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