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

Principal's Note 2/13/18

Parents, Please Consider Judging Arts & Academics 

Please consider judging the students' science or art projects and presentations on the evening of Tuesday, March 6. The success of our Arts & Academics festival depends on the willingness of outside judges to evaluate students' oral presentations. So far, we've had a small response to our call for judges. If you can help to support this academic effort, please complete the A&A form for judges and send it back to the school office in the Gold Folder.

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School Notes:

  • No school on Friday, Feb. 15, for the SJB faculty retreat
  • Students attend Ash Wednesday liturgy at 8:30 am on Wednesday, Feb. 14 -- parents are welcome
  • Families interested in SJB are invited to the March 21 Wednesday Walk with the principal at 8:30 am -- ask them to call the office first
  • No school on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • Please remember to register by March 2 to secure your spot in the classroom and help us plan enrollment for 2018-19
  • Thank you for participating in our unique 8th grade Valentine tradition
  • Creative writing entries may be submitted to the ballot box in the front hallway. Here is the entry form. Judging will be March 14, and winners will be announced April 11. Please let us know if you are willing to read entries and be a judge.

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Here's the Winning SJB T-Shirt Design 

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Congratulations, 8th grader Nubiya Matlock! Nubiya is SJB's T-shirt design winner!  With 41 creative entries, the contest was not easy to judge. Runners-up were Rico Chapa in Kindergarten, Darya Zalalutdinov and Quinn Langan in the 4th grade. Nubiya captured the school's spirit -- and its four pillars -- in her jaguar design, which will be featured on this year's T-shirt. Order forms for the T-shirts are coming soon. Thank you to all of the student participants, Kathleen Langan (Riley 8th, Aidan 6th, Quinn 4th) for coordinating the contest, and Mrs. Leishear for judging.

Please Consider Service on the School Board

Please consider volunteering for service on the the school board or nominating another parent for the school board by using this nominations form.

Complete the form and return it to the school office in the Gold Folder. The SJB School Advisory Board and Home School Association are being restructured to improve efficiency and reduce duplication.

Spring Gala Date: April 21

Please reserve the night of Saturday, April 21, for the SJB Spring Gala. It is our one major fundraiser of the year, and it is always a fun night for our parents to get together. Look soon for ticket information and auction items. We will be looking for great ideas -- vacations, dinners, treats, services, lessons -- to put up for sale.

Substitute Band Director Takes Over Temporarily

Band students will play their instruments under the direction of Mr. Doug Harvey while Mrs. Tifford takes several weeks of maternity leave. Mr. Harvey comes to us from the Archdiocesan Music Program. Please let us know if you have any questions for him, and we will do our best to try to handle his communication to parents.

Parent Series on Resource Program Will Be March 5

The Parent Series on our Resource Program has been rescheduled for Monday, March 5, from 7 to 8 pm. The originally scheduled event was called off for weather last week.

All school parents are welcome to attend the parent meeting, which will include a presentation on SJB's resource program by resource director Lisa Case. Parents will have the opportunity to ask Mrs. Case and other SJB resource staff members questions about the program. 

The SJB resource program aims to provide extra support for students with specific learning needs. The meeting will take place in room 8. 

Spring Play Schedule Depends on Role in Cast

The spring play rehearsal and practice schedule is posted on the school calendar and copied below. Specific cast members are expected to attend specific rehearsals based on this cast list and the spring play plan.

Cast members are not expected to attend all rehearsals!

To find out when you have rehearsal, do the following:

1. check the cast list for your character

2. check the spring play plan to see if your character is called in section 1, 2, or 3

3. check the calendar below (and on the Gold Folder page) to see if your section has been called to rehearsal

 The rehearsal schedule below offers even more specific information about the parts of the play that will be rehearsed. It is the student's responsibility to learn parts, sections, songs and characters of the play.

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Practices are 3 to 5 pm in the Lyon Center.

Exceptions are Thursday, Feb. 15, Thursday, Feb. 22, when play practice will be from 4 to 5 pm, right after band practice. Students who have been called to play rehearsal -- but who are not in band -- will have a study hall from 3 to 4 pm.

Members of the stage crew have practice on Fridays.

The spring play rehearsal and practice schedule is posted on the school calendar and copied below.


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Summer Camp at SJB -- If your kids have enjoyed the after-school STEM clubs, they'll love  the summer camps planned for SJB this summer from June 25 to the start of August. To find out more, go to this website.   

SJB will have its traditional one-week Summer Camp from June 18 to June 22. Camp information will go home in the Gold Folder later in the spring.

Father-Daughter Dance


Father-Daughter Dance is around the corner!  This Friday (2/16) is the LAST day to order corsages for the dance!  Tickets can still be purchased until  Feb. 23.  The dance is February 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the SJB Gym.  We need bakers to sign up for desserts for the dance - please use the Sign Up Genius and "think pink" for your desserts - Pinterest has great pink dessert ideas!  Tickets can be purchased online online at Father Daughter Dance 2018 or with the order form.  Don't miss this special night to celebrate our girls!  There will be excellent music provided by our DJ, delectable desserts, and photos to keep.  Plus:  Every daughter in attendance will have a chance to win several prizes, including a $50 gift certificate to True Nail Spa.  Corsages may be picked up 2/23 at dismissal or at the dance.  Father stand-ins are welcome:  Brothers, Cousins, 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.  We also need volunteers to help with dance set up/help during/and clean up - thanks in advance for making this event a success! Questions contact Kathleen Langan at  


Sign Up Genius for Dance (for help with decorating, donating goodies, and cleaning up)


Online Order form for tickets and corsages (corsage orders will not be accepted after Friday, February 16th): Father Daughter Dance 2018

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Bake Sale Raises $500 for Puerto Rico

Bake Sale for Puerto Rico Relief -- The SJB Student Council Bake Sale raised more than $500 for a Solar Grid Project in Puerto Rico. Congratulations, SJB students, on your hard work for this worthy project.

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.

Yearbook Ads - Due February 16

Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Share favorite childhood photos, stories, and more with a personal message that will be printed in the yearbook and treasured forever.

Promote your business with an ad! Your presence in the year-book will create awareness for your company, as well as support SJB.

See flyer  for details and instructions.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Leishear at

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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.

Register now for the 2018 Spring Silver Spring Girls Lacrosse Season

We still have spots on our Scoopers (Kindergarten) and 1st/2nd grade team. We are thrilled to announce our 3rd-8th grade teams are full.  

Go here to register.

Approximate Dates- Mid-March-May 2018 (Seven weeks total)

They will meet once a week.  Practice date and location hasn't been finalized - typically in the Four Corners area. 

First three weeks will focus on skills drills and instruction. Controlled game play after week four!  

Perfect for beginners!  Skills & Drills and station work are the primary focus to prepare pre-k and kindergarten players for actual gameplay.    

Fee: $125.00

1st/2nd Grade Team

These team practices once a week in the spring season.  Practice date and location hasn't been finalized - typically in the Four Corners area. 

We are committed to training these young girls so they learn the proper skills and fundamentals and have fun! 

Games will be played on Sunday afternoons from March 25-May 20. 

No prior experience necessary.   

Fee: $225.00 plus $45 for those who order/need a uniform

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