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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Jan
16

Principal's Note 1/17/18

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is approaching, and we plan to celebrate at SJB with a combination of fun, spirit, service, family and prayer.  

It begins on Monday, Jan. 29, with Student Appreciation Day and Spirit Day. Students may come to school out of uniform and wearing their SJB spirit wear.  

On Tuesday, students will partner with their buddy classes for a buddy activity. 

On Wednesday, we will form a Living Rosary in the church and pray the Rosary together. Before we say the Rosary, students will hear from a representative of a Solar Grid Service Project in Puerto Rico that our school is supporting with hurricane relief aid.  

Our most eventful day of Catholic Schools Week is Thursday, Feb. 1. Parents are invited to the school for our Open House from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Many parents come to the school for this annual tradition, and the children always love to have their parents join them in the classroom. At 10:45 am, we go to Family Mass together.  The Mass is hosted by the 2nd grade.  After Family Mass, we will have a Family Lunch in the gymnasium. Please order  your family lunch now because we will not be able to take orders on the day of the event.

Friday is Roll Out of Bed & Read Day, which means students may come to school wearing their pajamas. Of course, we will have reading time in the morning. Our annual Basketball Foul Shot Contest takes place at 10:45 am. The school day ends with noon dismissal.  

On Friday night, many SJB kids will return for Friday Night Bingo at 6:30 pm. Here's the order form for Bingo.

Bingo is Next Friday

If your child is going to Bingo Night next Friday, you must order ahead. There will be no sales at the door.

Here is the order form.

Bingo is planned and coordinated entirely by parent volunteers. All students are welcome to Bingo Night on Friday, Feb. 2. It begins at 6:30 pm in the gym. Students in 2nd grade and below must have a parent supervising them. 

Here is all of the information from parent coordinator Courtney Gardner (Tess 8th, Jillian 6th):

Join your friends and classmates on Friday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9 pm for Kids’ Night Bingo. There will be a wonderful collection of prizes for Bingo winners, and there will be snacks and consolation prizes for everyone. New this year: Pizza is available, and all snacks are individually wrapped for germ control.

Pizza must be pre-ordered. It is $2/slice. Please order the pizza and water on the order form with your bingo tickets and don't forget to specify plain or pepperoni. Those who have ordered pizza may come as early as 6 pm to eat. 

All students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade are welcome. Students in pre-k to 2nd grade must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $5 per student (checks payable to SJB HSA).  Additional bingo packs may be purchased for $5/pack! If your child wishes to play more than one pack, your child may purchase up to two additional packs (for a max of 3) for $5/pack. Please remember, tickets will not be sold at the door.

Revised Exam Schedule

The mid-term exam schedule has been revised due to the snow day. Here is the exam schedule for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. If there is a 2-hour delay on Thursday, morning exams will start at 10:15 am.

6th 

-- social studies and math exams on Thursday

-- religion exam on Monday

7th  

-- religion and LA/English exams on Thursday

-- math exams on Monday

8th

-- LA/English and religion exams on Thursday

-  math exams on Monday

Cardboard Challenge is Friday

Students participating in the Cardboard Challenge may bring in cardboard Thursday and Friday. Please hold the cardboard in homeroom until Friday. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to haul off the cardboard when the challenge ends at 11 am.

SJB Open House for Potential New Parents is Friday, Jan. 26

Please spread the word to any interested families. Here is an Open House flyer to send out. We anticipate openings in Pre-K through 3rd grade, but we encourage everyone to apply. It's free, and it's pretty straightforward. Just look for Application under Admissions on our website.
 
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Arts & Academics Judges Needed

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Here is the form for judges.

Upcoming Service Projects

Bake Sale for Puerto Rico Relief

The SJB Student Council is planning a Valentine Day Bake Sale on Feb. 12 for the Solar Grid Project in Puerto Rico.

Lenten Project for Martha's Table

Students and teachers will make sandwiches again this year for Martha's Table on March 23 before we go up to the church for Stations of the Cross.

Intramural Volleyball 

Registration for SJB Intramural Volleyball is open for boys and girls in grades 6-8.  This is a relaxed atmosphere where we work on basic skills for the first part of the season and then some game situations towards the end of the season.  Our goal is for the kids to have the skills to be able to try out for their JV Volleyball teams in high school.  Come out and practice with us on Sunday nights from 6-7:30, it's a fun time with your friends before the start of the week! Here is the volleyball flyer.

Father-Daughter Dance 

The Father-Daughter Dance is February 24, 2018 from 7 - 10 p.m. in the SJB Gym.  Please join us for this special night to celebrate our SJB girls!  There will be excellent music provided by our DJ, delectable desserts, and photos to keep.  Father stand-ins are welcome:  Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, or even Moms!  This is a school/parish/SJB alum event so please help us spread the word - all ages welcome!  Planning is underway and we'd love more help.  Please contact Kathleen Langan if you can help out with this event at kathleenschooley@yahoo.com  Stay tuned for ticket information, coming soon! 

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 Flu Season Caution

1. Stay home when you are sick.  Keep your kids home when they are sick.  Students must be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.  

2. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough  

3. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer 

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

5. Practice other good health habits. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Place a napkin or paper towel on the desk before eating lunch!

School Play Calendar

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Hot Lunch Orders Due Friday

Hot Lunch Order Form For 3rd Quarter

Family Lunch Order Form  (Please Order Separately for Family Lunch Next Thursday, Feb. 1)

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Mark Your Calendar For Family Lunch on Feb. 1

Families eat together in the gym after 10:45 Mass

It's a celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

It's Open House all morning -- 8:30 to 10:30 am -- for school parents.

Free Throw Contest Hosted by Knights of Columbus

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Here is the order form for the free throw contest.

Join Science, Stem, Coding, Chess After School Clubs

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 Register here for after-school science club by Friday, January 26

 

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Police are patrolling and have ticketed drivers for speeding and failing to fully stop at stop signs.

Thank you for helping us to remain good neighbors to our friends on Brantford, Lima, Downs, Venice and Buckley.

 

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