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Nov. 26th - Nov. 30th, 2018

This Week at St. JPII

Monday Nov. 26th

Girls Basketball Practice 7:00-8:00am

Gr. 7 Faith Retreat @ Legion 9:00am-2:45pm

Boys Basketball Practice 3:00-4:15pm

Pope John XXIII Parent Society Meeting @ OLA School 7:00pm

Tuesday Nov. 27th

Gr. 7/8 Musical Theatre Field Trip to DCC High School Performance 12:00-2:20pm

Wednesday Nov. 28th

Gr. 7 & 8 Musical Theater Rehearsal @ DCC

Apples & Oranges Fundraiser Pick-up @ St. JPII Office 3:00-6:00pm

Boys Basketball Practice 3:00-4:15pm

Thursday Nov. 29th

Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-4:30pm

Musical Theater Christmas Performance Matinee @ DCC 1:00pm

Musical Theater Christmas Performance Evening Show @ DCC 6:30pm

Friday Nov. 30th

Gr. 5/6 Volleyball Tournament @ Holy Redeemer School Ardrossan 3:00-8:45pm

Chaplain's Corner

34th Sunday of Ordinary Time

WE HAVE REACHED the end of the Church year. Today is the 34th and final Sunday of the year. And, as usual, we celebrate today the feast of Christ the Universal King.

There is a great contrast between the readings. The First Reading is from the Book of Daniel and the Second is from the Book of Revelation. These are what we call apocalyptic books.

The Book of Daniel was written during the time of King Antiochus Epiphanes who desecrated the Temple of Jerusalem and forced many Jews to adopt idolatrous customs and to abandon the requirements of their Law. Many resisted and paid for their actions with torture and death. It is in this dark atmosphere that the author of Daniel wrote in today’s reading: “I saw one like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven.”

The Book of Revelation from which our Second Reading comes was written in similar circumstances to Daniel. The Church in parts of the Roman Empire was undergoing fierce persecution. Many were being arrested and martyred while others were driven underground. The Book of Revelation represents an underground document intended to rally morale and build up the courage of Christians.

But, as the Lord says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and who was and who is to come.” Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They represent the beginning and the end. Jesus Christ is, as Paul in the letter to the Colossians and John in his gospel tell us, the source of all that is, the Alpha. Through him, the creating Word of God, all things were created.

To be subject to this King is to experience an extraordinary liberation and an exciting new outlook on life. Earlier he had said, “The truth will make you free.” Many see Christianity as a religion of bondage. They imagine they have a greater sense of liberation by leaving the Church. But this is a distorted reading of the meaning of Jesus and his mission (a distortion, it must be said, not always of their own making).

Click on the link above to read the full commentary of today's readings

Upcoming and In the Works Faith Events

- Gr. 7 Faith Retreat: November 26, 2018

- Gr. 7 & 8 Days of Service

- School Reconciliation: December 13, 2018

- Parish priest visits to St. JP II: Thursdays from 12:05 - 1:30 pm

Grade 7 Faith Day

This Monday, our Grade 7 classes will have their Faith day which will allow them the opportunity to spend time exploring God's message and their relationship with Him.

Mr. Brady wanted to note that the letter about this did come out late and wanted to apologize for this. All students will participate in the day. We look forward to an exciting day filled with faith, food, fun and friendship.

Mr. Brady


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Mark your calendars! Monday November 26 7:00 pm @ OLA Catholic School is our next meeting. The grant is already written, and if approved, the Fort Schools could receive over a million dollars for playground spaces!

So, what do we need?

  • Quorum - enough members of our 4 school communities to vote on decisions
  • An executive (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) to formalize decisions about the funds and decisions
  • Volunteers to help at one large silent auction fundraising event (the one and only fundraising event for the playgrounds)
  • Community partner organizations to volunteer time and equipment when the time comes to install the playgrounds.

Please join us at the meeting on the 26th to find out more and help us make decisions!


ATTENTION ALL PATRIOTS : Our school spirit wear website is up and running! Follow the link below to order your school swag online!

Shout out to Enhance It Embroidering for making this possible. All orders are processed directly through the store and Enhance It Embroidery will call to arrange pickup within the allotted shipping time.



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Thank you to those that were able to join us for our School Council meeting Nov. 19. There was a lot to discuss regarding what has been happening in the school and upcoming plans. We encourage you to join us for our next meeting which is scheduled for Monday, January 14 @ 6:30pm in the school library.

Approved meeting minutes can be found on the School Council page within the St JPII website.

Our School Council is currently in the process of reviewing and revising our existing Constitution and Bylaws to reflect changes in our school name and to ensure it is in alignment with current legislation, regulations and recommendations from the Alberta School Council Association. On the School Council page on the St JPII website, resource documentation, as well as the existing and proposed documents have been added for all parents to access. We are asking and encouraging you to take the time to review these and provide feedback during the next School Council meeting where these changes will be discussed and determined.

Volunteer Needed - Hot Lunch – School Council is currently looking for a parent volunteer who would be willing and able work alongside our currently coordinator – Sheri McCoy. Tasks would include familiarity with the online ordering system, and working together to determine menu options with local vendors, submitting the order with the vendors, coordinating pick up/delivery of food from the vendors, monitoring payment for orders placed. If you are interested, please contact Stacey at

School Council Executive


The 2018-2019 St. JPII Catholic School Yearbook is available to purchase for $30.00 on line through life touch. Deadline is Dec 15, 2018.
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Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education

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Demographic Confirmation & Yearly Consent Forms

If you have not already done so please take a few minutes to complete your child's Demographic Confirmation and Yearly Consent Forms on PowerSchool. Having the most up-to-date information about our students ensures that we receive all available funding to support your child's learning - and that we have current information to reach you during the day if necessary. Please contact Carrie-Lynn in the office at 780-992-0889 if you have any questions. You can access your PowerSchool ParentPortal here.

The annual consent forms allow your child full participation in all activities, field trips and events for optimal learning at St. JPII. Thank you for completing these forms so your child experiences the full learning benefits at St. JPII.

EICS Family Wellness Program

Program Overview

The Elk Island Catholic Schools Family Wellness Program provides short-term supportive assistance to students and their parents and guardians. Services are provided free of charge and may take place at school and/or in home and community settings.

Service Delivery

Each school is staffed with a Family Wellness Worker (FWW), who works under the direction of their School Principal and the Assistant Superintendent of Faith & Wellness. FWW's receive clinical guidance from a Registered Psychologist.

The primary function of the Family Wellness team is to provide social and emotional support to students and families. Family Wellness Workers meet with students and parents to assess needs, set goals, identify required supports, and plan appropriate interventions.

They collaborate with school system staff and community resources to build a “village” of support around students/families who are struggling.


Parental consent is required for FWW services.

Referrals to the Family Wellness Program may be made by students, parents/guardians, school administration, teachers, or other school staff (e.g. school counsellor or collaborative response coordinator).

Parents and guardians can access these services by speaking with the Principal or contacting the school's Family Wellness Worker directly.

Family Wellness Contact Information

Amanda Davidson RSW, BSW

St. John Paul ll

St. Andre Bessette

(p) 780-860-4621

Upcoming Community Supports for Parents

Co Parenting Workshop

Helping Families Thrive not Just Survive

The presenters will help you find new ways to:

• Make your child a priority

• Understand the impact of separation conflict on children’s brain development

• Understand the impact of separation on your child

• Choose a better way to communicate with each other

• Learn skills to deal with resentment, anger and conflict

Registration is required - 780 235 8212

Fee: $40.00 per person

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Park Centre & Hotel, Sherwood Park

Parents Empowering Parents

Do you have a child using or abusing drugs and/or alcohol?

Do you feel embarrassed, exhausted, hopeless, or alone?

Parents Empowering Parents Society

2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3W7

or online at


#200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3

(2nd Floor, Community Centre, in Centre in the Park, next to County Hall)

Support Line 780.293.0737

Ph: 780.410.8516 • Fax: 780.449.1220

Connect Parent Group

Primary Care Network

An Attachment- Based Program to Support Parents and Caregivers

Connect is a free 9 week program to support parents of pre-teens ages (10-14).

Wednesdays starting January 30th until April 3, 2019


Land Room at City Hall, 10005 102 st, Fort Saskatchewan

Call Jennifer at 780-997-4164 to register.

Onsite child care will be provided.


Cafeteria in St. John Paul II Catholic School

Meals available daily: Chicken strips, Pizza-bun (ham or extra cheese), Salad (cheeseburger, chicken caesar, or egg salad), and Sub (chicken salad, egg salad, or ham).

Daily specials: Monday- Spaghetti, Tuesday- Chicken Alfredo, Wednesday- Pancakes, Thursday- Sweet&Sour Meatballs, and Friday- Chicken Fried Rice

Sides: Apples & Grapes, Apple Sauce, Carrots & Sweet Peas, Cheese Strips, Chocolate Energy Bites, Fresh Fruit Mix, Fresh Veggie Mix, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pretzels, Rice Cereal Square, Vanilla Yogurt, Wowbutter Cookies, 237 mL white milk/chocolate milk, 200 mL juice (apple or orange)

*Menu changes three times per year* All food is prepared to meet school guidelines.

A regular meal with two sides is $6,

you can order a larger portion for $1 more,

and you can add an additional side for $1.

Pre-order online or cash purchases

Online orders- how to get started:

· Visit

· Click the order tab

· Create an account (use the email that is best for receiving receipts and create your own password)

· Choose St John Paul II as your school- lunches can be picked up at the school cafeteria

Visitors To Our School

In the interest of student safety, and to reduce classroom interruptions, we ask that all visitors to the school come directly to the office to sign in. If you need to pick up your child during the school day we are happy to call their classroom and get them to meet you at the office. Thank you for waiting in the office for your child to arrive. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
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