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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Aug
27

Principal's Note 8/26/19

Dear SJB Families,

I am writing to welcome you back to St. John the Baptist for the First Day of School.

Drop-off begins at 7:45 am on Wednesday. The morning bell rings at 8:00 am. Students are dismissed for the day at 3:00 pm. After Care is 3-6 pm.

Students should wait outside at their designated areas until the bell rings at 8:00 am.

After the bell rings, teachers will arrive to meet the students and take them into their classrooms. The students will unpack in their homerooms and then assemble in the gym for morning prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a welcome-back message.

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Back to School Coffee - After you drop off the kids, we hope that you will join us for a Back to School Coffee, starting at 8:00 am in the Lyon Center. I will be joining parents at the coffee after the morning prayer with the childrenn.

Drop-Off - For the first three days only,  parents may park along the fence to White Oak or SJB field during drop off, and parents may walk carefully with their children to the school and stay with their children until the bell rings. Teachers and aides will be around to assist. We will have a regular pick-up routine in the afternoon.

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PE -- We will have PE classes this week --- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Students wear regular school uniforms on Wednesday. They may wear their PE uniforms if they have PE on Friday. See the Uniform page for the PE schedule.

PreK Dismissal At Noon - Pre-K will dismiss at 12 noon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. After Care will not be available at 12 noon on Wednesday or Thursday. After Care will start at 3 pm on those days. On Friday, After Care will start at 12 noon.

Directory and Calendar -- The school calendar and school directory will come home in the Gold Folder on Wednesday. Thank you, Mrs. Kira Ebanks (Raya 6th), for all of your work editing and publishing the new school directories. Thank you, Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Kim Trebel (Katelyn 7th), for all of your work on the calendars. Mrs. Trebel took many of the photos. Mr. Trebel did the front and back covers. Katelyn put together collages.  

Back to School Night Thursday -- On Thursday, Aug. 29, we will have Back to School Night for our school parents, beginning at 6:30 pm with a parent reception and community fair in the church courtyard. At 7:00, parents will enter the church. We will say a prayer, recognize our faculty members, and then parents will go to their child's classroom to hear from their child’s teacher. 

Back to School Night Volunteer Fair -- We are asking all parents to sign up to help with at least one volunteer activity or event.  There's no requirement to do lunch duty this year. We hope that you'll give some of your time in another way. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets in each pew. Please sign up on the form, and our H.S.A. and School Board leaders will collect them  at the end of the prayer service. See the attached Parent-School Partnership for volunteer ideas, and thank you in advance for your help!

Child Supervision on Back to School Night - We will provide supervision of children who are at least 5 years old on Back to School Night. Supervision will be from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Art Room. There's no fee. Parents are asked to retrieve their children right after the final classroom session.

Back to School Liturgy -- We will have our Back to School Liturgy on Friday, Aug. 30, at 10:45 am Parents are welcome to join us for our first Mass of the school year.

Noon Dismissal on Friday -- Dismissal will be at 12 noon, and After Care will be from 12 noon to 4 pm on Friday, Aug. 30.

After Care Sign-Up --  Please remember to sign up for your After Care plan by Friday. 

Looking Ahead: The SJB family backyard barbecue will start at 6 pm on Friday, Sept. 6. There will be fun, games, food and treats for everyone.

We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday!

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