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

Principal's Note 11/13/19


What We Do When It Snows 

St. John the Baptist follows the decisions of Montgomery County Public Schools regarding school cancellations, delayed openings, and early closings. If MCPS has a 2-hour delay, SJB has a 2-hour delay. If MCPS closes early for snow, SJB closes early for snow. Please make a contingency plan if snow or ice is in the forecast. If an early closing decision is made, please arrange for your child to be picked up early if from school. If SJB closes early, After Care and after-school activities will be cancelled.  No child will be left unattended at SJB, but please consider that decisions to close school are made for the safety of children and school staff. 

Archdiocesan Catholic Schools must follow a major jurisdiction on weather-related school closings as a matter of policy. 

Communication When School is Closing for Weather

Primary notification will come from Montgomery County Public Schools through the media. Please check a reliable media outlet, such as WTOP closings, for decisions on school closings, or sign up for a weather alert with MCPS 

SJB will notify families of a school-closing decision by text, email and SJBSilverSpring Twitter

Communication to parents works only when family contact information is correct. Please make sure that you have correct email addresses and mobile phone numbers for Parent/Guardian 1 and Parent/Guardian 2 on your Household page in TADS. You can change household information through Edit Household 

The TADS Household page is a source of contact data for school email lists, the Rediker Parent Portal, the text-alert service, and the annual Family Directory. If you update your email address on TADS, please also notify the school secretary by email ( so that we can update the class email list.  

If you need help finding or updating the TADS Household information, call the parent hotline at 612-548-3320 from 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays.

Please Dress Children for Weather

Please send children to school with warm coats, hats, and gloves on cold days. The children will play outside for recess on most cold winter days. If conditions are dangerous or miserable, we will have indoor recess. We do not set a strict temperature point for outdoor recess. We do take seriously the recommendations of our recess monitors. A 24-degree day may be tolerable if it's sunny, and the air is dry and still. A 28-degree day may be intolerable with high winds, cloudy skies, and moisture.
If it is raining in the morning, students will wait inside their classrooms. If it is raining at pick-up time, students will watch for their ride from the 5th and 7th grade classroom windows. If it is raining at mid-day, students will have recess inside, taking turns going to the gym.

Thank You for Turning Out for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you, parents, for coming out for parent-teacher conferences last Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you for supporting your children and and their teachers. Just a few years ago, classes were cancelled and parent conferences were scheduled through one morning and afternoon. Over the past few years, we have made the transition to two afternoon/nighttime conferences in response to the needs of our many working parents.
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Day of the Dead Thank You! 

"Muchas gracias" to the parents in grades 5-8 who sent in food or drink for our Day of the Dead fiesta last week. All classes enjoyed trying new dishes in addition to old favorites at our annual celebration.  

Eileen  Flynn -- Spanish Teacher, Grades 5-8 

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Thanksgiving Meal Drive Under Way

Thank you, parents, for supporting this traditional holiday service project. Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to families in need on Friday, Nov. 22, before Thanksgiving. Families receiving meals are referred to us by the St. Joseph Food Pantry. Meals are being collected and assembled by each class. If you are interested in helping by delivering meals, see the sign-up form in the Gold Folder. Parents must be child-protection certified to take students on a meal delivery.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Please see this week's Gold Folder for information about tickets and  volunteer sign-up for SJB's Annual Breakfast with Santa (Saturday, Dec. 7).
There's also information on the Gold Folder page on International Night (Friday, Nov. 15) and SJB sports: Intramural Basketball Registration, CYO Basketball Tip-Off Night, and Soccer Recognition Night.

Join the Parent Ambassadors 

Finding and enrolling new families is vital to a Catholic school. Consider helping SJB by becoming a Parent Ambassador. We are looking for school parents who are willing to help recruit and support prospective new parents.  Please go to this sign-up page if you are able and willing to do any of the following:
  • Deliver Flyers and/or Postcards to child care centers and nursery schools 
  • Give tours during Open Houses 
  • Write short thank you notes to families who come to our Open Houses 
  • Follow up with phone calls to new parents to check on them and invite them to events
Merianne Spencer (Alicia 3, Saria 1, Luci PK), our school board representative and Communication Chair, will help coordinate the Parent Ambassadors. Here is a flyer-delivery signup list to help us track the nursery schools and child care centers receiving flyers and postcards.
Here is the Open House postcard and flyer.
Tour Guides will will receive talking points and will be invited to a practice tour.
Letter writers will receive stationery and suggested notes.
Here again is the sign-up page for Parent Ambassadors.
We are grateful for your support.
To See Your Child's Portrait, Click on This Flyer
After opening the flyer, click on it again to go to your child's portrait.  The album includes make-up pictures.
Prayers for Mary Parker, Mother of Jeanine Regan
We are praying for Mrs. Mary Parker, who passed away on Tuesday morning, grandmother of Madelyn (3rd), mother of Mrs. Jeanine Regan (preschool aide) and mother-in-law of Mr. Christopher Regan.
The viewing is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West in Silver Spring.
Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 am on Monday, Nov. 18, at St. John the Baptist Church.
Our prayers and condolences go out to the family.
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