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Welcome to the St. John Bosco Catholic Elementary School community. Our motto, “Celebrating God and Youth” speaks to our school’s philosophy. Our school logo depicts what we believe in.  Firstly, the cross reflects our Catholic faith and our Christ-centeredness, which celebrates Christ as our model.  Secondly, the people comprised of a priest, students, parent, and teacher illustrates our belief in celebrating and embracing diversity as well as valuing multiple perspectives, as we believe that it makes us stronger as a whole community.  St. John Bosco School maintains high standards of academics and discipline. We provide students the tools necessary to experience success on spiritual, academic and social levels. We foster and develop a close working relationship with our parents and the greater community.

For the 2020-21 school year we take our inspiration from Isaiah 43:1-3, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine”, this scripture speaks of ‘Hope’ through the  restoration and protection that is promised. As Christians we were given hope when Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the grave. No longer were our lives destined to hopelessness, we had the ultimate assurance that things would get better. Our lives were redeemed from hopelessness, not just in heaven, but here on earth as well. Our hope is in God. We can hope in a God that can-do impossible things in our lives as we are reminded that, God calls us each by name”. 

This past year, with the onset of a world-wide pandemic, we were reminded of the need to manage several mixed emotions.  We also renewed our understanding about the power of communication, collaboration, community, and most of all the importance of having ‘Hope’.  Our common experiences were brought to life like never before and the old adages, ‘what a small world we live in’ and ‘it takes a village’ meant more than ever before.  Together we all watched, listened and learned that truly we are indeed a small planet, one large global family, with more similarities than differences and with this we were left with a deeper understanding of the importance of and appreciation for hope in our lives. Hope is the ability to look ahead with trust and faith. Hope allows us to maintain a positive attitude to embrace life fully. So, it is fitting that as we begin a new school year, we look to ‘Hope’ as our school wide theme for the 2020-21 school year.  Hope is compelling because it is universal and crosses all human boundaries: age, race, class, gender, ethnicity, and religious, political, or any other persuasion. Everyone needs it, and most everyone exhibits at least some measure of hope at various times in their lifetime. Hope allows us to look ahead to what is possible; it is optimism in the face of adversity. Hope gives us the confidence and the courage to keep moving forward. Hope is resilient and it allows us to see a brighter future with infinite possibilities.

Our selected children’s book to enhance and foster a deeper understanding on the theme of hope is Hope Springs, written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes.  The story is about the life of Boniface, a young Kenyan boy whose compassion and understanding show that true generosity can spring from unexpected places, giving hope to others. It’s a story about kindness and heart as hope, family, poverty, resources, responsibility, as well as culture and global citizenship are considered and where, both young and old are encouraged to take action within and outside their school community, locally and abroad. This beautiful story underscores for us an array of emotions that come in times of struggle and challenges and speaks to the unrelenting power of hope offered through the Holy Spirit and faith in almighty God.

Ms. A. Esposito-Brady  Ms. D. Kowalchyk  
 Principal       Assistant Principal