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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Mar
14

Principal's Note 3/14/18

 

Great Turnout for Arts & Academics

Many families and friends came out to see the children's projects for Arts & Academics. We are proud of the students for completing projects that, in some cases, required months of preparation. The students in the upper grades (5-8) gave oral reports, and some presented  demonstrations. Completing such a big project is daunting. Public speaking can be frightening. We are proud of the students because they learned the content, prepared well, and overcame real academic challenges. Our A&A goal: that our children learn and grow from their experiences.

Outside judges, including scientists from the nearby Food and Drug Administration, evaluated the projects by scoring visual displays, oral presentations and demonstrations, and written research reports. The projects with the highest scores in the combined categories were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons.

Arts & Academics Awards

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Please complete this form and return it to the school office before Easter Vacation to make any of the following requests:

  • Catholic Tuition Rate
  • Multiple-Child Discount
  • Tuition Assistance from the Parish

Please make sure that your family name is on the form before you send it to the office.

Spring Gala Solicitation

Please help support our major fundraiser, SJB Spring Gala, on April 21. There are many ways that you can help. 

Start by reading the solicitation form.

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.

Come to SJB & Meet the Presidents

Parents and friends are welcome to come to the Lyon Center and meet the presidents at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 21. Now that the 4th grade students have done their reports on the presidents, the students will get to pretend to be the presidents for the day. You are welcome to join them.

Please Order Hot Lunches for Final Quarter Before Easter -- Here is the order form. Please send the payment to the school office with payment before Easter Vacation.

Hot Lunch Menu for 4th Quarter

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SJB's Math Enrichment Program

 SJB 2018 T-Shirt Now on Sale

The graduating class creates and sells a school T-shirt to help raise money for graduation activities. Here is the order form.

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SJB Has Student Teacher in Resource Program

Nicole Iadorola is working towards a Master's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with Teaching Licensure in Special Education, grades K-12. She works as a learning specialist at Connelly School of the Holy Child.

SJB Student Places in Fencing Tournament

Matthew Chin competed in the USA Fencing North American Cup Tournament during the weekend of March 10 and 11 in Baltimore (http://www.usafencing.org/mar2018nac).

Matthew placed 52nd out of the 156 Youth 12 fencers in Men’s Saber category (Y12MS) in the top 33% of the fencers on Sunday, March 11th.

Capital Fencing Academy in Rockville is where Matthew hones his saber fencing skills four days a week with participation in classes, private lessons, and open fencing sessions and it is paying off!

Matthew is making steady progress in improving his game and is currently ranked 40th nationwide in the USA Fencing National Rolling Point Standings for the Y12MS category and will be competing at the USA Fencing Championships event in St. Louis in July.

Bowie Baysox "Read & Hit a Homerun" Reading Program

The annual reading program is well underway.  The teachers introduced the program to the students several weeks ago and have been encouraging the students to read.  Unfortunately, two sets of posters were lost in the mail and the posters were finally hand-delivered this week!  All the students have to do is read 3 books inside or outside the classroom and mark them off on the posters hanging in the classrooms by March 28.  Books read from January through March 28 may count.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive a free ticket to the Bowie Baysox baseball game on Saturday, May 5 at 6:35 pm.  We always have a great time at the game!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Maria Hippchen at mbhippchen@gmail.com or 301-996-6782.

DeMatha's Soccer Clinic and Soccer Camp -- See these flyers for information about DeMatha's soccer clinics and soccer camps

Support the Boy Scouts at SJB -- The Scouts are having their annual mulch sale to raise money for their organization. Here's the information.

Workshop on Support for Children with Specific Learning Needs -- Here's the flyer for the full-day program on April 28 (although parents can can register to attend just part of the day). There will be a morning presentation by a local psychologist on the emotional impact on learning and an afternoon presentation by a local technology expert/author on free and low-cost technology supports for students. 

SJB Summer Camp -- SJB is hosting a one-week summer camp from June 18-22, led by some of the teachers. Camp is open to current students entering grades 1-8. The week includes time to start on the summer Reading and Math work, as well as several other fun activities like Art, Theater, Science and outdoor play. See flyer  for details and registration information. Only 50 spots available. First come, first served! Questions? Contact Mrs. Morris at Kathleen.Morris@sjbsilverspring.org

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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.

 Will You Be A School Board Candidate?

Please consider volunteering for service on the the school board or nominating another parent for the school board by using this nominations form. Please complete the form and return it to the school office in the Gold Folder. The school board and Home School Association have been consolidated for efficiency.

Can You Be Part of Spring Cleaning on March 24?

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School Registration Deadline is Monday, March 19

The school registration deadline has been extended to Monday, March 19,  for returning families. Families that have not yet registered for the 2018-19 school year should log into their TADS accounts to register.

During the registration process, families make a $500 registration payment, which counts toward 2018-19 tuition.

When all SJB families are registered, the school will have an accurate forecast of 2018-19 enrollment and a set budget and tuition rate. It is our hope to have the tuition rate when we return from Easter Vacation. 

On April 13, tuition agreements will be sent to all registered families through TADS. School families will be asked to select and accept the payment-plan agreements by May 11 or pay a late fee.  Parents who miss the May 11 deadline will be charged $100 and given an additional period -- May 21-29 – to approve tuition agreements.

If the second deadline is missed, there will be a third round on tuition agreements from May 29 to June 15, during which a late fee of $250 will be applied.

Timeline for 2018-19 Registration & Tuition Agreements 

Jan. 28 to March 19           Registration Period 

March 30                            School Budget & Tuition Set for 2018-19 

April 13                              Tuition Agreements Sent to Registered Families  

May 11                               Agreements Accepted by School Families 

May 21-29                          Late Agreement Fee $100 

May 29 to June 15             Late Agreement Fee $250 

June 15                               All financial accounts must be paid in full 

July 1                                  First payments for those with 12-month plans 

The purpose of the timeline is to provide a 12-month payment plan, which we believe will make SJB affordable to more families. 

It is our hope that this timeline and explanation give a clear picture of the steps ahead.

Thank you for your continued support.

Class Photos Are Available Online -- Go to Freed Spirit  to order.

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Congratulations, 12U Girls Basketball Champs!

The girls tournament team went undefeated season and won the CYO Region 2 championship!

SJB CYO Softball

SJB Softball registration is now open for SJB students and parishioners. 

SJB Athletics participates in CYO Girls Softball for 10U, 12U, and 14U.  

This season, SJB Athletics is partnering with Burtonsville Athletic Association (BAA) to field SJB baseball teams for Grades K-8.

Learn more and register at www.sjbathletics.org.

Introducing SJB FUTSAL!

What is Futsal? 5 on 5 indoor ⚽ and it's happening this spring at SJB Gym. Boys and girls, Gr 3-8. Learn more and register at www.sjbathletics.org or contact Emerson Branch emersonbranch@hotmail.com.

CYO Track and Field

CYO offers Track and Field as a spring sport.  SJB Athletics does not have a program, but interested SJB Parishioners and Students should consider competing for neighboring parish St. Andrew the Apostle which has a strong track and field program and welcomes SJB Jaguars.

Please contact the following for more information:

Hugh McKenna – hughmckenna@msn.com

David Luksic – luksicfamily@verizon.net

More Information:

http://standrewapostle.org/ministry/http://standrewapostle.org/ministry/

SJB CYO Baseball

This season CYO has determined based on parish feedback that there will not be enough teams to form a league so SJB will not offer CYO baseball this year. Our recommendation is that you sign your players up with BAA’s recreational baseball league which is very comparable and close by. When registering, add SJB as the carpool and team preference and BAA will make every attempt to place SJB players together which is a fun experience for the players and a logistical convenience for coaches and parents. Contact BAA Baseball Director, Molly Surden baaleaguedirector@gmail.com

Coming Soon

Registration for SJB Teeball and Spring Little Feet will open soon. Be on the lookout for announcements.

Want to Coach?

In order to take on the role of coach or assistant coach, you must be compliant with the Child Protection Policy. All volunteers/parents who have contact with children must be Virtus compliant. Please visit the SJB Athletics Virtus page to review the process:

https://www.sjbathletics.org/virtus

 

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