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Weekly Update February 24

“This is our responsibility, following in St Paul’s footsteps, a further reason for living Lent fully: in order to bear a witness of faith lived to a world in difficulty in need of returning to God, in need of conversion.”

~Pope Benedict XVI

Welcome to the last week of February. This week marks the beginning of Lent, a time in which we prepare for the sacrifice Jesus made for us through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This is a time in which families can look to make changes that allow for reflection and a plan for renewal with the coming death and resurrection. I hope to see you throughout the coming month as we look for opportunities to pray together and prepare for the season.

A huge congratulations to Abbey C in grade 8 who was chosen as the recipient of the HCDSB Student Award of Excellence. This award is given to one student from every school in HCDSB who exemplifies grace and excellence in their academic, social and faith endeavors. Abbey will be honoured at a board wide ceremony on April 20th. Congratulations Abbey, we are all very proud of you!

Important Reminders:

  • *******Members of the St. John Hockey Team will be participating in their scheduled tournament on Tuesday now that the strike has been called off. Permission forms will go home Monday. It is imperative that the form accompanies them to the Tournament or they will not be allowed to play. Thank you for your assistance in this.***********
  • Pancake Tuesday and Mardi Gras are a go for Tuesday. Please remember to bring your own fork in to help lessen our ECO footprint. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who are able to help out with this final celebration before lent begins.
  • Tuesday will also be a NON-UNIFORM DAY. Students are encouraged to dress loud and proud as we celebrate the last day before Lent begins.
  • Report Cards went home on Wednesday, February 19th. Please return the bottom portion and the envelope to the classroom teacher.
  • Our grade 4 students will be hosting the Ash Wednesday Mass on February 26th at 9AM at St. John Church. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.
  • Students are still encouraged to sign for the St. John Talent Show if interested.

Parking Lot:

In conjunction with our Catholic School Council, we continue to look for ways to reduce the congestion in the parking lot. Pylons have been placed to indicate that cars are not to be exiting the parking lot onto Brant Street during busy times before and after school. The front of the school is a bus zone and cars are forbidden from stopping and dropping off in this area. A visual has been provided below to show the flow of traffic.

Please note that safety is our main concern in our parking lot and that while every person’s time is valuable it does not take precedence over the safety of our students. Patience and respect are our guiding principles when using the parking lot. Thank you to all for your assistance in this very important matter.

Have a wonderful week!

Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the amazing things happening at St. John. I am pleased to see our followers growing as we tweet out the learning taking place throughout the school!

Pancake Tuesday and Mardi Gras
Feb 25 all day
Ash Wednesday Mass
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hydro Presentations
Feb 27 all day
Pizza Day
Feb 27 @ 3:20 pm
Pizza Day
Mar 5 @ 3:20 pm
Public Speaking School Wide Competition- Gr.4-8
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Pizza Day
Mar 12 @ 3:20 pm
Grade 2 First Reconciliation- St. John Church
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update February 24