Saint John the Baptist Catholic School Newsletter

Dear SJB Families,

As we step into the sacred time of Holy Week, we're reminded of the profound significance of each moment leading up to Easter Sunday. This week marks the beginning of our journey through the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's a time for reflection, prayer, and celebration of the ultimate sacrifice made for us. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, where crowds laid palm branches at his feet, shouting "Hosanna!" as a sign of reverence and adoration. It is a beautiful Mass. Yes, the readings may be lengthy, but the story is so good! Please join us with your family!

Maggie Javins

A Mother's Hope - Amanda

Amanda (name changed for privacy) is currently looking for solid and consistent employment. She has 2 other children living with family and she is determined to get stronger and stable so all of her children can be together. She knows her time at A Mother's Hope will provide her with resources in the community, a loving environment to heal from past wounds, and help to become the best version of herself.

Lenten Collection - A Mother's Hope

A Mother's Hope will be collecting all items on Wednesday. You have been so generous. Thank you!

1. XL wet and dry Swiffer mat refills

2. Swiffer floor cleaner refill (like this )

3. 39-gallon lawn and leaf bags

4. Plastic food storage containers Rubbermaid like (varying sizes)

5. Keurig coffee/tea pods for Bible study time

6. Tums, Tylenol, Milk of Magnesia

7. Toilet bowl cleaner

8. Feminine Hygiene products

9. Board books for babies

10. Paper Towels

They do have an Amazon Wish List and other needed items that can be found below. I would really prefer students send the items to St. Johns. I want our students to see the good they are doing.

A Mother's Hope Amazon Wish List (but please have items sent to school)

Items Listed on A Mother's Hope Website


Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we walk with Jesus this week, we remember the countless women, children and men who carry heavy crosses even today: crosses of hunger, of vulnerability to climate change, or of a lack of resources. How—like Simon of Cyrene—can you help to carry the crosses of our sisters and brothers in your local community and around the world? Visit to learn more.

Rice Bowl

Calendar Changes

  • No School on April 8th. There is a solar eclipse this day at dismissal time. Many surrounding school districts are also canceling school to ensure student safety at a busy drive time.


8th Grade DC Trip

  • Please make sure to turn in permission slips.
  • Start making payments on Eventlink or send in a check/cash to school.

Honor Roll

The following students made nothing lower than a B- for the third quarter.

6th Grade

Harry Boxberger

Joe Chapman

Andrew Davis

Max Martinez

Julissa Nino

Becca Pleus

Jaime Romero

Yarely Sanchez

Kiya Tindall

7th Grade

Levi Beachy

Betty Brough

Maddie Cotter

Maria Farias 

Walter Henry

Keegan Hill 

Caylee Keeler

Aiden Leon

Dulce Lopez

Camila Nino

Esme Nino 

Michael Rondot 

Isabella Salas

Ellis Steele

8th Grade

Logan Delaney

Andy Flores

Andrew Hall

Nate Javins

Cole Keirns

Brady Krouse

Rosario Romero

Quinton Tatum

Amiya Tyree

The following students made nothing lower than a A- for the third quarter.

6th Grade

Sophia Bradley

Dayana Del Cid

Charles Keirns

Ella Keirns

Kaylee Romero

Elijah Skeeters

Claire Steffen

Ethan Stover

Yatzareth Zamudio

7th Grade

David Archbold

Ruby Capps

Allison Flores

Claire Gerardot

Ella Hike 

Norah Pleus

Oliva Ramirez 

Thurston Smits 

Alejandro Vazquez

Ryan Zimmerman

8th Grade

Braydon Bentley

Marlene Chavez

Thomas Davis

Kendall Herber

Matthew Keirns

Charlie Lehner

Marie Lepley

Luis Luna-Martinez

24-25 Registration Re-enrollment Open

  • There are only 14 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 is now open.
  • It is imperative that we know how many students are returning. Hiring teachers is a difficult task in the current market. If we need more teachers due to class size, we want to post those position early so we get the best candidates.

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!


First 5th/6th Girls Soccer Practice today!

  • 3-5 PM in the PAC

Eventlink Registration


Track Announcement

We had a great 1st practice this week!

  • Next week looks like we will be in the PAC on Tuesday 7:15-830 and Wednesday at Luers Track 5:15-7:00. 
  • There will be no practice on Thursday with it being Holy Thursday.
  •  I am in need of assistant coaches, especially someone with distance experience. I also will need a female coach or a female parent at practices.
  •  Please make sure to check Eventlink for practice cancellation and changes. 
  • We are always welcoming new kids. If you haven’t yet please pay your $35 fee on Eventlink or send check into office please put track on memo line.

I look forward to a great season and seeing your children run faster and jump higher. Any questions feel free to contact me at 260-312-2073 or [email protected].

Have a great day,

Joe Javins

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
  • Ellis Steele - Mrs. Sturm ELA
  • Manny Carranza - Mrs. Henry MATH
  • Amiya Tyree - Mrs. Zimmerman RELIGION
  • Darius Holley - Ms. Glenn SCIENCE
  • Ben Lehner- Mrs. Welling SOCIAL STUDIES

SJB Uniform Store Store Open

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 [email protected]. 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

  • 3/24 - Palm Sunday
  • 3/26 6th Grade Seder Meal
  • 3/28 - No Extra-Curricular Activities after 3PM
  • 3/31 - Easter!
  • 4/1 - 4/6 Spring Break
  • 4/8 - No School - Solar Eclipse
  • 4/10 - 1st & 2nd to Science Central
  • 4/15 - ILEARN 8-11AM
  • 4/16 - ILEARN 8-11 AM
  • 4/17 - 8th Grade Damascus Retreat
  • 4/18 - ILEARN 8-11 AM
  • 4/19 - 5th - 8th Grade to Romeo and Juliet Ballet
  • 4/22 - 4/24 ILEARN 8 - 11AM
  • 4/25 Midterms Sent Home
  • 4/26 - Nelson's Chicken Fundraiser
  • 4/26 - 2nd Grade Upper Room Retreat
  • 4/28 - 1st Holy Communion