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Dear SJB Families,
I am writing to express my gratitude to you for sending your children to SJB. I am also taking this opportunity to share our financial report for the 2016-17 school year.
The fiscal health of St. John the Baptist Catholic School remains strong. We have laid the groundwork for a consistent source of income with the planned addition of a preschool program in 2017-18.
Our fiscal health remains strong mainly because of our restraint in spending. Instructional costs, by far the largest chunk of our budget, increased less than 1 percent from last year to this year. The budgets for Administration, Auxiliary, After-Care & Before Care each decreased from last year to this year. The budget for Operations & Maintenance increased by 13 percent. However, we have found ways to save money, such as restructuring our copier leases, investing in longer lasting lighting. At more than halfway through the current school year, we are on pace to spend less this year than we spent last year in Operations & Maintenance. The lack of a need for snow removal has helped, too.
Our report shows that SJB is, like most Catholic schools, still dependent on its Parish and Archdiocese for financial support. It is our goal to move toward greater financial independence while retaining our academic excellence, strong community and Catholic identity, and our commitment to affordability.
We are not going to get there overnight, but it is important that we continue to make progress together – for the sake of a great education for many children. We know that, as parents, many of you sacrifice to pay tuition, and some of you volunteer long hours to work on our school fundraisers. All of us at SJB are grateful for your efforts.
We are grateful, as well, to all of you who have contributed to our fundraising campaigns and who plan to attend or support our major fundraising event this year: The Spring Gala.
Our Home School Association, which sponsors the Gala, raised money last year for a new reading series for lower-grade students. Our teachers say the Wonders series has challenged our students in grades 1-5 to think more deeply and critically to text and to respond with higher-level analysis.
The H.S.A. also purchased science kits for several classrooms. Mrs. Dalton, our 3rd grade science teacher, said students learned firsthand about the scientific process by observing and recording fiddler crabs, African frogs, and millipedes. "It made them feel like real scientists," Mrs. Dalton said of the science kits that the H.S.A. bought for the school.
At SJB, we are blessed with generous and supportive parents. Thank you for making education a priority in your lives. We will keep you in our prayers, and we ask God to bless you, our families, the spirit of our school.
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
2016-17 Fiscal Report
Average Per Pupil Cost -- $9,600
Average Tuition Per Pupil -- $8,249
Average Financial Aid Per Pupil -- $512
Fundraising Need Per Pupil -- $839
School Income - $2,210,040
$68,000 Various Fees
$70,200 Parish Assistance
$6,250 Parish Tuition Assistance Grants
$10,000 H.S.A. Tuition Assistance Grants
$31,500 Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance
$9,500 Capital Improvement Fund
$70,000 Before & After Care Fees
$20,000 Field Trip Fees
$1,560 Morning Snack
$7,000 Graduation Fees
$4,000 Milk Program
$14,630 Miscellaneous & Investment Income
School Expenses -- $2,208,104
$1,622,043 Instructional (see details below)
$139,328 Operation & Maintenance
$33,050 After Care & Before Care
Major Instructional Costs:
$1,211,093 Employee Salaries
$15,000 Substitute Salaries
$89,602 Employer Medicare and Social Security Payments
$233,226 Employee Benefits
H.S.A. Nominations Extended – We are extending the nomination period for nominations to the H.S.A. Please see the attached ballot form and feel free to nominate yourself or anyone who you believe would be good in one of the posts. New Nomination Ballot.docx
Families are invited to view the Arts & Academics fair on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 pm. Projects from all grade levels and several subject areas will be on display in the gymnasium.
What happens at Arts & Academics? Here's a slideshow.
Our Parent Series returns on March 14 at 7:00 pm with a talk this month with a talk by a local Orthopedic surgeon on sports injuries in children. All are welcome. Parent Series Flyer Kessous.docx
Class Photos are available. Composite images are now online for viewing and ordering at http://www.freedpics.com
Click on the top gallery, "Class Photos"
*Order by March 15th for FREE delivery to school
Help Make Hot Lunch Festive for St. Patrick's Day -- Parents are searching for 13 bakers to make/provide 24 festive St. Patrick's day cupcakes to be served as hot lunch treats for all of our SJB leprechauns. Decorated, NUT FREE, cupcakes will be brought to SJB kitchen morning of 3/16. If interested, please email Kim Trebel - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Writing Contest -- Thanks!!
Wonderful job by many students who submitted an entry in the Creative Writing Contest. This year we received 72 entries in the categories of poetry, picture books, and short stories. The judges complimented the effort and work of our young writers during judging last week. We will hold our Creative Writing Assembly on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:05 in the Lyon Center. Please join us as we recognize all of our young writers. Thank you to the parents who donated food items for the breakfast and lunch during judging. We appreciate your support!
Little Feet Soccer Registration is now open for Pre-K thru 2nd Grade, and Instructional Tee-Ball (Pre-K thru 1st Grade). Learn more and register at www.sjbathletics.org.
There's a Bowling outing for students and parents on Thursday. Bowling at White Oak 2017.docx
After School Activities -- It's sign-up time for after-school robotics clubs.Spring SJB Science Kids Club.docx
Fifth Grade Parent Coffee is Thursday, March 9 -- I hope to see many of you there. We'll meet in the Lyon Center at 8 am, after morning drop-off.
Students will gather in the church for Stations of the Cross at 2:15 on Thursday, March 9.
Reminder: There's no school for students on Friday, March 10. Montgomery County Catholic school teachers will be attending professional training workshops.