Second Grade Leads Celebration of African-American History Month
Each day in February, after the morning prayer, two 2nd-grade students lead the school in a short game of "Who am I?"
After reading the accomplishments of great African-American people in history, the students pose the question -- Who am I? -- and then follow up with the correct answer: I am ...
It's a recognition of important African-Americans in our history. And it's good for our young students to present to a large audience.
The hand-shaped Who am I? cards are posted on a bulletin board in the main hall.
Aladdin Jr. Bake Sale
Support the spring play production of Aladdin Jr. by purchasing baked goods this Thursday, February 27th, at the Aladdin Bake Sale Fundraiser. Bring 50 cents ($0.50) to purchase a brownie, cupcake, or cookie during Hot Lunch in the main lobby outside the office. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of props, costumes, and an elaborate backdrop for the production!!
SJB Begins Work on Strategic Plan
Over the past few months, teams of SJB faculty members have worked in consultation with school board members on the formation of a strategic plan. Still in its early stage, the plan should be complete by January 2021.
Team members have asked teachers and school board members for their input on the school's strengths and weaknesses (areas in which there's potential for growth) and have used the responses, along with other data sources, to start writing short-term and long-term goals for the school.
The teams have drawn data from the results of surveys of school parents taken in the spring and fall of 2019, the results of student surveys taken in the fall of 2019, the results of faculty surveys taken in the fall of 2019, the results of surveys of SJB graduates taken most recently in January 2020, along with several other sources of data on enrollment, recruitment, budgeting, and testing.
Eventually, the data and goals will become part of a Strategic Plan that will guide our school for the next five years. The school has followed the development-model set by the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington, which adopted a Strategic Plan for all Catholic schools in 2018. The model includes seeking the participation of school stakeholders: pastor, students, parents, teachers, staff members, parishioners.
The school will seek the participation of the school community as the plan begins to take shape and specific choices of direction become clearer.