August 26th Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians(s) and Students:

With the start of the new school year now only four days away, we in the Junior High/High School just wanted to extend our thanks to you for all of your support and dedication to the Blue Jay Family.  Our Parish and School is truly an amazing example of what can happen when everyone is working towards the same goals.  Without your support in the form of time, understanding, fundraising, donations, helping your student(s), supporting your parents, we would not be able to strive each day to improve our faith and academic excellence.  This shows exactly why St. John’s has graduated 101 classes, will look to graduate the 102nd this year, and many many more to come.  Thank you for everything and all you do.  We are all Blue Jays.

Attached below you will find the changes that have been made to the Student Handbook, the Teacher Supply List, Registration Information, Cross Country Information, Lunch Account, Homecoming Guidelines, Football Tickets, a 5K, and the Footwear Options for the Junior High.  Please remember that if you should have any questions, do not hesitate to call, email, or stop in the office, our goal is not to make this more challenging, but rather make your back to school shopping and transition to the 2016-17 school year as smooth as possible.

Weekly Calendar

Please refer to for the most up-to-date information about the happenings taking place in the Junior High and High School.

For Athletic Information please follow this link

Attached below is a quick reference calendar with most of the important dates outlined for the Junior High/High School, for the coming school year.  If you should have any questions do not hesitate to contact the High School Office.

Junior High-High School Calendar

St. John’s Junior High/High School Registration 2016-17 School Year

The wait is over.  Our new online Registration System, One View, is up and running and available for you to begin using.  Please understand there will be some issues to work out as we continue to streamline this process.  In the meantime, we hope this helps make your lives a little easier and opens another avenue of communication and technology, between the school and families.

The attachment below will walk you through the process, step by step.  This information is being sent home through the mail as well.  However, with this being new to everyone, if you should have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Instructions for Creating an Account in OneView

OneView Parent Letter

Online Lunch Account Payment System

This year we will be moving to an online system that allows you to place money on your student(s) lunch account, without the need to write a check or send money with them to school.  The former option will still be available, including the convenience of paying online.

The attachment below will walk you through the process, step by step.  This information is being sent home through the mail as well.  However, with this being new to everyone, if you should have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Lunch Account Letter

Junior High Footwear Dress Code

Below you will find the shoe selections for your Junior High student(s).  We highly recommend you purchase shoes from one of the options pre-selected for you from Shoe Carnival in Lima or Shoe Carnival online.  You can also order shoes at the store if they would be out of stock.  If you purchase shoes outside of these options, we cannot guarantee they will meet the uniform guidelines.  Which may result in disciplinary action.

If you have any questions the sales clerks at Shoe Carnival will have the list of the pre-approved shoes, please do not hesitate to ask.  We hope this makes it easier for our families with your back to school shopping and eliminates the questions as to what footwear is appropriate.

Shoe Carnival will be hosting a Catholic School shopping party event, which will be held on August 27.  Both days the store will be open 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM.  The customer will receive 30% off their in-store purchase, with the flyer below.  If they would be out of a specific shoe or size, they will order for you through the store and still honor the 30% discount along with free shipping to your home.  Be sure to check the Thursday ads in the newspaper for special offers and coupons.  Retail Me Not is a great app that can also provide a discount, visit Shoe Carnival online for printable coupons, or show your phone when checking out.  A $5.00 coupon is attached below.

The following question has been raised, “will these shoes be allowed for High School students,” and the answer is yes.  Not only will they be allowed for High School students this school year, Junior High students will be allowed to wear these options as they enter High School as well.

At this time, we are examining extending this policy to the High School for the 2017-18 School Year.  More details will follow at the end of the school year.

Shoe Carnival Coupon

Shoe Carnival 30%

Junior High Uniform Shoe Selection

Student Handbook Changes

Below you will find the abbreviated changes that have been made to the Student Handbook for the 2016-17 School.  Please be sure to read the entire Handbook, when it comes home after registration, for the complete descriptions.  Your help is instrumental in ensuring the policies and guidelines outlined are achieved.

2016-17 Handbook Changes

Student Supply List

Attached below you will find the supply list for your student(s), and the classes they are enrolled in.  If you do not see a teacher your child has on this list, then there are no supplies they will need to have or they will be informed of anything they need on the first day of school.

Supplies for 2016-17 School Year

Football Season Tickets

Blue Jay football fans can purchase a season ticket to watch their favorite football team play during the upcoming 2016 season.  Cost of a reserved seat is $35 for five games, starting with the season opener August 26 verse Bath.  Several reserved seats are still available, call the High School office 419-692-5371 ext.1137, or stop at the High School office to reserve your seat.  If you already have reserved seats and have not picked up your tickets, please pick them up in the High School office.

PTO Mum Sale

PTO is conducting their annual Mum Sale.  More details are attached below.

PTO Mum Flyer

Vancrest 5K

Vancrest would like to invite you to help kick off their Grandparents Day festivities with a 5K on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  This is a great way to bring some smiles to the resident’s faces.  Please see attachment for registration and details.

Vancrest 5K

Homecoming Guidelines

The Homecoming Guidelines have not changed from last year.  The U.S. Bishops state that “as Christians we should dress in a modest manner, wearing clothing that reflect our reverence for God and that manifest our respect for the dignity of the liturgy and for one another.”  I do wish that you exercise modesty and sound judgments as you shop for dresses, this summer and fall.  I understand the challenges we face, adhering to our Catholic Faith while trying to shop in an environment that does not always share our beliefs.  However, know that your help is greatly appreciated in supporting the message that we work to accomplish together each day.

Homecoming Guidelines

Cross Country Stats

The Cross Country Team is looking for a Junior High or High School student that would be interested in helping the Cross Country Team this fall with doing stats at the cross country meets.  If you are interested, please contact Coach Steve Hellman at 419-233-1870.

Should you have any questions about any of the above-mentioned changes, please do not hesitate to ask.  We want nothing more than to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your student(s).

Good luck to all the St. John’s students, that are competing this weekend in one way or another, bring home a win, as you have already made the Blue Family so proud of you.

Go Jays and God Bless,


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