Jean Vanier Catholic School

Communication Corner March 18, 2016

"Every child, every person needs to know they are a source of joy; every child every person needs to be celebrated." Jean Vanier

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

As we enter into the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphant arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem days before he was crucified.

Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the re-enactment of Jesus's arrival into Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus enters Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, and possibly small palms in front of him as a sign of homage.

A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.

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Lord Jesus, the last week of your life

was filled with many emotions.

Because you were human, you felt pain and fear.

Because you are divine, you had to see it through to the end.

You could have stopped the pain and suffering,

but you loved us so much you said yes.

Thank-you for winning life over death for us.

Thank-you for overcoming sin and evil for us.

Thank-you for opening the gates of heaven

so someday we can be happy with you there.


Prayers before the bell, Inviting Christ into the Classroom

By Betty Manion

Three Way Conferences

We will be holding parent – student – teacher conferences March 22 and 23rd . Beginning Monday March 14th at 9:00 am, you will be able to book your conference time online at, using event code ar24t. Interview times for those students on ISP’s have already been booked on your behalf by the school, and times have been emailed, and sent home with your child.

See what is happening at our school this week

Parent Assurance Survey

In our continuing effort to increase school effectiveness, we will be implementing an online survey for parents - Parent Assurance Survey.

The Parent Assurance Survey is an online survey that allows parents to give their input into school improvement initiatives. All parents will be given an opportunity to participate. You are encouraged to complete the survey, but may choose not to. The purpose of this process of gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information is to assist in the creation of the schools three year education plan that continues to move and improve our school. Our ultimate goal is to impact student learning and to ensure that children are successful.

Successful schools foster greater communication with parents, encourage parental involvement in their child's schoolwork, and enlist parents to volunteer at the school and participate in school governance. Please note, only one survey per person will be registered by the program. The survey is now available until Wednesday April 15th.

The Parent Assurance Survey can be accessed at

If you are not able to complete the survey at home, we will have Chromebooks set up at the school during parent teacher interviews on March 22 and 23 for you to complete the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

Counsellor Update

I will be available during the parent / teacher conferences on the evening of Tuesday March 22 to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your child's emotional or social progress.

Also, our Sharing Circle Program for children experiencing a divorce or separation have been meeting regularly for the past several weeks. To those children that are participating, thank-you to the parents that have consented to their participation.

Enjoy the upcoming Spring Break,

Mr. Bishu Fras

Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool

The Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool will be having an Open House on May 5th, 2016 at 6:30 in the school library. For more information, please see below:

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Spring Cleaning Contest

Bring in your used batteries during the month of April as our school is participating in a Spring Cleaning Contest with Call2Recycle. Battery recycling boxes will be placed throughout the school. By helping the environment, you can also help our school win cash prizes. The school that collects the most used batteries for recycling could win up to $2,500. For more information please visit:

Upcoming Events at JV

March 20th: Palm Sunday

March 24th: PD Day - No school for students - Holy Thursday

March 25th: Good Friday

March 25 - April 4th: Spring Break

March 27th: Easter Sunday

April 5th: First day of classes

April 6th: Early dismissal - 2:13

April 6th: Grade 3 classes walk to OLPH parish for 9:30 am mass

April 7th: Ukrainian Grade 1 to John Janzen Nature Centre

April 8th: PSC Family Bingo

April 13th: Hot Lunch: Nitza's

April 14th: Easter Basket Blessing

April 15th:PD Day: No school for students

Three Way Conferences

Tuesday, March 22nd, 5pm

Jean Vanier Catholic School, 109 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

Three Way Conferences

Wednesday, March 23rd, 5pm

109 Georgian Way

Sherwood Park, AB

Spring Break March 24th - April 4th 2016.

Thursday, March 24th, 12am

109 Georgian Way

Sherwood Park, AB