School News & Announcements

Important Information for this Year & Next School Year

posted Jun 12, 2019, 6:52 PM by Michelle McGarry   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 6:55 PM ]



We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the BBQ tomorrow evening!  Let’s all pray for good weather!

As we come to the end of our school year together I wanted to express how much of an honour it has been to join such a vibrant and caring school community this year! I am humbled by the support I have received and the sense of joyous community engendered by our students, family, staff and community members that make up our wonderful school community.

On behalf of the staff, we want to thank you for your dedication to our school this year and to the great partnership between home, school and Parish. We look forward to all of the innovation and excitement that will occur in our school next year!

We bid a fond farewell to staff members who are moving on. We wish Ms.DiNardo, Mme Khaddaj, Ms. Penny, Mr. Vispo,and Ms Yaworski all the best as they move on to new placements in the fall and to Mme Santerre and Mrs Walhert a wonderful retirement!

We would also like to take this time to sincerely thank our inspiring Catholic School Council for all of their hard work and dedication to our school community. Our sense of community was strengthened and our students greatly benefited from all of the successful events they organized this year!  A very special thank you is extended to Mrs. Lisa DiNoble, our School Council Chair, who provided excellent leadership in all of her years serving on Council. You will be greatly missed!

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer and look forward to seeing everyone again in September!

Michelle McGarry & St Francis Staff

Here is a list of our end of year celebrations:

Family BBQ tomorrow beginning at 5:00

Last Pizza Lunch Friday, June 14th

Year End Mass Friday, June 21 at 9:30 am in our school gym.

Parents and guardians are welcome to join us.

June School Council Meeting Mon, June 17th at 7:00 pm

Gr 6 Leaving Ceremony Wed, June 26th at 9:45 am in our school gym

Report Cards/ IEPs sent home Wed, June 26th

Last Day of School Thurs, June 27th (all medication will be returned home)

CLASS PLACEMENTS for next year are in the process of being finalized. All educators spend many hours collaborating to ensure we have the best class groupings. We take into consideration many factors and take this very seriously; please know that we look to see what is best for all of our students. We appreciate your support in this regard.

Please email Ms Kerry if your children will not be returning to St Francis in September if you haven’t had a chance to do so already. Additionally, Information was sent home today regarding cross-boundary applications for those families that have a cross-boundary so our files can be updated. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding this process.

Information for the 2019/2020 School Year

OFFICE will open  Monday, August 26 @ 9:30 am.

Please don’t hesitate to drop off medications during this week. All students will need a  Request and Consent to Administer Medication signed by a doctor for each medication administered at school (epi-pens & inhalers included) and those students who need an inhaler while at school will need a filled Asthma Management Plan completed. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school so that you can ensure the proper paperwork is signed for the first day of school. (Links to the forms are located in the email sent out to everyone on Thursday, June 12th)

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A complete listing of all staff and their assignments will be communicated in September. Please remember that class organization is always tentative until reviewed by our Human Resources Department and Senior Admin during the first week of school. Classes are not finalized until the end of September. You will be notified if your child is involved in any change of class or teacher.

Day 1 procedures for students in Grade SK to Grade 6 will be as follows:

Morning recess will be from 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Staff will have a class list posted outside, weather permitting and, will be outdoors welcoming students. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and students can proceed to their class with their educators. If it is raining we will meet in the gym.

Kindergarten Orientation & Staggered Entry Dates: Orientation dates for Junior Kindergarten are September 3 and 4 inclusive. An invitation will be sent home to each parent by email with the date and time of their meeting with their Kindergarten educators.

September School Supplies

All students: backpack, lunch bag, pencil case, water bottle, indoor shoes (non-marking soles please) Please label everything!

For Kindergarten students only: all items listed above except the pencil case, please ensure shoes have velcro and not laces. Additionally a yoga matt/ blanket, full spare set of clothes. Please label everything!

Boomerang Lunch:

As part of our Platinum School Environmental initiatives, we will be asking students to bring Boomerang snacks and lunches to school starting September 2019.  This means all waste created during snacks and lunches that cannot be recycled or composted will be sent back home. Boomerang lunches are an integral part of the Eco Schools initiatives at St. Francis of Assisi.

2019-2020 Student Transportation Information

Transportation - The First Day of School

Starting a new school year can be a time of anxiety for students (and their parents). Staff focus on the first day is targeted on the goal of receiving students and sending them home safely. Rest assured that school staff are ready to greet your child and deliver them to their classroom first thing in the morning. Staff also have the required information to get your child to the correct location at the end of the day (childcare, bus, kiss and ride, etc.). The first day of school is carefully planned; staff organize the children, provide bus tags etc., and bus drivers check and double check stops while getting to know the names and faces of the students on the route.  

Parents can help staff establish the routines by following the pick up and drop off methods for their child. It is highly recommended that, on the first days of school, your child follow their regular transportation routine. This will provide your child with the specific arrival and departure instructions and the opportunity to practice and establish transportation routines from day one.

Route Information:

In order to secure a seat for your child from the first day of school, it is important that you ensure an accurate home or daycare address is in the school’s information system prior to July.  

Route information will be available to parents as of August via the online Parent Portal. Student Transportation Information can also be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of the OSTA website. Website:

EQAO Dates Shifted

posted May 14, 2019, 11:49 AM by Michelle McGarry

Dear Parents

We have shifted our EQAO writing dates by one day. Here is the updated schedule:

Gr 3: Wed May 22nd - Fri May 24th then Tues May 28th - Thurs May 30th

Gr 6: Wed May 22nd - Fri May 24th then Mon May 27th  - Wed May 29th

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your children are well rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and are at school on time ready to go on each of these days! If something urgent comes up please contact the school right away to let us know your child will be absent.

Ms McGarry and the Gr 3 & 6 Education Teams

2nd Annual Eco Fair

posted May 5, 2019, 11:26 AM by Michelle McGarry

Here is a sneak peek of what you will see at our 2nd Annual Eco Fair:

1. Outdoor Classroom - Want to know what improvements we’re making this year? You’ve come to the right booth! A HUGE THANK YOU PARENT COUNCIL FOR DONATING $1000 for this project. We want YOU to have your say. What would you like to see implemented outside at our school? Please be sure stop by the booth and let us know by filling out the form.

2. Crayola Marker Recycle Booth - See how we collected old writing instruments for recycling.

3. Plastic Bag Grab - See how many bags we have saved from our landfills this year.

4. Newspaper Compost Bin Liners - We make them all on our for the compost bins. Learn in quick easy steps how to make them.

5. My Pet Rock - Want to adopt one of these sweet rocks? It’s only $1.00 per rock to adopt them.. We thank you in advance for you donations and for making a difference in our school!

6. Eco Word Searches - grab your eco word search created by students to calm your brain. They are fun and maybe even a challenge.

7. Upcycling/Recycling Art - check out our many art displays. See how you can re-use to make things beautiful again!

8. Painted Pots/Plants - Check out the biodegradable planters and flowers. Take one home!

Catholic Education Week

posted Apr 26, 2019, 9:13 AM by Michelle McGarry

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10

We have many exciting events planned for the students but we wanted to first highlight our Open House scheduled for Thursday, May 9th so that you can hopefully make plans to join us for some or all of it!

8:30  GYM     come and mingle with other parents in our community in the gym  Muffins & coffee will be available

                       Eco Fair & information from our Entrepreneurial Adventure  and our School Council will be highlighted at this time as well

9:15  GYM      Dance Showcase Team will perform

                        Principal will introduce our School- Wide Brain Inquiry

9:40                 Classroom Visits to learn about the brain from our students

10:15 - 10:45   Praying Together as a Community:   Please join us for our Education Week Liturgy of the Word in the Gym

Other activities that students will participate in will be

Monday, May 6th            Dress in green to show your school spirit during our Education Week Spirit Assembly

Tuesday May 7th            AM Living as Joyful Disciples Faith Activities in each classroom,  Clean Up the Capitol,

                                         All day Kinder classes to the Shenkman Arts Center

Wed May 8th                   Gr 3-6 students going to the Ottawa Fury Soccer Game  

                                          Grandparents/ Family members in to read with the Kinder, Gr 1 & 2 classes (invitations coming soon!)

Thurs May 9th                Open House!

Friday May 10th              AM - Special guests in to celebrate their love of reading with our classes  

                                         PM - Playing Together as a Community - Math & French games

Additionally it is Child Mental Health Week therefore we will even more intentionally highlight wellness strategies in the following ways: school wide meditation (Mon), Praying in Colour (Tues),  tell a joke: the power of laughter & positivity (Wed), the importance of Gratitude (Thurs) & Bust-A-Move: the benefits of physical activity (Fri)

Looking forward to seeing everyone during our Open House!

Warm Regards

St Francis of Assisi

Leaving Ceremony Picture Retakes

posted Apr 16, 2019, 4:12 PM by Michelle McGarry

Just a reminder for those parents of grade 6 students that if you would like retakes, they are scheduled for this coming Wednesday, April 24th.

Our 2019 Lenten Project

posted Mar 20, 2019, 10:32 AM by Michelle McGarry

This year St Francis is continuing to support Chalice for our 2019 Lenten Project.  Chalice is a Catholic international aid charity organization based out of Nova Scotia. This group supports children, families and community development in many of the impoverished areas in our World. Last year we raised close to $2000.00 for food, water systems, farm animals, medical care, toiletries and the list goes on!  We are looking to match or beat that total this year!

To raise money, we have organized end-of-week-spirit days during Lent and ask that your child participate by dressing according to the theme and bringing a donation of $2 for each Spirit Day.

Friday March 22nd Wear Blue for Word Water Day & bring a reusable water bottle

Friday March 28th Twin Day: find a twin and dress the same!

Friday April 5th Sports Fan Day: Dress like you are going to a sports game!

Friday April 12th  Rock Star Day: Dress like you are ready to rock n' roll!

Thursday April 18th Grade Colour Day:

Kinder - Pink (Peace Innocence Love)

                                        Grade 1 - Purple (Wisdom as Mutual Care)

Grade 2 - Blue (Truth)

Grade 3 - Green (Life)

Grade 4 - Yellow (Grace)

Grade 5 - Orange (Mercy)

Grade 6 - Red (Outward Good)
We are having a Lenten Spirit Assembly tomorrow morning to kick off this worthwhile project and than you in advance for your support!

Invite to Participate in an Indigenous Circle of Learning

posted Mar 3, 2019, 1:48 PM by Michelle McGarry

Please see this link for more information on an upcoming FMNI Parent night 2019 OCSB FNMI Parent night poster

Leaving Ceremony Photo Day

posted Feb 26, 2019, 6:10 AM by Michelle McGarry

 SchoolSupportSocialJunior-Coming1Save the date!  Tuesday, March 26th is when our photographer is here to take our Grade 6 student's Leaving Ceremony pictures. 

Pink Shirt Day this Wednesday!

posted Feb 25, 2019, 11:30 AM by Michelle McGarry   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 11:31 AM ]

We are asking students and staff to wear a pink shirt this coming Wednesday, February 27th. This year's Pink Shirt Day is not only to raise awareness about bullying but to specifically talk about cyberbullying.  Our message throughout the day is we want social media users to THINK before they post: to determine if it is  True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

posted Feb 12, 2019, 11:09 AM by Kerry Clarke

Report cards will go home today.  Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, February 21st.

Online booking is now open, for teacher links please click on view more and then click here.

Thank you.

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