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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Oct
23

Principal's Note 10/24/17

Parent-Teacher Conference Times Are in Gold Folder

Please look in the Gold Folder for the parent-teacher conference schedule and take a moment to read the notes about conferences. Conferences will take place Nov. 9 & 10 -- Thursday afternoon and evening and Friday morning.

There will be no school for students on the parent-conference days, but there will be child supervision in the Technology Lab and Large Study, the classroom across the hall from the school office, during designated conference times only. After Care will be available 3 to 6 pm on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Parent Series Meeting on LA on Wednesday

Language arts teachers are hosting a Parent Series meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Teachers in Kindergarten through 5th grade will talk with parents in the library. Teachers in grades 6-8 will meet with parents in room 8. Topics will include reading and writing curriculum, goals and strategies. Parents will have opportunities to ask questions. There will be child care during the parent series.

Halloween Activities 

Our annual Halloween Parade is set to start at 12:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The students’ costumes will be judged by the Student Council, and after the parade there will be games and activities planned by the 8th graders and supervised by teachers. 

Students may come to school out of uniform and change into their Halloween costumes. Parents are welcome to come to the school to help their children change into their costumes just prior to the parade. Parents must first check in at the school office.

Parade Guidelines 

During the parade, music plays while students loop around the blacktop, led by the their teachers. 

Parents and relatives watch the parade from the middle.

Costumes should not be violent, gruesome or scary to the younger students. Children should be able to walk unassisted with their costumes in place. 

No one should be made to feel excluded by multiple-costume plans that involve three or more boys or girls. Students may not bring toy weapons or dye their hair. It's OK if a parent oversees the temporary coloring of a child's hair.

If the weather is bad, the parade will be in the gym.

Because the parade takes place on the blacktop, the parking lot will be closed. Parents should park along the fence closest to White Oak Middle School or along the side of the school driveway to Lima Street.

Report Cards 

The 1st quarter ends on Friday, Nov. 3. This is a reminder that tuition and After Care payments must be current for access to grades. 

Thursday Hot Lunch Orders Are Due by Friday

Hot Lunch Ordering Form

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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!  

Students Pictures Are Now Available Online

Use password STJOHN17SPQ

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Interested in the Technology Committee? 

If so, please contact our technology director, Mrs. Irwin, at anne.irwin@sjbsilverspring.org 

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. 

Support Our Wreath Sale

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Proceeds from wreath sales will go toward 8th grade graduation activities.

Here's the wreath order form (page 3).

Help Veterans

Help us support our veterans and a parish service project by making “Welcome Home Baskets” for formerly homeless veterans. There will be a collection bin by the school entrance. Here are the items needed: Target gift cards, sink dishpans, dish-washing liquid, cereal bowls, dish cloths, dishtowels, pot holders, can openers, liquid measuring cups, dry measuring cups, large mugs, reusable wipes , 5-piece kitchen utensil set. SJB Boy Scout Troop 1441 will sort collected items and create baskets for delivery. You may also drop off items in the gym after mass on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. Contact Anna Moretti (David Damiano 7th gr) at 301-706-7694.

Thank You for Your Support for St. Camillus Food Drive

Thank you to all of the parents and children who helped collect and deliver food for the St. Camillus Food Pantry. St. Camillus is grateful for your generosity. Thank you, especially, to Thai Le Nguyen for coordinating the drivers. Thank you to drivers Anna Damiano, Jean and Myron Freeman, Mona Absalon and Viha Nguyen.

A Few Notes: 

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. The links are on the Gold Folder page.

 

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