About our School Community

Welcome to St John the Evangelist School! With our teachers and staff, we are personally committed to the education and formation of each of the children entrusted to our daily care. Please don't hesitate to contact us personally if you have any questions about our school. -Fr. Joseph Calis, Pastor & Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Durney, Principal

St. John the Evangelist is a welcoming, caring community.  The sense of community and the importance of serving others identify who we are.  Beginning in preschool, the faculty and staff consciously teach our students the importance of imitating Christ by serving others as he did.  Selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013, SJE was one of only seven Maryland schools, public or private, to win the honor as a "high performing school," which means that SJE students ranked in the top ten percent of all students in Maryland in reading and math.   

Our Philosophy:  We believe that children become aware of their unique value as children of God and begin to identify and develop their talents during their elementary years.  St. John the Evangelist School strives for both the development of its students' academic abilities and also for the formation of Christian ideals and values.  

Our Vision Statement:  St. John the Evangelist School is a Catholic parish school in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Students are happy, safe, and academically challenged.  Each student is welcomed, regardless of socioeconomic, physical, or academic background.  The faculty recognizes and encourages students to use their unique gifts in the service of others.  As students progress through our school, they begin to understand and appreciate the contributions they can make to our school, parish, and community at large.  Upon graduation, the students are well-prepared academically and spiritually for the challenges ahead.  

Our Mission:  The mission of St. John the Evangelist School is to integrate Catholic philosophy and teaching with academic excellence.

Our Beliefs:  

•  We are all created in the image and likeness of God.
•  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
•  As followers of Christ, we are all called to serve others.
•  We have the privilege of teaching the Gospel message to our students, as well as the responsibility of witnessing that message to everyone, especially our students.
•  Parents are the primary educators of their children.
•  The child benefits the most when parents and teachers work together.
•  All children can learn to their highest potential.
•  We must educate our children to respond to social justice concerns.
•  We need to vary our teaching techniques since children learn in many different ways.
•  We need to use various means of assessment in order to determine if students have reached a significant level of learning.
•  The strong academic foundation we offer our students better prepares them for success in their future educational pursuits.
•  Our parishioners witnessing their own spirituality foster a greater desire in our students to do the same.
•  Our parishioners dedication to having a Catholic school in this parish by supporting it financially is vital to the existence of our school.

School address

10201 Woodland Drive, 
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone: 301-681-7656
Fax: 301-681-0745
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Hours of Operation:

Grades K–8:           8:05 a.m. 2:55 p.m.
Jr. K Full Day:        8:05 a.m. 2:55 p.m.
Jr. K Half Day:       8:05 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Extended Care:

Before Care:  7:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.  The cost of before care is $4.00 per child per half hour.
After Care:  3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on full school days and 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on half days.  The cost of After Care is $8.00 per child per hour.  

Dress Code:
SJE students wear uniforms available through Flynn and O'Hara Uniforms, 5210 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD 20852. 

Inclement Weather:
Our school follows the school cancellation and late opening policy of Montgomery County. The Before Care program will begin at 8:00 a.m. on days with delayed opening.  On late opening days, any parent who needs to drop off a child to Before Care may do so (even if you do not normally use the service).  In the case of early closure, please contact the school if you are not able to pick your child up at the early closing time.  

The Montgomery County School System announces cancellations, delays, and early closures on local radio and television stations and on the Montgomery County School System home page.   You may also sign up for the Alert MCPS service, which will send you an email or text in the case of weather or other emergency closures.  Find more information here.  

A Brief History of St. John the Evangelist School

Father Charles Rosensteel, pastor of St. John the Evangelist from 1893 to 1936, was intensely interested in Catholic education and dedicated to the idea of starting a Catholic school for the children of what was then a mission church in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring.  Although Fr. Rosensteel did not live to see the establishment of SJE school, he began saving to build it in 1931.  His successor, Fr. Joseph T. Kennedy, brought his dream to fruition when he dedicated the school building in 1950.

When the parish school was established in 1950, then-Cardinal O'Boyle asked the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Scranton, PA, to serve the people in this area through the new school. They accepted and on September 1, 1950, then-pastor Msgr. Joseph Kennedy and Mother M. Marcella, the Superior General of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation, signed the official school contract. The school opened with 440 students for grades kindergarten through the 5th grade. Mother Mary Amata was the principal, and the faculty consisted of seven nuns and two lay teachers.  

Even in the present day, the influence of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is everywhere at St. John the Evangelist School.  Our first lay principal, Mrs. Peggy Durney, is committed to preserving that warm and welcoming culture that the I.H.M. sisters established at SJE during their tenure and to upholding their traditions.  Learning about the I.H.M. charism and mission is an integral part of the religious education curriculum at SJE.  We celebrate Founder's Day every year with the I.H.M. sisters, celebrating the life and gifts of Mother Theresa Maxis Duchemin and Father Louis Florent Gillet.  The lobby of our school contains a beautiful tribute to the I.H.M. sisters who have served the children and families of SJE school from its beginning.  


Today’s St. John the Evangelist School

St. John the Evangelist School is a parish, Catholic preschool (age 4) and elementary school (K-8) for boys and girls. We welcome students of all faiths and beliefs. At St. John the Evangelist School we seek to live out the Gospel message through our service to one another and to the larger community. We are ever thankful for the support of the parishioners, parents, priests, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in sustaining the school’s mission to integrate Catholic philosophy with academic excellence.

We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, our intent is to assist them in this mission by helping children develop their potential and intellectual curiosity through a flexible and diversified curriculum. We guide the children to appreciate the uniqueness of themselves and others, and to celebrate the diversity in our school and beyond. We encourage students to recognize their responsibility to apply Catholic values to the problems of today’s society and to reach out to those in need in their local and global communities.

Finally, we strive to give students a firm moral foundation so they can succeed in future challenges to serve others as Christ instructed us to do.



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Oración de un evangelista

Señor Jesús, que quiere que nos convirtamos en una fuerza viva para toda la humanidad, las luces brillando en el mundo. Quiere que seamos luces radiantes como estamos a tu lado, la gran luz, bañado en tu gloria, oh Luz del Cielo. Vamos a disfrutar más y más la luz pura y deslumbrante de la Santísima Trinidad, como ahora que hemos recibido, aunque no en su plenitud, un rayo de su esplendor, que procede del único y verdadero Dios, en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor, a quien sea la gloria y el poder por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

-St. Gregorio Naciancino (330-390)


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