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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

Student Work on Exhibit at SJB Art Fair 

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Breakfast with Santa Ticket Orders

Please remember to send in your ticket order for Breakfast with Santa, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Fill out a ticket order now to make sure that you get your seats for the 8:30 am or 10:30 am session. Send your form to Tanya Pittas at

Breakfast with Santa is a major event sponsored each year by the Home and School Association and a highlight of the Christmas season for school families, alumni, and parish families. Please consider signing up  to volunteer. Contact HSA President Rachelle Amador with any questions. She can be reached at

What is the Secret Santa Shop?

The Secret Santa Shop runs concurrently and in between both sessions of Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 1. Have your child stop by before, during, or after your session with Breakfast With Santa. It takes place in the Large Study room across from the school office. We decorate it to be fun and festive and setup tables filled with gifts that your children can buy for their friends and family. Each item is priced to be affordable to them, ranging from $1 - $6 so that they can buy for all their loved ones. Parents usually stand outside the door if their children are shopping for them. Then they shop on their own with the assistance of volunteers from students in grades 6-8, SJB alumni, and parent volunteers. The kids have a ton of fun buying gifts on their own, it builds confidence, and teaches them math and budgeting. But best of all, they learn the joy of giving.

What kinds gifts can you donate to the Secret Santa Shop?

Think like a child: Most dads don’t need another coffee mug, but children love buying their fathers gifts that say “I Love Dad,” for example. So we try to stock the shop with gifts that will appeal to children, not necessarily the recipients. Kids gravitate toward fun-looking and colorful gifts. Contact Crystal Vinson ( / 240-997-3650) or Jen Margiotta ( / 240-432-6478) with any questions or if you need more guidance.

Donations for the Secret Santa Shop Extended!

Thank you to those who’ve already signed up to donate dollars and gifts. This is the last week to donate dollars, so please send anything you’d like to contribute back in the gold folder on Thursday or Venmo Jen at We’re accepting gifts until 11/29. Please drop off items at the school office and drop a note about it to Crystal Vinson ( / 240-997-3650) or Jen Margiotta ( / 240-432-6478) for pickup. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.

Last Chance for Wreath Orders

Order Forms Must Be In Thursday Morning, Nov. 15

See the flyer in the Gold Folder. The original Wednesday deadline was extended to Thursday.

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Financial Aid Deadline Two Weeks Away

Tuition assistance applications are being received by the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW) until Saturday, Dec. 1.

To apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-20 school year, go to the Catholic Schools tuition assistance information page.

All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese.

Completion of an Archdiocesan (ADW) application is a requirement for families seeking parish or school assistance.

Last year, 41 students received ADW tuition assistance awards for a total of $37,380 for the current school year. That's $911 per ADW award.

An additional $21,100 was awarded through school and parish tuition assistance accounts, which are funded by contributions.

Did You Know SJB Launched an Accelerated  Math Program?

The new, third-level, accelerated mathematics program started this school year in grades 5-8. Here's some information about it.

Tell Your Friends About SJB's Math Program

Tell Your Friends About Our Open House on Dec. 3

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Ask Us for An SJB Car Magnet or SJB Sticker


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What to Wear For Dec. 18 Christmas Program 

All friends and family are invited to attend the SJB Christmas program in the church on December 18th at 7:00 PM.  This musical production is presented by the entire student body.

Parents, please see the flyer to know what the students should wear on the night of the show.

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Congratulations, Girls 12 and Under Soccer Champs


SJB 12 and Under Girls: Katelyn Trebel, Caitlyn Ribas, Alex Brioso, Evelyn Draper, Adobe Obikwelu, Amera Edoro, Bella Calis

Team assisted by Sadie Hazelton, Neive Carr, Sophia Vinson, Kali Grant, Adaobe Obikwelu

Non-SJB students: Annetta Ubedor, Nnedi Nwosu, Abigail Sagastume, Jordin Sagastume, Kimberleigh Hansbury Jessica Mages

The players will be recognized at the SJB Soccer celebration Thursday evening.

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Register Now for SJB Intramural Basketball Leagues K-8th

Registration for SJB Intramural Basketball is now open for all students in grades K-8th. The grades 3rd-6th Boys League, informally referred to as the Starbucks League, will play Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 8. The Grades 3rd-6th Girls League will also start on Dec. 7 or 8. The Co-ed League for 7th and 8th graders will be held on either Friday or Saturday nights beginning the weekend of Dec. 7. Kids in grades K-2nd will start playing on Saturdays in January. No practices, just games! Registered CYO players also are encouraged to sign up for intramural hoops -- the more court time, the better! It's fun and it brings the SJB Community together. All intramural games will be played in the SJB gym. The leagues are open to all grade appropriate students, parishioners, and any age appropriate player from any other school. Register or learn more at SJB Athletics. Let's hoop it up, SJB!

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Home Access to Educational Websites

Parents, did you know that you and your children have subscriptions to several educational websites? The website list and home access information can be found on the Rediker Parent Portal under School Links and Files. Through the SJB Library, the school provides access to BrainPOP, World Book, Scholastic Go!, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, and IXL Math and Language Arts. There are two files -- one for home access and one for school access.  World Book is an online encyclopedia for the children, parents, and teachers. SIRS is part of the ProQuest research database, and CultureGrams provides information about the 50 states and places in the world. BrainPOP provides academic enrichment in all subjects.


Lunch Duty SignUp

The lunch-duty signup link can be found on the Volunteer page and on the School Lunch page.

Here is the direct link to sign up for lunch duty.

Just follow the link, select an available date, select an available classroom, and then sign up for the open slot.

There's no need to register.

Interested in becoming an altar server? -- If your child is interested in becoming an altar server and is a 4th grader (or older), please send his or her name along with contact information (parents’/guardians’ names, phone number & e-mail) to the altar server schedule coordinator, Anne Thomas, at Training will take place in early October.  Training details will be provided in an e-mail and in future issues of the parish bulletin. 

Please Volunteer at SJB -- Parent volunteers are the key to the community feeling at SJB. Please keep the tradition going by stepping up and signing up for one of the activities on the volunteer sign-up sheet.

Scouts -- The Scouts have been active at SJB for many years. Please see the flyer for information about Scouting Night at SJB. 

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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