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

Principal's Note 1/8/20


SJB Gala will be Saturday, March 28 

The date is on our calendar. Mark it on your calendar. Watch this space for details.

Catholic Schools Week Is Around the Corner

Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year, Catholic Schools Week will begin on Jan. 26 and end on Feb. 1. At SJB, students and school families celebrate with activities throughout the week. The highlight comes on Thursday, Jan. 30, when we have Family Open House followed by Family Mass & Lunch. Parents are invited to spend the morning of Thursday, Jan. 30, with their children in their classrooms from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Family Mass begins at 10:45 am. After Mass, everyone goes to the gym for a family lunch. Please see the Family Lunch Order Form.

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Kids' Night Bingo

Kids' Night Bingo is planned for Friday, Jan. 31, near the end of Catholic Schools Week. Go to the Gold Folder page for more information on Bingo.

Father-Daughter Dance

The SJB Father-Daughter Dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 29. There's more information, including the Father-Daughter Dance Ticket Order Form, on the Gold Folder page.

Cardboard Challenge is Jan. 17

Mrs. Irwin needs at least two parents with trucks to help bring the unused cardboard to the Rockville recycling center. Students and teachers will help load the cardboard at the conclusion of the Cardboard Challenge construction phase. The loading should begin around 11 am and end by 11:30 am.

If you can help, please contact Mrs Irwin at We would be grateful for your help.

Note: Please Send Cardboard Boxes on the Morning of the Event -- Friday, Jan. 17

Mid-Terms Start for Middle School Students

Mid-term exams start on Thursday for middle-school students and continue into next week. Exam dates and times are on the SJB Google Calendar and SJB website calendar

Students in 5th-8th grades take mid-term exams at SJB. The purpose is to improve learning and prepare our students for a requirement of Catholic high schools and most colleges. The intensity of mid-term exams is gradually increased through the middle-school years. Students in 5th grade have exams in only two subjects: language arts and math. In 5th and 6th grades, mid-term exams are generally more like unit tests. In 7th and 8th grades, students take extensive two-hour exams in Spanish, social studies, math, science, religion, language arts-literature, and language arts-English. 

Teachers provide students with mid-term exam guides before Christmas and lead a review of the content of the tests in the week leading up to the test. Each day this week, during 20-minute homeroom, we've had "office hours." During "office hours," all teachers remain in their classrooms. Students in 5th-8th grades are encouraged to visit a teacher to seek specific extra help in preparation of a mid-term test. The idea is based on "professor's office hours" -- the designated time periods that university professors are available to college students. 

School Board & H.S.A. Meeting Jan. 13 at 7 pm

School Board and HSA meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on Monday, Jan. 13, in the school library. 

Open House For Potential New Families Tonight!

SJB is where you feel you belong. We'd like other children and families to come to a school and community where they feel they belong.

There will be an Open House tonight for parents who are interested in bringing their children to SJB for a quality, Catholic-school education. New families are invited to tour the school from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

We are looking for parents to lead tours of the school. We will provide written "talking points" for the tour. We could use your help even if it's  just for the first half-hour or hour of the Open House. Most families arrive right at the start.

Also, on Friday, Jan. 24, there will be a morning open house for prospective new families. Parents are welcome to tour the school from 9 am to 10:30 am. 

If you can help as a tour guide, please call Mrs. Baugher at the school office at 301-622-3076, and we'll have talking points, a name tag, and tour-guide packet ready for you.  

Here's our Open House flyer. Please feel free to share it with someone you can envision at SJB. 
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School Directory Inadvertently Posted and Then Removed

Last April, a parent notified us that images of last year’s school directory appeared on the website, We contacted the Catholic Schools Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Washington and received guidance on getting Yumpu to remove the document. Yumpu was cooperative and complied with our request, and the images were removed right away. About a week ago, a parent notified us that images of the same directory were up on Yumpu. We contacted Yumpu and learned that there were two versions of the directory images from a single Yumpu user. We were not aware of the second version when we contacted Yumpu last April, and Yumpu’s representative said Yumpu was not aware of the other version either. The document had 20 views before the school administration began looking into the issue last week (and 80 views when Yumpu removed it a few days later). The directory posting was accidental, not systemic. SJB has taken steps to ensure that it won’t happen again. 

Directory Accessible on Parent Portal

The school directory is accessible to families through the password-protected Parent Portal. School parents may view a staff directory, parent directory, or student victory using the Parent Portal on their computers or by using the Parent Plus app on their phones.


Christmas Program and Nativity Play Videos Are On Portal

Links and password information for the 2019 Christmas Program and Pre-K Nativity Play are on the Parent Portal in School Links and Files.

Thank you, Kevin Trebel (Katelyn 7th), for making the videos.

Order Thursday Hot Lunch for 3rd Quarter

Now is the time to complete your Thursday Hot Lunch Order Form for the 3rd Quarter. The deadline is Jan. 17. See the dates of the lunches on the menu below. 

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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

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.


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