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January 18, 2018

​SaskAbilities is extending an invitaion for upcoming imformation sessions.  Please open the attached file to learn more about date, times and information covered.  For any furthere information,  please use the contact information listed on the invitation.  ​


Board of Trustees Newsletter

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

Board of Trustees Newsletter

December 04, 2017

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

Thank you to all who were a part of our student-involved conferences last month. The growth of our students is amplified when we sit with them to reflect on past work, and set goals for the future. Support at home is critical, and we are grateful for your participation.

Welcome to the season of anticipation: Advent. This special time in the liturgical year is particularly important in our schools, as we all wait for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We look forward to many liturgies and Masses, concerts and parties. This is a very joyful time for Catholics.

As you recall from previous communication, the Regina Catholic School Division is part of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board's fundraising campaign to cover the legal costs of keeping Catholic schools an option for all in Saskatchewan who desire Catholic education for their children. Thank you for your generous consideration of making a financial contribution. To find more information, please visit You can make a donation online, at the Catholic Education Centre at 2160 Cameron Street, or at your neighborhood Catholic school.

The weeks of Advent are always very full. Please consult your school's website calendar regularly to stay up to date. Of particular importance is the Christmas holiday we all look forward to. The last day of school is Friday December 22, and all students will finish school for the day one hour early. The first day back to school after the break is Monday, January 9, 2018.

Please continue to keep Catholic education in your prayers. May the light of Christ be upon you all this Advent season.

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"Advent is a time when we journey towards Jesus and his Kingdom of justice and peace."

~Pope Francis

Carmichael Outreach Center Sock Drive 2017.

December 04, 2017


Carmichael Outreach Center Sock Drive 2017

This is a reminder that Jean Vanier School is doing another sock drive for the less fortunate gentlemen of Regina. ​ 

Sock Drive 2017.pdf

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.

FREE Microsoft Office 2016

December 13, 2017

​Giving someone a new laptop this Christmas?  You'll need this link.


The Regina Catholic School Division provides all its staff and students with Microsoft Office 365 accounts for as long as anyone is part of the division. Office 365 provides access to important Microsoft Office programs – such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook through a web portal.
Thanks to Regina Catholic School Division’s agreement with Microsoft, our students and faculty can download and install Microsoft Office 2016 on their home computers for free!  You can install Office on up to 5 devices.  This is the same version of Microsoft Office that our students and teachers use in the classroom and integrates with Office 365.
To find out how to download Microsoft Office 2016 for free at home, click here​.

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 Christmas Hamper Donations

December 04, 2017

As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, we will be participating in a variety of service projects at Jean Vanier School.  One of these includes the preparation of Christmas hampers for families in our local community.  We will be creating Christmas hampers which will include food items, a toy or other gifts for each child, and gifts for the parents/guardian(s). 

Please see the list of items we will be collecting.Christmas hamper 2017.pdf

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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.

Monthly Newsletters

January 31, 2018

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Jean Vanier Monthly Newsletters.  If you require a prior month, please contact the office.

May Newsletter 2018.pdf

April 2018 Newsletter.pdf

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

Safety First

January 29, 2018

Student safety is always our number one priority, and we're blessed to have support from our friends at Regina Public Schools and the Regina Police Service, who created a video sharing an important message. Special thanks for Regina Police Chief Evan Bray for sharing these important words.

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Motorists, please remember to pay very close attention in all our school zones. Thank you for helping keep our children safe!

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!​


SSLC accessibility project

January 29, 2018

​Jean Vanier is so excited to learn that the SSLC accessibility project is complete!!  Both washroom and pool deck are now equipped with a roof lift system.  This is such wonderful news for our school, parents and guardians that use the pool and the community.   We are so thankful Sandar Schmirler Leisure Centre has completed this much needed lift system.

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Students Involved Conferences

November 27, 2017


This week parents will be invited to a Student Involved Conference or Celebration of Learning to discuss your child's progress so far this school year.  The approach we have used to report student learning is one that is a multi-faceted process. The Student Involved Conference is an important and valuable part of this process to provide parents with a more in-depth understanding of their child as a learner. As you participate in the Student Involved Conferences or Celebration of Learning you will discover your child's areas of strength and areas where they can continue to grow. It will be a team approach with student, parent and teacher.

We invite parents to preview the documents that are posted on our division web-site which provide additional information on assessment, grading and reporting.

Thank you for the time to celebrate and learn more about your child's school success. 

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.  

Trustee Newsletter

February 01, 2018


Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

We would like to send our gratitude for all who are speaking up to promote Catholic education in our province. We are truly blessed by your support. We most graciously accept your conversations, as well as your generous donations to the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association's fundraising campaign. More information is available online at

This month, we welcome our new Student Trustees to our Public Board Meeting on February 5th. These students represent our high schools, and bring a fresh voice and perspective to the Board table. They have been busy preparing over the last couple of months for their first Board meeting; and we are looking forward to having them as representatives of the student body. We wish all our high school students every success during Semester Two and this last half of our school year.

Monday, February 5, 2018 is also the date of our Annual Electors' Meeting, and all those who vote for Regina Catholic School Division Trustees are welcome. Please join us at 7:00 pm in the Gratton Room, 3120 – 14th Avenue.

With an early start to Lent this year, we have just a couple of weeks before we begin the Lenten journey of reflection. We invite you all to participate in the journey with your children, at school liturgies, prayer at home, and Mass at our Parishes. This is a special time in the church calendar, and an important time for growth and learning.

Along with Ash Wednesday and the start Lent, February also brings us some time to celebrate families. Leading up to family day and winter break, dates to remember are:

Friday, February 16 – Teachers' Convention - No School for students

Monday, February 19 - Family Day holiday

Tuesday, February 20 – Friday, February 23 - Winter break, no school for students

Monday, February 26 – Classes resume

We wish all our students and families some special time together during the February break and a prayerful, reflective Lenten season.

"Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy."

~Pope Francis

Trustee Newsletter

March 01, 2018
Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

During this season of Lent, we find ways to make amends with the Lord. Ash Wednesday was the day we were literally marked as we promised to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. We wore those ash crosses with pride and entered a time of fasting, praying and giving to others. With more of the 40 days to go, we look forward to marking Holy Week before taking Good Friday off to give thanks for the sacrifice Jesus Christ made to save each of us.

This month leads to another round of progress reports and student led conferences in our elementary schools. Once again, we ask all families to participate so we can continue to see great success in all our students. 

We are pleased to say our 2018/2019 school calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Thank you for considering this as you make vacation plans. 

As a Board, we are raising funds to protect and promote Catholic Education in our province, and we are holding a raffle. The grand prize is four tickets to the Eagles concert, and there are also two cash prizes. For more information about how to buy tickets, please visit our website.

Your support for Catholic Education is very important to us. Thank you for choosing a faith-based education for your children, and thank you for participating in the faith journeys of each of our students. More information is available online at

Some dates to note for March: 
Monday, March 12 – No School for students
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday holiday
March 30 to April 6 –Easter holidays; no school for students
Monday, April 9 – Classes resume

​​"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.." 
1 Peter 5:6

Trustee Newsletter

April 04, 2018

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!


With Lent behind us now, we enter the joyous season of Easter. This is not just one day for Catholics. We end a period of fasting and almsgiving by singing, "Alleluia" and marveling in the Easter mysteries.

Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." Matthew 28:9-10

Many parents attended an information session about social media and raising children in this digital age. Some of the material covered at that session is now posted on our website. Please visit us at to review this important information.

Catholic Education Matters is a campaign to promote and protect Catholic education in Saskatchewan. We are still selling raffle tickets to support this cause. The grand prize is four Eagles concert tickets, and there are also two cash prizes. For more information about how to buy tickets, please visit our website. We have also chosen Catholic Education Matters as the recipient of all donations at our 9th Annual Moving in Faith event. You can register now at The event will again involve a 2K and 5K walk/run/jog/stroller/wheelchair, as well as bouncy houses, face painting, balloon animals, taekwondo, free hot dogs and drinks, live entertainment, and a liturgy. We know many of our schools are dedicating fundraising efforts to this cause over the coming months, and we thank you for your generous support.

Monday, April 9 is the day all students and staff are back to school. We pray for a productive and joyful spring in Regina Catholic Schools.

Trustee Newsletter

May 02, 2018

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!


The promise of new life is more evident to us now with spring finally arriving! We're happy to see so many bike racks in use once again, and appreciate the efforts of many students in cleaning up litter and making their school yards ready for the sunshine.

Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."  Matthew 28:9-10

We are pleased the provincial government has reinstated 30 million dollars of the funding that was cut last year for kindergarten to grade 12 education. We have experienced tremendous growth, and have about 365 additional students projected for the 2018-2019 school year. Our total population next year will exceed 12,000 students. Over the next couple of months, the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration will review the 2018-2019 budget, and will approve it by June 30th. In light of the increased funding over last year, we are confident we can meet the staffing and operational requirements to accommodate the projected growth. We are also very pleased to see our two most pressing capital requirements, École St. Pius X and École St. Mary, are included in the Ministry of Education's list of the top ten capital priority projects.

Moving in Faith is now in its 9th year. We would love to see you out at the Canada Games Athletic Complex for Moving in Faith on Sunday, May 27. Please register and plan to be there for a free hot dog and drink, Dino Bouncers, face painting, balloon animals, taekwondo, rugby, a photo booth, live music, and a liturgy to kick off the 2K and 5K routes. We welcome all runners, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs and wagons. Sign your family up online at All donations collected at Moving in Faith will support Catholic Education Matters.

Catholic Education Matters is a campaign to promote and protect Catholic education in Saskatchewan. We are grateful for your ongoing support, and look forward to the many planned events at our schools supporting this cause. May 6-12 is Catholic Education Week, and we want to thank you all for choosing Catholic Education for your child. We also want to remain vigilant and protect this blessing that is available to all who choose a faith-based education for their children.

Students are treated to a four day long weekend May 18-21, and we pray it will be a safe and relaxing time for you all.

U of R Pie in The Face

January 25, 2018

​If you have the opportunity, this would be a great fundraiser to support. 


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