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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Oct
10

Principal's Note 10/11/22

Hispanic Heritage Event is Friday

SJB grades will have outside exhibits of their Hispanic Heritage Month countries. Plans for the one-hour event include live music and food from Central American and South American countries.

Over the past four weeks, each grade has represented a country from South America, Central America, or the Caribbean. Students have learned about their country's culture, people, and history.

Grade              Country

K                     Mexico

1st                   Bolivia

2nd                  Honduras

3rd                  Guatemala

4th                  Colombia

5th                  El Salvador

6th                  Venezuela

7th                  Panama

8th                  Cuba 

The SJB Diversity Committee, comprised of parents and teachers, helps plan and support Hispanic Heritage Month. 
 
See the Gold Folder for information on the school's Hispanic Heritage service project. 
 
Thank You, Volunteers, for Family Flix

Thank you to everyone who helped Family Flix coordinator Chris Regan (Madelyn 6th) on Friday night with setup and cleanup for the movie under the stars.

See the Gold Folder...

for information about Cornhole-Oktoberfest this weekend, Knights of Columbus soccer shootout, basketball tryouts, pizza lunch orders, Hispanic Heritage service project, Charleston Wrap fundraiser, and 8th grade wreath sale.

HSA & School Board to Meet Monday at 7 pm in Library

Meetings of the Home School Association and School Board are in person this school year. 

The next meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm in the Library. The agenda includes a discussion of fundraising goals for the 2022-23 school year and whether the spring gala should be held every year or every other year.

Click here to submit a question for the meeting. See the School Board - HSA page for the agenda.

Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Deadline is Dec. 2

Please go to the tuition assistance website of the Archdiocese of Washington for the link to apply. Or, log into your TADS account and go to the Financial Aid tab.

Families with children attending Catholic schools in grades K-12 are eligible to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance.

Families are notified in March of Archdiocese awards for the following school year. To receive an award, a family must apply and demonstrate financial need each year.

This year $42,710 in tuition assistance has been awarded to 41 SJB students by the Archdiocese, and $28,200 in tuition assistance has been awarded to 24 families by the parish and school.

Families must complete the application for Archdiocesan assistance in order to be considered for the parish-school assistance.

Families may request assistance from the parish and school through the annual parish verification form during re-registration in January. Need-based awards by the parish and school are decided in April and May.

Where Do SJB Students Go to High School?

This is a busy time of year for our 8th grade students and their parents. Students are visiting Catholic and private high schools, getting their applications ready, and preparing for the high school placement test that they'll take in school on Nov. 30.

SJB students do very well in getting into their first choice schools, but the uncertainty and possibility of rejection can make it a stressful process. Eighth grade teachers and administrators provide provide parents and students with honest and useful guidance and information to try to help them through the application process.

We are confident in stating that SJB students are well prepared for high school. Graduates said they were well prepared for freshman response essays, exams, major projects, and advanced math class placements, according to regular surveys of SJB 10th graders, which SJB suspended during the pandemic.

Catholic high schools offered more than $250,000 in academic scholarships to the 28 students of the Class of 2022.

For more detailed information about applications and acceptances to local Catholic high schools, go to the How Our We Doing? webpage.

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Halloween Parade Set for 10 AM Thursday, October 27

Parents are invited to come to the school to watch the parade, which will take place in the parking lot.

Parents should park along the White Oak fence.

Parents should contact teachers about coming to classrooms early to help children with costumes.

Parents who are coming early should check in at the front office first.

Students will come to school out of uniform and change into their costumes at 9:30 am.

Some costume rules: no weapons, no blood, nothing too scary for the younger children

After the parade, there will be Halloween activities in the classrooms. Eighth-grade students will host activities for the other classes.

Dismissal is at 12 noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, and there is no school for students on Friday, Oct. 28., for teacher professional development.

How Can a Parent Volunteer Help the School?

Here's your resource: A Little Help?
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