Jean Vanier Catholic School

January 10th, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Happy New Year and the very warmest of welcomes back! We are so excited to continue our journey with you!

With a new year comes fresh perspectives and new goals. Are you starting 2020 with new intentions? Have you decided to improve your health and fitness? Re-examine stressors in your life? Tackle a financial goal? Get organized? These are all valuable goals, and it is so important to make ourselves a priority and practice self-care.

But have you considered improving your faith life and strengthening your relationship with God? Often, myself included, we save this type of goal for Lent. My challenge for you is to consider making a faith resolution this year. Perhaps explore scripture, attend mass more regularly, volunteer, read a daily devotional (I can recommend!), or become more involved at your parish or our school. What fits your faith journey?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

This is a wonderful passage to reflect on as we step into a new year. It serves as a reminder that, even if we fall short on our resolutions, we can never mess up God’s plan for our lives. Whatever we may face on our journey, we can move fearlessly forward with the knowledge that God has a bright, beautiful plan for us. All God asks is that we give our lives to Him, and He will take what we offer and make it into something meaningful. May you and your family be blessed with a healthy, happy and holy 2020!

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

Mon. Jan. 13th: Assembly 12:30pm

Tues. Jan. 14th: Priest visit - Father Balraj, PSC Meeting 6pm JV Library

Wed. Jan. 15th:

Thurs. Jan. 16th:

Fri. Jan. 17th: Gr. 4L & 4R attend Oil Kings Game sponsored by Reading Give it a Shot Program

JV Kindergarten Open House March 5th 6:30 pm

Tues. January 21 - BUCPS Meeting @7PM (location TBA)

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

Message from Elk Island Catholic Schools

Dear Parents and Staff:

Parents and Staff of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at Central Learning Services (310 Broadview Road) in Sherwood Park on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Blanket Exercise is an active participation learning activity based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. For further information, please view this KAIROS Blanket Exercise video.

Participants are asked to bring a blanket that can be placed on the floor and stepped on for this activity.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 13 by filling out this linked Google Form.

We will also have Eva Stang join us at this event. Eva, a Métis Culture and Knowledge Keeper, has been working with EICS this year, supporting the continued growth in staff and administrator knowledge of Indigenous perspectives.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin, Learning Services Consultant (

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EICS Board Highlights

PAC News

Next Meeting Date

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

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

Strategy Explained: 45 + 28 When adding up in chunks, a child will keep one addend whole and add the second number in easy-to-use chunks

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!


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. For Ukrainian Bilingual Pre-K, your child must be 4 years old on or before December 31, 2020.

Click on these links for more information:

Kindergarten -

Pre-Kindergarten -

Ringing in the 2020 with new goals

Confident Kids Safety Course

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - January 12

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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.