The Good News

Saint John XXIII May 16, 2019

By Kids FOR Kids: The Power of Making a Difference

One of the most important aspects of our faith and learning journeys at SJXXIII is to foster the belief that every child has gifts to share, and that each one of them can and do make a difference in our world. Our Grade Four Servant Leadership teams; Faith, Young Citizens, School Spirit, and Healthy Living, took the lead on our Valeda House/Chalice Foster Children Fundraiser today. With their team leaders, each student reflected on what their strengths were and where they felt called to serve. We had cashiers, pick up crew, set-up, pricing, advertisers, sales associates, clean-up crew...It was amazing to see these grade fours lead and serve today! We even had a film crew in from Catholic School Services to film our event and interview staff and students! Stay tuned!

Every student at Saint John XXIII contributed to the event today. Some brought items for donations, some shopped at our extravaganza, and everyone prays at each assembly for our friends at Valeda House. Learning to share what we have with those in need is an important part of fostering generosity, compassion, and love. It is within and through these relationships with others that we all learn humility, grace, and love. While our students may never visit Valeda House or our foster children in Peru or the Philippines, each one of them can relate to being a child and knowing that they have made a difference today! Thank-you to everyone in our Saint John XXIII Village for your generosity and support.

Today we raised $783.30! Way to GIVE SJXXIII!


Mrs. Boehm

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Mrs. Kellogg Recommends...The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Thanks to Mrs. L. Morin and 3LM for our Jump Rope Day: May 14th

Mrs. L. Morin and her grade 3 crew led our school community in a Jump Rope day where classes got a chance to spend a period skipping and jumping! The kids loved it and our grade threes were terrific leaders! We will share our total raised for the Heart & Stroke foundation as soon as we hear! Thanks once again for your donations!

Replenish extra change of clothes please

As we continue to support and foster the power of play, especially developing fine and gross motor development at recess by running, climbing, skipping...we will head outside almost always, even in the rain. Please help your child dress appropriately for the weather and send an extra change of clothes to keep in their backpacks in case they get wet. Thank-you.

Demographic Confirmation Forms-please complete and submit ASAP

The “EICS Demographic Confirmation Form” for the 2019-2020 school year, is now available for you to complete and submit, for each of your children attending an Elk Island Catholic School. The form is found online in your PowerSchool Parent Portal.

This form is a mandatory document and is required to be updated for every student each year, as it could greatly impact you with respect to the Canada Revenue Agency information and Immigration when they request validation of your information. Alberta Education requires that we obtain a detailed update of student demographics on an annual basis. Funding they provide for your child's education is conditional to us receiving these updates and making them part of the student's record. We would appreciate you completing and submitting this form, for each of your children, as soon as possible.

Please contact our school secretary, Jeannette Wilson, at 780-998-7777 if you have any questions or require assistance.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Connecting Students through Art and Imagination

Our grade one students were invited by Ms. Colette Bachand, the art teacher at St. Andre Bessette High School, to participate in an exciting art project! The grade one students were asked to imagine, draw and colour a picture of a creature. After being inspired by many rich language books the students were ready to create. The pictures were then taken to the high School and given to the art students to redraw and re-imagine the illustrations with a higher degree of detail. The results were astounding! Several of the pictures will be displayed at city hall throughout the month of May. Today, Ms. Bachand brought the pictures and celebrated with each grade one student. Even Mix 107.9 was here to cover the story and some of our grade ones were interviewed! Another Saint John XXIII "Good News" story!
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Some important dates to add to your calendars as we approach our year-end...

May 23: Adoration Mass 11:00 am, followed by Adoration Thursday and Friday

May 30: Pre-K/Kindergarten Information Evening

June 10 & 12: Pre-K ISP transitional meetings

June 13: Grade 4 Farewell 11:00 am

June 14: New Teacher-Student Classroom Visits

June 18: Sports Fun Day

June 19: K-4 ISP Transition Meetings

June 20: Talent Show 1-3 pm

June 24: Kudos to Kindergarten 5-6 pm

June 27: Last day for students, Report Cards, Year-End Celebration 11-12 pm

By Kids 4 Kids: Buy, Sell, Give Extravaganza

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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles...It's a Great Day to be a Saint John XXIII Kid!

Saint John XXIII School Council News

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Next School Council Meeting: Monday, May 29th 7:00 pm Collab Room All parents are members of our School Council and are invited to every meeting!

Playground Society News:

Next Playground meeting: Monday, June 3 (Location TBA)l 6:30-8 pm.

Bottle drive May 25th, drop off bottles at St. Andre' Bessette 9:30-11:30 am.

Contact Sam for more info or to sign up to help. or 780-722-4442

We are also having a BBQ fundraiser at Legacy Park June 9th, SAVE THE DATE! More details will be sent out soon! If volunteering just doesn't work for your family, you can also donate via our Go Fund Me is up and running, you may now donate at"

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May 13: Assembly 9 am

May 14: Grade ones: Valley Zoo Field Trip

May 16: By Kids 4 Kids: Buy, Sell and Give Extravaganza (School Gym)

May 17: PD day: No School for students

May 20: No School

May 21: Assembly 9 am Gr. 4 Royal AB Museum field trip

May 23: Adoration Mass 11:00 am followed by Adoration

May 24: Adoration Kindergarten field trip: Safety City

May 27: Assembly 9 am

May 30: Pre-K/Kindergarten Parent Information Night

May 31: Grade 3 Rec Swim

June 3: Assembly 9 am

June 5: Early Out Dismissal: School Spirit Wear School Council meeting 7:00 pm

June 10: Assembly 9 am (Pre-K ISP Transition meetings)

June 13: Grade 4 Farewell 11:00 am

June 14: New Teacher-]Student classroom visits, Grade 3 Rec swim

June 17: Assembly 9 am

June 18: Fun Day

June 19: K-4 ISP Transition Meetings

June 20: Talent Show 1-3:00 pm

June 21: Kindergarten Valley Zoo, Gr. 1 Wilderness Walk, Gr. 2 Ukrainian Village

June 24: Pre-K Year-End Picnic

June 27: Last Day of School Year-End Celebration 11:00 am Report Cards Open