The Good News

Saint John XXIII March 8, 2019

Leadership Message

"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing — grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. Joel 2:12-14

This week, on Ash Wednesday, we began our Lenten journeys. In our Catholic faith, Lent is a prayerful time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate the grace of forgiveness, our gift of salvation, and our hope in the Resurrection. Many symbols during the Lenten season are reflective of the time Jesus spent in the desert. During Lent we work towards an inner renewal of our love and faith in Christ.

Lent can be complicated for young ones to understand. Communicating about and modeling for our children what Lent means and why we prepare our hearts for Jesus is very important to our Catholic faith. As a faith community, we focus on three aspects of Lent; prayer, fasting, and “almsgiving”. During Lent we will pray more. We encourage our students and their families, to also pray together during Lent. While we no longer give “alms” today, and as our Faith team will share on Monday at assembly-almsgiving today is the sharing of our gifts with those in need. This could be anything from sharing of one's time, no longer used or needed toys, clothes, or books, or even, donating allowance to those less fortunate. Lent is also a time during which the faithful abstain and fast. Abstinence is the act of doing without or avoiding something. Particular days of abstinence during Lent are Fridays, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. As canon law states, Catholics over the age of 14 are expected to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays throughout the Lenten season (Canon 1250-1253). It can be tricky to talk with little ones about fasting. Fasting for kids can be thought of as giving something up and replacing it with something that brings us closer to Jesus. For example, a child may select to give up playing videogames and devote that time to their siblings or parents. Some children may choose to give up a food item that is considered a treat or fasting from gossiping. While there are parts of Lent that focus on sacrifice and repentance, it can also be thought about as adding or subtracting some things in our life to bring us closer to God.

What will your Lenten Promises be? How will you pray, fast, give?


Mrs. Boehm

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Thank-you Father Kris, 2S & 2B, and staff for a beautiful Ash Wednesday Celebration

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Music Room News: Mrs. Schaub

Our St John XXIII Choir will be performing in the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival on Monday, March 11th. The choirs will perform at 1 PM at the First United Church in Fort Saskatchewan, which is located at 10409 100 Avenue. Students will be bussed to and from the church. We would love to see you in the audience if you are able to come!

For the day of the performance, please have your child wear black bottoms pants or skirt) and a bright, solid coloured top.

As well, our Chime Group A will be sharing their progress at assembly this Monday, March 11 @ 9 am.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything". -Plato

1H shows the power of kids who care: Warming Hearts...

During a chilly January day in Religion 1H learned about a young grade one boy in Ontario who raised money to build wells in Africa so that people would have access to clean water. After talking about how this was a great example of faith inaction 1H wondered what we could do as a group of grade one students to help others and put our faith into action. 1H had to consider what would make sense for our chilly Alberta community in January. This kind group of grade ones came up with the idea of collecting as much soup and hot chocolate for the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank as they could before the end ofJanuary. 1H called it the "Warm Your Heart Project". All students were asked to bring in as much soup and or hot chocolate as possible to help us with our challenge. 1H collected until the end of January. They collected 104 soups and 10 hot chocolates. After a volunteer from the Food Bank came to talk to our class about the important work they do in our community, 1H were then inspired to challenge the rest of the school to beat our collection tally by the end of February. 1H were thrilled to learn that 4C beat our tally with 107 soups and 58 hot chocolates. As a school, we collected 494 items to donate to the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank. Our St. John XXIII community of generous students truly is God’s Masterpiece!
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Student Learning Progress: Communicating Together at Conferences

Conferences are an important aspect of the learning journey for students. It is a time set aside for students, parents, and teachers to engage in conversations around the strengths, area of growth and next steps of the student. For students who are supported with ISPs (Individual Support Plans), this is also the interim review process to pause and reflect on strategies, celebrations and challenges.

Conferences will be on the evenings of Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th from 4-7 pm. The on-line interview scheduling program is now open: which will enable you to schedule your conferences.

Please note: *For some students who are supported with an ISP, your conference time may be pre-booked to facilitate team attendance. You would have received a separate letter if this applies to you.

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~Saint John XXIII

Beware Leprechauns! Our Saint John XXIII Innovators are determined to catch you!

To facilitate and celebrate the ever growing need for problem solvers, creators, innovators, and thinkers in our world, our Saint John XXIII community is engaging in a school-wide Maker Space project next week!

Students, in collaborative groups, will be designing, collecting supplies, and creating Leprechaun Traps next Friday, March 15th!

Please support your child by:

  1. Helping them bring in recycled items to create their traps
  2. Sharing in their enthusiasm
  3. Ensuring that the "creating" and "making" happens at school with their partners and not at home (Students need the opportunity to problem solve and explore). Feel free to create one at home too! Those pesky Leprechauns go everywhere!

Apple Sponsorship: Thank-You Doderai Dental Group!

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Thank-you to our EIPS friends for the Warm Hearts-Warm Hands donation

Students from SouthPointe EIPS partcipated in a Warm Hearts-Warm Hands project that enabled them to collect and donate mittens and hats to all Fort Saskatchewan schools. We are grateful!
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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...

OLA Parish News

March 12: OLA Parish Day of Confessions is one day a year when priests across the Archdiocese devote themselves to celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Drop by the church and experience the grace of God -- you are welcome no matter how long it's been since you have been to Confession, and no matter what you want or need to confess.

Saint John XXIII School Council News

THANK-YOU to all of our parent volunteers and the Knights of Columbus for our awesome Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch!

As a parent in our school community, you are also automatically a member of the School Council and are encouraged and invited to attend our School Council meetings where your voice and input are valued and needed. The School Council is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with peer parents, share your ideas and input, and support initiatives that benefit our students. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 14th @ 7 pm in the Collaborative Room (across from the library).

Strawberry Basket volunteers: The School Council is looking for a volunteers to help with our Strawberry Basket Fundraiser. DO you love plants? Are you good at organization? Would you love to help out at your child's school by helping set up the organization and ordering of our Spring Strawberry Baskets? Please let us know if you can help by emailing: Thank you!


Mar. 11: Assembly 9 am (Faith team presenting Lent, Chime A Performance, Traffic Safety Presentation) Choir-Music Festival 1 pm

Mar. 14: Hot Lunch, School Council 7 Pm Collab Room

Mar. 15: School-Wide MakerSpace Project: Leprechaun Traps

Mar. 18: Assembly 9 am

Mar. 19: Face to Face presentation, Gr 3 Rec Swim, Three Way Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 20: Three Way Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 21: Grade 4 Rec Swim

Mar 22-Mar 31: Spring Break

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