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

Principal's Note 1/10/17


Exams -- Middle-school students are nearing the end of their exams as we approach the end of the 2nd quarter on Friday.  

Cardboard Challenge -- Just a reminder that Friday is also the day of our Cardboard Challenge for students in grades 5-8.  

Half Day on Friday – Friday is also a half-day of school with dismissal at 12 noon and After Care from 12 to 4 pm. 

Faculty Professional Development -- The staff has an afternoon workshop on engagement of students and families in a diverse school community.  

About Snow Days...

Whatever Montgomery County schools decide to do – close, open late or close early – we will do.  

As required by the Archdiocese of WashingtonSJB follows Montgomery County school decisions when there is inclement weather.  

We will post the news on our school website's Twitter feed as soon as we are alerted. The SJB Twitter box appears on the bottom of the website's front pageWe will try to send a mass email/mass text as soon as we receive analert that school will close early.  

Parents Must Stay Informed – We ask that you make the effort to stay informed about the weather and the potential for school closings. I recommend Montgomery County's emergency weather text alerts. WTOP radio's school closings page is another good source.   

If the county announces that the school day will end early, our school day will also end early. After-school activities and After Care will be cancelled. Parents who cannot pick up their own children should make other arrangements for them. We will never leave any child unsupervised, but I will dismiss the teachers so that they can go home – and pick up their own children, in some cases – safely. 

 SJB Website in Four Languages 

Our school website can be viewed in languages other than English.  The following links appear on the News page of our website: 

SJB Website in Spanish 


We will have school on Inauguration Day. Each teacher will decide whether to let students watch the Inauguration as part of that day's lesson. 

Catholic Schools Week Family Lunch Order Form 

Here's the order form for the Family Lunch during Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week Hot Lunch Form.pdf

The lunch will be in the gym after 10:45 am Family Mass on Thursday, Feb. 2. Please use one order form per family. A portion of the proceeds of Family Lunch orders will go toward the Gretchen Weichbrod Scholarship. We hope to see you for the Open House, Family Mass and Family Lunch.

Yearbook Ads  

Tell your soon-to-be graduate how proud you are with an ad in the yearbook! Share favorite childhood photos, stories, and more with a personal message that will be printed in the yearbook and treasured forever.   Promote your business with an ad! Your presence in the yearbook will create awareness for your company, as well as support SJB.  Yearbook Ads 2017.pdf

Bingo is Coming 

Please see the Bingo Flyer and the Bingo ticket form in the Gold Folder. Kids' Night Bingo is set for Friday, Feb. 3, in the gym.  

Old Devices Needed for Virtual Reality 

Mrs. Irwin is collecting electronic devices to use in Viewmasters for Virtual Reality activities.  We would be grateful for any old iPods or iPhones that you can donate. Please send them to Mrs. Irwin. We have plenty of chargers. 

Parent Series Continues on Jan. 17 with Mrs. Case

Our Parent Series continues on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Library with Mrs. Lisa Case, resource director, who will give a presentation on special education services available to students in Catholic schools. The presentation will begin at 7 pm and will last about an hour. It will be open to all parish and school parents who are interested in knowing more about special education. 

We Need a Parish Times Correspondent

We are looking for someone who is willing to write a few articles and take a few pictures for the Parish Times newspaper. Please email me if you are interested at

Spring Musical  

Ensemble Rehearsals  

Ensemble rehearsals for the 2017 Spring Musical will be held on Tuesdays beginning January 17th and continue through May 9th. All 7th and 8th grade students are part of the ensemble and should attend rehearsals.  

January 17th and January 24th – 3pm to 4pm 

January 31st through May 9nd – 3pm to 4:30 pm 

There will be no Tuesday rehearsal on March 7th (A&A) or April 18th (Spring Break). 

Audition Schedule 

Auditions will be held immediately following the Ensemble Rehearsal for those who signed up with Mrs. Williams according to the schedule below. Students auditioning are also expected to attend the Ensemble Rehearsal. Auditioning students should please remember to bring a snack. Casting will be posted in early February. 

Tuesday, January 17 4:00 – 5:30 Jojo, Horton 

Wednesday, January 18 3:00 – 4:15 Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, Sour Kangaroo 

Tuesday, January 24 4:00 – 5:30 Cat in the Hat 

Wednesday January 25 3:00 – 4:30 Gertrude, Mayzie 

Role Rehearsals 

Beginning January 30th, additional rehearsals will be required for the auditioning roles on Mondays and Fridays, from 3pm to 4:30pm, as scheduled by Mrs. Williams. Students accepting these roles must be available for rehearsals during these days/times, although they might not be required for every date. The progress of the show will dictate the schedule. Students and families are asked to be as flexible as possible.

Home School Association Meeting is Wednesday 

The H.S.A. meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm in the Library on Wednesday, Jan. 11. It is open to all school parents.  

Space Available in Kindergarten-4th Grade 

Our final Open House for new families is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 am. We have openings left in the lower grades, as well as in 7th grade, for 2017-18. There's more information about our application process on the admissions page of the school website. If you know someone who might be interested in our school, please feel free to send them this link to our online application: 

It is free to apply to SJB. We charge a $75 screening fee, but only if we know that there are openings in the prospective child's grade. 

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For School Activities and Events, Go to the Gold Folder page.

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