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

Principal's Note 11/14/17

Transformation Update

Exciting News on Home School Association-School Advisory Board 

Since introducing the concept of a reorganization of the Home School Association and School Advisory Board, we have received questions via the question & comment mailbox (  We also had good attendance at the October 16 HSA meeting, with parents asking insightful and meaningful questions.  Based on parent comments and feedback, we are looking at clarifying responsibilities and roles concerning financial oversight and organizational evaluation and change.

Go here to see the latest plan update.

Please submit your comments by November 18 or plan to attend the HSA meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 pm in the Library.

Families will be asked to vote on the reorganization the first week in December. Please watch for a ballot in the Tuesday folder. 

Three Tips on Studying

It's disappointing and frustrating for a student to get a poor mark on a test after studying for it. If you have seen this happen before, the problem might be the student's method of studying.

Some ways are better than others, evidence shows.  

Among the best strategies:

1. Chunking -- reviewing material in chunks over several days

2. Quizzing -- giving yourself a practice quiz, reviewing, repeating 

3. Teaching -- teaching content to a parent, sibling, friend

Some less effective strategies:

1. re-reading notes

2. re-reading text 

Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 2

One of our most beloved and best attended events is Breakfast with Santa. It is a morning filled with spirit. Here is the order form for tickets, which are due Nov. 24.

Here is the guide for elves:


 The permission form for participation as one of the elves is at the bottom of the note. 

Financial Assistance Deadline is Dec. 1

You may apply for financial assistance by logging in to your TADS account (the website is and clicking on Financial Aid Assessment

Awards will be announced in March and the money awarded will go toward tuition in the 2018-18 school year. Applying for archdiocesan financial assistance is an important factor in our decision to award parish tuition assistance, as well. The Archdiocesan financial assistance page has more information.

Parent Series on Technology

Parents are welcome to attend a meeting on the school's technology integration program at 6:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 20, in the library. The technology meeting will be the third Parent Series meeting this year. We have already hosted open parent meetings with math teachers and language arts teachers.

Classes Are Collecting Thanksgiving Baskets 

Classes are collecting baskets for Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Please see the notices sent by your class's room parent.

Thrift Sale --  Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School is a Title 1 Primary Elementary School off of New Hampshire Avenue. The school is looking for donations for its semi-annual Holiday Thrift Store! The thrift store is Saturday, December 2nd.  Items accepted include toys, children's clothing, books, housewares, bags, shoes. Adult clothing is not accepted. The cost of each items is set at $1.00 and proceeds directly benefit the school.  Please contact Jen Jurgrau (Chris 8th) at 301-549-3232 if you would have questions or items to donate. Or leave the items in plastic bags in the 1st floor gym stairwell under the windows. 

Register Now for SJB Intramural Basketball Leagues K-8

Registration for SJB Intramural Basketball is open for all students in grades K-8. The grades 3-6 boys league will play Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 9. The grades 3rd-6th girls league will also start on Dec. 9 at midday. The co-ed League for 7th and 8th graders will be held on either Friday or Saturday nights beginning the weekend of Dec. 8. Kids in grades K-2 will start playing on Saturdays in January. No practices, just games! Registered CYO players also are encouraged to sign up for intramural hoops -- the more court time, the better! All intramural games will be played in the SJB gym. The leagues are open to all grade-appropriate students, including non-SJB parishioners. Register or learn more at SJB Athletics. Let's hoop it up, SJB!

Here is the basketball flyer

New to Girl Scouts?  

Girls are welcome to join Girl Scouts anytime! To find an SJB troop or a troop local to you, please contact Lisa Jacksonat or 240-381-6325. 

4th Annual Girl Scout Thanksgiving Fundraiser  -- Troop 3693 is doing their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Homemade Pies Fundraiser, 11/17 is the last day to order! You may also order and pay online here: - 1 for $20 / 2 for $35 / $14 each additional pie thereafter. Choose from a 10" extra large Double Crust Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Pumpkin, Pecan, and Chocolate Cream. Checks may be made out to “Troop 3693” and orders sent in via Carmela García in 7th grade. You choose SJB pick up or home delivery. Please contact Margarita Gaetan at or 301-642-1281 if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the Troop 3693 fundraiser


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