Thank you for your patience.

We are working to finalize our significantly modified Open House schedule, and we are working with our technology consultant, Zach Collins, to schedule pick up and orientation times for our new computers.

In today’s Gospel (MT 18:15-20), we are reminded of the critical importance of prayer, community and trust in the Lord’s presence. “Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, “there am I in the midst of them.”

In these times of uncertainty as we work to reopen St. John the Baptist School, may we all pray together and ask the Lord to strengthen and protect our students, parents, faculty and staff. Jesus has promised in the clearest of language that we can ask about anything together in prayer and know this “there am I in the midst of them.”


Dan Minelli

Kindergarten Introduction Days

Kindergarten students will NOT follow the regular school schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4. Instead, kindergarten students and their parents will be attending ONE of four introduction sessions being held on those two days.

Mrs. Osborn and Mrs. Unkrich will be sending out a sign up form in the near future for you to select a date and time most convenient for you.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

9:00-11:00 am

12:30-2:30 pm

Friday, September 4, 2020

9:00-11:00 am

12:30-2:30 pm

Daily Home Screening for Students

Please use the document attached below as a tool to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school. If you have any concerns and aren't sure it is always best to err on the side of caution and keep your child home.

PLEASE NOTE; the tool states the temp at 100.4 - we are using 100 degrees even.

*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student would be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy - 3 days symptom and fever free without fever reducing medications.

*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing.

Welcome to the Blue Jay Family

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty members to St. John the Baptist School.

Mrs. Summer Osborn

Mrs. Summer Osborn is joining us as one our kindergarten teachers. Prior to staying home with her two daughters for the past seven years, Mrs. Osborn was an assistant teacher at The Seven Hills School Lotspeich Campus. Mrs. Osborn is a graduate of Miami University.

Mrs. Jessica Holleran

Mrs. Jessica Holleran is joining us as one of our third grade teachers. Mrs. Holleran comes to us from Mother Teresa where she spent the past fourteen years teaching both kindergarten and second grade classes. Mrs. Holleran is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University.

Ms. Amanda Dreyer

Although Ms. Amanda Dreyer is not new to our faculty, she will now be teaching 7th grade social studies. Ms. Dreyer co-taught an independent study religion class last year and has also filled in as a substitute teacher and worked in Before/Aftercare for the past several years. She graduated from Bowling Green University in 2017.

Mrs. Sarah Ballman

Mrs. Sarah Ballman will be our new full time Intervention Specialist. She comes to us from Colerain Middle School. Mrs. Ballman is a graduate of University of Cincinnati and obtained her Master of Arts in Special Education from Mount St. Joseph.

School Supply Lists 2020-21

Please open document below to view the school supply lists for grades K-8 for the 2020-21 school year. Supply lists can also be found on the school website by clicking on the Parent Tab.

Blue Jay Masks

Spirit wear masks are available to special order. These are NOT part of the required uniform, but simply an option for our students. Any masks appropriate for a Catholic school may be worn.

Click here to print an order form: Blue Jay Mask Order Form

Please e-mail order forms to Laura Heidorn or drop off at the school office.

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Preschool Openings

We still have some openings in our preschool program (3's, 4's, and PreK). Please contact the school office for more information. Registration forms can be found on our school website at
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Aftercare Program Accepting Donations of Toys & Art Supplies

Do you have any gently used games, toys and/or art supplies that need a new home? Our aftercare program is now accepting donations of well cared for items. You may drop donations off to the school office during the month of August ( Monday-Friday, 8 am-1:00 pm) or to Meghan Engel, Aftercare Director, at 6865 Jennifer Lynn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45248. Her phone number is 513-470-0016.

Congratulations to Brianna Birkle

Congratulations to Brianna Birkle, St. John's Class of 2018, for winning the Congressional Art Competition 2020 | U.S. House of Representatives. Her amazing drawing, "Call of the Road Through Generations," is of her brother (St.John's Class of 2014), father, and grandfather and their first cars.

She and one parent will get to fly to Washington D.C. to see her painting hanging in the Capital Building. It will remain there for one year. Congratulations to Brianna...we are very proud of you!

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