Jean Vanier Catholic School

February 14th, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

We are uniquely blessed here at Jean Vanier School to have both the Ukrainian Catholic and Roman Catholic rites a part of our school community’s faith traditions. These two rites have so much more in common than we may realize, and involving our students in masses and celebrations from both rites offers rich and meaningful learning opportunities that deepen and enrich our students' faith.

Next Wednesday, we have a school mass planned at the beautiful, newly built St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish! All classes will attend and we’d like to extend this invitation to our families, too! Mass begins at 10:00 am. If you are planning to join us, please connect with your child’s teacher. You do not need to be Ukrainian Catholic to celebrate with us; all are welcome!

As we look ahead, we will be celebrating two more masses in the coming weeks and we would like to extend an invitation to all of our families:

  • Ash Wednesday Mass at OLPH Parish, Wednesday Feb 26th at 1:00 pm

  • Adoration Mass in our school gym, Monday March 2nd at 10:30 am

Whether you attend mass every weekend or celebrate less regularly, please know that you are always welcome. If your schedule allows, please consider joining us at one of our upcoming masses!

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

New Chandelier Beauty at St.Sophia Church

It has 24 candles with depictions of apostles & saints. The centre icon is the church's saint, Saint Sophia
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Looking Ahead...

EICS Assurance Survey closes for Grade 4 parents on Feb. 20th

Mon. Feb. 17th: No School Enjoy your Family Day

Tues. Feb. 18th: Bend the Rules: - Bring a Stuffie and Bring a Toonie to support Valeda House

Wed. Feb. 19th: St. Sophia Mass at 10 am Join us

Thurs. Feb. 20th: ECS visit Telus World of Science

Fri. Feb. 21st: Ukrainian Students & 3S,3N &2A attend Vohon Presentation at 12:45 pm; JV Family Bingo Feb. 21st at 6 pm All are welcome!

Feb. 26th Mass at OLPH Ash Wednesday 1 pm

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 presentation about Taras Shevchenko

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Be like Jean Vanier: Act of Kindness & Love

EICS Board Highlights

Education Survey Plans

Dear Elk Island Catholic School Families,

Parent Surveys To Be Conducted

  • 1) Gr. 4, 7, 10 – Provincial Accountability Pillar Survey - January 13 / February 28 Online survey URL:

  • 2) EICS Assurance Survey –SurveyMonkey /Acct. Pillar – January 27 / February 20 –facilitated by CLS

    • Each family will receive a personalized custom email with the survey link.

    • Reminder emails will be sent if the survey has not been completed.

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

Adding Up in Chunks

Strategy Explained:

This strategy is based on students understanding that subtraction can be the difference or space between two numbers. 49 - 23

23 + 10 = 33

33 + 10 = 43

43 + 6 = 49

10 + 10 + 6 = 26


Be like Jean Vanier: Act of Kindness: 'Bend the Rules" chew gum & bring a tonnie to donate to Valeda House

Parent Council News

Bingo Prizes

We have not received many donations for Bingo prizes, our Bingo night is fast approaching, we would greatly appreciate any items for our kiddos. Please bring donations to our school office as early as possible.
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News from BUCPS

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

BUCPS Pub Night Tickets Available!

Gather your friends together and come out for a fun evening to support our Ukrainian Bilingual program!

Saturday, February 29th (Caffrey's - Sherwood Park) @7:00PM

Tickets are now for sale - please return order form and payment back to your school by Wednesday, February 19th!

If you need an order form, please email

Silent Auction Items Still Required!

To ensure the success of the Pub Night Fundraiser on February 29th, we are still seeking donations of high value items for the silent auction such as:

· hockey/sports tickets (Oilers, Oil Kings, Crusaders, Eskimos, etc.)

· sports jerseys

· sports memorabilia

· hotel vouchers, electronics

· gift cards

· fitness passes

If individuals/companies are able to make a monetary donation that we in turn can purchase items with, that would also be greatly appreciated! Names of individuals and companies who donate will be posted with the silent auction item(s), so it’s a great advertising opportunity as well. Donation letter is attached as well.

If you or anyone you know is able to contribute, please contact Angela Ewaskiw at (780) 908-0785 or

These fundraisers are crucial to the continuation of the cultural and educational opportunities BUCPS provides to the students of the Ukrainian Bilingual program.

Thank you for your continued support!

BUCPS Clothing/Swag Orders Due - Tuesday, February 18th

Your opportunity to order some BUCPS swag is quickly coming to an end!

We are offering the choice of hoodies, t-shirts, and sweatpants - all apparel will have the BUCPS logo on the left chest, (left thigh for sweatpants) and the Tryzub/Maple Leaf image on the back. The hoodie and t-shirt images will be silkscreened and the sweatpants will be embroidered. All clothing options will be in BLACK only.

Please find the order form below. The order deadline is Tuesday, February 18, 2020! Get your orders in to your respective school ASAP!

Orders will be delivered to the schools the week of March 9 - 13, 2020.

Please reach out to Lisa Melnychuk at 780-953-2222 if you have any questions.

Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool

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 will be based out Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. To obtain registration forms or if you have any questions, please email either or

*** We are also seeking volunteer Board members (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) Please reach out to your executive if you have any questions or wish to help. ***

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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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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.