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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Jun
6

Principal's Note 6/6/17

Gold Folders will go home with students on Thursday and will include uniform flyers, hot-lunch ordering instructions, lunch-duty signup information, calendar event highlights for 2017-18, and lots more.

Summer assignments for each grade have been posted on the Parent page of the school website under Summer Lists. Some teachers have included summer work assignments in the Gold Folder.

Summer supply lists for each grade are also posted on the Parent page of the school website under Summer Lists. The lists include a link to an Amazon page that has all of the supplies ready to be ordered.

Noon Dismissal for the Rest of the Week - The wind-down begins. We will have half-days tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. After Care will be from 12 to 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. There's no After Care on Friday. 

Faculty Changes at SJB

Mrs. Dal Molin Is Retiring

Mrs. Dal Molin has been the only SJB librarian most of us have ever known. During her 25 years as SJB librarian, Mrs. Dal Molin helped hundreds of children find books. She read to them during story time, and when she was browsing at a book store, she always looked for new books that might interest the kids. If she found one, she brought it back to the SJB library to share with the children. Mrs. Dal Molin steered our library into the digital age, but books have been her first love, a love she shared with children. Many SJB students and graduates found their first books and favorite books thanks to Mrs. Dal Molin. We are grateful to Mrs. Dal Molin for building a first-class library, a source of knowledge and joy for SJB children.

Mrs. Butler Is Retiring -- Mrs. Butler is retiring as our 5th grade homeroom and middle-school social studies teacher. Over the past four years at SJB, Mrs. Butler has taught religion, study skills, and language arts to SJB students, as well as social studies. Mrs. Butler taught previously at St. Catherine Laboure. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Butler directed the SJB Geography Bee. In the classroom, she's always looked for new and interesting ways to engage students in social studies -- whether they're making and presenting their own digital slide shows or play-acting as the Founding Fathers in a mock debate about the revolt against Great Britain. Thank you, Mrs. Butler, for deciding to come here to SJB to extend your distinguished teaching career.

Mrs. Castillo Is New Librarian 

Mrs. Castillo, the current 5th grade homeroom teacher, will succeed Mrs. Dal Molin as SJB librarian. Mrs. Castillo will continue to teach 5th grade language arts, and Mrs. Castillo will teach library to K-8 classes. Preschool students will have regular time to visit the library, too.

Mrs. Castillo will no longer teach 5th grade math. Instead, Mrs. Dalton will teach both 5th grade and 6th grade math next year.

SJB Hires Ms. Veronica Lippert

Ms. Lippert To Teach Middle School Social Studies & 5th Grade Homeroom 

Ms. Lippert was born outside of Detroit and grew up in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She studied history and education at Providence College in Rhode Island and just completed her Master's Degree in American history at Providence College. She is a current Jesuit Volunteer in Scranton, Pa., where she teaches social studies and English at a tuition-free Catholic middle school. She is a state-certified teacher of middle school social studies.

SJB welcomes Ms. Lippert to our faculty and to our community. 

End-of-School Liturgy Hosted by Kindergarten - Our closing liturgy will begin at 9:45 am on Friday, and the Kindergarten students have been practicing reading, singing, ushering, and carrying the important things needed for the mass. Each one of them will have a role in the liturgy. We hope to see many of you there.

Family and Volunteer Appreciation Reception - We are hosting an appreciation reception for our parents and volunteers at the Library right after the end-of-year liturgy. Please feel free to stop by before you leave for the summer.

Parking for Mass on Friday - Parent who are coming to the end-of-year liturgy and staying until dismissal at noon should park pick-up style. Cars should be parked front-to-tail and all facing the Kazista Parish Center. If you are planning to leave right after the mass, please park along the fence by White Oak Middle School and down the driveway near the dumpsters.

Awards Ceremony is Thursday at 11 AM in Gym - Students will receive awards for perfect attendance, being on time every school day, completing every homework assignment, and participating in Patrols. Awards will be presented in the gym on Thursday at 11 am. Parents are welcome.

Swim Party on Friday -- Celebrate summer at Robin Hood Swim Club (225 Mowbray Rd, Silver Spring, Md, 20904) on the last day of school: Friday, June 9 from 12-3.  Siblings and friends welcome! Children in grades K-4 should have a designated adult attend (adult can be responsible for more than one child). Drop off is allowed for Grades 5-8.  $5 per person pool entry, lunch will be available for purchase at the pool. Proceeds will benefit rising 8th grade class.   Please see flyer in the Gold Folder. Questions contact Kathleen Langan - kathleenschooley@yahoo.com

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Eighth Grade Graduation Mass and Ceremony Was a Great Success - The 8th grade graduation last Saturday was a wonderful event for the graduates, their families and their teachers. John Hechinger made opening remarks, and Madeline Breeden delivered the graduate address.

To qualify for a Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, a student must have a 90 average each year in Grades 4-8 plus a score at the 85 percentile or above in the last standardized test. Presidential awards were presented to four qualifying students:

Christopher Aparicio

Nicole Campos-Vasquez

Ronke Fashina

Melanie Young

The faculty presented the President’s Award for Extraordinary Effort to Alison Barry.

The faculty awarded the Medal of General Excellence – for outstanding academic performance in every area of the curriculum -- to Christopher Aparicio.

The Presidential Physical Fitness Award went to the following students in recognition of outstanding physical achievement and exceptional dedication to the idea of a sound mind in a strong body:

Christopher Aparicio

Ronke Fashina

John Hechinger

Michael Hippchen

Ben Mabie

Melanie Young

The Class of 2017 has 12 students who have been awarded 16 scholarships. The total value of the scholarships awarded to the 8th grade students is $165,000.

Madeline Breeden   St John’s College High School has awarded Madeline a Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the first female graduating class and also is part of the vision for the Entrepreneurial Center for Innovation and Leadership. This scholarship recognizes young women of exceptional character who lead by example.

Madeline has also received a Vocal Scholarship from St John’s College High School.

Gabriel Diaz   St John DeMatha Catholic High School has awarded Gabriel a Father Cyprian Nusca Scholarship for Academic Excellence. This award is given to incoming freshman and is based on both school performance and High School Placement test results.

Victor Diokno    Our Lady of Good Counsel awarded Victor a Band Scholarship.

Victor also received an academic scholarship from DeMatha Catholic High School.

Ronke Fashina      Our Lady of Good Counsel High School awarded Ronke a Xaverian Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

Michael Hippchen     The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County awarded Michael a scholarship for his outstanding essay in response to the topic: Where have you experienced or witnessed extraordinary mercy?

The Archdiocese of Washington awarded Michael the Fitzgerald Program Scholarship.

Thomas Jenkins      Our Lady of Good Counsel High School awarded Thomas a Xaverian Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

William Palmer        St. John’s College High School awarded William an academic scholarship.

Christopher Park     Our Lady of Good Counsel High School awarded Chris a Xaverian Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Christina Rivera       The Academy of the Holy Cross awarded Christina an Instrumental Performing Arts Scholarship.

Tony Sigg         DeMatha Catholic High School has awarded Tony a Father Cyprian Nusca Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School awarded Tony the Catholic Traditions Scholarship.

Felipe Tassara           The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County awarded Felipe a scholarship for his outstanding essay in response to the topic: Where have you experienced or witnessed extraordinary mercy?

DeMatha Catholic High School has awarded Felipe the Anthony N Fotos Art Award.

Paul Thrasybule          DeMatha Catholic High School has awarded Paul a Father Cyprian Nusca Scholarship for Academic Merit.             

Need A Tutor?  Astrid Diaz is available for tutoring over the summer. Mrs. Diaz tutors students in lower grades in all subjects, and she tutors incoming 5th and 6th grade students in math. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Diaz at moo.diaz@verizon.net.  

Need a Babysitter?     My name is Corinne Errigo and I am a recent graduate of Springbrook High School. Prior to Springbrook, I attended St. John the Baptist from K-8 and I am currently a member of the parish. While at Springbrook, I completed the Early Child Development program. In addition, I have been working with children as a babysitter and camp counselor for the last four years.  I am Virtus certified, I have my driver’s license and my own vehicle.   If interested, please contact me at (301) 717-3551 or by email at cerrigo98@gmail.com. I am flexible with my availability, days or evenings.

Need a Powerwasher?

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