The Good News - February 26th, 2023

St. John XXIII Catholic School

First Sunday of Lent

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Leadership Message

This week we begin our Lenten journeys. Lent is a time to pray, to ask for forgiveness, and to share what we have with others. For forty days, we prepare for the new life of Easter. By asking Jesus to show us the way, we can become more loving, caring, compassionate, and forgiving. Through prayer, fasting, and sacrifice our hearts can fill with the joy and love of God.
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February/March 2023

Monday, Feb. 27

  • Reckie Lloyd Drumming

Tuesday, Feb. 28

  • Regular School Day - no special events
Wednesday, Mar. 1
  • Early Dismissal 2:15 - Wear Purple for Lent

Thursday, Mar. 2

  • Choir at Fort Sask. Music Festival

Friday, Mar. 3

  • No School for students - PD Day


March 8 - Hot Lunch, Jack & the Beanstalk AB Musical Theatre

March 13 - Parent Council meeting 7pm

March 15 - Family Math Games Night

March 17 - Kindergarten Conferences

March 20-23 - Book Fair

Thank You Eggcellent P'Eats for our Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Thanks to local restaurant Eggcellent P'Eats, we were able to celebrate our faith tradition of Shrove Tuesday with individually packaged pancakes and fixings! Our students and staff were so incredibly grateful!

Thank you to all the volunteers who picked up and delivered this tasty treat to the school and classrooms.

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Thank you to Father Tomasz who led our Ash Wednesday Mass

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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.

How To Mark Your Child's Absence in School Messenger

**REPORTING ABSENCES** Very Important for our tracking of health and safety for our school


  1. FLU - illness due to flu and cold like symptoms
  2. Other Illness or Injury - if they are experiencing symptoms that you do not deem to be flu or cold like, or your child has a medical appointment.
  3. Parent Excused - if your child is experiencing no illness/symptoms at all, please choose this. The parent excused absence should only be chosen if you are keeping your child home for a reason that does not pertain to a medical issue. (i.e dance competition)

FinS- Fish In School Program

Here is the update from our grade 3classes:

The school trout are now in the Fry stage of their life cycle. We have let them out of the incubation basket and they can swim around the whole tank. They get fed a small amount of food twice per day.

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Grade 4 Zoom with Edmonton Oilers Trainer

Our grade 4 classes enjoyed a visit with the Edmonton Oilers Trainer on Zoom this week. He showed them the exercises he does with the players. They learned how to take their resting and active heart rates and looked at how their heart rate changes depending on the type and intensity of exercise they performed. Such a great experience.
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Growing Brains & Sharing Smiles! It's a GREAT Day to be a St. John Kid!

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Grade 1 Visit to Rivercrest

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Pink Shirt Day

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Indoor Recess

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Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! 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*

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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, go directly to the website where you will create an account, add your students, order, and pay. Ordering will remain open until a week before each hot lunch date: Feb 23, March 8 & 23

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