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

Principal's Note 4/4/17

I hope to see many of you at the SJB Spring Gala this Saturday night. There's lots of information, including the time (7 pm), location, and link for gala tickets on the Gold Folder page. This year's theme is baseball.

It is always a fun night, and it is our single major fundraiser for the school.

Over the past few years, we have made an effort to streamline our fundraising. We hope that this is something you've noticed. Two years ago, each class was in charge of at least one fundraiser. In addition to the many minor fundraisers on the calendar, we had one major fundraiser before Easter and another major fundraiser after Easter.

The constant fundraising was clearly unsustainable -- both for our donors and for our volunteers.

Instead, we decided to focus on having just one major school fundraiser: the Spring Auction & Gala.

This would allow us to make other events, such as Family Flix and International Night, more about community building than money raising. Breakfast with Santa has remained the exception as a community building event that also raises money for the school.

Our big fundraising event for the school year is this Saturday night. Our volunteers have dedicated many hours to making this a great night. If you can't make it, please try to support the school by buying one of the auction items or even buying a ticket.

The money raised will benefit the students. It will go toward the purchase of new desktop computers for students, middle school textbooks, playground equipment, and tuition assistance for students whose families might not otherwise be able to afford a Catholic education.

The money raised will go toward other educational needs, too. The March 6 Note explained in detail how tuition does not cover all of SJB's educational expenses.

Thank you for your continued support of SJB!

Sacramental Preparation Will Be Included in School Religion Classes Next Year

For many years at SJB, sacramental preparation has been offered only by the Parish Faith Formation Program. Next year, sacramental preparation will be taught in the school as part of the regular religion curriculum. This will be a time-saving change for many of our parents and students. They will no longer have to take religion in school plus sacramental-preparation classes on Monday nights. There will be Parish requirements -- including a parent meeting with Faith Formation Minister L.J. Milone -- before the child's First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Great Books Program to Start After Easter

Dear SJB Parents in Grades K-3, 

Shortly after Easter, the Great Books program will start in Kindergarten and grades 1-3. In order for this fantastic program to be successful, I will need a few good parent volunteers. Please contact me at if you are interested. If a parent coordinator is willing to volunteer and is Virtus certified, the parent may lead a group in any class. 

How does Great Books work? What does a parent coordinator do?  

Teachers in grades K-3 will select 5-6 students from each grade to participate in the Great Books program. As a parent coordinator, you will be assigned a group in one grade. You will first contact the classroom teacher to coordinate a meeting time during the school day. Meetings are typically 30 minutes, but each teacher will set the schedule. During your group's meeting time, you will come to the school and meet with your group. You will read a story together and then lead a discussion or activity. It will be up to you. In the past, students have enjoyed role playing and interactive sessions. You will be asked to lead 5-6 sessions over the final stretch of the school year. Stories, materials and some activity ideas will be provided.  

Great Books has been a great experience for our students and our parents.  I look forward to hearing from you!   

Crystal Vinson ( 


Box Top Winners 

The March Box Tops winners are 1st, 3rd and 7th. They had over 230 Box Tops each!!! They may be out of uniform this Thursday, April 6. 

Play Rehearsal Schedule 

Please see the play rehearsal schedule on the Gold Folder page. It has been updated to reflect that after Spring Break, scheduled rehearsals will run from 3:00 - 5:00 every day, instead of ending at 4:30. 

Next Student Service Project -- Bring a Book

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Thank you to the teachers who provided the food -- the bread, meat and cheese -- for last week's service project. Our older-grade and younger-grade classes teamed up to make more than 300 sandwiches for the hungry.

Thank You, Career Day Volunteers

You made Career Day interesting, engaging, educational and enjoyable. Our students really enjoyed themselves. It was a sacrifice for each of our parents to come to SJB on a regular workday, but they came for the kids. 

Most of all, we want to thank our Career Day coordinator, Courtney Gardner (Tess 7th, Jillian 5th), who planned, scheduled and coordinated the day. Thank you, Mrs. Gardner. We couldn't have done it without you.

We also want to thank the following men and women for coming:

Ms. Fabienne Auguste - nurse 

Tracy Bowman - assistance dog trainer

Rebecca Breeden - strategist by weekday, ski patrol volunteer by weekend

Elisabeth Chakmakian Lodge - social worker and college professor 

Kristin Draper -- attorney 

Laura Hatzes -- project manager and government consultant

Kathy Stanley -- assistance horse trainer

Police Officer III Glenda Joseph -- Montgomery County Police Department

Michele Joseph -- director and founder of the Student Global Ambassador Progra

John Kyle Collins McHugh -- third-generation funeral director 

Dr. Elizabeth Passmore -- veterinarian

Michele Russ -- yoga instructor

Sarah Wendell -- National Zoo aviation department

Valerie Wooldridge -- event planner

Kathy Young -- Employee Assistance Program 

Mark Young --  engineer

Mark Zimmerman -- newspaper editor, cartoonist

Warriors Fundraiser

The Maryland Warriors team (several kids in 8th grade play for the team) is holding a fundraiser for our team at Chipotle restaurant on Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring, MD. Attached is flyer that you can bring to the restaurant and/or send to friends and family. However, all you need to is mention the Maryland Warriors fundraiser at checkout and 50% of the proceeds will come to our teams. The fundraiser runs from 2:00 to 9:00 Chipotle_flyer.pdf

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