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

Principal's Note Catholic Schools Week


It's Catholic Schools Week at SJB

At SJB, we are celebrating Catholic education and the positive impact that Catholic schools have had on the lives of children and families.

Here's what SJB students are doing for Catholic Schools Week:

Monday: It's Spirit Day. Students may wear Spirit Wear with their regular uniforms or PE uniforms, if they have PE on Monday. Also, older students and younger students team up to make Valentine Cards for the families that receive food from the St. Camillus Food Pantry.

All classes will collect food for the pantry to help feed hungry families. 

Wednesday: Students come together to pray the Living Rosary in the church.
Thursday: For SJB Family Day, we have Family Open House, Family Mass, and Family Lunch.

SJB Family Day: Thursday, Jan. 30

8:30 to 10:30 am          Family Open House in Classrooms

10:45 to 11:45 am        Family Mass in Church 

11:45 to 12:45 pm        Family Lunch in Gymnasium 

Friday: We will have Roll Out of Bed & Read in the morning (students may come to school in pajamas and slippers that day) and the basketball free-throw contest at 10:45 am in the gym (free-throw competitors should wear sweats and sneakers).
Friday is a half-day. Dismissal on Friday will be at 12 noon.

Friday Night, Jan. 31:  Kids' Night Bingo in the SJB gym

The Gold Folder page has information on Kids' Night Bingo

SJB's 4th Annual Design-Build Cardboard Challenge 


Flu Has Hit SJB

Several students at St. John the Baptist have been absent with the flu. Most of the students diagnosed with the flu have been in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. 

We are asking parents to help prevent the spread of infection by keeping children home if there are signs or symptoms of the flu. Children should return to school only if they have fully recovered and are fever-free for two days.
At school, we are reminding children to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly and to cough away from others and into their own elbows. We've asked our nighttime cleaning crew to wipe down classroom surfaces.
The Centers for Disease Control is an excellent resource. Here's information on flu prevention.


 Seeking Parents to Judge Arts & Academics

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Here is a printable version of the A&A Judging Form.  

Order Eighth Grade Valentines

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Here is a printable Valentine Order Form

Yearbook Recognition Ads

Would you like to order a Yearbook Recognition ad for your child or graduate? These ads are placed in the back section of the yearbook and are a great way to acknowledge the hard work and important milestones of your child. Ads can be purchased and designed online through the Jostens website listed on this flyer.  All ad orders must be placed by Feb. 16th to make it into the yearbook. Questions? Contact SJB’s Yearbook Advisor at

Click “Shop Your School”
Search for “St. John the Baptist Catholic School”
Register for an Account
Select your ad size, upload your photos and begin designing!

Here's the Flyer for the Catholic Schools Food Drive for the St. Camillus  Pantry
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SJB Spring Auction & Gala Set for March

Like most Catholic schools, tuition is not enough to keep the school running and moving forward. Fundraising is critical to filling the gap. The annual auction and gala make up one fundraising event, and it's our school's primary fundraising event.

We are raising money this year to make improvements to the gymnasium.

Please support St. John the Baptist by donating an item to the auction, bidding on auction items when the auction goes live, and buying a ticket to the gala on Saturday, March 28.

Watch this space for more information.


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Father-Daughter Dance is Feb. 29

The SJB Father-Daughter Dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 29. There's more information, including the Father-Daughter Dance Ticket Order Form, on the Gold Folder page.

Thank You, Open House Tour Guides

Thank you, Open House tour guides including Colette Akande (Hannah 6th, Kayla 4th), Marycolleen Fry (Patrick 5th, Daniel 4th, Julianne K). Mary Lombardo (Jonathan 5th, Teddy 2nd), Jeanine Regan (Madelyn 3rd), and Merianne Spencer (Alicia 3rd, Saria 1st, Luci PK).

Friday's Open House was a great success.

If you know families who have missed our four open houses, please tell them to come to a Wednesday Walk.

Each Wednesday in February at 8:30 am, the principal will lead a tour of SJB for parents interested in sending their children to the school.

Students To Perform Aladdin for Spring Play

The SJB Spring Play is performed each year by middle-school students. This year's performance of Aladdin will take place in the SJB Theater (AKA the gym) on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1.

Showtime will be 7 pm. See the Spring Play Page of this school website for information and updates on auditions and rehearsals.

Grandparents/Special Relatives Invited for Donuts with Students

Grandparents or special relatives (or special friends of students) are invited to have donuts with students on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:45 am in the Lyon Center. Watch this space for more information. We will be asking for a response from those who plan to come so that we order enough donuts.

Creative Writing Contest to Kick Off in February

The theme for this year's Creative Writing Contest will be announced on March 2. Creative writing contest entries will be due on March 27. Judging will be on April 1. The Creative Writing Award Ceremony will be at 2 pm on Friday, April 24, in the Lyon Center.

School Directory Accessible on Portal App

The school directory is accessible to families through the password-protected Parent Portal and the Parent Plus app on their phones. School parents may view the directory by staff, student, or parent.

SJB Website Available in Vietnamese

Trang web SJB có sẵn để đọc bằng tiếng Việt

SJB Website in Vietnamese: Trang web SJB bằng tiếng Việt

Tìm phiên bản tiếng Việt của trang web theo Tin tức học đường. 
SJB Website Available in Spanish

El sitio web de SJB está disponible para leer en español

SJB Website in Spanish: Sitio web de SJB en español

Please Drive Carefully in the Neighborhood

Please drive slowly and remember our neighbors as you come and leave at drop-off and pick-up time. 

What We Do When It Snows 

St. John the Baptist follows the decisions of Montgomery County Public Schools regarding school cancellations, delayed openings, and early closings.

If school closes early, After Care and after-school activities will be cancelled. Please arrange for your child to be picked up early from school. I

Communication When School is Closing for Weather

Primary notification will come from Montgomery County Public Schools through the media. Please check a reliable media outlet, such as WTOP closings, for decisions on school closings, or sign up for a weather alert with MCPS 

SJB will notify families of an early school closing decision by text and email. Also, check SJBSilverSpring Twitter

Communication to parents works only when family contact information is correct. Please update email addressed on your TADS Household page. If you update your email address on TADS, please also notify the school secretary by email ( so that we can update the class email list.  

Please Dress Children for Weather

Please send children to school with warm coats, hats, and gloves on cold days. The children will play outside for recess on most cold winter days. If conditions are dangerous or miserable, we will have indoor recess. We do not set a strict temperature point for outdoor recess. We do take seriously the recommendations of our recess monitors. A 24-degree day may be tolerable if it's sunny, and the air is dry and still. A 28-degree day may be intolerable with high winds, cloudy skies, and moisture.
If it is raining in the morning, students will wait inside their classrooms. If it is raining at pick-up time, students will watch for their ride from the 5th and 7th grade classroom windows. If it is raining at mid-day, students will have recess inside, taking turns going to the gym.


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