Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 20th, 2018

*Reminder* No School Tomorrow Sept. 21st PD Day

Leadership Message

Walking together in God’s love and the beauty of compassion. “The church is not about the building. It’s about the people inside,” said Bishop David at Opening Liturgy for the Ukrainian Bilingual Students at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic church on Wednesday. He also talked about The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and how Jesus is thirsty for others to be compassionate. The understanding and caring for others. Just as Jean Vanier believes that it is all about respect and compassion.

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Changing Weather

It's that time of year again where we leave the house when it's sunny and by the time we go home at the end of the school day, it could be snowing. Please pack extra clothing in your child's backpack for those unstable weather day. Our students will go outside for recess unless it's raining/snowing or reaches -25C on winter days.

Jean Vanier Cross Country Running Club

Does your child enjoy the outdoors, loves to run and wants to do this with friends from school! If the answer is YES! Come join the Jean Vanier Cross Country Running Club! All you need is a pair of running shoes, a little enthusiasm and proper clothing to embrace our Mother Nature as we will try to run outdoors rain, snow or shine

We will run the program for 5 consecutive weeks on Friday afternoons afterschool from 3:14 until 4:00pm starting this upcoming Friday, September 28 until October 26, 2018. Please note the long weekend Friday, Oct 5 run will be moved to the Thursday, October 4 at the same time!

If your child is interested, please stay tuned as an email will be sent out early next week with a consent form to be returned to the school prior to our first run. Thanks and we look forward to seeing your little runner on Friday, September 28!

Melanie Kell, Holly Zacharko and Elaine Chance

Wednesday, Sept. 26th

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Bring a Toonie for our Terry Fox Run Sept. 25th Join Us

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Walking Together in God's Love: Ukrainian Liturgy at St.Basil Church

Keeping our school safe...Visiting the school Protocol

We are committed to ensuring a safe school for your children. Parents and visitors we ask you to please sign in at the office before walking the halls of the school. We ask, if you are volunteering or coming into the school for ANY reason, please sign in and let us know you are here in the building. Our responsibility in the office is knowing who is in the building at all times, especially in the case of emergency.

We also would like to kindly ask parents to wait outside at the doors for your children to be dismissed. Our halls become far too congested to have and extra bodies at the end of the day and students are working hard to learn routines. Thank-you for your cooperation and assistance with ensuring JV is a safe place for all students.


Always keep parking lot rules and safety at the forefront of any driving decisions you make in and around our school community. Every child deserves the utmost care and safety we can provide. Taking a few extra and cautious moments can make the difference and while some of the rules can seem over the top, preventing a serious accident or tragedy is the priority.

As we have more staff this year, parents are not permitted to park in the staff parking lot on the west side of the building. Do not drop off or pick up students from this parking lot. Parking is available up and down the street on Georgian Way.

Pick up is at 3:14 p.m. Students are to meet their parents outside the school. There is no supervision for students after 3:24 p.m. Please pick up your children no later than 3:24 pm.

No Parking in the Drop Off Zone

Using the parking lot as a drop off area creates a traffic jam in and around the school communities. Please respect the signs, our students, and each other.

If there are no parking spots available, please do not use the driving lanes as a drop off spot, or waiting area. Consider parking along Georgian Way, in behind our school on Garnet Cres, or up along Glamorgan Drive. Parking along the streets, and in behind the school creates an opportunity to walk with your child and catch up on their day, while avoiding the stress of the parking lot.

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We are an APPLE school!

APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused program that focuses on healthy eating, physical literacy, and mental health. We are committed at JV to teach, model, and provide opportunities for each of our students to develop life-long healthy habits. We continue to appreciate all of your support. Along with Mr. Marshall, Mrs. Rafuse, and all of our staff, we have Mrs. LeBel as our Healthy Champion Coach! Thanks for taking on this leadership role!

Aligning with our Apple School philosophy and our EICS Nutrition Administrative Procedure, we ask that all parents and school staff ensure strategies are in place to foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote safe, healthy eating. We recognize that breaking bread is an important element of our faith community and there will be times where we come together to share food in a celebratory manner. At these times, we will try to serve choices from the Choose Most Often and Choose Sometimes categories.

For nutrition purposes and because of the complexity of allergies at our school, we have asked staff and parents to please not bring in any food from home for class distribution such as; birthday cupcakes. While we recognize the value of celebrating in this manner, our commitment to the health and safety of our students takes precedence. Thank-you for your understanding.

Next Assembly Tuesday Sept 25th Grade 4 Bible Presentation All welcome!

Connected Learning


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Volunteers needed for various roles, come to our first PAC meeting in September for more information or to just see what we do for your children. Or email

First PAC Meeting Sept. 24 6:00pm JV Library

News from BUCPS

BUCPS Family Fall Zabava

Mark your calendars for our BUCPS Annual Family Fall Zabava. It will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Ardrossan Community Hall.

Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the Dance will follow at 8:00 p.m.

We will also need volunteers for a variety of positions relating to set-up, silent auction, bartending and event takedown.

In addition, we are seeking donations of SILENT AUCTION ITEMS to add to the festivities. Items may be left at the JV and St. Theresa school offices in attention of BUCPS.

Please contact Clayton Starko at if you are able to help with this much anticipated event!

Tickets and payment due Tuesday, September 25th!

BUCPS AGM & Monthly Meeting

BUCPS is kicking off the year with its Annual General Meeting that will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM in the Jean Vanier Catholic School library. Our first regular BUCPS Meeting will take place immediately after the AGM at 7:30 p.m. All parents are invited and we welcome you to attend!

Open BUCPS Executive Roles

We are actively seeking 2 other roles to help out our Executive - a Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, as well as a Website Coordinator. If you have an interest in either of those roles, please email for more information.

Fall Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes

Thank you to Irene Sombyk for continuing to teach our annual Fall Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes. Classes will be held at Jean Vanier School on Tuesday evenings from October 9th to December 4th from 7:00-9:00PM. Cost for the 8 weeks is $160.00 plus $10.00. Please email if you or someone you know is interested.

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Mon. Sept.24th- PAC Meeting 6pm JV Library

Tues. Sept. 25th 12:30 Bible Presentation for Grade 4s in the Gym ALL welcome

Tues. Sept 25th 2 pm Terry Fox Run Join Us

Wed. Sept. 26th School Wide Bus Evacuation Drill 9 am

Wed. Sept 26th Icon Photo Day

Thurs. Sept. 27th Grade 4 Leadership Retreat to Camp Van Es

Fri. Sept. 28th Orange Shirt Day: wear orange to support Indigenous Culture

Fri. Sept. 28 - BUCPS Family Fall Zabava (Ardrossan Community Hall)

Mon. Oct.1– BUCPS AGM & Monthly Meeting @7PM (JV Library)

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2018-2019 Approved School Calendar

Jean Vanier Catholic School

To contact any of our staff members via email, on our website under the "Contact" tab, is a conatct form that you can fill out. Select the staff member from the dropdown box you wish to contact, fill in your name, your email address, your message and hit send. Staff will receive emails and respond within 24-48 hours. Thank-you.

Altar Servers

Anyone who has made their First Communion

Did you know you have the opportunity to share your time and talents in the service of God and the Church? Please consider volunteering as an altar server. An altar server helps during Mass. There is a training session to teach you what you need to do.

Contact: Louise at


Or Diane at 780-467-8470

Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion: contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or at

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We are St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish… a community of over 250 members mostly residing in and around Strathcona County. This year is a very exciting time for our Parish as we have made the announcement to start development of a brand new church in Sherwood Park.