November Newsletter

Dates at a Glance:
Nov. 5 – Bus Evacuation Practice
Nov. 6 – Progress Reports go home
Nov. 7 & 8 – Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Nov. 7 – Pilgrimage Cross Assembly
Nov. 9 – Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov. 12-15 – Kindergarten Observations (scheduled visit times)
Nov. 14 – Diabetes Awareness Day – wear a blue shirt
Nov. 16 – PD Day
Nov. 29 – Gr. 8 Night at St. Mary’s High School
Nov. 30 – Wacky Hair Day!

Ultimate Frisbee
Although it was a cold and windy day, the Intermediate Coed Ultimate Frisbee team played well at our tournament at RIM Park. In this friendly tournament, scores weren’t kept, but our team did an amazing job and we spent lots of time in the opponent’s end zones! The team represented Saint John Paul well. Good job, we’re proud of you! Ms. Love and Mrs. Kuntz

Dance-a-thon Success!
This year’s Dance-a-thon was a HUGE success. Thank you to our School Council for organizing our annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser which took place October 25th!  Through the hard work of our students and generosity of our community, our school raised $24,989.75 which will be used to support student learning, activities and initiatives such as: faith formation (sacramental programs and class celebrations), literacy and numeracy enhancements (levelled reading materials and math manipulatives), school year enhancements, and technology devices to support coding, robotics and innovation projects.
As our school’s top fundraiser, Sierra O. has won a $250 Best Buy Gift Card! Top fundraiser in Kindergarten – Grade 1 was Sierra O., from Grade 2 – 3 was Dylan O., from Grade 4 – 5 was Hailey T., and from Grade 6-8 was Cooper S. Each of these students won a $50 Gift Card to Fairview Park Mall. |
Top earning classes by division winning an Ice Cream Sundae party are Mrs. Crowley/Mrs. Malawa, Mrs. Antolcic, Mr. Perkins and Mrs. Germann. Mrs. Schwindt’s Grade 8 class wins lunch with Mr. Eckert at the Mandarin Restaurant.

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Progress Report Cards will be distributed November 6th and our annual Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will take place Wednesday November 7th from 3:00-6:00 and Thursday, November 8th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Interview slips will be sent home with your oldest child’s Progress Report Card. Students are encouraged to attend the conferences with parents.

Umbrella Project Update
Each one of us has a unique umbrella that is also filled with the people, things, activities that help us get through the “storms” when we need them. In strong groups and strong school communities, everyone has and uses their own umbrella and at times, if we need to, we rely on each other’s umbrellas to help us through bigger storms.
Under God’s umbrella, we are always protected from the storm. The storm being any circumstances in our lives where we turn to God for prayer and guidance. In our lives, we also have many people and things that also help us to get through situations.
In November, students will learn about and focus on Grit. Grit is our ability to face failures and carry on, our perseverance and passion for our goals. It is our willpower and our ability to stick with tough tasks. Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and failures along the way. Grit helps us continue to practice the things we would like to improve instead of giving up. Having grit can help us overcome obstacles even on the toughest days. In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence.

RAYS Update
From November 1st-Nov 8th, SJPII will be participating in a Hard Candy Food Drive. The candy must be unopened and hard (ex. sucker, Jolly Rancher, etc). Any type of powdered candy such as Rockets, Fun Dip or gummies will not be accepted.  The candy will be donated to Canadian Food For Children is an organization that sends it to developing countries.
Why hard candy? Most of the children being fed by CFFC, are suffering from malnutrition and/or starvation. If food is given to them initially, their stomachs would not be prepared to digest it. Sucking on a hard candy before eating food, helps produce more saliva which then helps these children digest their food. Thank you for taking part in our Hard Candy Food Drive.

Wacky Hair Day is November 30! Show your school spirit with the craziest hair style you can!

Bus Evacuation Training
All students from kindergarten to grade 8 participated in Bus Evacuation Training on Monday, November 5th.

Remembrance Day
Our school wide Remembrance Day Liturgy is scheduled for Friday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. As we celebrate the month of November, let us remember the individuals who have died in war, and for the families who suffer the loss of their loved ones. Let us also remember in our prayers, our own family members and friends who have gone before us and ask all those in heaven to pray for us.

Book of Life
Our Grade 7 students reflected on All Saints and All Souls day and have created a Book of Life. If your family would like to have a loved one’s name entered into our Book of Life, please email thier name to Our grade 7s will pray for their souls for the month of November.

SJPII Christmas Swap
The Eco Team will be collecting donations of books, DVDs, video games and board games for a Christmas Swap.  Donation boxes will be out on both Interview nights and more info available on interview night. Students will receive a ticket for each item that they donate. Tickets can be used to ‘swap’ on November 22 – 23.

Update from the Learning Commons (Library)…
We have lots of wonderful new books out on the shelves just waiting to be read, both curriculum-based, as well as, high interest books such as the 2019 Guinness World Records. We also receive the KW Record to keep us up-to-date with local events.
Students are reminded to return their books promptly to avoid disappointing their friends who are also waiting to read those funny and popular books. Now that the fall rainy season is upon us, special care is needed to make sure that books are kept dry while in backpacks.
Our school will be participating in the OLA Forest of Reading program this year. The official website is with more information to follow in the December newswire.

Grade 8 Parent Information Night @ St. Mary’s High School
Thursday, November 29
6:30-7:00pm ~ Assembly in the Gymnasium. Find out what St. Mary’s High School has to offer—great academics, including, enriched and alternative programs, extra-curricular clubs and sports, and more.
7:00-8:30 ~ Tour the school. During this time you can participate in the self-guided tours or attend scheduled presentations for specific subject areas. Designated areas of the school will be open for viewing and subject specific teachers will be available to answer your questions. Additional displays will be available for more information.

Diabetes Awareness Day
Diabetes Awareness Day is on Wednesday November 14th. Wear a blue shirt to show support of your fellow type 1 Diabetics at SJPII.

TerraCycle Collection on SJPII
TerraCycle is a company that is eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. They partner with individual collectors like Saint John Paul II, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With our help, they are able to divert pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month. We are part of this imitative to continue to be a platinum Eco School.
TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. At SJP we have chosen to participate in five different recycling programs. We need families help to start collecting in your home, school, or office; and send us your waste to be recycled. By doing this SJPII can earn rewards for our school and help maintain our Platinum Eco status! Programs SJPII are participating in for the 2018-2019 school year are:

  1. Squeeze Pack Program – recycling program for plastic snack pouches and caps. The squeezable pack can be from any different company and it is one of our most popular programs.
  2. Lunch Mate Program – recycling program for lunch kit packaging. All parts of the packaging our collected and repurposed by TerraCycle. That means the cardboard, plastic wrap and packaging. This is the second most popular program we have at SJP II.
  3. Febreze Program – Parents you can send in any air freshing packaging and waste with your child to school. Instead of throwing out any air fresheners, sprays, empty plug ins, etc. simply send it to school with your child to be sent to TerraCycle to be “upcycled” for points that will go towards our school.
  4. Snack Bag Program – working with Terra, Sensible Portions and Garden of Eatin’ to offer a recycling program for their brands of snack bag packaging. We collect their packaging instead of throwing it in our garbage. These chips can be found at Costco and Winners HomeSense. If you have extra bags at home send them in with your child to school and it will be “upcycled”. Veggie Straws and Veggie Sticks are in many of student’s lunches. If you buy the large bulk bags send them in with your child.
  5. Frozen Fruit and Veggies Plastic Program – recycle any frozen fruit and vegetable flexible plastic packaging. Send in your frozen fruit or vegetable plastic packaging with your child to school and it will be “upcycled” by TerraCycle for points that will go towards our school.

St. John Bible
The St. John’s Bible will be visiting St. Anthony Daniel Parish beginning the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. This artistic and spiritual marvel, the first illuminated Bible prepared by Benedictine monks in over 500 years, is the perfect blend of ancient and modern, breaking open the Scriptures in an imaginative and deeply moving way. In addition to a busy week visiting our Grade 4 and 7 students, the Bible will be present at the parish for Sunday Masses this weekend, and for two sessions of guided prayer/meditation (Visio Divina) during the week.
November 3rd and 4th -Present at all Sunday Masses
November 5th – At Saint John Paul II for the Grade 7 classes
November 6th – At Saint John Paul II for the Grade 4 classes
November 6th – With St. Anthony Daniel Youth Ministry (7-9 p.m.)
November 7th – 7:00 p.m. Visio Divina (Guided Mediation) in the parish
November 9th – 9:00 a.m. Visio Divina in the parish

Digital Images
Our students and staff enjoy opportunities to share some of their activities with parents/guardians/volunteers, and the school community through teams, clubs, and special events. Many of these are “memory making” and as such photographs are often taken. We ask that you exercise discretion when taking photographs or videos at school events and consider the privacy of other students who may also be present in those pictures. We would appreciate if families not upload images of students other than their own to the Internet (e.g. YouTube; Facebook). Your cooperation is appreciated.