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

Principal's Note 4/25/17

See the Green Form for Tuition Assistance, Sibling Discount & Catholic Rate -- This all-in-one green form has been included in your Tuesday Folder.  It includes instructions on receiving the lower Catholic tuition ratethe sibling discount, as well as a checkoff box for those requesting additional tuition assistance from the parish. In past years, these instructions were sent out on separate forms, but we have consolidated the forms into onePlease read the green form carefully, complete it, and return it to the school office in the next two weeks. If you lose track of the form, you can download a copy from the Gold Folder page of the website. 

The amount of available tuition assistance from the parish varies from year to year, depending on annual contributions. The level of need for tuition assistance has grown steadily. Last year, we distributed $21,000 in need-based awards. The archdiocese awarded another $24,000 in assistance. 

Students Prepare To Put On Seussical Jr.

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  • The May rehearsal schedule appears below. Please remember that it will remain posted on the Gold Folder page.
  • On Friday May 5, a complete blocking rehearsal, in the gym and on the stage,  will take place in the evening. There will be no afternoon rehearsal.
    • 5th and 6th grades will rehearse from 6pm to 7pm.
    • 7th and 8th grades will rehearse from 7pm to 9pm. 

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  • On Monday May 1, cast pictures in full costume will be taken. Students should be sure to bring in all items required from home on Monday for these pictures!
    • 5th and 6th grade pictures will be taken during the lunch hour
    • 7th and 8th grade pictures will be taken after school, from 3:00 to 5:00


  • This order form for Seussical Jr. tickets will remain on the Gold Folder page.    
  • A few parent volunteers have done a lot of work to help Mrs. Williams with the spring play, but they need help with one particular job. On Sunday, May 7, we will need a few adult volunteers to use the gym ladder to tape blackout sheeting over the gym windows.This job will take about 90 minutes to complete. If you can come to the gym on Sunday evening to help, please notify Nancie Tassara at  Thanks for any help!  

Picture Book Collection  -- We are still collecting picture books to donate to St. Camillus Food Pantry.  If you have any books to donate, please send them in to your child's classroom. We are looking for picture books for children ages 10 and underThis is the final week of this SJB Service Project. It's Summer Uniform Season  -- Students may wear their summer uniforms to school. That means uniform shorts are OK on uniform days, and PE shorts and T-shirts are OK on PE days. 

Celebration of Salvatorians on May 6 -- The Society of the Divine Savior will celebrate the Salvatorians' 125th Anniversary in the United States on Saturday, May 6. The celebration starts with Mass at 5 pm followed by a reception in the gym at 6:15 pm (with Hors d'Oeuvres), a multimedia concert from 7:15 to 9:00 pm led by Fr. Glen and Fr. Joe Rodrigues, featuring sing-along songs from Fr. Glen's new album, It's in Every One of Us -- Songs We Love to SingReserve your place at the reception by Thursday, April 27, by contacting Dolores Ritter at, 301-384-5885, or online at Years on Fire: Passion for Mercy.   

Certificates from the Auction In Gold Folders -- Please check your folders for certificates of your auction winnings.  

New Math To Be Discussed on Wednesday at 7 PM -- Ms. Calabrese is leading our Parent Series meeting this week on "New Math," including strategies that parents can use to help their children with their math homework. All SJB parents are invited, but the focus will be on grades 2-5. The Parent Series meeting will take place oWednesday, April 26, at 7 pm in the Library. 

The H.S.A. meeting will follow at 7:30 pm in the Library.

Spring Musical is May 10-12 

Our spring musical, Seussical Jr., will play on Wednesday, May 10, at 1 pm; Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 pm; and Friday, May 12, at 7:30 pm. On Friday, May 12, school will start at 10 am. 

May Crowning is May 17 

Our May Crowning ceremony will take place in the Church on Wednesday, May 17, at 10:30 am. 

Note from Ms. Moore 

If you have any household items, save them for the annual West Virginia trip. Particular items needed -- baby and children's clothes, housewares, sheets, towels, blanketsunopened travel toiletries. Please consider donating them to my 19th annual trip to West Virginia. If you mark them WV and put them in the Gym Stairwell between now and the end of the school year, I will stop by weekly to retrieve. Thanks! 

Tennis Starting Again -- 10U Junior USTA Tennis starts next Wednesday May 5 from 3:15 to 4 pm for the next 4 weeks. Please email Debi Palmer at or Missy Eaton if interested. 


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