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

Principal's Note 11/6/18

Report Cards Sent Home in Gold Folders

 First quarter report cards were sent home today in the Gold Folders. 

The opportunity to discuss report cards comes on Wednesday and Thursday, during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Parents may drop off children in the Large Study or in the Computer Room. Supervision will be offered for the duration of their Parent-Teacher Conference. Both rooms are across the hall from the school office. Please don't send children into the Computer Room with food or drink.

Here is the update parent-teacher conference schedule.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

WED 11/7 K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 PK
3:30 Strong   Calis   Hazleton Chance Puri Park Damiano Gammage
3:40   Sanders Ngo Okanla Lappin Langan Cullen Cunningham Davis  
3:50 Igbe Lombardo Chance   Makonnen Calis Hazleton Krzywucki Bundi Auguste
4:00     Lappin Haile-Michael Zuniga Strong Barberena Langan Caporizzo  
4:10 McCabe   Igbe Nguyen, K Lombardo Auguste Zuniga Calis Hazleton Athiogbey
4:20     Haile-Michael Golding Barberena Dugroo Shourds Thomas Enweze  
4:30 Alexander     Douglas Rattanavadee Nguyen, W Nguyen, J Diaz Kimathi Borbon
4:40         Louis-Charles   Ionata, N Campagnari Monge  
4:50 Barberena       Lai Alexander Edoro Brady Quintanilla Duru
  Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
5:30 Joseph       Margiotta     Bahn    
5:40   Gomez Tebebe         Margiotta    
5:50 Assad   Joseph         Gomez-Napier    

 Thursday, Nov. 8

2018           P/T Conf.                    
THU 11/8 K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 PK
3:30 Refsland Oladotun Heard Freeman Dang, Peter Ebanks Anthony Croff Chin Obikwelu
3:40   Himpelmann Pittas Dawit Dang, Paul Eaton Conlon Heard Nguyen, A  
3:50 Theophin Smith Obikwelu Refsland Oladotun Corraya Vinson Freeman Anthony Zakarias
4:00   Oswell Himpelmann Conlon Vinson Ellong Taylor Gardner Sigg  
4:10 Roberts McCarthy-Pratt Nebesky Anthony Obikwelu Dang, Jayden Oladotun Mekonnen Jenkins Oswell
4:20   Chapa Zakarias Theophin Hwang Yiesak Carr Botkin Shelton  
4:30 Vinson Irwin Vasquez Dang, N Nebesky Konan N'da Obikwelu   Oladotun Watson
4:40   Vu   Fry Yiesak Ramgolam Trebel Barry Botkin  
4:50 Haskell     Konan N'da Fry Irwin Wondimu     White-Ortiz
  Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
6:00 Pham Dickerson Nene Aghazu   Green Ionata, A O'Hara Ober Fitzgerald
6:10   Anteneh Spencer Pham Amador Zalalutdinov Clark O'Hara Hippchen Ramkumar
6:20 Maslov Mitjans Fitzgerald Nazir Charles Aghazu Nene   Zalalutdinov Coleman
6:30   Abraham Johnson Caslani Arulefela Anteneh Brioso Williams, W Yohannes  
6:40 Spencer Charles Hickey Schnell Branch Fitzgerald Draper Williams, V Cunningham Tran
6:50   Parker   Charles Wood Yohannes Brown Rodriguez-Arraiz Abraham  
7:00 Draper Cook     Wright Tankoua Breeden Vasquez Garcia Chan
7:10   Chak.-Lodge   Chisam Grant McElwee   Hromalik Hickey  
7:20 Rangelova       Cook Bentley Nguyen, N Maloy John Ayi Dawit, A.
7:30         Chisam Chak.-Lodge Ribas Gomez    
7:40 Nguyen       Maloy Nguyen, N     Zukic  
7:50         Ribas       Tassara  

Box Top Winners

The BoxTop winners were 3rd, 6th and 7th grades. They may be out of uniform on Thursday, November 8.

SJB Calendar Sync

For the most up-to-date school calendar information, check the SJB online calendar or, even better, sync it to your own calendar.

No School Friday or Monday

This is a reminder that there is no school on Friday, Nov. 9, so that the faculty may have its annual spiritual retreat. There is no school on Monday, Nov. 12, the Veterans Day Holiday.

Student Work on Exhibit at SJB Art Fair 

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Breakfast with Santa Ticket Orders

Here is your first chance to complete a ticket order for Breakfast with Santa, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Fill out a ticket order now to make sure that you get your seats for the 8:30 am or 10:30 am session. Send your form to Tanya Pittas at

Breakfast with Santa is a major event sponsored each year by the Home and School Association and a highlight of the Christmas season for school families, alumni, and parish families. Volunteers have already begun meeting and will be gathering in the gym this Sunday both to sell tickets after Mass and to start organizing the decorations. There are many opportunities for participating in this fantastic event from helping with ticket sales, donating to the Secret Santa Shop, decorating, helping with day-before preparations and assisting on the day of the event. Please consider signing up  for at least one slot. This event will serve several hundred attendees, and it takes many volunteers to make it a great event. The Sign Up instructions are here. Please contact HSA President Rachelle Amador with any questions. She can be reached at Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful community building event.

Permission Form for 6th-8th Grade Elves and Characters

Please send your completed form to the school office. 

Donations for the Secret Santa Shop

Thank you to those who’ve already signed up to donate gifts! We’re still looking for more and are accepting them until 11/29. Please drop off items at the school office and drop a note about it to Crystal Vinson ( / 240-997-3650) or Jen Margiotta ( / 240-432-6478) for pickup. Many thanks for your generosity.

Apply Now for Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance applications are now being received by the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW).

To apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-20 school year, go to the Catholic Schools tuition assistance information page.

The deadline is Saturday, Dec. 1.

All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese.

Completion of an Archdiocesan (ADW) application is a requirement for families seeking parish or school assistance.

Last year, 41 students received ADW tuition assistance awards for a total of $37,380 for the current school year. That's $911 per ADW award.

An additional $21,100 was awarded through school and parish tuition assistance accounts, which are funded by contributions.

Tell Your Friends About SJB 

Tell a Potential SJB Family About Us!

Car Magnets and Stickers Available in the Office... Just Ask

Open House Flyers Are Coming Soon...

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Coding Club Begins in Two Weeks



Order Girl Scout Pies Here


Here is the Girl Scout order form.

Makeup Picture Day is Thursday, Nov. 15

Students may come to school dressed up and out of uniform if they are having a makeup picture taken.

Do You Need to Update Your Virtus Certification?

If you became Virtus certified in 2013 or earlier, you will need to update your volunteer certification by getting a new background check. The process doesn't take long. Call Martha Kerley in the Parish Office at 301-622-1122 and schedule a background check. Bring two government ID's for your appointment, and you should be finished in under 10 minutes. The new background check became necessary when the Archdiocese Child Protection Office started using a more advanced digital background check system in December of 2013. Thank you for your cooperation in the name of child safety.

Sign Up For Lunch Duty 

The lunch-duty signup link can be found on the Volunteer page and on the School Lunch page.

Here is the direct link  to sign up for lunch duty.

Just follow the link, select an available date, select an available classroom, and then sign up for the open slot.

There's no need to register.

Steps in Process of Re-Enrolling Children

1. Make registration payment of $500, which counts toward next year's tuition, when you re-register on TADS in January.

2. Complete re-registration for each child (but just one $500 payment).

3. Complete the parish verification form in March and send it to the school office. It is parish policy that this form must be completed each year for a parish discount.

4. Complete Tuition Agreement in April.

  • Email from TADS will contain link to tuition payment proposals
  • Respond to email by following link to TADS to review tuition payment proposals
  • Contact Karen Kuzemka in Parish Office if you have a question about the tuition you've been charged. Please note that credit for tuition assistance may be applied after the agreement has been submitted.
  • Select the tuition payment proposal you prefer and accept the agreement.
  • Register Now for SJB Intramural Basketball Leagues K-8th

    Registration for SJB Intramural Basketball is now open for all students in grades K-8th. The grades 3rd-6th Boys League, informally referred to as the Starbucks League, will play Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 8. The Grades 3rd-6th Girls League will also start on Dec. 7 or 8. The Co-ed League for 7th and 8th graders will be held on either Friday or Saturday nights beginning the weekend of Dec. 7. Kids in grades K-2nd 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! It's fun and it brings the SJB Community together. All intramural games will be played in the SJB gym. The leagues are open to all grade appropriate students, parishioners, and any age appropriate player from any other school. Register or learn more at SJB Athletics. Let's hoop it up, SJB!

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