The Good News

Saint John XXIII April 26, 2019

Leadership Message

"Do small things with great love". -Saint Theresa of Calcutta

Yesterday, we celebrated our amazing Saint John XXIII volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Concert. For those who were not able to be there, know we held you close in our appreciative hearts! We are so blessed to have such amazing parents, grandparents, families, and friends who help support our SJ village! What a difference it makes when we each take the hand of a child and work together to help them be all they are called to be.

Many thanks to our Volunteer Appreciation Team: Ms. Bourassa, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Colgan, and Miss Wilson for their awesome planning! Shout out to Mrs. Schaub and her choirs for the wonderful performances!

It takes a village! Grateful for ours!


Mrs. Boehm

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It's That Time of Year: Transitioning Students

Spring means new life, growth, and time for new adventures around the corner. While this year's staff and students work diligently to honour the current year we are in, administrators have been in the planning stages since January. At our School Council meeting on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in our Collab room, Mrs. Boehm & Mrs. Hinger will be sharing some of the many ways in which we plan for and support student transitions from grade to grade and school to school.

As our grade fours students plan for their amazing middle school experience, there are a few upcoming transition dates for you to be aware of:

Monday, April 29: Saint John Paul II Open House 6:00-7:30 pm. Grade 4 parents and students can take a tour of the building and speak to SJPII Staff.

Thursday, May 9: Grade 4 students visit SJPII 9:30-12:30 pm

Mr. Stecyk and Mrs. Dumont are also dropping by within the next couple of weeks to meet and greet our grade fours at Saint John XXIII.

Please mark these important dates on your calendars.

We Are Going Places with our Learning! Way to Go!

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Our Young Citizens & Earth Day/Week

Our Young Citizens Leadership Squad led our SJ village this week in conservation efforts to help our Earth! They kicked off Earth week at Assembly with a story and our weekly challenges: school yard clean-up, litterless lunches, and One Hour-No Power!

Our Saint John XXIII kids make a difference every day!

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Catholic Education Week: May 5-May 10: We want to hear from you!

We will be celebrating the gift of Catholic education the week of May 5-8 and really want to hear from our students, staff, parents, and parish! Each day of the week we will highlight and share a different group: May 6-students, May 7-staff, May 8-Parents, May 9-Wear blue, and May 10-Community.

Parents and Grandparents, we would love for you to submit your response to the question-Why do you value or believe in Catholic Education? Please email your response to Mrs. Boehm by Friday, May 3.


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Small changes, BIG Impact! A Saint John XXIII Good News Story!

This year SJ staff decided to make a change to our snack-recess protocol. Staff wanted to ensure that students maximized their recess time for physical activity, social time, and unstructured breaks without having to choose snacks, open wrappers, and take time to eat. We also were mindful of the potential choking hazard as children attempted to eat and play at the same time. So teachers made a commitment in September to incorporate snacks inside before or after recess.

Within weeks we noticed an unexpected gain--our school yard was noticeably cleaner! In fact, when the City of Fort Saskatchewan sent an email this Spring to ask all Principals to remind students to not litter as the Parks crew noticed a huge amount of litter in school yards after snow melt, Mrs. Boehm was curious and followed up with an inquiry call to see how SJXXIII playground was. Jean Dabels, Manager of Parks-Services, responded that the crew had shared that Saint John XXIII had the cleanest school yard they had seen in over ten years! Way to go! When our Young Citizens led Earth Week clean up on Tuesday, students has to search far and wide to find litter!

Pre-K & Kindergarten Information Evening: *DATE CHANGE* Thursday, May 30

As we welcome our tiniest learners to Saint John XXIII, we want to give our parents an opportunity to find out more information about our Early Learning programs and what to expect for the fall. On Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm, we invite all Pre-K and Kindergarten parents to our Information Evening.

During the evening we will:

-share information related to what you can expect from our Pre-K & Kindergarten programs

-introduce Early Learning staff. our Speech & Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist, and Administration

-answer any questions (especially if parents want to inquire with our SLP & OT about screenings and assessments)

-provide another opportunity to see the learning environments

Social Justice Fundraiser: Valeda House & Chalice Foster Children: By Kids 4 Kids

Fostering our children's social justice values are integral elements of developing ethical human beings. This contributes to creating a beautiful world for everyone. This year, two of our social justice projects include Valeda House and our two foster children from the Chalice organization. Valenda House is a ministry that provides temporary shelter for homeless women and their children who may face exceptional challenges finding safe housing. The Valeda House can accommodate six women with one or two children under the ages of five for up to six months. Valda House is not government funded and relies solely on community support and the Sign of Hope campaign through Catholic Social Services. It makes a difference for some of our most vulnerable in the province.

Saint John XXIII sponsors two foster children; Veanice B. Anggaman from the Philippines, and Yalesca Luanna Fernandez Mayta from Peru. Our commitment for these two children is $800 per year.

Our Grade 4 Leadership teams will take the lead on our fundraiser, “By Kids 4 Kids - Buy, Sell and Give Extravaganza” whereby we will combine social justice, service, conservation, and building student leadership capacity. All students will be invited, starting Monday at assembly, to donate any gently used toys, books, or children's clothing. On Thursday, May 16 we will host our Buy, Sell, Give Extravaganza where all students will have an opportunity to attend the sale in our gym and purchase any of the items. (All with parental permission, of course). All proceeds will go to our Valeda House goal, our two foster children, and any remaining funds will go to supporting our students at Saint John XXIII.

Our Chalice Foster Children

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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...

OLA Parish News

Saint John XXIII Easter Mass at O.L.A Parish 1:00 pm-Parents & Grandparents-please join us

Altar Server Fun Night Laser Tag April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Laser City, Edmonton

RSVP to Laura 780-868-8435

Sponsored by O.L.A Parish

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next School Council Meeting: Monday, April 29th 7:00 pm Collab Room All parents are members of our School Council and are invited to every meeting! Come find out about plans for transitioning students from each grade and to middle school next year.

Playground Society News: The playground society is looking for people and trucks to collect for our bottle drive May 25th. Please consider signing your family up for a time slot.

Contact Sam for more info or to sign up to help. or 780-722-4442

We are also having a BBQ fundraiser at Legacy Park June 9th, SAVE THE DATE! More details will be sent out soon! If volunteering just doesn't work for your family, you can also donate via our Go Fund Me is up and running, you may now donate at"


April 29: Assembly 9 am: Jump Rope for Heart presentation and kick off

Easter Mass at OLA Parish 1:00 pm

May 1: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: Hats On for Mental Health Awareness, Grade twos to Symphony

May 2: Grade 4 T-Pet presentation

May 5-10 Catholic Education Week

May 6: Assembly 9 am

May 7: *Talent Show entries due* Evergreen Performance: Three Little Pigs 9:00 am

May 8: Saint John XXIII Staff Mass 8-8:30 am (Chapel)

May 9: Grade 4 Orientation to SJPII

May 10: Class & Spring Photos

May 13: Assembly 9 am

May 14: Grade ones: Valley Zoo Field Trip

May 16: By Kids 4 Kids: Buy, Sell and Give Extravaganza (School Gym)

May 17: PD day: No School for students

May 20: No School

May 21: Assembly 9 am Gr. 4 Royal AB Museum field trip

May 23: Adoration Mass 11:00 am followed by Adoration

May 24: Adoration Kindergarten field trip: Safety City

May 27: Assembly 9 am

May 30: Pre-K/Kindergarten Parent Information Night

May 31: Grade 3 Rec Swim

June 3: Assembly 9 am

June 5: Early Out Dismissal: School Spirit Wear School Council meeting 7:00 pm

June 10: Assembly 9 am

June 13: Grade 4 Fare well 11:00 am

June 14: Grade 3 Rec swim

June 17: Assembly 9 am

June 18: Fun Day

June 20: Talent Show 1:00 pm

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

June 24: Pre-K Year-End Picnic

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