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

Principal's Note 9/25/18


 School Communication Through the Principal's Note

Each week, usually on Tuesday, we try to tell our families about school events and activities through the Principal's Note and Gold Folder, the yellow folder that goes home with one child (the oldest student) in each family. You are reading the Principal's Note

We are often asked to include a flyer in the Note and in the Gold Folder. We are happy to spread the news about upcoming events. We ask only for consideration of the time that it takes to compile the Note and fill the folders. Because the folders are stuffed with scheduled volunteer help on Tuesday morning, we require that items be sent to the school by Monday afternoon at 4 pm, when they can be printed and set aside for the morning.

Flyers and informational blurbs for the Note and Folder should be sent to by 4 pm Monday. The email address inbox is shared by everyone in the school office. Flyers will be printed in black and white and placed in the folders on Monday. If parents want to print flyers in color and deliver them to the school by Monday at 4 pm, we will place the flyers in the folders. If someone misses a deadline, we can usually offer the person access to the folders and time to come in an stuff them.

We support extracurricular activities at SJB and promote them on the Gold Folder webpage, which aims to be the digital version of the take-home folder. There are limits to the items included in the weekly Note. An education-related blurb, suggested by a parent, may run for one week in the Note and thereafter on the Gold Folder webpage. We decline to run information about commercial services if we don't see the connection to SJB and the benefit to our students. 

Congratulations, Student Council Candidates

Congratulations to all of the students who ran for Student Council. The students gave speeches before an assembly of the school last Friday.IMG_9296.jpg

Home Access to Educational Websites

Parents, did you know that you and your children have subscriptions to several educational websites? The website list and home access information can be found on the Rediker Parent Portal under School Links and Files. Through the SJB Library, the school provides access to BrainPOP, World Book, Scholastic Go!, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, and IXL Math and Language Arts. There are two files -- one for home access and one for school access.  World Book is an online encyclopedia for the children, parents, and teachers. SIRS is part of the ProQuest research database, and CultureGrams provides information about the 50 states and places in the world. BrainPOP provides academic enrichment in all subjects.


7th Grade Bake Sale on Oct. 4

Money to Help Buy Bikes for Vietnamese Families

The 7th grade is having a bake sale during lunch on Thursday, Oct. 4, to support Viet Kids Inc., the organization started by Thanhha Lai, the author of the novel the 7th grade students read over the summer. The organization raises funds to buy bikes for Vietnamese families in need.  

Lunch Duty SignUp

The lunch-duty signup link can be found on the Volunteer page and on the School Lunch page.

Here is the direct link  to sign up for lunch duty.

Just follow the link, select an available date, select an available classroom, and then sign up for the open slot.

There's no need to register.

Family Flix is This Friday

Enjoy picnic and movie under the stars on the SJB field. The movie starts at 7 pm. Here's the flyer and order form.

Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering to make Movie Night a memorable evening for the kids. Complete the volunteer form, and if you have not bought tickets yet, please do!

 Family Flix is This Friday, Sept.  28

Enjoy a picnic and movie under the stars on the SJB field. The movie starts at 7 pm. Here's the flyer

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For questions please contact Dianne Branch at  

SJB Plant Sale Flyer In the Tuesday Folder

Please see the Gold Folder for the SJB Plant Sale flyer. Plants will be delivered and may be picked up on the afternoon and night of Family Flix.

 We Are Blessed 

Celebrating SJB's Community and Diversity

The item below was submitted by Mrs. Jenkins for our Parish Bulletin

The first month of school is an exciting time for any grade. Meeting new friends and learning new things is an adventure. The 31 students in the 4th grade started off the school year by learning about four different types of social scientists. Decorating different “hats” that a historian, political scientist, geographer, and economist might wear was a fun activity that the class loved. Who knows, maybe some of these students will pursue a career path in one of those fields.

Artifacts help us learn about the past and can serve as important symbols to link generations. Students brought many interesting artifacts from home that were special to them and their family. Through the sharing of the various artifacts, which included statues, pictures, books, etc., students learned more about each other. Learning about each other and appreciating our differences is something emphasized at SJB.

It is amazing to imagine that a school community as small as SJB is comprised of so many different cultures. One way we embrace our differences is by celebrating them. International Night at SJB school is right around the corner! Please join us to celebrate our 55 heritages and 38 languages represented in our school. Our annual event will take place on Friday, October 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

It will take place in the gymnasium. Enjoy all of our international booths and then wind your way over to our international foods made by many of our families. So many types of food will be available to sample including Vietnamese, Thai, German, Italian, American, and Portuguese. One much anticipated event of the evening will be a "Parade of Nations" starting at 7:20, where many of our students dress in their home country's traditional wear. Once you have sampled the delicious food and visited the many display tables, pull up a seat and enjoy the entertainment program of music, singing, dancing, and storytelling from the various countries represented at our school. It's a wonderful opportunity to see the wide range of talents our children have!

Celebrate with us on International Night, Friday, October 5, 2018, beginning at 7:00 pm. If you have any questions about International Night, please call the school office at 301 622-3077. Mark your calendars and look forward to a night filled with the diversity that makes SJB a special place.

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Join Us for International Night on Friday, Oct. 5


Please contact Jeannette Barberena via email at or Pamela Coupard-Nazir at for further details or to sign up. 

Are You Interested in Science Club Each Tuesday?

If you want to join science club, here's the flyer with all of the information.

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Register Here for Monday Afternoon Chess Club

Please see the flyer  for the St. John the Baptist Chess Club.

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Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids and Vice Versa

For more information on the parish peace group for the whole family, see the flyer.

CYO Basketball Begins Soon

For information on CYO basketball, see the flyer, or go to the Athletic Ministry website.

SJB's Food Drive Begins in October

 SJB begins a season of service with a food drive for the St. Camillus Food Pantry. Details will be sent home in the next few weeks. In November, we collect food for nearby families in need and deliver the meals for Thanksgiving. In December, we have our Shower for Baby Jesus. If you can help as a volunteer in any of these efforts, please see the flyer and signup form.


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