1480 Mansfield Drive
Oakville, Ontario L6H 1K4
Phone #: 905-844-3111 Fax #: 905-844-4759
Web Address: http://schools.hcdsb.org/joho
St. John Catholic Community is dedicated to providing a respectful, responsible environment which honours educational
excellence and celebrates the development of individual gifts and talents necessary to meet challenges of our technological
Principal’s Message resources to gain knowledge about Endangered
Species. This will be a focus for the Art activities
that Mrs. Holt will be teaching. We are pleased to
Third term promises to be a very active one with welcome Mrs. Holt here at St. John School.
many events taking place at St. John School. We
will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary with St. This week we will celebrate the great Paschal
Michael Parish, Families and School Mass on Mystery—the life, death, and Resurrection of our
Saturday, May 1, 2010 at St. Michael’s Church at Lord that brings salvation to the world. During this
5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and season of Lent we have been preparing to renew
celebrate with us at the Mass. Following the mass our baptismal promises and to say yes to God’s gift
we will have a small reception in the Church Hall. of life at Easter. As we move towards Easter
This will be a fabulous way to start our Catholic Celebration, let’s pray for one another, forgive one
Education Week activities. another, and encourage one another so we can
truly rejoice at Easter. We wish you all a Holy and
Our theme is: Blessed Easter.
Mrs. L. Gurowka
Message from Fr. Bob
Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
With the arrival of April we find ourselves as a faith
community celebrating the Triduum, three days which remind
us of the gift of redemption brought about by the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is my hope and
On Tuesday, April 6th we will be welcoming Mrs. prayer that a growing appreciation of this gift from God will
Nancy Holt, an itererant Art Teacher. Mrs. Holt will be the inspiration that helps all of us, to develop good attitudes
be working with students from Grade 1 – 8 over the and to take part in activities that truly enhance our society and
next few weeks. The students will be using various world. Whenever a tragedy strikes like an earthquake, flood or
fire people do reach out to help their sisters and brothers but
we need to be aware that less obvious challenges occur and we
need to develop a sensitivity that enables us to respond
without drawing attention to ourselves.
Are You Moving?
The month of April brings a lot of joy to many families in our We are in the early stages of our school
parish as daughters and sons receive Holy Communion for the organization plan for the 2010/11 school year. If
first of what we hope will be many times. These children rely you know you will be moving before September and
on the help of parents, godparents, grandparents, siblings, your children will not be attending St. John’s,
other relatives and friends to help them during this stage of please contact the school office.
their growth in faith. I encourage each one to do the best they
can to support and encourage these children to know and
appreciate how much they are loved by God. Girls and boys
please remember God is pleased to call you “daughter” or
“son”; Jesus wants you to draw strength from Him, that is why
He gives Himself to you in Holy Communion so that as His
“sister” or “brother” you will be able to join Him praising our April Focus
Father forever; the Holy Spirit continues to offer you guidance
on how to live as a child of God, receive and apply that "Celebrating Life” is our school-wide focus
guidance and you will experience joy and peace.
for April. This is the virtue of Joy. When
This month of April also marks a time of transition here at St. we appreciate the life that God gave us, and
Michael’s Parish. Fr. Cesar Giraldo has been with us for two we take time to make those around us
years serving the people of St. Michael’s Parish and the happy, and use our gift of life in a positive way,
Spanish Community of Oakville and Halton Region. Prior to we are living out our lives in the image of
coming to St. Michael’s Fr. Cesar served the Spanish
Community of Hamilton for four years at All Souls Parish in
Hamilton. Six years have passed and the time has come for Fr.
Cesar to return to the Archdiocese of Medellin in Columbia. I March Principal Award Winners
thank Fr. Cesar for his work among us and wish him well in “Accepting Each Other” (Empathy)
his new assignment. Fr. Edgar Martinez from the Archdiocese
of Medellin will be joining us midway through April and will Jacob Korzeniak
be building on the efforts of Fr. Cesar. I look forward to
working with Fr. Edgar and I trust that the community of St.
Michael’s Parish as well as the Spanish Community of Mackenzee Bork
Oakville and Halton Region will also welcome Fr. Edgar and Gabriella LoGatto
benefit from his ministry. Kyle Patton
Just a reminder, if you are feeling exhausted as April begins it Natasha Vandenbergh-Clarke
is understandable. You just completed a March of 31 days. Victoria Vescio
Peace and Joy, Christopher Azores
Fr. Robert K. Dunn (aka Fr. Bob) Duncan Jakubowski
Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish
Focus on Faith Next School Council Meeting
HEAR Tuesday, May 11, 2010
7:00 p.m. in the Library
The word of the Lord All parents are welcome!
To do good
Cyber Bullying with Officer Hasenbacher Gerry Falletta, Affirm Paralegal Services, 905-388-2458
Glen Abbey Dental Office, Dr. Christopher Lang,
With technology playing such a big role in the lives 905-847-3400
of children today, it is important for the students to Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Chapel & Reception
be aware of their responsibility when using the Centre, 905-257-1100
internet, cell phones and other technology. Thank Joe Lattuca, Sun Life Financial, Life and Disability
you to Officer Hasenbacher who came into our Insurance Specialist, 905-528-8691
school to talk to the students about cyber bulling John Werynski, Chartered Accountant, 905-844-5752
and internet safety. Officer Hasenbacher presented Judy Ross and Magda Ladanyi, Remax Abouttowne
the children with a lot of useful information as well Realty Corp, 905-338-9000
as giving the students an opportunity to ask any Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 905-844-2600
questions. Life Clubs Canada, www.lifeclubs.ca , 416-824-9635
Marlin Travel, located inside Wal-Mart, 905-257-5891
Oakview Funeral Home, 905-842-2252
Oakville Dental Arts, Dr.Arun Narang, 905-337-3511
English Public Speaking Physiotherapy 2000, Jim Salituri, 905-820-3233
th Rina DiRisio, Royal LePage, 905-338-3737
On March 25 , Erin Heidecker represented St. John
school in the Halton Catholic District School Board Roma Fence West Inc, 905-875-2801
Junior/Intermediate English Public Speaking Thomas H. Marshall, Q.C, Barrister and Solicitor,
Competition. 15 students from the Oakville schools 905-844-0464
delivered speeches on a variety of topics. Erin spoke
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PASTA SOCIAL HOT LUNCH DATES
"The Pasta Social Committee and School Council would April 9
like to thank all families who attended and donated to April 23
our 9th annual fundraiser. It was a great evening!
Thanks to your generosity we raised more than $9,000!
These funds will go towards the Festival of the Arts and
purchasing much-needed equipment and materials for
our school. Many, many thanks!”
ON YOUR MARK!
Festival of the Arts Get ready. Set. Begin reading! On Wednesday,
March 24th St. John school had their kick-off
Festival of the Arts 2010 Sponsors assembly for the MS Read-A-Thon. Our students
Many thanks to: will have an opportunity to develop their literacy
Apex Roofing Services Inc., 416-421-6244 skills, learn about the importance of community
involvement and social responsibility. Each student
Dr. Mark Gwartz, www.oakvillebraces.com, Orthodontist,
has been given a MS Read-A-Thon envelope and
is encouraged to participate by collecting pledges
Dr. Jeff Mungar, Optometrist, 905-842-3411 and recording the number of minutes they read.
EcoSweep Environmental Cleaning Solutions, The campaign is currently running until Friday, April
416-835-3334, email@example.com 23rd. The money raised for the MS Read-A-Thon
Freedom International Brokerage Company, will help make life easier for people who live with
MS. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS HOLY CHILDHOOD
Our team for Battle of the Books had a great day Thank you to all students and teachers who are
Thursday, March 25 at Central Public Library. They put giving so generously to this worthy cause during
up a good fight, winning two of the rounds, and tying Lent.
one. It was an exciting experience for the students of the
team, and the three supporters who came along to cheer
them on. Mother Teresa has gone onto the Grand Battle, The funds raised from our Lenten Project will go
but our efforts here at St. Johns were outstanding. Well toward assisting children in third world countries
done to: Toni Sousa-Dias Sauvageot, Kyle Patton, with basic living and educational needs.
Sophie Marchetti, Taylor McCulloguh, Ben Whelan,
Charlotte Naylor. Reserves: Adrian Antoniw, Shiela “Whatever you do to the least of these, my
Murray, and Samantha Aubin. Supporters: Rachel children, you do to me” (Matthew 25).
Bolland, Connor Hart and Sebastian Salguero-Ocampo.
Thanks again to Mrs. Zekic and Mrs. Fay for all the
coaching and support.
Caring makes a difference in someone’s life.
Also, special thanks to Mrs. Patton for helping out.
Well done team members and supporters GREAT TEAM
Stations of the Cross
The Grade 4 class will be presenting the Living Stations
Of The Cross as part of our Holy Week ceremonies on
Thursday, April 1st at 10:30a.m. in the gym. The
presentation depicts the 14 Stations of the Cross in
tableaux. The children have demonstrated co-operation
with each other and enthusiasm for this presentation.
The St. John school community is welcome to attend.
Sharing The Spirit Award
One student from each Halton Catholic School will
STOMP be recognized on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the
annual “Sharing the Spirit” Student Awards of
Grade 4-8 students have an unique opportunity to be a
Excellence ceremony at Christ the King in
part of the "Stomp Team". Our Stomp Leaders Georgetown. The student selected to receive this
are Bailey Hamilton and Alyson Condron, who have award demonstrates qualities in the following
donated their time to choreograph and teach our areas:
students how to use their bodies in this very creative
dance and music technique. Students will meet, on Catholic leadership
designated days at the 12:05 recess, under the Family commitment
supervision of Mrs. Le Conte. We look forward to Involvement in school affairs
presenting our stomp moves, during Education Week in Community activities
Daniella Fontaine has been chosen as this year’s
recipient of the award for St. John’s.
Congratulations Daniella. We are very proud of
assessment results help us to continue to improve upon
the quality Catholic education offered to your children.
Additional specific information regarding the
assessments will be sent home to our Grade 3 and 6
parents in the month of May.
POLICE DAY 2010
~ Family Festival and Celebration of Policing in
May 8, 2010, marks the 11th annual Police Day celebration in Halton!
Congratulations to the members of the boys basketball
The day begins at 10:00 a.m., and finishes at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. team, on completing their 2010 season. The boys
This is an indoor and outdoor event taking place on the grounds of showed tremendous team spirit and perseverance on the
Headquarters, which is located at 1151 Bronte Road, in Oakville. court. Way to go boys! A special thank you goes out
The day promises to be a great family experience, with children’s to Miss Czernecki and Mrs. Gazzola for coaching the
rides, magic shows, clowns, music and a BBQ. There will be police boys this year, and to all the parents who were always
and community partner displays and live demonstrations. Our own there to give rides and cheer the boys on. Furthermore,
Police Pipes & Drums welcome you at the opening ceremony. thank you to the grade 8 girls for their time
scorekeeping, and to Mr. Purnell who did not hesitate to
There are free shuttles from Bronte Creek Provincial Park, on put in extra time and was a referee for all our home
Burloak Drive, and also a free shuttle from the Halton Hills
communities - [pre-registration required for Halton Hills only] games this season. It is very much appreciated and does
not go unnoticed. Thanks you and well done boys!
For more information visit our website at www.haltonpolice.ca
Grade 3 and 6 EQAO GIRLS’BASKETBALL
Assessments of Reading, Writing and
Mathematics Congratulations to the girls' basketball team who have
Primary Division and Junior Division just completed their regular season. Thank you to our
parents for your faithful support all season. Special
Similar to previous years, our Grade 3 and 6 students thanks goes out to all the Girls, their efforts and
will participate in the Education Quality and commitment to the team. Thank you also to the students
Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary and Junior who gave their free time after school to Time-keep and
Division assessments of Reading, Writing and Score-keep for our games.
Mathematics between May 26 and June 3, 2010.
Thank you to Mr. Purnell for his commitment to the Girl’s
These EQAO assessments will continue to be Basketball team and teaching the time and score
administered to all students in Grades 3 and 6. Students keepers how to be such a great service to St. John’s.
will be required to complete three test booklets: one
mathematics booklet, one reading booklet and one
writing booklet. The types of questions in the booklets
will be familiar to your child as they are based on the
kinds of work your child has been doing throughout the YMCA of Oakville Before and After
year. The total amount of time that the students will School Programs
spend on the testing will be six hours that is generally
spread over the course of two or three days. Sample The YMCA provides licensed Before and After School
questions can be viewed on the EQAO website at programs in many schools throughout Oakville. Children four
www.eqao.com. to 13 years-old are cared for in a fun, safe, stimulating
program at their school or a school nearby! Our programs
We ask that you make every effort to avoid holidays operate from 7 am until start of school and again after school
during these days and to try to make sure your children until 6 p.m. every school day of the year. P.A. Day, holiday
are in attendance each day during the assessment. In programs and summer camp programs are offered when
advance, we appreciate your efforts in scheduling school is closed. We hire qualified staff, provide healthy
appointments around this block of time. The EQAO
snacks and involve the children in a variety of indoor and Mark Your Calendars
Note: A limited number of JK and SK spaces are available Volunteer Tea – May 5, 2010
in all of our programs. PA Day – May 21
First Holy Communion – April 24
Registration for YMCA Before and After School new Education Week – May 2 – May 7
participants begins May 17. Parents of children currently EQAO Grade 3 – June 1 to June3
enrolled can pre-register from May 1 to15. Registrations will EQAO Grade 6 – May 26 to May 28
be accepted by YMCA staff in the program location at the Grade 7 and 8 Ottawa Trip April 28 – 30
school. 40th Anniversary Mass May 1, 2010 St. Michael’s
Church @ 5:30 pm
Reasonable monthly and daily rates are available. For more
information visit www.ymcaofoakville.com, and click on Graduation - June 29
Child Care under the Kids section. Before and after child care
programs are part of Junior and School-aged Child Care. If
you require child care immediately, please contact Gillian
Beaver at 905-
845-5763, ext. 312 or
Register now for YMCA of Oakville summer day camps and OUR HOPE
give your child an adventure or have them rediscover nature.
We’ve got camps for kids four to 17 years-old and for every
interest. Visit www.ymcaofoakville.com for details. Behind the fragile beauty
of the lovely butterfly,
The meanings of the Christian faith
and Easter story lie,
For many people see the stages
ATTENTION ALL that it passes through
VOLUNTEERS! As symbols of the wonder
of Christ being raised anew.
First, there is the caterpillar-
YOU ARE CORDIALLY sign of life and living-
Then, the spun cocoon
INVITED to represent Christ’s death and giving.
And, last of all, the butterfly-
TO OUR VOLUNTEER TEA all light and grace and wings-
To stand for the new gift of life
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 Christ’s resurrection brings.
In the Library Have a
Thank you for giving your time to our school.
Staff and Students of St. John’s School
RSVP your attendance to Mrs. Lindsay by
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010