Jean Vanier Catholic School

May 15th, 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"

There is no doubt about it, the pressure it on. Day to day life has changed, and these changes can feel hard.

But God is here with us, in the struggle, in the frustration, in the pain, and in the loneliness. He is working. He is with us as we stumble and change and grow. But as Steven Furtick says, the goal isn’t to just get through this; the goal is for God to show us something in it that makes us better on the other side. This will end. We will reach the other side. Through this journey, how will God have changed you?

When you’re doubting God’s presence during this challenging time, give this song a listen. Diamonds, by Hawk Nelson, reminds us that God is with us, and through this pressure He is turning us into something beautiful:

Here and now I'm in the fire in above my head

Being held under the pressure don't know what'll be left

But it's here in the ashes, I'm finding treasure

He's making diamonds, diamonds, making diamonds out of dust

He is refining and in His timing,

He's making diamonds out of us

And you had better believe God’s hand is at work in our children’s lives, too. Yes, their soccer season was cancelled. The field trip they were looking forward to is no longer. Seeing classmates in person is not an option. Our kids miss their teachers, coaches, grandparents, and neighbours. But our children are learning patience, empathy, strength, resilience, faith, kindness and so much more. God is at work in our children’s lives. With His guidance, this experience is making our children into diamonds, too.

Without a doubt, God is here, and He’s making diamonds out of all of us.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

Hawk Nelson - Diamonds (Official Lyric Video)
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Administrative Changes for 2020-2021

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Peter Rachmistruk has been named Principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School (formerly Jean Vanier) for the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Rachmistruk is currently serving as the Principal at Holy Redeemer in Ardrossan. Mrs. Rafuse and Mr. Rachmistruk will make a great admin team for the school. As for myself, I have been blessed to have once again, been a part of the Jean Vanier Community during these past three years. At the end of this school year I will be transitioning into the next phase of my life...


May God continue to bless all of you!

Mr. Marshall

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!

Book Dropoff Next Week

Book collection of Library Books, and classroom home reading books, will begin next week. More details to follow next week from your child's teacher and the school.

Changes happening at Jean Vanier School (St. Nicholas Catholic School)

Currently, we are adding a new refresh look in our hallways with a new coat of paint and new flooring and a deep clean of all our learning spaces. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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

Father Jim asked us if we could Draw and Colour a picture for elderly people and drop them off at OLPH office so Father Jim can deliver them to our Senior's homes

May is the Month of Mary

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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.

Cup a Joe with JC Mary
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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.