The Good News

Saint John XXIII March 15, 2019

Leadership Message

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

-William Butler Yeats

If you had the blessing of walking our halls at any time this week, you would have been filled with a sense of wonder and joy at the amazing learning happening at Saint John XXIII! Every day we get to hear and see kids and staff engaged in thinking, connecting, exploring, innovating, collaborating and sharing their inquisitive minds! Every moment of everyday there is a child celebrating a learning milestone and discovering their potential. This week especially was filled with so many beautiful moments and while there are so many to share, we will highlight a few below to give you a glimpse into our Saint John XXIII village of learners!


Mrs. Boehm

We Grow in Faith Every Day!

Celebrating EICS Week of Inspirational Math: #EICSPi


Research, Conservation, Literacy

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Congratulations to our SJXXIII Choirs and Mrs. Schaub!

Congratulations to the Saint John XXIII Choirs for their performances at the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival Monday! Both choirs received an honour with distinction rating, which is fantastic! Not only did they sing beautifully but they were excellent representatives of our school. Thank you for your commitment and hard work! Thank-you to Mrs. Schaub for all her work and dedication to our choir this year! Thanks to all of our parents who were able to join us!

Student Learning Progress: Communicating Together at Conferences

Conferences are an important aspect of the learning journey for students. It is a time set aside for students, parents, and teachers to engage in conversations around the strengths, area of growth and next steps of the student.Conferences will be on the evenings of Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th from 4-7 pm. The on-line interview scheduling program is now open: which will enable you to schedule your conferences.

Our SJXXIII Families are Proud of US-Bulletin Board!: There will be an opportunity during conferences to share what about your child's learning this year you most proud of? Perhaps they have persevered through a challenge, learned to read, expanded their writing skills, developed leadership skills, ready to share your good news on a "Brag Tag" and place on our bulletin board right outside the office!

Beware Prankster Patty and Leprechauns! Our Saint John XXIII Innovators are determined to catch you!

Students worked together to design and create Leprechaun Traps today. Traps are set and we will wait and see what happens this weekend! It was awesome to see the engagement and innovation!

A letter from Prankster Patty was delivered during our assembly last Monday and read by Mrs. Comartin. We have included the letter so you can share in the excitement!

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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...

Library Spring Break Challenge and Library events

Our Fort Saskatchewan library has many amazing events and opportunities for children. LEGO Wall Drop in, Junior Book Club, Alphabet Soup...and many more. Follow this link for more information about upcoming events at our library.

The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library is excited to invite kids to join them for their second annual Ferguson's Spring Break Reading Challenge! Children can enter this challenge by reading 5 books (or 5 twenty-minute blocks) over the school break - March 22 - April 01. Panago has generously sponsored us and each child that brings in their form will receive a certificate for a personal pizza. This challenge is targeted at K-9 students and Stephanie from the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library will be at our Monday Assembly to share how kids can participate.

OLA Parish News

Thank-you to Father Anthony for sharing mass with our STJXXIII Staff Wednesday morning this week. What a beautiful way to begin our day! Our chapel was also blessed by Father Anthony at this time, a sacred space for our SJ village!

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Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Conference Connections with School Council: Our School Council Executive wants to connect with our parents of Saint John XXIII to share important aspects of our School Council and how you can be involved and share your voice. As a parent in our school community, you are also automatically a member of the School Council and we would love to connect with you. At our conferences. Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 members of our School Council will be in the front entrance greeting parents and sharing information. We will be inviting parents to sign up as class reps which would entail attending School Council meetings.

We also have the blessing of one of our families who owns M & M Meats that has offered to share a percentage of their food sales over a period of time with our school. Information will be available at our School Council table at conferences. Order forms will made available to you should you choose to support this fundraiser. Many thanks to Gillian and Cole Reich for their generosity!

Coming Soon... Aspen Greenhouse Mother's Day Fundraiser: We love to grow at SJXXIII...Strawberry baskets, along with tomatoes, herbs, and flowers will be on sale through power school for Mother’s Day. Order forms will be available on-line April 3. Plants will be delivered May 9, just in time to celebrate spring and the special people in your life. All funds raised will go to fixing up our school sign.

Thank-you to all families who ordered school clothing. Order has been placed and once delivery is made after Spring Break, orders will be sent home via students.


Mar. 15: School-Wide MakerSpace Project: Leprechaun Traps

Mar. 18: Assembly 9 am

Mar. 19: Face to Face presentations, Gr 3 Rec Swim, Three Way Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 20: Three Way Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 21: Grade 4 Rec Swim

Mar 22-Mar 31: Spring Break

April 1: Back to School, Assembly 9 am

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