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

Principal's Note 12/17/19

Christmas Program

We hope to see everyone for the Christmas Program on Thursday night, Dec. 19. It will begin at 7 pm in the Church, but students should come to their classrooms at 6:30 pm. Students should arrive dressed according to the guide, What To Wear, which appears below.

There's a dress rehearsal at 10:30 AM on Wednesday (Dec. 18). Parents and family members are welcome to watch. The Wednesday matinee has traditionally been a popular show with grandparents.

Teachers will lead classes from their classrooms to the gym at 6:50 pm. Students will come with their classes into the church at 7 pm. The procession of students will go through the side and center aisles of the church, so it is important that church 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. Reserved pews will be marked. 

Seating for Families 

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

Dismissal and Reception in the Gym after the Program

After the program, all children will be dismissed from the church and will return with their teachers 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 children will sit with their parents right after their song.

Students in grades 3-8 will come to the gym with their classes, led by their teachers. 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 for the reception.

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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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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




SJB Art Club Helps Those in Need

Seventh Grade Art Club students used their artistic skills to help those struggling in our local community. They painted and decorated keepsake boxes for breast cancer patients and survivors in hopes of lifting their spirits and bringing them comfort during a time of healing. The students wrote messages of encouragement, made a beaded bracelet and filled their box with cozy socks, peppermints and tissues with inspirational messages on them. The boxes were donated to For 3 Sisters, a local breast cancer non-profit organization based in Olney.



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Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 29

Save the date for SJB’s Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 29th, 2020. There will be a DJ, dancing, contests/prizes, light refreshments, Photo Booth, crafts and face painting. Don’t miss out on the fun! This event is open to the community, including SJB students, parishioners, and friends. More info to come on early bird tickets with special pricing, corsage pre-purchase information, as well as signup for volunteers and bakers to help with the event. 

Chess Club to Start Again This Winter

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Here is the chess club flyer.

Click on the Flyer to Order School Pictures

If your child missed Picture Day in September or you would like to have a picture retaken, the Make Up day is this Thursday, November 7. Your child may be out of uniform  that day.

SJB Website Available in Vietnamese

Trang web SJB có sẵn để đọc bằng tiếng Việt

SJB Website in Vietnamese: Trang web SJB bằng tiếng Việt

Tìm phiên bản tiếng Việt của trang web theo Tin tức học đường. 
SJB Website Available in Spanish

El sitio web de SJB está disponible para leer en español

SJB Website in Spanish: Sitio web de SJB en español


Feel Free to Tell Your Friends About SJB

Here's our Open House flyer.
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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.

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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