Jean Vanier Catholic School

February 21st, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Indigenous history and culture is rich with wisdom and real-world connections. As a school, we are committed to honouring and deepening our appreciation for our Indigenous ancestors. Each month, we focus on one of the 7 Sacred Indigenous teachings, which connects beautifully to our Catholic faith as well as the values of our namesake, Jean Vanier.

For the month of February, we are focusing on LOVE and we are encouraged to be like the eagle. The eagle demonstrates love and loyalty by staying with its mate for life. Together they build their nest, take turns sitting on the eggs and work to raise their young. Like the eagle, we should show love and create peace by accepting others and by cooperating when working together to achieve goals.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been blessed to have the Indigenous Map at our school. This large map features treaty boundaries, reserves, Indigenous symbols, and key dates throughout history across our beautiful country. Classes have been engaged in a variety of lessons to deepen their appreciation and understanding of our Indigenous ancestors.

We have so many lessons and so much history to learn from our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Stay tuned as we continue to explore our Indigenous history!

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

We are learning about Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Looking Ahead...

Mon. Feb. 24th:

Tues. Feb. 25th: Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Lunch bring a toonie;

Wed. Feb. 26th: Walk to Mass at OLPH for Ash Wednesday at 1 pm Please Join Us! Support Pink Shirt Day: wear pink to take kindness to new heights

Thurs. Feb. 27th:

Fri. Feb. 28th:

Sat. February 29 - BUCPS Pub Night Fundraiser (Caffrey's Sherwood Park)

March 2nd Adoration Mass at JV

March 5th: Kindergarten Open House

Our next assembly Tues. March 10th at 8:50 am hosted by 3/4C

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Be like Jean Vanier: Act of Kindness & Love

Coming together to celebrate Mass at St.Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church

Learning happens in multiple ways

Celebrating 100 days of learning: Growing smarter and wiser

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EICS Board Highlights

Education Survey Plans

Dear Elk Island Catholic School Families,

Parent Surveys To Be Conducted

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

SUBTRACTION: Removal in Chunks

Strategy Explained:

This strategy is essentially ‘take-away’ but using more efficient counting strategies to do so.

49 - 23=

49 - (10 +10 +3) = 26

OR 49 - 23 =

49 - 20 = 29 29 - 3 = 26

Be like Jean Vanier: Act of Kindness: 'Bend the Rules" JV donated $993 to Valeda House

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Parent Council News

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News from BUCPS

Next meeting March 10th, 2020 at 7 pm at St. Theresa

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We are now accepting registrations for the 2020/2021 school year! We are an English based preschool program with some Ukrainian fun! Program is for 4 year old's and is based out of Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. Please visit or for more information. To obtain registration forms or if you have any questions, please email either or


Online registration opens on February 1st!

To register for the Ukrainian Bilingual Kindergarten program for the 2020/2021 school year, your child must be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2020.

Click on this link for more information:

Caregiver Education Series

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Feb 23

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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

To contact any of our staff members via email, on our website under the "Contact" tab, is a contact 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.

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.