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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Jun
8

Principal's Note 6/8/22

Dear SJB Families,

Today you are receiving a folder with the end-of-year school communication and flyers on volunteering, lunch, and milk.

Assessments

The folders contain end-of-year Scantron profiles for students in grades 1-7. This is the school's final year using the Scantron norm-referenced  math and reading tests. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, including St. John the Baptist, will begin using NWEA Map assessments starting next year.

Report Cards

Because final exams are ongoing, report cards will be posted on the portal next week. The school will send a schoolwide message with instructions when the report cards are posted.

The Rest of this Week

Thursday and Friday are half-days with 12 noon dismissal both days.

After Care is 12 to 4 on Thursday.

There is no After Care on Friday, the last day of school.

Summer Assignments

Here is the link to the summer assignments page.

Here is the link to the instructions to summer assignments.

You may also go to the school website and look under Parents for Summer Learning & Assignments.

There are extra books on a table in the front hallway for anyone who wants one. 

School Supplies

To view school supplies for each grade, go to the main page of the school website and look under Parents.

If you click on the down-arrow to the right of School Supplies by Grade, a drop-down menu of all grades should appear. 

Select your child’s incoming grade for the supply list and accompanying Amazon wish list.

Staff Changes

SJB faculty changes will be announced in a separate message to school families in the next two weeks.

Surveys

Volunteering -- The Home School Association asks parents to consider volunteering opportunities for next year. Please take a look at the H.S.A. Volunteer Interest form and volunteer flyer.

Diversity -- The Diversity Panel, which is made up of teachers and parents, asks parents to complete its annual cultural celebrations survey of families.

Milk -- The school needs to order more than 60 cartons of milk in order for Cloverland Dairy to continue milk delivery to St. John the Baptist. At this point, we are several cartons short. If you have not completed the milk survey/order form and want milk for your child next year, please complete the online form.  

Plan for 2022-23

Arrival & Dismissal -- We plan to return to pre-pandemic school operations while remaining ready to adjust for student and staff safety. Our drop-off and pick-up procedures will be closer to, but not the same as, the procedures used before the pandemic. Here's a look at how arrival and dismissal will work next year: Drop-Off & Pick-Up in 2022-23

Masks -- Masks will be optional unless required by the health department. Decisions on continuing daily screenings and virtual-learning options will be made this summer.

Continuing to Guide Student Growth in 2022-23 -- The school's emphasis will be to continue to guide the growth and development of each child academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally in a safe learning environment, where each child feels a sense of belonging.

Your children showed growth through exceptionally challenging circumstances, which we credit to the presence of the Holy Spirit, our wonderful school families, our dedicated and innovative teachers, and the positive partnership of you and us.

We pray that your family stays healthy and safe and that your summer is enjoyable.

Respectfully and Faithfully,
 
 
Brian Blomquist
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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