The Good News - March 12th, 2023

St. John XXIII Catholic School

Third Sunday of Lent

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Leadership Message

God gives us many opportunities to grow. It feels like there has been so much change in the past few years. The Lenten season is a great time to reflect on how you are allowing God to transform your life. Is there anything you want to change in your life? How will you live the life you get to live?
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March 2023

Monday, Mar. 13

Tuesday, Mar. 14

  • Adoration mass 9:30
Wednesday, Mar. 15
  • Family Math Games Night 6-7 pm
Thursday, Mar. 16
  • Grade 2 North Edmonton Gymnastics club 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Friday, Mar. 17

  • Kindergarten Conferences, no school for Kindergarten students


March 20-23 - Book Fair

March 24 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 5 - Early Dismissal 2:23 pm

Upcoming Conferences March 17, 21 & 22

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 21st from 3:30-6:00 and Wednesday, March 22nd from 4:00-6:30. The first 1.5 hours of each night will be in person conferences, and the last hour will be virtual via Google Meets.

Kindergarten will have additional time slots on Friday March 17th from 9:00 -3:00.

Details will be sent home on Monday, March 13th and the program will go live on Tuesday, March 14th at noon. The program will close on Monday, March 20th at noon.

Your child's Evidence of Learning journey will be shared with you this week. We are looking forward to connecting with you and your child to celebrate their learning progress and together, setting learning goals for their future growth.

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Lenten Almsgiving - Break the Rules Day

The season of Lent is a high point in the Catholic calendar. It is an opportunity for “spiritual self-improvement” as we look towards living Lent with mercy. Lent focuses on an increased emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, the students at St. John XXIII will be celebrating ”Alms to Break the Rules” day! As a part of our Lenten initiative this year, we will be working in conjunction with Our Lady of the Angels Parish and collecting money to donate to the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank.

This is an optional activity where students (with the help of their parents), choose which rules they would like to break. Students are asked to bring in donations to participate. Students need to sit down with their families and figure out which rules they are ready to break. Students need to bring in the completed form with payment that can be sent to school in a sealed plastic bag.

More info will be shared on class dojo this week.

Lenten Almsgiving - Beacon of Hope

As the Ukrainian resettlement crisis deepens, CSS appeals to Albertans for support

Agency needs to raise at least $100,000 to meet increased demand for Services Edmonton (February 23, 2023)

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is making an urgent appeal to Albertans for help. With hundreds of Ukrainians arriving in central and northern Alberta each week, alongside an influx of refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Syria, the agency needs to raise at least $100,000 to help meet the increased demand for services.

In the past year, CSS has provided settlement supports to more than 2,500 Ukrainians, as well as 2,300 government assisted and privately sponsored refugees from other countries. Currently, CSS is receiving 60 calls a day (more than 300 per week) from Ukrainians who need assistance. As many as one third of these clients are recent arrivals in need of emergency accommodations. Many are arriving with few possessions and no access to funding supports.

This Lent, EICS is partnering with Catholic Social Services to help support refugees arriving in Canada. The Beacon of Hope campaign will help raise much-needed money for CSS’s Refugee Relief Fund. Help us be a green light for safety!

You can donate to our St. John XXIII community page here.

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RCMP Talks for Parents

The RCMP is hosting its first ever RCMPTalks for parents on Wednesday, March 15, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM The virtual session will cover topics including mental health, substance use, cyberbullying and sextortion. Register now: Parents, educators, and youth-facing professionals can register by contacting

RCMPTalks sessions facilitate meaningful conversations with students, police officers, parents, and organizations from across the country in a virtual safe space. Each session aims to raise awareness about a specific youth crime or victimization topic.

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

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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Meeting our Buddies from SAB

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Grade 2 Gymnastics

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Outdoor Fun

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Creating in our Learning Commons

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Planning for Next Year

Please let the office know if your family is moving and won't be attending St. John XXIII (or St. John Paul II) for the next school year as we are planning for the 2023-2024 school year. You are not required to submit a new registration form if you are returning to St. John XXIII or moving to St. John Paul II next year.

Join us for the 2023-2024 school year. We are excited to welcome our new St. John XXIII learners!

Kindergarten and NEW student registration opened ONLINE February 1st, 2023. The registration form allows parents to choose Kindergarten scheduling preferences. Please note these will be number dependent. Please register early as class placements will take into account: class sizes, student's needs, and scheduling requests.

  • To go to the EICS Kindergarten webpage - please click here. This includes a Kindergarten calculator, programming and transportation information.
  • Pre Kindergarten at St. John, screening information click here
  • EICS Flexible Pathways Program here
  • St. John XXIII Pathways Program click here
  • EICS NEW Student Registration-click here
  • To request transportation, click here

In addition to attending Kindergarten at their community school, EICS offers a supplemental Nature Kindergarten program which operates Mondays/Wednesdays and some Fridays. This paid program offers students the opportunity to learn through explorative play, providing an option to attend kindergarten full time. Please click the link below for more information on this optional program.

*Please note, you only need to register your child if they are entering Kindergarten or brand new to St. John*

2023-2024 School Calendar

Please find the approved 2023-2024 Calendar here.

Community Events and Bulletins

OLA Parish News:

Our Lady of the Angels Parish

OLA parish is preparing a pictorial directory for our parishioners at the church. The days that family photos will be taken at the church are on Tuesday, March 28th to Saturday April 1st and Friday June 9th and Saturday June10th.

Each family will get a free 8x10 photo.

Please register for your family photo at the parish office by calling (780) 998-3288.

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Hot Lunch

To order, click the link above to create an account, order, and pay. Ordering will remain open until 48 hours before each hot lunch date. Lunches for students that are absent will be donated unless you make school arrangements for pickup by 9 am

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