Happy Holidays, see you in September! Blessings from the staff at JJN

We look forward to seeing our returning families and meeting all our new families on Sept. 1st!

We look forward to seeing our returning families and meeting all our new families on Sept. 1st!

If you are looking for information on registering your child, you can access our online applications to the left, or call our District Office at 780-459-7711.

Welcome Back Information!

We will be opening the doors on August 30th at 6:00 p.m. for all students and their families to come and meet their new teacher and say hello to old and new friends. The first day of classes is September 1st.


Today we hosted a bbq hot dog lunch for our student volunteers. We have over 210 grade 4-6 students that volunteer within the school on a regular basis. Thank you so much for all you do!



To report a student absence click here. Include your child's full name, teacher's name and the reason for absence. 

Grade 1 fun!

In celebration of Arbor Day the Grade One students participated in the City of St. Albert's Arbor Day Program at Grosvenor Park. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about plants and to add more trees to Alberta's landscape. 

Kindergarten Fun!

Playing with the chicks

Playing with the chicks

The kindergarteners were busy building a house for their chicks!

First Communion Celebration

This past Sunday, 27 J.J. Nearing students received their First Communion at St. Albert Parish. Father Ignacy loved celebrating Mass with our young children who were eager to partake of the Holy Eucharist.  We want to thank our Pastoral Assistant, Mark Gueverra for all his help and preparations in making this such a meaningful and special day for these 27 students. Mark Gueverra and our Religious Education Facilitator, Colin Loiselle, are invited to come to our school on June 2nd to celebrate with all our students who received their sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.  We will share our lunches together and provide the students with ice cream sundaes.

Grade One Science!

Our students learned about living things and what they need to live and grow at the St. Albert Botanic Park. By studying a variety of living things, students become familiar with similarities and differences and develop skills for describing and classifying what they see. Through the topic, students become aware that groups of living things have some common needs and that different animals and plants meet those needs in different ways. Students also learn about their own responsibility in caring for living things. Each student planted a sunflower to bring home to watch and grow!

Hats on for Mental Health Day!

Hats off to our friends in Fort McMurray - God Bless!


Our students had the opportunity to watch a cultural performance by the Shumka School of Dance today. The staff and students were overwhelmingly enthusiastic at the high level of performance presented to us. All the twirls, stamps, high kicks and cart wheels had us thoroughly entertained! 

Makerspace Generates Huge Student Buzz!

Creating a Foozball table from cardboard!

Creating a Foozball table from cardboard!

Our students will not allow us to cancel their weekly Makerspace block in our library, no matter what comes up! Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and plain old creating and tinkering.  There is a strong movement to connect people back to "making" again.  Too many activities simply include swiping - designers make it difficult for us to take objects apart today - it is hard to even change a battery in a phone these days.  It is a human drive to create and design things they might need.  Makerspace encourages our students to problem-solve, create, and simply make things across the disciplines.  We do include robotics and coding - so children can learn to problem solve and really see cause and effect in their programming, but Makerspace also includes creating in the arts, writing, filming, designing...  See this video for an idea of what Makerspace is in general.  It addresses our curriculum's 20th century competencies very well.  Makerspaces are being included in schools throughout Canada, the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand as we see that students can learn so much when given the time to inquire and create in such an engaging fashion!  Thank you to our School Council for supporting us with the funds to purchase the large variety of materials required to run a stimulating Makerspace.


Our students love the Maker Club held on Wednesdays after school with Mr, Kelly, Ms. Hildebrand, and Mrs. Semple.

Watch this awesome stop motion video below that was created by our talented grade six student - Caidence!

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Registration is open for all grade levels! Please call our office for a package.

Project based learning starts in our kindergarten classes!

Project based learning starts in our kindergarten classes!

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J.J. Nearing loved Safire's  performance today and her strong anti-bullying message!

Thank you!

Our J.J. Nearing staff thanks our "Super" parents with a morning coffee and homemade muffin!

Mark Gueverra hosts Blaze Retreat!

Our grade five students took part in an engaging afternoon retreat lead by our Pastoral Assistant, Mr. Mark Gueverra. He spoke to the children about what it means to confirm your faith in God.  He spoke about how the students might prepare for the sacrament…

CONGRATULATIONS to our runners!

A big congratulations goes out to all members of the JJN Running Club for giving a fantastic performance at the Running Room Indoor Games at the Butterdome.  The boys' team qualified to run in the quarter finals and ended up finishing 45th out of over…

Junior ATB bank Opens At J.J. Nearing!

We are excited to announce the opening of a Junior ATB program at J.J. Nearing.  It is a small-scale bank, operated by students in grades 4-6. It is modeled after an ATB Financial Institution and our students will be responsible for its management and…

JJN Dolphin Wrestlers

Congratulations to our Dolphin wrestlers that competed in the Junior Olympics in Hinton this weekend. JJ Nearing brought home 11 medals including 5 Gold!

Grade 6 Wake-a-thon!

Friday, February 12th, was a day our grade 6's will NEVER forget! The students and grade 6 staff enjoyed 12 hours of festivities at the 7th annual wake-a-thon to raise money and awareness of Edmonton Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope. We are proud…

Running Club success!

The boys and girls in the J.J. Nearing Running Club did amazing on Wednesday at the Running Room Indoor Relay Games at the U of A Butterdome. They ran their hardest and did their very best. Both boy's and girl's teams made it to the next round of the…


Mr. Colin Loiselle, our Religious Education Consultant, gathered the students in the gym to explain why we burn ashes for Lent and that Lent is a time to “reboot” our faith and to focus on following Jesus’ message of Love and Mercy.

Rabbit Hill ski day!

The grades 1-6 students and staff enjoyed skiing, snowboarding and celebrating a successful day on the hill with each other!

Awesome Wrestling Tournament

Our team of 52 wrestlers hosted and competed in a tournament at J.J. Nearing.  The wrestlers were excited to compete and had a large home crowd to cheer them on.  Thank you to our wonderful coaches for putting on this wonderful event!!


Creative Cardboard Architects!

We were amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of our students across all the grades as we held our Cardboard Mania Showcase today.  Our students were very engaged in creating their projects over the last two days.  They realized all the fun you can…

Advent Celebration picture gallery!

Dear Santa!

Our 6C students had a wonderful afternoon helping our kindergarten students write their letters to Santa.

St. Therese de Lisieux presentation

Our students gave a 5 star review to Maureen Rooney's presentation on the life of our patron saint, St. Therese de Lisieux.  Several students were impressed by St. Therese's message of doing little things with great love. Just doing the small things…

Gorgeous Christmas Tree!

Our students created beautiful star decorations for our tree.  We chose Stars in solidarity with the Philippines. As our district is raising funds this year to build a school in Tacloban, Philippines, we wanted to keep them front of mind.  The Filipino…

Christmas Angels

We were blessed with a heavenly performance by our Grade 1, 3 & 5 students along with the J.J. Nearing Senior Choir. Parents and staff have been raving about our talented performers. Thank you to Mrs. Irene Szmihelsky for her extraordinary talent, patience…

Advent Celebration

Today, our grade three students hosted a lovely Advent Celebration filled with song and prayers. Thank you to Father Ignacy for leading us in the Celebration. Please see the photo gallery below!

Hour of Code!

This week, grade 6 students participated in code.org's Hour of Code event. Students began to understand some computer code and got to make games and solve problems. Coding is being identified as one of the new literacies for the 21st Century. Code runs…

Stand up PINK Dance Party

The staff and students spent the week learning how to be UPstanders and not BYstanders to bullying. We created a great Speak-out post-it wall that the students filled with notes of positivity and kindness.

Remembrance Day

On Tuesday, November 10th our school community gathered to remember the service and sacrifice of our Canadian soldiers. It was so nice to see so many family members in attendance. Thank you to all of our students who dressed in uniform and assisted with…

Makerspace Exploration!

Our new Library Commons is focusing on reading and learning.  Learning through problem solving our way through all kinds of challenges.  Challenges in the area of creativity, building, technology and coding to name a few!  Our students are excited…

Halloween Dance Fun!!

Our students and their families had a "Spooktacular" time at the JJN Annual Halloween Dance!

Father Ignacy visits the school!

J.J. Nearing students (from kindergarten to grade six) are really enjoying Father Ignacy's visits to their classrooms.  Their questions demonstrated a curiosity about their priest and various aspects of our faith.  They were very engaged by Father's…

Amazing Thanksgiving Spirit!

Thank you to all our families who were so generous in their support of the St. Vincent de Paul food bank drive!  Our school donated an incredible 394 bags of food and toiletries! JJN is a truly giving community! Val Merchant from our St. Albert Parish…

Terry Fox Run!

All 460 of our students took part in the 75th anniversary of Terry Fox's run.  We filled a huge glass jar with out silver collection.  We raised 892.00 for this very worthy cause. Thank you!!  Many of our students ran the full 5km run!

JJN Cross Country Runners!

Our cross country runners did very well at the St. Albert District run. Congratulations go out to all runners for their great effort!

J.J. Nearing is Growing!!

We were thrilled to see that giant crane lift our beautiful new portable into its place. Mrs. Lema's class is anxiously awaiting for moving day!

Opening School Celebration and Blessing of the Gr. 4 Bibles

We were pleased to have Father Ignacy come to the school to celebrate our Opening Liturgy with our students.  It is always a moving moment to see our grade four student receive their bibles.  The celebration ended with all our students dancing to our…

A Great Start to the Year!

Our students are settling in well to the school routines.  Recess time and seeing all their friends have been to easiest ones to return to!! In our Welcome Back week, the students were given a Surprise Recess with bottles of bubble solution.  Click…

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