The Good News-Oct. 11

Saint John XXIII Catholic School 2021-2022

Sending our St. John families abundant blessings and love at Thanksgiving. We are grateful for you.

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October 11 is the feast day of our school saint: Saint John XXIII

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Our School Saint: Saint John XXIII

The word saint comes from the Latin sanctus and means "holy". Throughout the bible, saint is used to refer to all who believe in Jesus. In our Catholic faith, sainthood was not just those who had faith in Christ but more specifically those who lived lives of virtuous action inspired by that faith. (

We are so blessed at our school that we get to learn about and follow the virtuous life of Saint John XXIII. Today, October 11th, marks the feast day of Saint John XXIII.

Pope St. John XXIII (1881–1963) was one of thirteen children born in Lombardy, Italy. Desiring to serve God with his life, he entered seminary at the age of 12, and, after serving in the Italian Army, was ordained a priest in Rome in 1904. Saint John XXIII served as a military chaplain, a bishop, and eventually Pope at the age of 76. He took the name John which had not been used in over 500 years. He was known as gentle, wise, and courageous. People saw him as a good and loving shepherd of Christ and gave him the name of "Good Pope".

Pope Saint John XXIII was the 261st pope of the Catholic Church. Pope John XXIII was pope from 1958-1963 and is most remembered for having called the Second Vatican Council and setting the Church to a process he described with the Italian term “Aggiornamento” or bringing up to date. He said, “I want to open up the windows of the church, so that we can see out and the people can see in.” (

He was canonized by Pope Francis together with Pope John Paul II in 2014. Today, we follow St. John's daily devotion of God through his, Decalogue for Daily Living, which we learn about at our faith assemblies and challenge ourselves to live like Saint John XXIII.

Saint John XXIII, Pray for us.


Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm

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Meet the STJ Team 2021-2022

MEET Miss Menzak: Kindergarten Teacher


Grew up: Ardrossan, AB

Education: Educational Assistant at Grant MacEwan and B.Ed at U of A

Role at St. John: Kindergarten Teacher

Hobbies: Crafting, painting, kayaking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, being with my puppy

Favourite scripture quote:

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. -Ephesians 4:2

Contact Info:

Twitter @missmenzak

Fall Fun in Kindergarten

Parent School Council: Halloween Costume Swap

During our recent Parent School Council meeting, an idea was brought up to facilitate a "Swap Don't Shop" Halloween Costume Swap for our community. In an attempt to connect our community, ease some of the financial burdens of Halloween, and reuse items for our environment, we will attempt to swap some costumes this year.

There will be a donation box outside of our front door for any families who wish to donate gently used, clean Halloween costumes for the swap. Students can also bring these to schools, a box will be located inside the school at the office. Donated costumes must be CLEAN, COMPLETE and on a hanger with size marked, and a plastic (grocery store style) bag attached. Leftover costumes will be donated.

On October 22, any students who wish to head to the gym during their classes' scheduled time can do so and select a costume of their choice. *This will be completely dependent on the number of costumes and sizes we receive*.

We are in need of a few parent volunteers who would be willing to facilitate the Costume swap on Friday, October 22 in the gym. One parent per time slot.

Please contact the office if you are able and willing to volunteer for this. Mrs. Boehm will contact you to confirm. *There are COVID protocols that must be aligned with for our parent volunteers.

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New Doorbell System

For the safety and security of all students and staff, all entrance doors will remain locked at all times. To ensure that any late arrivals and/or students returning from appointments are able to access the school, we have installed a front doorbell system. It is located on the wall, to the left of the main entrance.

Please press the bottom button and Mrs. Potter or office staff will be able to chat with you and open the door remotely so that your child can enter the school.

At this time, our school community remains closed to visitors, except by appointment only. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this.

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Yearly Consent Forms

In order for your child to participate in field trips and use technology at school, we require your digital consent every school year. These consent forms are separate from the Demographic Forms.

How to find Yearly Student Consent Forms in your PowerSchool Account

Sign into your PowerSchool account

Under the Forms and Fees tab select Yearly Consent

Please complete the following Consent Forms:

1. Technology Use

2. One to One Use Agreement

3. Field Trip Consent

4. Locker Use Agreement (lockers include cubbies)

We are grateful for our monthly Staff masses

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Grade fours received their bibles at mass on Friday. Special thanks to all who helped make this special field trip happen.

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Friday's Bible Field trip was full of connections, joy, and yes...even cartwheels!

Cartwheels with my teacher

Looking ahead: October

October 11: Happy Thanksgiving! No School

October 18: PD Day, No School for students

October 18-22: Bus Safety Week

October 22: Halloween Costume Swap

October 29: Halloween Activities at school

November 1: Parent School Council Meeting via Google Meet 7:00 pm

November 3: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: Jersey Day

November 3: Three Way Conferences 3:30-6:30 pm

November 4: Three Way Conferences 4-7 pm

November 4: Picture Retake Day

November 8-12: No School Fall Break

Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a GREAT Day to be a St. John Kid!

Spirit day: Patterns, Patterns...Everywhere!

OLA Parish News:

Sign up is required to attend Mass at O.L.A. Parish during this latest Covid restrictions.

Please go to our website at

Look for the Sign up Genius Logo, click on it to go to the sign up page.

Mass times:

Fort Saskatchewan:

Monday, Wednesday thru to Saturday 9:00am,

Tuesday 6:30pm, Saturday 5:15pm,

Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm

Confessions (at OLA)

-15mins prior to daily Mass (excluding Saturday morning)

-Saturdays at 4:15pm

-Contact the office to arrange an appointment.


Text “letuspray” to 514-900-0130

to receive text messages from the parish

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Thank you to all our St. John Parents who came out to last week’s School Council Meet! Such wonderful connections and great conversations.

We are so thrilled to announce our 2021-2022 School Council Executive:

Chair: Alana Seymour

Co-Chair: Shawnene Wallgren

Vice-Chair: Candice Kalyn

Treasurer: Bairlyn Gentry

Secretary: Korinne Weima

Congratulations and thank you to each of you for your presence and partnership! Minutes can be found on our school website under Parents-School Council and linked here

School Council Meetings will be held virtually via Google Meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 1st at 7:00 pm

Be involved, share your voice, stay connected!

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The Rosary in 2 Minutes
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Click Below to order your St. John School Wear

Community Connections

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Have you heard of some great things happening in your child's classroom? Want to nominate their classroom for Classroom of the Month? FortSaskOnline is running a Classroom of the Month contest and the wining classroom gets a visit from Justin Pautonnier, pizza and prizes! Click the button below to enter a St. John XXIII class!
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