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

Principal's Note 5/14/19

 Images from Career Day

Students learned about many different careers by talking directly with working professionals.

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Thank You for Your Visit on Career Day

Thank you most of all, Courtney Gardner (Jillian 7th), for coordinating Career Day. Mrs. Gardner lined up the "talent" and worked with the faculty on the Career Day schedule. Thank you to the following Career Day speakers:

Sean Chisam -- civil and construction contract engineer 

Valerie Frazier -- canine adoption manager

Daniel Gomez -- Montgomery County police officer

Karlene Hill -- Orthodontist 

Mike Irwin -- Allstate insurance claim leader

Kelly Sankowski -- reporter with Catholic Standard newspaper

Rebecca Schwender -- physical therapist in orthopedics MedStar Health

Desiree Smith -- special agent FBI

Debra Street -- epidemiologist

David Strong -- chef

John Thomas -- insurance professional

Tracy Joseph -- licensed clinical psychologist

Sarah Wendell -- intern National Zoo

Valerie Wooldridge -- event planner

Kellie Looney -- assistant athletic director, Academy of Holy Cross

Thank You, SJB Parents, For Your Support

SJB parents really know how to make a teacher feel appreciated.

Last week, classroom parents took turns making meals for teachers and bringing in thoughtful treats. Parents brought in breakfast and lunch each morning and mid-day throughout Teacher Appreciation Week.

Our teachers and aides work long hours planning and preparing lessons and teaching children. They are dedicated to their students, always thinking about different ways and new resources to help their students learn, celebrating their progress. Our teachers do what they do for the children and their families. Family support means everything to our teachers.

All of this is a way of saying that Teacher Appreciation Week matters. Although it's not crucial that our families show the most appreciation for our teachers, it is important to our teachers that their hard work is recognized... and, yes, it's a source of pride and bragging rights at Catholic school professional workshops. No one else does it quite like SJB does it.

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Creative Writing Contest Assembly is Wednesday 

Creative-writing awards will be announced at an assembly in the Lyon Center at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 15. There were 88 entries this year by students competing in the poetry, short fiction, and illustration divisions.

Spring Sing Concert is Thursday at 1:30

Band Concert is Thursday at 2:00, Again at 7:30 PM

The Spring Sing concert will begin at 1:30 pm in the Gymnasium on Thursday, May 16. Each class from Kindergarten through 4th grade will sing a song in the concert. After the choral concert, the SJB 4th Grade Band and the SJB Advanced Band will play a concert. The band concert will begin at 2 pm. There will be a second band concert on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. 

School Picnic is Friday

Students may come to school out of uniform for the Student Council picnic on Friday, May 17. Students may bring blankets for the picnic, which will be held on school grounds. We will have a special treat for the students during the picnic. 

Please Consider Being a Room Parent Next Year

If you have not been a classroom parent for your child's class, please consider becoming one for the 2019-20 school year. Contact Jeanine Regan at or complete the volunteer form and return it with your Gold Folder.

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There Are Openings for Lunch Duty 

Do you still need to make your quota of five lunch-duties? There are spots open for lunch duty. Go here to sign up.

Tuition Agreement Due By June 1

Complete your agreement by June 1 to avoid the fee. It's the Final Step in Enrollment.

  • Log onto your TADS account, select agreement, and click "submit."
  • Complete this step before June 1 to avoid a $100 Late Agreement Fee. That late fee climbs to $150 if the agreement is not completed by June 15.
  • Please call the TADS parent support line if you have questions about your TADS account. The phone numbers are 612.548.3320 and 800.477.8237.

Exam Schedule Grades 5-7

Exams Grades 5 - 7  












Tuesday, June 4 








Wednesday, June 5 












Thursday, June 6 












Friday, June 7 









Here's the Schedule for End-of-year Scantron Tests

We want the end-of-year Scantron tests to reflect the mathematics and reading abilities of our students when they are at their best. Please help by making sure that the children get a full night's rest and a nutritious breakfast before their Scantron tests. Parents will receive end-of-year Scantron data in June. The information will include the child's national percentile scores in reading and math and the child's progress from September to May.

Grade Subject

 Date  Time

3 Math 

Wednesday, May 15 




4 Math 

Thursday, May 16 


5 Reading 

Tuesday, May 14 


5 Math 

Wednesday, May 15 


5 Science 

Thursday, May 2 


6 Reading 

Monday, May 13 


6 Math 

Tuesday, May 14 


7 Reading 

Friday, May 17 


7 Math 

Tuesday, May 14 



Looking Ahead...

to the following dates in May:

May 15     Patrol Picnic 

                2:05 pm Creative Writing Assembly in Lyon Center

May 16     Spring Sing at 1:30 

                Band Concert at 2:00 pm 

                Band Concert at 7:30 pm

May 17     School Picnic  (Out of Uniform)

May 20      Anthony Calis is Principal for the Day

Thank You, Spring Cleaners!

A big "thank you" to the many families who donated books to the St. Camillus pantry. We delivered 15 boxes of books for children of all ages. The children of the families who get their food from the pantry love the gift of books, and they are always delighted when they are available. You have made many children very happy! -- Senora Flynn

Summer camp information is here...

After-School Tennis Registration

Here is the registration form for an after-school tennis program run by SJB parents. Although the children meet at SJB, this isn't a school program. The parent coaches walk the children to White Oak for tennis instruction. 

Remember to Put Aside Items for Ms. Moore's West Virginia Trip

Please remember that Ms. Moore will be making her 21st annual trip to West Virginia in June.  She is happy to pass along to the families in Appalachia gently used baby and children's clothing, all sorts of linens (sheets, towels. blankets, pillows), household items and personal hygiene items (even travel sizes). Place your donated items in the gym stairwell. Please put loose items in a bag and mark the bag "WV."

SJB Athletics Needs Sports Commissioners and Athletic Director

Please see the SJB Athletics information bulletin about the volunteer jobs that must be filled to carry on SJB sports.

Please see the spring sports guide, as well.

Mrs. Castillo Available to Tutor Over Summer

Mrs. Castillo is available for summer tutoring and can meet with children in Grades 2-8 and focus on Math or Reading.  Please email her at: to arrange a tutoring schedule for your child this summer.   She can work around your family's schedule and set up times that are convenient for you and your child.  

First Day of School: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019

 Here is the direct link to our SJB Google calendar. Sync it to your own Google calendar and our events will show up on your online calendar.

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