Jean Vanier Catholic School

December 20th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Oh behalf of all of the Jean Vanier staff, thank you for journeying with us in prayer and preparation throughout Advent . It is truly a joy to learn alongside your beautiful children. May the wonder of Christmas, the joy of God's abundant blessings, and the peace of the Lord be with you always! May your family be blessed this Christmas season!

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

Mon. Jan. 6th: Welcome Back

Tues. Jan. 7th: Ukrainian Christmas Day; ; Assembly at 8:50 am; Priest visit Father Sathia; Hot Lunch Pasta Pantry

Wed. Jan. 8th: Early Out 2:13 pm

Thurs. Jan. 9th:

Fri. Jan. 10th: Ukrainian students Caroling at Strathcona Care

Advent Concert

Learning through Christ

Message from Elk Island Catholic Schools

Dear Parents and Staff:

Parents and Staff of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at Central Learning Services (310 Broadview Road) in Sherwood Park on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Blanket Exercise is an active participation learning activity based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. For further information, please view this KAIROS Blanket Exercise video.

Participants are asked to bring a blanket that can be placed on the floor and stepped on for this activity.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 13 by filling out this linked Google Form.

We will also have Eva Stang join us at this event. Eva, a Métis Culture and Knowledge Keeper, has been working with EICS this year, supporting the continued growth in staff and administrator knowledge of Indigenous perspectives.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin, Learning Services Consultant (

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PAC News

Next Meeting Date

Tuesday, January 14th @ 6:00 pm in the school library.

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Christmas Raffle Baskets

Parent Council is happy to announce that with all of your donations, and our community donations we have raised $2795 in total from our Christmas raffle baskets and VIP Seating!! $1398 will be added to the playground fund and the remaining will be used for in school improvements for our children. We are so proud to be apart of this generous village.

Merry Christmas

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

Strategy Explained: 7 + 5 When counting on, the child starts with one of the numbers and counts on from this point. Children should be encouraged to count on from the larger number as they get more comfortable with this strategy. Example “7...8, 9, 10, 11, 12”

News from BUCPS

Next meeting January 21st, 2020 at 7 pm

SAVE THE DATE - BUCPS Pub Night Fundraiser

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @Caffrey's (

Tickets will be $10/person and there will be a fantastic silent auction - bonus is that the Oilers will be playing that night as well!

The Fundraising Committee would love some more volunteers to help out with the event, as well as they are actively seeking amazing silent auction items. If you can help out in either of those areas, please contact Jen Stav at (780) 915-8572 or Angela Ewaskiw at (780) 908-0785, or by email at

All money raised from this event will be put towards enhancing your children's Ukrainian Bilingual education!

Please spread the word - further information will come out closer to the event date.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Confident Kids Safety Course

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Dec 15th

Christmas and New Year Mass Times:

December 24


Christmas Eve
4:00pm – Sanctuary
4:00pm – Parish Hall
6:30pm – Sanctuary
6:30 pm – Parish Hall
9:00pm – Sanctuary
Midnight – Sanctuary

Christmas Day
OLPH – 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 7:00pm
Tofield – 11:00am

December 31, 2019 Mary Holy Mother of God
New Year`s Eve
Vigil Mass 5:00pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00pm – 8:00am January 1, 2020

Holy Day of Obligation – January 1, 2020
Mary Holy Mother of God
OLPH – 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 7:00pm

Tofield – 11:00am

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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.
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