Saint John the Baptist Catholic School Newsletter

Dear SJB Families,

I hope all had a wonderful week! The Holy Communion Mass was incredible, and it was a joy seeing those students receive the Eucharist for the first time. This week, another group of students celebrates a sacrament. Our 8th graders will be Confirmed tomorrow. In this Sacrament, the Bishop anoints them with oil, signifying they are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit and strengthened for the service of Christ. As the Apostles on Pentecost, where the Spirit descended in tongues of fire, our students are called to bring the Good News of Christ into the world. Obviously, our students aren't going out into the "world" just yet, but they are leaving our building. They will be with a larger group of peers and in a larger school. We pray they continue to grow in their faith and zeal so that one day, they are ready to bring the Gospel to the world. As we think about our high school days, there are many (too many, really) opportunities to witness to Christ and his call to live differently in this world. I hope our students know they carry our prayers with them as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The handing on of the Faith is a beautiful thing and one we take seriously. I happen to be in the classrooms of two of our sacrament-year teachers this week. I watched the second-grade class pray the Anima Christi from memory (which I couldn't do myself). These children, who two minutes before were having trouble sitting still, quieted themselves, folded their hands, and focused on the crucifix for the prayer. That was explicitly taught by their teacher. They didn't just naturally assume that posture or speak those words. It is a handing on of the Faith. In an 8th-grade class, I heard students discussing subjective and objective truth. They discussed questions like, "What did Saint Paul mean when he said, 'Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed.....". Going over the difference between conformed and transformed isn't just a vocabulary lesson - it is a handing on of the Faith. Our teachers do this every day. It is not accidental. They plan and prepare how to gift their love of Christ and His Church to our students. We know that the bulk of this work is done in the family, the Domestic Church. We are thankful that you let us share this responsibility, and we don't take that trust lightly. Your children are a blessing to us, and it is our constant prayer that they remain close to Christ and the Church even after they leave these halls.  

Maggie Javins

May Crowning Procession

Our May Crowning procession will be tomorrow, Friday May 3. Parents are welcome to join us. Just meet us in the parking lot and fall in the procession. It will start around 8:30.


5/13 & 5/20 Lunch Menu

  • Lunch Order form MUST be returned by Monday, May 6th.
  • Students receiving Free lunches must also fill out this form.

Order Form

Volunteer Breakfast

Invitations were sent out for the volunteer breakfast but often get lost in lockers or desks. If you have volunteered for us at school, but have not received an invitation, we would like you to join us.  Please send a note to school so we can plan accordingly.

Tickets Available for Purchase on Eventlink

Purchase Tickets Here

8th Grade DC Trip

  • All Fees Should be Paid at this point.
  • Make Payment on Eventlink or send in a check/cash to school.

HASA Seeking New Members

Looking for an easy way to get more involved at SJB? Consider joining HASA! The Home and School Association is looking to add more members and a treasurer for the 2024-2025 school year. The HASA committee plans and oversees student/school events and provides support to our teachers. HASA does not require a large time commitment from members, and meetings are just once a month. Please reach out to Ashley Kuhn, President, with any questions!

Most Precious Blood's Jordan Allen Dance

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th graders invited
  • Friday May 3rd 7-9:30PM
  • $5.00
  • Most Precious Blood Gym

Dance Permission Slip

BLHS Cheerleading Tryouts

Cheerleading tryouts for the 2024-25 season will be held May 5, 2024, 1:00-6:00 pm. Parent meeting 12:30 pm. Registration begins April 1, 2024. Contact Coach DeOsha Smith - to register or if you have any questions.

BLHS Football Camp

  • Bishop Luers Football Camp for 4th–8 graders (2024-2025 school year)
  • June 24-27
  • 4:00-6:00pm
  • Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816
  • $30.00 per camper – includes t-shirt
  • Equipment Needed: Cleats, Gym Shoes (in case of inclement weather)

Camp Registration Form

BLHS Basketball Camp

  • Bishop Luers Basketball Camp for 4th–8th graders (2024-2025 school year)
  • May 28-31
  • 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816
  • $50.00 per camper – includes t-shirt

Register Here

24-25 School Tuition Letter

The School Tuition Letter for the 24-25 School Year was sent home with your student last week. Both a English and Spanish version of the letter are included in the packet. Please read the entire letter.

Next Steps:

  • Set up a payment plan in FACTS.
  • IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED - send in a copy of your 2023 Tax Documents to the school. We will use this to request a School Choice Scholarship (Voucher) from the state. We will not process vouchers until a student is officially registered and the previous school year's tuition is paid.
  • If you have not enrolled or know of someone who wants to enroll a new student, please have them contact or complete the application online.

A print out of the tentative school calendar was sent home with your child. This year we would like to provide opportunities for weekly professional development for our staff and are therefore planning either a delayed start or early dismissal for each Friday. We would appreciate feedback from our parents on which option would work best for them. Please complete the poll below so we can get an idea of what works best for our families. We would ask that you complete it only once for each family.

24-25 Tentative School Calendar

24-25 Registration Re-enrollment Open

  • There are only 10 current students not enrolled for next year!
  • As of March 4th, the re-enrollment fee increased to $150. The fee will increase to $200 on 4/30.
  • Some grades are nearing capacity. The current 7th grade only has 5 open spots. We have had several calls regarding new students.

New Student Enrollment Open

New students enrollment is now open! There is room in all grades, so please let your friends and neighbors know!

New Student Enrollment

YAC News!

YAC Seeking New Members

The Youth Activities Committee (YAC) is looking for new members. YAC is responsible for organizing/supporting school athletics and other extra-curricular activities. We meet approximately 6 times per year for an hour or so. We also organize Turkey Bingo. Please reach out to the school office if interested in joining.

Middle School Winners

Throughout the week teachers in middle school collect names of students going above and beyond, whether it is helping a classmate, participating in class, answering hard questions, volunteering at Mass, etc. Then once a week each middle school teacher draws out a name from their collection to get a small prize. All names eligible for the drawing are placed on a bulletin board in the middle school hallway for all to see. 

This week's winners were:

  • Ethan Stover - Mrs. VanFossen ELA
  • Kaylee Romero - Mrs. Sturm ELA
  • Luis Luna-Martinez - Mrs. Henry MATH
  • Dulce Lopez - Mrs. Zimmerman RELIGION
  • Luke Shank - Ms. Glenn SCIENCE
  • Claire Gerardot- Mrs. Welling SOCIAL STUDIES

This Week at St. Johns

Lost and Left

Do any of these items look familiar?

Please check for missing items! The gloves seem to be reproducing!

SJB in the Community!

We would like to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and alumnae outside of our school! If your child has participated in an event (ex. danced in the Nutcracker, won an award, hiked the Appalachian Trail, etc). Please let us know by completing the attached form and we will put a little blurb in the newsletter. If you have a picture to go along with your event, email it to We want to celebrate with you!

SJB in the Community Form

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Substitute Teachers Needed

We are in need of substitute teachers. In order to be a substitute, you must apply with the diocese and hold a valid substitute license from the state.

  • Diocesan information located here.
  • Valid Substitute Permit application from State found here.
  •  Licensed or Retired Teachers - $125 per Day/ $75 Half Day
  • High School Diploma and Valid Substitute Permit - $100 per day/ $60 Half Day

  • 5/2 - 3rd Grade to Safety Village
  • 5/2 - 4th Grade to Science Central
  • 5/2 - 7th Grade to BLHS
  • 5/2 - Confirmation Rehearsal at St. Therese 7:15 - 8:15 PM
  • 5/3 - School May Crowning
  • 5/3 - Confirmation at St. Therese 7 - 9PM
  • 5/4 - Marian Loop - 9AM
  • 5/6 - Piano Recital
  • 5/7 - 6th Grade to Dearborn, MI
  • 5/9 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • 5/10 - Annie Jr. Performance 7PM
  • 5/11 - Annie Jr. Performance 7PM
  • 5/12 - Mother's Day
  • 5/13 - 5th Grade to Blue Springs Caverns
  • 5/13 - 5/20 8th Grade to Washington DC
  • 5/14 - 7th Grade to Chicago
  • 5/17 - 4th Grade to Connor Prairie
  • 5/20 - Field Day
  • 5/23 - Student Last Day 1PM Dismission & Hotdog Picnic