The Good News
Saint John XXIII September 14, 2019
Smooth Road, Bumpy Road, Pothole…
This past week I was reflecting on a childhood game I used to play with my daughters, “Smooth road, smooth road, bumpy road...POTHOLE!" Upon my lap they would sit and I would move to the words and then drop out during the “pothole” where they would fall, just a little, and I would catch them. Oh, how we would laugh! The moment of the “pothole”, the sudden but anticipated surprise, followed by the reassuring catch.
Our child’s school year often reflects a similar journey as the game described above. Some moments are smooth while others are bumpy, and often, we face those potholes. As I shared at our Meet the Staff evening, these potholes provide opportunities for important lessons, where we find out; we are not alone, we can do hard things, and no matter what we face-we are loved. With the infalible love from God, our families behind us, and our dedicated staff beside them, each child at St. John XXIII will learn and grow from each bumpy road and pothole. Together, we can journey through the terrain with your children, knowing that we Love-First, Last and Always.
Thank you for your continued trust and support as we buckle up for another amazing year of growing in our faith and learning journeys at St. John XXIII!
We LOVE to Grow! Celebrating the Learning!
Attendance Reporting Procedures-Please communicate all absences, late arrivals, and appointments
REPORTING ABSENCES: SAFE ARRIVAL
Please click on this link for important information on the best way to let us know that your child will be late or away from school.
It is our first priority every morning and afternoon to ensure that all students are accounted for. Using this tool helps us to expedite this process to ensure the safe arrival of all of our students. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our little people safe.
SJXXIII Apple Program: Healthy Kids
Thanks to our first Apple Program Sponsor-The McEwen Family! A family whose kids used to attend St. John XXIII and is giving back today. Thank-you so much for your generosity.
At St. John XXIII Catholic School, our Apple Program enhances and supports our school community by providing our students with fresh apples and other fresh seasonal fruit. This program helps support our healthy champions focus for our kids at Saint John XXIII and enhances their daily learning journeys. Currently, we are looking for community monthly sponsors that help us accomplish our goal of providing healthy snacks to students. A financial contribution of $200 will bring fruit to the school for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4 students for one month and, most importantly, will help us encourage healthy eating habits in our students. If you wish to contribute, please connect with our coordinator, Laudith, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your consideration.
We Love to Read...Who was it? Who will it be?
See if you can guess Monday's Mystery Reader...
Picture Day: Friday, September 20th
Picture Day is coming on Friday, September 20th
After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.
*For our Monday/Wednesday Kinder Parents: You can bring your child for photos this Friday between 8:45-9:45 am OR we can take your child's photos during their regular school day during retake day: Monday, October 28th.
OLA & St. John XXIII Invitation for Parents: Circle of Security Program Facilitated by Mrs. Heesing
Important and timely: Please update all student forms for this year
Yearly Consent Forms
We ask all families to follow the directions below to complete the Yearly Consent Forms for 2019-2020 school year. We will be going on our first school field trip shortly so we need all families to complete the forms for their child(ren). Also, please complete the EICS Student Data Verification form.
- Log into the parent portal of PowerSchool.
- Click on your child's name.
- Click "Yearly Consent" either on the left or the highlighted blue in the alert message itself.
- Read the agreement, then indicate "yes" or "no".
- Click "Submit".
School fees will be updated on PowerSchool at the end of the month
Parking, Drop off, Pick ups: Working Together for Safety
- The parking lot next to the school is mostly for staff and our students and /or our families who require handi-cap parking. Please do not park in any of the stalls directly beside our building.
- Please meet your child at their exit door, not at the front door. The front door is where our bus kids line up at the end of the day.
- Visitor parking spaces: We have 10-12 visitor parking stalls (identified with the Visitor parking sign). These spaces are closest to the road. These stalls are available on a first-come, first serve basis. If these spaces are full, please do not come into the parking lot to drop off your child.
- We do not want any students crossing the parking lot. Please use the path alongside the visitor parking spaces or the appropriate crosswalks.
EICS Transportation: Bus Planner
Please make sure to download the bus planner app and create an account. You will need your child's ASN number (this can be found on report cards or in your Powerschool account under student engage-click on student and you will see it.) https://eics.mybusplanner.ca/Default.aspx
This app will be where you will receive information on bus routes and cancellation or changes in busing.
OLA Parish News
Welcome Fr. Daniel Prakash Dsouza!
Important upcoming Sacramental Preparation information: Reconciliation (For Children in Grade 2)
Registration Sept. 3—Oct. 4, 2019
No late registrations will be accepted.
October 12, 2019 OLA mtg. rooms 10:00am (Parents required to stay)
October 19, 2019 OLA mtg. rooms 10:00am (Children only)
October 26, 2019 OLA church 10:00am Celebration
October 24, 2019 OLA mtg. rooms 6:00pm (Make-up class)
Registration forms are available online at www.olafortsask.caedm.ca or at the office and at the back of the church. $25.00 fee for Please provide a copy of baptism certificate when registering your child. OLA office contact: 780-998-3288
Saint John XXIII School Council News
As a parent or guardian in our school community, you are also a member of Parent Council. The Parent Council is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and connect with other parents, share your ideas, and support initiatives that benefit our students. Your voice matters. Let's work together to create a vibrant and supportive school community.
Please join us for our first meeting: Thursday, September 26th 7:00 pm in our Collaboration room.
Sept. 16: Monday Assembly 9 am
Sept. 20: Picture Day
Sept. 23: Monday Assembly 9 am
Sept. 26: Parent School Council meeting 7:00 pm
Sept. 27: Alberta Heritage Day-Elder Doreen Wabasca visit & Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
Sept. 30: Monday Assembly 9 am & Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters