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

Principal's Note 6/12/19

Lunch, Milk, and Test Information Sent Home in Gold Folder

End-of-year test data and information for Main and Market lunches and milk for next year were included in the Gold Folders that went home on Wednesday, the last day of school.

Here is a guide to help parents understand the terms and data on the Scantron end-of-year report. There is more information available on our own About Scantron page.

Report cards will be mailed next week. As soon as they are ready, we will post the report cards on Rediker and parents will be notified by email.    

Assessment reports were held for outstanding financial obligations in tuition, After Care, or for lunch duty. Please call the school office to receive your child's report once your account is settled.

Summer Assignments Posted

If you visit the summer assignments page, you will see summer reading and math assignments for each class. 

SJB Now on Instagram

If you are on Instagram, follow us at sjbsilverspring.

Register for After Care for Next Year

The Note last week included the sign-up form for After Care for next year. The After-Care sign-up form will remain posted on the Forms page of the website. You can always return to the Forms page for the After Care form

Archbishop Gregory to Visit 

Archbishop Wilton Gregory is scheduled to celebrate Mass at St. John the Baptist at 12 noon on Sunday, June 23. This will be his first visit to SJB since Pope Francis installed as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington in April.

Take an SJB Buddy Family Under Your Wing

As you know, here at St. John’s we have a wonderful school community that boasts friendships and a support network among all families. Nonetheless, adjusting to a new environment can be a bit overwhelming. As a way to prepare and introduce new families to SJB, many years ago we implemented the Buddy Family Program. This program pairs up a new family with one that is already established at St. John’s. It really has helped bridge the gap for new families because the Buddy Family answers questions, introduces them to other SJB families, and helps them prepare for school. Please consider signing up to welcome new families at SJB Buddy. Questions? Contact Hilary Lappin at or (202) 368-8284.

Please Use the Summer to Catch up On Virtus Certification

Once the school starts, there will be lots of opportunities for parents to volunteer:  as chaperones on field trips, as lunch-duty and recess-duty supervisors, as helpers for special projects.

The Archdiocese requires that all parents undergo a background check and receive child-protection certification before they can volunteer in the school. Here is the volunteer page with all of the information on what parents need to do to become Virtus certified.

There are some child-protection training sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. You must register on Virtus before you can attend a training session. Here is the page with the training sessions.

Early School Year Dates

  • Pre-School Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 5 pm to 6 pm
  • Buddy Family Picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 pm
  • New Family Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 pm
  • Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 11 am to Noon
  • First Day of School on Wednesday, Aug. 28 (Half Day for Preschool, Full Day for Everyone Else)
  • Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 pm
  • Half Day and Back to School Liturgy at 10:45 am on Friday, Aug. 30
  • Back to School Barbecue Picnic on Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 9 pm


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Looking for a Piano?

Looking for a beautiful piano?  Mrs. Kuzemka has a piano which is no longer used and would love to GIVE it away.  All you need to do is make arrangements to come and get it. Send an email to

Summer Camp Information is here...

This is the sign-up form for the SJB Summer Camp.

It's Already Time For Fall Soccer Registration

Here is the flyer for fall soccer at SJB.

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."

Mrs. Jenkins - Summer Tutoring and Enrichment


Warmer temps are in the air which signals SUMMER is almost here. One of the considerations for parents over the summer is finding ways to keep the motivation for learning strong thereby not losing ground from what has been mastered over the school year. Sometimes it is tough to find ways to build the bridges between grade levels. One area of utmost importance is reading. It cuts through all areas of the curriculum. Summer reading work is assigned to SJB students to help keep those reading muscles strong. Mrs. Jenkins will be offering tutoring/enrichment sessions in reading and writing this summer. Please reach out to her at the following: if you would like to discuss summer tutoring/enrichment for your son/daughter.

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.  

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