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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076

Traditions

Buddy Families – Current families are paired with new families during the summer months to welcome and be a point of contact.

New Family Orientation – Held at the end summer, this event gives new parents a preview of school policies and procedures..

A Back to School Coffee – This is a first-day-of-school event for parents. After drop-off, parents walk over to the Lyon Center for a coffee get-together.

Parents' Back to School Night – This not-to-be missed event kicks off the school year and begins with our Organizations Fair, where parents can learn can learn about volunteer opportunities. In the church, we begin with a prayer service introducing the SJB school faculty, the annual theme, Principal's message, School Board, and Home School Association.

Arts & Academics – Imagine a science fair except with all subjects covered and all grades included – and it lasts all week. That's Arts & Academics at SJB. The students start working on their projects in October. Their finished products are displayed for everyone to see in March. It is a celebration of academics!
School Liturgies – Held at least 9 times each year, each class plans a Mass and students serve as cantors, lectors, readers and ushers.

Family Flix Night – SJB families look forward to an outdoor movie and dinner held on our lawn on a Saturday evening in September.
Hot Lunch – Students gather together in the gym each Thursday.
The Halloween Parade – Students in costumes parade around the parking lot for parents and faculty. Student Council officers declare best-costume winners.

Thanksgiving Baskets – Food is collected by students in each homeroom and baskets are delivered to needy, local families..

Breakfast with Santa – Over 150 parent volunteers transform the gym into a Christmas wonderland and prepare and serve breakfast to a sellout crowd of 800. The highlight, of course, is getting your picture with Santa.

The Christmas Show – A musical of the Christmas story is presented each season by the entire student body for parents, families and friends.

Shower for Baby Jesus – Families bring gifts to the Advent/Christmas Liturgy for the children of Mary House, a Washington DC shelter for homeless families.
Catholic Schools Week – Parents attend classroom open house, a special liturgy and family lunch during a week in January or February.

Town Meeting – A bi-annual event sponsored by the School Board, gives parents the opportunity to talk about the school's strengths and how the school could improve.

Career Day – Held in the spring and is sponsored by the HSA

Student Council – student sponsor various service projects and fun activities.

Movie Day – Sponsored by the Student Council and the 8th grade. Funds raised from this event support the needy.

Spring Show – Annual musical featuring students in grades 5-8. The show is directed and produced by the faculty, parents and students. It has been a tradition since 1970.

St. John the Jogger 5K – One of SJB's on-going events, it involves more than 65 volunteers.. More than 175 runners race to raise money for the SJB programs.

Field Day –Students in every grade are divided into three teams and then compete in nine events.

SJB Pollinator Garden – Students grow native plants from seed and study life science in the garden throughout the school year

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