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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Nov
29

Principal's Note 11/30/21

Dear SJB Families,

Please take a moment to read the annual Christmas Fund letter from our parent leaders and volunteers. Thank you for your help and support.

What Do We Do When It Snows?

SJB follows the decisions of Montgomery County Public Schools on closings and delays due to inclement weather.

Please keep an eye on the forecast and, when snow or ice is expected, check media stations like WTOP Closings & Delays. Or, better yet, sign up for Montgomery County Public Schools text alerts.

It also is a good idea for a parent to have a backup plan for retrieving a child from school, especially if it will take the parent an hour or longer to get to school. SJB will never leave a child unattended, but it's important for the safety of the staff, and for children of staff members, that everyone cooperate in a weather emergency.

If school is closed for inclement weather, all activities and events at the school will be cancelled for that day. If school is closed, Before Care and After Care are closed. If school starts two hours late, SJB doors will open at 9:45 am. SJB will notify families if there will be Morning Care from 9:00 to 10:00 am.

SJB will send emails and text messages to parents about school closings and late starts as soon as possible. Those messages will go to the email addresses and cell phone numbers that families have entered on their TADS accounts. Log into TADS and go to "edit household" to change the email address or phone number listed there. 

See the Gold Folder for information on...

  • Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4
  • Holiday Pizza Lunch on Friday, December 10
  • Tuition Assistance Application Deadline on Friday, December 3 
  • Applying to SJB for 2022-23 -- Apply Now for PK & K
  • Registering for the Next School Year, Starting December 29
  • Home School Fundraising

Parents Can Monitor Device Activity with Go Guardian

SJB parents have access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of your children's activity on school-issued devices and provide you with additional controls during out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that your child's school uses for devices issued to students. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.

More information including instructions for the GoGuardian Parent app can be found on the school Chromebooks page.

Coming Up

Tuesday, November 30:            6-7 pm Open House

Friday, December 3:                  Deadline Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Application

Saturday, December 4:              10 to noon, Breakfast with Santa, buy tickets

Wednesday, December 8:          Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mass Grades 3-8

Friday, December 10:                 Holiday Pizza Lunch, order here, full day of school

Friday, December 17:                 Full Day of School -- Start of Christmas Vacation

Monday, December 20 until Monday, January 3:  Christmas Vacation

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