PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND INFORMATION 

St. John the Evangelist School administrators and faculty believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.  Your choice of enrolling your children in our school indicates your faith that we will help guide your children’s awareness of their unique value as children of God and begin to identify and develop their talents during their elementary years.  We strive for both the development of our students’ academic abilities and the formation of Christian ideals and values. 

At St. John the Evangelist School, we are proud of our parental involvement, which has been given over the years in the true Christian spirit.  We continue to encourage that spirit. Parent volunteers are essential to the successful operation of the school and education of our students.

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (HSA) 

St. John the Evangelist’s Home School Association (HSA) promotes communication and fundraising opportunities within the school community. HSA plans and organizes programs and activities that raise funds and build community spirit. HSA distributes notices to families regarding upcoming opportunities and needs for volunteers. Click here for HSA 2017-2018 Welcome Letter.  Additional HSA information.

President: Mickey Manuel
mickeymanuel@gmail.com

Vice President: Shaila Cordone
sguthiko@gmail.com

Treasurer: Anji Johnston
anjijohnston@gmail.com

Communications Officer: Rebecca Desrocher
red081002@hotmail.com

FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Each year the Home and School Association (HSA) raises funds to help cover the school operating expenses. Each SJE family with children in grades K-8 is required to contribute a minimum of $370 per year. The amount that is credited toward a family's $370 minimum fundraising obligation varies by fundraiser as noted below. Families may choose to make a direct contribution to the school and/or participate in the fundraising activities described below. In addition to raising funds, these activities are a great way to meet fellow parents of the SJE-Parish community and build long-lasting friendships. Contact the point of contact (POC) listed for additional information about the fundraiser. 

HSA Fundraising Activities
Fundraising opportunities to whittle away that $370 Family Obligation. A portion of these activities will count toward your family fundraising obligation. Click here Fundraising Toward the Family Obligation [PDF]  

General HSA Fundraising Activities 
Volunteers are needed for all of these activities. These events and programs are a great way for the school to raise money and help keep tuition costs down, but they DO NOT affect the individual family fundraising obligation of $370 per year. Click here General Fundraising Opportunities [PDF].  

HSA VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP, 2017-2018 School Year 
Please review the Volunteer Opportunities in your Welcome Packet and sign up using SignUpGenius at the link below. This link will also be in the weekly SJE eBulletin, so that you can easily click on it.  If you have questions, please contact the event chairperson listed in the Welcome Packet. Click here 2017-2018 Volunteer Sign up link. 

Volunteer Opportunities 
There are so many fun ways to become involved in St. John the Evangelist School! There are a number of ongoing programs which require the support of parent volunteers. Click here for more information on SJE School Volunteer Opportunities [PDF] and here for Additional HSA information.

VIRTUS - Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Policy

For the protection of all of our children, SJE policy follows the Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Program, VIRTUS. Parents and guardians must be cleared through VIRTUS in order to fulfill their Lunch & Recess Duty requirement, serve as chaperones on field trips, attend class parties and functions at school, and volunteer for extracurricular activities such as Scouting and CYO. Click here for more information VIRTUS Training [PDF]. 

SCHOOL UNIFORMS 

Uniforms are worn daily by children in Kindergarten through Grade 8, except on special non-uniform days (tag days). Tag days are sometimes used as fundraisers by school clubs for specific charities, as prizes or rewards, or as holiday recognition. Uniform requirements are detailed in the School Policy Book [PDF].

Please make sure you are using the uniform list for St. John the Evangelist Silver Spring as there is also another St. John the Evangelist listed in MD. For product and pricing information online, visit Flynn & O’Hara at http://www.flynnohara.com and register on the website to find school specific information. The school code is MD185. 

St. John the Evangelist’s Used Uniform Boutique offers gently used uniforms. The availability of uniforms is completely dependant upon donations and we can not guarantee that specific sizes or items will be available. Contact Gina Natoli Skinner at e-mail: gina.ginaskinner@gmail.com for more information.

SCHOOL HOURS

Grade K-8
First Bell: 8:05 am
Dismissal: 2:55 pm

Jr. K Full Day
First Bell: 8:05 am
Dismissal: 2:55 pm

Jr. K Half Day
First Bell: 8:05 am
Dismissal: 12:30 pm

Delayed Opening
First Bell: 10:00 am
Dismissal: 2:55 pm

Early Dismissal
First Bell: 8:05 am
Dismissal: 12:30 pm

Children should not arrive at school before 7:50 a.m.  Since the school has no way of supervising students before that time (unless students are in the Before Care program), it cannot be held responsible for children who come before the appointed time.  Students are to wait on the playground until the bell rings or are otherwise directed (see School Policy Book for complete details).

At that time, they form lines and enter the building by means of the classroom doors.  Students not on the playground when the bell rings at 8:05 are tardy and must report to the office for a late slip. 
 

BEFORE CARE AND EXTENDED CARE PROGRAMS


St. John the Evangelist School offers before care from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. on regular school days for Junior Kindergarten – Grade 8 students.  On days with announced late openings, Before Care is offered 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  We provide games and activities, but your child is welcome to bring a favorite toy or game to use during this time. The Before Care cost is $4 per child per half hour. 
 
St. John the Evangelist School also offers an Extended Care Program from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on regular school days for Kindergarten – Grade 6 students and from 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. on half days. Weather permitting, the schedule includes outside play. The cost of the Extended Care Program is $9 per child per hour (or any portion of an hour).

EMERGENCY CLOSING AND PROCEDURES

St. John the Evangelist School bases its emergency and weather-related closings on Montgomery County’s announcements. Our school will always be a two-hour delayed opening for any Montgomery County announced late openings.  All students, therefore, should be here by 10:00 a.m. The Before School Care Program will begin at 8:00 a.m. on days with delayed opening. 

Thus, if Montgomery County announces: 

St. John the Evangelist will: 

School closing for the entire day 

Close school for the entire day 

Delayed openings (any hour) 

Delay school two hours (10am report) 

Early dismissal after 12:30 p.m. 

Dismiss school same time as Montgomery County 

 

Please contact the school if you are unable to pick up your child at the altered time and another parent will pick up your child. There will be NO After Care program on early dismissal days.  Also, on delayed openings days, any parent who needs or wishes to have their child(ren) come in early for our early morning care program is always welcomed to do so. 

The Montgomery County School System announces weather closures on local radio and television stations and other media including the Montgomery County Public Schools home page. The MCPS home page immediately displays emergency announcements (in bold red letters at the top of the page) when appropriate. If there are no announcements in bold red letters, there are no emergency closings or delays.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

After the end of the first and second quarters, there are scheduled conference days when parents can make appointments to speak with teachers about their child’s progress in school.  These appointments can be made online.  Information will be sent out to parents when the appointment site is active. Conferences with your child’s teachers are available at any time by setting up an appointment.  

HEALTH FORMS
SUMMER READING AND MATH AND CLASSROOM SUPPLY LISTS

When parents pick up the end-of-year report cards. They will be given a summer packet which contains information about summer reading assignments, summer math instructions, and supply lists for the coming year.

QUICK LINKS TO AMAZON AND SCRIPTS

St. John's is now part of Amazon Smile.  Be sure to set up your purchases to go through Amazon Smile and St. John's will get 0.5% of qualifying purchases. This is a great way to earn extra money for our school without even trying. Visit www.smile.amazon.com to sign up, and choose “St. John the Evangelist Silver Spring MD” as your charity. Then make sure you log into that site (instead of amazon.com) every time you shop, and check to see that St. John’s is listed as your charity at the top of the page.

Sign up for SCRIPS.  A fundraising program that provides a rebate to the school toward your fundraising obligation from a multitude of stores when you buy prepaid gift certificates/cards using your SCRIPS account (percentage varies by company).  Buy cards to pay for things you already buy!  For more information Click Here.  You can also email sjescrips@gmail.com.