Patriot Post

October 22nd - 26th, 2018

This Week at St. JPII

Monday Oct. 22nd

Gr. 6 Swimming at Harbour Pool 10:00am - 11:00am

Jr. Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00pm - 4:30pm

St. JPII School Council Meeting 7:00pm

Tuesday Oct. 23rd

Jr. Girls Volleyball Playoffs @ OLPH

Wednesday Oct. 24th

Thursday Oct. 25th

Gr. 5 Field Trip to Fort Museum

Jr. Girls Volleyball Finals @ St. Theresa or ABJ (TBA)

Friday Oct. 26th

Gr. 5 Swimming at Harbour Pool 10:00am - 11:00am

Gr. 5/6 Volleyball Tournament


Congratulations to both our Jr. Boys and Girls Volleyball teams who competed in the Ardrossan Invitational Tournament this past weekend.

The boys finished in 5th place. Great job boys and a huge thank-you goes out to Mrs. Leeson for all her hard work coaching the team this season.

A huge congratulations goes out to the Jr. Girls team who finished in 2nd place after playing some of their best volleyball of the season. The semi-final game was intense and the girls gave it a valiant effort in the final. The girl's season continues this week with playoffs at OLPH on Tuesday and either the Gold or Bronze medal game on Thursday. Good luck Patriots!

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A Message From Your School Council

On behalf of the current School Council Executive for the 2018/2019 school year, we would like to invite all parents to join us on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30pm for our October meeting, which will be held in the school library.

Attending the School Council meetings is a wonderful opportunity to not only find out what is happening in your child’s school but also participate in discussions and activities that enhance the Catholic learning environment.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous School Council Executive who have dedicated many years of service to our school community in their Executive position. Gaylene Dannish, Laura Sjogren and Sheri McCoy; the time, effort and leadership you each have provided was appreciated by parents, staff and students! THANK YOU!

2018/2019 School Council Executive

Chair – Stacey Walker

Vice Chair – Brad Burr

Treasurer – Vanessa Gillis

Secretary – Jennifer Gross

Thanks and have a great day!

Stacey Walker


Insight Testing

Insight is a group-administered test of cognitive abilities, which will be administered to all grade 5 and 8 classes in the first week of November. The assessment is designed to measure cognitive abilities including reasoning, comprehension, memory, and visual/auditory processing. Students do not need to study for this type of assessment, and the results are not used to evaluate their school achievement. The results provide information to help teachers recognize student strengths and plan for additional supports as needed. If you would like to learn more about this assessment tool, please visit and select the Insight tab near the top of the page. While there you may also want to look into the CAT-4 academic assessment tool, which will be used to measure overall academic ability of Grade 4 and 7 students in the spring.


Dear Parents,

Parents of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at St. Theresa Catholic School in Sherwood Park on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 6:30 PM.

The Blanket Exercise is an active participation learning activity based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.

Participants are asked to bring a blanket that can be placed on the floor and stepped on for this activity.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 22 by filling out the Google Form linked below.

Google Form - Blanket Exercise Registration

We will also have Elder Theresa Strawberry join us at this event. She has spent the last year working in each of Elk Island's schools creating relationships and connections with students and staff.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin- Learning Services Consultant ( or Sarah Congdon-Reitzel- Indigenous Lead at St. Theresa (

Thank you.

Apples/Oranges Fundraiser

The Apples/Oranges Fundraiser Forms need to be returned to the school before Thursday Oct. 25th.
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Wahkohtowin Night!

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Catholic Education Sunday

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Chaplain's Corner

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's reading tell us of the concept of greatness. As we look to Mark's gospel to show us how even followers of Jesus (the apostles) often mistake His role in our lives as we often ask Jesus for things, especially when we are in great peril or need. Jesus is not duped and asks, "What can I do for you?" Even when we are believers of Jesus, we often find ourselves caught in the trappings of this life wanting to know the greatness to come. This only shows as the two brothers showed, that we have no clear understanding of what the Kingdom of God will really look like.

Jesus brings all of the apostles together and tells them his view of greatness and success in life. There is only one way to greatness and it is his way. It does not consist of sitting on thrones, living in fine houses, driving luxury cars, belonging to exclusive clubs, eating in fine restaurants, having holidays in exotic places… the things our glossy Sunday supplements portray every week.

Greatness consists not in what we have, or in what we can get from others but in what we can give of ourselves to others.

The Second Reading from the letter to the Hebrews tells us today that in Jesus we have a "great" high priest. When is Jesus our great high priest? When he is in a temple built with exotic marble and wearing vestments made of costly cloth and precious stones and people bowing down before him? No, he is our great high priest when he, the priest and victim, hangs stark naked on the altar of the cross while the crowds mock and jeer below.

We are ALL called to be missionaries, most of us right where we are. To be good missionaries we have to hear Jesus’ words about where real greatness lies. It is a message that is not always easy to hear in a society like ours.
We are all called to be not only disciples and followers but also apostles and missionaries. We cannot live our Christian faith fully unless we are sharing it and witnessing to it in our daily lives.

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

- Catholic Education Masses

Saturday, November 3rd @ 5:15 pm

Sunday, November 4th @ 9:00 am

- School Adoration: November 22-23, 2018

- School Reconciliation: November 27, 2018

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


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Well the kids have voted and the 2018-2019 yearbook committee is wanting one of our own student’s “work of art “ to be the cover page for our inaugural St JP 2 Catholic School yearbook!

Are you a grade 8 student? Do you like to draw? Are you a budding artist? We would love to see your talent displayed on the St JP 2 2018-2019 Yearbook cover! Please submit your entries to the school office for this year’s cover contest, due date for all entries are Dec 12! Please put your “work of art” on a 8 1/2” X11” piece of paper, it should include the school name and year- 2018-2019 on it but most importantly we are looking to see who best captures the spirit of our school and what ST JP 2 means to them!

Any questions, please feel free to email Cindy Dziwenko-Cox at

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The Importance of Catholic Education Panel

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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


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Mummy Meatball Head Special Cafeteria Lunch

*Only available through pre-orders*

Cash orders can be brought in to the cafeteria or order online

$7 for a regular portion (3 meatballs) with two sides

Add $1 for a larger portion (5 meatballs)

Add $1 for an additional side

Picture shows regular portion with 3 sides (rice cereal square, mixed fruit and chocolate milk)

Mummy Meatball Heads Order Form

Lunch is served Tuesday October 30, 2018

Orders due Friday Oct 26

Name: _____________________________

Regular Portion with 2 sides ___ X $7 = ___

Large Portion with 2 sides ___ X $8= ___

Additional side ___ X$1= ___

Choice of sides:

o Apples & Grapes

o Mixed Fruit

o Carrots & Sweet Peas

o Mixed Veggies

o Vanilla Yogurt

o Apple Sauce

o Cheese Slices

o Pretzels

o Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

o Wowbutter Cookie

o Chocolate Energy Bites

o Rice Cereal Square

o Chocolate Milk

o Vanilla Milk

o 2% Milk

o Orange Juice box

o Apple Juice box

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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