The Good News

Saint John XXIII March 5, 2020

Leadership Message


We are heading into the second week of our Lenten journeys. In our Catholic faith, Lent is a prayerful time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate the grace of forgiveness, our gift of salvation, and hope in the Resurrection. Many symbols during the Lenten season are reflective of the time Jesus spent in the desert. During Lent we work towards an inner renewal of our Baptism in Christ. We are grateful for the life we have with Christ and the love and hope this brings every day.

Our students are focusing on their Lenten promises in their classes and finding ways they can feel closer to Jesus. During Lent we focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Our Faith leadership Squad is giving us a Lenten Challenge each day. Today they challenged our school community to fast from screen time today.

"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing — grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God". Joel 2:12-14

As you journey into the desert this Lenten season may you find peace with God.


Bonnie-Lynne Boehm

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Book Fair March 2020: Parent Volunteers Wanted

We are excited to be prepping for our upcoming Book fair: Wild About Books March 24 and 25, 2020. Mrs. Merrick would love to have some parent volunteers to assist with set up and take down, helping students chose their wish list, and running of the sales at Book Fair. We will need volunteers for the week Monday-Thursday and the evening shifts Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are interested and able to help out, please contact Mrs. Merrick or contact Mrs. Potter at the office 780-998-7777.

No Assembly Monday, March 9th-Choir is heading to Music Festival

From the Music Room of Mrs. Schaub

St. John XXIII Choir will be performing in the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival on Monday, March 9th. The choir will perform at 10 am at the First United Church. (10409 100 ave.) Students will be bussed to and from church. We would love to see you in the audience!

Please have your child wear black bottom pants or skirts and a bright, coloured top. Please contact Mrs. Schaub with any further questions

Upcoming Three-Way Conferences: March 24 & 25 4-7 pm. The on-line interview scheduling program will open next week on Wednesday.

Kindergarten Registration Update

We are so excited to welcome our little learners to our Kindergarten program next year. For our Catholic families who have registered for our upcoming Kindergarten year, you will be receiving a welcome email in the next two days. If you have not yet received this email by Sunday, March 8, please contact the office 780-998-7777.

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We LOVE to Read...Who was it? Who will it be?

This week our Mystery Reader was Mrs. Potter, our awesome school secretary. Mrs. Potter shared a fun story about dinosaurs and challenged students to see how many dinosaurs they could find in the story.

See if you can guess who next year's first Mystery Reader is?

Catching that Leprechaun at Saint John XXIII! School wide Makerspace-March 16th

It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day and those pesky leprechauns will be up to their old tricks! Prankster Patricia has challenged the students of St. John XXIII to build the perfect leprechaun trap. This year, we are going to try to outsmart those sneaky leprechauns! Next week, students will meet with their partner or group to design and plan their trap. From there, they will collect supplies until March 13th. Building will take place in the afternoon of March 16th.

Please support your child by:

  1. Helping them bring in recycled items to create their traps by March 13th. Some examples include: Small boxes - shoe, cereal, kleenex etc., paper or plastic cups, plastic fruit baskets, masking tape, duct tape, pipe cleaners. A letter will be sent home from their teacher with more ideas.
  2. Sharing in their enthusiasm
  3. Ensuring that the "creating" and "making" happens at school with their partners and not at home (Students need the opportunity to problem solve and explore). Feel free to create one at home too! Those pesky Leprechauns go everywhere!

Have fun discussing and brainstorming ideas with your child. We can’t wait to see the amazing ideas St. John XXIII students come up with! This will be the year we catch a leprechaun!

Connection Circle with Mrs. Heesing

Has your child experienced a recent change in family?

Has there been a loss through death, separation or divorce?

The Connection Circle will provide support to the students in our school who are experiencing a recent change in their family. It will include activities and conversation relating to the change they have experienced. One group will include a small group of Grade One & Grade Two students and the second small group will include Grade Three & Grade Four students.

If you would your child to participate in this Connection Circle please contact the Family Wellness Worker , Eleanor Heesing at 780.995.9352

Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the topics a small group will be necessary and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

It is important to note that for children experiencing grief and loss it is recommended to seek professional therapeutic support and/or additional community support. Additional support may be found through the Parish Priest , Children Mental Health, private psychology services, Family Community Support Services. Our community Boys & Girls Club offers two small groups that your child may also benefit from: Rainbows and Horizons. If you require contact information for any of the above resources please contact the Family Wellness Worker, Eleanor Heesing, by phone (780.995.9352) or email (

Please pay any outstanding school fees on PowerSchool. Please be advised that these fees are non-refundable and are estimated and calculated on the assumption that all students will be participating.

Blessings and prayers to our Grade 3 students who celebrated their First Communion

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If your child celebrates their Sacraments at a different time or different location than our OLA parish, please send in a 4X6 picture for our Sacrament Wall.

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Our Seven Sacred Teachings, This month: The Wolf-Humility

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Digital Citizenship and Safety for Kids: Technology and Balance

Each week, we will be sharing some information, websites, and tips for helping our kids navigate the world of technology and on-line safety and etiquette. We will pull items from our Parenting in the Digital Age located on our EICS website, linked here which has links to tips, checklists, and information to support parents.

This week: Technology & Balance Click on the link below and watch the 7 minute Video lesson from The Institute of Child Psychology

Thanks to our March Apple Sponsor: East 2 West Steel LTD.

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OLA Parish News

First Communion Registration:

For children in Grade 2 registration

deadline April 3, 2020.

Follow the link here on our school website for more information

Penitential Services:

O.L.A. Day of Confessions:

March 12, 2020 9:00am—9:00pm

O.L.A. Confessions:

April 3, 2020 7:00pm—9:00pm

Looking for something to “take” up in Lent?

Fridays @ 6:30pm Stations of the Cross

@ 7:00pm adoration & reflection

Topic Week #3—March 20, 2020—Prayer with Scripture with Fr. Kris

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next Parent Council Meeting: Wednesday, March 18 Collab room 7:00 pm. Please come and be informed of our Assurance Survey and Planning Priorities. We would also appreciate feedback on our website and what enhancements, changes are needed for parents.


Mar. 6: PD Day-No School for Students

Mar. 8: Daylight Savings time-Spring ahead, World Day of Prayer OLA Church 7:00 pm

Mar. 9: Choir at Music Festival

Mar. 16: Assembly 9 am-3B leading, Valeda House Presentation, Leprechaun Trap Building pm

Mar. 18: Open House 9:15-10:30 am, Grade 4 Waste Management Field trip

Mar. 19: Grade 3 Tpet-Peru

Mar. 20: Kindergarten Nature Classroom

Mar. 23: Assembly 9 am, CEPAC meeting 7:00 pm EICS

Mar. 24 & 25: Three Way Conferences (Parent, Student, teacher) Book Fair

Mar. 27-April 6: Spring Break

April 6: Assembly 9 am

It's a Great Day to be a Saint John XXIII Kid!

Community News & Events:

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