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May 31, 2017

Board of Trustees Newsletter

November 02, 2017

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Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

We approach November and Remembrance Day with appreciation and gratitude. We keep in our hearts and prayers this month all those who have sacrificed for our freedom. It is because of the sacrifices of others that we have so many blessings.

This month also brings progress reports, followed by student-involved conferences.  These three way conferences are a great opportunity for parents, students and teachers to discuss their child(ren)'s progress and to create a plan going forward. We encourage all families to take advantage of this very important opportunity to be involved in their child(ren)'s education. Research has shown team work between home and school often leads to success for the child.

We will also meet this month with representatives from all 32 of our Catholic School Community Councils (CSCC). At the CSCC meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017, we will meet in the gymnasium at Holy Rosary Community School. Following that meeting, we invite all parents and care givers to the Gratton Room for a presentation by our guest speaker, Melissa Mikel. Melissa will lead us in a workshop, "Equity Head to Toe" which is about helping families support children at home in a changing world. We will participate in activities to help create cultural responsiveness, and we encourage all who are available to attend.

Our schools are always busy. Please check your school's website calendar regularly to stay up to date.

Some important dates include:

November 10 – School Holiday for all students

November 11 – Remembrance Day

November 13 – Stat Holiday for Remembrance Day

November 24 – Teacher Professional Day/ Staff Meeting Day – No school for all students

November 27 – Elementary Progress Reports

Thank you for choosing and supporting Catholic education.

"Jesus gave us the light which shines in the darkness. Defend and protect this light: it is the greatest treasure entrusted to you."

~Pope Francis

Equity Head to Toe

September 29, 2017

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Melissa Mikel  will speak with Regina Catholic School Division staff on  Thursday, November 16.  We have opened up her session to an open invitation for our parents to attend as well. Equity Head to Toe introduces a practical and meaningful approach to equity in the classroom: engaging students with their head (knowledge), heart (compassion) and feet (action). Participants will be engaged in interactive activities and introduced to free resources that are readily available to use in their classrooms; they only require an open mind and readiness to explore. Parents can apply these lessons at home.

The session runs in the Gratton Room,  3120 - 14th Avenue, on Thursday, November 16 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.

Equity Head to Toe

October 20, 2017

​Join us to learn how you can support your children at home in a changing world.​ Our population is changing  as we welcome many different people to Canada. This impacts all students. We are building an approach that is both practical and meaningful, and want to share this will all our families. Guest speaker Melissa Mikel will lead us through activities that can foster cultural responsiveness. 

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Equity Head to Toe
Guest Speaker Melissa Mikel
Thursday, November 16
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Gratton Room, 3120 - 14th Avenue

Melissa Mikel is Director of Education Goodwin Learning Centre and Executive Director of Pebbles For Peace.

From Our Board of Trustees

October 02, 2017


Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

With the hustle and bustle of September behind us, our three new schools, St. Elizabeth, St Kateri Tekawitha and St. Nicholas, are now officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Don Bolen. It has been a wonderful celebration for our school division, students, staffs and communities.

While September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in our province, Regina Catholic Schools will mark the day on Monday, October 2. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we work with students to increase awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools. 

With Thanksgiving approaching on October 8th, we share with God our gratitude for His many blessings. We are so fortunate to have our freedom, our churches, and our schools. The gift of Catholic education is so essential for so many of our families. We pray that God continues to bestow upon all our families the blessings of faith, learning, and growth.

There are many exciting events coming up in our schools. Please check your child’s school calendar.
Some dates to be mindful of include:
October 5 – Teacher Professional Day for Elementary students
October 6 – Teachers’ Institute – Elementary and High School students
October 9 – Thanksgiving Monday

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.”
~Psalm 118:1

Greetings from the Board of Trustees!

September 01, 2017

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Our theme for this year is “Let Your Light Shine,” and we are confident that the Light within the Regina Catholic School Division will shine very brightly.

We are very blessed to have the gift of Catholic education in Saskatchewan. The support of our communities has been outstanding, particularly in the wake of the Theodore legal decision. The latest news regarding Theodore is an appeal from the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association, as well as the provincial government. The government has also invoked the notwithstanding clause. Fundraising has been initiated by Saskatchewan Catholic School Divisions to support the Appeal. More information about Catholic education and making a donation can be found at

This year marks a year of great growth for Regina Catholic Schools. We have three brand new schools: École St. Elizabeth, St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, and St. Nicholas School. Each will be opened with an Official Blessing from Archbishop Donald Bolen, as well as a Grand Opening event with the Ministry of Education. We pray that these new schools bring as much life and learning into their communities as each of our existing schools do.

As we return from what we trust was a relaxing and fun summer holiday, we pray that each of our students, staff members and families is ready to face the new school year with joy. Studying, homework and learning begins anew, and we take time to set new goals, learn new skills, and renew our relationship with God.

“Sharpen your gaze in order to see the signs God shows us in reality."
~Pope Francis

JEAN VANIER Newsletters

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Please click here to view the past  Newsletters.

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Kids Plus Accident Insurance

June 20, 2017
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For your convenience, we've made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

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For complete plan details, please visit

May Long Weekend

May 18, 2017

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There is NO school for Jean Vanier students Friday, May 19th up to and including Tuesday, May 24th.  We wish you all a wonderful long weekend and see you on Wednesday.

Moving In Faith 2017

May 03, 2017


Orange Shirt Day 2017

September 29, 2017

Orange Shirt Day

September 30- Orange Shirt Day (Regina Catholic Schools Acknowledgement October 2, 2017)
How a six year old's first day at residential school inspired a movement across the country which people wear orange to honour residential school survivors. Originated from a campaign started by Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. She tells her story of her shiny new orange shirt that was taken away on her first day of residential school. 
September 30, was chosen because it marks a time in history where children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in residential schools. This opportunity sets the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. 
Mandated by the Government of Saskatchewan August 2016- 
"The more we talk, the more we learn and the more people remember." Ellie Colling
#everychildmatters     #orangeshirtday​

Physical Activity Information Night

May 03, 2017

​Our friends at St Jerome are going to be holding an information night about activity availability in Regina.  Please join them if you can.Physical Activity Information Night Poster 2017.jpg

Saskatchewan Abilities 2017 Summer Fun Program

June 01, 2017

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​The Summer Fun Program provides children and youth living with a disability an opportunity to enjoy safe and fun outings within the community, enjoy friendships, develop skills and have fun through organized group recreational and leisure activities,.


August 25, 2017

​As in the past, Jean Vanier encourages families to drop off supplies for the students (personal items, medical supplies, etc) prior to our students' first day.  Stop in on August 30th or September 1st, if you can and stay for a coffee and to catch up.Looking forward to seeing you all for another wonderful year!​


Terry Fox Bake Sale Fundraiser!

September 29, 2017


Jean Vanier will be holding their annual Terry Fox Bake Sale Fundraiser on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29th.   Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the school office.  Thank you so much for your generosity once again.


August 25, 2017

​Parents, you will be receiveing an email or letter by Monday August 28, 2017 confirming pick up and drop off times.    If you have any questions or have not recieved the information for your child, please contact the Transportation person, Elena Chase, 306-791-7214.