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

Gold Folder/ School Activities

Happy 60th to SJB!


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Food Drive for St. Camillus Food Pantry Through This Week!

Food To Be Delivered to Pantry Next Week

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Monday, January 30 - Student & Family Appreciation

  • Student Appreciation Day—No Homework, No tests on Tuesday
  • Start of Canned Food Drive, the Catholic Schools Week service project 
  • Family Community Event
    • 8:00-8:30 Pastries with Parents in the Lyon Center
    • 8:30-9:30 Parents are welcome to visit their children in their classrooms. Students in grades 4-8 offer tours for parents.  

Tuesday, January 31 - Academic Excellence

  • Spirit Day - Students wear SJB Spirit Wear to school
  • Buddy Activity -- Lower Grade & Upper Grade Students Team Up

Wednesday, February 1 - Service

  • Black History Month begins
    • Short bio on Wilton Gregory at announcements
  • Out of Uniform Day
  • Food Drive Continues
  • Pizza Lunch hosted by 8th grade in the gym. Order here.
  • Sock Hop/Dance in the gym hosted by Student Council

Thursday, February 2 - Catholic Identity

  • Black History Month
    • Short bio on Thea Bowman at announcements
  • Band Day
  • Eucharistic Procession at 1:15
  • Mass at 1:45 -- Families Are Welcome to Attend

Friday, February 3 - Spirit

  • Black History Month
    • Short bio on Augustus Tolton at announcements
    • Roll Out of Bed & Read Day
    • DEAR period in the morning for all at the same time
    • Free Throw Contest in the gym at 10:30 - Families Are Welcome to Attend
    • Noon Dismissal
    • 6:30 pm Kids Bingo Hosted by Home School Association

Order Catholic Schools Week Pizza Lunch

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Order Bingo Tickets

Here is the Kids Bingo Flyer for Friday, Feb. 3

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SJB is planning International Night and wants to hear from you.  

Black History Jeopardy Returns 

February is Black History Month, and once again for Black History Month our students and classes will compete in Black History Month Jeopardy. Grade-level teams will play against each other for two rounds in the first two weeks of February, and then the top teams from each grade will play against each other in the gym in the final two weeks for the tournament championship.

The SJB Diversity Committee, made up of parents and faculty, designed and planned the tournament to be fun and educational. Each grade has four games in February, and each game lasts 40 minutes. Teachers set times for the in-class games. The school-wide tournament games are written into the class schedules for February.

Thank you to the Diversity Committee parents who did the research and work on the packets of Black History questions. There are two sets of questions: one set of questions for the lower grades (1-4) and one set of questions for the upper grades (5-8).  The lower-grade packets are being distributed this week in paper form, and the upper-grade packets are posted on each student's Chromebook Clever page.

Buy SJB Spirit Wear

Here's the link to Sports Extra SJB spirit wear.

Arts & Academics Set for March 14-15

The school will have Arts & Academics presentations on March 14 and 15. There will be more information coming. 

SJB Financial Statement

The annual parish financial report includes school income and expenses. Go here to see the school financial statement.


A Little Help?

The school has launched a page called A Little Help? with specific, immediate ways that parent volunteers could help the school. 

The Home School Association asks parents to consider volunteering opportunities. To volunteer with children, adults must have child-protection certification through the Archdiocese. The volunteer page has information about how to become certified. Please take a look at the H.S.A. Volunteer Interest form and volunteer flyer

SJB Online Calendar for 2022-23


Mabel's Labels Black Friday Sale Benefits SJB


Visit Mabel's Labels and click Support a Fundraiser and then type in St John the Baptist Silver Spring. Shop the sale until December 5. Mabel’s Labels Black Friday sale includes 40% off bestselling products. Stock up on the essentials including tag mates, large rectangle labels, small rectangle labels or the starter label pack all at 40% OFF! 

How To: 529 Savings Plan for Catholic Education

Guide to setting up a 529 saving plan for Catholic tuition

SJB Communication via Principal's Note & Gold Folder

Our aim is to send important messages to school families each Tuesday or Wednesday in the Principal's Note and to provide SJB community, activity, and sports information in the Gold Folder, along with items that already appeared in one of the Principal's Notes.


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Get Certified to Volunteer at SJB

Steps to Certification on the SJB Volunteer Page 

SJB is committed to keeping children safe. If you are seeking to work or volunteer with children at SJB, you must obtain child-protection certification through the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

We encourage parents of children in their first or second year at SJB to obtain their certification now.  Please don't wait until the last minute. The certification process can take a few weeks.

Get more information including the steps to certification on the SJB Volunteer Page.

Help SJB Raise Money While You Shop

Go to Amazon Smile and select St. John the Baptist School in Silver Spring as your charitable organization.

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SJB Online Calendar has the latest info

The school website (, under the Parents tab, has more information on the following:

Parent Handbook


After Care

Child Protection Certification Information (Volunteers)


SJB Sports

School Directory Accessible on Portal App

The school directory is accessible to families through the password-protected Parent Portal and the Parent Plus app on their phones. School parents may view the directory by staff, student, or parent.


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SJB Website in SpanishSitio web de SJB en español

SJB Website Available in Amharic: SJB dirit’abīya be’āmarinya
Please Drive Carefully in the Neighborhood
Please drive slowly and remember our neighbors as you come and leave at drop-off and pick-up time. 

Class Information Posted on Portal

Homework assignments are typically posted each afternoon by 4:00 pm.

To see what's coming up, go to the class summary. Look for your child's name and then look to select the Classroom tab to the right. Select the name of the class from the drop-down list, and then select Class Page. You should see Class SummaryAnnouncementsFiles, and Links.

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Parents, are you on Facebook? We are!

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SJB Athletics is on Facebook. Visit and "like" the SJB Athletics Facebook page to receive more timely information about registration, events and opportunities to participate in SJB Athletics. 


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