The Good News
Saint John XXIII June 20, 2021
Happy Father's Day
Be a Spark of Light and a Source of Love
It was a beautiful moment to witness last weekend as some of our SAB grads made their way back to their elementary St. John XXIII Catholic School to honour their childhood friend, Connor, who left their side (but not our hearts) in grade one. His tree is planted at St. John to honour his memory. These former St. John kids took time to remember and to celebrate their moment with Connor(and his parents). We send our prayers and congratulations to all the SAB graduates of 2021. It was truly an honour to share in their journeys!
This week, we also celebrated our own small “graduates” as we said farewell to our grade fours on Thursday. As adults, we recognize that a Grade 4 farewell is a tiny step on a long and beautiful journey, however, it is a significant milestone for parents and staff as we witness the transformation from those baby-faced kinders to vibrant adolescents in five years. A lot of growth and change occurs in those years from K-4 with many milestones, challenges, and experiences. Every challenge, every experience provided an opportunity to become more and more of who they are today. Students will continue to be challenged and grow, each time adding rich colours to the masterpieces they are. Our students are now ready to spread their wings and leap from the Saint John XXIII nest into the exciting new adventures and opportunities waiting for them at St. John Paul II! Each one of them have made their mark on us and we are grateful for the time we were able to share in their journeys.
Tomorrow and Tuesday, we will celebrate our Kindergarten milestones. They have all grown so much in one short year.
No matter what grade milestone anyone is celebrating this year, every single child should feel very proud of their journey! This year every student faced challenges never before experienced in our lifetimes, they persevered through worries and obstacles, and held onto faith, hope and love. Together with their parents, teachers, and parish, our St. John students were a spark of joy and a center of love!
Congratulations to every student for your brave and resilient accomplishments this year!
Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm
Grade 4 Farewell
Passing down the Leadership "Colours" to grade threes. Faith, School Spirit, Young Citizens, & Healthy Living
Thank you to our AMAZING Grade 4 Parent Banner Committee!
Grade 4 Animoto: Video of our 2020-2021 Year
Year End Faith Assembly Celebrations tomorrow and Tuesday morning for our Tuesday Kinders! Ms. Astalosch & mrs. Boehm are creating a video for our STJ families to be sent by the end of the week.
Tomorrow we honour and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day-June 21st
Last day of classes for students is this Friday, June 25th! Report cards go live!
2021-2022 Supply Lists
Staples is offering special pricing for parents from Elk Island Catholic Schools. You may choose to get your school supplies from Staples or from another retail store, click the button below to access the school supply lists provided by our school and by Staples.
Please do not order from Staples before July 14, 2021 as the prices will be updated at that time.
Welcome to Kindergarten 2021-2022! Video and Information Package email sent
Attention Grade 3 families
Dear Grade 3 Families,
As your child moves into grade 4, technology as a tool becomes significantly integrated into their learning. Students will be expected to have some type of Chromebook/computer to use during the school day. We have a partnership with Staples (see letter below) and this year, our STJ parents will have an option to purchase a used Chromebook.
For the upcoming 2021/22 St. John XXIII will be replenishing our school Chromebook carts. The used Chromebooks will be factory reset and inspected to ensure good working condition. Once this process is finished, we will be offering our grade 3 families (grade 4 families next year) the opportunity to purchase these Chromebooks at fair market value.
The 2 models that will be available are:
These devices are 5 years old and will no longer receive software updates from Google.
Devices are sold “As Is” and come with no warranty and no support.
More information about how to purchase will be provided to grade 3 parents via email early next week. The chromebooks will be ready to go for the start of the new school year.
You also have the option to purchase a new Chromebook through Staples - information attached here and linked below.
Young Citizens Garden Tower Taste Test
Healthy Living "Move-a-Thon" total: Thank you for your generosity!
Lost & Found Items
Looking ahead: Mark your calendars
June 21: Year-End Faith Assembly Celebrations for staff and students (Individual Cohorted celebrations) Christian Leadership Awards, National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 & 22: Celebrating Kindergarten!
June 23: 6th Annual St. John's Got Talent Show (hosted by our School Spirit Team)
June 24: Yearbook orders due
June 25: Final day of school for students. Report cards go live
June 28: Last day of school for staff
2020-2021 Yearbook Orders due this Thursday!
The St. John XXIII Catholic School Yearbook Committee is pleased to announce that it’s that exciting time of year again! It’s yearbook time! It is bursting with photos, student portraits, activities, highlights, and of course, space for special memories. This year we are bringing back our kindergarten feature pages to showcase our littlest learners as they begin their journey at St John XXIII. Trust us when we say there is nothing cuter than a recap of the year in their own words. There will also be grade 4 quotes about their time at St. John!
To purchase a yearbook, please access your online PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. The form will go live on Monday, June 14th at 3:30 PM.
The cost of 1 yearbook is $25.00 To order, please follow the instructions listed below:
1. Go to powerschool.eics.ab.ca/public
3. Select “Forms and Fees”
4. Select “Student Fees”
5. Select “Student’s name” (toolbar at the top)
6. Select “St. John XXIII Yearbook Purchase”
7. Complete Order Form
8. “Add to Cart”
9. Click on Cart at the top of the page
10. Make payment (Please note that your order will not be accepted without payment in full)
Make sure your child doesn’t miss out on this opportunity! Thank you for your support!
All online orders and payments must be received by end of day June 24th, 2021. Many thanks to our Yearbook crew Shannon Dahlseide and Dawn Pinder!
Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a Great Day to be a Saint John Kid!
Our grade 4 Leaders led a transition Q& A for our grade threes!
Grade 4 Leadership Appreciation Lunch-Thanks Boston Pizza for helping us with this!
Year End Mass: Thursday, June 17th
Faith Retreat Day Friday! Face to Face Ministries were amazing! Special thanks to our Chaplain, Mrs. Comartin, and our EICS Faith & Wellness Team for planning this event for us!
Thank you Father Kris for spending time with our fours and blessing our crosses. You always find ways to connect our faith in rich, meaningful ways for our kids!
Farewell Father Kris & Father Danial
Our sincere gratitude and prayers are extended to our Parish pastors, Father Kris & Father Danial, as they leave our OLA parish community to serve the communities of Camrose and Killam, Daysland, and Heisler. We are so grateful for the many blessings you bestowed on our St. John school and all the ways you served with faith and love.
God bless you Father Kris & Father Danial!