The Good News

Saint John XXIII October 4, 2020

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World Teachers' Day: Monday, October 5, 2020

Tomorrow is World' Teachers' Day and this weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving. We invite each of you to take a moment sometime this week to recognize the teachers who are committed to your child's faith, learning and social-emotional growth and learning. Especially this year, staff have truly stepped up with the ever-evolving safety and well-being measures needed for our school community.

Let them know how much you appreciate the critical work done every day by sending an email, a card, a message,or shout out, and please keep us all in your prayers. At Saint John XXIII, we recognize all staff as teachers, as everyone at our school helps the learning process. Please recognize the many "teachers" your child encounters each day.

A special thank you to all our Saint John XXIII teachers on World Teachers' Day!

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Parents please continue to use the parking lot safey. Friday pm was a dangerous time after school. Staff will be out this week to remind parents of our parking lot protocols to keep all students staff. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment.

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Meet our Team SJXXIII-Each week we will highlight a few staff members so you can get to know our crew!

Meet some of our Pathways Team

Mr. Kris Szydlowski-Pathways Teacher

I’m Mr. Szyd (pronounced sid) and this is my first time teaching at St. John, though I’ve had an opportunity to work at other schools in the Division. I am a recent graduate of the University of Alberta for Elementary Education, and am very excited to be teaching in the Pathways Program! I love to learn as much as I love to teach and I am a kid at heart. I am quite difficult to catch in a game of tag (try me!) and when I’m out on a walk I like to imagine all the spots spiderman could web from. I am happily married and have three awesome daughters, aged 8, 6 and 3.

Some things that bring Mr. Szyd joy:

My family brings me joy. Playing any kind of sport brings me joy. Borrowing a new book from the library brings me joy. And kids- kids definitely bring me joy.

Mrs. Michelle Mudry-Pathways Educational Assistant

Hello to our St. John XXIII Families! I am so happy to be back at St. John and especially excited to be part of the Pathways Program. I have worked in all grades (K - 9) during my many, many, many, many years working with EICS. Each and every year is a new and exciting journey! My husband and I live in Fort Saskatchewan. We have one son who is a high school teacher. A few

Some things that bring Mrs. Mudry joy are: spending time with family and friends, joking and laughing, eating chips, and fishing!!

Mrs. Gwen Manca-Pathways and PUF Pathways Educational Assistant

Hi, St. John families😊 I am so happy to be back at St. John XXlll and especially happy to be in the Flexible Pathways and PUF Pathways program. I love all the children, their chatter and the twinkle in their eyes. This brings me so much JOY!!! I have been working with EICS for 10 years and previous to that ran a dayhome for 16 years. My husband and I live in Fort Saskatchewan. I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Something that bring Mrs. Manca joy are: family suppers, sleepovers with the grandchildren, camping and making homemade soups.

Mrs. Kendra Reist-Pathways Education Assistant

Hello St. John families! My name is Kendra Reist and I am so excited to be working at St. John this year! I am an EA and I love working with every single student! My passion for supporting children comes from seeing all these beautiful smiles every day at school.

I have 2 of my own children, Grace is 14 and Ryder is 11 and they bring me such joy! I have also been married for 16 years!

Something that bring Mrs. Reist joy are: watching my children play their sports and the joy it brings them! I also really enjoy when I get to spend time with my friends and we get to go golfing!

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First Early Dismissal: Wednesday, October 7th Please arrange pick ups for 2:23 pm dismissal

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We are in need of some gently used or new boys' socks

There's no "bones" about it-Our Healthy Kids focus this month is our bones!

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School Fees

School fees will be applied to your child's account in PowerSchool this week. You can pay on-line with a debit card or credit card. However, if you wish to pay by cash or cheque, please send it to the school office (make cheques payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools). If you have other questions or require assistance with the online payment, please contact our school at 780-998-7777. If you are experiencing financial hardship please review the fee waiver here or contact the principal, Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm 780-998-777 to arrange a meeting.

Late Arrivals: What to do? Please ensure your child gets into school safely

First bell rings at 8:45 am. Supervision begins each morning at 8:30 am. If you arrive after the first bell rings at 8:45 am, please call the office 780-998-7777, press 1 and someone will meet your child at the front door. All doors are locked now and we want to ensure all of our students arrive safely. Thank you for your commitment to this.
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Looking ahead:

October 7: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: School Colours (blue and yellow) or STJXXIII Clothing

October 9: No school for students-PD day

October 12: No school-Happy Thanksgiving

Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a Great Day to be a Saint John Kid!

On Friday we celebrated Mrs. Cebryk and Mr. Pineda on National Custodians' Day! We continue to send our healing prayers to Ms. Trainor!

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Congratulations and Blessings to our students who received their Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. Send your pictures to Mrs. Boehm

OLA Parish News

Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Parish



Rev. Kristopher Schmidt

Cell phone: 780-995-3930


Link to Fr. Kris homily:


Rev. Danial Dsouza

Cell phone: 780-710-3128


Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Preparing for the upcoming year:

Mrs. Boehm and Ms. Astalosch will be meeting with our past PSC executive this week to plan for the school year and book a date for executive elections. Meetings will be held this year via Google Meets. If you are interested in becoming a Parent School Council Executive member or a class rep, please contact Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm

First PSC meeting and elections will be held in October.

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Ms. Astalosch made a tutorial video: How to use the AHS Screening tool for your child daily

Using the AHS COVID 19 Screening Tools for your Saint John XXIII Child
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