The Good News

Saint John XXIII January 31, 2020

Leadership Message

Arctic Winter Games: Embracing our Northern and Arctic Athletes

During our morning Healthy Living announcements for the month of January, our school community has been learning about the Arctic Winter Games. The Arctic Winter games are a world sport competition for northern and arctic athletes. The Games provide an opportunity for the developing athlete to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world. The 2020 Arctic Winter games takes place in March in Whitehorse and this year marks the 50th anniversary!

Our students have been so excited to learn and try out some arctic events that we decided to have our very own today! Throughout the month, teachers and students have been learning about the traditions behind the events. Today, students had the opportunity to challenge themselves in five categories: One Foot High Kick, Scream Run, Seal Kick, Snow Snake, Sledge Jump, and Kneel Jump. It was an awesome day and the kids loved it!


Mrs. Boehm

Saint John XXIII Arctic Winter Games

We LOVE to Read...Who was it? Who will it be?

This week our Mystery Reader was Ms. Bourassa, Grade 3 Teacher, who shared a favourite library story about Scaredy Squirrel, who is actually brave.

See if you can guess who next year's first Mystery Reader is?

Kindergarten Registration Opens tomorrow-Feb. 1st!

Kindergarten registration for EICS schools will begin ONLINE the morning of Saturday, February 1, 2020. The registration form allows parents to choose scheduling preferences, these will be number dependent. Please register early as class placements will take into account class sizes, student's needs, and scheduling requests.There will be a daytime Open House in March and an evening information night in May.

To go to the EICS Kindergarten webpage - please click here.

To download the EICS Kindergarten Information Brochure - EICS Kindergarten February 2019

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January Reading Challenge: Way to go Saint John XXIII Readers! Last Draw Monday!

Saint John XXIII Daily Decalogue for January: Just for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

Our last draw will be Monday, Feb. 3 at assembly. Congratulations to all our winners and to all of our readers! Thanks families for your support and excitement!

Congratulations to our reading Winners!

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Wednesday, Feb. 5th; World Read Aloud Day, Winter Walk Day, and Early Out-Dress like your favourite book character

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It's the Season of Surveys-what is the difference? Accountability and Assurance

Accountability Pillar Survey: Provincial Survey (Jan. 16-Feb. 22)

The annual Accountability Pillar Survey is sent out by the Alberta government in January. Parents and students in grade 4-8, and teachers will complete the survey. Families will receive a mailed survey from Alberta Education in the month of January and students will complete the survey at school. As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education to ensure that we are equipping students for success.

EICS Assurance Survey: Our district survey (Jan. 27-Feb. 20)You should have received an email with this survey link: EICS Assurance Survey

The provincial Accountability survey provides valuable insight to some measures of our school, with results in October. Our EICS Assurance Survey for staff, students, and parents emphasizes the collaborative commitment to work together with all stakeholders and create a goal-orientated plan for our school. This is referred to as our School Assurance Plan.

*Our Assurance Plan focuses on shared goals, highlights successes and enhances challenges, and is directly tied to priority-based budgeting for our school community.*

Adding Lego & Puzzles to our Learning Commons has been a huge hit! Stay tuned for our STEM projects and MakerSpace additions!

Digital Citizenship and Safety for Kids: It Takes a Village

Each week, we will be sharing some information, websites, and tips for helping our kids navigate the world of technology and on-line safety and etiquette. We will pull items from our Parenting in the Digital Age located on our EICS website, linked here which has links to tips, checklists, and information to support parents.

This week: Are you Web Aware? A checklist for parents linked here

Lost & Found Items are spread out for next week. Have a look and reunite with lost items.

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Shrove Tuesday Brunch Volunteers needed Feb. 25, 2020: PSC is looking for 5 volunteers to help with Shrove Tuesday. Duties include, serving pancakes to the students and cleaning up after. Volunteers are asked to arrive for 10 am. Please email Vanessa to sign up:

Next school council meeting: February 18, 2020 7 pm Collaboration Room.


Feb. 3: Monday Assembly

Feb. 5: Report Cards live on PowerSchool, Early Out dismissal-2:23 pm Spirit Day-Dress as your favourite Book Character, World Read Aloud day (School-wide read aloud), Winter Walk Day (School-wide Winter Walk)

Feb. 6 & 7: No School-Teachers' Convention

Feb. 10: Monday Assembly-2LM leading, Grade 4 Symphony Field Trip

Feb. 12: Grade 4 Bennett Center Field Trip & Hot Lunch-Booster Juice for Kindergarten (Wednesday)

Feb. 13: Hot Lunch-Booster Juice

Feb. 14: No School for students-PD day

Feb. 17: Family Day-No school

Feb. 18: Tuesday assembly 9 am National Flag Day celebration & PSC meeting 7:00 pm Collab room

Feb. 19: 100th Day of school grades 1-4

Feb. 21: Rocks & Rings

Feb. 24: Monday Assembly 9 am

Feb. 25: Shrove Tuesday Brunch

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday 11 am celebration @school Pink Shirt Day: Show Love-Be Kind

Feb. 26: Hot Lunch-Panago Wednesday Kindergarten

Feb. 27: Hot Lunch-Panago & Grade 2 TPet-Magnets

It's a Great Day to be a Saint John XXIII Kid!

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3S leads Monday assembly

Grade 4 Ski Trip

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