The Good News

Saint John XXIII May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

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Leadership Message

Farewell to our Support Staff: Thank you for the LOVE

On Friday, May 29 we said farewell to our amazing SJ Support Staff. Our beautiful team of educational assistants, librarians, and evening custodian are amongst Elk Island Catholic's finest crew and we are so grateful for each and every one of them! Their love and commitment to each of our students, staff and parents is to be commended.

Thank you staff, parents and especially, students for sending your messages of gratitude to our support staff. Those gestures and messages of appreciation make a world of difference to our team. It won't be the same without them in June and they will be truly missed.

As we continue our journey in June without our support staff, we may feel a little lost and worried. Here is where the light and hope creeps in. As we celebrate Pentecost today the Gospel reminds us that the Holy Spirit has the power to reach every one of us and surround us with peace and faith. This peace, the hope of all creation, is the gift given today. We can and will persevere together, as the "lemonade makers" of the world. (see video below Dear COVID-19 for the reference).


Mrs. Boehm, Principal

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Dear COVID-19

A message from Team SJ to our students: We will find you "somewhere over the rainbow" (See our video message below)

Team SJXXIII Connect, Love, Teach: Sending our LOVE over the rainbow to our SJ kids!

*Important date change*-Last day of classes for EICS students: Friday, June 19

Please be aware that the last day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year will be Friday, June 19th for all Elk Island Catholic schools. Staff will continue to work planning for the 2020-2021 school year up until June 29th. More details to follow.

Last week's challenge: What are you reading?

Mrs. Boehm's Weekly Challenge: Share a "rainbow" moment

This week's challenge: Share a rainbow moment with us

On Friday, we shared our "rainbow" message to our students. This week we would love to see what are some of your "rainbow moments" this week. Maybe you smiled when you played with your dog in the backyard or rode your bike. Perhaps you cuddled up with a favourite story or had a picnic with a friend. Maybe your heart smiled when you accomplished a hard task or did an act of kindness for someone. Whatever your rainbow moments were, take a picture and share with us. We cannot wait to see!

Please send your weekly challenge picture to Mrs. Boehm We will post these on our various school sites (Twitter, Facebook, and Weekly Smore).

Healthy Champions: This month's focus: Brilliant Brains

This month for our Healthy Living focus (highlighted in daily announcements) we are focusing on our Brilliant Brains. (Our Healthy Living monthly focus comes from APPLE schools linked here)

APPLE Schools works closely with school communities to develop K-6 resources using a Comprehensive School Health approach. Check out their amazing website to find more resources and information.

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*New program for Saint John XXIII*: Flexible Pathways

Saint John XXIII will be a designated site for an exciting new program for EICS, Flexible Pathways! Flexible Pathways helps create learning experiences to ensure students with complex learning needs are successful (i.e., students with a diagnosed developmental disability). This program strives to balance our vision and values of inclusive education with interventions and strategies of targeted instruction for our most complex learners.

Our Flexible Pathways program provides a half-day of targeted instruction focused on Literacy, Numeracy, Communication, and Social skills in a structured, yet flexible environment, with experienced teachers giving students the attention and support they need to succeed. Targeted instruction is complemented by inclusive and authentic learning opportunities that allow students to further explore and develop their interests in school environments with peers and appropriate supports.

Flexible Pathways also provides a collaborative structure of support including Educational Assistants, Educational and Behavioural Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Low Vision Consultant, and Deaf & Hard of Hearing supports.

Flexible Pathways is available at the following schools:

Please contact Mrs. Boehm for further information 780-998-7777.

Library Books: Returning Library Books Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June

We recognize that the library books taken out by students in March have probably been read a time or two and would like to begin the process of returning books to the school. For the month of June, Mrs. Potter will be placing a book return basket outside the front entrance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thank you for a beautiful 4 school mass on Wednesday! Our grade 4 crosses have been blessed!

OLA Parish Connection

Important updates for our parish re: returning to public mass. Please visit our Parish Facebook page and Parish Website for information:

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Saint John XXIII School Council News

Our most sincere gratitude to our parents for the wonderful tokens of appreciation delivered on Friday to our staff by our parent school council executive. We felt the love and are so very grateful! What amazing parents we have at SJXXIII!

*Parent School Council Meeting: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm via Google Meet. A link will be sent out and shared on our School Facebook and our Parent School Council Facebook page. We will be sharing information and updates on plans for re-entry, transitions and staffing for next year. We want to hear from you, as parents, about next year and how can we best support our students. Come and be informed!

2019-2020 SJXXIII Yearbook: If anyone has photos to add to the yearbook, please send them to

Thank YOU Parents for the wonderful tokens of appreciation! We are so grateful!

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

Creative kids at SJ: Naming the new City Firetrucks!

Congratulations Louis! His names for the new Firetrucks made the top 10 list!

Louis and nine other children were invited on Sunday, May 24 to our Fort Saskatchewan Fire Station for the arrival of the new trucks. They were among the first residents to view the new trucks, with social distancing in place.

The new names are Sparkles and Blaze. Sparkles was chosen by one of our new Kinders joining us next year! What creative kids we have at Saint John XXIII!

LOOKING AHEAD...A week at a glance

Monday, June 1: Weekly Challenge: Share a Rainbow moment

Monday, June 1:

No assembly this week-Daily prayer and announcements will be shared

Remote learning classes continue-please make sure you are connected to your child's classroom

Tuesday, June 2:

Remote learning classes continue

Wednesday, June 3:

Remote learning classes continue

Thursday, June 4:

Remote learning classes continue

Friday, June 5 :

Remote learning classes continue

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