The Good News

Saint John XXIII May 24, 2021

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Leadership Message

Prepare the Child for the Path, not the Path for the Child...

Thank YOU St. John Families and Staff for your perseverance and commitment to the transition once again to at home/online learning. The incredible energy this took for students, staff and families to pivot and adjust once again is noticed and appreciated. It is beautiful what we can do when we work together!

While we recognize how challenging the many pivots everyone has had to endure this year, what we can truly celebrate is the AMAZING village of St. John XXIII! It is so abundantly clear that the parents, staff, and parish of St. John XXIII rally together to make our school community a great place to connect, learn, and grow.

We continue to work together to connect, teach, and have a continuity of learning for our students, regardless of our platform. We recognize that each family has their own stories, struggles, and situations and everyone is doing the very best they can.

Mrs. Heesing has a sign in her office that states, "Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child". While none of us would ever place a pandemic and all its challenges on our children's paths, every one of us has dug deep to respond to these challenges by placing a commitment to every child at St. John, first and foremost. By showing our children how we respond together with faith, hope, and love, builds their capacity to be all they can be. Last week, our St. John parents “chalked up” our sidewalks with messages of hope and appreciation for our St. John staff. When our children see the adults in their worlds working together for good; connecting and supporting one another, and responding to challenges with faith and hope, our children can flourish. What they see, they can be...


Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm, Principal

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News from your Transportation Team

Invoicing for 2021-2022 Transportation Fees will occur May 28th. Setting up a payment plan prior to June 1st will provide families the benefit of a 7-month payment schedule which starts June 15th and will secure your child’s seat on the bus.

Parents, please carefully review the two categories below to determine your next steps.

New Transportation Request Form Required:

  • My child is going from Kindergarten to Grade 1
  • My child is going from Grade 4 to Grade 5
  • My child has a change in their busing needs (new pick-up or drop-off location)
  • My child will be riding the bus for the first time

If there is any change in your child's transportation needs this fall please complete the Transportation Request Form found on the PowerSchool Parent Portal/School Engage as soon as possible. Please make sure to select the 2021-2022 school year.

No Transportation Request Form Required:

  • My child is going to Grade 2, 3, or 4 and accessed the bus this year

If there are no changes to your child’s busing needs for the fall the Transportation Fee will automatically be assessed for the 2021-2022 school year.

Registration forms received after June 30th may result in your child being placed on a wait list until bus loads are confirmed. Upon assessment of the fees, an invoice will be emailed to the account listed on your child’s file. Busing requests received in the month of July will have fees in PowerSchool after August 7th. Busing will be assigned once the payment plan has been set up or upon receipt of full payment of fees. Your child’s assigned bus operator will contact you 7-10 days prior to school start up.

Please visit the EICS Transportation website for further instructions and to learn more. Thank you for your cooperation and prompt attention.

Grade 3 students moving to Grade 4

Students entering grade 4 in the fall will need to bring a device to school as another tool for learning. EICS recommends Chromebooks as the ideal device due to price, battery life, fast startup, and usability.

Link to One-to-One Device EICS Info Sheet

School Council Sends Grade 4 Teacher to CASS First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Gathering 2021

This year, the St. John Parent Council decided to send one staff member to the virtual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education Gathering organized by the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The purpose of participating in this conference was to help further our school’s understanding of Indigenous culture and history, learn best practices for incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into our teaching as well as gather information on how best to support the Indigenous students in our classrooms.

The gathering was extremely well put together and offered many take away resources that can support students, staff, as well as the greater St. John community, in their learning and growth. Attached are three resources that were presented at the conference that may be of interest to you. The first is a recording of one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Sean Lessard, as he reflectively shares his experiences working with Indigenous youth. The second is an opportunity to learn more about the Canadian Residential School system through a Google Earth voyage to various former residential schools across Canada. And the last resource is a website featuring digital stories of Métis individuals and is a beautiful way to learn more about Métis culture through their voices and lived experiences.

Thank you St. John School Council for supporting important Indigenous integration within our community by supporting Ms. Evans in building capacity!

CASS Indigenous Gathering - Sean Lessard Keynote
Canadian Geographic Education

An opportunity to learn more about the Canadian Residential School system through a Google Earth voyage to various former residential schools across Canada.

Metis Voices-Digital Stories

A website featuring digital stories of Métis individuals and is a beautiful way to learn more about Métis culture through their voices and lived experiences.

Looking ahead: Mark your calendars

May 25: Return to in-class learning - welcome back!

May 31: Monday Faith Assembly - Kindergarten and Pathways

June 1: School Council Meeting 7 pm Google Meet link will be shared that day

June 1, 2, 4, 16: ISP/RSP transition meets

June 2: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Team SJXXIII Staff Meet

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

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Farewell Father Kris and Father Danial

Effective July 15th:

Fr. Danial D’Souza is assigned as pastor of Killam, Daysland, and Heisler

Fr. Kris Schmidt is assigned as pastor of Camrose

Fr. Carlos Nunez is assigned as pastor of the Catholic Communities of Our Lady of the Angels

Fr. Tomasz Latawiec is assigned as associate pastor of the Catholic Communities of Our Lady of the Angels

Check out the video linked below to learn a little bit more about Fr. Carlos:

Our sincere appreciation is extended to Father Kris and Father Danial for their service to our parish and school community. May God's blessings be with you both as you journey with new communities.

Called By Name: Father Carlos

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next School Council meeting is Tuesday, June 1 @ 7 pm via Google Meet. Google Meet link will be shared that day via School messenger.

Planning for next year will be underway, please consider putting your name forward for one of our School Council Executive positions. Positions to consider: Chair, Co-Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Parent-Parish Rep. If you are interested in finding out more information about any of the roles, please contact any of our executive members mailto:st.johnxxiii.psc@gmail.comor Mrs. Boehm

We extend our sincere appreciation for our 2020-2021 Executive team: Alana Seymour, Shawnene Wallgreem, Sherry Charron, Leslie-Anne Oshust, Shannon Dahlseide, and Michelle Johnston, for all their hard work, energy, love, and time they have poured into our community this year!

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TD Summer Reading Program at FSPL

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at our very own Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, and more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading.

Please watch for more information coming soon.

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