The Good News

Saint John XXIII November 2, 2018

Leadership Message

Catholic Education Sunday: “Rejoice and be Glad”

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. -Ephesians 2:10

What a joy it is to be able to celebrate our Catholic Education this weekend. The theme of the bishop's annual message for Catholic Education Sunday is “Rejoice and be Glad”. We are grateful everyday for the blessing and privilege to walk with each of your children on their journey of faith and learning. Thank-you for the trust you have placed in each of us, as Catholic Educators, to teach and care for your children.

Catholic Education Sunday is a special day for all of us to recognize and celebrate the publicly funded opportunity our Catholic schools have to enrich the lives of our children with a foundation of faith. Catholic schools and Catholic education are the definition of inclusive education, as the word Catholic literally means universal. In our school community, students are taught and modelled a respect for diversity-to celebrate and be the masterpiece God specially created in love and with purpose and to see the masterpiece that God created in others. Together, with our parents and parish, we rejoice in the beauty of each child and the opportunity to bring our students to Jesus every day!

Please join us on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the 9 am mass to celebrate Catholic Education Sunday with our friends from the Saint John XXIII and OLA K-4 communities.


Mrs. Boehm
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Thank-you to Kat Slater for making our Catholic Education Sunday ribbons for our SJ & OLA Staff members!

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EICS Wellness Student Focus Group: Mental Health Matters

Four of our grade 4 leaders shared their voices at the EICS student-led focus groups for Wellness & Mental Health on Thursday, November 1 at St. Theresa Catholic School. Students were brought together from across the school division to share their ideas about how to make schools happier and healthier places. Thank-you to Mrs. Heesing, our Family Wellness Worker for accompanying our leaders to this important event and to Sarah Balla, Division Wellness Consultant, for making this happen.
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We Love to Read: Mme Dargis-Boucher recommends "If You're Not from the Prairie" because the words paint beautiful pictures in your mind.

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We made the local news! A Story for Every Child

School Fees: Field Trips & Presentations

School fees letters went out this week. Elk Island Catholic Schools continue to make an effort to reduce the cost of basic education for all students by covering the cost of school supplies. The fees you are being charged are for student field trips, presentations, and enhanced options. These fees have been applied to your child's account in PowerSchool to enable you to pay online with a debit card or credit card. This also give you the choice to make payments by selecting the "Create Payment Plan" option. 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, to discuss support.

Upcoming: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

An opportunity for the student, parent and teacher to engage in conversations around the strengths, area of growth and next steps of the student is coming up. These three-way conferences will occur on:

  • November 8, 2018

Please book your time through our on-line booking system which will enable you to schedule a conference time that is convenient for your family. Please follow the instructions below:

1. Go to

2. Enter the code "36r4k" and press GO

3. Enter your details

4. Select the teachers you wish to see

5. Select the appointment times that suit your family best

6. Click Finish

The website will be live until Wednesday, November 7th at 8:00 am. Thank-you for your investment into your child's learning. We look forward to celebrating and sharing your child's learning progress so far.

Grade 4 Leadership: Saint John XXIII Servant Leadership Squad

We are so excited to announce that every one of our grade fours are a part of our Servant Leadership Squad! Students have been placed on one of our four leadership teams: Faith, School Spirit, Young Citizens, or Healthy Living. Our grade fours will engage in many leadership opportunities throughout our school community this year and develop important skills that will help them become all they are called to be in the future.

Many thanks to our staff team leaders who will guide our Servant Leaders this year:

Mrs. Comartin (School Spirit Team)

Mrs. Boehm and Miss WIlson (Faith Team)

Mme Dargis-Boucher and Miss Clarkson (Young Citizens Team)

Ms. Astalosch (Healthy Living Team)

Thank-you to our PSC for their sponsorship of our t-shirts!

Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...

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2018 Book Fair: Come one come all to The Enchanted Forest of SJXXIII

Come one come all to

The Enchanted Forest of SJ23

We are having a Book Fair the week of November 5 - 8.

Open on:

Monday, November 5 from 10:30 - 3 PM

Tuesday, November 6 from 9 - 11:30 AM

Wednesday, November 7 from 9 - 11 AM

Thursday, November 8 from 9 Am to 3:30 pm and also 4 - 8:30 pm

We will have many draws. Please bring your guessing game!

We are also accepting book donations for Valeda House with a hope that a book can be included in the departing packages for the moms and children as they leave Valeda House.

Can’t wait to see you all!

Mrs. Wagner


Many thanks to all of our AWESOME parent volunteers for making the Family Halloween Dance such an enjoyable evening for our SJ students and families. Thank-you to all of our families for coming out and sharing in this event for our school community! Extra special thanks to Laudith Andruchow for taking the lead on this event, we couldn't have done it without you!

Hot Lunch Volunteers needed:

Volunteers are needed to distribute Hot Lunch. We need about 11 volunteers and currently have only 4. Hot Lunch is every second week and volunteers are needed from 12:10-~12:30 pm. If you can help out, please contact Angie Marklund at 780-936-7899.

Apple Program:

Our PSC is organizing the Apple Program for our students this year. The Apple program enhances and supports our school community by providing our students with fresh apples and other seasonal fruit. This program helps support our healthy champions focus for our kids at Saint John XXIII. Currently, we are looking for monthly community sponsorship that will assist us with this program. A financial contribution of $100 will bring fruit to the school for our Pre-K-4 students. If you wish to contribute, please contact our St. John XXIII PSC for more information on how to sponsor this important program for our kids. Thank-you!

Thank-you to our AMAZING Milk Volunteers!

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Sacramental Pictures

Please send in a 4X6 picture of your child for our Sacraments Board as they celebrate their special Sacraments. Please include their name and date on the back of the picture. Send them into the office with your child's teacher or drop them off at the office. Thank-you.


Nov. 4: Catholic Education Sunday at 9 am mass OLA Church (Saint John XXIII & OLA)

Nov. 5: Assembly 9 am

Nov. 7: Early Out Dismissal School Spirit: Jersey Day

Nov. 8: Grade 4 Rec Swim pm, Book Fair, Student-Teacher-Parent Conferences

Nov. 9: Remembrance Day Assembly 11:00 am Gym (choir singing), Grade 3 Rec Swim pm

Nov. 12-16: Fall Break: No School

Nov. 19: Back to School. Assembly 9 am