Jean Vanier Catholic School

May 1st, 2020

Coronavirus Information in EICS

Please continue to reference the parent fact sheet - FAQs on the division website has it will be continually updated as information becomes available.

"Love First, Last, & Always"

“We don’t always get to pick the parable we’re living,

but we get to pick who we are in the parable”

- Bob Goff

If given the choice, I don’t think many of us would have chosen the circumstances currently facing us. The rug has been pulled out from under us and we are having to change how we move through our day. Everything feels different, and it is easy to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and lost.

But we have a choice. We have the ability to stand in this moment and decide how to move through it. As Bob Goff says, we can’t choose the parable we are living, but we can pick who we are in the parable. Today, choose to be the Good Samaritan. Be the father in the parable of Prodigal Son. Be the Faithful Servant. We can’t change this situation, but we can choose how we respond. Today, be the one in the parable who responds with love.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Join us for a Virtual Mass! May 6th at noon!

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Renaming of Jean Vanier School

At the February 27, 2020 Public Board Meeting, a motion was made to initiate a renaming process for Jean Vanier Catholic School. Thought Exchange was utilized to seek input and feedback from the community. A letter with all the information was emailed to all Jean Vanier staff and families. The information was placed on the school and EICS website and placed in the OLPH bulletin. The information was also shared with Archbishop Smith and L’Arche Canada.

Thought Exchange received 135 participants with 109 thoughts coming forward and 2626 stars rating the names. Top three names: St. Nicholas, The Good Shepherd, Holy Trinity. After reviewing the results of the consultation, the EICS Board of Trustees unanimously supported the name of St. Nicholas Catholic School, who is the schools patron saint. The Archdiocese of Edmonton supports this change. St. Nicholas Catholic school will officially open for the 2020-2021 school year!

This week's Kindness Challenge: Remember to Share your pictures with your teacher to share with our JV community

Draw a nice picture and give/share it with a friend/sibling/pet.

Next Week's Kindness Challenge:

Find a way to connect with 3 people (phone, FaceTime, or other ways) to tell them you love them and ask how they are doing while staying at home

Sharing some home online learning!

Hats On! Mental Health Awareness Day in our Virtual world!

Registrations for next year!

Although we currently are not in school at this time, we are still moving forward and planning for the 2020-2021 school year. We are taking new registrations at this time so please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to register through our division website

If you know that your child will not be attending Jean Vanier next year, we would ask that you call the school office (780-467-3633) and leave a message informing of your intentions.

Thank you!

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Online Learning Protocol

Dear Parent or Guardian, and Students

Please be aware that any videos, pictures or other instructional content shared with you are for instructional purposes only within your home and your child. These are not to be re-shared to other platforms or individuals.Your cooperation with regards to this is much appreciated!

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Family Wellness Newsletter

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Register Now - Ukrainian Bilingual KINDERGARTEN

CALLING ALL PARENTS - if you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 31st, REGISTER NOW for the Ukrainian Bilingual Kindergarten program next year!

Click on these links for more information:

Please share and spread the word to family, friends and the community!

Thanks for your support!

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We are now accepting registrations for the 2020/2021 school year! We are an English based program with some Ukrainian fun! Program is for 4 year old's and will be based out of Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. To obtain registration forms or if you have any questions, please contact Clayton Starko directly at (587) 336-2098 or

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This weeks bulletin is available here!

Although masses are cancelled until further notice, the church is still open for personal prayer. Archbishop Smith has granted all the Catholic faithful dispensation from our Sunday obligation.

Please check regularly for updates and for links to virtual masses.

Until further notice, here is the schedule for Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.
ALL MASSES AND ADORATION ARE LIVE STREAMED here or at ...please help us spread the word!

The church remains open for private prayer daily 7:30am-6:00pm, with Adoration at the times listed below. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at the times listed below. The parish office is open 7:30am-6:00pm daily.

• Monday to Saturday 8:30 am to 9:30 am
• Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
• Sundays 10:30-11:30, 12:30-1:30, 6:00-7:00 pm
• Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 8:30 am
• Tuesday and Thursday 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm
• Saturday 9:30 am to 11:00 am
• Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 pm
• Sundays 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

You may also choose to participate remotely in mass at Salt and Light TV or Vision TV, online with Archbishop Smith from St. Joseph's Basilica, or with Bishop Barron daily from his Word on Fire Chapel.

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OLPH Month of May
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St. Sophia's Parish Website

Divine Liturgies are currently suspended. Divine Liturgies are available virtually from St. Josaphat Cathedral (Edmonton) and St. Stephen Parish (Calgary).

Please see Bishop David's letter in response to the pandemic here.

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.