The Good News-Oct. 3

Saint John XXIII Catholic School 2021-2022

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Leadership Message

World Teachers' Day: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

As a teacher, I have always known the knowledge, heart, and faith it takes to teach and to respond to learners and their families every day. It is not a profession you can simply describe or chalk up to lesson plans and highlighters. Because Catholic teachers are called to see every student as a child of God, created in His image and for purpose, this is a calling that takes incredible commitment and unconditional love.

As a principal leading through this pandemic, I have observed and witnessed the most profound commitment to this vocation of teaching. In spite of worries and wonders, fears and pressures, teachers continue to show up with grace, with dedication, and a commitment to serve students and their families, regardless of what it takes.

Every single day I observe another staff member going above and beyond to meet a child where they are at and Connect, Love, and Teach. The commitment of teachers continues to inspire me every day.

This Tuesday, October 5th is World Teachers Day. I invite you to take a moment with your child, say a prayer for their teachers, and send in a message of appreciation to staff. Make a card, send an email, bring in a coffee for the morning drop off, any simple gesture to share your gratitude will go a long way.

At St. John, on Tuesday, Mrs. Greene and I will recognize all staff as teachers and honour the good work and service of everyone in our school with a little surprise. May God bless teachers on Tuesday and every day!

"Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." -1 Corinthians 15:58

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You are invited to send in a note of appreciation to St. John Staff on World Teachers' Day: Oct. 5th

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Meet the STJ Team 2021-2022

Meet our Pathways Team K-4

Mrs. Gail Greene: Pathways teacher

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Meet Mrs. Cindy Latreille: Pathways Educational Assistant

About me:

Grew up: Fort Saskatchewan

Education: Early Childhood Development Diploma

Role at St. John: Educational Assistant

Hobbies: Playing board games, curling, walking, kayaking, watching baseball and hockey, and hanging out with my family and friends.

Favourite Scripture Quote:

Children are the Lord’s reward and gift. Psalm 127:3


Twitter @cindylatreille

Meet Mrs. Lindsey Luyckfassel: Pathways Educational Assistant

About me:

Grew up: Fort Saskatchewan

Education: Early childhood development, Educational Assistant certificate

Role at St. John: Educational Assistant

Hobbies: My dogs, my kiddos and going to the lake.

Favourite Scripture Quote:

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;” Romans 12:6-7


Meet Mrs. Michelle Mudry: Pathways Educational Assistant

About me:

Grew up: Lac La Biche

Education: Early Childhood Education Diploma - Grant MacEwan

Role at St. John: Educational Assistant

Hobbies: camping, fishing, outdoor activities, playing games, spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Scripture Quote:

Be the Sunshine. -Matthew 5:16


MEET Mrs. Roxanne Kellogg: Pathways Educational Assistant

About me:

Grew up: Red Deer

Education: BA/Sc. (Psychology) U of L

Role at St. John: Education Assistant

Hobbies: cooking, reading, sewing, spending time with my family

Favourite Scripture Quote:

I have heard your prayer and seen your tears and I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5


Twitter: @roxyrollerfort

NEW Alberta Health Daily Checklist

The Alberta Daily Screening tool has recently changed. A new question about household contacts has been added for both over 18 and under 18.

Has your child been a household contact of a case2 of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? A household contact: a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been infrequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If the answer is “YES” AND they are NOT fully immunized

:  Child should stay home and NOT attend school, childcare and/or other activities for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms. If your child has symptoms, proceed to question 2.

SCHOOL FEES Have been applies to your child's PowerSchool account

School fees have been applied to your child's account in PowerSchool and are now due. You can pay online with a debit card or credit card. However, if you wish to pay by cash or cheque, please send it to the school office (make cheques payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools). If you have other questions or require assistance with the online payment, please contact our school at 780-998-7777. If you are experiencing financial hardship please review the fee waiver here or contact the principal, Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm 780-998-777 to arrange a meeting.

Yearbooks are in!

The 2020-2021 School yearbooks have arrived and they look FANTASTIC! Sincere appreciation to our amazing Yearbook team: Mrs. Shannon Dahlseide & Mrs. Dawn Pinder for their time, hard work, and organization! We are so grateful!

Distribution of the purchased yearbooks will take place this week.

There are still 5 available for purchasing at $25.00. Please contact Mrs. Potter of you wish to purchase one. First come, first served basis.

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School Photos are in! Orders due Oct. 8th!

Student pictures have arrived at the school and will be sent home on Monday. Please follow the instructions on the photo envelope to order. Orders are due by Oct 8th.

Honouring Truth & Reconciliation Week at St. John

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Happy National Custodian Day! Thank you Ms. Trainor and Mr. Pineda for all you do to keep our schools clean and safe for our staff and students! We ♥️ you!

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Looking ahead: October

October 5: 1st School Council Meet & Annual Elections 7:00 pm via Googlemeet Link here:

October 6: Early Out Dismissal 2:23 pm Spirit Day: Pattern Day

October 8: School Photo Orders Due

October 11: Happy Thanksgiving! No School

October 18: PD Day, No School for students

October 18-22: Bus Safety Week

Join Our Team!

Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) offers you the opportunity to work in a faith-based, collaborative environment where everyone's skills, knowledge and attributes are respected. As part of Alberta's publicly-funded education system, we proudly serve the communities of Camrose, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, Strathcona County and Vegreville.

Are you looking for flexible hours, working with great people? EICS is currently accepting applications for Casual Educational Assistants, Secretaries, Bus Drivers and Caretakers in all of our communities. Casual positions are on an on-call as-needed basis. Previous experience is an asset.

Applications will be received through

Questions can be directed by email to

Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a GREAT Day to be a St. John Kid!

OLA Parish News:

Mass times:

Sunday Livestream Masses will continue at 11:00 am on Facebook

As of Sept. 16, 2021 we have returned to 1/3 capacity in our churches. We ask that all parishioners sign up for masses at O.L.A.

Please click on the Sign up Genius to forward to our sign up page.

O.L.A. Mass times: Sat. 5:15pm, Sun. 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm

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Upcoming School Council Meeting and Elections: Tuesday, October 5 7:00 pm via Google Meet

Our first school council meet will be held on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 pm via Google meet. Meet link:

Annual elections for our School Council Executive positions will be held. Positions include: Chair, Co-Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.

We are so grateful for your partnership and look forward to a great year together!

Be involved, share your voice, stay connected!

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Click Below to order your St. John School Wear

Community Connections

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Have you heard of some great things happening in your child's classroom? Want to nominate their classroom for Classroom of the Month? FortSaskOnline is running a Classroom of the Month contest and the wining classroom gets a visit from Justin Pautonnier, pizza and prizes! Click the button below to enter a St. John XXIII class!
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