December 2018

Dear Friends,

The season of Advent has arrived, and the students have been planning among themselves how to collectively prepare for the coming of Christmas. You yourselves have already considered, no doubt, how a solid preparation can be achieved by prayer, almsgiving, personal penance, fighting habitual sin or a dominant fault, etc., but I would like to add one specific consideration for this time of Advent...

Is there someone you know who needs your forgiveness? Someone who has knowingly or unknowingly wronged you? May I suggest that there is no better preparation for celebrating the birth of Christ, who came into this world to forgive sins, than by forgiving one another? 

“Glory to God in the highest!” we sing at Christmas. The mercy of God is His greatest glory, the joyful song theme of our future eternal life, and the best tributes to the power of His mercy are the times we allow it to inspire us to be merciful to others.

“On earth peace to men of good will.” He comes as the Prince of peace - how do you suppose we share membership in His Princedom? He brings peace to men of good will - which quality of this merciful Prince does a man’s good will most resemble? Which quality brings most peace in our lives? “Forgive you everyone your brother from your heart,” and surely you will experience it personally, and doing so you will unite yourself completely to the true spirit of Christmas.

Wishing you a holy and fruitful Advent season, I remain yours,

United in the Holy Family,

Fr. Frank Riccomini 


 Principal’s Message


Advent begins at the school as well as at the church.   Students are now preparing for the Christmas concert. The Christmas concert is in the basement of St. Dennis Church 4718 Worcester Dr SW; attendance is mandatory. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:00PM.


We have a lot of feast days and celebrations this month starting with St. Nicholas and ending with our Christmas concert the evening of the last day of school December 21st at 7:00PM. We will resume classes on January 7, 2019.




Mrs. Cataniag


From the Drama Department:

Dear Parents,

We are looking for some props and things for the Christmas Concert this month. Please send in the following items or contact the office with your intentions to bring them in.  Thank you for your generosity!


Cotton gloves with fingers cut off

Top hats

Pocket watches

Suit vests


Choker necklaces

Old fashioned night cap

Ice skates (for Grade 2 students)

Wine barrels


Old style Suitcase

Dummy (for dead body)

*Stand alone room divider

Baskets with handles

Stand alone street lamps/lanterns

Small trunks/metal boxes

Fake fireplace or charcoal grill



Big red ribbons

Director’s chair


Small Christmas tree (bendable)

Star for Christmas tree

Popcorn on string (multiple 1m long streamers rather than one long one, please) (P.S.: popcorn strings easier after a day or two sitting out on the counter : )

Day bed



Snow spray for windows


Black ribbon

Gold or silver paper


Curtain ties (preferably with tassels)



Thank you all for the efforts this 2018 calendar year.  We will resume our efforts in the new year with some cash raffles. The first raffle will begin soon after we return from break. You can also keep buying the FUNSCRIP gift cards and have those little percentages add up to make your obligations.




November began with the celebration of all the saints.  Students chose saints, learned about their lives, dressed up as the saint, and presented their saint poems to their peers and judges.  The day was dedicated to learning about saints and trying to imitate them. We also managed to squeeze in some games for the younger students and an art project, gyotaku, for the older ones.  Congratulations to all the winners! 




We would like to congratulate all the participants on a job well done! The students exceeded expectations with their knowledge, explanations, and presentations throughout the day.  We would like to recognize the following winners who are being awarded a day long field trip to Telus Spark on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.


Grade 2 –

First Place – Issac Ginter and Ben Teshier

Second Place – Caitlin Barret, Michael Wilson, and Emmalee Conrado

Grade 3 –

First Place – Francesca Ruiz-Fillinger, and Oliva Gil

Second Place – Rebecca Tobler

Grade 4/5 –

First Place – Helene Biltz, Agnes Hynes, Helen Whyburd, and Gretchen Fillinger-Ruiz

Second Place – Sarah Oderkirk, Liah Santos-Bartolo, and Gemma Langlois

Grade 6/7 –

First Place – Maude Hynes, Thomas Ginter, Hannah Barrett and Liam Barrett

Second Place – James Langlois, Titus McKervey, and Keith Land

Grade 8/9 –

First Place – Audrey Portelance and Noelle Biltz

Second Place – Luke Ginter, Anthony Cronin, and Jonathan Frankowski

SCHOOL EVENTS/UP-COMING EVENTS                                                             

December 3, 2018                                                        Parent Advisory Council 6:30PM                              

December 7, 2018                                                        Immaculate Conception Observed – Art Workshop for Students

December 12, 2018                                                      Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

December 13, 2018                                                      St. Lucy Feast Day

December 14, 2018                                                      PD – No School

December 20, 2018                                                      Hot Lunch - Pizza

December 21, 2018                                                      Last Day of Classes – Break begins after Concert

                                                                                          Christmas Concert – St. Dennis Church 7:00PM

January 7, 2019                                                             Classes Resume

January 9, 2019                                                             Epiphany celebrated                                                   

January 16, 2019                                                          Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs

January 18, 2019                                                           PD – No School 

January 21, 2019                                                           St. Sebastian’s Feast Day celebrated

January 23, 2019                                                           St. Raymond of Pennafort - $2 Candy Sale

January 31, 2019                                                           St. John Bosco Feast Day             

Notable December Feasts

Immaculate Conception – December 8

Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12  

St. Lucy – December 13          

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October 2018

Dear Parents,

During the month of October, let there be a real emphasis on the devotion of the most holy rosary. Here is the one weapon that Our Lady offers to St. Dominic (in her own words) as the “battering ram” that will utterly destroy the “fortresses” built up by the enemy in this world. It’s not hard to see what enemy “fortresses” have been erected, which enable and enshrine his wicked designs in the social institutions and "norms” of everyday modern life. And let us pay particular attention to the manner in which the youth are the very special target of his wicked enterprise.

On October 7th, the feast of the most holy rosary, we had the joy of witnessing Bp. de Galleretta confirming many of the students as “strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Our Lord Jesus Christ”. Let us be reminded of our own status as soldiers, of the high demands we should place on ourselves and on our children as such, and let us never neglect this great offensive weapon, the “battering ram” that destroys the work of the enemy, placed in our hands by our heavenly Mother.

In the Holy Family,

Fr. Riccomini


Principal’s Message


The first month is over and we are well into our second.  Students should be comfortable with our new programs for Language Arts and Math.  We are spending the next month and a half to evaluate the students.  If there are questions about grading or expectations regarding these programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.


The feast of the Canadian Martyrs was a huge success with the junior high school hike and an art contest representing the relation between the First Nation peoples and the Missionaries.  Congratulations to the winners!



 Mrs. Cataniag


Students enjoyed the first big winter storm this past week.  Considering the difficulties in commutes and dangers that can go along with our weather, please note that if school is cancelled, a group email will go out before 7:30AM on the day of a storm, cancelling school.  We try to use prudence and fidelity to duty when deciding whether to close the school, since every time we close, the hours need to be made up either during the holiday times during the year or adding on days in June.


Invitations have been issued accepted by this year’s council members. This year, the following parents will be representing the parent body for our bi-monthly meeting:

Mr. Paul Whyburd

Mrs. Theresa Barrett

Mr. Justin McKervey

Mr. Ernesto Carmona

Mrs. Liz Ruiz

Mrs. Amanda Teshier

Mrs. Claire Frayn


The grades 6-9 went on a hike to the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area on September 26th both to honour and celebrate the feast of the martyrs but also to enjoy the beauty of Canada.   


Please keep in mind that we have a Zero Tolerance policy regarding homework.   In summary, students must regularly come to school with their homework completed, otherwise, students will be sent home until the work is done.  Students will be shown lenience for first-time offense.              


Students at St. John Bosco are required to wear a clean, tidy, and complete uniform on a daily basis.  The uniform guide is found in the student agenda.  We will record and track all infractions of uniform on a daily basis including PE uniforms.


Thank you for all participants of the first half of the Chocolate Drive.  The second half of the Chocolate drive begins on Friday, October 19th and will run through October 28th.  Please take every opportunity to fulfill your fundraising obligations and give feedback as much as appropriate.  We can see that the little ones are very excited about selling. We will be having cash raffles in the future.  



October 10, 2018                                                          Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting – 7:30PM – St Dennis Church

October 12, 2018                                                          Kayben Farms – Field Trip

October 16, 2018                                                          The Arts Field Trip – Grades 6 – 9

October 17, 2018                                                          Individual Photo Day

                                                                                          Hot Lunch - Pizza

October 19, 2018                                                          PD – No School

October 19 – 28th                                                          Second half of the Chocolate Drive

October 22, 2018                                                          St. Ursula Feast Day Observed

October 24, 2018                                                          St. Raphael – $2 Candy Sale

November 1, 2018                                                       All Saints Day Feast Day

November 2, 2018                                                       All Souls Day Feast Day

November 9, 2018                                                       Remembrance Day Activities

November 12, 2018                                                     Remembrance Day Observed - No School

November 14, 2018                                                     Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs

November 15, 2018                                                      St. Albert the Great Science Fair

November 21, 2018                                                     Presentation of the BVM - $2 Candy Sale

November 23, 2018                                                     Report Cards Go Home


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September 2018

Dear Parents,

Taking the opportunity of this first newsletter of the 2018-2019 academic year to introduce myself, let me first say that I am very happy to be assigned to Calgary and to have special emphasis placed on my duties here at St. John Bosco Private School. Of all external priestly works, the work of educating the youth ranks highest and dearest.

I was born and educated in St. Mary’s, Kansas, USA, making use of both educational institutions during my youth and young adult formation there. I graduated from the Academy in ’99, then from the College in ’01, and the rest of my academic formation took place at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, MN, where I was ordained a priest in 2007.

In eleven years of priesthood, my past assignments include:

1. One year at Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto, ON;

2. Two years at La Salette Boys Academy in Illinois, USA;

3. Five years at Our Lady of Sorrows in Phoenix AZ, USA;

4. One year at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary;

5. Two years in Menzingen, Switzerland as an assistant to the SSPX General Bursar.

All but the last two years have been dedicated in a special way to education, either as a teacher, a curriculum planner, or a principal. I have had the fortune to teach a range of ages, from elementary to seminary levels, and I am pleased to be helping direct a school and to be teaching once again. More especially, I am pleased to collaborate with you parents and with the teachers of these children.

Already two weeks of school has shown many good signs and much promise for the future. Without question, there is much work to do moving forward. The challenges to provide a good Catholic education multiply every day, and the only response is to renew our commitment to collaborate for the good of these young souls with all generosity, prudence and resourcefulness.

In function of this paramount obligation, providing a Catholic education to our children, allow me to introduce the theme for the school year 2018-19: sanctification through fidelity to duty of state. If we learn to live by this principle, and learn nothing else, we have learned all that we need; and if we learn any other thing but forget this, we will always be gravely deficient.

Please expect me to regularly emphasize the example that we need to transmit to the students and the standards to which we need hold ourselves for their sake. Let’s face it, the fidelity and sanctification of these children will only be an extension of our own.

Already the proportion of homework deficiencies is alarming… and nothing could be more central to the students’ duty of state than their assigned studies. Please be warned that a zero-tolerance policy will be instituted within the next two weeks, so that we make sure to eliminate this terrible trend from the very beginning.

Finally, in view of our necessary collaboration and the gravity of our mutual commitments, I look forward to meeting EVERY PARENT at the conference I will be giving for Meet the Teacher evening Friday, September 21st at 6:30pm (see event schedule). ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY, and, naturally, I will expect first to see the fathers of families as those primarily responsible, and I will take unexcused absences as a sign that there is no longer a bilateral commitment, and such parents will be asked to remove their children from the school.

Please be assured of my prayers and full commitment as well as those of all the priests and staff of SJB.

In the Holy Family,

Fr. Riccomini

Headmaster of St. John Bosco Private School

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the new school year! We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable summer. We would like to welcome Father Riccomini as the Headmaster as well as the teacher of the older students for religion. Also we welcome Mrs. Holeksa as our third grade homeroom. Finally Mrs. Hynes is the new resource teacher for the school. The following are the teaching assignments for the new school year:

• Father Riccomini – Headmaster, Religion 6 – 9; Catholic Culture 6 - 9

• Father Stafki – Religion PreK – 5; Catholic Culture 4/5

• Mrs. Cataniag – LA 6-9; Social 8/9

• Mrs. Stabler – Kindergarten; Art 4/5

• Mrs. Nasr – Grade 1; Drama 6 - 9

• Mrs. Konovalova – Grade2; Music 1-3; Art 6 - 9

• Mrs. Holeksa – Grade 3; Health 2-9

• Mr. MacFarlane – Grade 4/5; PE K/1; Social 6/7

• Mr. Jung – Math/Science 6-9; PE 2-9

• Mrs. Hynes – Resource all grades

• Mrs. Portelance – French 6 - 9; Preschool; Library K-9


Mrs. Cataniag


School hours are 8:30AM – 3:30PM. School office hours are from 8:15AM – 3:45PM. Please refrain from calling outside of these hours or leave a voicemail message. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:30AM. The bell to enter the

school rings at 8:40. The gate will be locked at this time, please drop off your children at the front entrance if they are not in by this time. School is let out at 3:30 PM including Fridays.


With respect to teacher’s privacy we ask that parents do not call or text teachers on their private cell phones.

Communication with teachers may be in person, agendas, via email (all teachers may be emailed at or via the school telephone 403 – 248 - 3664 during school operating hours.


Father Riccomini will be offering servers training and practice at St. John Bosco. This will be during the lunchtime recess on Thursdays throughout the school year. All boys are encouraged and welcome to join.


Students at St. John Bosco are required to wear a clean, tidy, and complete uniform on a daily basis. The uniform guide is found in the students’ agenda. We will record and track all infractions of uniform on a daily basis. We will follow up with infractions. This year undershirts are required for all students.


Teachers will be available from 5:00PM – 8:00PM to meet with parents. If you would like a private conference, please inform Mrs. Frayn in the school’s office. Father Riccomini will be holding a mandatory conference in the library the evening of September 21, 2018 at 6:30PM about his expectations for this school year as the new Headmaster. Anyone who is unable to attend MUST be excused.


We would like to welcome all new families and those who continue to support our Traditional Catholic school of those

with children in kindergarten. It is exciting to meet all these young souls, eager to learn and do good.


September 14, 2018 First Fundraiser – Chocolate Drive Begins

September 19, 2018 Hot Lunch – hot dog

School Group Photos – 9:00 AM

September 21, 2018 Professional Development – No School

Meet the Teachers - 5PM – 8:00PM – Mandatory Conference 6:30PM

September 26 2018 Canadian Martyrs Feast day – Art Contest & Hike

October 1, 2018 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting – 6:30PM

October 4, 2018 St. Francis of Assisi Feast – lunchtime activities

October 5 – 8, 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

October 9, 2018 School resumes

October 12, 2018 Kayben Farms Field Trip - Grade 2 - 5

October 17, 2018 Hot lunch – pizza

Students’ Individual School Photo Day

October 19, 2018 PD – No School

October 22, 2018 St. Ursula’s feast day observed

October 24, 2018 St. Raphael - $2 Candy Sale