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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
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Principal's Note 12/3/19

Breakfast With Santa is Saturday Morning!

After a Thanksgiving Break, we started our week with an Advent wreath lighting and prayer in the gym. We'll end the week with Breakfast with Santa, one of our most beloved events.

Breakfast with Santa $10 ticket sales are being extended until tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 4).
Find order forms here. Or, go to the Gold Folder page. Print and complete a form and send it with payment to the school office in an envelope marked "Breakfast with Santa."
There are two sessions of Breakfast with Santa, which takes place the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7. The first session starts at 8:30 am, and the second session starts at 10:30 am.
The event is planned and organized by school parents who rely on volunteer help. The organizers still need help for Saturday's event.
Please use this link or click on the SignUp Genius button on the Gold Folder page to volunteer.
 

Tuition Assistance Deadline is Friday

Please make sure that you complete your tuition-assistance application this week. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 6.

Remember that applying for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese is a requirement for receiving assistance through the parish, as it allows the parish and school to determine need.

To apply, log in to your TADS account and go to the Financial Aid tab.

Archdiocesan assistance is available to Catholic school students in grades PreK-12. Assistance is based on financial need, which families must show each year. The Archdiocese reviews applications over the winter and, in March, awards grants for the following (2020-21) school year.

Please note that a parent may complete one form for all children in a family, whether they are elementary school students or high school students, even if they attend different schools.

The Archdiocese awarded $6.1 million to about 8,000 students last year.

Check the tuition assistance website for information, or log in to your TADS account and go to the Financial Aid tab.

Please Read the Letter from the SJB Christmas Fund Committee

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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.

Teachers have been working with students on their Christmas Program performances, and rehearsals will pick up as we get closer to the show.

 

Students Appreciate Ugandan Drums

SJB held its third cultural arts presentation of the school year just before Thanksgiving. Ssuuna, a versatile artist specializing in songs and music from Uganda, entertained students in preschool through 8th grade. Ssuuna performed with several instruments including the endinkidi, engalabi, and kalimba. A highlight came when several students joined the talented artist for a song.

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Students previously were treated to presentations by the Howard University American Sign Language organization and Baba Bomani, a hip-hop artist and educator who told the story of American history hero Frederick Douglass. On Friday, Dec. 13, a musical performance -- Bach to Rock -- will come to SJB.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8:30 am and 10:30 am -- Breakfast with Santa

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

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                                                      Start of Christmas Vacation

Square 1 Art Orders Are In!

Thank you for participating in this fundraiser and supporting your budding artists! Orders will be sent home with children (or oldest sibling) over the next few days. If you prefer to pick it up from Mrs. Leishear in the Art Room personally, please contact her ASAP at Chrissy.Leishear@sjbsilverspring.org
 

Help SJB By Delivering Open House Flyers

Can You Deliver to Child Care Center or Nursery School?

There are two stacks of Open House flyers and postcards by the front door of the school house. Let us know how many you need, and we will send them home with your child.

Here's a list of places to deliver flyers.

Become an SJB Parent Ambassador

We are looking for school parents to do any of the following:
  • Deliver Flyers and/or Postcards to child care centers and nursery schools 
  • Give tours to families during Open Houses 
  • Write short thank you notes to families who come to Open Houses 
  • Follow up with phone calls to new parents 
If you can help in any way, please go to this sign-up page and write your name under the volunteer job you'd be interested in doing.
 
Merianne Spencer (Alicia 3, Saria 1, Luci PK), our school board representative and Communication Chair, will help coordinate the Parent Ambassadors. 
 
The Open House postcard and flyer are available by the school office.
Tour Guides will receive guidance on what to do and say.
Letter writers will receive stationery and suggested notes.
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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 MCPS has a 2-hour delay, SJB has a 2-hour delay. If MCPS closes early for snow, SJB closes early for snow. Please make a contingency plan if snow or ice is in the forecast. If an early closing decision is made, please arrange for your child to be picked up early if from school. If SJB closes early, After Care and after-school activities will be cancelled.  No child will be left unattended at SJB, but please consider that decisions to close school are made for the safety of children and school staff. 

Archdiocesan Catholic Schools must follow a major jurisdiction on weather-related school closings as a matter of policy. 

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 a school-closing decision by text, email and SJBSilverSpring Twitter

Communication to parents works only when family contact information is correct. Please make sure that you have correct email addresses and mobile phone numbers for Parent/Guardian 1 and Parent/Guardian 2 on your Household page in TADS. You can change household information through Edit Household 

The TADS Household page is a source of contact data for school email lists, the Rediker Parent Portal, the text-alert service, and the annual Family Directory. If you update your email address on TADS, please also notify the school secretary by email (georgine.baugher@sjbsilverspring.org) so that we can update the class email list.  

If you need help finding or updating the TADS Household information, call the parent hotline at 612-548-3320 from 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays.

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.
 

Newcomer 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 so graciously supported these students in the past 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, for more information. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Office in the Kazista Center.

 
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