Principal Update

September 13-17

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Dear John Paul I Families

As we move through the 2021-22 school year, we extend last year’s theme, ‘’I Have Called You By Name” through inspiration from scripture by Jeremiah 29:11-14, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans…to give you a future with hope…When you search me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me says the Lord…”.

Through this scripture, Jeremiah reminds us that God tells the Israelites his plan for them and to have hope. He is reassuring His people that He is with them and that He loves and cares for them. He has plans for them for a bright future. So, how does this apply to us, thousands of years later? God knows the plans He has for us, too, even today. He will be there for us and answer us when we call on Him. He wants us to have “a future full of hope.” That is God’s part. Our part is to be faithful to God, to love and serve Him and to live our lives reflecting our faith. God knows the plans He has for us. We need to prayerfully discern those plans and faithfully carry them out. He will be with us as we do. He is both our Savior, our source of power and success, no matter what challenges we have in front of us!

This year, through our selected children’s book we hope to foster a deeper understanding of the theme of hope is “Giant Steps To Change the World”, by Spike Lee Wright and Illustrated by Sean Qualls. "Giant Steps to change the World" is an inspirational book with direct references to great historical figures. It does not go into much detail about the figures accomplishments, but it provides enough so that you know who the author is referring to. They mention everyone from Mohammed Ali to Barack Obama. They conclude by telling the reader not to fear failure and to begin their own journey.

The overall theme of Giant Steps to Change the World is that it does not matter who you are or where you come from, you can change the world just like those historical figures have.The story uses examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps," this book urges others, regardless of setbacks. His empowering words not only lift children up but show them how to lift themselves up and seize their potential. This beautiful story underscores for us an array of emotions that come in times of struggle and challenges and speaks to the unrelenting power of hope. Let us together with Jesus, ‘take giant steps' for He gives us, “Future and Hope’!

This year, as in the past we will continue with our Focus on Health and Wellness and Focus on Literacy and Numeracy as part of our efforts to engage parents in their child’s learning. You can look forward to seeing tips and knowledge sharing to use at home so you can help to extend your child’s learning.

We look forward to parents engaging with us in a variety of ways as they help to extend the learning. We have a dedicated staff focused on learning and collaborating to best serve the needs of our students and their families.

On behalf of the staff, we remain committed to providing the children of Escuela John Paul I School with a quality Catholic education. We believe children are at the center of our work and are grateful to be working in such an outstanding learning community. We are looking forward to a happy and productive school year. Thanks for your continued support and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Healthy Hunger

We want to thank Heather and Amy our hot lunch coordinators and all of the parents who donate their time and energy for our children!

Here is some information on our Hot Lunch Program:

  1. Orders MUST be placed and paid online a week prior to the hot lunch through Healthy Hunger website. After this time, there are no cancellations or refunds. (No cash refunds available in the office)
    1. If your child is absent, you can make arrangements to pick-up or give the order to another student. If we do not hear from you, your child’s lunch will be kept in the fridge until the next time they are at school.
    2. If a field trip is booked, we will always do our best to inform you and give you the opportunity to cancel and get a refund but we do not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate.
    3. If you cancel your order one week in advance, you will receive a credit through Healthy Hunger.
  2. Below is the link on how to sign your child up for Hot Lunch Program. Please make sure to select your child's correct classroom.

Please note that if you registered your child in the previous years, you will still have to register again through this link.

Thank you!

Milk Sales

We will once again be offering milk cards for purchase. Milk will be sold individually for 85 Cents or a milk card for $8.50. You can purchase this through your PowerSchool account.
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One Voice

This past Thursday, our school community participated in "One Voice." "One Voice," is a time where we gather together as a Faith community to learn more about our Catholic Faith.

This week's focus was on Learning the parts of the Mass.

Link to a Video about the parts of the Mass: begin at timestamp 11:50

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HP Chromebooks – Compugen ECSD Parent Portal

For families interested in purchasing HP Chromebooks for students, a more user friendly url has been created. Please direct them to the following link for additional information.
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Parish News

First Reconciliation & First Holy Eucharist

Fall Session 2021

The Catholic Parish of Corpus Christi

2707 34 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6T 1P5

Phone: 780.466.7576 Fax: 587.754.1670


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Requirements for Registration

1. Registration for First Reconciliation & First Holy Eucharist form

2. PIPA Registration and Participation Form – Appendix 907B

3. Participation Consent Form and Release – Appendix 907C

The first 3 requirements are available at the parish office,
or online at

4. a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate

5. $20 for each sacramental preparation book & materials ($40 for both)

6. a copy of your child’s First Reconciliation certificate (if received)

¬ Ensure your email address is clearly written on the registration form.

¬ Once you have all the requirements, meet with Sister Delia at the parish office to finalize your child’s registration.

Preparing for Lessons

Your child will receive the following workbook(s):

· Reconciliation/Confession: My Booklet about God’s Love and Forgiveness

· First Holy Eucharist/Communion: My Booklet about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

Ensure your child has completed the readings and activities in the workbooks before attending each lesson, so your child is able to participate and answer questions.

Bus Planner

For information about late bus notifications, please visit our website, which includes instructions on downloading the new BusPlanner Delays app.

Thank you

JPI Traffic and Parking

The safety of our students as a priority, therefore a clear traffic policy is necessary at JPI School. To inform drivers, we have gone to great lengths to provide proper signage and pylons as markers for key areas. Please read the following information and adhere to our procedures so that we maintain the highest level of safety for your children. Thank you.
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JPI Parking Lot

The parking lot is not for parents in order to create the safest area for our students. The parking lot is reserved for ECSD staff from 8:00 am to 3:40pm. This applies to parents who are dropping off or picking up their child (ren).

Proactive Habits:

● U-Turns and Jaywalking are not safe or legal anywhere in the School Zone.

● Avoid dropping off your child in the middle of the street or in front of the

south side of 38 ave.

● Avoid blocking any driveways, allow time to park a bit farther away and plan your routes appropriately and considerately.

● Parents of students in Grades 4 - 6 are strongly encouraged to drop off/pick-up their children a block or two away from school

● Families living in the community are strongly encouraged to walk home, bike, carpool, etc. to and from school.

• Slow down! The speed limit is 30km/h in the School Zone.

• Traffic becomes more congested between 8:30-8:40am and 3:15-3:30pm. Please consider this when timing your arrival at school. You may want to beat the rush and arrive at school EARLIER.

Outside supervision begins at 8:13 am and our doors are always open during inclement weather (e.g. raining or temperatures below -20oC w/windchill).

As parents/guardians, we can all contribute in some way to ensure safety and improve traffic flow around the school and surrounding area. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Escuela John Paul I School Council...

Did you know that our School Council…

  1. is a great way to keep tabs on what’s happening in your child’s school?
  2. provides an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the school with the Principal and Assistant Principal?
  3. is a great way to get to know other caregivers and parents committed to their kids’ education?

We are also a charitable organization that works to raise funds for School Council initiatives to…

  • organize the Back to School BBQ (unfortunately cancelled this year due to COVID), Hot Lunch, Movie Nights, and many more family-oriented events,
  • fundraise thousands of dollars for the school through fundraisers that the money goes towards enrichment activities such as technology, equipment for the makerspace, outdoor play equipment and provides additional funding for sporting equipment, science, and arts.

We hold regular meetings that are open to ALL caregivers and parents.

Want to make a difference? Come out to School Council

This year your School Council Executives are:

Chair : Open

Past Chair: Amy Hlushak

Treasurer: Brian Sochr

Secretary: Catrina Shaw

Even though this year is looking a bit different, again, there are many opportunities to give back and get involved with our school community!

Our next meeting will September 23 @ 5:30 p.m.

via Teams

Caregiver Series

Caregiver Education through AB Health Services (Link)

These 90 minute online sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with introductory information regarding mental health challenges that can affect children and youth. This month’s topics are ‘Building Executive Skills: Promoting Success in Learning’, and ‘Technology and the Teenage Brain: Digital Wellness for Families’.

Lunch and Learn Webinars

In our 60 minute lunchtime webinars, we will be looking at how parents and caregivers can support healthy sleep hygiene and scheduling through our two-part series, ‘Sleep and Your Family’s Mental Health’. With these two-part sessions, participants are welcome to register for one or both sessions. At the end of September, we are also offering a lunchtime session on ‘More than Just a Bad Day: Understanding Depression in Adolescents’.

Drop-In Series

This fall, we are offering two different session series. Starting Wednesday, Sep 15, we are offering our four-part series on ‘Understanding Anxiety’ and on Thursday, Sep 16, we will begin our seven-part series on “Mental Health and Resiliency”. These evening sessions run for 90 minutes and participants are welcome to register for one, more, or all of the sessions in the series.

  • Caregiver Handout: Going Back to School During COVID-19 – Fall 2021

As children and youth go back to school this fall, many parents and caregivers have concerns about how to help their kids adjust to the change, especially as COVID-19 is still having an impact on our communities. To support families in this transition, a handout is attached to this email that offers tips for helping parents and caregivers to prepare, inform, and support their children and youth towards a successful return to the classroom.



Upcoming Dates

Throughout the month of September we will have practice fire drills and lockdowns.

September 13 and 14

  • Virtual African Dance Sessions for all students

September 20

  • Federal Election

September 24

  • Healthy Hunger Hot Lunch - Pizza 73

September 28
  • Virtual Meet the Teacher
  • 6:30-7:30 - Two presentations
  • Teams link will be provided to you by your child's teacher

September 30

  • National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
  • No School

October 6

  • Picture Day
  • Individual Pictures

October 15

  • Healthy Hunger Hot Lunch - Edo