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

Principal's Note 1/18/17


 Cardboard Challenge Was a Hit

By every measure, last week's Cardboard Challenge was a success.

FullSizeRender.jpgStudents were engaged from the start in creating everything imaginable out of cardboard. They used their skills in math, science and art to imagine, design and build. They worked together in teams toward a common goal. They felt pride as their projects took form. There was a unicorn, an oven, a refrigerator, a vending machine, a camera, the USS Enterprise, a Skeeball game, a putting green, a corn-hole game, and many more wonderful contraptions and creatures.


Perhaps the most remarkable creation was the one by Mrs. Irwin, our technology director. She created an all-day event that was fun and educational out of just two ingredients -- cardboard and kids.



Many teachers and our facilities chief helped with the work, and we couldn't have pulled it off without all of the cardboard and snacks donated by the families. Thank you all. We definitely want to do the Cardboard Challenge again next year.

Congratulations to Senora Galan, U.S. Citizen

Our outstanding lower-grade Spanish teacher and After-Care director, Senora Patty Galan, became a U.S. Citizen last Friday. Her co-workers and I are very proud of her, and we know that her students will be happy for her, too. On Friday, students and teachers will gather for morning prayer in the gym, and after we say the Pledge of Allegiance together, we plan to have a little celebration of Senora Galan and her accomplishment. As a tribute, students may wear red, white and blue with their uniforms to school on Friday. 

Congratulations, Julia

Congratulations to Julia McCormack, 7th grade, for her superior achievement on the 2016 Medusa Mythology Exam.  Julia prepared for this exam over the last few months by reading extensively.  She has been awarded a bronze medal and certificate for her performance. Congratulations, Julia!

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 Take Precautions This Flu Season

There have been reports of the flu in our area. Please remind your children to wash their hands frequently, and the teachers will remind them to wash their hands and wipe down desks in school. Our school policy is that any child who's sick must stay home. The child may return to school when the child has been fever free for 24 hours. 

Geography Bee is Next Wednesday

Students in grades 4-8 participate in the Geography Bee at 1:45 pm in the Lyon Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Parents are welcome.



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