The Good News
Saint John XXIII January 10, 2021
The Baptism of Jesus
Baptism of Jesus:
You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. Mark 1: 11
Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This brings our Christmas season to a close and the beginning of Ordinary Time. This also is when Jesus moves into His public ministry. Jesus' baptism prepares Him for this ministry.
In his homily today, Father Kris challenged us to know and celebrate the date of our own baptisms. Father Kris reminded us that through our baptism, as Christians, we are never alone. Through our baptism, we become adopted sons and daughters of God, and brothers and sisters to one another. Knowing this helps us remember how to treat one another with acceptance, love and kindness.
As we continue to navigate our way through the uncertainty and sometimes, loneliness, of the pandemic, may we be reminded today of the hope and love bestowed on us through the Holy Spirit on our baptism.
Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm, Principal
Welcome Back to In Person Learning tomorrow: January 11! We are so excited to see you!
Remember: Water bottle, proper clothing for outside and your SMILES:)
Thank you to students and families for your commitment to online learning last week! Sincere appreciation to all of our teachers and staff for their incredible dedication, energy and commitment! Well done St. John XXIII!
Sacramental Preparation at OLA Parish: First Reconciliation and First Communion-Registration closes Jan. 22, 2021
Registration is open now until Friday Jan 22, 2021. Please see the letter from Fr. Kris sent via School messenger on Friday about registration and classes.
Grade 2 (and above): Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Grade 6: Confirmation
Parish Sacrament link here: https://www.olafortsask.caedm.ca/Sacraments?fbclid=IwAR2OHCFhZIjsmxSh4qa26aD-0WgG2X4s09HGgIYlpMr8-il1T5-HS8bL5_E
Grades have changed from the past, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are now combined in the grade two year. If you missed one of these sacraments last year you can do them now if your child is in grade three or four.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Father Kris at the Parish at 780-998-3288 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with Michelle Johnston, our Parish-Parent rep if you have any questions: Email: email@example.com Call or text: 780-934-3411
We say "farewell" to Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ekdahl, as she welcomes her new baby and "welcome" to Ms. Menzak!
Pink Shirt Day-T-shirt for sale
February 24th is Pink Shirt Day and our school will be encouraging everyone to wear pink and Practice Kindness! If you already have a pink shirt in your closet that is fantastic! If you would like to purchase one, we have the opportunity through Staples, to order one designed by Jeremiah Peters, a Coast Salish artist from WSÁNEĆ:
"I chose the thunderbird for their great strength and protection, the wings wrapped around the child's face, from the biggest hearts to the smallest."
The cost of the shirt is $10 and includes shipping and taxes. Any surplus from the t-shirt sales will be used to support St John’s Chalice Foster Children.
Orders can be placed through your PowerSchool Account starting at 12:00 pm on January 11th.
- Please sign into your account and select Student Fees. This takes you to a new screen where you will select your students name.
- In the due now section you will see an option to add T-shirt sizes to your cart.
- Once you have completed the order form please proceed to the cart to check out and pay for your order.
- If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Potter at 780-998-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Staples will be supplying the T-Shirts, once they arrive at the school they will be distributed. Deadline for orders is 12:00 am January 21st. Thank you to Mrs. Heesing and Mrs. Potter for organizing this for our school community.
Our Grade 4 Servant Leadership Squad Shirts are in! Thanks to Parent School Council for your support!
As we re-enter, please ensure we continue to follow our COVID-19 Protocols for the health and safety of all staff and students.
Looking ahead: Mark your calendars
January 11: First day back to school- in person learning after Christmas break
January 12: Parent School Council Meeting 7:00 pm
January 22: 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion Registration closes
January 29: No school for students- PD day
February 1: Kindergarten and September 2021 New student Registration opens
February 3: Report Cards live on PowerSchool, Early Out Dismissal 2:23 PM Spirit Day: Dress as you favourite Book Character, World Read Aloud Day and Winter Walk Day
February 4 & 5: No school - Teachers' Convention
February 15: No school- Family Day
February 16: Shrove Tuesday
February 17: Ash Wednesday
Classroom & Community Connections: A Good News Story from Grade 3JD
After 3JD returned from their walking field trip, Mrs. JD responded to her students' excitement by encouraging them to write letters to the homeowners sharing their gratitude.
The story doesn't end there...Mrs. Boehm received a phone call from the homeowners, Cindy and Jamie Graham, who were so incredibly moved upon receiving the students' letters. "In an unsettling time of Covid, we were so thankful to read all the wonderful letters. They made our day and we will treasure them forever". -Cindy Graham
Cindy and Graham wanted to give back and brought a gift for Mrs. JD and one for each student! It was so amazing to witness the community connections and the power of sharing smiles!
Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a Great Day to be a Saint John Kid!
Saint John XXIII School Council News
Parent School Council Googlemeet this Tuesday, January 12 7:00 pm
Parents-we miss you! Please come and share your face and voice at our Parent School Council Googlemeet this Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7 pm via Googlemeet.
A few agenda items: our grade 1 team will be highlighted by Ms. Bennett and Mrs. Holt, PSC budget to be share, including some exciting new "Ukulele" support, Mrs. Heesing will be sharing information on important and timely Saffron sessions for our students and parents. Link for meet and agenda can be found on our school website linked here: https://stj.eics.ab.ca/download/319328
Please come and be part of our amazing school community!