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

Principal's Note 10/3/17


International Night is Thursday

All SJB families are welcome to attend this wonderful community-building event in the SJB gym. International Night is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the many cultures represented in our community. It begins at 7 pm.

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No Classes on Friday or Monday

This is a reminder to all families that there is no school for students on Friday. Teachers attend professional development workshops with other Catholic-school teachers from around the Archdiocese. There is no school on Monday for the Columbus Day Holiday.

Living Rosary on Wednesday -- Students will stand in the formation of a Rosary and pray the Rosary together in the church at 2:15 on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Send Gold Folder Back on Wednesday -- Please remember to send the Gold Folder back to school with your child on Wednesday. You will make our terrific folder volunteer, Mrs. Khiel, very happy. Next week, because Monday is a holiday, the Gold Folder will go home and the Principal's Note will be sent on Wednesday. The Note will include information about the parent-school effort to reorganize the parent-school leadership structure and consolidate the Home School Association and School Advisory Board. 

Parents, Check the Portal on Rediker

We are halfway through the 1st quarter. It would be a good time for parents of students in grades 4-8 to check their child's current grades and recent scores on Rediker. After logging on to the portal, go to your child's profile and check Progress for current grade averages and Recent Scores for recently scored assignments, quizzes, tests and projects.

If you need to contact someone, look for Directory on the task bar at the top of the portal page. The portal directory allows you to look up contact information by teacher name, parent name or student name.

Season of Service

In October, we begin the first in a series of service projects that involve SJB students and families. Please consider volunteering for one of our projects by completing this simple form. It is a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to make a positive change in our community together.

This month, we collect food for needy local families through the St. Camillus Food Pantry. After our service liturgy on Oct. 20, parent volunteers and students in grades 5-8 deliver food in the afternoon to the St. Camillus Food Pantry. 

Parents with Virtus certification who are able to drive should contact  food drive coordinator Thai Le at or 240-481-0689.

Thanksgiving Meals -- In November, students plan a Thanksgiving Meal with their teachers and then volunteer to bring in a needed item. We pack up and deliver Thanksgiving meals, complete with turkeys, to needy families in the area on Tuesday, November 21st. If you are able to help, contact coordinator Mary Lombardo at or 240-483-1837.

Baby Shower for Jesus -- Families bring gifts to the altar for the babies and children at Mary House, a shelter for DC families, during the school Advent Christmas Liturgy on December 21. Delivery is immediately after mass. If you are able to help, contact coordinator Anne Thomas at or 301-908-7522.

Puerto Rico -- The Student Council is looking into ways to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. We will keep you posted on this project as we discuss its timing, scope and look for a reliable avenue for donated supplies to the people who need them.

Mrs. Judith Guerrero, mother of SJB alumni Andres and Gabriela, is now collecting items for Puerto Rico. She is collecting items at her home (12708 Rigdale Terrace in Silver Spring) and can be reached at 

Items Needed: Bottled Water • Baby wipes • Hand sanitizer • Diapers • Canned foods • Dry foods • Baby formula • Garbage bags • Towels • Canned milk • Canned and dry pet food • Baby and adult pain relief medicine • Stomach and Diarrhea relief medicine • Mosquito repellant • Blankets • Pillows • First-aid kits • Laundry detergents • Dish soap • Cots can be 

Prayers for Charles Klotz, Father of SJB Maintenance Director Tom Klotz

We are praying this week for Mr. Tom's father, who died on Friday. The students prayed in school on Friday for Mr. Tom, his family, and for his father. The wake is Wednesday and funeral is Friday. 

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Mark Names on PE Jackets & Pants  -- Cooler weather-please make sure names are in all sweaters and gym jackets. We already have lots of unclaimed items. 

Box Top Winners  -- The winners of the Battle of the BoxTops are K and 4th. They may be out of uniform this Thursday, October 5. Let's start collecting for October!!!!!!!! 

Calendar Changes Include Spring Play Date -- There have been a few changes in the calendar.  Due to a conflict with the Confirmation schedule, the spring play was moved up a week. The shows will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, at 7:30 pm both nights. On Friday, April 27, school will start two hours late – at 10 am – but dismissal will be at 3 pm. 

A professional-development day for teachers has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20. Dismissal will be at noon on Friday, April 20.


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