Welcome to Jean Vanier Catholic School

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:

EICS Ukrainian Program Information

Sherwood Park Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Program

Parent Teacher Conferences

Information on how to book parent teacher conferences in included in the letter below. It is important that you open the document to read the letter as it contains important information on when parent teacher conferences take place, and how to book them.

November 2016 Conferences

  • The website to book interviews is www.schoolinterviews.ca and the code is dvavh
  • The website will open on Tuesday November 1st at 9:00 am.

Halloween Activities

We will be celebrating Halloween this year on the afternoon of October 31st. Grade 1 - 4 students are to bring their costumes to school to change into after lunch. Please do not have your child wear their costume/make up to school in the morning. There will be many parents here to help students with costumes after lunch.

Kindergarten teachers will provide information to their families in regards to activities happening for their classes. 

We ask that parents not bring younger/older siblings to the Halloween party as we require our volunteers to supervise a group of students, and we do not have enough prizes for siblings.

Many parent volunteers are needed to help in the afternoon. Please read the letter linked below for more information. 

Halloween 2016


School Masses 2016-2017

As part of our faith formation this year, and aligning with our Divisional priorities, we are very excited to have the opportunity to take our classes to daily mass once a month with our Principal and Assistant Principal.

Each month, Mr. Marshall and Mrs. Boehm will be taking one grade to morning mass at OLPH Parish. As we are so blessed to be in such close proximity to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, our students will be walking to mass. Please make sure that your children are dressed for the weather.

 These are the dates for which your child’s class will attend mass throughout the year: 

Grade 4 classes

October 28, 2016

February 24, 2017

Grade 3 classes

November 23, 2016

March 15, 2017

Grade 2 classes

December 16, 2016

April 26, 2017

Grade 1 classes

January 18, 2017

May 10, 2017

Parents, grandparents, and family members are more than welcome to join us, either at the church, or at the school to walk to mass. Mass begins at 9:15 am, and we will depart Jean Vanier at 8:50 am. Students are expected back at school around 10:30 am.


School Masses 2016-2017

School Fees

School Fees for the 2016-2017 school year are now due, and available to pay online using your Powerschool Parent Portal account. If you require assistance logging into your account, please contact the school office.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties this year, there is a Fee Waiver Application available to families by clicking on the link below. Please note that the deadline to submit these applications are December 12th, 2016.

To download the application, please click on the link below:


If you have any questions about your child's school fees, please feel free to contact the school office.

BUCPS Poinsettia Fundraiser

BUCPS is selling red, white, and pink poinsettias for this holiday season.  Our goal is to raise $2000.00 to use toward Ukrainian educational and cultural opportunities for the students in the bilingual program at Jean Vanier, St. Theresa, and Archbishop Jordan Schools.

Orders are due November 21 (right after fall break) and pickup of plants is December 7 at St Theresa School in the chapel.Thank you.

Poinsettia Fundraiser

Safe Arrival Attendance Information

Thank-you to our families that have already signed up for the Safe Arrival APP. To report your child's absence please call 1-877-246-9970, download the APP, or use the website listed. Login credentials were emailed to families already.

Please note that the cut off time to report absences using the Safe Arrival tools is 8:41 am, as this is the start of period 1 and all students are expected to be in class at that time. 

You can still call the school office to report an absence after this time, or wait for Safe Arrival to contact you to verify your child's absence.

To access the Safe Arrival Website, please click below:


 If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 780-467-3633.

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