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Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

I hope that you got some rest during the Christmas holidays as January is a very busy month.  Students and staff are back at it this week to finish first semester classes. There will be final assignments happening in many courses and some classes will have final exams. The EXAM SCHEDULE  has been sent home and is also posted on the school website. A few reminders for January 21 - 25 Exam Week:

  • There are no regular classes.  If a student does not have a course exam, they do not come to school.
  • Students writing exams must come to school in full uniform.
  • Students are expected arrive on time with all materials needed to write the exam.
  • Textbooks are to be handed in the morning of that course's exam.
  • School buses will run the usual morning route and times.
  • Buses will leave the school as soon as the last student on that bus route has completed their exam. 

Second term begins on Monday, January 28. Any students having scheduling issues should contact Mr. Fraser before the beginning of second term.

The Concert and Jazz Band have their Winter's Journey Concert this week.  Come out for an evening of fine music this Tuesday, January 15 at 7:15pm in the MPX.

The Winter Formal Dance is on Friday, January 25. Please see below for more information on this fun event for the students.

Please help us spread the word about our Open House on Thursday, February 7 from 6-8pm.  A personal invitation or recommendation is often the most powerful form of advertising.  Prospective families are encouraged to attend and see what Catholic Education looks like at the high school level. Application packages for new students for the 2019-2020 school year will be available this week on line, through our feeder schools and any of our 7 supporting parish offices. 

And finally, don't forget about our own basketball tournament, the Big Bear Classic! This fabulous tournament is always a highlight for the school. Come out and support our senior girls and boys teams January 31 - February 2.

Thank you for your continued prayers for the students, staff and families at SJB, and thank you for your support of Catholic Education.

Mr. Bittante

Music Notes
  • Winter's Journey Concert and Jazz bands perform at SJB Tuesday, January 15th 7:15 p.m.
  • Surrey Jazz Fest Friday, February 22nd. Performance at the Bell Centre Theatre at 4:30 p.m.
  • Open House Performance in the evening at SJB Feb. 7th.  

Mr. Woitowitsch
Music Education
Bear Fans!

Happy New Year from the athletics department! We hope you had a restful break. With that being said, we head straight back into a busy month of basketball. There are quite a few tournaments as well as league games this month. Please see the athletic calendar on the webpage for the full schedule. 

The Big Bear Classic basketball tournament is January 31 - February 2. Come on out to cheer on our teams!  Parent volunteers are needed to help provide food for the coaches lounge as well as working the admissions gate and supervising the score table.  More information can be found in the Parent Participation Newsletter. Thank you in advance for all the volunteers that step forward for this. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Matt Sweeney
Our new SJB jogging pants are in. They are $40 and available at the PE office. We have both men and women cuts in stock ranging from sizes XS-XL.  
The Ski Club is heading back to Whistler on February 28! This trip is open to SJB students in all grades and all ski abilities.   If your child is interested in attending, forms and money need to be handed in to Mr. Lavrik.   
Grade 9 Immunization will take place January 30.  Forms should be handed back to the school office, if you have not already done so. 
Tickets for the annual Winter Formal Dance are on sale in the MPX at break and at lunch. Come and celebrate the end of the first semester with your fellow students.  All students, grades 8 through 12 are welcome and encouraged to attend.

A few reminders about this dance:

*No tickets will be sold at the door
*Students are expected to dress in semi-formal to formal attire.
*You must be a current SJB student to attend. No outside guests allowed.
*There will be a master list of every student who purchases a ticket. If a student purchases a ticket and does not attend the dance, their parents will be called.
*Students attending the dance must arrive between 6:00 – 6:30pm. If you are late, you will not be allowed in.
*Students will not be allowed access to their lockers. Do not bring valuables, bags or backpacks as there will be no secure place to leave them.
*Students are required to stay in the gym and MPX for the entire dance.
*There will be no in-and-out privileges.
*All school rules regarding smoking and alcohol will be in full effect.
*Snacks and drinks will be provided, so all students are encouraged to come out and celebrate the end of exams!

Study hard for the next two weeks and then get ready to cut it up on the dance floor, BEARS!
Happy and Blessed New Year to you all!  The Advent season at SJB was a special time of preparation for Christmas. Thank you to all of the priests who came to the school on Thursday, December 6, enabling our students to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas. On Friday, December 7, Franciscan Friar Casey Cole, who was visiting from New York, spoke to our student body, sharing his own journey of faith. He shared his own vocation story and experiences, bringing to life our theme for the year, “What do you want of me, Lord?” A beautiful expression of our faith was made available to our grade 9’s on Friday, December 14th, when our chaplain, Father Mark, led Adoration in our own chapel. Another opportunity for adoring our Lord will be available in the new semester.  We were also blessed with beautiful music and prayerful reflections at each of our Monday morning Advent Prayer Services.  Father John McCarthy was the main celebrant for our Advent Mass on December 20.  Our first school Mass of the year was celebrated on Thursday, January 10 in St. James Parish Church. Thank you to all of you who came out to celebrate with us. In conclusion, we would like to remind all women to mark their calendars for our annual Women’s Dessert Evening, which is on March 14thin our school library. 

Peace in Christ,
Sarah Gillespie, Cindy Kuester, and Alan Ferguson
This is where YOU want to be!

St. John Brebeuf High School
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 2747 Townline Road Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada, V2T 5E1

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