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

Principal's Note 10/4/16

Thanks, H.S.A., for the Science Kits  

Last spring, the Home School Association raised money in its annual gala and auction for science kits. Over the summer, science kits for grades K-4 arrived here from Science and Technology Concepts (STC), the Smithsonian's educational program. Our Twitter feed (which can be found at the bottom of the front page of the website) shows 3rd grade students observing their new African dwarf frogs. Soon the students will have fiddler crabs and millipedes. The students will observe and record the different animals -- frogs, crabs and millipedes -- in their different habitats. They'll feed them. They'll ask questions: What body parts do they use on land? What body parts do they use in water? What do they do to survive? And the students will record their observations.

Meanwhile, as the kids are observing the frogs, Mrs. Dalton is observing the kids. She likes what she sees, and she likes the science kits. Sure, they require more prep work for the teacher. But to Mrs. Dalton, what's important is that the students are learning more science. She noted that the students learn almost all of their Living World and Scientific Thinking science standards while they are observing and taking care of the frogs and their habitats.

Thank you, parents! Thank you for the science kits. Your generosity has brought depth and enrichment to the science curriculum and improved the learning experience for the children at SJB.

Service Liturgy is This Friday at 10:45 AM 

The St. Camillus Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to more than 5,600 families in our area. As the Prayer to St. Francis says, we are asked to give hope to the desperate. SJB students will be giving hope by donating food that nearby families need. Each student is asked to bring an item from the list by Thursday. Students will bring their items to the altar during our Service Liturgy on Friday, and then parents and students will deliver the food to the St. Camillus Food Pantry after Mass.  

Kindergarten          macaroni and cheese 

1st Grade               oatmeal, canisters or cartons (no individual packages, please!) 

2nd Grade              cereal (iron-fortified preferred)  

3rd Grade               canned fruit (pineapple, peaches) 

4th Grade               1-2 lb. bags dried beans (black, red, pinto or kidney beans) 

5th Grade               canned tomatoes or vegetables 

6th Grade               vegetable oil  

7th Grade               bags of rice 

8th Grade               masa harina (corn flour) or white flour 

Box Tops Winners Are 3rd and 5th Grades

Both classes had over 300 Box Tops. They may be out of uniform on Tuesday, October 11. Battle of the Box Tops for October is off and running. 

Calendar Update: International Night is Nov. 17 

International Night will be Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It has been changed from its date  (10/20) on the hard-copy SJB calendar. As always, the online calendar is our most up-to-date calendar.

Reminder: Portrait Day is Thursday, Oct. 13 

Students may dress up for portrait day. We are using Freed Photography, the same company we used last year.


Reminder: Friday is Half-Day

Dismissal is at 12 noon, and After Care is from noon to 4 pm.
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