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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Nov
8

Principal's Note 11/8/17

Report cards went home in an envelope with each child today, and we expect to see many parents over the next two days at parent-teacher conferences. This is the first year that we have scheduled nighttime parent-teacher conferences with child supervision available. We hope the night option offers our parents more opportunity for participation.

The conferences at school are tightly scheduled. The teachers have been asked to keep them on schedule so that everyone has a chance to meet. Thank you in advance for cooperating with them.

The Second Quarter Can Be a Fresh Start

As educators, we are much more interested in growth than with excellence. The 2nd quarter of school started on Monday. The start of a new quarter presents each student with a fresh chance and the opportunity to improve. The opportunity must be grabbed at the start and followed consistently for nine weeks before the results are seen. No one here claims it's easy to boost performance in school, especially with expectations rising and content becoming more challenging. Still, it is done by all kinds of students all the time. It can be done.

Financial Aid Application Deadline is Dec. 1

You may apply for financial assistance by logging in to your TADS account (the website is http://mytads.com) and clicking on Financial Aid Assessment. Make sure that your application is for school year 2017-18.

Awards will be announced in March and the money awarded will go toward tuition in the 2018-18 school year. Applying for archdiocesan financial assistance is an important factor in our decision to award parish tuition assistance, as well. The Archdiocesan financial assistance page has more information.

Start of School Switches Back in 2018

Next year, the first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, before the Labor Day weekend.

After moving the first day of school to the Tuesday after Labor Day in 2017, following the Maryland governor's lead, Catholic schools in Montgomery County have elected to switch back to a pre-Labor Day start in 2018.

Next Parent Series Meeting Is on Technology

Parents are welcome to attend a meeting on the school's technology integration program at 6:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 20, in the library. The technology meeting will be the third Parent Series meeting this year. We have already hosted open parent meetings with math teachers and language arts teachers.

Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 2

Here's the flyer for one of our most popular events of the year, Breakfast with Santa.

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Here's the letter that went home in late October from Breakfast with Santa chair Kristine Ribas (Anna 3rd, Caitlyn 5th).

Tickets will be sold for $12 per person, with no charge for children 5 and under. Tickets will be sold after 9 am and 10:30 am Masses on Sunday in the SJB gym.  Or, contact Tanya Pittas at 571-214-2352 or tipittas@gmail.com. 

H.S.A. to Meet Nov. 20

The Home School Association will meet at 7:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 20, in the school library. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed new structure of School Advisory Board.

Candy Collection for a Good Cause

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer clinics help the youngest in need. During the children's visit they look forward to little treats like candy. If you have any left over Halloween candy or bags please consider donating it. The candy container is by the principal's door in the school office till November 14.  Thanks for helping!!

Nov. 14 Picture Day for Those Who Were Absent -- If your child was absent on picture day or needs to have his or her picture retaken, Freed Photography will be here on Tuesday, November 14. If the student is having a picture taken, the student may dress up and be out of uniform.

Register Now for SJB Intramural Basketball Leagues K-8th -- Registration for SJB Intramural Basketball is open for all students in grades K-8. The grades 3-6 boys league will play Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 9. The grades 3rd-6th girls league will also start on Dec. 9 at midday. The co-ed League for 7th and 8th graders will be held on either Friday or Saturday nights beginning the weekend of Dec. 8. Kids in grades K-2 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! All intramural games will be played in the SJB gym. The leagues are open to all grade-appropriate students, including non-SJB parishioners. Register or learn more at SJB Athletics. Let's hoop it up, SJB!

Here is the basketball flyer

New to Girl Scouts?  Girls are welcome to join Girl Scouts anytime! To find an SJB troop or a troop local to you, please contact Lisa Jacksonat laj_jackson@yahoo.com or 240-381-6325. 

4th Annual Girl Scout Thanksgiving Fundraiser  -- Troop 3693 is doing their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Homemade Pies Fundraiser, 11/17 is the last day to order! You may also order and pay online here: http://bit.ly/GSPies - 1 for $20 / 2 for $35 / $14 each additional pie thereafter. Choose from a 10" extra large Double Crust Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Pumpkin, Pecan, and Chocolate Cream. Checks may be made out to “Troop 3693” and orders sent in via Carmela García in 7th grade. You choose SJB pick up or home delivery. Please contact Margarita Gaetan at mgaetangs@gmail.com or 301-642-1281 if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the Troop 3693 fundraiser!GSPiesFundraiser2017.jpg

Here is the flyer.

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