English and Ukrainian Bilingual - Kindergarten to Grade 4
Jean Vanier Catholic School (JV) resides within the family of Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) and is part of Alberta's publicly-funded education system. JV is an English and Ukrainian Bilingual elementary school, providing 21st century, quality Catholic education for students in Kindergarten to Grade 4.
Through the Ukrainian bilingual program, students achieve their academic potential through an enriched program. Language arts, math and science instruction is in English. Ukrainian language arts, religion, social studies, music, art, health and physical education instruction is in Ukrainian. Students develop communication skills in English and Ukrainian, and gain appreciation and understand of Ukrainian cultural heritage in the Canadian context. The program is open to everyone; no previous Ukrainian language experience or Ukrainian background is required. For more information about our Ukrainian programs, please visit the following links:
Joyful Hearts Monthly Videos:
Click on the following links to views our monthly JV Joyful Hearts Videos:
Today, at age 87, Jean Vanier still gives a lot of his time to mentoring young people in their personal journeys, teaching them how to become good citizens of the world.
JV Sharing Circle
For information from our School Counsellor Mr. Bishu Fras on the JV Sharing Circle, please click on the link below:
St. Sophia Parish Pyrohy Supper
St. Sophia's is hosting their annual Pyrohy Supper at ABJ on March 12th, 2016. For more information click on the link below:
Catholic School Review
In December 2015, we had the opportunity to participate in a Catholic School Review. Thank-you to our students, parents, staff, and JV community for their insight into our faith filled school, where "every child, every person needs to know they are a source of joy; every child, every person needs to be celebrated." Jean Vanier
To review the results of the survey, please click below:
Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017
Online registration for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year will be available beginning January 4th, 2016. To register, click on "Registration" on the left hand side, or click here: EICS Student Registration
Please note that the online registration seems to work best using Google Chrome.
For information about kindergarten, please click on the document below. As more information becomes available in the coming months, we will update you via our website.
Notes for riding and alternate bus
If you require your child to ride a different bus to or from school, you must send a note to the school one day prior to the day your child needs to ride a different bus. The school staff will sign the note which will then be given to the driver by your child. If a student does not have a note from their parent or guardian which has been signed by the school office, we cannot allow them to ride a different bus. If this is a long-term arrangement, you must contact the Transportation Department to make arrangements. Note– Several routes do not have capacity for extra riders. Students taking an alternate bus will be refused with a note signed by the school office.
Jean Vanier Catholic School, as well as our Parent School Council would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations of items that were raffled off during our Christmas concert.
Nitza's Pizza on Wye Road
Headquarters Salon and Spa
Staples - Baseline
All proceeds go towards our Parent School Council, which in turn works with the school to provide funds for different educational material and support for our students. Thank-you for your support.
Our Parent School Council would also like to thank Peter from Nitza's Pizza on Wye Road for helping them find a cooler for the hot lunch program.
Thank-you to our families for continuing to ensure that your child arrives to school on time. The warning bell goes at 8:38, and first period begins at 8:41. Students that arrive after 8:41 will need to check in at the office to get a late slip before going to class.
Parking Update from our PSC:
Please read the memo below from our PSC in regards to traffic and parking.
County Out Loud Video
To view the County Out Loud video complied by the Strathcona County Library, please click on the link below:
Subscribe to receive our emails:
Are you receiving our school emails? Has your email changed? Click on the link below to subscribe to our school emails:
Please let the school office know if there are any changes to your email address so we can update our records accordingly.
How do I create an account in Powerschool:
Not sure how to create your parent account in Powerschool? Click on the cheat sheet below. If you do not have your Net Access ID and Password, please contact the school office.
Please click on the link below for a monthly update from Father Jack Hamilton at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.
Monthly Mass with the Principal and Assistant Principal
Mr. Marceau and Mrs. Boehm will be taking one grade group to morning mass at OLPH Parish each month. For more information, please click on the link below.
Grade 4 classes attended Mass on October 28th, 2015.
The following letter was sent home with students on October 2, 2015 with information about head lice.
Invoices for school fees for the 2015-2016 school year were sent home September 17th, 2015. Please note that school fees are due by October 15, 2015. Please log in to your Powerschool Parent Account to pay for fees online. If you have forgotten your login information, please contact the school office at 780-467-3633
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you may qualify for the Fee Waiver Program, which can be found here: Fee Waiver Program
Here is some feedback from parents about the JOY we experience everyday here at Jean Vanier!
We look forward to welcoming you to our JV family!
"Having our oldest child start Kindergarten this year has brought change and growth to our family. Our son thinks it's really cool to go the the same school as his dad did. Jean Vanier has provided such wonderful experiences for our family! The staff and teachers are all so friendly and very helpful. We are blessed to have a school like this in our community, and I'm proud our family is a part of it!" Holly Z.
"When I enter Jean Vanier, I feel a sense of community. I am overjoyed to hear my sons come home and talk about learning, the love that God has for us, and how my boys can show that love to others. Joy is the Jean Vanier kids in the school being kind, as well as engaged in learning how to accept and help raise awareness for a friend with Muscular Dystrophy. Joy is found in the parents being involved and volunteering their time for the good of staff, students, and learning." Dominique K.
"We feel so blessed to be a part of the Jean Vanier village. We moved to Sherwood Park in the fall of 2013. It took both my children about a year to settle in, but this year they are soaring. I am grateful for the integration and innovation of utilizing social networks, the website, engaging newsletters, and dynamic videos that assist me in keeping conntected. As newcomers to Jean Vanier and to Sherwood Park, we felt very welcome, and now with very joyful hearts, we boast about our amazing school!" Jen M.
"The hallways of Jean Vanier are full of happiness and laughter and at any given time you can hear the wonderful "noise" that comes with children learning. It sounds cliche, but the sound of little voices conversing, singing, and practicing is a wonderful thing. It brings the school alive. It is satisfying to me as a parent, to have my children be a part of a school community that takes the "job" of building little people very seriously!" Katie N.
"Jean Vanier school's focus in joy, and it is contagious! From the custodian who promises to keep an eye out for the missing stuffy and return it to its worried owner, or to the new administration team who greets us with a smile EVERY time; joy is obvious! Concerns and worries of students and parents are met with reassurance, confidence, and creative ideas that show a special effort to protect the wonder, joy, and a feeling of belonging that comes with learning." Tara W.
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