The Good News

Saint John XXIII January 24, 2019

Leadership Message

One Year-One Word…

As we entered a new year with joy and anticipation, we paused to reflect on what the year will hold for us, how we want to embrace this gift of time, and who do we want to be in 2020. To truly be the masterpiece God has created in each one of us, new beginnings offer us an opportunity to renew our hearts and spirits for growth. Sometimes to determine who we are called to be challenges us to be still and listen.

Our staff and some classes have taken on the one word challenge for 2020, reflecting on how and who they want to be this year. Their words are powerful and show the depth of how kids can reflect if you open the door.

Whatever our word may be, we know that it is through our one God that ALL is possible and we can be the masterpiece He calls us to be to Love-First, Last and Always.

“I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, who is above all and through all and in all”. -Ephesians 4:1-6


Mrs. Boehm

Check out some of our students' "One Word"

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

This week our Mystery Reader was Mrs. Y. Morin, Grade 2 Teacher, who shared a favourite library story that she read to her daughters about feeling afraid at night and how to overcome that.

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

Parents: please do not cross parking lot at any time. Students must use the pathways and crosswalks. Visibility is limited between cars in the parking lot. We need to keep all of our kids safe.

Kindergarten Registration Feb. 1st-we are so excited to welcome our new learners to SJXXIII!

Kindergarten registration for EICS schools will begin ONLINE the morning of Saturday, February 1, 2020. EICS schools will be sharing information about programming and open houses over the next few weeks on their school websites.

To go to the EICS Kindergarten webpage - please click here.

To download the EICS Kindergarten Information Brochure - EICS Kindergarten February 2019

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January Reading Challenge: One Week Left!

Saint John XXIII Daily Decalogue for January: Just for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

Following in the footsteps of our school saint, Saint John XXIII, who devoted at least ten minutes a day to reading, we are challenging our students to read every day at home for at least ten minutes and celebrating this with a chance to win a new book of their choice. We will draw a total of 15 students (5 at each assembly for the next three weeks).

Have fun reading!

Congratulations to our reading Winners!

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Accountability Pillar Survey

Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey in January. Parents and students in grade 4-8 will complete the survey. Families will receive a mailed survey from Alberta Education in the month of January and students will complete the survey at school. As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education to ensure that we are equipping students for success.

Digital Citizenship and Safety for Kids: It Takes a Village

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. There are some fantastic posters that come from the National Online Safety site housed in the UK.

We also highly encourage parents to check out our Parenting in the Digital Age located on our EICS website, linked here which has links to tips, checklists, and information to support parents.

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Lunch Review and Recommendation Committee

As you are aware, we have made a change to the location of where our students each lunch. In response to some parent inquiries and concerns, we are forming a committee of staff, parents, and students who will work together to gather information, review, and provide recommendations to our community. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mrs. Hinger via email

Thanks to everyone for their Pink Shirt day orders-318 shirts were ordered! Many thanks to Mrs. Heesing for organzing this and to Nikki and Katherine for tallying & counting the order today!

OLA Parish News

Sacramental Prep: First Holy Communion

First Eucharist for children in Grade 3 and up: For children in grade 3 and up who have celebrated their First Confession, registration deadline for First Communion is January 31, 2020 Registration forms are available at the office and at the back of the church or online at: or the school website (Under Sacramental Prep link). No late registrations accepted. Please provide a copy of baptism certificate when registering your child (if not baptized at O.L.A.) and the $25.00 fee. *Registration form and fee can be dropped at St. John XXIII School (cash or cheque) or at the church office 10004 – 101 St.


Feb. 8, 2020 OLA Meeting Rooms 10:00 am Parent meeting in Lounge

Feb. 15, 2020 OLA Meeting Rooms 10:00 am Children only

March 1, 2020 OLA Church Celebration 2:00pm

*For children in Grade 2, who celebrated have celebrated their First confession, registration deadline for First Communion is April 3, 2020. Celebration is May 3, 2020 at 2 pm. More information to follow closer to the date.

If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Confession, please contact the parish office 780-998-3288 and make an appt. with Father Kris.

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next school council meeting: February 18, 2020 7 pm Collaboration Room.


Jan. 27: Monday Assembly-3S leading

Jan. 28: Grade 4 Ski Trip

Jan. 31: Saint John XXIII Arctic Winter Games pm

Feb. 3: Monday Assembly

Feb. 5: Report Cards live on PowerSchool, Early Out dismissal-2:23 pm Spirit Day-Dress as your favourite Book Character, World Read Aloud day (School-wide read aloud), Winter Walk Day (School-wide Winter Walk)

Feb. 6 & 7: No School-Teachers' Convention

Feb. 10: Monday Assembly-2LM leading, Grade 4 Symphony Field Trip

Feb. 12: Grade 4 Bennett Center Field Trip

Feb. 14: No School for students-PD day

Feb. 17: Family Day-No school

Feb. 18: Tuesday assembly 9 am National Flag Day celebration

Feb. 19: 100th Day of school grades 1-4

Feb. 21: Rocks & Rings-Grade 4 (gym)

Feb. 24: Monday Assembly 9 am

Feb. 25: Shrove Tuesday

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday 11 am celebration @school

Feb. 27: Grade 2 TPet-Magnets

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

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