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

Traditions

Athletics — Students have the choice of playing different sports and levels.

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Buddy Families – Current families are paired with new families during the summer months to welcome and be a point of contact.

New Family Orientation – Held at the end summer, this event gives new parents a preview of school policies and procedures..

A Back to School Coffee – This is a first-day-of-school event for parents. After drop-off, parents walk over to the Lyon Center for a coffee get-together.

Back to School Barbecue — A fun family gathering. Kids play on the field and playground. Parents get to know each other and catch up after summer vacation. Did we mention the barbecue? Made by SJB Knights of Columbus.

Parents' Back to School Night – This not-to-be missed event kicks off the school year and begins with our Volunteer Fair, where parents can learn can learn about all the different events, activities, and volunteer opportunities. In the church, we begin with a prayer service introducing the SJB school faculty, the annual theme, Principal's message, School Board, and Home School Association.

Arts & Academics – Imagine a science fair except with all subjects covered and all grades included – and it lasts all week. That's Arts & Academics at SJB. The students start working on their projects in October. Their finished products are displayed for everyone to see in March. It is a celebration of academics!

Family Flix -- Families gather on the SJB lawn for a picnic and a movie under the stars on a warm fall night.

International Night -- Families come together in a celebration of our many cultures through music, song, dance, clothes, games, and food -- lots of food. Also, a parade of students ends on stage (photo below).

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School Liturgies – Held at least 9 times each year, each class plans a separate Mass. Each student in the class has a role in the Mass. Students serve as cantors, lectors, readers and ushers.

Hot Lunch – We eat together one day a week. On Thursday, students gather together in the gym for a cafeteria-style lunch. Or, students may bring their own lunch. We still eat together.

The Halloween Parade – Students in costumes parade around the parking lot for parents and faculty. Student Council officers declare best-costume winners.

Thanksgiving Baskets – Food is collected by students in each homeroom and baskets are delivered to needy, local families.

Breakfast with Santa – Over 150 parent volunteers transform the gym into a Christmas wonderland and prepare and serve breakfast to a sellout crowd of 800. The highlight, of course, is getting your picture with Santa.

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Shower for Baby Jesus – Families bring gifts to the Advent/Christmas Liturgy for the children of Mary House, a Washington DC shelter for homeless families.

The Christmas Show – A musical of the Christmas story is presented each season by the entire student body for parents, families and friends.

Creative Writing Contest -- Categories are short fiction, poetry, illustration. Teachers give students a theme and a deadline. Parent volunteers and teachers judge the entries.

Catholic Schools Week – Parents attend classroom open house, a special liturgy and family lunch during a week in January or February.

Career Day – Parents and friends talk to students about their interesting jobs and how they got there.

Cardboard Challenge -- Students in grades 5-8 design, engineer, and create from cardboard. 

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Student Council – Elections are in September. Student leaders decide on various service projects and fun activities.

After-School Enrichment — SJB has offered several after-school enrichment activities for children: chess club, computer coding, robotics, French class, Art Club, SJB Band, choir, Yearbook Committee, and Book Club. And new clubs are always forming.

Movie Day – Sponsored by the Student Council and the 8th grade. Funds raised from this event support the needy.

Buddy Activities -- Also known as our Mentor's Program. Throughout the year, upper-grade students help lower-grade students with various projects. They have Advent prayers and make an Advent door together. They make sandwiches together for Martha's Table.

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Spring Show – Annual musical featuring students in grades 5-8. The show is directed and produced by the faculty, parents and students. It has been a tradition since 1970.

Field Day –Students in every grade are divided into three teams and then compete in nine events. A large crowd of parents arrives to watch the final event, the relay race, from the hill.

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