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

Principal's Note 12/10/19


Christmas Program Is Thursday, Dec. 19

Please remember to mark Thursday, Dec. 19, on your calendar. Our annual Christmas Program will begin at 7 pm in the Church.

The school program will include readings and songs by each class. Together, the music and words will tell the story of the Birth of Jesus.

Under the direction of Ms. Lewanika, teachers have been working with students on their Christmas Program performances, and rehearsals have picked up. 

Christmas Program

We hope to see everyone for the Christmas Program on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 pm in the Church.

There are a few procedures to go over before the big show.

Children should meet in their homerooms at 6:30 pm. If they come earlier, they should wait with their parents.  Students should arrive dressed according to the attached guide, What To Wear.

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Teachers will lead classes from their classrooms to the gym at 6:50 pm. Classes, readers, and choir members will form their lines, and the procession into the church will begin at 7:00 pm. The procession will go through the side and center aisles, so it is important that those aisles remain clear.

Students will sit in the transepts, the side seating sections of the church. Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 will be seated in the first four rows of the main section of the church. Teachers and auction/raffle winners have reserved seats in rows 5 and 6.

Seating for Families 

Parents or relatives are welcome to come as early as 6 pm to save seats. Dropping coats on pews to save seats isn't permitted. We will collect unattended coats and hang them up in the church closet some time before the show. 

Reception in the Gym after the Program

After the program, all children will be dismissed from the church and will go back to their classrooms. Parents of students in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 should pick up their children in their classrooms and take them to the gym. Preschool parents will sit with their parents right after their song. The older students will be brought to the gym by their teachers. The parents of students in grades 3-8 can meet their children in the gym. Students are asked to take a drink and no more than two cookies at the reception. Parents, please help us by reminding the children not to run in the gym. It can get crowded, and we expect grandparents to be there.

There also will be a full-dress rehearsal at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, which parents and family members are welcome to watch. The full-dress rehearsal matinee has traditionally been a popular show with grandparents.

SJB Community Service 

Christmas Liturgy and Shower for Baby Jesus

Our school Christmas Liturgy and Shower for Baby Jesus will begin at 10:45 am on Friday, Dec. 20. Shortly after Mass, children will be dismissed at 12 noon for Christmas Vacation. Parents are welcome to come for Mass. Parents who come for Mass should park pick-up style, in line facing the Kazista Center (Library and Kindergarten). Remember there's no After Care on Friday, Dec. 20.

During the Mass, children will bring up items to be blessed as part of the Shower for Baby Jesus. The toys are collected for children of Mary House, a shelter for homeless families and support network for immigrants and refugees. 

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We Hope You Enjoyed Breakfast with Santa

We hope that those of you who came to Breakfast with Santa enjoyed your morning. The gym was decorated beautifully. The breakfast was delicious. The Santa shop was stocked and well-staffed. The pictures with Santa were terrific. The character parade delighted the children.


Stars of the Character Parade Take a Breakfast Break

Thank you to our Breakfast with Santa organizers and to all volunteers who helped. There are too many to name at this point. We're tallying a list. The prep team and kitchen staff worked hard behind the scenes. The marketing, ticket, and sales crew put in weeks of work. 

We made a last-minute plea for cleanup help and received an overwhelming response. When cleanup time came, there were many hands to clear trash, stack tables, rack chairs, and store decorations.

Thank you to Kevin and Kim Trebel (Caitlin 7th) and alumni children Emma and Ryan for coordinating and taking the Santa Clause pictures. Please see the note from Kevin Trebel (below the pictures) about viewing and downloading the Christmas pictures.


Viewing and Downloading Christmas Pictures

You are invited to view photographs from the "SJB BWS 2019" online photo gallery. This link can also be shared with family and friends. Both sessions are available for viewing and downloading to your computer or phone. The photos are divided into the two morning breakfast sessions (8:30 and 10:30) and are captioned with the time each photo was taken to assist in locating your image.

TO DOWNLOAD: After locating an image, click the "download arrow" in the center of the frame just above the photo to download it to your computer in full resolution (approximately 5MB). The original image is UNCROPPED to allow you to crop it as landscape or portrait. Each image is provided to you with full rights for printing, duplication and posting to social media as you deem appropriate (these rights are also conveyed in the metadata associated with the photo).
View the online gallery using this link:
If you have any questions regarding the gallery or download process, please email 
Centerpieces Available -- Thank you for all the support during Breakfast with Santa! We have a few centerpieces left for sale if anyone is interested. They are $10 for three jars, tea lights and a silver or gold base. All money goes to HSA - please just drop off your money in the office and take whatever centerpiece you like off the table across from the office. Merry Christmas! - Courtney Gardner (Jillian 8th) at

Please Read the Letter from the SJB Christmas Fund Committee

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10 am --  Reconciliation for Students in Grades 3-8

Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 pm --  Open House

Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2 pm and 7:00 pm -- Band Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 am -- Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:00 pm --   Christmas Program in Church

Friday, Dec. 20, at 10:45 am --       Christmas Liturgy and Shower for Baby Jesus

Friday, Dec. 20, at 12 Noon -- Half-Day Dismissal

                                                      No After Care

                                                      Start of Christmas Vacation

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There's also information on SJB sports: Intramural Basketball Registration and CYO Basketball Tip-Off Night.
To See Your Child's Portrait, Click on This Flyer
After opening the flyer, click on it again to go to your child's portrait.  The album includes make-up pictures.

Please Drive Carefully in the Neighborhood

Please drive slowly and remember our neighbors as you come and leave at drop-off and pick-up time. 

What We Do When It Snows 

St. John the Baptist follows the decisions of Montgomery County Public Schools regarding school cancellations, delayed openings, and early closings.

If school closes early, After Care and after-school activities will be cancelled. Please arrange for your child to be picked up early from school. I

Communication When School is Closing for Weather

Primary notification will come from Montgomery County Public Schools through the media. Please check a reliable media outlet, such as WTOP closings, for decisions on school closings, or sign up for a weather alert with MCPS 

SJB will notify families of an early school closing decision by text and email. Also, check SJBSilverSpring Twitter

Communication to parents works only when family contact information is correct. Please update email addressed on your TADS Household page. If you update your email address on TADS, please also notify the school secretary by email ( so that we can update the class email list.  

Please Dress Children for Weather

Please send children to school with warm coats, hats, and gloves on cold days. The children will play outside for recess on most cold winter days. If conditions are dangerous or miserable, we will have indoor recess. We do not set a strict temperature point for outdoor recess. We do take seriously the recommendations of our recess monitors. A 24-degree day may be tolerable if it's sunny, and the air is dry and still. A 28-degree day may be intolerable with high winds, cloudy skies, and moisture.
If it is raining in the morning, students will wait inside their classrooms. If it is raining at pick-up time, students will watch for their ride from the 5th and 7th grade classroom windows. If it is raining at mid-day, students will have recess inside, taking turns going to the gym.
Here are other Community Service opportunities at SJB:
Blanket Drive -- Donate new or very gently used, clean, blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, hands and toe warmers to help those in greatest need at Shepherd’s Table. Bring items to Mass the weekend of December 14/15. Volunteer to transport blankets to Shepherd’s Table 8106 Georgia Ave, located in Downtown Silver Spring, Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. Contact Cynthia Norris at 301-622-1122 or
Adopt a Family with children in need for Christmas. Provide toys & dinner.Contact Cynthia Norris at 301-622-1122 or by Friday, December 13.

Immigrant Students in Need of Coats, Hats and Gloves -- Each year, High Point High School has welcomed a new group of immigrant students from Central America. This year, over 120 students will be spending their first winter in the United States. St. John the Baptist has supported the students by providing them with warm winter clothing. High Point is seeking help again this year. Please consider donating new or gently used winter coats, adult sizes small and medium are mostly needed - preferably blue or black. 75% of the students are male, so more men's jackets are needed than women's. Hats and gloves will also be appreciated! This year’s coat drive will run through December. Please call Cynthia Norris 301-622-1122 or email her at, for more information. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Office in the Kazista Center.

 SJB Social Justice

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