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.
We add a little colour to our world at Jean Vanier!
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.
During Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, Jean Vanier will be collecting items and money for various organizations in need. Please do not feel obligated to donate to all 3 organizations, however if you are able to, it is greatly appreciated.
1st week of Advent (Nov 30 - Dec 4): Bridges of Hope
Donate a toonie or more in support of Bridges of Hope - Orphanges in Ukraine
2nd week of Advent (Dec 7 - Dec 11) Women's Shelter Sherwood Park
Donations of new toys, clothing, hygiene supplies, gift cards will be donated to the local women's shelter
3rd week of Advent (Dec 14 - 18) Strathcona County Food Bank
Donations of non perishable food items will be send to Strathcona County Food Bank in time for Christmas.
We will remember them.
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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.
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Grade 4's were presented with their Bibles at Mass on October 7th, 2015:
Grade 4 Leadership Retreat at Camp Van Es:
Our Grade 4 classes, along with students from St. Luke attended a Leadership Retreat at Camp Van Es on September 30th. Mass was celebrated with Father Jack Hamilton in the morning. Students were led through various leadership activities throughout the day. Our Superintendent Michael Hauptman joined the students for the retreat, and spent time leading our students through various activities as well. This was a beautiful day for all involved.
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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