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

Principal's Note 11/29/22

Last Chance to Apply for Tuition Assistance for Next Year

Applications are Open until Friday.

Apply to be eligible for tuition assistance from the Archdiocese and from the parish and school. You can apply for financial aid directly by logging into your TADS account.

Help us Stock the Shop!

A Message from the Top Elf:  Even though Breakfast with Santa was canceled this year, the Secret Santa Shop is still on and we need your support to make it a special day for students! This year, every student will have a chance to shop on Friday, December 16, with their respective classes. To make sure we have enough gifts for all, we are soliciting donations for the shop by Friday, December 9. Please see the flyer for details.
What kinds of items are you looking for?
Anything your kids would like to buy for someone else. These should be small, handmade or inexpensive items (no items in the shop will be sold for more than $5). Think small toys, colorful things, holiday ornaments, coffee mugs, soaps/lotions, squishys, a pair of fuzzy socks, etc.
I am busy and not crafty, how can I help?
Volunteers will be shopping for a few remaining items the week before the shop. If it's easier for you, and you have the ability, we welcome contributions via Venmo (Angie McCarthy, Angie-McCarthy-1). Even a small donation of a few dollars goes a long away. We will turn those dollars into items for the shop.
I have items to donate, where and when should I bring them?
Please bring any items to the front office by Friday, December 9th.
I have questions, who can I ask?
Please email the shop organizers, Angie McCarthy ( or Karen Mordock ( with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!
Thank you in advance for supporting this beloved annual tradition. It won't be possible without your support.
--- Angie McCarthy (Ronan 5th, Emma 2nd) and Karen Mordock (Jackson 2nd).

SJB Christmas Program Set for 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 15

The Christmas Show is held in the church and presented each season by the entire student body. It's simply not Christmas without this traditional performance, a showcase of SJB music. Everyone comes -- parents, families, friends, even alumni.  Arrive early to get good seats. 

Here's a program and guide for what the children in each grade should wear.

SJB Christmas Program Lower.JPG

Here's a link to the Christmas program before the pandemic. Password is sjbsspa$$

A Little Help?

 A Little Help? was launched to give parents specific, immediate ways that they can help their child's school.

Volunteering is a terrific way to become more involved in your child's school. Volunteers must be child-protection certified. Find out how on the volunteer page.

See the Home School Association Volunteer Interest form and volunteer flyer

See the Magnificent SJB Band in Concert on Thursday at 7:30 pm

Directed by Mrs. Jennifer Tifford, the SJB band will perform in the gym.

Coming Up 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30              8th Grade High School Placement Test
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30              6-7 pm Open House
  • Thursday, Dec. 1                    7:30 pm Band Concert 
  • Saturday, Dec. 3                     Breakfast with Santa (8:30-10 & 10:30-12)
  • Thursday, Dec. 8                     9 am Mass for Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Thursday, Dec. 15                    Third Thursday Pizza Lunch
  • Thursday, Dec. 15                    7 pm Christmas Program in Church
  • Friday, Dec. 16                        11 am Advent Mass and Shower for Baby Jesus
  • Friday, Dec. 16                         1 to 2:30 Christmas activities in classrooms
  • Friday, Dec. 16                          No After Care - Start of Christmas Vacation
  • Tuesday, Jan 3                          Classes resume


Congratulations, Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

The SJB 14 under girls team won the St. Jerome Thanksgiving tournament and the SJB 14 under boys were runner ups. And the season is not over.


The Gold Folder page has news and information about SJB events and activities and is continually updated. 

The Principal's Note is more focused on what's happening in school and what's important for school families to know. A new Principal's Note is sent out each week.

Students Arriving After 8:05 Are Marked Late

This is a reminder that the school day begins at 8:00 am. We have allowed some grace in the first few months of school. Teachers have been asked to start marking students late on Monday, Nov. 28, if students arrive after 8:05 am.


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