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

Principal's Note 5/2/2017


45th Spring Show Begins Next Week 

Next week, we will have our 45th spring musical production as SJB's middle-school students perform the spring musical Seussical Jr. Based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, the show will feature 7th and 8th grade students in speaking roles and 5th and 6th grade students as singers and dancers in the chorus. 

Our first show will begin at 1 pm during the school day on Wednesday, May 10, in the gym. The front seats will be reserved for our lower-grade students during this free matinee. Parents and grandparents are welcome to come, too.  

The evening performances, which draw more people, including alumni and parishioners, will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday and FridayTickets to the night shows are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 13. There will not be concessions at the evening shows. 

On Friday night, before the show begins, we will announce the winner of the Erin Tervo Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to a 7th grade student by the Tervo family in partnership with SJB.  The award goes to a student who exemplifies the following characteristics of Mrs. Tervo: dedication to math and the arts, devotion to SJB, kindness to all.  

The spring show is one of SJB's great traditions. We hope to see you there. 

A Caution to Parents About New Netflix Series  

If you have students in middle school, I encourage you to ask them if they have seen the new Netflix Series, 13 Reasons Why, which depicts a teenage girl's agonizing procession toward suicide in graphic detail. In the show, the young woman is also victim of bullying and sexual assault. School psychologists are concerned that the show may have a "contagion effect" and give teenagers the idea that suicide is a potential solution to their problems.  

Because 13 Reasons Why appears on an internet network, anyone with a device and a password to an active account can watch it. Our teachers are not discussing the show in school, and we won't encourage our students to watch it. However, we do encourage you as parents to ask them about it and, if they have seen it, to gather some information so that you can discuss the issues with them. In this case, it is important to talk with your children about what they've seen. 

The series has received coverage in the Washington Post, and it has prompted a response from the National Association of School Psychologists. If you would like more information, the Maryland Center for School Safety released a statement with informative links.

Off Until Monday --  I am going to be away from school for a few days. After I send this Note, I will be preparing for a trip to Montana to attend my oldest son's college graduation. I'll be back in school -- at SJB, not in Montana -- on Monday morning.

While I am gone, please contact the school office (301-622-3076), and Mrs. Baugher or Ms. Schwab will do their best to help you. Or, you may contact our vice principal, Mrs. Morris, but please keep in mind that Mrs. Morris is a full-time teacher.

2-Hour Delay on Friday, May 12 -- School will start at 10 am on Friday, May 12. We have a two-hour delay that day because of the late-running spring show on Thursday night.  

We will have Morning Care from 7 am until 10 am for $8 per hour. 

Half Day on Friday, May 19 -- We have a half-day on Friday, May 19. The students will be dismissed at 12 noon, and After Care will begin at 12 pm and end at 4 pm. 

There is no hot lunch on Thursday, May 25. Please remember to bring your own lunch, or you can order from Main & Market for this one Thursday. 

Field Day is set for the morning of Friday, May 26. School ends at noon on Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29, is the Memorial Day holiday.  

Remember Permission Forms -- Parents of students in grades K-2, please remember to send back the permission form for the University of Maryland study. Thanks! 

5th Grader Honored -Isabelle Rivera, grade 5, earned high honors in the talent search by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).  Isabelle's math and science test scores were among the highest among tens of thousands of students from around the world, according to CTY. She has been invited to a special awards ceremony and assigned to take special math/science course this summer, coordinated by Johns Hopkins. Congratulations, Isabelle! 

It's Time To Register for Fall Soccer 

Registration opened on May 1 and will close on June 1Players interested in SJB CYO Fall 2017 Soccer must register now. Teams will be formed for the 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U, and 7U age groups. To register and to learn more, please visit or contact SJB Soccer Commissioner Dan Langan at This registration period may seem early, but CYO requires SJB and all other parishes to submit Fall soccer team rosters at the beginning of the summer. The deadline to register is June 1st. 

Children's Choir Performs May 10 

The SJB Children’s choir will perform Thursday, May 10, at 7 pm. The children in the choir should arrive at 6 in the gym.

Help for Spring Show?

If any parents are able to help us by taping sheeting over the gym windows next Sunday (May 7) for the spring show, please please send an email to We are looking for a few volunteers to help us get the gym ready. Thanks! 


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