Jean Vanier Catholic School

November 22nd, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Exciting news! Archbishop Richard Smith has made it his goal to visit all of the Catholic Schools in our diocese. He has visited a handful in our district of Elk Island Catholic, and we are thrilled to welcome Your Grace this coming Monday morning, November 25th!

Archbishop Smith believes that our Catholic Schools, and the students we serve, are a treasure. Together our families, our school, and our parishes are entrusted with the tremendous task of forming our young ones and supporting them in building a firm foundation rooted in the truth, Christ Jesus. Archbishop Smith wishes to be a part of our community and journey with our children in faith.

Archbishop Smith will be connecting with us, supporting us, and listening to us during his visit. He has requested less formal visits with all classes and staff. Parents are welcome to join in our visits on Monday, too. Please see the schedule below. Kindly connect with your child’s teacher beforehand if you plan to attend. To find out more about Archbishop Smith, consider watching A Day In the Life of An Archbishop or visiting the Archdiocese’ page. Archbishop Smith is an incredible example of faith, service and love, and we are blessed to welcome him to Jean Vanier!

10:16 - 10:35 2/3M, 2A, 1/2D

10:35 - 10:55 3S, 3N

10:55 - 11:15 1B, 1S, Kindergarten

11:15 - 11:35 4L, 4R, 3/4C

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

Looking Ahead...

Mon. Nov.25th: Milk day; Visit From Archbishop Richard Smith! All are welcome!; Kindergarten Interviews Pani. Sombyk

Tues. Nov. 26th: Priest visit Father Jim; Kindergarten Interviews Mrs. Sombyk & Miss Wilson

Wed. Nov. 27th: Milk Day; Pick up Poinsettia at St. Theresa Catholic School from 3:00-7:00 PM.

Thurs. Nov. 28th:

Fri. Nov. 29th: No School Professional Development Day for teachers

Dec 18 Advent Concert 6:00pm OLPH Parish

This week's Kindness Challenge

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Connecting with this week's challenge to read with someone younger

JV School Spirit Apparel ordering.

The ordering deadline has been extended until Tuesday, Nov. 30th! Please see the link below to place your order.
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Thank you to our noon hour supervisors - You will be missed!

We wish to thank our noon hour supervisors for all that they have done to make Jean Vanier a great places for kids to be. Due to further budget reductions we are unable to keep them here at Jean Vanier. The staff will now be providing the supervision during the noon hour.

Zen Zoo Characters

Our Zen Zoo characters are a connecting way to lead mindful activities so students can focus and stay calm in their learning environments.

News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

Next Meeting Date

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

Shortly you can be expecting a letter to come home about our biggest fundraiser of the year, 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.

School Council Members Webinar

Good Morning CEPAC Members,

I trust your families enjoyed the fall break!

At the ASBA Fall General Meeting, Wendy Kiever, ASCA Executive Director, sought me out to share that ASCA is hosting an online engagment webinar with the Minister of Education this coming Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Wendy mentioned that she would really like members of EICS CEPAC to join in on this valuable conversation. She shared that she found her session with us in September very beneficial.

If interested, please see the link below to register.

Thank you for all the work you do for the students within your schools!

You are greatly appreciated,

Shawn Haggarty


News from BUCPS

Dear BUCPS Families:

*** Pick up of Poinsetta orders will be on Wednesday, November 27th at St. Theresa Catholic School from 3:00-7:00PM. ***

Thank you for your support!


October 2019 Board of Trustee Highlights | Elk Island Catholic Schools

Choice in Education Survey

Dear Catholic Education Stakeholder and Supporter,

Catholic Education is alive and well in Alberta, educating more than 180,000 students across our province. Excellent academic learning within a faith-based community is the hallmark of Alberta’s Catholic Schools. In our celebrations of Catholic Education Sunday on November 3, the Bishops of Alberta reminded us of the responsibility we have to support, protect and advocate for this publicly-funded gift.

The government of Alberta has recently created and distributed a survey asking Albertans to provide feedback on choice in education.

The deadline for response is December 6.

It is essential that all who support Catholic education take the time to make their voices heard.

In a recent public forum, Archbishop Smith of the Edmonton archdiocese stated: “There have been Catholic divisions throughout the country that we’ve lost largely because of apathetic Catholics. We have to encourage everyone to be resolute because so much is at stake. We can never grow apathetic where we’re delivering authentic Catholic formation to our children.”

Here’s what you can do to support Catholic schools:

1. Complete the survey and ensure that you speak directly in support of Catholic education!

2. Forward the survey link to friends, family and supporters and encourage them to do the same. We need the government to receive a strong, passionate response to the questions they are asking!

Thank you!


Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education

GrACE Twitter address is @GrACE4cathed

GrACE email

Parenting sessions in the community

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During the month of November, we honour the victims of Holodomor. Holodomor refers to the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-1933 as a result of Stalin’s policies. During this horrific time, about 7 million Ukrainian people died and 30% of them were children. In 1932, all food was taken from Ukraine and its borders were sealed. Religious, artistic, intellectual, and political leaders were arrested, deported or executed.

May the victims of Holodomor live forever in our memory, so their tragedy may never be repeated. As we honor the millions of Ukrainians who died during that time we offer our prayers to you, dear Lord.

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Find out what is happening at OLPH!

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Nov 24th

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St. Sophia's Parish Website

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

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.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Jean Vanier Catholic School

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