Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 16 2016

"Every child, every person needs to know they are a source of joy; every child every person needs to be celebrated." Jean Vanier

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JV Leadership Message

Happy Birthday to our namesake, Jean Vanier! What a gift from God Jean Vanier is to our world. He continues to be an extraordinaire model of compassion, acceptance, and humility. Our amazing PSC (Parent School Council) hosted a wonderful, Welcome Back and Happy Birthday Jean Vanier family dance! A great turn out, smiles all around, and even our some of our friends from L'Arche came to boogie! Many thanks to all those who volunteered their time and energy in any way, we are truly grateful for your service in bringing our JV village together.

As we celebrate our 12th day at school, it was amazing to reflect on how many milestones, learning celebrations, new opportunities, problems solved, and new friendships have evolved! We recognize that many of the bumps and challenges your child sometimes faces at school can feel overwhelming and can create some anxiety for both students and parents. You are always your child's first teacher and how you model the approach to solving problems makes a big difference in building resiliency and developing positive coping tools for your child. As professional educators in a K-4 learning environment, we do not want to remove all challenges for your child but rather, support and help them develop healthy and positive coping tools so they can grow to be the amazing people God has called them to be. Please try to remember that during the school day, there are many "moments"; some great, some difficult, some overwhelming, and some amazing! As you ask your child about the day, try to focus on moments rather than days.

Carol Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and how to foster success. As we celebrate a, "Growth Mindset" with your child, here are some very positive and effective questions to ask your child about "how was school today" that can build resiliency and problem-solving skills.

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PD Day Tomorrow

Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow, September 16th, as it is a PD Day for staff.

As we gather tomorrow to grow our brains, we thank-you for your continued support and prayers!

To review the EICS school year calendar, it can be viewed on our website, EICS website, or by clicking on the link below:

Grade 4 Leadership

Once again, we are delighted to offer our grade four leadership teams this year! It has been a huge success for the past two years and the call to continue is unanimous from staff, students, and parents! We will continue with our five teams for the 2016-2017 school year; Faith, Ukrainian, School Spirit, Healthy Living, and Young Citizens. Our supportive PSC has already set aside support for our t-shirts again, many thanks!

If you have a student in grade four this year, please talk to them about this awesome leadership opportunity. Team leaders will be presenting information to all our grade four classes and sign up will start up on Monday, September 19 and last day will be on Friday, September 23, 2016. We would love to have them develop leadership skills to share their joy, compassion, faith, culture, and stewardship with our world! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Boehm at school.

"As adults, we must raise our expectations for what youth can accomplish in the present -- as players, not spectators; as actors, not recipients. We simply cannot afford to wait for young people to grow up before they start tackling the biggest problems facing the planet -- we need them to be the leaders and the hope of today". -Steven Culbertson

Thank-you to our Grade 4 leaders last year!

Assembly Leadership!

Mr. Marshall and Mrs. Boehm love to lead our Monday assemblies where we gather after attendance to pray, move, celebrate, and share. Once our Grade 4 Leadership teams are established our grade 4 leaders will take an active leadership role in our assemblies. In addition to that, each class has been asked to sign up to lead one assembly this year. Students from 4R will be our leaders on Monday, September 19th and 4H has signed up for September 26th! Come out and see your kids shine!

Field Trip Consent Forms

In previous years, we would send home annual Field Trip Consent forms to be signed by parents for low risk field trips that may occur throughout the year.

This year, those forms are available online in your Powerschool Parent Account.

Please ensure that you have submitted the annual Field Trip consent form, as well as the Technology Consent forms by September 23rd. Students that do not have permission via these consent forms will not be permitted to attend out of school field trips.

For information on how to complete these forms, please see the box below.

Important: Data Verification Forms and Consent Forms

If you have not already logged into your Powerschool Parent Account to update Data Verification forms , and other consent forms, please do so before the end of September. For your child's safety, it is important that we have the most current contact information on file.

Once logged into your account, for each child, click on:

  • Forms and Fees
  • Student Forms: to fill out any data verification forms. If it says "No Forms" - that means we have already received your forms.
  • Yearly Consents: Please fill out the yearly Technology Agreement, and Field Trip Consent for your children. These forms used to be sent home in paper form at the start of the year, now that are available online.

Please take a look at your Parent account as soon as you can. There was a technical issue with some of the forms this week, and a handful of forms were sent back to parents for review. Please make sure you click on your child at the top, and verify that there are no outstanding forms. Thank-you for your patience as we work through this new process.

If you have forgotten your Powerschool Parent Account login information, please contact the school office, and we can provide you with your login information.

Technology available for parents

There are a variety of different programs that we use at JV to record and send out different information. We are hoping that this will help explain what the different programs are:


All parents should have created a Powerschool parent account. Powerschool is our student database. Through Powerschool you are able to do the following:

  • view and submit forms with up to date demographic information for your child.
  • submit annual consent forms, such as Field Trip Agreements, Technology Use Agreement
  • School fees can be paid online through Powerschool
  • When report cards are issued, you will be able to view them in Powerschool
  • As your children move to Middle School, and High School, Powerschool will be the tool used to view student marks throughout the year.

The website for Powerschool is:

Safe Arrival

Our first priority every morning and afternoon is to ensure that all of our students are accounted for. To report your child's absence, use Safe Arrival. To report your child's absence you can:

Please note: You are only able to report absences for the current day until 8:41 am. This is the cut off as it is the start of first period. If you need to report an absence after this time, you are welcome to call or email the school directly.

You should have received an email from Elk Island Catholic Schools with information to create an account with Safe Arrival. Please call or email the school office, and we can resend your login information to you.


We use Synervoice to send all of our communication to our JV families via email. All families need to "opt-in" to receive emails from the school. Families that have opted in previously do not need to opt in again. Elk Island Catholic Schools routinely sends out emails to parents that have not yet opted in to receive our emails. Please follow the links in the email to opt in to receive our emails if you have not previously done so.

EICS has a link on their website if you have not yet subscribed to receive emails:


EICS has a new App available on the App Store, or Google Play Store. All of the EICS news and applications are available on one mobile app.

Terry Fox Run

Thank-you to all of our families that donated to the Terry Fox Run. Together we raised over $520.00 It was a beautiful day to be outside together to remember and honor Terry, the Marathon of Hope, and all those who have battled and are battling cancer today.
The Terry Fox Song

Volunteers in the classroom

We have a wonderful, engaged JV community. Parents and guardians are often invited to volunteer in classrooms.

We would like to remind parents and visitors to the school to respect the confidentiality of students, staff, and other parents/guardians while in the school. We ask that you keep conversations, both in and out of school, related to your child so that the confidentiality to which all students, families, and staff members are entitled can be maintained.

If you are volunteering in your child's classroom more than once or twice a year, we ask that you please complete the following Volunteer Confidentiality Form and return to your child's homeroom teacher:

Transportation Update

The Transportation Office is requesting that parents refrain from sending a note giving permission to their child to ride another child's school bus. The buses within the Hamlet of Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and Camrose are almost at capacity and your child may not be permitted to board their friends bus. Thank you.

School Fees / Fee Waivers

School fees are now available to pay online using your Powerschool Parent Portal. If you need help logging in, please call or email the school office and we will help create an account for you.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, EICS is offering a Fee Waiver Program again this year.

Please visit: to download a copy of the forms to fill out.

Please not that all applications must be received at EICS by December 12th, 2016.

Meet the Staff / Cyberbullying Presentation

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, September 28th we are having our JV Meet the Staff and a Cyber-World Parent Series Presentation! Meet the Staff will be from 6-7 p.m. followed at 7:00 p.m by an informative Cyber-World presentation from Saffron.
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Altar Servers at OLPH Parish

OLPH Parish is looking for Altar Servers. If you are in Grade 4, you are able to be an altar server.

For more information, please fill out the form below and email it to

AHS information for Kindergarten families

Alberta Health Services has provided us with a checklist for kindergarten families. To read the information, please click on the link below:

Coupon Book Reminder

Families of Jean Vanier:

We are approaching the last week of the Admazing Saving Coupon Book fundraiser, set to close by Thursday September 22nd. Each family was sent home with a coupon book the first week in September.

To date we have only heard back from half the families, by way purchasing/selling their book, OR returning it if uninterested. Please respond either way to this fundraiser with your interest (via the white collection envelope, to the childs homeroom teacher).

Following the close date, entries for the draw prizes will take place.

BUCPS Fundraising Committee

There's an App for that!

EICS now has a new App! Check it out at the Google Play Store or the App Store. You can have access to all of the latest information from our school division at your fingertips!

Upcoming Events at JV

September 16th: PD Day - No School for students

September 19th: BUCPS Meeting

September 21st: Ukrainian Opening Liturgy at St. Basil's

September 21st: PSC Meeting 6:30 pm - library

September 22nd: Coupon Book orders due

September 23rd: School pictures

September 23rd: Breaking bread together (gym lunch)

September 27th: Picture retakes

September 28th: Meet the staff evening

October 5th: Early dismissal 2:13

October 7th: PD Day - No school

Jean Vanier Catholic School

To contact any of our staff members via email, on our website under the "Contact" tab, is a conatct 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.