March 2019

Dear Parents,

Providentially the month of St. Joseph coincides, for the most part, with the timeframe in which some serious decisions must be taken for the 2019-2020 school year. As most of you know already from Fr. McMahon’s excellent conference about Catholic education on Feb. 22nd, a serious re-structuring of the school is under consideration for the purpose of putting together a program that reflects as thoroughly as possible the teachings and values of perennial Catholic education. For this reason, I ask you to join us in praying a special litany in honor of St. Joseph for this intention, beginning Monday, March 11th and finishing on his feast day, March 19th. No doubt this patron of the Church and protector of the Holy Family will make his influence felt in our little community of families which is ready to sacrifice heroically, even as he did, for the benefit of these little souls in our care.

United in the Holy Family,

Fr. Frank Riccomini

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Message

As always, the Around the World Festival was a great learning opportunity and we appreciate all the work that the parents put into preparing the students with costumes, practicing, presentation, and cuisine. 

 

March begins the Lent season where we are going to study and learn with new zeal. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Cataniag

 

 

AROUND THE WORLD FESTIVAL

This is the 9th year, we have celebrated with the Around the World Festival the day prior to Lent beginning.  Along with celebrating, it gives the teachers and students a chance to explore the richness of different cultures and enjoy some of what they have to offer.  The students are able to research and prepare to present different ways of learning including dance, research papers, poster presentations, and song. This year we had a visit from our representative from Alberta Education, attend. She sent the following response:

 

Thank you again for the invitation to the Around the World Festival. It was evident that everyone embraced this celebration with a wonderful combination of learning, dancing and delicious food. I appreciated the enormous amount of work that went into preparing this event and was delighted to witness all the connections to family. There is always something magical when we gather with small babies and grandparents!

Please extend to your teachers and students my congratulations for a very successful Around the World Festival.

 

Thank you again for your participation and creativity while working with your children! 

 

 

LIFE OF FRED – SUPPLEMENTAL MATH

The grades 6 – 9 had a very hands-on experiment, conducted by Mrs. Hynes.  They learned why a circle is always a rectangle. She demonstrated this with two pizzas, showing how when they are cut up, they can be rearranged into a rectangle. She could have used construction paper, but the students enjoyed eating the mathematical results.

 

  

 

  SCHOOL FEASTS/UP-COMING EVENTS

March 5, 2019                                                               Around the World Festival

March 6, 2019                                                               Ash Wednesday – Mass and Ashes for students

March 7, 2019                                                               St. Thomas Aquinas – Narrative Contest

March 8, 2019                                                               Report Cards go home

March 15, 2019                                                             AM - No School

Parent – Teacher Conferences 1PM – 6:30PM

March 19, 2019                                                             St. Joseph Feast Day

March 20, 2019                                                            Hot Lunch – Hot Dog                                   

March 29, 2019                                                             PD - No School  

April 17, 2019                                                                Hot Lunch - Pizza

April 18, 2019                                                                No School - Easter Break Begins

April 29, 2019                                                                School Resumes                                                                          

April 30, 2019                                                                St. Catherine of Sienna Feast Day

                

St. Thomas Aquinas – March 7 

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary  – March 25             

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February 2019

Dear Parents,
I’m pleased to send this February greeting on the feast of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Remarkably, the effects of this apparition, both as to the devotion it inspires and the miraculous cures it causes, continues and even multiplies over time. There’s a beautiful lesson behind all of this, rarely so observable to even the worldly eye, how the only things that last are the things of God. As Dom Marion puts it, “The days, the months and the years pass by, and the only thing that remains is God and what we do for Him.” It’s a remarkable statement, and a great consolation in times of trial. I can challenge you to name any evil, great or small, and you can challenge me, in light of this truth, to say whether it, too, shall pass...
It’s a beautiful and Providential arrangement that this month we also honor the Chair of St. Peter, the immovable “rock” upon which the unchanging Church is founded. When the gates of hell will have exhausted their strength, this structure will remain. Why? Because it’s the work of God, depending directly on His authority, His power, His will for us. So what if there are crosses and challenges, even grave ones? Aren’t they the hallmark of divine love and the Church’s work? And for those who persevere, the lesson is never lost.                                                               
United in prayer,
Fr. Frank Riccomini

Principal’s Message

January came and went with great swiftness this year. This month is often packed with recovering from the Christmas holiday and celebrating St. Sebastian and St. John Bosco’s feast days. We have started our St. Patrick’s Day raffle already and have had some success coming back.  Ticket packets are still available as are locations.  Please contact Mrs. Liz Ruiz. 

 

Students and staff are busy this month preparing for the Around the World Festival which is scheduled for March 5th, please save the date to come and share in the festivities.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cataniag

 

THREE KINGS

Our three grade 9 boys had the honor of representing the three kings on the day we celebrated Epiphany.  They spread their gift of cupcakes to the students with a special crown for one lucky student per class which they wore for the day while singing “We Three Kings.”  

 

GLENBOW MUSEUM FIELD TRIP - GRADE K – 2

Students and teachers alike loved the museum. There were a lot of displays to see and things to explore including Canadian and around the world historical artifacts, plenty of gems/stones, and examples of Indigenous culture. The first Thursday of each month is free for everyone to enter from 5 to 9 pm.

        

GRADE 4/5

2019 has started off as a hands-on month for the Grade 4/5's.  In Science the 4/5's used their ingenuity and engineering skills to construct their own cars.  They then had to add a "turbo boost" to their cars to make them go faster.  Through this process, the class learned about force and gravity.  In Social Studies the class learned what it was like to be in the fur trade, thanks to Maximus, who brought in authentic red fox fur for the students to see and handle.   

 

ST. JOHN BOSCO’S FEAST DAY

The feast of St. John Bosco was an enjoyable day, commemorating the feast of our patron.  Students were active in learning activities including composing and memorizing poetry, making small rosaries, and acting out skits all about St. John Bosco.  We did our best with the grade 6/7 boys serving and the grades 8/9 students singing during a High Mass. We enjoyed an Italian feast in his honour with spaghetti, garlic bread, and Neapolitan ice cream with chocolate covered cookies. We would like to thank those parents who took the time to prepare the meal and all the teachers who concentrated all their efforts in remembrance of our patron saint.

ST. SEBASTIAN’S FEAST DAY – CELEBRATED JANUARY 21

The school’s tradition in honouring the patron saint of athletes is to provide an opportunity for the students to learn some martial arts.  This year we again focused on self-defence. Mr. Jung, a black belt, dedicated his time to this day. This year we were able to separate the boys and girls to give a more appropriate focus for the grades were given their own time with Mr. Jung and Mr. MacFarlane, along with our generous volunteer, Andrea Frayn.

SCHOOL FEASTS/UP-COMING EVENTS  

                                                           

February 4, 2019                                                           Parent Advisory Council – 6:30PM – CANCELLED

February 15, 2019                                                        PD – No School

February 18, 2019                                                        Family Day – No School                

February 20, 2019                                                        Hot Lunch - Pizza

February 27, 2019                                                        St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - $2 Hot Chocolate Sale

March 5, 2019                                                               Around the World Festival

March 6, 2019                                                               ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and Ashes

March 7, 2019                                                               St. Thomas Aquinas – Narrative Contest

March 8, 2019                                                               Report Cards go home

March 15, 2019                                                             Parent – Teacher Conferences 1PM – 6:30PM – No School

March 19, 2019                                                             St. Joseph Feast Day

March 20, 2019                                                             Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs

March 29, 2019                                                             PD – NO SCHOOL

St. Blaise – February 3                               

St. Valentine – February 14

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - February 27        

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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.

 

Sincerely,

 

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!

Capes

Cotton gloves with fingers cut off

Top hats

Pocket watches

Suit vests

Bonnets

Choker necklaces

Old fashioned night cap

Ice skates (for Grade 2 students)

Wine barrels

Quill

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

Cello

Wreaths

Big red ribbons

Director’s chair

Megaphone

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

Candelabra

Bells

Snow spray for windows

Candles

Black ribbon

Gold or silver paper

Rope

Curtain ties (preferably with tassels)

 

FUNDRAISING

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.

 

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

 

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! 

              

ST. ALBERT THE GREAT SCIENCE FAIR

 

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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November 2018

Dear Parents,

The month of November marks the anniversary of the founding of the priestly Society of St. Pius X. The Society’s statutes, which received ecclesiastical approval on November 1, 1970, state that the purpose of the Society is “the priesthood and all that pertains to it.” First and foremost, it outlines the foreseeable ways in which the priesthood would be served by Society priests, i.e., by the sanctification of its members in priory life, by seminary training, by fostering vocations, by retreats and spiritual exercises for priests, by outreach and instruction to non-member priests, and by taking care of old and infirm and even unfaithful priests. After this, the statutes speak of the kinds of “exterior” apostolates that would benefit of the laity... as the ultimate expression and perfection of the priestly purpose, i.e., to save souls. 

Among the first of the those apostolates for laymen is the establishing and directing of schools. Why schools? Simply because, in the words of our venerable founder, schools will become a “seedbed of vocations”, and also the inspiration/opportunity for good Catholic families to form, out of which future vocations will blossom. This simple wisdom and unified vision are a true joy to recall. What a blessing to be part of a work statutorily and ecclesiastically connected to the priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ! May that thought inspire each of us to be generous in our commitment to restore all things to Him, to refer all things to Him in our daily life. May His priestly blessing descend upon all of us, and may it bear fruit in our fidelity, perseverance and sanctification... O Lord, grant us priests, holy priests, many holy priests, vocations and Catholic families!

United in the Eternal High Priest,
Fr. Frank Riccomini

Principal’s Message

October has been an activity filled month dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. The grade 6/7 organized the praying of a decade at the start of their first recess.

The month furthermore celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The weather did not cooperate with our plans for organized games; however, the students thoroughly enjoyed an extra long recess of play in the snow.

The feast of St. Ursula was celebrated with the traditional blue lollipops.  Grade 9 girls retold the story to all the classes while handing out the treats. 

Thank you for your support during all of our fundraising efforts! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cataniag

                             

KINDERGARTEN ANNUAL PUMPKINS

Here are the results of the annual pumpkin carving which is the finale of the kindergarten pumpkin unit. The littlest students enjoy St. Ursula’s lollipops.

 

KAYBEN FARM

On Friday October 12, grades 2-5 journeyed to Kayben Farms Adventure Park, just north of Okotoks, for a day of exploration and fun.  Fortunately, the day was sunny and warm, which melted the October snow.  Unfortunately, this meant a lot of mud.  The children enjoyed seeing the various animals on the farm: horses, goats, pigs, turkeys and rabbits.  They loved petting the animals and feeding the goats and horses.   There was plenty to see and do at Kayben farms, and it was a refreshing day to get outside and be under the sun for the day. Most importantly, the children got an idea of what it was like to be Dr. Dolittle for a day!

 

 START OF THE DAY

The gates of the schoolyard open daily at approximately 8:30AM.  There are about 10 minutes wait before the students are allowed to enter the school building.  After the students are let in, there are only 10 minutes for them to remove their outdoor clothing and prepare themselves for the day and also get into the chapel.  We are asking that parents drop off their children to get them here in time to make it to chapel so we can offer the day in the Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the rest of the students and teachers.  Furthermore, we are going to begin to lock the exterior doors at about 8:45AM for the safety of the school and those who come late will need to sign their children in at the office.

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

We have already begun preparations for our St. John Bosco Private School Christmas concert on December 21st.  The students work, during their art, drama, and music classes in all the grades, for the final performance.  This evening is the climax of their work and will be reflected in a large part of their grades.  If you are unable to attend, excuses need to be passed on to Father Riccomini.

 

ST. ALBERT THE GREAT SCIENCE FAIR

You are cordially invited to join us in sharing our scientific knowledge and showing off months of hard work at St. John Bosco Private School.  The fair will take place on Friday, November 16th for the day.  Parents and families are invited to come to the school and watch the presentations of the individuals and groups in each of the classrooms. 

SCHOOL EVENTS/UP-COMING EVENTS                                                             

November 1, 2018                                                       All Saints Day Feast Day

November 2, 2018                                                       All Souls Day Feast Day  - Mass for Students

November 9, 2018                                                       Remembrance Day Activities

November 12, 2018                                                     Remembrance Day Observed - No School

November 14, 2018                                                     Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs

November 16, 2018                                                      St. Albert the Great Science Fair

November 21, 2018                                                     Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - $2 Candy Sale

November 23, 2018                                                     Report Cards Go Home

November 30, 2018                                                     Parent- Teacher Conferences - No School

December 3, 2018                                                        PAC Meeting – 6:30PM St. John Bosco School

December 6, 2018                                                        St. Nicholas Feast Day

December 7, 2018                                                        Immaculate Conception – Art Workshop

December 12, 2018                                                      Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

December 13, 2018                                                      St. Lucy Feast Day                          

December 14, 2018                                                      PD - No School

December 19, 2018                                                      Hot Lunch – Pizza

December 21, 2018                                                      Last Day of Classes

                                                                                          Christmas Concert – 7PM

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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!

 

Sincerely,

 Mrs. Cataniag

WINTER WEATHER

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.

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

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



  CANADIAN MARTYRS FEAST DAY HIKE

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.   

HOMEWORK REMINDER

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.              

UNIFORMS

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.

CHOCOLATE DRIVE/FUNDRAISING

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.  

                                                                         

SCHOOL EVENTS/UP-COMING EVENTS

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cataniag

SCHOOL HOURS

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.

COMMUNICATION

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 sjbpsteachers@gmail.com) or via the school telephone 403 – 248 - 3664 during school operating hours.

ALTAR SERVERS

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.

UNIFORMS

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.

MEET THE TEACHERS

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.

WELCOME KINDERGARTEN

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.

SCHOOL EVENTS/UP-COMING EVENTS

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

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