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

Principal's Note 10/9/18


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Baking For Bikes 

The 7th grade students read Listen, Slowly, a novel set in Vietnam. One of the things they learned from this novel is how difficult it is for some Vietnamese families to get to market and even school because most do not own cars and rely on bikes for transportation.  A bike seems so ordinary for students in the U.S.; however, for many people in Vietnam, a bike is special.  Bikes take moms to market and children to school.  Many cannot afford a bike and Thanhha Lai, the author of this novel, started a non-profit organization called Viet Kids with the goal of raising money to buy bikes for families in Vietnam.  In the SJB spirit of giving, the 7th grade hosted a bake sale to support Viet Kids, Inc. Families from the 7th grade showed tremendous response with a variety of baked goods, and SJB students happily purchased delicious treats to help support Viet Kids.  Together with the sale of baked goods and donations, the 7th grade raised $300.00 - enough to purchase four bikes.  Wonderful job SJB, 7th grade families!  Thanks to all who supported this bake sale!

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2nd Quarter Hot Lunch Form is Available

Here's the order form for Hot Lunch Thursday for the 2nd quarter. Orders are due by Friday, Oct. 26.

Out of Uniform on Thursday

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Thank You to All Who Supported International Night

Thank you, especially, to organizer Jeanette Barberena and her family  -- husband George, Kristian 6th, Branden 4th, Audrina K.

Mrs. Barberena asked to send out the following note of gratitude:

A special thanks to Pam Coupard-Nazir and Osta Nazir for helping me organize and deejay this cultural event.

The display tables from several countries were creative and the food was delicious from USA, El Salvador, Ecuador, Mexico, India, Vietnam,  China, Costa Rica, Philippines, Peru, Kenya, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Honduras, Zambia, Norway, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Guatemala.

To the SJB community, thanks for participating and assisting with the Parade of Nations. This year we took the parade outside and it was orchestrated perfectly with our PreK class in the lead and our older kids ending the parade on stage.

To the Trebel family for taking great pictures throughout the evening, Mrs. Tifford and the SJB 8th grade band, Principal Brian Blomquist, and SJB teachers and staff for assisting throughout the evening and all the families who wore traditional clothes from their homeland. Families who stuck around to help clean up, and all the kids who performed on stage and participated in this event. THANK YOU!!

If I missed a name, please forgive me and know that I am very grateful to all who participated in this incredible, SJB community fun-filled event.


Apply Now for Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance applications are now being received by the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW).

To apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-20 school year, go to the Catholic Schools tuition assistance information page.

The deadline is Saturday, Dec. 1.

All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese.

Completion of an Archdiocesan (ADW) application is a requirement for families seeking parish or school assistance.

Last year, 41 students received ADW tuition assistance awards for a total of $37,380 for the current school year. That's $911 per ADW award.

An additional $21,100 was awarded through school and parish tuition assistance accounts, which are funded by contributions.

First Communion Meeting is Sunday, Oct. 28

Parents wishing to celebrate a child’s first communion, please come to an information session on Sunday, October 28 from 2 to 2:30 pm in classroom 8 in the school.

 SJB Knights Hold Soccer Competition

The SJB Knights are holding a soccer competition on Saturday, Oct. 20. See the flyer and entry form.

DeMatha Invites 6th-8th Grade for Information Session

Here's the flyer for the session at DeMatha, an all-boys Catholic high school.

Tuesday Science Club Is Under Way 

The SJB Science Club is meeting on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the Large Study, the classroom across from the school office, and classroom 7 from today (Oct.2) through Nov. 20. Students in K-3 are experimenting with light and sound, while students in grades 3-5 learn about electricity and circuitry.

ELL Homework Club Starts Tuesday, Oct. 16

The ELL Homework Club will meet after school on Tuesday, Oct. 16, until 4:15 pm. The group will meet in room 5 and the Math Room.

Breakfast with Santa Helpers Needed

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Home Access to Educational Websites

Parents, did you know that you and your children have subscriptions to several educational websites? The website list and home access information can be found on the Rediker Parent Portal under School Links and Files. Through the SJB Library, the school provides access to BrainPOP, World Book, Scholastic Go!, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, and IXL Math and Language Arts. There are two files -- one for home access and one for school access.  World Book is an online encyclopedia for the children, parents, and teachers. SIRS is part of the ProQuest research database, and CultureGrams provides information about the 50 states and places in the world. BrainPOP provides academic enrichment in all subjects.

Lunch Duty SignUp

The lunch-duty signup link can be found on the Volunteer page and on the School Lunch page.

Here is the direct link  to sign up for lunch duty.

Just follow the link, select an available date, select an available classroom, and then sign up for the open slot.

There's no need to register.

Learn Another Language After School at SJB

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Classes in French or Chinese will most likely last 1 hour from 3:05 to 4:05 pm each Friday for 12 weeks. Here is the Big Learning website, and here is the flyer with information.

Last Chance for Flag Football Season Sign-Up

If you sign up today, there may be room on a team.

Boys and girls in grades 3-8 are eligible. 

CYO Basketball Season Is Coming

For information on CYO basketball, see the flyer, or go to the Athletic Ministry website.

Athletic Ministry to Hold Oktoberfest 

See the flyer on Oktoberfest.


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