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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
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Principal's Note 10/18/22

 

 SJB Peacemakers Bring a Splash of Color to the Hallway

All SJB students in PK3-Grade 8 created a piece of art reflecting this year's theme, We Bring Peace to the World. Each class used different materials and techniques to create their piece which are now displayed around the school. You can find most of the artwork in the hallway of the main building, and many more hanging up in the Library hallway. We hope you enjoy looking at the pieces during your next visit through the school.
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 SJB Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Day

The school celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day with cultural displays, a mariachi band, churros, and pupusas thanks to the generosity of Mr. Jorge Saenz (Jorge 3rd).

The SJB Diversity Committee, made up of parents and faculty, collaborated with teachers on the design of Hispanic Heritage Day. Several parents came out to help with setup and breakdown, serve churros, provide signs, and enjoy the event. Each grade set up a display of the South American, Central American, or Caribbean country that the grade represented throughout Hispanic Heritage Month  from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. During the one-hour outside celebration, classes rotated to hear and see presentations from other grades about other countries. 

Here's a glimpse of it:

 

 Parents Start Planning for Breakfast with Santa 

Parents have started planning for Breakfast with Santa, which is set for the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3.

Watch this space for information about ticket sales and opportunities to volunteer to help with decorations, set-up, clean-up, cooking, and serving at Breakfast with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa is a beloved, longtime SJB tradition that draws hundreds of parish and school families, including grandparents to the SJB gym for a Christmas-themed breakfast and pictures with Santa.

It is also an event that requires major volunteer help. Please remember that SJB volunteers must be child-protection certified. Here are the steps to becoming child-protection certified.

Parents had their first Breakfast with Santa planning meeting before the HSA meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. 

School and HSA Outline Fundraising Plan -- At the HSA meeting, the school and parent leaders agreed to a plan for an annual auction fundraiser and a bi-annual gala fundraiser. In other words, the HSA will continue to have an auction every year, but the gala would be held every other year. 

The school and HSA are planning to have a Father-Daughter Dance in February or March and International Night in April or May.

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.

See the SJB School Online Calendar 

It includes the most up-to-date information including Nov. 9 & 10 parent-teacher conferences.

 

Reminders:

  • Oct. 19-21                             6th Grade Outdoor Education Trip
  • Oct. 19                                 7 pm basketball information Zoom meeting 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26             8:30-9:30 am Open House for New Families
  • Thursday, Oct. 27               10 am Halloween Parade 
  • Thursday, Oct. 27               12 Noon Dismissal, After Care 12-4
  • Friday, Oct. 28                     No School - Teacher Professional Development
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