The Good News

Saint John XXIII May 31, 2019

Leadership Message

Celebrating Growth and Embracing Changes

As we celebrate the journeys of our students, staff, and families of Saint John XXII, we also are preparing for some important and exciting changes ahead. Students moving to new grades and new classrooms in the fall. Our grade fours are spreading their wings and flying to a new learning environment. Last night we welcomed many of our new families to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten! While change is exciting, it can also bring some trepidation and worry. This is natural and we help one another through this with patience, care, and faith. One of the most important things we can teach our children is how to work through the anticipated changes with faith and trust. God has designed each of us in His image and has wonderful plans for our journeys. Through change and challenges we learn and discover the gifts and strengths we have. At Saint John XXIII, staff and parents work diligently to prepare our students for the transitions ahead.

As parents and teachers, we often want to smooth the path and make things easier, however, like the butterfly, our children need to work through challenges to learn skills and strategies to become the amazing people God calls them to be. As our grade threes watched with delighted anticipation as the butterfly struggled to make its way out of the cocoon, some of our softest hearts want to “help” them out but we know that God gave them what they needed to pump their wings and fly. The butterflies had a safe environment, food ready, and a lot of love surrounding them. Thank-you to our parents for the continued trust as we work together to help all our children “fly”.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


Mrs. Boehm

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We are Going Places...Way to go!

The Honourable Minster of Education, Mrs. Adriana LaGrange visits SJXXIII on World Catholic Ed Day

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Transitioning: Preparing for Next Year

Some upcoming transition plans to help our students prepare for next year:

  • Grade fours have met their new Principal, Mr. Rob Stecyk, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kalay Dumont, from SJPII and had a school visit
  • Teachers, along with our Student Support Team have created class compositions based on professional criteria and optimal learning environments for each student
  • Teachers and Student Support Team met Tuesday in collaboration to prepare for new classes
  • Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers partcipated in a full day Teacher Swap so kids could meet their new teacher in their current environment and spend time with their former teacher
  • New Pre-K and Kindergarten families met for our information evening last night
  • Students' placement for the 2019-2020 school year will be available next Friday, June 7 in Powerschool
  • Thursday, June 13 Students will visit their new teacher and classroom for a period
  • Students with ISPs will have transition meetings with current team and next year's team. Many thanks to Ms. Astalosch for her dedicated efforts in coordinating all these meetings
  • Any students who require a little more support will have pictures and social stories to aid in positive transitions
  • As always, please continue to communicate important information with our team, beginning with your child's teacher, so we can support your child. There are many dedicated people who wrap around your child every day to provide positive and caring faith and learning journeys for each student.

At Saint John XXIII, staff work diligently every day to build connections and foster relationships with ALL students, regardless of class, they are all "our kids" and this makes transitioning so much easier. Thank-you for your continued trust in all we do!

Riding the Bus next year? Read below...

As planning for the new school gets under way, transportation requests are required for:

1. Grade fours moving to grade five at SJPII and require busing

2. Any new requests for those students in grades 1-4 or changes to information including daycare/babysitters

3. ALL Kindergarten students need to apply

Here is the link for requesting transportation information

Safety for our SJ Kids and the Air Quality

As always your child's safety and well-being is a high priority at Saint John XXIII. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is the decision making tool for schools to use when determining if outdoor activities should proceed. As you are aware, due to smoke from the northern wildfires, the AQHI in Edmonton and surrounding region today is being impacted.

Whenever the index value reaches the high risk zone ( 7- 10+) it is recommended that schools choose indoor recess and where possible reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory and heart conditions are at most risk. We will be following this recommendation by checking our local AQHI before any outside activities and if the index is anywhere in the High Risk zone, students will stay inside.

Please ensure that your child's teacher is up to date on any respiratory conditions and let us know if precautions are needed outside of the ones mentioned above. Thank-you.

Pre-Kindergarten: Limited spaces in morning class, Spaces still available in the afternoon! Come journey with us!

We have limited spaces in our Pre-K morning class and spaces available in our pm class. We are very blessed to have a Pre-Kindergarten program at Saint John XXIII that is led by a certified teacher that focuses on a faith and student-centered approach to learning and discovery. Our Pre-K teacher, along with an Early Learning team consisting of; Speech and Language Pathologist and assistants, Occupational Therapist, Early Learning Consultants, Physio Therapist, and educational assistants that work together to provide an inclusive program where all students can learn and develop in a responsive environment. Our Team works closely with families to provide support and screening of important developmental milestones.

One of the unique elements to Pre-K at Saint John XXIII is our Early Learning Music Specialist, Mrs. Melanie Doderai, who passionately and enthusiastically takes our Pre-K and Kindergarten students on a musical journey throughout the year that fosters important fine arts exploration and movement.

Please contact the school to register for our exciting and innovative Pre-Kindergarten program. We would love to Play, Learn, and Grow with our child!

Thank-you for coming to our Pre/K Information Evening!

Thanks for our families that were able to join us for our Pre-K/Kindergarten information evening. Congratulations to Memphis and Vanessa who were our Book Draw winners! If you were not able to make our information evening and would like to pop in, please contact the school and make an arrangement to come in and visit. You are most welcome any time.
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Demographic Confirmation Forms-please complete and submit ASAP

The “EICS Demographic Confirmation Form” for the 2019-2020 school year, is now available for you to complete and submit, for each of your children attending an Elk Island Catholic School. The form is found online in your PowerSchool Parent Portal.

This form is a mandatory document and is required to be updated for every student each year, as it could greatly impact you with respect to the Canada Revenue Agency information and Immigration when they request validation of your information. Alberta Education requires that we obtain a detailed update of student demographics on an annual basis. Funding they provide for your child's education is conditional to us receiving these updates and making them part of the student's record. We would appreciate you completing and submitting this form, for each of your children, as soon as possible.

Please contact our school secretary, Jeannette Wilson, at 780-998-7777 if you have any questions or require assistance.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...It's a Great Day to be a Saint John XXIII Kid!

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Upcoming Events:

Next School Council Meeting: Wednesday, June 12th 7:00 pm Collab Room All parents are members of our School Council and are invited to every meeting! Elections for next year; come and share your gifts in executive positions-Co-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Fun Day Hot Dog Lunch: JUNE 18th We are so grateful to our parent volunteers who will be providing a hot dog lunch during our Fun Day. Come and be a part of our day and help out by prepping and delivering lunch to our kids. We need volunteers to help prep and hand out lunch from 10:30-12:30 pm.

Family Summer Send Off: Sunday, June 23 Harbour Pool 10-12 pm Come one, come all and celebrate together the wonderful year we have had! Tickets will be on sale this week and will be a minimum donation of $20.00/family. More details to follow.

Playground Society News:

Next Playground meeting: Monday, June 3 6:30-8 pm.

We are having a BBQ fundraiser at Legacy Park June 9th, SAVE THE DATE!

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June 3: Assembly 9 am

June 5: Early Out Dismissal: School Spirit Wear

June 10: Assembly 9 am (Pre-K ISP Transition meetings)

June 12: ISP meetings (K-4) School Council meeting 7:00 pm Collab room

June 13: Grade 4 Farewell 11:00 am New Teacher-Student Classroom Visits

June 14: Grade 3 Rec swim

June 16: SJXXIII School Council Family '

June 17: Assembly 9 am

June 18: Fun Day (STJPII Sports Program students leading and hot dog lunch provided by School Council) Grade 4 ISP transition meetings

June 19: K-4 ISP Transition Meetings

June 20: Panago Pizza Lunch Talent Show 1-3:00 pm

June 21: Kindergarten Valley Zoo, Gr. 1 Wilderness Walk, Gr. 2 Ukrainian Village

June 23: Summer Swim Send Off @ Harbour Pool 10-12 pm

June 24: Pre-K Year-End Picnic Kudos to Kindergarten 5-6 pm

June 27: Last Day of School Year-End Celebration 11:00 am Report Cards Open