Jean Vanier Catholic School

December 6th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Advent is a time of hope and anticipation. In our homes, many of us are busy preparing for Christmas, from baking to decorating to shopping. During Advent, we also prepare our hearts for Jesus' arrival. We are waiting for the birth of Christ!

For hundreds of years, Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Scripture, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ’s birth and become more excited about his coming! For more about Advent, watch Advent in 2 Minutes.

As we prepare for the coming of Christ, may this story serve to remind us of the purpose of Advent and urge us to prepare our hearts:

There was a strong woodcutter who asked for a job with a timber merchant. The wages the timber merchant paid were good and so were the work conditions. For that reason the woodcutter was determined to do his very best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day the woodcutter brought 18 trees. “Congratulations!" the boss said. Very motivated by the words of the boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder but brought only 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. “I must be losing my strength,” the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying he could not understand what was going on. “When was the last time you sharpened your axe? The boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees...”

Have you been so busy that you have neglected your spiritual life? Like the axe that needs sharpening, we also need to sharpen our spirit. Let us sharpen our spirit this Advent by becoming more loving, more prayerful, more compassionate, more generous and more faithful. Advent is God’s marvelous gift to all of us.

(Reflection adapted from The First Sunday of Advent)

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

Mon. Dec. 9th: Milk day; 2nd week of Advent Assembly at 12:30pm hosted by 3N Please join us!

Tues. Dec.10th: A: Priest visit Father Sathia & Father Balraj;

Wed. Dec. 11th: Milk Day;

Thurs. Dec. 12th:

Fri. Dec. 13th: school spirit team wants us to support Festive Friday: wear Christmas hat/headband

Dec 18 Advent Concert 6:00 pm OLPH Parish

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Kindness Challenge this week

School Spirit

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PAC News

Next Meeting Date

Tuesday, January 14th @ 6:00 pm in the school library.

The letter has gone home for the Christmas Baskets. Your child's teacher has selected the theme for their class and we have been busy behind the scenes preparing already. Tickets and draws for the baskets will take place at the Advent concert on December 18th. Part of the proceeds is supporting the New Playground structure to be built in the summer of 2021.

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Try Math talk with your child. It is simply talking to your child about the math that they experience.

Look for opportunities to count or add. Count the number of green tiles on the floor of the grocery store or the number of cracks you walk over on the sidewalk. Once children are able to add, look for opportunities to allow them to do this. On a drive or a walk, you might say, “I see two geese on this side of the lake and three geese on the other side. How many geese does that make?”

News from BUCPS

Next meeting January 21st, 2020 at 7 pm

Remember to Dress for the weather: hats, mitts, snow pants, jacket

Celebrating the joy our school's patron saint brings to JV

Parenting sessions in the community

Confident Kids Safety Course

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Dec 1st.

Family Movie Night at OLPH Parish

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St. Sophia's Parish Website

St Sophia's Parish has officially moved into their new "home" of worship!

The new address is:

25, 53012 Range Road 224
(Corner of Baseline Road and RR 224)

Noteworthy Information from St. Sophias:

  • Beginning in January, First Communion classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00.

  • First Confession will take place on March 21 and First Holy Communion follows on March 22.

  • For more information and to register, please contact Lisa Melnychuk at or 780-922-0201

Mass is at 10:00 am on Sundays, with Sunday school the 2nd ,3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and the 1st Sunday being Fr Rendy’s children’s Liturgy.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Jean Vanier Catholic School

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JV Mission & Vision Statements

Mission statement: We are a Catholic Community committed to developing educational opportunities in the context of the Gospel Values. A place where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Vision Statement: inspiring a faith-filled learner with a spirit for knowledge, risk-taking & exploration on their lifelong learning journey. Impart God’s teachings through respect, empathy, love and compassion for others.