Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 14th, 2018

Leadership Message

As our grade 4 students embark on their leadership journey this year to become leaders at JV through their active participation on their Leadership Teams: Ukrainian, Healthy Living, School Spirit, & Young Citizen, they will be learning about important ways to Lead like Jesus. By being compassionate, being a servant, being a good listener, and being inspirational. We know they will be the best they can be.

Luke 6:31 "Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

JV Teaching Staff 2018-2019

Kindergarten English/Ukrainian: Mrs. Sombyk, Mrs. Nestorowich

Grade 1 English: Mrs. Beliveau, Mrs. Stychyshyn

Grade 1 Ukrainian: Pani Dziwenko

Grade 2 English: Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Weir

Grade 2 Ukrainian: Pani Lesoway

Grade 3 English: Mrs. Spooner, Mrs. Rockwell

Grade 3 Ukrainian: Pani Malko

Grade 4 English: Mrs. Rafuse

Grade 4 English/French: Mrs. LeBel

Grade 4 Ukrainian: Pani Cokan

Music: Mr. Grudzinski

Collaborative Response Coordinator: Miss Agnes Wiunow

Family Wellness Worker: Miss Krista Matheson

Principal: Mr. Marshall

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Rafuse

Welcome our New Pre-K Staff at JV

Keeping our school safe...Visiting the school Protocol

We are committed to ensuring a safe school for your children. Parents and visitors we ask you to please sign in at the office before walking the halls of the school. We ask, if you are volunteering or coming into the school for ANY reason, please sign in and let us know you are here in the building. Our responsibility in the office is knowing who is in the building at all times, especially in the case of emergency.

We also would like to kindly ask parents to wait outside at the doors for your children to be dismissed. Our halls become far too congested to have and extra bodies at the end of the day and students are working hard to learn routines. Thank-you for your cooperation and assistance with ensuring JV is a safe place for all students.


Always keep parking lot rules and safety at the forefront of any driving decisions you make in and around our school community. Every child deserves the utmost care and safety we can provide. Taking a few extra and cautious moments can make the difference and while some of the rules can seem over the top, preventing a serious accident or tragedy is the priority.

As we have more staff this year, parents are not permitted to park in the staff parking lot on the west side of the building. Do not drop off or pick up students from this parking lot. Parking is available up and down the street on Georgian Way.

Pick up is at 3:14 p.m. Students are to meet their parents outside the school. There is no supervision for students after 3:24 p.m. Please pick up your children no later than 3:24 pm.

No Parking in the Drop Off Zone

Using the parking lot as a drop off area creates a traffic jam in and around the school communities. Please respect the signs, our students, and each other.

If there are no parking spots available, please do not use the driving lanes as a drop off spot, or waiting area. Consider parking along Georgian Way, in behind our school on Garnet Cres, or up along Glamorgan Drive. Parking along the streets, and in behind the school creates an opportunity to walk with your child and catch up on their day, while avoiding the stress of the parking lot.

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We are an APPLE school!

APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused program that focuses on healthy eating, physical literacy, and mental health. We are committed at JV to teach, model, and provide opportunities for each of our students to develop life-long healthy habits. We continue to appreciate all of your support. Along with Mr. Marshall, Mrs. Rafuse, and all of our staff, we have Mrs. LeBel as our Healthy Champion Coach! Thanks for taking on this leadership role!

Aligning with our Apple School philosophy and our EICS Nutrition Administrative Procedure, we ask that all parents and school staff ensure strategies are in place to foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote safe, healthy eating. We recognize that breaking bread is an important element of our faith community and there will be times where we come together to share food in a celebratory manner. At these times, we will try to serve choices from the Choose Most Often and Choose Sometimes categories.

For nutrition purposes and because of the complexity of allergies at our school, we have asked staff and parents to please not bring in any food from home for class distribution such as; birthday cupcakes. While we recognize the value of celebrating in this manner, our commitment to the health and safety of our students takes precedence. Thank-you for your understanding.

Next Assembly Tuesday Sept 18th at 12:30 pm All welcome!

So much awesome Learning during the second Week of School


Thank you to all the families and staff that bought and sold apples for our Apple fundraiser. Together we raised $1,390. Proceeds go to the purchase of our Grade 4 Leadership t-shirts.

We are in need of some volunteers to help with the Apple distribution and the Family Dance! If you are able to help please contact the office or email the PAC at the address below. Pickup for the apples is Thursday, September 20th, between 2:50pm - 6:00pm. A reminder that there is no school the next day, so you will not be able to pick up your apples Friday in the event you forget. Thanks again.
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Volunteers needed for various roles, come to our first PAC meeting in September for more information or to just see what we do for your children. Or email

Welcome Dance Thursday, September, 20th

Mark your calendars and save the date! Order forms for pizza and refreshments will go out Monday Sept. 10

Come help us celebrate our Schools name sakes 90th Birthday!

Join us on September 18th 6:30 pm

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Grade 4 parents Join Us in the Library from 7:00- 7:15 during Meet the Teacher Night to Learn about Technology in our Grade 4 classrooms

News from BUCPS

BUCPS is kicking off the year with its Annual General Meeting that will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Jean Vanier Catholic School library. Our first regular BUCPS Meeting will take place immediately after the AGM at 7:30 p.m. All parents are invited and we welcome you to attend! Moving forward, we encourage parents to attend these meetings regularly, as they will help keep you informed to upcoming events or initiatives BUCPS is working on, as well as provides an opportunity for parents to provide feedback. As a volunteer group, we are always looking to improve and with your support we feel that this will strengthen the Ukrainian program even further in Sherwood Park.

We are actively seeking 2 other roles to help out our Executive - a Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, as well as a Website Coordinator. If you have an interest in either of those roles, please email for more information.

Mark your calendars for our BUCPS Annual Family Fall Zabava. It will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Ardrossan Community Hall. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the Dance will follow at 8:00 p.m. We will also need volunteers for a variety of positions relating to set-up, silent auction, bartending and event takedown. In addition, we are seeking donations of SILENT AUCTION ITEMS to add to the festivities. Items may be left at the JV and St. Theresa school offices in attention of BUCPS. Please contact Clayton Starko at if you are able to help with this much anticipated event!

Thank you to Irene Sombyk for continuing to teach our annual Fall Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes. Classes will be held at Jean Vanier School on Tuesday evenings, starting October 9th and ending December 4th from 7:00-9:00PM. Cost for the 8 weeks is $160.00 plus $10.00. Please email if you or someone you know is interested.

Visit us on Facebook (Sherwood Park Bilingual Program) and follow us on Twitter (@SPUkrProgram). Keep in touch with our current news and activities, as well as relevant information from the Ukrainian community!

What's Happening at JV in September

Tues. Sept 18th Afternoon Assembly 12:30 pm JOIN US

Tues, Sept 18th Meet the Teacher Night 6:30 pm Everyone Welcome Grade 4 parents welcome to join your teachers in the Library from 7:00- 7:15 pm to learn about what technology looks like in Grade 4 classrooms

Fri. Sept 21st No School Professional Development for Teachers

Tues. Sept. 25th 12:30 Bible Presentation for Grade 4s in the Gym ALL welcome

Tues. Sept 25th 2 pm Terry Fox Run Join Us

Wed. Sept. 26th School Wide Bus Evacuation Drill 9 am

Wed. Sept 26th Icon Photo Day

Thurs. Sept. 27th Grade 4 Leadership Retreat to Camp Van Es

Fri. Sept. 28th Orange Shirt Day: wear orange to support Indigenous Culture

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Hello All,

Please join us for a parent webinar series aimed at supporting student competencies and positive mental health, using a comprehensive school health approach. The first webinar, of a three part series developed in partnership with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and Alberta Health Services, will be held on September 19th at 7:00-8:00pm.

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We are St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish… a community of over 250 members mostly residing in and around Strathcona County. This year is a very exciting time for our Parish as we have made the announcement to start development of a brand new church in Sherwood Park.