Jean Vanier Catholic School

October 19th, 2018

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Mon. Oct. 22nd Assembly at 8:50 am grade 4R/L class hosting Join Us

Mon. Oct. 22nd Gr 1 Halloween Safety Presentation

All Week: School Bus Safety Week

Tues. Oct. 23rd Indigenous Blanket Exercise All Parents Welcome at 6:30 pm at St. Theresa School

Tues. Oct 23rd Gr 1D Teachers Pet Colours

Wed. Oct. 24th Hot Lunch Nitza Pizza; Milk Delivery Day

Thurs. Oct. 25th ICON picture retakes

Fri. Oct. 26th 4C Makerspace Field Trip 9-11 am; 4R/L Makerspace Field trip 1-3pm

Fri. Oct. 26th Gr 1B Teachers Pet Senses

Coming up Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews Nov. 7-8

Indigenous Blanket Exercise

Parents of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at St. Theresa Catholic School in Sherwood Park on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 6:30 PM.

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.

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

Please RSVP by Monday, October 22 by filling out the Google Form linked below.

Google Form - Blanket Exercise Registration

We will also have Elder Theresa Strawberry join us at this event. She has spent the last year working in each of Elk Island's schools creating relationships and connections with students and staff.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin- Learning Services Consultant ( or Sarah Congdon-Reitzel- Indigenous Lead at St. Theresa (

Courtesy to our Neighbours

We have been contacted at the school from some of our neighbours asking us to remind our parents that when dropping off and picking up their children to please not block private driveways.
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Parent Volunteers needed to assemble Halloween Loot Bags on Friday, October 26, at 8:30 am, on gym stage.

If you can assist, please email Ronda Stychyshyn.

Looking ahead to the Advent season

This year we will be holding our school Advent concert on Wednesday December 19th. The concert will take place at OLPH church beginning at 6:00pm!

Upcoming Workshops

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Changing Weather

It's that time of year again where we leave the house when it's sunny and by the time we go home at the end of the school day, it could be snowing. Please pack extra clothing in your child's backpack for those unstable weather day. Our students will go outside for recess unless it's raining/snowing or reaches -25C on winter days.

NEWS FROM School Council

Join Us for the Next School Council meeting October 29th 6 pm JV library

News from BUCPS

Open BUCPS Executive Roles

We are actively seeking 2 other roles to help out our Executive - a Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, as well as a Website Coordinator. If you have an interest in either of those roles, please email for more information.

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1st Communion preparation classes
Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm
Running Jan 12, 2019 to April 5, 2019
1st Solemn Confession scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019
1st Holy Communion scheduled for Sunday, April 7, 2019
For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Melnychuk at (780)922-0201 or email or Fr Rendy at (780) 464-4177

2018-2019 Approved School Calendar

Jean Vanier Catholic School

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