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

Principal's Note 2/28/18

Arts & Academics Is Next Week

Arts & Academics is a big event at SJB, and it begins next week. On Monday afternoon, teachers will begin setting up displays of student projects in the gym. Set-up will continue on Tuesday with students arriving with their projects throughout the day. Many students will be working through this weekend on completing their projects.

Sixth grade students will make oral presentations before judges on their art/artist/design projects on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, all of the classes will take turns coming to the gym to view the A&A projects. Fifth grade students will deliver state report presentations to 4th grade students, and 7th grade students will give science presentations to 6th grade students.

On Wednesday night from 7 to 8 pm, everyone is welcome as the Arts & Academics festival opens its doors to parents, relatives and friends.

By the time the doors open, the 6th grade and 7th grade projects will have been awarded 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place awards.

Please come to the A&A Festival at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 7, and support all of the students who worked hard on their projects from beginning to end: choosing their topics, researching and reading, writing and rewriting, testing hypotheses, creating eye-catching exhibits and practicing their oral deliveries. Please also remember to take the the projects home with you when you leave.

March Madness Tag Day – Thursday, March 1st! 

On Thursday, March 1st, the SJB Student Council invites students to wear their favorite sports team/basketball gear. Thursday is a full out-of-uniform day with the theme being our favorite professional and college teams. It's March Madness time! 

Students can wear team apparel, team colors, or SJB spirit wear! No shorts, no open toed shoes, no bare shoulders, please. The Student Council asks that students consider a $1-2 donation which will go toward activities such as Movie Day and our spring picnic. Thank you for your support and go, teams, go!

No School Friday

There is no school Friday, March 2, as Catholic school teachers attend professional development training.

Spring Play Schedule 

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

Ensemble means everyone, so if a song or scene calls for the ensemble, all cast members are expected to attend.

To find out if you have a rehearsal...

1. Check the cast list for your character

2. Check the acting section list to see if your character is in the section called. 

3. Check the song list below to see if your character is called.

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School Registration

  • Please remember to register by March 2 to secure your spot in the classroom and help us plan enrollment for 2018-19.

SJB Summer Camps

If your kids enjoy our after-school science and STEM clubs, they'll love the summer camp coming to SJB from June 25 until August. To find out more about it, check your Gold Folder and 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.

Creative Writing Contest Extended to March 5

Here is the entry form for the creative writing contest.

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.

Father-Daughter Dance Was a Big Hit

The Father Daughter Dance was amazing!  Thank you to all of the dads and daughters who came to the dance. We had more than 80 girls dressed to impress!  The gym was transformed into a magical place with glowing lanterns, twinkle lights and lots of pink tulle, and the dance floor was always full of twirling girls.  The homemade treats were scrumptious and chocolate flowed from a fountain.

There were many raffle prize winners thanks to the generosity of LZC jewelry from Lissa Cunningham, True Nail Spa gift certificates from Holly Nguyen, and special candies and teddy bears from the Smith family. Thank you all!!  Additional prizes went to our hoola-hoop contest winners, youngest and oldest daughters in attendance, the closest birthday for an escort and his girl, and the 'Guess How Many Candies' jar. Congratulations to all the winners! 

Good Vibrations provided great music and a photo booth - a link to all those photos is here:  2018 SJB Father Daughter Dance  - Booth

Kevin Trebel lent us his equipment and expertise for a portrait station where everyone had fun striking a pose!  Kevin uploaded all of those photos here:  2018 SJB Father Daughter Dance - Portraits

Special thanks to the members of the planning committee for all the work they did to make the Father-Daughter Dance happen. Thanks, also, to all the bakers, set-up and clean-up crews (please forgive me if I miss any names!):  Kristine Ribas, Jessie Fitzgerald, Heather Ellong, Jeanette Barberena, Ann Harvey, Janine Smith, Kim and Kevin Trebel, Karen Ionata, Jeanine and Chris Regan, Hilary Lappin, Crystal Vinson, Juliet Gasman, Dianne Branch, Jamie Strong, Ginger Slaughter, Mimi TaddesseKarind Brioso, Kira Ebanks, Merianne Spencer, Stephanie Mitjans, Anne Irwin, Holly Hickey, and Tom Klotz and his crew! 

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