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

Principal's Note 10/1/19

Fire Alarm Replacement Still On Schedule

Alarm-technicians and electricians say the new fire-alarm system should be operational by their mid-October target deadline.

Workers have overcome several obstacles, stayed late and worked through weekends to make up lost time.

Project supervisors say alarm work in the school, Lyon Center, and Kazista Center should be complete by Oct. 6. They plan to have all devices installed, connected, pre-tested, and operational by Monday, Oct. 7.

Electricians will install the new alarm system in the Church and Sacristy from Saturday through Thursday, Oct. 5-10. The system engineer has provided responses to questions from the county's Department of Permitting Services and has started to line up dates for final inspection and approval.

The new system will include strobe lights and speakers to deliver a voice-evacuation message.

The school will continue to update families with developments.

Blessing of the Pets is Friday After Drop-Off

If it rains, please come to the pet blessing in front of the church at 11 am Saturday, Oct. 5.

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Mission Statement of SJB Catholic School


St. John the Baptist Catholic School provides a well-rounded and high-quality education, a Catholic formation of the soul, a feeling of belonging in a safe learning environment, and a lasting inspiration to see God in all things. 

St. John the Baptist is dedicated to serving as partners with families seeking a sound, complete Catholic education for children. The school is loyal to its parish, to the Archdiocese of Washington, and to serving others as Jesus taught. 

St. John the Baptist children grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally through their learning experiences.  

St. John the Baptist children feel a sense of belonging in a safe, inclusive environment. 

St. John the Baptist children collaborate to solve problems, develop self-discipline, self-respect, and self-confidence. 

St. John the Baptist children serve others and see God in others. 

St. John the Baptist children are provided tools, support, and motivation to meet high academic expectations and view each mistake as an opportunity for growth and learning. 

St. John the Baptist children are provided a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding, and they learn how to use knowledge to innovate and solve problems. 

Parents, Please Respond to the Survey in the Principal's Note Email

We ask that you take a few minutes to respond to the important survey included in the body of the email with the link to the Principal's Note. The purpose of the survey is to measure parent satisfaction and the effectiveness of our school program. The results will help us identify areas of strength and areas in which we need to improve. The results will be used by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) of the Archdiocese in its overall strategic planning. Catholic Identity Program Effectiveness Survey is sent to school communities every three years.  

This survey is a requirement for retaining our accreditation with Cognia (previously Advanc-Ed). 

It is important we receive feedback from all members of the school community -- parents, students, faculty and staff -- regarding our programs. In the next two weeks, students in grades 5-8 will be given time and an opportunity to complete a similar survey in confidence. School staff will be asked to respond, as well. 

Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback.

SJB Backs the Blue with Service Project

Each month, our students focus on one particular aspect of our annual theme, which this year is Let Your Light Shine. In September, students let their light shine through their manners and by being polite to others. In October, their light will shine through their service to others. October has always been a month of service at SJB.

On Friday, carloads of snacks and drinks were delivered to the brave men and women who serve at the 3rd District Police Station just minutes away from the school. The snacks and drinks were generously donated by many families and faculty members.
Students wrote notes of appreciation to the police officers, and those notes were delivered with the snacks by Mrs. Jenkins, who coordinated the project, and several 8th grade students. Several officers greeted the students. Lieutenant Frank Stone, Acting Commander, expressed the officers' sincere appreciation for SJB's support.
Way to "Back the Blue," SJB faculty, students, and families!
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SJB is Collecting Food for St. Camillus for October Service 

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Each Student's Light Shines Through Art

Creating artwork that reflects the school year’s theme is a treasured tradition at SJB. The students spend their first few Art classes working on pieces that will hang in the halls all year long. This year, our theme is Let Your Light Shine. 

The students in K-8 used a variety of techniques and materials to create a giant lantern. 

Inside each lantern is a candle with a word or phrase written on it that shows a way they can let their light shine. These lanterns are adorning the hallways now and will serve as a visual reminder for us to lead by example and share our special talents and gifts as a way to show our love for God.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

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Family Flix A Great Success


Thank You, Family Flix Organizers and Volunteers!

Thank you, Chris Regan (Madelyn 3rd), for coordinating and leading Family Flix. It was a terrific night! Thank you to all of the parents who helped Mr. Regan put up the big screen, to those who helped publicize the event and collect tickets, and to everyone who came to enjoy the show.

Special thanks to the Kevin and Kim Trebel (Caitlyn 7th), who collected and edited hundreds of family photos and spent many hours making the SJB slide show, which served as the preview to the movie.

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Eighth Grade Says Thank You for Supporting the Dinner Grill Friday

Thank you so much for your support Friday night! The weather was perfect, the photo loop and video crew were great, and 8th grade really appreciates all the purchases. I know there was a back up at the grill for a bit - one of the connections stopped working early on (and has since been repaired) so our Grill Masters, Dan Langan (Aidan 8th, Quinn 6th) and Alex Diaz (Sebastian 8th), had only half a grill to work with and that, combined with a larger menu, proved challenging - but they overcame it and no one seemed to leave hungry! Thank you for your patience, we are very lucky to be part of such a wonderful and generous community!

-- Courtney Gardner (Jillian 8th)

 School Finance Report 

The report on school finances comes from the annual financial report of St. John the Baptist Parish. The report will be presented during the School Board Meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, starting at 7 pm in the Library.


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