Jean Vanier Catholic School

January 17th, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

We are nearly halfway through our school year and our students are making amazing gains! There have been successful days, challenging days, exciting days, exhausting days, and more! It has been busy and our kids have learned so much! We couldn’t be more proud!

We all want what is best for our kids. We want them to be happy and successful. But how do we define success? Have we ever stopped to consider success through God’s eyes?

God isn’t looking for the best reader or the brightest mathematician, the fastest hockey player or the most skilled pianist. While these achievements are valuable and important, what God wants is our hearts. He wants us to love Him and love others. That’s how God defines success.

Let’s consider bringing our definition of success for our children closer to God’s definition. Are our children kind? Do they care for others? Are the patient? Sincere? Helpful? Generous? Compassionate? God defines success in terms of love. Love is the bottom line

As we head into the second part of our school year, let’s keep encouraging our learners to work hard, be curious, and tackle their goals. But let’s also keep God’s definition of success in the forefront. Being loving is what truly matters.

“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

( No Assembly this week)

Mon. Jan. 20th:

Tues. Jan 21st: Priest visit - Father Balraj, Ukrainian Bilingual students attend Feast of Jordon celebration at St. Theresa at 1 pm Wear Ukrainian blouse or shirt Parents welcome; BUCPS Meeting @7PM at JV library

Wed. Jan. 22nd: Creating Colour field trip 1/2D

Thurs. Jan. 23rd: Hot lunch Bev Facey

Fri. Jan. 24th:

Due to the semester cut off, Bev Facey had to change our hot lunch from January 21st to January 23rd.

JV Kindergarten Open House March 5th 6:30-7:30 pm

Feb. 6 &7th: Teacher's Convention No School

Sat. February 29 - BUCPS Pub Night Fundraiser (Caffrey's Sherwood Park)

Hot lunch "Cycle 2 Winter 2020" is now available and the deadline is January 31st

Hot lunch ordering for the next cycle will be available from January 17th, 2020 till January 31st, 2020.

Please note that the hot lunch dates are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to accommodate all the kindergarten classes, please double check that your kindergarten child will be at school on the day you have chosen.

There will be a third hot lunch cycle this year, please watch for it in spring. Thank you to everyone who supported this program through ordering and volunteering your time to hand out lunches.

Please contact Tara at or Holly at with any questions or concerns.

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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 Thursday, January 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please note that this is the updated date after the original date was changed due to the extreme cold on the 15th.

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 20 by filling out this linked Google Form: Blanket Exercise Rescheduled - January 23. If you can attend, please register using this link even if you had registered using the earlier link for January 15.

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.

Although there are versions of this activity that are appropriate for young children, the version we will be using is geared more toward older youth and adults.

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

EICS Board Highlights

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

Doubles/Near Doubles:

Strategy Explained: 6 + 7 When using doubles or near doubles, the child uses the recall of their doubles facts to help them efficiently add. Example “I know 6 plus 6 is 12, so 6 + 7 is one more than that...13” 6 + 6 = 12 SO 6 + 6 + 1 = 13

Creative learning with a winter chilly theme

What does Indoor Recess look like at JV?

News from BUCPS

Next meeting January 21st, 2020 at 7 pm

BUCPS Pub Night Fundraiser - Actively Seeking Silent Auction Donations!

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 is actively seeking amazing silent auction items! See poster and Donation Request Letter for more information on this event. Please contact Angela Ewaskiw at (780) 908-0785 and she will coordinate donation pickups.

All money raised from this event will be put towards enhancing your children's Ukrainian Bilingual education - thanks in advance for your support!


Online registration opens on February 1st!

To register for the Ukrainian Bilingual Kindergarten program for the 2020/2021 school year, your child must be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2020.

Click on this link for more information:

Confident Kids Safety Course

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - January 19

It's not too late to register children for Sacramental Preparation this year!

Registration & Parent Orientation Night for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation

Monday January 27 at 7:30pm

Any questions call Natalie at OLPH Parish 780-467-5470

More details here:

We invite ALL our families to Like, Follow & Share our parish Facebook Page to help keep up on faith formation and community-building events!

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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.