Grade 4 Leadership: Servant Leadership Squad

At St. John XXIII, we believe that students need the opportunity to feel like a leader. We have the unique opportunity to nurture leadership skills at the elementary level where each student can identify with themselves as a leader with strengths and skills to serve. 

Each of our grade 4 students are invited and encouraged to join our STJXXIII Servant Leadership Squads. We have four teams: Faith, Healthy Living, School Spirit, and Young Citizens. Each team takes on leadership opportunities within our school community. They are an integral part of our Monday assemblies. Throughout the year, these leaders will embrace opportunities to lead and serve and truly connect with what it feels like to be a leader. 

"But among you it will be different, whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant." Matthew 20:26

Music Enrichment with Mrs. Sarah Schaub

St. John XXIII Choir: Choir will be for all interested grade 3 and 4 students. In the new year, any interested grade 2 students will be invited to join the choir.  The choir will perform at school concerts and celebrations, as well as participating in the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival. The choir will focus on learning healthy vocal technique and will mostly sing a repertoire of folk songs and sacred songs. 

Come play the tone chimes! St. John XXIII will also have a tone chime ensemble for interested grade 4 students.  Rehearsals will be at lunch recess. The Tone Chime Ensemble will perform at concerts, school celebrations as well as participating in the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival.

Drumming: This year, Mrs. Schaub started a drum ensemble using donated pails from Home Hardware. Our students loved it and sounded amazing!



High School Mentorship Program

In partnership with St. André Bessette teachers and students, some of our STJXXIII students are paired up with a high school peer mentor to enhance their learning experience for half of the year. This Peer Mentor opportunity is a program offered at the high school where students can earn credits for being a mentor. Training, ongoing support and monitoring are important elements for the high school students. Course components align with the mentorship expectations from Alberta Education. "Mentoring relationships are a natural and supported opportunity for both the mentor and mentee to enhance their social-emotional learning" (Alberta Education, 2018). 

Mr. Sean Reader is the coordinating teacher from St. André Bessette. Mr. Reader and Mrs. Willis Dengler work closely to plan and support effective and positive relationships between our high school mentors and elementary mentees. Our Peer Mentors will be visiting St. John XXIII twice a week for one hour. Physical Literacy, Social skill building, Numeracy/Literacy, and building positive connections will be the focus.

Loose Parts Play Program

Loose Parts Play Program - our partnership with Ever Active Schools

Loose Parts Play offers an authentic play experience that is fundamental for the social, emotional, intellectual and physical wellness of children and youth. Loose parts involves simple, inexpensive, everyday materials that can be moved, carried, stacked, manipulated and/or repurposed for play. The theory behind Loose Parts Play suggests the level of discovery, creativity and inventiveness within an environment depends on the amount and variety of flexible materials within it.