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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Jan
24

Principal's Note 1/24/18

 Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated at SJB with a combination of fun, spirit, service, family and prayer.  

It begins on Monday with Student Appreciation Day and Spirit Day. Students may come to school out of uniform and wearing their SJB spirit wear.  

On Tuesday, students will partner with their buddy classes for a buddy activity.

On Wednesday, we will form a Living Rosary in the church and pray the Rosary together at 2:15 pm. Before we say the Rosary, students will hear from a representative of a Solar Grid Service Project in Puerto Rico that our school is supporting with hurricane relief aid.  

Our most eventful day of Catholic Schools Week is Thursday, Feb. 1. Parents are invited to the school for our Open House from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Many parents come to the school for this annual tradition, and the children always love to have their parents join them in the classroom. At 10:45 am, we attend Family Mass together. The Mass is hosted by the 2nd grade.  After Family Mass, we will have a Family Lunch in the gymnasium. Please order  your family lunch now because we will not be able to take orders on the day of the event.

Friday is Roll Out of Bed & Read Day, which means students may come to school wearing their pajamas. Of course, we will have reading time in the morning. Our annual Basketball Foul Shot Contest takes place at 10:45 am.

Parent Survey on Special Education in Catholic Schools

We would like you to respond to a survey  on the education of students with special learning needs in Catholic schools, including SJB. The information you provide will help the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington as it forms instructional and enrollment goals for Catholic Schools over the next five years.

Responses go directly to Maggie Hubbard, the Director for Special Education for the ADW schools, and will be used only by the Catholic Schools Office to help determine policy. Thank you for your cooperation.

Half Day on Feb. 2

As a reminder to everyone, the school day ends with noon dismissal on Friday, Feb. 2.  

On Friday night, many SJB kids will return for Friday Night Bingo at 6:30 pm. Here's the order form for Bingo.

Bingo is Next Friday

If your child is going to Bingo Night next Friday (Feb. 2), you must order ahead. There will be no sales at the door.  Here is the order form for Bingo at $7 per student.

Bingo is planned and coordinated entirely by parent volunteers. All students from pre-k to 8th grade are welcome to come to the gym from 6:30 to 9 pm. Students in 2nd grade and below must have a parent supervising them.

Pizza must be pre-ordered ($2/slice). Please order pizza (specify plain or pepperoni) and water on the Bingo order form. Children with pizza orders may come at 6 to eat. Additional Bingo packs may be purchased for $5/pack (the max is 3 packs per child). 

Student Ingenuity Displayed at Cardboard Challenge

Students in 5th through 8th grades shows tremendous teamwork, creativity and problem-solving skill in the Second Cardboard Challenge.

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SJB Open House for Potential New Parents is this Friday

If you are able to guide tours, please contact the school. Please spread the word to any interested families. Here is an Open House flyer to send out. We anticipate openings in Pre-K through 3rd grade, but we encourage everyone to apply. Filling out an application is free. Look for Application under Admissions on our website.
 
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It's Time to Get Your Eighth Grade Valentines

Support the Class of 2019 with Valentines.

It is a longtime tradition for SJB 8th graders to make Valentines for students in lower grades. The lower-grade students order the Valentines by Feb. 2, receive them by Feb. 7, personalize them and return them to the 8th grade by Feb. 9.

Then, on SJB Valentine's Day (Tuesday, Feb. 13), 8th grade students distribute the Valentines to students all over the school.

The 8th grade students pool the money that they earn and save it for their end-of-year trip to Hershey Park.

Valentines have been done this way at SJB for more than 20 years. Here is your Valentine Order Form.

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Father-Daughter Dance 

Save the Date!  The Father-Daughter Dance is February 24, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the SJB Gym - note the time change to accommodate our younger daughters.  Join us for this special night to celebrate our girls!  There will be excellent music provided by our DJ, delectable desserts, and photos to keep.  Father stand-ins are welcome:  Brothers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, or even Moms!  This is a school/parish/SJB alum event so please help us spread the word - all ages and friends welcome!  This is not a fundraiser - ticket costs cover the event expenses.  Planning is underway and we'd love more help.  Please contact Kathleen Langan if you can help out with this event at kathleenschooley@yahoo.com  Stay tuned for ticket information, coming soon!

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 Arts & Academics Judges Are Needed

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Here is the form for judges.

Upcoming Service Projects

Bake Sale for Puerto Rico Relief

The SJB Student Council is planning a Valentine Day Bake Sale on Feb. 12 for the Solar Grid Project in Puerto Rico.

Lenten Project for Martha's Table

Students and teachers will make sandwiches again this year for Martha's Table on March 23 before we go up to the church for Stations of the Cross.

Intramural Volleyball 

Registration for SJB Intramural Volleyball is open for boys and girls in grades 6-8.  This is a relaxed atmosphere where we work on basic skills for the first part of the season and then some game situations towards the end of the season.  Our goal is for the kids to have the skills to be able to try out for their JV Volleyball teams in high school.  Come out and practice with us on Sunday nights from 6-7:30, it's a fun time with your friends before the start of the week! Here is the volleyball flyer.

 Flu Season Caution

1. Stay home when you are sick.  Keep your kids home when they are sick.  Students must be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.  

2. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough  

3. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer 

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

5. Practice other good health habits. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Place a napkin or paper towel on the desk before eating lunch!

School Play Calendar

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Hot Lunch Orders Due Friday

Hot Lunch Order Form For 3rd Quarter

Family Lunch Order Form  (Please Order Separately for Family Lunch  Thursday, Feb. 1)

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Mark Your Calendar For Family Lunch on Feb. 1

Families eat together in the gym after 10:45 Mass

It's a celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

It's Open House all morning -- 8:30 to 10:30 am -- for school parents.

Join Science, Stem, Coding, Chess After School Clubs

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 Register here for after-school science club by Friday, January 26

 

 

 

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