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

Principal's Note 9/13/22

 Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Thursday

For Hispanic Heritage Month, each SJB class adopts a country in Central America, South America, or in the Caribbean. Over four weeks, students learn about their class country's culture, people, and history. There will be a culminating activity on Oct. 13 or 14. See the video of last year's Hispanic Heritage Day activity.

The SJB Diversity Committee, comprised of parents and teachers, helps plan and support Hispanic Heritage Month. The Diversity Committee meets tonight at 7 pm. Link to Join Meeting on TEAMS

Grade -- Country

  • Kindergarten - Mexico 

  • 1st - Bolivia 

  • 2nd - Honduras 

  • 3rd - Guatemala 

  • 4th - Colombia 

  • 5th - El Salvador 

  • 6th - Venezuela 

  • 7th - Panama 

  • 8th - Cuba 

Look here and on SJB Instagram and Facebook for updates on Hispanic Heritage Month.


  • Friday is a half day with 12 noon dismissal
  • After-school band practice is on Thursday until 4:15
  • After-school chess begins Monday, Sept. 19 - to register

Student Council Elections Are Friday

Student Council candidates will deliver campaign speeches before a Friday morning student assembly, and all students will vote in the Student Council election later in the day. Results will be announced just before 12 noon dismissal. 
Candidates have been campaigning this week for president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. You may have seen them waving campaign posters at morning drop off.

Please Remember to Check the Gold Folder

The Gold Folder page has news and information about SJB events and activities and is continually updated. In contrast, a new Principal's Note is sent out each week. The Principal's Note is more focused on what's happening in school and what's important for school families to know.

The Gold Folder has information on Family Flix, the Cornhole Tournament, teams and sports. 

SJB Covid Policy This Year:  See the 2022-23 policy page. 

NWEA Map Assessments Will Begin Soon

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, including St. John the Baptist, are using NWEA Map assessments in 2022-23. SJB and other Archdiocesan schools used Scantron tests over the past several years. With the NWEA Map tests, students are assessed in reading, language arts, and math three times during the school year: fall, winter, and spring. Fall scores provide teachers with baseline data to help plan instruction. Winter scores may result in instructional priority adjustments. Student growth reports will be shared with families in the spring.



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