Jean Vanier Catholic School

February 5th, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

As we step into the second part of our school year and begin the month of February, known for its focus on love, it seems appropriate to stop and reflect on our faith theme this year, to “Love first, last, and always” (John 4:19).

Jesus calls us to act with love in all we do and towards all who cross our path. We have heard this, we know this, and we strive for this. Love thy neighbor. It isn’t easy; it's a conscious choice we make each day.

But what does it truly mean to LOVE someone?

St. Thomas Aquinas says that “to love is to will the good of another”. To love someone is to truly want what is best for another and to wish them well.

God calls us to love everyone, not just our neighbor. Even those who frustrate us? Yes. Even those who disagree with us? Yes. Even those who have opposing beliefs? Yes. Even those who irritate and annoy us? Yes, them too. God calls us to love by wanting what is best for others, regardless of who they may be, what they may believe, or how different they may be from us.

To want what is best for every single one of God’s children. No exceptions. That's love.

Inspired by reflections from Mr. Paul Corrigan.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

EICS Assurance Survey opens for grade 4 parents

Mon. Feb. 10th: Indigenous Giant Map on display in our gym this week. Stop by and check it out

Tues. Feb. 11th: assembly Tues. Feb 11th, 8:50 am hosted by 4L; Priest visit - Father Balraj; Bend the Rules: - Bring Toonie for Valeda House & chew gum

Wed. Feb. 12th:

Thurs. Feb. 13th:

Fri. Feb. 14th: No School: Happy Valentines Day!

Our next assembly Tues. March 10th at 8:50 am hosted by 3/4C presentation about Taras Shevchenko

JV Family Bingo Feb. 21st at 6 pm

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

our District’s nutrition policy

In keeping with our District’s nutrition policy, we are asking that no food items or candy treat be distributed for Valentine’s day.
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EICS Board Highlights

Education Survey Plans

Dear Elk Island Catholic School Families,

Parent Surveys To Be Conducted

  • 1) Gr. 4, 7, 10 – Provincial Accountability Pillar Survey - January 13 / February 28 Online survey URL:

  • 2) EICS Assurance Survey –SurveyMonkey /Acct. Pillar – January 27 / February 20 –facilitated by CLS

    • Each family will receive a personalized custom email with the survey link.

    • Reminder emails will be sent if the survey has not been completed.

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

Adding Up/Counting Back OR Removal

Adding Up Strategy Explained: 9 - 3 Students start at 3 and add up until they arrive at 9

Counting Back Strategy Explained: 9 - 3 Students start at 9 and count backwards 3

Love is everywhere at JV

Be like Jean Vanier: Act of Kindness Wear a hat & bring a tonnie to donate to Valeda House

Celebrating Winter walk day & Read Aloud Day & listening to the symphony

Parent Council News

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News from BUCPS

Next meeting March 10th, 2020 at 7 pm at St. Theresa

Other News from BUCPS

BUCPS Pub Night Tickets Now Available!

Gather your friends together and come out for a fun evening to support our Ukrainian Bilingual program!

Saturday, February 29th (Caffrey's - Sherwood Park) @7:00PM

Tickets are now for sale - please return order form and payment back to your school by Wednesday, February 19th!

*** Just a heads up that paper copies of the ticket order forms will also be distributed by the end of this week, so keep an eye out for it in your children's backpacks.

Silent Auction Items Still Required!

To ensure the success of the Pub Night Fundraiser on February 29th, we are still seeking donations of high value items for the silent auction such as:

· hockey/sports tickets (Oilers, Oil Kings, Crusaders, Eskimos, etc.)

· sports jerseys

· sports memorabilia

· hotel vouchers, electronics

· gift cards

· fitness passes

If individuals/companies are able to make a monetary donation that we in turn can purchase items with, that would also be greatly appreciated! Names of individuals and companies who donate will be posted with the silent auction item(s), so it’s a great advertising opportunity as well. Donation letter is attached as well.

If you or anyone you know is able to contribute, please contact Angela Ewaskiw at (780) 908-0785 or

These fundraisers are crucial to the continuation of the cultural and educational opportunities BUCPS provides to the students of the Ukrainian Bilingual program.

Thank you for your continued support!


We are now accepting registrations for the 2020/2021 school year! We are an English based preschool program with some Ukrainian fun! Program is for 4 year old's and is based out of Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. Please visit or for more information. To obtain registration forms or if you have any questions, please email either or


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:

Caregiver Education Series

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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.