The Good News

Saint John XXIII November 23, 2018

Leadership Message

Be the Masterpiece: Choose Kind

If ever there was a book that made this year’s theme (We are ALL God’s Masterpiece) come to life it is, When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner. Because it is fitting to our theme, this was the first, “Principal’s Pick” chosen to read to every class. There were many connections made about how each child is truly a masterpiece, created by God in His image, inherently loved and valued. In the picture below is an excerpt from Matthew Turner that articulates this message.

We encourage peace and empathy-building daily as we remember to see the masterpiece in one another. In our world where it can be very easy and quick to see what’s wrong, we are working hard at Saint John XXIII to see the good in one another, to see the masterpiece and choose kind. Empowering our children to choose kind is how we will build bridges, create a peaceful world, and battle bullying, intolerance, and injustice. Our School Spirit team shared a daily kindness challenge this week. Today’s kindness challenge was:

“Give out at least 20 high fives to people who you don’t usually talk to. You might be walking down the hallway and see someone from another grade. Stick your hand out and with a smile-give them a high five!”

Saint John XXIII reminds us in his Daily Decalogue: “I want to be kind, today and always, to everyone.” Imagine our world if we could all accept a daily kindness challenge and choose to see the masterpiece in one another.


Mrs. Boehm

One small thing...Celebrating the Growth!

Thank-you to all of our staff, students and families for attending our conferences before break. There was much to celebrate and share! We all want to see each of our children be all they can be and do all they can in one year. In making goals, next steps, and action plans, work on one small step at a time. In the blog below, the author challenges us all to focus on one small thing at a time so we do not lose focus of the amazing growth that is constantly happening every day in our schools and homes.

We Love to Read...Mrs. Comartin recommends:

We are "Going Places" with our Learning...

Mark your calendars for our Advent Concert: Journey to the Stable

We are very excited to share that plans are underway by Mrs. Schaub, Mrs. Doderai and our staff to celebrate our Advent season with an "In-formance" (showcasing music outcomes that students are working on during music classes). This year, our Kindergarten to Grade 4 concert with be on Thursday, December 20th with an afternoon and evening concert. Our concert, Journey to the Stable, will align liturgically with our season of Advent and celebrate the preparing for and waiting for Jesus-Christmas. We will have a special fundraiser for VIP tickets and parking for our evening performance with proceeds going to our two foster children and Valeda House. More information will follow soon.

School Fees: Field Trips & Presentations

School fees letters went out this week. Elk Island Catholic Schools continue to make an effort to reduce the cost of basic education for all students by covering the cost of school supplies. The fees you are being charged are for student field trips, presentations, and enhanced options. These fees have been applied to your child's account in PowerSchool to enable you to pay online with a debit card or credit card. This also give you the choice to make payments by selecting the "Create Payment Plan" option. However, if you wish to pay by cash or cheque, please send it to the school office (make cheques payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools). If you have other questions or require assistance with the online payment, please contact our school at 780-998-7777. If you are experiencing financial hardship please review the fee waiver here or contact the principal, Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm, to discuss support.

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Tis' the Season: Health information and links for Parents & Guardians

Lexy Douglas, RN, is our Community Health Nurse and met with school staff this week to share important information regarding your children's health. Please read information below:

1. Please report any cases of chickenpox to our school and to Health Link Alberta at 811.

2. Important health information can be found at:

3. Reliable information about common minor illnesses and injuries can be found at:

4. Reliable information on immunization can be found at:

5. Current information on the treatment and management of head lice can be accessed through:

An EXCELLENT video tutorial can be accessed through:

Our Book fair was a huge success! Thank-you for your support!

Our total sales were $4679.25 and from that we get a profit of $2667 in books from Scholastic! Thank-you very much and enjoy all of your new and exciting literature.

Mrs. Wagner

Saint John XXIII

Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...

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4C Connects with Miss Clarkson's friend in the military!


Fort Saskatchewan Schools' Playgrounds and Outdoor Spaces: Monday, Nov. 26th

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Playground Meeting Notes: October 18, 2018

People plus 2 admin and 1 trustee in attendance:

October 18, 2018

7:10 pm

Quorum was not reached for the meeting but notes have been taken as such:

Overview of situation given by DonaMarie Lukie (current President of the Pope John XXIII

Playground Society).Most in need is St. JP2.

Tear up half of parking lot and where ball diamond was is to become the playground.

OLA is second. Playground is outdated and far from the school. As OLA Is set up to be a

replacement school, we will address a more mobile playground. Mme. Gravelle discussed that the green space has worked appropriately for now.

SAB has no outdoor gathering spaces of any kind. Looking at natural rocks, picnic tables, park benches for Health breaks. SJXIII...there is a rope broken on the “christmas tree”. $40K assessed for replacement as to fix it was more expensive. It was removed from the City of Fort Saskatchewan in the July. Currently looking for tarmac space that hasn’t been destroyed by all the movement of the portables. There was a Pope John XXIII Parent Society created in 2012/2013. It has not housed any significant funds since then. Currently $40 balance to keep account open. Wanting to see this as a Catholic community Parent Society

We reviewed Administrative Procedure 520 Ethical fundraising and charitable activities in schools. (Reason why we don’t do casinos and bingos).

ICIP Grant application applied for 1Million. We are waiting and praying for that to come in for

approval SOON. It is a time specific grant and we need to have a Society in place in order to

facilitate this grant. One BIG event. Kim Street has been hired as our Grant Writer will be main organizer of a Public fundraiser if the $1 million grant does not come through. Kim and her husband are very involved with large fundraisers with the Stollery Children’s hospital and are no strangers to putting our efforts to work for us but in just ONE LARGE fundraiser..

Letters have been received form the City, EICS Board, MLA, and Mayor supporting the grant

applications. CFEP is another grant we could apply for, but this one comes up in January.

Pam Gravelle shared that an OLA school family has come forward to assisting with the ground work to volunteer their time. That name was shared with DonaMarie.


1. Vote for an executive Team (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer)

2. Change name of Society

3. Quorum needed for all of these above

4. Get out the information about the next meeting which we will have at OLA SCHOOL,

Monday, November 26 at 7pm



Hot Lunch Volunteers needed:

Volunteers are needed to distribute Hot Lunch. We need about 11 volunteers and currently have only 4. Hot Lunch is every second week and volunteers are needed from 12:10-~12:30 pm. If you can help out, please contact Angie Marklund at 780-936-7899.

OLA Parish News

OLA Children's Liturgy Christmas Nativity Pageant December 16, 2018

Dear Parents,
The children’s liturgy program would like to invite everyone to
OLA’s annual Christmas Nativity Pageant on December 16,
2018 during the 11:00am Mass. Please join in the celebration
of our Lord’s birth! All are welcome!
We are looking for children ages 3 to grade 4 to be in the pageant.
Children do not have to be attending children’s liturgy to
be a part of the pageant, although they must be able to attend
the rehearsal on Friday, December 14 at 5:00 pm. We are also
looking for any older children to read the story of Jesus’ birth
during the pageant. Please note, parents are required to stay
with their children to help them dress into their costume and
undress after. Parents with children 4 and under are
asked to accompany their child at all times throughout the
If your child would like to participate in the pageant, please sign
them up no later than Friday, December 2, 2018, by contacting
Laudith Wedefor by phone 780-992-0254 or email:

Pageant Sign Up Deadline – Sunday, December 2, 2018
Pageant Rehearsal -Friday, December 14 at 5:00 pm
Pageant - Sunday, December 16 at the 11:00 am Mass
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate
to contact me. Sincerely, Laudith Wedefor

Sacramental Pictures

Please send in a 4X6 picture of your child for our Sacraments Board as they celebrate their special Sacraments. Please include their name and date on the back of the picture. Send them into the office with your child's teacher or drop them off at the office. Thank-you.


Nov. 26: Assembly 9 am (Faith team presenting on Advent) Playground Meeting 7 pm OLA school

Nov. 29: Grade 3 Bridges Presentation

Hot Lunch-Volunteers needed

Grade 4-SJPII Musical Theatre Presentation DCC

Nov. 30: Grade 2 In school presentation Boats and Buoyancy

Dec. 3: Assembly 9 am Advent

Dec. 5: Early Out 2:23 pm

Dec. 7: ECS Muttart Conservatory Field Trip

Grade 4 Skating

Dec. 10: Assembly 9 am Advent

Dec. 13: Hot Lunch-Volunteers needed

Dec. 17: Assembly 9 am Advent

Dec. 19: Dress rehearsal: Journey to the Stable

Dec. 20: Journey to the Stable Concert afternoon and evening performances

Dec. 21: Last day of school before Christmas break