Pages from the SJP II Learning Commons (a.k.a. Library)
Our Scholastic Book Fair was another roaring success. We had sales just over $7100 earning a profit of just over $3900, which goes directly back into books for the Learning Commons. Thank you to the Saint John Paul II community for your support!
We also have a new Acer Chromebase in the Learning Commons to allow students to do their own searching for books and resources. It’s a touch screen and with the kid’s version of our catalogue even the youngest ones will be able to use it. Thank you to school council for this wonderful new addition to our Learning Commons.
Intermediate Boys 3-Pitch
Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys 3-Pitch team who competed in the yearly tournament at Wilson park on Friday, October 28th. We tied our first game 1-1 against St. Daniel’s and then lost 9-4 lost to John Sweeney. However, because of the differential ruling we were able to go into the semi-finals against St. Anne’s (K). It was a hard-fought battle but we were no match for their heavy hitters. We are proud of the boys who showed great effort and wonderful sportsmanship. Members of the team are Evan A., Andrew U., John-Paul W., Cole N., Brandon W., Ben M., Spencer McC., Ethan S., Noah R., Rowan D., Nick M., Alex K., Caden S., Adam S., Liam N. Coaches: Mrs. Schwindt, Ms. Flanagan, Mrs. Germann.
Intermediate Girls 3-Pitch
Saint John Paul II had a very successful tournament on Thursday September 27th. After defeating John Sweeney and calming their nerves, the girls worked together to defeat St. Timothy’s and St. Kateri’s. In the finals, after a hard fought battle, the girls placed second place against St.Anne’s! Our infielders, Asiah D., Hope G., Mya B., Eryn S., Sophia B., Gaby R., Emma K., Izzy C., and Emma P., worked cooperatively to get the opposition out. Our outfielders, Madison K., Sofia D., Antonia T., Jorja B., Krystyna D., worked hard to catch those pop ups in the field. Julia E and Olivia L. pitched with great skill throughout each game. A special thank you to our volunteer umpire Denise Kelly, who encouraged and uplifted the girls to their several wins. Your coaches Mrs. McLean and Mrs. Kosir are proud of your hard work and determination!
Congratulations to the Junior Coed Soccer Team! They played hard and were great representatives of Saint John Paul II. We won first place in our tournament! Your coaches are very proud of your effort and sportsmanship. Mrs. Antolcic, Mrs. Kuntz and Ms. Bell
Say “Hi!” Day
SJPII students celebrated Say Hi! Day on September 27th. Our Grade 7 students greeted the school community with banners, signs and bright smiles, all while saying Hi! to as many students as possible. This day is designed to build community, inclusiveness and friendship- let’s keep this alive all year long Suns!
On Friday September 28th, the students at SJPII joined thousands of other schools across the country to support the Terry Fox Run. Thank you to everyone for their generous support this year. As a school community we crushed our goal of raising $1600. Our grand total was just over $2200! Thanks to everyone for making this a truly amazing event and a way to keep Terry’s dream alive.
This year we will be hosting a Dance-a-thon on October 25 as our major fundraiser for the year. Students and teachers are excited to dress in white and bright colours and each class is invited to the gym during their designated time for some dancing fun. Our playlist will liven up the dance floor with music and fun games for all to enjoy.
The donations this event brings in provides School Council the ability to purchase the resources needed to enrich your child’s school environment.
This year, School Council has set a goal of $19,250 for this event. This means if every child brings in $25 (we have 770 students), we will exceed our goal. Even more exciting is that any donation over $25 can receive a tax receipt. Pledge-lopes go home following our kick-off assembly on October 5. Please help us reach our goal!
Fall Walk or ‘Wheel’ to School Wednesday
On Wednesday, October 10, the staff and students at SJPII will celebrate Fall Walk to School Day. We invite everyone to walk or wheel (bus, bike, scooter, skateboard, etc) to school. This is a great way to be kind to our environment, get some exercise and keep the area around our school safe for everyone. Thanks for your active participation in Fall Walk to School Day!
When we create waste with our snacks and lunches it has to go SOMEWHERE. Where does it go?
The Region’s one and only landfill in Waterloo is estimated to have 15-20 years of space left. The more we REDUCE, the less waste goes into the landfill and the longer it will last. When you BOOMERANG your waste home your parents will see the waste created by snacks and school lunches. We hope everyone will make simple changes to help reduce that waste.
Parish Update: St. Anthony Daniel Parish
Enrollment Sunday: For students receiving any sacraments there will be an Enrollment Mass (please bring your enrollment cards) on October 27/28 and Nov 3/4 at all Masses. Children and families are invited to attend any weekend Mass.
RCIA: Is for teens and adults to learn more about the Catholic faith. It is for those wishing to receive the Sacraments and for those who are just interested in knowing more and might have questions. Sessions are on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Marian Room.
CWL News: All women of the parish are welcome to join in Mass at 6:30 followed by fellowship the first Tuesday of the month. Annual membership fees in the amount of $25 are now being collected.
St. Vincent De Paul Thanksgiving food drive: The annual food drive is October 7 and 8.
Youth Ministry: Continues 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-9 (check parish website to confirm dates). All youth grade 7-12 are welcome. No registration needed. Bring a friend.
Stewardship weekend: Is October 13/14 weekend.
Saturday Music Ministry – rehearsal are on Wednesday at 7pm. We lead the congregation at 5 PM Mass Saturday.
Sunday Music Ministry – rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 pm serving the congregation at the 10:30 am Sunday Mass.
40 Days for Life: Opening Mass with Bishop Crosby will be held on Wednesday October 3 at 7pm at St. Agnes Parish in Waterloo. Refreshments to follow. Also please prayfully consider standing in front of Freeport Hospital as a silent witness to the God given dignity of every human being. You can sign up for hours online at www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/kitchener/
Walk a Mile in their Shoes: This year, Development and Peace is striving to bring greater attention to the world’s refugee crisis. Refugees flee their homelands when no other options remain: when staying would otherwise lead to displacement or death. Development and Peace would like the collective “WE” to walk the circumference of the Earth by August 31, 2019. St. Anthony Daniel’s Parish will be participating in this collective walk on October 21 after the 10:30 Mass. There will be options for walkers and non walkers.
Community Update: Stanley Park Community Centre
SPCA– Annual General Meeting: Please join us for our Annual General Meeting to learn more about who we are and what we do. At this meeting we will also be accepting nominations and electing our next Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year. October 16, 2018 at 6:00pm at Stanley Park Community Centre.
HOWL –O-WEEN THRILLORAMA: Saturday October 27th 2:00pm – 4:30pm. Wear your favourite costume and come out for ghoulish games and spooktacular prizes! Cost: FREE Register online beginning September 27 (spaces are limited) Code: 25551 Adults must accompany children. Food Bank donations will be accepted. Please Note: All children will receive a free pumpkin
Babysitting Basics: October 13, 9am to 4pm , registration cost $50.
Fun, free stress relief for parents – Drop in Basketball: Mondays 8pm to 9:55 pm. No commitment or previous skill required.
Breakfast with Santa: December 8, 8am to 11 am, registration begins Nov 5. Free.