Patriot Post

Nov. 5th - Nov. 9th, 2018

This Week at St. JPII

Monday Nov. 5th

Book Fair

Tuesday Nov. 6th

Book Fair

Wednesday Nov. 7th

Book Fair


Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Thursday Nov. 8th

Book Fair

Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Friday Nov. 9th

Book Fair

School Photo Re-Takes

Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:10am - 11:15am


Chaplain's Corner

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings help to bring us an understanding of which of the commandments are most important through the eyes of Jesus. This is the personal lesson that comes out loud and clear through the gospel reading today for each and every Christian. It is the solid foundation of our Christina religion that love of God and Neighbor that Jesus calls us to embody in all our daily interactions. As our Lord says: "there is no other commandment greater than these." All of the other commandments are expansions of these two and indications of how we are to put these into daily practice.

The keeping of God's commandments, the prayers of thanksgiving, praise and petition which daily we offer, the attendance at Mass and other liturgical functions, these are the means God gives us of showing our love, our recognition of total dependence on him and our gratitude for all he has done and is doing for us. God does not need any of these signs of our submission and reverence and respect, but we need them absolutely, for they are the means he has given us of fulfilling his purpose in creating us—to share his eternal glory with him. To love God then, is not an obligation imposed on us by some demanding superior but a privilege granted us so that we can become worthy of the greater gifts he has in store for us.

Loving our neighbor—and in the Christian code this means all men no matter what may be their color, race or religion—is, according to our divine Lord, another most effective way of proving to God that we love him. Because of our common humanity we should be inclined to help our fellowmen, our neighbors, but the Christian law spiritualizes this natural inclination, by commanding us to help our neighbor because he is God's child. We are all fellow-children of God, members of the one family. Our heavenly Father loves each one of us and wants our salvation. If we love our common Father we will do all we can to help his other children also to attain salvation. It will earn for us God's favor.

If we observe these two commandments we are "fulfilling the whole law and the prophets,"; we are serving God and showing our gratitude to him for all his goodness to us. The Christian who is following Christ in love is already active in the earthly kingdom of God and traveling safely toward God's eternal kingdom of peace and happiness.

Upcoming and In the Works Faith Events

- Gr. 7 Faith Retreat: November 26, 2018

- Gr. 7 & 8 Days of Service

- Catholic Education Masses

Saturday, November 3rd @ 5:15 pm

Sunday, November 4th @ 9:00 am

- School Adoration: November 22-23, 2018

- School Reconciliation: November 27, 2018

- Parish priest visits to St. JP II: Thursdays from 12:05 - 1:30 pm


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A huge congratulations goes out to our Girls Volleyball Team who captured the silver medal at the League Championship game last Thursday at ABJ in Sherwood Park. This concludes a very successful season for the team. Thank you to all the staff, students and family who came out to watch the game! It meant everything to the girls and coaches that you came out to show your support. A HUGE thanks to Mrs. Riess and Mrs. WIllis-Polanski for all their time, effort and energy coaching the girls.


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Book Fair at St.John Paul II

During the week of November 5-9th classes will be visiting the fair in their library block

November 7th & 8th the fair will be open in the library during parent teacher conferences

Stop by, see some of the students work, tour the new learning commons space and purchase a book or two!

All proceeds go toward the purchasing of new reading material for your library!

Thank you for your continued support!



Thank you to those that were able to join us for our School Council meeting Oct 22. There was a lot to discuss regarding what has been happening in the school and upcoming plans. We encourage you to join us for our next meeting which is scheduled for Monday, November 19 @ 6:30pm in the school library.

Approved meeting minutes can be found on the School Council page within the St JPII website.

Our School Council is currently in the process of reviewing and revising our existing Constitution and Bylaws to reflect changes in our school name and to ensure it is in alignment with current legislation, regulations and recommendations from the Alberta School Council Association. On the School Council page on the St JPII website, resource documentation, as well as the existing and proposed documents have been added for all parents to access. We are asking and encouraging you to take the time to review these and provide feedback during the next School Council meeting where these changes will be discussed and determined.

Volunteer Needed - Hot Lunch – School Council is currently looking for a parent volunteer who would be willing and able work alongside our currently coordinator – Sheri McCoy. Tasks would include familiarity with the online ordering system, and working together to determine menu options with local vendors, submitting the order with the vendors, coordinating pick up/delivery of food from the vendors, monitoring payment for orders placed. If you are interested, please contact Stacey at

School Council Executive

Helping Veterans through the Poppy Program

Do you know that funds raised through the poppy program help to support veterans. Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands of our members who volunteer from coast to coast to coast, to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. Poppies are distributed freely, but your generous donations are invaluable. You can now donate online and even dedicate a poppy coin to a specific individual. Help all remember those who paid the ultimate price to ensure our peace and freedom.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. On Friday, November 9th at 1 pm in the Field of Honor at the Fort Cemetery students our school and others in Forts Saskatchewan will be participating an a ceremony in conjunction with the Bells of Peace Ceremony. Students will ensure that all soldier graves at Fort Cemetery will have a Canadian flag and poppy on it to show that their sacrifice is not forgotten.

May we never forget those individuals who have place their life in peril to protect others. May God watch over each of them who have passed and those who are still with us.


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Well the kids have voted and the 2018-2019 yearbook committee is wanting one of our own student’s “work of art “ to be the cover page for our inaugural St JP 2 Catholic School yearbook!

Are you a grade 8 student? Do you like to draw? Are you a budding artist? We would love to see your talent displayed on the St JP 2 2018-2019 Yearbook cover! Please submit your entries to the school office for this year’s cover contest, due date for all entries are Dec 12! Please put your “work of art” on a 8 1/2” X11” piece of paper, it should include the school name and year- 2018-2019 on it but most importantly we are looking to see who best captures the spirit of our school and what ST JP 2 means to them!

Any questions, please feel free to email Cindy Dziwenko-Cox at

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The Importance of Catholic Education Panel

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Mark your calendars! Monday November 26 7:00 pm @ OLA Catholic School is our next meeting. The grant is already written, and if approved, the Fort Schools could receive over a million dollars for playground spaces!

So, what do we need?

  • Quorum - enough members of our 4 school communities to vote on decisions
  • An executive (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) to formalize decisions about the funds and decisions
  • Volunteers to help at one large silent auction fundraising event (the one and only fundraising event for the playgrounds)
  • Community partner organizations to volunteer time and equipment when the time comes to install the playgrounds.

Please join us at the meeting on the 26th to find out more and help us make decisions!

"Sneak" ATTACK Volleyball Club

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There is an exciting new opportunity for young volleyball players coming to Fort Saskatchewan. Please click here to learn more.

Demographic Confirmation & Yearly Consent Forms

If you have not already done so please take a few minutes to complete your child's Demographic Confirmation and Yearly Consent Forms on PowerSchool. Having the most up-to-date information about our students ensures that we receive all available funding to support your child's learning - and that we have current information to reach you during the day if necessary. Please contact Carrie-Lynn in the office at 780-992-0889 if you have any questions. You can access your PowerSchool ParentPortal here.

The annual consent forms allow your child full participation in all activities, field trips and events for optimal learning at St. JPII. Thank you for completing these forms so your child experiences the full learning benefits at St. JPII.

EICS Family Wellness Program

Program Overview

The Elk Island Catholic Schools Family Wellness Program provides short-term supportive assistance to students and their parents and guardians. Services are provided free of charge and may take place at school and/or in home and community settings.

Service Delivery

Each school is staffed with a Family Wellness Worker (FWW), who works under the direction of their School Principal and the Assistant Superintendent of Faith & Wellness. FWW's receive clinical guidance from a Registered Psychologist.

The primary function of the Family Wellness team is to provide social and emotional support to students and families. Family Wellness Workers meet with students and parents to assess needs, set goals, identify required supports, and plan appropriate interventions.

They collaborate with school system staff and community resources to build a “village” of support around students/families who are struggling.


Parental consent is required for FWW services.

Referrals to the Family Wellness Program may be made by students, parents/guardians, school administration, teachers, or other school staff (e.g. school counsellor or collaborative response coordinator).

Parents and guardians can access these services by speaking with the Principal or contacting the school's Family Wellness Worker directly.

Family Wellness Contact Information

Amanda Davidson RSW, BSW

St. John Paul ll

St. Andre Bessette

(p) 780-860-4621

Upcoming Community Supports for Parents

Co Parenting Workshop

Helping Families Thrive not Just Survive

The presenters will help you find new ways to:

• Make your child a priority

• Understand the impact of separation conflict on children’s brain development

• Understand the impact of separation on your child

• Choose a better way to communicate with each other

• Learn skills to deal with resentment, anger and conflict

Registration is required - 780 235 8212

Fee: $40.00 per person

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Park Centre & Hotel, Sherwood Park

Parent Cyberworld Presentation

December 11, 6:30pm

St. Andre Bessette Library

For parents to better understand the technological world of children and youth

Fact and evidence based information

Exploring apps and sites that are typically used

Legal parameters of apps and usage

Solution based discussion to assist parents in getting involved in technological world

Go through real world examples of apps and websites

Appropriate for parents with kids of all ages

Parents Empowering Parents

Do you have a child using or abusing drugs and/or alcohol?

Do you feel embarrassed, exhausted, hopeless, or alone?

Parents Empowering Parents Society

2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3W7

or online at


#200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3

(2nd Floor, Community Centre, in Centre in the Park, next to County Hall)

Support Line 780.293.0737

Ph: 780.410.8516 • Fax: 780.449.1220

Connect Parent Group

Primary Care Network

An Attachment- Based Program to Support Parents and Caregivers

Connect is a free 9 week program to support parents of pre-teens ages (10-14).

Wednesdays starting January 30th until April 3, 2019


Land Room at City Hall, 10005 102 st, Fort Saskatchewan

Call Jennifer at 780-997-4164 to register.

Onsite child care will be provided.


Cafeteria in St. John Paul II Catholic School

Meals available daily: Chicken strips, Pizza-bun (ham or extra cheese), Salad (cheeseburger, chicken caesar, or egg salad), and Sub (chicken salad, egg salad, or ham).

Daily specials: Monday- Spaghetti, Tuesday- Chicken Alfredo, Wednesday- Pancakes, Thursday- Sweet&Sour Meatballs, and Friday- Chicken Fried Rice

Sides: Apples & Grapes, Apple Sauce, Carrots & Sweet Peas, Cheese Strips, Chocolate Energy Bites, Fresh Fruit Mix, Fresh Veggie Mix, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pretzels, Rice Cereal Square, Vanilla Yogurt, Wowbutter Cookies, 237 mL white milk/chocolate milk, 200 mL juice (apple or orange)

*Menu changes three times per year* All food is prepared to meet school guidelines.

A regular meal with two sides is $6,

you can order a larger portion for $1 more,

and you can add an additional side for $1.

Pre-order online or cash purchases

Online orders- how to get started:

· Visit

· Click the order tab

· Create an account (use the email that is best for receiving receipts and create your own password)

· Choose St John Paul II as your school- lunches can be picked up at the school cafeteria

Visitors To Our School

In the interest of student safety, and to reduce classroom interruptions, we ask that all visitors to the school come directly to the office to sign in. If you need to pick up your child during the school day we are happy to call their classroom and get them to meet you at the office. Thank you for waiting in the office for your child to arrive. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
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