The Good News
Saint John XXIII February 15, 2021
Lent: Closer to Jesus
This week we begin our Lenten journeys. In our Catholic faith, Lent is a prayerful time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate the grace of forgiveness, our gift of salvation, and hope in the Resurrection. A time when we look deep within, reflect on those things that turn us away from our faith, from God, and reconnect to the deep love and hope that God is always with us, no matter what.
Lent can be complicated for young ones to understand. Communicating about and modeling for our children what Lent means and why we prepare our hearts for Jesus is very important to our Catholic faith. As a faith community, we focus on three aspects of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. During Lent we will pray more. We encourage our students and their families, to also pray together during Lent. The students often are very excited to share some of the prayers they learn at school. While we no longer give “alms” today, almsgiving is the sharing of our gifts with those in need. This could be anything from sharing of their time, no longer used or needed toys, clothes, or books, or even, donating allowance to those less fortunate. Lent is also a time during which the faithful abstain and fast. Abstinence is the act of doing without or avoiding something. Particular days of abstinence during Lent are Fridays, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. As canon law states, Catholics over the age of 14 are expected to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays throughout the Lenten season (Canon 1250-1253). It can be tricky to talk with little ones about fasting. Fasting for kids can be thought of as giving something up and replacing it with something that brings us closer to Jesus. For example, a child may select to give up playing videogames and devote that time to their siblings or parents. Some children may choose to give up a food item that is considered a treat or fasting from gossiping. While there are parts of Lent that focus on sacrifice and repentance, it can also be thought about as adding or subtracting some things in our life to bring us closer to God.
What will your Lenten Promises be? How will you pray, fast, give?
Mrs. Bonnie-Lynne Boehm, Principal
Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Snack on Tuesday, Feb. 17th
Eggcellent P'Eats will be delivering individually packaged pancakes to our school community tomorrow. This is a special, faith tradition for our school community and we are so grateful to School Council and Eggcellent P'Eats for finding a way to make this happen in a safe way for our students.
Ash Wednesday: The Season of Lent begins
Report Cards: Where are we at? Where are we going? How will we get there?
Report cards went live on Powerschool on February 3. We hope by now you and your child have had the opportunity to review their report card and celebrate their milestones and growth this year. This is also a great time to reflect and set S.M.A.R.T learning goals for the months ahead. Teachers, parents and students will have another opportunity to communicate the learning progress again in March during our Student Conferences; March 23 and 24th.
If you have any trouble accessing your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher or the school office for Powerschool access and support. If you have any questions or wonderings about your child's learning progress, please contact your child's teacher.
EICS Assurance Survey-Help us continue making our school a great place to be!
Your voice matters! Our Assurance Survey for students, parents and staff is one of the important ways we gather information to collaboratively plan for our school community! Love something we are doing-tell us so we can keep it going! Have a suggestion for enhancement-tell us!
The EICS Assurance Survey gathers your feedback in four key areas:
- Faith Formation
- Quality Teaching and Learning
- Engagement and Improvement
EICS Assurance Survey: Our district survey closes February 18th. You should have received an email with the survey link. Our grade fours will complete their survey this week at school. Please contact us if you did not receive or have any questions. Thank you for sharing your voice!
St. John Kids in the Local news: Sweet on Seniors Project
We continue to pray for Mr. Mike and his family and friends
Looking ahead: Mark your calendars
February 14-20: Random Acts of Kindness Week (School Spirit Team)
February 15: No school - Family Day
February 16: Shrove Tuesday; Pancake Breakfast Snack from Eggcellent P'Eats and School Council
February 17: Staff Mass 8 am, Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word
February 18: Afro Fit classes via ZOOM
February 19: 100 Day of School (grades 1-4)
February 24: Pink Shirt Day: Be Kind
February 25: RCMP First Responders Parade of Thanks 1:00 pm
March 2: School Council Meeting 7 pm Googlemeet link will be shared that day
March 3: Early Dismissal 2:23 SJ Spirit wear or school colours- blue & yellow
March 5: PD Day-No school for students
Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a Great Day to be a Saint John Kid!
Finally outside on Friday! Polar Bear Recess
Rocks & Rings: Curling Skill Development Thanks Mrs. L. Morin!
Valentine's Day: Sharing JOY and LOVE
We continue to pray for our students who are on their Sacramental Preparation journeys for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.
If you have any questions or concerns about Sacramental Preparation, please feel free to contact Father Kris at the parish 780-998-3288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.