Jean Vanier Catholic School

May 8th, 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"

Throughout May, we not only honour our mothers, but take some extra special time to honor our Holy Mother, Mary. She said YES to God when she was faced with a challenging situation, and because of her willingness to trust in God's plan, she became the most Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ. What an example!

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Mary, and in our classes, we will learn more about Mary and will take time to pray the rosary. If you are interested in learning more about how to pray the rosary, this How to Pray the Rosary infographic is spectacular as well as the free app Laudate. Please consider praying the Hail Mary with your family throughout the month of May.

We would like to take a minute to honour all of the mothers in our JV community. Moms, you are kind. You are patient. You are selfless. You are imperfectly perfect. Thank you for everything you do to support your family, especially during this challenging time. Being a mom is constantly challenging, yet profoundly rewarding. It is a calling from God and He has a plan for you and your kiddos. May God bless you and your families this Mother's Day weekend!

Mother Mary, I offer you all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to be. Place me within your Immaculate heart and teach me how to honour and glorify God in all I do. Thank you, sweet Mother, for your example, love, and protection. Amen.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

At Home Rosary Walk

This Rosary Walk is a wonderful way to pray the rosary, while allowing our children to move in nature! The five pages below will guide you through the rosary.

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!

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 and color a picture for a neighbour and leave it in their mailbox or on the front step (if it's not to windy!

Sharing some home online learning!

Join Father Jim during virtual Mass It is a beautiful experience!

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.