Jean Vanier Catholic School

December 13th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Let’s share honestly for a minute. I have two amazing kids, my 8 year old and my 6 year old. On Sunday mornings we head to mass, and on Sunday mornings we are met with some degree of complaining from my kids or their creative reasons why we don’t need to go. But despite their resistance, we go. Sunday mornings can be a challenge for us. What is it like for your family? Can you relate?

Engaging our children in the mass is so important, but it isn’t always easy. Once they outgrow the “Sunday School” age of 4 to 6 years, they are challenged to participate fully in the mass. So how can we make the mass engaging and meaningful?

Many adults follow along using a Sunday Missal or weekly missal booklet, which contains the readings and reflections for mass. Did you know a children’s version of this exists? The Sunday Missal for Young Catholics has the readings for each Sunday inside. It also contains the words and gestures that are the same for every mass. Helpful definitions and little explanations also accompany each week’s readings. Our family has purchased this children’s version and I would highly recommend it. My kids’ favourite part is that it has color pictures!

We just purchased our copies for the 2020 year at the bookstore at OLPH Church for $10.95. It is also available at Universal Church Supplies. Now is the best time to purchase your copy as the new liturgical season has just begun (the book begins each Advent). Connect with me if you have any questions or swing by my classroom to flip through a copy. Don’t forget to purchase yourself a new Sunday Missal book for yourself, too; our kids learn so much from watching us.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

Looking Ahead...

Mon. Dec. 16th: Milk day; 3rd week of Advent Assembly changed to 8:50 am hosted by 4R Please join us!

Tues. Dec.17th:

Wed. Dec. 18th: Milk Day; Hot Lunch Nitza Pizza; Advent Concert 6:00 pm OLPH Parish

Thurs. Dec. 19th:

Fri. Dec. 20th: Festive Friday: wear PJ and bring a stuffie or blanket

See you January 6th, 2020

Advent Concert 2019

We are so excited for our coming Advent Concert next week! As you know, it is on Wednesday, December 18th at OLPH Church beginning at 6:00 pm. Ukrainian students are asked to wear their Ukrainian shirts and English students are asked to wear their Sunday best. Please drop your child off in the church basement at 5:45 as classes are gathering here prior to the show.

We are blessed to gather in our church. This is a holy space, and we would kindly ask that you refrain from bringing in food and drinks and treat the space with reverence. We are guests in God's house!

Christmas Raffle Baskets

Christmas baskets will be on display in the library on Monday Dec. 16th and Tuesday Dec. 17th. They will also be on sale the night of the Advent Concert on Wednesday Dec. 18th. Tickets may be purchased in the school library Monday and Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 and at the Church Wednesday just before the concert.

The cost of the raffle tickets are as follows: 1 ticket 2$, 3 ticket 5$, 7 tickets 10$, cash only please.

Concert Seating

Dear JV Families,

Please be advised that the first few pews of each section will be reserved for JV students, highlighted in yellow. The rows highlighted in pink are VIP seating for the PAC raffle.

Parents, please feel free to sit wherever you want except for the highlighted sections.

Parents, you may pick up your child(ren) up at their assigned section at the end of the concert. Please ensure your child(ren)'s teacher is aware you are taking your child(ren).

Thank you

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Kindness Challenge next week

Festive learning

PAC News

Next Meeting Date

Tuesday, January 14th @ 6:00 pm in the school library.

The letter has gone home for the Christmas Baskets. Your child's teacher has selected the theme for their class and we have been busy behind the scenes preparing already. Tickets and draws for the baskets will take place at the Advent concert on December 18th. Part of the proceeds is supporting the New Playground structure to be built in the summer of 2021.

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

Cardinality is knowing, stating or asking for the number of objects in a set without counting.

“Billy, I have 3 candies here. You can have two of them.”
“I can see five cheerios in your hand.”

News from BUCPS

Next meeting January 21st, 2020 at 7 pm

SAVE THE DATE - BUCPS Pub Night Fundraiser

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @Caffrey's (

Tickets will be $10/person and there will be a fantastic silent auction - bonus is that the Oilers will be playing that night as well!

The Fundraising Committee would love some more volunteers to help out with the event, as well as they are actively seeking amazing silent auction items. If you can help out in either of those areas, please contact Jen Stav at (780) 915-8572 or Angela Ewaskiw at (780) 908-0785, or by email at

All money raised from this event will be put towards enhancing your children's Ukrainian Bilingual education!

Please spread the word - further information will come out closer to the event date.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Confident Kids Safety Course

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Dec 15th

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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.