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September 10th - 14th, 2018

This Week at St. JPII

Monday Sept. 10th

Jr. Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00-5:00pm

Tuesday Sept. 11th

Grade 7/8 Musical Theatre Program at Birch Bay (lunch provided, dress for the weather, contact Mrs. Smadis to volunteer)

Grade 8 Sports Program at Birch Bay

Meet the Teacher Night 4:00-5:30pm

Wednesday Sept. 12th

Jr. Girls Volleyball

School Opening Mass @ OLA Parish 9:15am

Thursday Sept. 13th

Friday Sept. 14th

Lockdown Drill Practice 9:35am

Principal's Message

Please join us on Tuesday, September 11th from 4:00 - 5:30 pm to meet your St. John Paul II staff - we look forward to seeing everyone!

We will begin our evening at 4:00 pm, where your child can show you around the building and introduce you to their teacher. Teachers will be in their classroom from 4:00pm - 4:30pm. At 4:30pm in the main gym, feel free to join us as Mr. Stecyk introduces the entire staff. Afterwards, teachers will return to their classrooms for your convenience until 5:30pm. We realize that we have already had an Open House in the Spring and a Grade 5 Orientation in August, so feel free to join us for all or part of the evening as it will be an informal evening of meet-and-greet.

Chaplain's Corner

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Hello and welcome to the St. JP II Chaplain’s Corner. My name is Vernon Brady and I am blessed to be the school chaplain this year. I am super excited to introduce you to our faith theme shared by all EICS schools this year. Our theme comes from Ephesians 2:10. “We are all God’s Masterpiece.” This is a message that God wants us to embrace. God’s greatest masterpiece isn’t some of the sunsets you may have had the privilege of seeing, or the Alps (as spectacular as they are), or the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti (as gorgeous and beautiful as they can be). God’s greatest masterpiece of creation is you. And it is me. We are God’s greatest masterpieces. The blessing of being in a Catholic school is that we get to remind each other that we are ALL made in the image and likeness of God. Thus our school community strives to ensure that all are celebrated for what they have in common while also celebrating each individual’s uniqueness. We would like to invite all parents/guardians to join our school community this Wednesday as we celebrate our school opening mass at OLA parish. Mass begins at 9:15 am. May this week be filled with many new discoveries, building of new and old friendships all wrapped up in God’s Loving Embrace. Have a Blessed week.

Vernon Brady

Sacramental Preparation at OLA Parish

On behalf of the Sacramental Preparation Committee, we wish to welcome all those preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation in the 2018 - 2019 school year.

We encourage and invite all families to join us for 11:00 am Mass this Sunday, September 9th. We will be hosting an Information Session immediately following fellowship (approximately 12:30 pm), which will include a variety of information regarding all three of these Sacraments, as well as a special guest speaker. There will also be a Meet and Greet for Father Kristopher, our new parish pastor, to welcome him to our Faith Community.

We encourage all families with a child who is going to be completing any of the Sacraments during the 2018 - 2019 school year to join us.


Our school cafeteria is fully operational and ready to serve our school community. Please see the information below from our cafeteria manager:

Cafeteria in St. John Paul II Catholic School

Meals available daily: Chicken strips, Pizza-bun (ham or extra cheese), Salad (cheeseburger, chicken caesar, or egg salad), and Sub (chicken salad, egg salad, or ham).

Daily specials: Monday- Spagetti, Tuesday- Chicken Alfredo, Wednesday- Pancake, Thursday- Sweet&Sour Meatballs, and Friday- Chicken Fried Rice

Sides: Apples & Grapes, Apple Sauce, Carrots & Sweet Peas, Cheese Strips, Chocolate Energy Bites, Fresh Fruit Mix, Fresh Veggie Mix, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pretzels, Rice Cereal Square, Vanilla Yogurt, Wowbutter Cookies, 237 mL white milk/chocolate milk, 200 mL juice (apple or orange)

*Menu changes three times per year* All food is prepared to meet school guidelines.

A regular meal with two sides is $6,

you can order a larger portion for $1 more,

and you can add an additional side for $1.

Pre-order online or cash purchases

Online orders- how to get started:

· Visit

· Click the order tab

· Create an account (use the email that is best for receiving receipts and create your own password)

· Choose St John Paul II as your school- lunches can be picked up at the school cafeteria

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Outdoor Play Area

Our teachers were hard at work preparing the tarmac for new stencils that have been spray-painted on the ground. The stencils were provided by The Be Fit For Life Network and include a variety of different types of games that students can enjoy during recess and/or lunchtime. We are also working on transferring over some of the outdoor basketball hoops from OLA.

Dr. Jody Carrington is Coming to the Fort!

EICS is partnering with the City of Fort Saskatchewan to offer two events with Dr. Jody - one geared towards professional caregivers and the other one towards our parents. Please see the attached flyer. The parent session is free and open to all community members!
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Orange Shirt Day is a growing movement of reconciliation that grew out of a former student’s account of having her brand-new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school. Wearing an Orange Shirt is meant to recognize the harm done to residential school students, and show a commitment to the principle that every child matters.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

You are invited to wear an orange shirt on Friday, September 28th!

Visitors To Our School

In the interest of student safety, and to reduce classroom interruptions, we ask that all visitors to the school come directly to the office to sign in. If you need to pick up your child during the school day we are happy to call their classroom and get them to meet you at the office. Thank you for waiting in the office for your child to arrive. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
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