The Good News

Saint John XXIII November 7, 2019

Leadership Message

Love-First, Last and Always

As we learn about and live this year's faith theme; Love-First, Last and Always, we are called to know God's unconditional love for us and respond to others with His challenge to love one another as we are loved. Love, by our Catholic faith, is not the roses and hearts kind, but the kind where we will the good of others as a child of God. In our school community, every day we have opportunities to respond to others with this love.

Last Friday students and staff spent some time outside integrating faith, physical literacy, and collaboration while celebrating this year's theme. The pictures below speak for themselves of the LOVE that is evident within our amazing school community.

May your fall break bring many moments of joy and love for you and yours!


Mrs. Boehm

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A beautiful Remebrance Day Celebration! Thanks to our grade one team, Mrs. Schaub & our choir, our grade fours for leading, and all our special guests and parents for coming!

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School Fees Updated on PowerSchool Parent Portal

The fees you are being charged are for student field trips, presentations, tech fees, and other school-related activities. These fees have been applied to your child's account in PowerSchool to enable you to 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, to discuss support.

Thanks to the Andruchow Family for our November Apple Sponsorship and to Ricki's Restaurant for the donation of apples!

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Play, Creativity, Collaboration+Nature=Innovative Kids!

Ms. Dexter took our students outside and challenged them with a task to build a shelter for our Canadian winters. Their Hula Hoops represented their "land space". Students explored how shelters need walls and a roof, and what materials could be utilized as insulation. Just look at the engagement! It was awesome learning!

We LOVE to Read...Who was it? Who will it be?

This week our Mystery Reader was Mrs. Manca! She shared one of her favourite library stories about the joys of grandparents. Mrs. Manca LOVES being a Baba!
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A "Homegrown" Book Fair: Grade 3s as Young Disciples and Citizens

Grade 3 proudly presents “A Homegrown Bookfair”

Many book donations have come in! Please continue to donate gently used books for our HomeGrown Bookfair led by our grade threes! For your convenience, there will be book donation boxes set up outside of both grade three classrooms and the library.

On Friday, December 6th, Grade threes will host, “A Homegrown Bookfair”. All books will be 50 cents each. Students will come with their class and can shop for themselves and for Christmas gifts. All money raised will be donated to Valeda House.

Thank you in advance for supporting Grade Threes in this event.


Grade 3S and 3B Mrs. Scott and Ms. Bourassa

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Grade 4 Servant Leadership Squad: We are Leaders!

We are so excited to announce that every one of our grade fours are a part of our Servant Leadership Squad! Students have been placed on one of our four leadership teams: Faith, School Spirit, Young Citizens, or Healthy Living. Our grade fours will engage in many leadership opportunities throughout our school community this year and develop important skills that will help them become all they are called to be in the future. Every team met together this week to plan. T-shirts are ordered and we are EXCITED to lead and serve!

Many thanks to our staff team leaders who will guide our Servant Leaders this year:

Mrs. Comartin (School Spirit Team)

Mrs. Boehm (Faith Team)

Mrs. Hinger & Miss Brown (Young Citizens Team)

Mrs. Ekdahl, Ms. Bennett & Miss Foster (Healthy Living Team)

T-shirts are coming soon! Thanks once again to PSC for your support!

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We LOVE to Grow! Congratulations to these students for growing their brains and hearts!

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Our students as leaders: 2YM & 2W led Monday Assembly. 3B leads us in our Seven Sacred Teachings each Monday.

Thanks to everyone who came out to conferences to celebrate and plan for next steps in our learning journeys!

Our grade ones visit St. André Bessette; amazing community connections!

OLA Parish News

Thanks to everyone who came, served, and prayed for Catholic Education during last week's Catholic Education mass at our parish.

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next school council meeting: Tuesday, November 19 @ 7 pm


Nov. 11-15: Fall Break No School

Nov. 18: Assembly 9 am

Nov. 19: School Council Meeting 7 pm Collab room

Nov. 22: Grade 4 Rec Swim

Nov. 25: Assembly 9 am

Nov. 28: Kindergarten Field Trip to Telus World of Science

Dec. 2: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 4: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: Jingle Bells/Deck the Halls (Show off your best Holiday Spirit)

Dec. 6: HomeGrown Book Fair

Dec. 9: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 11: Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal

Dec. 12: Christmas Concert: The Spirit of Christmas 1:00 & 7:00 pm

Dec. 16: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 20: Advent Celebration 11 am

Christmas Carols Sing-a Long 2:19-3:00 pm All welcome

Christmas Break Dec.21-Jan. 6

Jan. 6: Assembly 9 am

It's a Great Day to be a Saint John XXIII Kid!

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