The Good News - February 5th, 2023

St. John XXIII Catholic School

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Leadership Message

Today's gospel tells us that we should boldly spread the Light of Christ throughout the world. We want to be “salt and light”, making a difference in the lives of those around us.

This week St. John XXIII students poured their love into creating cards for seniors on Valentine's Day by working with Paper Bag Fairies. May our Valentine messages bring love to our seniors. May they know how much they are surrounded by prayers and love from our community.

Through these good works, we respond as the community God calls us to be, being active citizens and loving one another as He loves us.

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February 2023

Monday, Feb. 6

  • Regular School Day - no special events

Tuesday, Feb. 7

  • Regular School Day - no special events

Wednesday, Feb. 8

  • Arctic Winter Games
  • Hot Lunch
  • Family Movie Night 6pm

Thursday, Feb.9

  • Teacher Convention - no school
Friday, Feb. 10
  • Teacher Convention - no school


Feb. 13 - Parent Council Meeting

Feb. 15 - Early Learning Info. Night

Feb. 17 - Gr 3 TPet, Gr 4 Edmonton Symphony

Feb. 20 - Family Day - school closed

Feb. 21 - Shrove Tuesday, Gr 1 Dr. Turner Lodge, Pink Shirt day

Feb. 22 - Ash Wednesday

Feb. 23 - Hot Lunch, Gr 2 TPet

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Family Movie Night

We are very excited to welcome you all to our free Family Movie Night this Wednesday! Doors open at 5:30 pm and the movie starts at 6:00 pm. St. John XXIII and PSC are providing popcorn, please bring your own drinks (must be in sealed containers). Bring your own chair or blanket and slippers if you wish (outdoor footwear will be removed at the entrance).

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult (no student drop off)

School Assurance Survey

We care about your thoughts and concerns and are seeking your input.

As part of the Elk Island Catholic School Assurance process, we would like to invite you to participate in a survey which will be sent to you through an email. Results from this survey will be used to inform planning at the school and divisional level for the 2023/2024 school year.

This survey is provided to all grade 4-12 students, all staff, and all parents in our division.

Thank you for your participation. Your opinion is important to us!

Our 2022-2023 Assurance Survey is officially open until Friday, February 17!

All survey links were sent out on Wednesday, January 25, so please check your spam filter if you have not received it. If the email is not in your inbox or spam folder, please click here:

Celebrating Valentine's Day: February 14

This year we will celebrate Valentine’s Day at school on Tuesday, February 14. We will not be collecting cards in advance.

Request and reminder as we approach the “sweet” day of Valentine’s Day: Please do not send in any food items as “treats” along with Valentine’s cards for our classmates. We have many students with various food allergies. If you choose to add a special something, you are most welcome to add any non-food items such as a pencil, sticker, or bookmark.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.

Please join us on Feb. 15 at 6:30 if you want to learn more about our fabulous early learning programs.

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St. John XXIII Arctic Winter Games - Wednesday, Feb. 8th

Our grade 4 Leadership team will be leading us in our fifth annual, St. John XXIII Arctic Winter Games on Wednesday, February 8th!

Our St. John XXIII Arctic Winter games helps us learn more about important Northern cultures and traditions and develop physical literacy skills.

It is always a great day! Ask your children about what they have learned and which was their favourite event! Here is a link to the official 2023 Arctic Winter Games

Yearbook Cover Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who voted in our yearbook cover contest as well as all of the students who created art for the yearbook cover.

This year's winner is.....

Scarlette Adams-Pagée in grade 1. Her artwork will appear on the front cover of the yearbook.

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World Read Aloud Day Read-Off!

4 New Books + 4 Readers = 1 World Read Aloud Day Read-Off Champion!

St. John celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, February 1st (and Thursday and Friday, too). Our students heard four new stories and then voted for their favourite. The winner . . . The Antlered Ship written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by the Caldecott Award winning Fan Brothers.

Our Kinders heard two stories, and they chose Boy written by Phil Cummings and illustrated by Shane Devries as their Read-Off Champion.

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Fish in Schools (FinS) has returned to our St. John Learning Commons!

We are so grateful to Mrs. Buban, our amazing librarian, for running this program once again! The grade 3 classes help Mrs. Buban take care of the school trout. Everyday, they check the temperature, the tank, and make sure the fish are healthy.

A message from Mrs. Buban:

St. John XXIII is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Bow Habitat Station FinS Program to bring a unique learning experience to our Library Learning Commons.

Over the next few months students and staff will work together to maintain and monitor the development of rainbow trout – from egg to fry – in our Learning Commons aquarium! Our FinS aquarium is a small-scale version of Alberta’s provincial fish hatcheries and is designed to mimic natural habitats of wild rainbow trout as they grow.

Students will learn about life cycles, healthy aquatic ecosystems, environmental stewardship and fisheries stocking before releasing their fry into a provincially approved waterbody.

We would like to thank Petland Fort Saskatchewan for their help with our project.

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

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Parent School Council

Next PSC meeting is Monday, February 13 @ 7 pm

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

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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: Jan. 26, Feb. 8 & 23, March 8 & 23

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