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

Traditions

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.

Parents' Back to School Night – This not-to-be missed event kicks off the school year and begins with our Organizations Fair, where parents can learn can learn about 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.

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. 

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Buddy Activities -- 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.

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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