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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

If you have something to submit for the Principal’s Note or for the Gold Folder, please send a copy by email to georgine.baugher@sjbsilverspring.org and to tuesdayfolder@sjbsilverspring.org.

We will add the item as a digital attachment to this page of the website, and we will make a determination about whether we can make and stuff copies into gold folders if hard copies are provided and requested by Monday morning. We cannot make color copies.

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This week only... the SJB production of Mulan Jr. 

Spring Play Showtimes

7:30 pm on Thursday, April 26

7:30 pm on Friday, April 27

Tickets may be bought at the door.

$5 Students

$8 Adults

$5 Seniors

There will be a full dress rehearsal -- or matinee -- of the show at 1 pm on Wednesday, April 25. This is a good opportunity for grandparents to watch the show.

Reminder: All cast members should bring their black or navy pants and black shoes for the performances on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Two-Hour Delayed Start on Friday

This week only... the SJB production of Mulan Jr. 

Spring Play Showtimes

7:30 pm on Thursday, April 26

7:30 pm on Friday, April 27

Tickets may be bought at the door.

$5 Students

$8 Adults

$5 Seniors

There will be a full dress rehearsal -- or matinee -- of the show at 1 pm on Wednesday, April 25. This is a good opportunity for grandparents to watch the show.

Reminder: All cast members should bring their black or navy pants and black shoes for the performances on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Two-Hour Delayed Start on Friday

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School will start at 10 am on Friday, April 27. However, Ms. Schwab and Ms. Hennig offer morning care from 7 am to 10 am for $8 per hour (cash only on this date).

Auction & Gala Raises $15,000

Thank you for your support for the gala and auction on Saturday night. Many parents came and enjoyed the fun, Vegas-themed party, and many others supported the school by bidding on auction items. 

If you won a basket or a certificate, you should have received an email notice. Many items may 

Thank you to everyone who supported our gala and auction -- and helped the school -- especially coordinators Anne Thomas (Cici 6th) and Kelly Brown (Eleanor 5th). We will send a more thorough note next week thanking the many other volunteers who helped.

The money raised will help the school meet needs for wireless equipment, language arts curriculum, chrome-book-style devices, and tuition assistance.

Lunch Duty Signup

If you have had trouble logging on to the lunch duty signup page, please contact the school office, and a new email invitation will be sent to you.

Spring Sing 

School will start at 10 am on Friday, April 27. However, Ms. Schwab and Ms. Hennig offer morning care from 7 am to 10 am for $8 per hour (cash only on this date).

Auction & Gala Raises $15,000

Thank you for your support for the gala and auction on Saturday night. Many parents came and enjoyed the fun, Vegas-themed party, and many others supported the school by bidding on auction items. 

If you won a basket or a certificate, you should have received an email notice. Many items may 

Thank you to everyone who supported our gala and auction -- and helped the school -- especially coordinators Anne Thomas (Cici 6th) and Kelly Brown (Eleanor 5th). We will send a more thorough note next week thanking the many other volunteers who helped.

The money raised will help the school meet needs for wireless equipment, language arts curriculum, chrome-book-style devices, and tuition assistance.

Lunch Duty Signup

If you have had trouble logging on to the lunch duty signup page, please contact the school office, and a new email invitation will be sent to you.

Spring Sing 

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Spring Sing is May 2 at 1:30 pm in the Gym

Students in grades 2-4 are asked to bring the following with them to school for the day of the play:

·      Black/navy shirts (long or short sleeve) 

·      Black/navy pants or leggings (no skirts or dresses please) 

Along with their black/navy attire, each student may bring costume accessories in the theme of the animal the student is playing. For example, if a child is depicting a rabbit, he may bring bunny ears. Or, if a child is portraying a frog, she could wear a green baseball hat with googly eyes on the top and a green t-shirt. 

2nd Grade: 

3rd Grade: 

4th Grade  

  

  

1.     Isabella:  Seahorse 

2.     Haset:      Seahorse 

3.     Simone:   Dolphine 

4.     Kaylan:    Mermaid 

5.     Royce:      Crab 

6.     Michael:   Crab 

7.     Kamdi:     Lobster 

8.     Emma:     Lobster 

9.     Nickolas: Shark 

10.  Adam:      Whale 

11.  Farrah:     Mermaid 

12.  Sean:         Shark 

13.  Josheph:   Shark 

14.  Nathan:    Leopard Shark 

15.  Nathan D: Alligator 

16.  Daniel:      Orca 

17.  Katherine: Sea Turtle 

18.  Grace:       Sea Turtle 

19.  Isabelle:   Fish 

  

  

  1. Redeat: Pig  

  1. Branden: Sheep  

  1. Ruby: Cow  

  1. Sofia:  Mouse  

  1. Sebastian: Mouse  

  1. Sopia: Rooster  

  1. Amari: Pig  

  1. Luke: Pig  

  1. Logan: Pig  

  1. Peter:  Sheep  

  1. Paul:  Sheep  

  1. Jayden: Sheep  

  1. Lilly: Sheep  

  1. Kali: Cow  

  1. Aidobe: Cow  

  1. Jesse: Bull  

  1. Johnathan:Bull  

  1. Baba: Bull  

  1. Christelle: Puppy  

  1. Brooklyn:  Puppy  

  1. Patrick: Chicken  

  1. Collin: Bull  

  1. Halsten: Bull  

  1. Nwanado:  Horse  

  1. Isabelle:  Horse  

  1. Nico:  Pig  

  1. Patricia:  Puppy  

  1. Christopher: Puppy  

  1. Abby:  Horse  

  1. Kayden:  Bull  

  1. Addie: Puppy  

  

  

  1. Zimka: Fox  

  1. Quinn: Beaver  

  1. Conor: Hedgehog  

  1. Afomia: Rabbit  

  1. Gus: Mouse  

  1. Bemnet: Mouse  

  1. Claire: Mouse  

  1. Hannah I: Mouse  

  1. Hannah K: Cat  

  1.  Rowen: Cat  

  1.  Favor: Bird  

  1. Noah: Black Bird  

  1. Lillian: Blue Bird  

  1. William: Dog  

  1. Sophia: Wolf  

  1. Raya: Dog  

  1. Darya: Dog  

  1. Katherine: Moon  

  1. Janine: German Shepard  

  1. Nishka: Turtle  

  1. Sabrina: Deer  

  1. Jayden: Fox  

  1. Shreya: Wolf  

  1. Camryn: Rabbit  

  1. Isabella: Rabbit  

  1. Giselle: Deer  

  1. Petros: Squirrel  

  1. Brian: Dog  

  

                                                                   

Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade don't need to bring the black/navy costumes. Please feel free to e-mail  sarah.franz@sjbsilverspring.org with questions.

Tuition Assistance

The state of Maryland offers financial tuition assistance for private education through the BOOST program. Here is the link to the application, which is open until May 21. Please apply if your children would be eligible for free or reduced lunch, according to the income guidelines below.

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SJB Summer Camp -- SJB is hosting a one-week summer camp from June 18-22, led by some of the teachers. Camp is open to current students entering grades 1-8. The week includes time to start on the summer Reading and Math work, as well as several other fun activities like Art, Theater, Science and outdoor play. See flyer  for details and registration information. Only 50 spots available. First come, first served! Questions? Contact Mrs. Morris at Kathleen.Morris@sjbsilverspring.org

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Consider Service on the SJB School Advisory Board 

Please think about serving on the SJB School Advisory Board, which now includes the H.S.A. and its fundraising and community-building events. Using this nominations form, you can volunteer to serve on the board or you can nominate another school parent to serve on the board. Just complete the form and return it to the school office in the Gold Folder.

Soccer Clinic and Soccer Camp -- See these flyers for information about DeMatha's soccer clinics and soccer camps

Support the Boy Scouts at SJB -- The Scouts are having their annual mulch sale to raise money for their organization. Here's the information.

Workshop on Support for Children with Specific Learning Needs -- Here's the flyer for the full-day program on April 28 (although parents can can register to attend just part of the day). There will be a morning presentation by a local psychologist on the emotional impact on learning and an afternoon presentation by a local technology expert/author on free and low-cost technology supports for students. 

SJB Summer Camp -- SJB is hosting a one-week summer camp from June 18-22, led by some of the teachers. Camp is open to current students entering grades 1-8. The week includes time to start on the summer Reading and Math work, as well as several other fun activities like Art, Theater, Science and outdoor play. See flyer  for details and registration information. Only 50 spots available. First come, first served! Questions? Contact Mrs. Morris at Kathleen.Morris@sjbsilverspring.org

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Class Photos Are Available Online -- Go to Freed Spirit  to order.

About Mathematics Enrichment at SJB

Four times a week, selected students in grades 3 and 4 experience mathematics education at a level one or two steps above their regular classroom instruction. Two math teachers invite small groups to the upper school Math Room to challenge the students in new ways. The students learn complex mathematical ideas and advanced problem solving.  

The focus of this program is to provide accelerated, targeted math instruction designed to deepen the students’ understanding of number sense, computation, algebraic concepts, measurement, geometry, data analysis. Students still attend regular math classes, but the enrichment program provides an opportunity to accelerate. Students are selected based on teacher recommendations and their latest Scantron performance scoresThe content, lessons, and activities are constructed around the small group and the standards related to the current mathematical strand. When the content has been sufficiently covered and checked for understanding, a new group is chosen based on a different area of the math curriculum, new strands, and new Scantron scores. This enrichment program encourages students to think critically and to work efficiently, and it exposes them to new content in an exciting way.  

In grades 5-8, classes are divided so that students receive small-group math instruction each day. Students in grade 7 receive pre-algebra instruction at different rates of acceleration and levels of complexity, and students in 8 receive algebra instruction and advanced algebra instruction. Students who need a greater challenge and a more accelerated pace are placed in an independent mathematics course, which is planned, coordinated and graded by our math director. In the independent course, the student is limited only by the challenge of the content.  SJB has the capacity to provide geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry. Currently, there are four students on three different tracks in independent mathematics courses with the math director, Mr. Lucey.

Our primary goal in middle-school mathematics instruction is to prepare our students for success in freshman math courses in the Catholic high schools and to give our advanced math students the best opportunity to test out of freshman math and into an honors or higher-level math course at the start of high school.

In attaining that goal, we have been successful -- 94 percent of our students succeeded in testing out of freshman algebra, according to a survey of the last three graduating classes conducted over the winter.

The students were accepted into the honors math program, 10th grade geometry course, or 11th grade trigonometry/algebra II, according to the survey.

The honors placement tests are taken at the end of 8th grade at the students' new Catholic high schools, or the placements are made based on admissions test scores.

SJB will always strive to improve its math program. Our 7th and 8th grade algebra and pre-algebra textbook curriculum is receiving an upgrade for next year. Our math teachers regularly attend professional conferences with the aim of learning the most effective, evidence-based teaching methods. We seek alternative and online instructional options to meet particular needs and challenges of individual students.

 

SJB student math scores compare favorably to average math scores of students in Montgomery County and students statewide in Maryland.

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Private schools hit Blue Ribbon marks when average math and reading scores of students in each grade meet or exceed scores at the 85th national percentile. SJB is represented by the solid light blue and solid dark blue. The blue ribbon marks are represented by the lighter patterned bars.

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SJB 8th Grader Awarded 1st Place Scholarship in Essay Competition

Congratulations to Riley Langan. She has received the first place award in the Catholic Business Network's annual 8th grade essay competition. The Catholic Business Network will award Riley a $2,500 high school scholarship at its awards breakfast on Friday. Riley plans this fall to attend St. John's College High School, where she has received a scholarship and entrance into the De La Salle Scholars Program. Eighth-grade students across the archdiocese were invited to write, in 250 to 500 words, an essay about the combat of hate with extraordinary love

SJB Eighth Grade Students Show High School Colors

If you see a couple of 8th grade students walking to the library in their Holy Cross and Good Counsel sweatshirts, they're not out of uniform. We encourage the 8th grade students to proudly wear the sweaters and sweatshirts of the high schools they plan to attend, and we do this for a few reasons.

1. Eighth graders deserve privileges for their perseverance.

2. We have a fair number of buddy-class activities, and we want the  younger students to see where their older buddies will be in school next year.

3. We want the younger students to make the connection between the rewards and the dedication and hard work that our 8th grade students displayed.

High School Acceptances

Each spring, we give a brief rundown of how our 8th grade students fared in their applications to the Catholic and private high schools.

Of the 22 students who applied to Our Lady of Good Counsel, 16 students were accepted, and 6 were placed on the wait list.

Of the 8 students who applied to the Academy of the Holy Cross, all 8 students were accepted.

Of the 11 students who applied to St. John's College High School, 6 were accepted, 2 were placed on the wait list, and 3 were rejected.

Of the two students who applied to Georgetown Visitation, one was accepted and one was placed on the wait list.

Of the two students who applied to Stone Ridge, one was accepted and one was placed on the wait list.

Of the one student who applied to Sidwell Friends School, the one student was accepted. 

Of the two students who applied to St. Vincent Pallotti High School, both students were accepted. 

Thank you for Registering!

Thank you, SJB families, for registering in record time for the 2018-19 school year. Nearly everyone who is returning to the school has registered. And if you haven't, please register soon.

Here is a promising sign: 12 of the 15 "graduating" pre-k students are already registered for Kindergarten. We are excited to see that our preschool has established such strong roots and continuity in our SJB community.

SJB CYO Softball

SJB Softball registration is now open for SJB students and parishioners. 

SJB Athletics participates in CYO Girls Softball for 10U, 12U, and 14U.  

This season, SJB Athletics is partnering with Burtonsville Athletic Association (BAA) to field SJB baseball teams for Grades K-8.

Learn more and register at www.sjbathletics.org.

Introducing SJB FUTSAL!

What is Futsal? 5 on 5 indoor ⚽ and it's happening this spring at SJB Gym. Boys and girls, Gr 3-8. Learn more and register at www.sjbathletics.org or contact Emerson Branch emersonbranch@hotmail.com.

CYO Track and Field

CYO offers Track and Field as a spring sport.  SJB Athletics does not have a program, but interested SJB Parishioners and Students should consider competing for neighboring parish St. Andrew the Apostle which has a strong track and field program and welcomes SJB Jaguars.

Please contact the following for more information:

Hugh McKenna – hughmckenna@msn.com

David Luksic – luksicfamily@verizon.net

More Information:

http://standrewapostle.org/ministry/http://standrewapostle.org/ministry/

SJB CYO Baseball

This season CYO has determined based on parish feedback that there will not be enough teams to form a league so SJB will not offer CYO baseball this year. Our recommendation is that you sign your players up with BAA’s recreational baseball league which is very comparable and close by. When registering, add SJB as the carpool and team preference and BAA will make every attempt to place SJB players together which is a fun experience for the players and a logistical convenience for coaches and parents. Contact BAA Baseball Director, Molly Surden baaleaguedirector@gmail.com

Coming Soon

Registration for SJB Teeball and Spring Little Feet will open soon. Be on the lookout for announcements.

Want to Coach?

In order to take on the role of coach or assistant coach, you must be compliant with the Child Protection Policy. All volunteers/parents who have contact with children must be Virtus compliant. Please visit the SJB Athletics Virtus page to review the process:

https://www.sjbathletics.org/virtus

Parents, are you on Facebook? We are!

Follow our SJB page: https://www.facebook.com/SJBSilverSpring/

Admire the latest and greatest masterpieces in the Art Room: https://www.facebook.com/ArtWithMrs.Leishear

Discover what's happening in the Computer Lab: https://www.facebook.com/sjbtechnology

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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