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Preschool to Grade 8, apply here.

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

Pre-School Information

SJB preschool begins on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the first day of the 2019-20 school year.

Open House and Orientation -- There will be an Open House and Orientation for all new preschool students and families the week before.

Hours -- Preschool hours are 8 to 3. 

After Care and Before Care -- Preschool children are able to take part in Before Care and/or After Care.


What to Wear -- There is no uniform or uniform code for the preschool. Our only clothing guidance is that students wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for playing outside. 

Snack and Lunch and Nap -- The school will provide a mid-morning snack for students. Parents may send their children with bag lunches or take advantage of the lunch offerings at the school. Preschool students will participate in Hot Lunch Thursday. They may bring a bag lunch or complete a Hot Lunch Thursday order form.  Preschool students on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will have the option of sending their children to school with bag lunches or ordering through Main and Market, our catered lunch vendor.

Milk -- Preschool students will be served 1 percent milk during snack and lunch. Children will have a choice of water or milk at snack and lunch. State-licensed preschools must provide 1 percent milk to children. Parents will receive a $35 milk charge unless they notify the school in writing that their child cannot drink milk for health reasons.

Nap --  The school will provide students with new nap mats. We ask parents to send a small sheet, labeled with their child’s name, in a sealed plastic baggie on the first day. Preschool teachers will contact you about a schedule for cleaning them.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up -- Supervised drop-off will occur each day at 8 am in the Lyon Center lot, and supervised pickup will occur at 3 pm each day in the Lyon Center lot. Siblings of preschool students will meet on the Lyon Center sidewalk at pick up time. A teacher will escort siblings in grades K-2 to the sidewalk by the Lyon Center. When picking up their child from preschool, parents must sign the sign-out sheet.


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School Calendar -- The preschool is considered a part of SJB Catholic School and will follow the school calendar. However, preschool parents do not need to come to Back to School Night. There will be no preschool presentation that night. Preschool presentations will take place at the preschool open house, and parents will have many opportunities in the school year to be involved in their child's classroom.

Children Must Be Toilet Trained -- Children coming to the SJB preschool must be able to use the toilet on their own. SJB's preschool is licensed by the state and must follow state health and sanitation regulations. Because the program does not include toddlers or infants, SJB does not have a diaper-changing station, diaper-changing supplies, or include diaper changing in the daily program.

Mixed 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds -- With about five 3-year-olds and fifteen 4-year-olds, SJB's preschool classroom is a mix with a PreK curriculum and three teachers. The instructional level is slightly different for the 3-year-old group, and nap time is a little longer. Most classroom routines are the same for both groups.









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