Blue Jay Flyer

September 23, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am very thankful for the wonderful support that you have shown for all of the policies and protocols that St. John the Baptist School has had to develop in order to keep our students, faculty and staff and our families as safe as possible. All of these things that are now a part of the “new normal” are becoming not only routines here but also rituals.

In August when we had our first faculty and staff retreat and in-service, I spoke to everyone about the importance of turning routines into rituals. There is a profound difference between these two realities. Our students are easily able to understand and follow our routines, because they are simply really good kids. More importantly, they are able to understand and experience that rituals have a higher value.

When we recognize that by wearing masks, practicing safe distancing and being careful about hand washing and sanitizing, we are in fact demonstrating that we care about and love one another. Our Catholic Identity school improvement goal which is necessary for our accreditation is about Catholic Social Teaching Principles-Solidarity and Care for God’s Creation. We have been called in the midst of this pandemic to do just this.

This Sunday’s second reading (PHIL 2:1-5), clearly tells us the same thing. “rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude

that is also in Christ Jesus.”

This week and throughout this year may we continue to experience and value the deeper importance and meaning in the rituals we practice in order to more fully demonstrate our Care for God’s Creation. Let us remind ourselves and our children to Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.


Dan Minelli

Calendar of Events

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Walk For Technology

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Kaldi's Cafeteria Handbook

Please Label Your Child's Jackets/Sweatshirts

As fall has officially begun and chillier weather is upon us, please make sure to write your child's name inside jackets, coats, sweatshirts, etc. The lost and found table piles up quickly this time of year as jackets and sweatshirts come on and off our students frequently.

If you realize your child is missing something, please have them check the lost and found table located in the cafeteria.

Dismissal Policy Reminders

This is an important reminder concerning our dismissal and student pick up policies. We are requiring that everyone follow these policies for the safety of all of our students.

1-Bus riders will be dismissed first due to the expectations of our local public school districts regarding students boarding buses.

2-Car riders will be dismissed next. Only students who will be picked up in the car rider line may be dismissed through the gym lobby doors.

3-Walkers will be dismissed last. This includes students who are being picked up by a parent waiting across the street or in the church lot.

No walkers will be permitted to exit through the gym lobby to meet a parent who is not in the car line.

2019-20 Yearbooks Available

Yearbooks were recently sent home with students for those that pre-ordered. A limited number of extra copies are available to purchase for $18.00. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please send check or cash in an envelope to the school office. Venmo payments are also accepted @SJB-School. We will send a yearbook home with your student upon receiving payment.

School Spectacular Nov. 14

The second St John School Spectacular- Let it Shine will be held on Saturday, November 14 as both a live and virtual event.

Our hope is for this fundraising event to earn enough each year that tuition increases can be held to a minimum – or even not happen at all. Last year the evening netted over $74,000 which more than covered the tablets for our 4th to 8th graders while keeping the registration fee the same and holding the tuition increase to it’s lowest in 5 years. This one large fundraising event will keep families from being bombarded with so many others during the year.

For that reason, we ask your help in making this event a financial winner! And there are many ways you can contribute.

This year we plan to add a basket raffle, similar to the one so successful at the festival. We would like for each class to sponsor a theme basket which you will be hearing more about soon. You can donate items or gift cards for the baskets or donate Amazon gift cards so the organizers can take care of making them fabulous!

The silent auction committee also needs donations. This is a great opportunity for your business to receive publicity while helping the school. We welcome gift certificates, event tickets, sports memorabilia, certificates for services, wine/alcohol or handmade items-just about anything! To donate, please email or We are happy to arrange for pickup.

Our live event will be limited to 150 to abide with social distancing guidelines, tickets will first be available to our sponsors. Sponsorships which include tickets start at $500 and you can obtain more information by contacting Mary Beth Salyers at 513-708-4908 or

Because of going virtual, our silent auction and raffles will be open to anyone anywhere! Please watch for a link to be sent home in future correspondence.

Thanks for your support for your school! We cannot do it without you!!

Youth Soccer, Lacrosse, and Flag Football Leagues

Please see attached flier regarding indoor youth soccer, lacrosse, and flag football at Soccer City and River's Edge.

Blue Jay Gallery

High School Admissions News

SJB Athletic Boosters

Basketball Sign Ups Open

Boys Basketball sign ups are open for boys in grades 2-high school.

Instructional basketball sign ups are open for both boys and girls in grades Pre-k - 1st grade.

Please click here for more information and to sign up.

St. John's Athletic Boosters Golf Outing

When: October 3rd, 2020

Time: 11:00AM shotgun start, please arrive no later than 10:30AM to sign-in

Where: Pebble Creek Golf Course (9799 Prechtel Road; Cincinnati, OH 45252)

Cost: $80/person (Includes Golf, Lunch ticket w/drinks, Skins game, Prizes, and more)

Hole Sponsorship $150
Company Sponsorship (hole sponsorship and foursome) $450

Click here to register: 2020 St. John's Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing

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