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

Principal's Note 10/17/17

Interested in the Technology Committee?

Are you interested in joining our Technology Committee?

If you are, please contact our technology director, Mrs. Irwin, at

The SJB technology committee advises the school on technology investment and direction, and members occasionally help with projects such as making hardware upgrades. The committee is made up of parent volunteers, usually with a background or expertise in technology, and chaired by Mrs. Irwin. The committee will meet on Monday, Nov. 20, at 6 pm to discuss our technology plans for the year.

Service Mass is Friday

Our service mass will be this Friday at 10:45 am and hosted by the 6th grade students. Parents are welcome to come to the service liturgy. If you do join us for mass, please park dismissal style in the lot, lined up and facing the direction of the Kazista Parish Center (or library/kindergarten). This week, we will continue to collect food for the St. Camillus Food Pantry. Each class is assigned a particular item. On Friday, students will carry the food to the altar for a blessing, and volunteer families will take the food to the pantry in the afternoon.

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The St. Camillus Food Drive is just the first service project in a season of service and in a year of our theme -- Come To The Table.

To participate in SJB service, please complete this solicitation form.

Parent Series on Language Arts is Next Wednesday

Our reading and writing teachers will meet parents in the library at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to answer questions about our LA program, curriculum, and overall goals for students. Math teachers hosted a Parent Series meeting in September, and parents who attended called it rewarding. We hope to see you at the LA night.

Parent Conference Signup

We hope to send parent conference schedules home next week. Conferences are scheduled for Nov. 9-10 (Thursday night and Friday morning). We emailed a very brief survey  asking for your preference. If you weren't able to complete it, please complete this survey so that we can set your conference date and time. 

Playground Installation Is Near

We are expecting the new playground equipment to be installed next week, and we anticipate closing the playground from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Oct. 27.  Our landscaper is scheduled to clear wood chips for the installation of the new playground on Thursday or Friday. A separate crew will install the new playground pieces over three or four days next week.  Once the pieces are installed and the landscaper re-spreads the wood chips, the playground will be open to everyone with two new playground pieces purchased by the Home School Association.

Thank you for your flexibility, and please keep in mind that the schedule may change with weather. 

The Swing Set Question

Parents have asked if the old swing set along the fence will be replaced. There is no plan to replace the swing set along the fence. It would be a violation of the playground safety code to put a new swing set in the same spot. To comply with the playground safety code, we would need to move the swing set 16 feet from the fence and keep equipment clear for 16 feet in the other direction -- toward the center of the playground. It wouldn't leave room for other playground pieces. We are keeping the swing set that is there now. 

$5 Lunch Grill is Friday -- A Half-Day

The 8th grade will host a lunch grill on Friday at noon dismissal.  Arrive a few minutes early for pick up and grab your lunch to go or bring a blanket/chair and have lunch on the lawn. Eighth-grade parents will be grilling hot dogs, turkey dogs, and burgers.  $5 Meal deals include chips, water and a dessert. If your child is in Aftercare, you can send them with lunch money, and the After Care staff will assist them with their purchase. Enjoy the first grill lunch and support our 8th grade - all proceeds benefit the Class of 2018 graduation activities - Thanks for your support!

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Looking for Help for Halloween Lunch

Hot Lunch on Oct 26 will have a festive Halloween atmosphere, and every student will be treated to dessert. Parent volunteers are searching for 12 families to bring 2 dozen decorated cupcakes for the children. Cupcakes can be homemade or store-bought, but must be nut-free.  Cupcakes can be dropped off Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning to the school kitchen. If interested, please contact Kim Trebel  at  kim5408@msn.comThank you! 

Thank you, Kindergarten, for sprucing up the flower pots.


Principals' Retreat

For the rest of this week, I will be away from school and attending a retreat for archdiocesan school principals. I'll return on Monday and begin to return email messages. Please contact the school office staff or Mrs. Morris, vice principal, if you need help. Please keep in mind that Mrs. Morris has a busy teaching schedule. 

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Next Week is Red Ribbon Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week

  • Monday—Drugs are Dum-Dum (lollipops distributed at lunch)
  • Tuesday—Sock it to Drugs (wear crazy socks with uniform)
  • Wednesday— Give Drugs the Boot (wear boots or sneakers with uniform)
  • Thursday—Don’t get Mixed up with Drugs (Wacky Tacky Day)
  • Friday—Take My Hand and Make a Stand Against Drugs (End of Day activity outside or in Gym with students holding hands and pledging to stay drug free

A Few Notes:

Halloween Parade Begins at 12:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 3

Eighth grade will again sell Christmas wreaths this year

Contact Mrs. Irwin if you have any legos to donate for Maker Space in the library

Thank you, Mr. Chin, for the International Night videos

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