The Good News

Saint John XXIII February 22, 2019

Leadership Message

Connect, Love, Teach…

“In this world of ours, every believer must be a spark of light, a center of love.” -Saint John XXIII

Last Friday our Saint John XXIII spent the day connecting and learning together during our PD day. The theme of our day was, Connect, Love, Teach. Today’s learning environments call all staff to be responsive and flexible; continuously adapting to the diverse needs of all children. Every child that walks through our doors is truly seen and embraced as a child of God-His masterpiece, and someone’s most precious gift. That is the easy part-seeing each child as a masterpiece and a child of God. Where the depth comes in is responding to the complexities in a learning environment where we strive every moment to ensure that the light is shone on EVERY “masterpiece” so each child can learn and grow to be all they are called to be. This is where our SJXXIII Team rises to the occasion each and every day. For, as we explored last Friday, we are built for CONNECTION (thanks to Dr. Jody Carrington for that reminder), we have the capacity to LOVE, and the skills to Teach. In fact, when we added up our collective number of years of experience and education, together we had over 350 years of experience and over 180 years of education. This Team SJXXIII answers the call every day to Connect with, Love & Teach your children! In partnership with our families and our parish community, we are grateful to be part of their village.


Mrs. Boehm

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It’s a silly story about a dragon named, Crispin, who wants nothing more that to breathe fire. But instead of fire, silly things like beach balls and marshmallows come out. Crispin sets out on a journey to find his fire. He discovers that he is pretty cool just the way he is.

-Mrs. Little

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Pre-K & Kindergarten Open House: Come and See our St. John XXIII Village in Action

If you have registered your child for our Pre-K or Kindergarten (ECS) this fall or are planning to do so, you are invited to attend our Open House on Wednesday, Feb 27 from 9:15-10:30 am. Come and see our classrooms, meet our staff and have a school tour! We recognize that Pre-K and Kindergarten are often the first steps on the school journey for your children and having a chance to visit our classrooms while in action is a fantastic way to see the amazing learning environments at our school.

ECS programs are designed for children who will be five years of age before January 1, 2020. Pre-K programs are designed for children who will be four years of age before January 1, 2020 or three years of age (with PUF Funding) before January 1, 2020. Choosing Catholic Education is more than just attending a Catholic School. It’s an opportunity to embrace God’s love and share His gift of joy in our families, parish and faith/ learning communities.

We love our school and would love to journey with your child! Come and visit St. John XXIII School. For more information, please contact the school at 780-998-7777. There will also be a Kindergarten information evening once our enrolment and classes are confirmed.

Outstanding fees and demographic forms past due-please contact the office and make arrangements.

Do you want to find out more about what and how your child uses their device at school?

Did you know your child, as an EICS student, has access to G Suite for Education? These tools allow students to access, share, and create knowledge that supports their learning. On Feb. 28 from 7:00-8: 30 pm, come to learn what Google for Education tools your child has access to and explore how to use those tools to support them at home. This session is for all learners, whether you are a beginner or have experience with technology.

There are limited spaces so please register here or go to

Please come with your child's EICS login information (if you don't know how to access this please ask your child or your child's teacher). If you don't have this, we will have alternative logins so all participants can participate.

Saint John XXIII Spirit Wear : Final day to order Monday!

School Spirit wear will be available for ordering on PowerSchool until February 25th. Samples for sizing are in the office.
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Paint the town PINK: Pink Shirt Day Wednesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 27th is Pink Shirt Day across Canada. This day was inspired by an act of kindness in small town Nova Scotia. In that town, David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends noticed that a new student was being harassed by bullies at the school for wearing a pink shirt. So David, Travis and some of their friends went to a discount store and bought 50 pink shirts. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the new boy walked in and felt extreme support and one became many and the bullying was silenced. After David and Travis’ act of kindness many others were also inspired and the idea for Pink shirt day began to grow. Each year, around the world, a day is set aside for everyone to wear pink and practice kindness. This year, our Fort Saskatchewan community has been challenged by the Boys and Girls Club to, “Paint the Town Pink”. In our school, our School Spirit Team is kicking off our Monday assembly next week with a presentation on how to use our Buddy Bench at school, followed by a week of kindness challenges!

In our Catholic Faith we have a Saint who has shown what it means to practice kindness and help those in need. St. Francis was an example of living a life of love and being
accepting of all of God’s creation, no matter how big or small.

Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

-St. Francis of Assisi

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Congratulations Mrs. Selinger!

Congratulations to Mrs. Selinger and her husband as they welcomed their healthy baby boy, Wesley, into the world this week. Blessings and love to all!
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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...We are 100 days Smarter at Saint John XXIII!

Apple Sponsorship: Thank-you to Dr. Linda Pfeifer and Dr. Romi Rajput from Ross Medical Clinic for our apples this month!

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OLA Parish News

First Eucharist Celebration February 24, 2019 2:00 pm.

Saint John XXIII School Council News

Help us celebrate Shrove Tuesday with our SJ kids: Volunteers Needed: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 The School Council is looking for a volunteers to help with our Shrove Tuesday lunch to help set-up, serve and clean-up after the pancake feast. The Knights of Columbus have graciously volunteered to cook pancakes for everyone. The School Council will be purchasing the supplies. Please let us know if you can help by emailing: Thank you!

Hot Lunch Dates:

Feb 28: Boston Pizza

March 14: Fort High

April 4: Chopped Leaf

April 18: Fort High


Feb. 25: Monday Assembly 9:00 am Buddy Bench presentation; School Spirit Team

Feb. 27: Pink Shirt Day Pre-k & Kindergarten Open House 9:15-10:30 am

Feb. 28: Hot Lunch: Boston Pizza

Mar. 1: Grade 4 Ski Trip Sunridge

Mar. 4: Assembly 9 am Faith team presenting: Lent

Mar. 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch

Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday Celebration 11 am Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm

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