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

Principal's Note 10/19/21

Seasons Change ~ God Remains

Autumn, winter, spring, and summer are unique seasons of the year bringing God's beauty through the ever changing nature around us. As seasons transform, we begin to understand the goodness of God's creation. Throughout every season, God is always near guiding us to follow in His ways. It is our job to listen to God and trust in His timing which will help us to grow in our faith. 
Each student at SJB made a piece of art reflecting this year’s theme, Growing in Our Faith. As the children see their creations in the halls of SJB, they are reminded of the beauty of God’s creation and how we are rooted in our faith. -- Mrs. Leishear, SJB Art
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Food Drive for St. Camillus Pantry Continues

We're collecting for the St. Camillus Food Pantry this week. Please see the Gold Folder page for the list of items needed. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Activity at SJB

On Friday afternoon, SJB students made displays in recognition of the South American, Central American, or Caribbean country that their class represented for Hispanic Heritage Month country. Some students wore clothes or carried items representing the culture of the country they represented. Students toured the displays of other grades' countries to music from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Here's a brief video of how Hispanic Heritage Day looked and sounded at SJB.

SJB Open House Season Begins Wednesday

If you know a family that would make a good fit for SJB, tell them about our Open House from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Wednesday, October 20. Families can go here to reserve a tour for the Open House. Here's the full Open House schedule

Applications for 2021-22 to Open on November 1

Applications for the 2021-22 school year will open on November 1. The application link will appear on the SJB website on that day.

SJB families with children entering preschool are encouraged to apply early. Classes filled in just a few weeks last year. Applicants with siblings in the school are given priority consideration. 

Although applications will open soon, admissions notices for applicants for grades 1-8 will begin to go out in January, after current SJB families have had the opportunity to register.

What About Students Already Enrolled?

If your child is already enrolled in SJB, there is no need to apply for 2022-23. However, you will need to register your child during the registration period of December 29 to January 25. See the returning students page

Annual Update and Notice on Personal Safety Education Program

The vigilant work of teachers and staff to safeguard our students by promoting a safe environment is a priority at St. John the Baptist.  All children have the right to be safe and protected from harm in school, home, neighborhoods, and communities. Our school is dedicated to promoting and ensuring the protection of all children.  

Each school year, we are committed to the continued instruction of the Personal Safety Education Program for our children in grades K-8. These age-appropriate lessons, which will be taught during regular religion classes over the next month by religion teachers and reinforced by all teachers, prepare students to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. 

Thank you for your support and encouragement as we work together, family and school, to keep the safety and welfare of our students as our primary responsibility. 


Coming Up

This Week: Food Drive for St. Camillus

Wednesday, October 20: Open House 8:30-9:30 am

Thursday, October 21:  Make-Up Day for School Portraits

Thursday, October 21: 1:45 pm Service Liturgy Grades 1-4

Friday, October 22: 1:45 pm Service Liturgy Grades 5-8

Thursday, October 28: Half-Day and Halloween Parade

Friday, October 29: No School / Teacher Professional Day

Tuesday, November 2: Diversity Panel Meeting

Wednesday, November 10: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 to 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Friday: November 12: No School


Best Wishes to L.J. Milone at St. Matthews Cathedral

L.J. has been faith formation director at SJB parish since 2007. The notes below appeared in the bulletin this week.


Congratulations to former SJB Social Concerns Minister Kim Lamberty, who on November 7 is receiving the Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year Award. Serving the parish from 1996 to 2003, Ms. Lamberty was involved in starting SJB's relationship with our sister parish in Haiti. 

SJB Basketball Tryouts Are Set

Check the Gold Folder for Athletic Ministry updates


October 21 Online Meeting for SJB Coaches

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Eighth Grade Wreath Sale is Under Way

Go here to shop for Christmas greens and help the 8th grade reach its fundraising goal.  Buy holiday evergreens for yourself, relatives or friends, and the FedEx delivery will arrive in early December in a festive carton with your personalized message.
Please feel free to share the wreath sale flyer with family and friends as well!
Thank you in advance for supporting the 8th Grade Class!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

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