Jean Vanier Catholic School

February 28th, 2020

"Love First, Last, & Always"

The season of Lent began this past week, starting on Ash Wednesday, and lasts for 40 days leading up to Easter. It is a time for us to do some “spring cleaning” in our hearts by participating in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. These practices help us clear away daily distractions and allow us to draw closer to God.

Find out more about Ash Wednesday and Lent in the video clip Lent in 3 Minutes!

In our classrooms, students will be exploring the season of Lent by adding symbols to a special Lenten wreath each week. Watch for this wreath in our school foyer and ask your child about the weekly symbols that have been added in their classrooms.

This Lenten season, you’re invited to strip away the “distractions” in your life and focus yourself on God.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

Adoration Mass - NEW, EARLIER TIME! 9:30 am

Our Adoration Mass, which will take place here in our school gym on Monday, March 2nd, has been moved to 9:30 am.

Looking Ahead...

Mon. March 2nd: Adoration Mass in JV gym at 9:30 (NEW TIME!) Please join us!

Tues. March 3rd: Adoration in the Chapel throughout the day. Join us anytime

Wed. March 4th: Early Dismissal at 2:13 pm

Thurs. March 5th: Kindergarten Open House 6:30-7:30 pm, Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool (meet the teacher/tour the classroom)

Fri. March 6th: No School- Faith & Wellness Day for staff

Our next assembly Tues. March 10th at 8:50 am hosted by 3/4C

March 10th: Hot Lunch Wok Box, BUCPS Meeting (St. T's) @7:00PM

March 9-23rd: Grade 4 participate in Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT 4) Assessment

March 24th: Hot Lunch Nitza Pizza

March 24th 3 Way Teacher, Parent & Student Conference 4-7 pm

March 25th: 3 Way Teacher, Parent & Student Conference 5-8 pm

March 27th-April -5th Spring Break Vacation

Bend the Rules for Valeda House

Our three Bend the Rules days, in support of Valeda House, were a tremendous success! Our school community raised almost $1000! The classroom discussions that surrounded this initiative were valuable teachable moments for our students. An enormous, heartfelt thank you to all of our generous families who supported this worthy cause.

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)

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Coming together to enjoy Family Bingo Night

Planting herbs, flowers & lettuce into our Tower Gardens

Thank you parents for organizing & supporting Shrove Tuesday

Learning is so much fun, especially when we try something new!

EICS Board Highlights

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

SUBTRACTION: Friendly Numbers

Strategy Explained:

Students add to or subtract from the subtrahend to make an easy number to subtract.

Example #1

49 - 23

23 - 3 = 20 (round)

49 - 20 = 29

29 - 3 = 26 (fix)

News from BUCPS

Next meeting March 10th, 2020 at 7 pm at St. Theresa


BUCPS is actively looking for volunteers for our upcoming casino in Camrose, on Monday March 23, and Tuesday March 24.

This casino provides much needed funding for the entire Sherwood Park Ukrainian Bilingual program, helping support each school and enhancing the cultural education of all students (Jean Vanier, St. Theresa's, and ABJ).

For this event to be successful and for the program to receive this funding, it is entirely dependent on volunteer support.

*** We are looking for 4 volunteers for each day (8 total). ***

Please contact Jennifer Lychak at ASAP if you are available to help, and let me know which day works best for you.

Thank you in advance for your support!

LITTLE ORCHARD SADOCHOK PRESCHOOL – Meet our Teacher, Tour the Classroom!

In conjunction with the Kindergarten Open House next week, parents and children will also have the opportunity to meet our Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool teacher and tour our classroom!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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We are now accepting registrations for the 2020/2021 school year! We are an English based preschool program with some Ukrainian fun! Program is for 4 year old's and will be based out Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. To obtain registration forms or if you have any questions, please email either or

*** PLEASE NOTE: The Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool has always ran with a volunteer board, typically comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. At a minimum, we require individuals to step up into the President and Treasurer roles - without these integral positions filled, we will be unable to move forward and run the program for the 2020/2021 school year. Fortunately we have had someone come forward to take on the Treasurer role (thank you!), but we are still actively seeking a President for the preschool. Please reach out to your Executive if you have any questions or wish to help. ***

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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.

Click on this link for more information:

Caregiver Education Series

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Weekly Bulletin from OLPH Parish

This weeks Parish Bulletin - March 1

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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.