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SJB Mini Auction is September 10-18. To bid, go to Mini Auction.

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

Gold Folder/ School Activities

SJB Fall Mini Auction Is Under Way


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Here is the Fall Plant Sale online order form and printable order form.


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Chess Club to Start in October

Chess Club Order Form 

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The cost for chess club is $18 per student for each one-hour class with a chess instructor and 10-14 students. The total is $144 for the eight-week session. Payment is made directly to Chess Wizards, which has more than 1,000 programs in 13 states. Here is a Chess Wizards video.


How to Join the Scouts 

See flyer


Drop-Off Procedures

Gold Drop-Off Line becomes Gold Drop-Off U 

After making a right into the school parking lot at the Stop sign, children should get out from the passenger side of their vehicles and stay to the right of the cars as they walk toward the school and their classrooms. Traffic cones and staff will guide them.

Drop off children along the extended gold line.

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Please follow these simple guidelines to help us make the morning drop-off easier.

  • If the lane is clear, please pull all the way up and around to the front of the drop-off zone.
  • Please do not get out of your car unless you are helping a child in a car seat.
  • If you absolutely must get out of your car, please be quick!
  • All children should leave the car together. Please do not drop children at different points in the line.
  • Remind children to put their masks on as you enter into the parking lot area so they are ready when you stop.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we try what we believe will be a more efficient drop-off system. Preschool drop-off procedures stay the same.  

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.

Go to Mabel's Labels and follow the instructions below.

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 SJB Online Calendar has the latest info


SJB Plan for the Start of the School Year


Health & Safety… will remain a priority. Everyone will wear a mask at SJB. Students will be 3 feet from classmates and 6 feet from students in other grades. Consistent cleaning, fresh air, grade cohort separation, daily screening, and communication will be key to the health and safety plan. We will review and re-evaluate our policies frequently. We will look at many factors including the effectiveness of distancing, infection trends in school children, new health data, types of activities, overall physical, intellectual, and emotional health of children. We will not have mixed-grade events without staff supervision and a grade separation plan.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up… will look like it did last year. Parents will drop off their children along the gold line (or in front of the church) from 7:45 to 8:00 am, and children will go directly to their classrooms, where they will receive a temperature reading and health screening. Students who arrive after 8 am will be marked late. Afternoon pick-up will begin at 2:45 pm, with drivers lining up in the parking lot facing the Parish Center. A staff member will type in the parking number for each car, which will notify students and teachers in classrooms. Parents will wait in their cars until the students arrive. Staff will direct drivers to exit. See the drop-off & pick-up page on the website for an overhead view and more specific information.

Preschool & Siblings Drop-Off & Pick-Up… will occur at the top of the preschool parking lot. Parents may drop off by preschool siblings at 7:55 am. Siblings will walk from the preschool to their K-8 classroom. At 2:45-2:50 pm, preschool siblings will come to the preschool for pick-up.

Lunch… Parents may send their child with a bag lunch or order their child’s lunch from Main & Market, which will start lunch deliveries Sept. 7.Parents delivering forgotten bag lunches should mark their child’s name and place the bag lunch on the table by the school office. Students without lunches will check the table before lunchtime. No one will go hungry.


SJB Welcomes Four New Teachers

We are delighted to welcome four talented teachers into our SJB community.

Darren pic.jpeg    Music -- Darren Shillingford taught music at SJB in the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Shillingford left the school to pursue his Masters’ degree, though he stayed involved and in support of the school, particularly the arts program. He is a passionate educator and pianist. Originally from The Commonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Shillingford earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida International University and a Master of Arts in Music Education from University of Maryland, College Park. He also works with the Children’s Chorus of Washington performing regularly throughout the DMV area. In his spare time, he is an avid foodie who loves exploring food from many cultures around the world.

 IMG_4256.jpg   3rd Grade -- Kobe Chaney is looking forward to meeting her 3rd grade students. Ms. Chaney graduated from St. Mary’s College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies. Ms. Chaney played on her college basketball team for four years while studying to become a teacher. Ms. Chaney likes to play basketball, take road trips to different parks, and swim at a variety of pools and beaches. “I am excited to be a part of the SJB community and looking forward to starting my career with such an amazing community around me,” Ms. Chaney says.

231343809_2776872389277287_6614041487927661434_n.jpeg  Spanish Grades 5-8 -- Ashley Chapa is very excited to be part of the SJB family. Mrs. Chapa has two boys at SJB: Rico in 4th grade and Luca in 2nd grade. Mrs. Chapa previously taught Spanish for twelve years and preschool for three years. She is excited about starting her journey as a middle-school Spanish teacher and eager to get kids listening, reading, speaking and writing in Spanish! “It's going to be a fun year,” Mrs. Chapa says.

IMG_6531 - Copy.jpg Religion Grades 3 & 6-8 -- Erin Sample is moving from Georgia to join the St. John the Baptist community. For the past two years, she has served as a missionary with a Catholic organization called Life Teen.  Ms. Sample is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University.  “I am so excited to bring all that I learned into the classroom! I love track and field, Dunkin Donuts, iced coffee, and Acts of the Apostles. See you soon!” Ms. Sample says. 

Back to School Dates

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Pre-K Open House (5 pm to 6 pm)

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Middle School Parent Orientation, Room 5 (6:30 pm)

Wednesday, Aug. 25

New Parent Orientation, Library (7:00 pm)

Thursday, Aug. 26

Kindergarten Open House (11 am to noon)

Tuesday, Aug. 31

First Day of School K-8 (8 am to 3 pm)

Tuesday, Aug. 31

First Day of Preschool (8 am to 12 noon)

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Welcome Back Coffee, Lyon Center (8 am to 9 am)

Thursday, Sept. 2

Back to School Night, SJB School (6:30 pm to 9 pm)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

After Care (3 pm to 6 pm)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Preschool half days (8 am to noon -- see note below)

Friday, Sept. 3

No School – Juneteenth Holiday declared by Archdiocese

Monday, Sept. 6

No School – Labor Day Holiday


Calendar Notes

  • First Week Preschool -- SJB won’t have 12-2 child-care supervision for preschool students Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
  • Back to School Night – Back to School Night will be in-person for parents. Unfortunately, SJB cannot have child-care supervision. Back to School presentations will be available on Teams for parents who cannot attend.
  • School Store – will be open 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday, Aug. 26, Friday, Aug. 27, Monday, Aug. 30, and from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Come to the front doors of the school.
  • Before Care is 7:00 am to 7:55 am. There’s no registration for Before Care. Parents bring their children to the room across the hall from the school office. The cost is $10 per day.  Parents will receive and pay Before Care bills according to the After Care billing schedule.  

Did you know you can sync the school calendar with your phone calendar?

The school calendar has the most up-to-date information on school events, holidays, and vacations.

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


After Care

Parent Handbook

Child Protection Certification Information (Volunteers)


SJB Sports

Pray for Our Sister Parish in Baraderes, Haiti

We ask you to join us in praying for the people of Baraderes, Haiti, where the recent earthquake destroyed the church and damaged the school. 
We are praying for our sister parish and sister school and the people who lost their lives and those who continue to suffer. 
Cynthia Norris, SJB parish social concerns director, reports that the church is destroyed and the second floor of the school has collapsed onto the ceiling of the first floor. See the before and after pictures below. In addition, the rectory is cracked and unstable. The Cardinal’s home in Les Crayes is destroyed.
Doctors and relief workers are trying to help. There have been many obstacles including mudslides and debris that have made some roads to Baraderes inaccessible.  Cynthia will provide an update when there is information on how our community can help. 







Congratulations to the Class of 2021 

The graduation ceremony took place on Saturday morning in the church, followed by a graduation dinner on Saturday night.





June 7-10   Final Exams Grades 5-7


Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Monday, June 7


Language Arts

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Social Studies

Tuesday, June 8

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Wednesday, June 9





Thursday, June 10





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 To see the soccer flyer, click here



Summer Tutoring and Babysitting

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Former SJB Parent and Student Offer Babysitting Services
Mrs. Angela Anthony and former SJB student Amanda Anthony are available to babysit. Here's their contact email:
Calverton Swim Club -- Calverton Swim Club offers seasonal, weekend, and lifetime memberships. Several SJB families attend the pool. Check out the Calverton Swim Club website for more information or email



Robin Hood Swim Club in Sherwood Forest is accepting new member applications. Several SJB families are members at the pool. Learn more by going to the website, calling 301-758-3894, or emailing

Parent Near Briggs Chaney Seeks Carpool for 6th Grader

Please call Lisa Obispo at 301-613-7462 if you think you can help in the 2021-22 school year. Her daughter Daphne is going into 6th grade, and the family lives on Hopefield Road near Briggs Chaney Middle School.

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.


SJB Website in VietnameseTrang web SJB bằng tiếng Việt

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. 
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Box Tops Have Gone Digital

Just a reminder that the Box Tops for Education program is now digital. With the Box Tops app, snap a picture or email the Box Top to give SJB credit and $$$. 

To download the mobile app, just search for Box Tops for Education (in the App store). 

  • Register to support SJB
  • In the app, take a picture of your receipt (within 14 days of purchase) and it will automatically add your Box Tops to SJB's earnings
  • Or email online receipts to from the linked email address registered to the Box Tops app
Traditional box tops are still eligible if they aren't expired yet, so keep collecting.

SJB on Instagram

If you are on Instagram, follow us at sjbsilverspring.

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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