Jean Vanier Catholic School

October 4th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Grade 4 is an exciting year for so many reasons! Students can bring their own device, they are the “big kids on campus”, and of course, they are all part of our Jean Vanier Leadership Teams! Every Grade 4 student is a member on one of four leadership teams; Healthy Living, Ukrainian, School Spirit, & Young Citizens!

These leadership teams are very busy around the school. Students take on roles at assembles, they manage the recycling & compost programs, they plan school-wide events, and so much more. But no matter the task, we are trying to teach these young leaders to lead like Jesus, with a servant’s heart. We want them to see leadership as an opportunity to serve others humbly and generously.

As adults, too, we choose how we lead. Whether at the office, coaching our child’s team, or volunteering in the community, we too are called to lead like Jesus. How can we lead by example with a servant’s heart?

Next week our Grade 4 Leadership Teams will go on a retreat to build community and deepen their faith. Please pray for our newest leaders as they begin this powerful journey of leading like Jesus!

A Message from our school Chaplin - Mrs. Beliveau

Looking Ahead...

Mon. Oct. 7th: Grade 4s at Camp Van Es for Leadership Retreat; PAC meeting at 6 pm All are welcome; Feast day of our Lady of the Rosary

Fri. Oct. 11th: No School

Oct. 18- Family Fall Dance

Oct. 24- Picture Retake Day

Oct. 25- ECS M/W & Sadochok Retake Day

Start collecting your old shoes

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News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

Next Meeting - Oct 7th @ 6:00pm in the school library - All parents are welcome!

Family Dance Oct 18th!


Strathcona County has a replacement schedule for playgrounds and the current wooden play structure will be replaced during the summer of 2021!! As a community, we have the unique opportunity to have input into the design features and set-up of the new playground! We also have the opportunity to work with the County in raising funds of up to $20,000 to be matched by grants to add to the new play structure!!

We are in need of parents to participate on a committee to supply input on playground design and look into grant options and fundraising. If you are willing to be part of the committee, we would love to hear from you! This is an EXCELLENT way to get involved in the school and have a lasting impact on our community! If you are willing to help out please contact Shawna Molnar(PAC president)at or please call the school at 780-467-3633 to express your interest in helping with this important project!

News from BUCPS


A big thank you to everyone who attended the BUCPS Family Fall Zabava last Friday (September 27th)! It was a great success with the best turnout we've seen in years! Of special note, we would like to thank Amanda Ferdycz for the delicious meal, Tyler Hawryluk/Widynowski's for donating kobasa for the meal, and to all of our student and community volunteers that helped throughout the evening. We appreciate the support! Dyakuyu!


The next scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, November 19 @7:00PM at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School.

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Fall Program Guide for FCS

Parenting sessions in the community

What does Learning look like at JV?

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Find out what is happening at OLPH!

Parish Bulletin for September 29, 2019!

What: OLPH Parish Member Engagement Survey

Who: All members aged 18 and older, and anyone who considers him or herself a part of the OLPH Parish

Why: To gather your views on the health of our parish. Your participation in the Gallup Survey will help set a future spiritual pathway for our OLPH Parish. Engaged parishes are flourishing faith communities!

When: September 27 – October 20/19

How: You can to complete the survey one of 3 ways:

· Use this link on your Smart Phone, Tablet or Home Computer: Connect to Gallup URL:


· Go to OLPH Website: – click on

Link to Gallup URL:


· Paper Survey. Available at all weekend Masses, the Parish Office and Catholic Schools in Sherwood Park and Ardrossan between September 27 – October 20/19. Complete and drop into Gallup Survey Box in Foyer of Church and/or in Gallup Survey Box at Parish Office.

Please call the Parish Office if you have any questions (780-467-5470).

The Gallup Survey is anonymous. All members of household ages 18 and older participate complete individually. One survey per person.


Ecumenical Mission October 6-9

This year’s Ecumenical Mission is titled "Interfaith Intersections” and is being led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman. Interfaith conversations are an important reality in our increasingly diverse world. This October, Dr. Sharman will be exploring several questions in this regard: First, he will be looking at the scriptural, theological, and historical reasons why Christians need to be having these encounters. Second, he will be talking about the way these interfaith interactions have something to teach us about Christian ecumenical conversations. As it turns out, there are many 'intersections' between these two paths of dialogue, with gifts to be given and received in both directions. Come and find out more at this month’s Ecumenical Mission.

The brochure with the complete schedule is attached.

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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

10:00 am on Sunday at Madonna school 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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