The Good News

Saint John XXIII May 18, 2020

Leadership Message

Catholic Education Week 2020

In the midst of everything going on in our world these days, I was moved to re-read a work by C.S Lewis, entitled “Learning in War time.” At the dawn of WWII, there was a discussion as to the value of education continuing during the upcoming time of crisis. Lewis points to three enemies of learning at this time, excitement, frustration and fear. He challenges the reader to rise above them all, to respond courageously to the needs of others in the time of crisis.

In our own way this year, we are “learning in war time” and it is appropriate for us to take some time to celebrate and be grateful for the gift of Catholic Education. In Alberta, we have the great privilege of being able to celebrate our faith openly and engage with our students on every aspect of what it is to truly be a human, we pray with our students and for our students as well as our communities. We are able to say in our Catholic Schools that each and every child is of infinite dignity, not because of what they have done, but because of who they are, made in the image and likeness of God, the Creator of all. We are able to teach our students not only to be good citizens, but to love each other as God first loved us. We promote academic excellence, not just for students to have a great career, but to be formed, virtuous human beings. We have our students look for Goodness, Truth and Beauty in all creation, and especially in each other. We are fed by our Sacraments and connected to our parishes and pastors. We are empowered to discuss with our students the small questions and the big ones, to celebrate who they are and what they can become.

Alberta’s education system, public and Catholic, is second to none in the world, but I am proud of and love our Catholic Schools.

Paul Corrigan

Assistant Superintendent,

Faith formation and Wellness

Elk Island Catholic Schools

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Celebrating Catholic Education Week: May 18-22

This week we have the wonderful blessing of celebrating our Catholic schools! Throughout the week there will be prayers, highlights, and even a live streamed mass on Thursday with Archbishop Smith. We have a special video coming out this week highlighting why we love our Catholic schools-stay tuned!

Here are some special events and opportunities for you to take part in celebrating the gift of Catholic Education this week:

Tuesday, May 19: Join us for our Virtual Assembly on our School Youtube channel (link will be sent from your child's teacher as well).

Thursday, May 21: Wear blue for Catholic Education!

Archbishop Smith will celebrate a livestreamed Mass for World Catholic Education Day at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. This mass will also be broadcast on Telus Optik TV Channel 876 and on YouTube at

Mrs. Boehm's Weekly Challenge: Wear Blue for Catholic Education

This week's challenge: Wear Blue for Catholic Education Education on Thursday, May, 21

On Thursday celebrate our Catholic Education by wearing blue, take a picture and send it in!

Please send your weekly challenge picture to Mrs. Boehm We will post these on our various school sites (Twitter, Facebook, and Weekly Smore).

Last week's challenge: What can you build? Our SJ Kids are so creative!

Library Books: Returning Library Books Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May

We recognize that the library books taken out by students in March have probably been read a time or two and would like to begin the process of returning books to the school. For the month of May we will be placing a book return basket outside the front entrance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (starting this Wednesday, May 20).

We have added some information below about accessing public libraries and online reading resources. If your child needs books, let us know, we will find a way.

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library - visit your local public library online to gain access to digital books, information resources and more. Fort Saskatchewan Public Library offers new library or renewal of library cards online. Many families will already have memberships, but for those who do not , the information required to obtain membership privileges is included in the following document: Ft. Saskatchewan Public Library

Some recommended e-book resources under Ft. Saskatchewan E-Library include:

It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English, graphic novels and math stories.

NEW: until August 31 enjoy FREE UNLIMITED access to the TumbleMath database.

Tumble Math K-6 - a comprehensive collection of math picture books.

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home!

You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

  • Overdrive - Borrow Audiobooks and eBooks for all ages. Categories under the catalogue Guide:Kids includes Picture Books, Read-Alongs, I Can Read, Great Canadian Reads.

Check out the help guide or the how-to video on Downloading Overdrive eBooks onto your Tablet or Smartphone using the Libby app: Libby by Overdrive

  • Solaro - Alberta curriculum homework help! SOLARO features 100% Alberta curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate lessons, activities, exercises, and quizzes with detailed solutions. Content, in the form of text, graphics, and multimedia is available.

Author Readings/Book Readings (some real time scheduled readings offered)

Great links below for learning at home; resources for parents

Don't forget to check our "Connections Corner" in students' Google Classrooms. Our Connections Team have added Mindful Moments and Regulation tools

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OLA Parish Connection

Check out OLA Catholic Parish Facebook page for upcoming events, including an online retreat for youth, ZOOM rosary and catch up, and Rosary for Our Lady at Skaro Shrine.

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Coping & Connection for Children & Families During COVID-19 links and resources below: Take care of you

EICS Resources: Linked below

LOOKING AHEAD...A week at a glance

Tuesday, May 19: Weekly Challenge: Wear blue for Catholic Ed

Tuesday, May 19:

Tuesday Virtual Assembly via SJXXIII Youtube Channel (also will be linked in your child's Google classroom or communication from their teacher)

Remote learning classes continue-please make sure you are connected to your child's classroom

Wednesday, May 20:

Remote learning classes continue

Thursday, May 21: Wear Blue for Catholic education

Remote learning classes continue

9 am Archbishop Smith will celebrate a livestreamed Mass for World Catholic Education Day. This mass will also be broadcast on Telus Optik TV Channel 876 and on YouTube at

Friday, May 22:

Remote learning classes continue

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