Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 20th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Sacramental Prep


The collaboration between home, school, and the church are key in the faith journey of our children. The three work together! Your family, our school, and your church community all play an important role in preparing our little ones when receiving their sacraments.


OLPH and St. Sophia’s Parishes would like to invite those eligible to receive their sacraments to begin the journey with their child(ren) this fall! Please see more information below.

Looking Ahead...

Monday, Sept.23-assembly 12:30 pm Please join us

Wednesday, Sept. 25- ECS in School field Trip AM, School Photos, BUCPS Zabava TICKET DEADLINE

Thursday, Sept. 26- Grade 4S Church tour, School photos for Tues/Thurs Kindergarten, ECS in School field Trip AM & PM

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



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

News from our school Chaplin- Mrs. Beliveau

OLPH and St. Sophia’s Parishes would like to invite those eligible to receive their sacraments to begin the journey with their child(ren) this fall!


Noteworthy Information from OLPH:

  • Reconciliation is celebrated prior to First Communion, both usually when a child is in Grade 2 or older. That said, it is never too late!

  • At OLPH Parish we prepare for and celebrate First Reconciliation in the fall before Advent. After Christmas, we will begin preparation to celebrate First Communion in the spring.

  • There is a registration/orientation meeting for parents at OLPH Church on Monday, Sept 23 at 7:00 pm. Please bring your child’s Baptism Certificate and $50 registration fee (covers preparation books/materials for both Reconciliation and First Communion. )Download and complete the registration form in advance at http://www.olph.ca/sacraments/ or fill one out at the meeting.

  • The church will be inviting several priests for FIRST RECONCILIATION GROUP CELEBRATIONS on Saturday, November 23 at OLPH Church.This celebration will be a liturgy of the word, not a mass.

10:00 am – for families of Jean Vanier students.

  • Contact Natalie Lavigne, Parish Pastoral Assistant, with any questions at 780-467-5470 ext. 223 OR nlavigne@olph.ca


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 lisagreg3@hotmail.com or 780-922-0201.

Powerschool Accounts

Parents/Guardians:


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

Parking

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.

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Start collecting your old shoes

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News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

CHANGE OF DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL FAMILY DANCE!

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


WE ARE GETTING A NEW PLAYGROUND and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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

NEWS FROM BUCPS


We are actively seeking Members at Large. If you have an interest in helping out BUCPS occasionally with various activities, please email bucpssecretary@gmail.com 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 bucpssecretary@gmail.com 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 bucpssecretary@gmail.com.



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 clayton@starko.ca if you are able to help with this much anticipated event!

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Parenting sessions in the community

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 www.olph.ca

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

  • 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 (Youth grade 1-6) registration:

    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 6:30-8PM OLPH CHURCH IN THE LOWER-LEVEL MEETING ROOMS


    THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM THAT TEACHES THE CATHOLIC FAITH THROUGH SONGS, CRAFTS, LESSONS, AND GAMES IN A FUN AND ENGAGING WAY!

    WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 6:30-8PM OCTOBER-APRIL COST IS $40 PER CHILD OR $100 PER FAMILY OF 3 OR MORE CHILDREN FOR MORE INFO: OLPH.YOUNGDISCIPLES@GMAIL.COM

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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 lisagreg3@hotmail.com or Fr Rendy at (780)464-4177.

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

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 lisagreg3@hotmail.com or 780-922-0201.