The Good News
Saint John XXIII November 22, 2019
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? (childmind.org)
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?
Watch the videos below about our brain and self regulation games
Incorporate some of the activities and games at home
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
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!
Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education
GrACE Facebook address is www.facebook.com/GrACE4cathed
GrACE Twitter address is @GrACE4cathed
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We LOVE to Read...Who was it? Who will it be?
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!
St. John XXIII School Council Poinsettia Sale 2019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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