The Good News

Saint John XXIII November 22, 2019

Leadership Message

Self-Regulation: A Lifelong Tool

This year at St. John XXIII we continue to help our students with self-regulation. Some situations can have strong emotions and learning how to cope through these reactions to our emotions is an integral part of learning. The key to learning self-regulation skills to not to avoid situations that are challenging for kids to handle, but to coach kids through them while modeling our own self-regulation and providing tools to work through it.

What is self-regulation? (

Self-regulation is the ability to manage your emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation. It includes being able to resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting stimuli, to calm yourself down when you get upset, to adjust to a change in expectations and to handle frustration without an outburst. It is a set of skills that enables children, as they mature, to direct their own behavior towards a goal, despite the unpredictability of the world and our own feelings.

To respond to the needs of our students this year, self-regulation tools are universally taught throughout our school during assembly, within classroom contexts, and in small group settings.

How can you assist with this important learning?

  1. Watch the videos below about our brain and self regulation games

  2. Incorporate some of the activities and games at home

  3. Model and practice self-regulation during challenging situations so our kids have a frame of reference. Kids often learn best when you show them how to do something through direct modeling and reflecting after


Mrs. Boehm

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Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?
5 Incredibly Fun GAMES to Teach Self-Regulation (Self-Control) | Early Childhood Development

Choice in Education Survey

Dear Catholic Education Stakeholder and Supporter,

Catholic Education is alive and well in Alberta, educating more than 180,000 students across our province. Excellent academic learning within a faith-based community is the hallmark of Alberta’s Catholic Schools. In our celebrations of Catholic Education Sunday on November 3, the Bishops of Alberta reminded us of the responsibility we have to support, protect and advocate for this publicly-funded gift.

The government of Alberta has recently created and distributed a survey asking Albertans to provide feedback on choice in education. The survey link is here. The deadline for response is December 6.

It is essential that all who support Catholic education take the time to make their voices heard. In a recent public forum, Archbishop Smith of the Edmonton archdiocese stated: “There have been Catholic divisions throughout the country that we’ve lost largely because of apathetic Catholics. We have to encourage everyone to be resolute because so much is at stake. We can never grow apathetic where we’re delivering authentic Catholic formation to our children.”

Here’s what you can do to support Catholic schools:

1. Complete the survey and ensure that you speak directly in support of Catholic education!

2. Forward the survey link to friends, family and supporters and encourage them to do the same. We need the government to receive a strong, passionate response to the questions they are asking!

Thank you!


Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education

GrACE Facebook address is

GrACE Twitter address is @GrACE4cathed

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

This week our Mystery Reader was Mrs. Holt! She shared one of her favourite library stories that we ALL love: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess.

See if you can guess next week's reader?

Our Grade 4 Servant Leadership Squad T-shirts are IN! Thanks PSC! We are so excited!

Mrs. Comartin created our graphic for the backs of our tees with this year's theme!

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St. John XXIII School Council Poinsettia Sale 2019

Just in time for Advent, holiday plants for sale through our Parent School Council. Order forms and payment are due: Monday, November 25. Order forms are available at the school office or online. To find the order forms you can go to: Submit order on-line and then, please print and include a copy of your order with your cash payment. Or come into the office for an order form. Please ensure all money is well labeled with your first and last name. This will help us keep track of payments. Cheques can be made payable to EICS.

Poinsettia Pick up in school foyer:

December 6th: 2:30pm-6pm (Note: pickup date on order form is incorrect) . If these times don’t work for you for pick up, please arrange for someone to collect your order. Plants will not last over the weekend at school. Thank-you for your support!

Please contact Shannon if you have any questions:

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School Fees

School fees are due in PowerSchool by December 2, 2019. Please log into your PowerSchool account to pay for your child's fees. If your require assistance in paying fees you may fill out a fee waiver form Fee Waiver and the deadline is December 13, 2019. Pre-Kindergarten payments of $200.00 per month are due on the first of every month. Please phone or email Mrs. Potter with any questions at

Our students as leaders: Leading Assembly! Parents-we LOVE when you join us!

OLA Parish News

Children’s Liturgy Nativity Pageant:

A coordinator and 4 volunteers are needed to organize this years pageant. Please contact the parish office at 780-998-3288 for more information. The Called to Protect program is required of all volunteers.

Penitentials for Advent

O.L.A., Ft. Sask. December 5th @ 7pm

Sacred Heart, Gibbons December 9th @ 7pm
O.L.G.C., Skaro December 14th 9:30am Mass & 10:00am penitential

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next school council meeting: Monday, January 13, 2020 7 pm Collaboration Room.


Nov. 25: Assembly 9 am

Nov. 29: PD Day-No School for students

Nov. 28: Kindergarten Field Trip to Telus World of Science

Dec. 2: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 4: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: Jingle Bells/Deck the Halls (Show off your best Holiday Spirit)

Dec. 6: HomeGrown Book Fair

Dec. 9: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 11: Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal

Dec. 12: Christmas Concert: The Spirit of Christmas 1:00 & 7:00 pm

Dec. 16: Assembly 9 am

Dec. 20: Advent Celebration 11 am

Christmas Carols Sing-a Long 2:19-3:00 pm All welcome

Christmas Break Dec.21-Jan. 6

Jan. 6: Assembly 9 am

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

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