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

Principal's Note 1/19/22

Enrollment Deadline For Returning Students is Tuesday

Enrolling is important for you and for the health of the school:

  • It reserves a place in the classroom for your child for next year.
  • It tells the school how many applicants can be accepted in each grade.
  • It gives the school information for staffing, supplying, and budgeting.

Please remember to enroll your child for the 2022-23 school year on TADS by Tuesday, January 25. You must enroll each child, but there is just one registration fee per family. If you have questions about enrolling on TADS, call the family support line at 612-548-3320 from 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. Thank you for your cooperation and support for SJB.

SJB Health & Safety Update 

There are two students out for Covid-19. There are no teachers out for Covid-19. 

Since Christmas...

  • 23 students have tested positive for Covid-19
  • 16 of the 23 students tested positive before they came back to school from Christmas break
  • 9 of the 23 students tested positive after a sibling tested positive and they stayed home to quarantine
  • 3 students -- one each in Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 8th grade - returned to school and tested positive after experiencing symptoms

Contact tracing determined that there were no close contacts in school, and all three students completed isolation and returned to school when their symptoms were gone.

In the past two weeks, one staff member tested positive for Covid-19, completed isolation, and returned to school.

Two staff members tested positive before returning to school from the Christmas break. Both returned a week on January 10.

Additional staff members were absent for bereavement and illnesses unrelated to Covid-19. Because it's been hard to get substitute teachers, many staff members performed many different duties.

SJB's pandemic policy was updated to reflect new guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and state and county health departments. The policy was updated in consultation with the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington, the SJB nurse and consulting pediatrician. The policy can be found under the "About" tab on the SJB website.

Coming Up at SJB  

Wednesday, January 19       Timkat Ethiopian & Eritrean Orthodox Celebration 

Friday, January 21                Pizza lunch for those who ordered 

Tuesday, January 25            Last day to register for 2022-23

Monday, January 31            Start of Catholic Schools Week 

Tuesday, February 1            Start of Black History Month 

                                                SJB Spirit Wear Day 

                                                1:30-2:30  Black History Month Jeopardy 

Wednesday, February 2       Candlemas – Blessing of Candles 

                                                 10:30 am – Blessed Sacrament Procession  

                                                                   - Blessing of Classrooms by Father Nathanael 

                                                                   - Adoration in Church Grades 6-8                 

Thursday, February 3           Pizza Lunch for all students 

Friday, February 4                  9-11 am Roll Out of Bed & Read  

                                                 11 am Foul Shot Contest 


Chess Club Needs A Few More Members

After-school chess club is set to begin on January 29. There are currently seven students registered, and Chess Wizards needs 10 students for a class. Here is the flyer for Chess Club. 


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