Jean Vanier Catholic School

June 21st, 2019

Jean Vanier: Our School's namesake: Be Like Jean Vanier celebrating Unity during the Month of June

Jean Vanier taught to see the gifts of each other and it is okay for having differences.

“To love someone is to show them their beauty, their worth and their importance.” ~Jean Vanier

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Looking Ahead

Mon. June 24th: 1S Valley Zoo field trip, Grade 2-year end field trip

Tues. June 25th: Whole School Fun Day & Lunch 11:30-3:30 PM (Volunteers needed) Bring $2, School spirit day "Show your Canada Spirit" In anticipation of summer holidays (and Canada Day), students are encouraged to wear red and white and any Canada gear they have.

Wed. June 26th: Grade 3 & 4 Swimming at Millennium Place in AM. Bring a towel and swimsuit!

Thurs. June 27th: Last day of School; Grade 4-year-end Celebration 9 AM Everyone welcome! Report Cards Go Live at 4:00pm

Planning for the 2019-2020 School year.

If your child/children will not be attending Jean Vanier next year, we would kindly ask that you share that information with the school office or your child's teacher. Having enrollment data that is as accurate as possible assists us in our planning.

**For 2019-20 we will be running Full day kindergarten classes. Our English language program will run on Tuesdays & Thursday with alternating Fridays. Our Ukrainian program will run on Monday and Wednesdays with alternating Fridays.

**Due to low enrollment, we will no longer be running a Preschool program for 2019-20 School year.

A message from the School Administration

As we wrap up the 2018-2019 school year we want to share some information and changes with regards to next year. All of the schools within Elk Island Catholic School Division were directed by the board to build their 2019-2020 school budget based on a 2% reduction in funding. As a result of this we, like all of the schools in the division will be running some combined classes in order to balance our budget. For the 2019-2020 school year we will be running the following classes:

  • English Kindergarten - 2 classes of 19 students
  • Ukrainian Kindergarten - 1 class of 25 students
  • English Gr. 1 - 2 classes of 19,
  • Ukrainian Gr. 1/2 - combined class of 21
  • English Gr. 2 - 1 class of 26
  • Ukrainian Gr. 2/3 combined class of 25
  • English Gr. 3 - 2 classes of 20
  • Ukrainian Gr. 3/4 combined class of 25
  • English Gr. 4 - 2 classes of 22

Please view the Fact Sheet below, regarding the cessation of the School Supplies program and other fee changes that will be implemented for the September 2019 school year.

God Bless!

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Celebration of Learning: Student competency: Problem Solvers: What are we learning this week at JV?



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News from Parent Council (PAC)

It is with great excitement that we pass on to you that our school has been selected to update our playground. The upcoming school year will be busy with fundraising and planning for this exciting opportunity. Parent Council is looking for help in all areas of this process. If you would like to be a part of the planning process please join us at our monthly meetings.

Annual General Meeting
If you would like a voice in your child’s school please join us on September 9th for our AGM. We will be having our elections at 6pm in the library and all parents are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in running for a position or have questions please contact your current Parent Council at
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News from BUCPS

Registration for 2019-2020

Registration for all new students (Kindergarten to Grade 4) is now open. To register your child or to direct a friend or relative to register their child please go to our division website to register. Register here

Ukrainian Bilingual Kindergarten Registration

Registration is OPEN!

To register for the Ukrainian Bilingual Kindergarten program in the 2019-2020 school year, your child must be five years old on or before December 31, 2019.

Follow this link to find out more information on Kindergarten Registration:


As many of you have already heard, due to low enrollment, EICS has cancelled the Pre-K programs at Jean Vanier for next year. Since then, BUCPS has met with the Jean Vanier Administration and EICS Central Learning Services to review and discuss our options related to the Pre-K program.

EICS has confirmed that they would allow us to use the same space and materials in the Pre-K room at Jean Vanier to possibly run our Sadochok (Pre-K) program next year. Although this is very exciting news, there is still lots of work to be done. First, we need to confirm how many students would enroll if we ran the program.

*** Our ask of you is to please respond and reach out to those who may be interested in a Sadochok program next year and have them get in contact with BUCPS as soon as possible. ***

We would also ask those families who are interested to respond to the following questions:

Would you prefer 3 or 4 days per week?

Which days of the week?

Would you prefer mornings or afternoons?

If 3 days - would Monday, Wednesday and Thursday work to align with the Monday/Wednesday UK Kindergarten class (we only suggest this as it may make transporting our little ones easier)?

Please reach out to us by email:

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from those families very soon.

Your BUCPS Executive

EICS Community Information

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Mass Times

8:30am Seven Days a Week

6:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 7:00pm
Sunday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi in Tofield, AB

Divine Liturgy Sunday 10:00 am

  • 1st Sunday of the month "Children's Liturgy" in English
  • 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month regular Liturgy in English
  • Last Sunday of the month - regular Liturgy with Ukrainian Response

Children's Sunday School Programs every Sunday except during Children's Liturgy (1st Sunday of the month).

please contact Lisa Melnychuk at (780)922-0201 or email

2018-2019 School Calendar

2019-2020 School Calendar

Jean Vanier Catholic School

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