The Good News

Saint John XXIII June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday

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Leadership Message

Rainbow Moments

In the midst of pandemics, tragedies and social unrest that are calling us to action for humanity, we look for the rainbow moments in the storms. There is community in crisis, light in darkness, and love within hate. Fred Rogers shared, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping". Throughout COVID-19, we have seen and experienced so many silver linings amongst the uncertainty and trauma. Even in our own homes and families, we have COVID tales of family games, home-cooked meals, reconnection, and laughter. We have taken ourselves a little lighter; joking about bowl haircuts, DIY projects and toilet paper. We have found ways to celebrate, help and connect. We have stretched ourselves and Loved-First, Last and Always. Having said that, we also recognize and empathize that not all of our stories and moments have silver linings and this pandemic has been very challenging. These are the quiet stories that don't get posted, these are the ones we respond with confidentiality and grace. Some families have carried much through this and as a community, we need to continue to respond with empathy, support and love.

Last week's challenge, Send in your Rainbow Moments, highlighted some of those silver lining moments that remind us of the light, of the love. My rainbow moment was when I left school one evening and walked out to the entire sidewalk filled with messages for our staff. They went from our staff door to our vehicles. Kindness fairies who knew exactly where to leave the messages of love and appreciation. It filled me up for the week!

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday today, we are called to seek "rainbow moments" through the healing grace of Jesus, the love of the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit.


Mrs. Boehm, Principal

Last week's challenge: Send us your Rainbow Moments

Mrs. Boehm's Weekly Challenge: Show us your pets or hobbies

This week's challenge: Show us your Pets or Hobbies

Throughout remote learning, teachers have shared how many of our fuzzy friends are a part of Google meets; there seems to have been an increase in family pets over the last few weeks.:) So we thought we should give them a little love in our weekly challenge. Send us a picture of you and your pet(s). For those students without a pet, share with us a hobby you are working on. We have heard about awesome baking, crafting, and even, building projects. We want 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).

Leadership Staffing Announcement: Welcome Ms. Rita Astalosch as our new Assistant Principal!

As you are aware, Mrs. Hinger will be leading the community of St. Luke Catholic school as principal for the 2020-2021 year. We are so pleased to share that Ms. Rita Astalosch will be Acting Assistant Principal for the 2020-2021 school year at St. John XXIII. Ms. Astalosch will be part of our grade three team, Assistant Principal, and Literacy/Numeracy intervention

support in the fall.

Ms. Astalosch currently supports staff and students as our Collaborative Response Coordinator and is a part of our grade four team. Ms. Astalosch brings tremendous skills and gifts to our community and will be a familiar face for staff, students, and parents. Congratulations Ms. Astalosch!

Other staff announcements will be shared at our PSC meeting this Tuesday evening and in next weekend's newsletter.

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

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.

Upcoming events for year-end:

ISP/RSP Transition meetings: June 9-11

Talent Show Live Watch Parties: Wednesday, June 10th @ 10:00AM & Thursday, June 11th @ 1:00PM (more details below)

June 15-19: New teacher connections for students

Four School Year-end mass: June 16 9 am (Live-streamed)

Grade 4 Farewell *new date*: June 16 (Invitation sent to all grade 4 families last week). Following mass, a slideshow will be shared at 10 am, followed by a drive-thru for our grade fours

Year-end Celebration: Friday, June 19 Year-end celebration video 10 am (PSC has a special plan for students and families-stay tuned)

Transitions: New teams shared Friday, June 12 for K-3 Students

Many professional considerations are taking into account when determining optimal learning environments for all students next year. Especially this year as we prepare and plan for what learning could look like in the fall and what students have experienced with remote learning, it is important that there are several transitions for our kids. We are very mindful right now of how important these transitions will be to help students have closure for this year and begin a new year with new teams. At Saint John XXIII, staff work diligently every day to build connections and foster relationships with ALL students, regardless of class, they are all "our kids" and this makes transitioning so much easier. Every child is a part of community and not just one homeroom. Students next year will continue to be part of grade level teams, loved and supported by all SJ staff. We are planning for many ways in which all staff will wrap around our students and look forward to hearing input from students and parents via our GoogleForm survey sent last week.

On Friday, June 12, your child's "home base" with be shared via PowerSchool. What is important to know is that while your child will have a home base teacher placement, they will be a part of team, which will also include our Student Support team.

Students' Home Base placement for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in the Powerschool Parent Portal. *This is only applicable to students in K-3 at Saint John XXIII (this does not apply to students coming from other schools or grade fours heading to SJPII).

To see your child's "homebase" placement for next year:

Login into PowerSchool Parent Portal

Click on child's name tab at the top of the page

Click on "Additional Resources" in the left hand column

Click on "Next Year Placements"

Repeat for each child.

New teams will be connecting with your child the week of June 15-19 in ways that are age-appropriate.

Grade 4: Virtual tour was shared last week, along with information for the complementary course selection. (Be sure to stay updated on important communication from SJPII).

Thank-you for your continued trust in all we do!

Please update your Demographic Forms-we need your most current contact info.

EICS Demographic Confirmation Forms are available now on your PowerSchool ParentPortal. Please take a moment to visit your PowerSchool ParentPortal account and complete this form - one for each child you have attending school with EICS.

Alberta Education requires that we obtain a detailed update of student demographics on an annual basis. School funding from Alberta Education is conditional on us receiving these updates and including them in your student’s record. More importantly, these forms ensure that we have the most current contact information if we need to reach you in event of an emergency.

We certainly appreciate you taking the time to complete these forms. Should you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact Barb in the office at 780-998-7777 and she will be happy to help.

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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.

St. John's Got Talent: Annual Talent Show June 10 & 11

Once again our staff and students have found a way to celebrate events at SJXXIII! Thanks to our School Spirit Team, Mrs. Comartin, Mrs. Schaub, and Mrs. Doderai for bringing it all together!

Please join us for our first ever LIVE Facebook watch party on either (or both) of the dates below.

Wednesday, June 10th @ 10:00AM
Thursday, June 11th @ 1:00PM

This year's Talent Show video is 35 minutes. Should you be unavailable for our LIVE watch parties, a permanent link to this video will be available on our Facebook page following the last event.

A Message from Mrs. Doderai: How to watch our Talent Show:

Should you need information about how to watch our 2020 Talent Show on Facebook, please clink on the YouTube link below. It will take you to a short video entitled: "How to watch a Facebook Livestream Video". I found it very helpful!

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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

*Parent School Council Meeting: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm via Google Meet. 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!

GoogleMeet link here:

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

Thank YOU SJ Parents!

Thank YOU Parents! Your fundraising efforts helped us purchase half of the Grade 4 Farewell books for our grade fours and our new Sensory Pathways! We CANNOT wait until our students can regulate using these new sensory pathways. Thanks to everyone who helped with the vision, planning and lay out of these!

LOOKING AHEAD...A week at a glance

Monday, June 8: Weekly Challenge: Let's see your furry friends or hobbies

Monday, June 8:

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 9:

Remote learning classes continue

PSC Google Meet 7: 00 pm

Wednesday, June 10:

Remote learning classes continue

Talent Show 10 am

Thursday, June 11:

Remote learning classes continue

Talent Show 1:00 pm

Friday, June 12:

Remote learning classes continue

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