Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 13th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Each year, schools across our Elk Island Catholic division come together around a common theme. Last year’s? We are God’s masterpiece (Eph 2:10). This year’s theme invites us deeper into our relationship with God, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

God loves us; deeply, fiercely, and unfailingly. He loves each and every one of us, whether we feel we deserve it or not. God’s love isn’t something we have to earn. God gives it freely, and His love for us is so much greater than we can ever imagine.

Our first week back has had students exploring our theme and learning about God’s tremendous, constant, all-encompassing love! But this love isn’t meant to be held tightly and saved, but rather, shared with others. As a school, we are taking on a year-long kindness challenge that invites us all to turn our love into action! Stop by the office to see our weekly challenge!

“The promise of love and grace in our lives is this: Our worst day isn’t bad enough, and our best day isn’t good enough. We’re invited because we’re loved, not because we earned it.”

Bob Goff, Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

Looking Ahead...

Tuesday, Sept. 17 - BUCPS AGM & 1st Meeting of the year (7PM, St. T's); Parenting in the 21st Century learning session at CLS 6:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept.18 - Ukrainian Opening Divine Liturgy (St. Basil's, Edmonton 10AM)

Thursday, Sept. 19: Bandura Presentation in the Gym at 1 pm; Apple Fundraiser Order Pick up 8:30-10am & 2-6pm JV Stage

Friday, Sept. 20: Terry Fox Run at 2pm Please Join Us!

Sept. 25 - School Photos (Sept. 26 for Tues/Thurs Kindergarten)

Sept. 27 - BUCPS Family Fall Zabava (Ardrossan, 5:30PM)

Oct. 18- Family Fall Dance (moved from Sept. 27)

Volunteers Needed!

Attention J.V. Community,

We are seeking some help to unload apples Thursday September 19th at 8:00 am as well volunteers from 8:30-10 am & 2-6 pm to assist with distributing pick up orders.

If you are able to lend a hand please contact the school office at 780-467-3633, or email

Powerschool Accounts


Please log onto your Powerschool Accounts and complete forms. We need your yearly consents completed and demographic form completed. (Your child may not be able to attend field trips or be included in class pictures if these forms are not completed.)

If your child has any medical needs please ensure you update these forms as they need to be completed yearly.

If you have any questions, need some help setting up your account or need help locating forms please feel free to contact our school office.

Thank you


Always keep parking lot rules and safety at the forefront of any driving decisions you make in and around our school community. Every child deserves the utmost care and safety we can provide. Taking a few extra and cautious moments can make the difference and while some of the rules can seem over the top, preventing a serious accident or tragedy is the priority.

Pick up is at 3:13 p.m. Students are to meet their parents outside the school. There is no supervision for students after 3:24 p.m. Please pick up your children no later than 3:24 pm.

No Parking in the Drop Off Zone

Using the parking lot as a drop off area creates a traffic jam in and around the school communities. Please respect the signs, our students, and each other.

If there are no parking spots available, please do not use the driving lanes as a drop-off spot, or waiting area. Consider parking along Georgian Way, in behind our school on Garnet Cres, or up along Glamorgan Drive. Parking along the streets, and in behind the school creates an opportunity to walk with your child and catch up on their day while avoiding the stress of the parking lot.

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We are an APPLE school

APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused program that focuses on healthy eating, physical literacy, and mental health. We are committed at JV to teach, model, and provide opportunities for each of our students to develop life-long healthy habits. We continue to appreciate all of your support. Along with Mr. Marshall, Mrs. Rafuse, and all of our staff, we have Mrs. LeBel as our Healthy Champion Coach! Thanks for taking on this leadership role!

Aligning with our Apple School philosophy and our EICS Nutrition Administrative Procedure, we ask that all parents and school staff ensure strategies are in place to foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote safe, healthy eating. We recognize that breaking bread is an important element of our faith community and there will be times where we come together to share food in a celebratory manner. At these times, we will try to serve choices from the Choose Most Often and Choose Sometimes categories.

For nutrition purposes and because of the complexity of allergies at our school, we have asked staff and parents to please not bring in any food from home for class distribution such as; birthday cupcakes. While we recognize the value of celebrating in this manner, our commitment to the health and safety of our students takes precedence. Thank you for your understanding.

Terry Fox Run/Walk

On Friday September 20th is our Annual J.V. Terry Fox Run/Walk in support of cancer research. We are asking students to donate a toonie for Terry. We will have a short assembly in the gym beginning at 2:00pm then begin our Terry fox Run/Walk at 2:20-3:00pm at our J.V. soccer field. Parents are welcome to join us.

News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)


Please note that the date for our annual family dance has been changed to October 18th. More details to follow!


Strathcona County has a replacement schedule for playgrounds and the current wooden play structure will be replaced during the summer of 20121!! As a community, we have the unique opportunity to have input into the design features and set-up of the new playground! We also have the opportunity to work with the County in raising funds of up to $20,000 to be matched by grants to add to the new play structure!!

We are in need of parents to participate on a committee to supply input on playground design and look into grant options and fundraising. If you are willing to be part of the committee, we would love to hear from you! This is an EXCELLENT way to get involved in the school and have a lasting impact on our community! If you are willing to help out please contact Shawna Molnar(PAC president)at or please call the school at 780-467-3633 to express your interest in helping with this important project!

News from BUCPS


BUCPS is kicking off the year with its Annual General Meeting that will be held next Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Theresa Catholic School library. Our first regular BUCPS Meeting will take place immediately after the AGM at 7:30 p.m. All parents are invited and we welcome you to attend! We encourage parents from all grades (Kindergarten to Grade 12) to attend these meetings regularly, as they will help keep you informed to upcoming events or initiatives BUCPS is working on, as well as provides an opportunity for parents to provide feedback.

We are actively seeking Members at Large. If you have an interest in helping out BUCPS occasionally with various activities, please email for more information.

Thank you to Irene Sombyk for continuing to teach our annual Fall Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes. Classes will be held at Jean Vanier School on Tuesday evenings, starting October 8th and ending December 3rd from 7:00-9:00PM. Cost for the 8 weeks is $160.00 plus $10.00. Please email Pani Sombyk directly or if you or someone you know is interested.

Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool still has spots available for the 2019-2020 school year! We are an English based preschool program with some Ukrainian fun! The program is for 4 year old's and classes are running at Jean Vanier Catholic School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45AM-11:15AM. For more information or to register, please email

Mark your calendars for our BUCPS Annual Family Fall Zabava. It will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the Ardrossan Community Hall. There will be a DJ, Ukrainian buffet, glow party, and activities for the kids! Ticket order forms were sent out this week. We will also need volunteers for a variety of positions relating to event set-up, liquor ticket sales and event takedown. Please contact Clayton Starko at if you are able to help with this much anticipated event!

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Kindergartens showing their LOVE for learning on their first week back at school

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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.

Mass Times

8:30am Seven Days a Week
6:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 7:00pm
Sunday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi in Tofield, AB

  1. Please watch the Parish website at

    under sacraments for our updates on sacrament information. The upcoming registration dates are:

  • Monday, September 23 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish for First Reconciliation and First Communion
  • Monday, September 30 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish for Confirmation
  • If you have any question please contact OLPH Parish 780-467-5470
  1. Information about Young Disciples registration:








Ecumenical Mission October 6-9

This year’s Ecumenical Mission is titled "Interfaith Intersections” and is being led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman. Interfaith conversations are an important reality in our increasingly diverse world. This October, Dr. Sharman will be exploring several questions in this regard: First, he will be looking at the scriptural, theological, and historical reasons why Christians need to be having these encounters. Second, he will be talking about the way these interfaith interactions have something to teach us about Christian ecumenical conversations. As it turns out, there are many 'intersections' between these two paths of dialogue, with gifts to be given and received in both directions. Come and find out more at this month’s Ecumenical Mission.

The brochure with the complete schedule is attached.

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10:00 am on Sunday at Madonna school with Sunday school the 2nd ,3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and the 1st Sunday being Fr Rendy’s children’s Liturgy.

1st Communion prep class will be Friday evenings beginning in Jan; more details to follow

For more information, people can contact Lisa Melnychuk (780)9220201 or Fr Rendy at (780)464-4177.

check out our website at for updates on the church progress.