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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Nov
20

Principal's Note 11/20/19

SJB Cheers on Ironman PE Teacher

SJB students are cheering for Ms. K, who completed a major Ironman triathlon just a year after getting hit by a car.

Ms. K completed the Cozumel Ironman in 14 hours, 9 minutes, and 51 seconds.

The Ironman race is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run.

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Ms. K has been the PE teacher at SJB for the past 14 years. She also teaches 5th grade science and study skills. 

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Ms. K and the 2nd Grade in PE

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At the start of the last school year, Ms. K suffered injuries when she was hit by a car while on an early-morning bike ride. Ms. K's tibia was broken, and she needed surgery to repair her damaged leg. She came back to school in December, three months after her leg was injured. It took months before she was able to walk without crutches and many more months before she could run.

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         Ms. K Recovers After Being Hit by Car

The race on Sunday began with a run from Chankanaab Beach into the 75-degree, reef-protected waters of the Caribbean Sea. Swimmers raced 2.4 miles in a large, crowded loop and then rode bikes for a flat, 112-mile road race followed by a regulation marathon, a 26.2-mile race on foot.

Distances To Put Ms. K's Race in Perspective

  • Swim -- 2.4 miles -- SJB to Four Corners
  • Bike -- 112 miles -- SJB to Ocean City
  • Run -- 26.2 miles -- SJB to Fort McHenry in Baltimore

Help SJB By Delivering Open House Flyers

Can You Deliver to Child Care Center or Nursery School?

There are two stacks of Open House flyers and postcards by the front door of the school house. Let us know how many you need, and we will send them home with your child.

Here's a list of places to deliver flyers.

Finding and enrolling new families is vital to a Catholic school. Consider helping SJB by delivering Open House flyers or helping to recruit and support new families in other ways.
 

Become an SJB Parent Ambassador

We are looking for school parents to do any of the following:
  • Deliver Flyers and/or Postcards to child care centers and nursery schools 
  • Give tours to families during Open Houses 
  • Write short thank you notes to families who come to Open Houses 
  • Follow up with phone calls to new parents 
If you can help in any way, please go to this sign-up page and write your name under the volunteer job you'd be interested in doing.
 
Merianne Spencer (Alicia 3, Saria 1, Luci PK), our school board representative and Communication Chair, will help coordinate the Parent Ambassadors. 
 
The Open House postcard and flyer are available by the school office.
Tour Guides will receive guidance on what to do and say.
Letter writers will receive stationery and suggested notes.
 
Thanksgiving Meals To Be Delivered Friday
 
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 were referred to us by the St. Joseph Food Pantry. 
 

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 on Saturday, Dec. 7.
 
There's also information on SJB sports: Intramural Basketball Registration and CYO Basketball Tip-Off Night.
 

International Night Celebrated At SJB

International Night was fun for all the students and parents who attended at St. John the Baptist on Friday night. Food and clothing from many cultures were featured and enjoyed. Students marched in the International Parade, and children entertained with great talent from the stage. Thank you to the organizers, especially Osamuyimen Idehen (Teggy 3rd and Oyin 1st), and all the participants.
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     SJB Parents and Children on International Night
 
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.
 

Please Drive Carefully in the Neighborhood

Please drive slowly and remember our neighbors as you come and leave at drop-off and pick-up time. 
 

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 (georgine.baugher@sjbsilverspring.org) 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.
 

Newcomer Immigrant Students in Need of Coats, Hats and Gloves

Each year, High Point High School has welcomed a new group of immigrant students from Central America. This year, over 120 students will be spending their first winter in the United States. St. John the Baptist has so graciously supported these students in the past by providing them with warm winter clothing. High Point is seeking help again this year. Please consider donating new or gently used winter coats, adult sizes small and medium are mostly needed - preferably blue or black. 75% of the students are male, so more men's jackets are needed than women's. Hats and gloves will also be appreciated! This year’s coat drive will run through December. Please call Cynthia Norris 301-622-1122, for more information. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Office in the Kazista Center.

 

 

 
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