School News & Announcements

Helmet Weekend Discount

posted May 11, 2017, 8:48 AM by Carole Parent

For the sixth year, Ottawa Public Health has partnered with sports retailers across Ottawa to bring residents a discount on helmets. Helmets prevent serious brain and head injuries by absorbing the force from a fall or hit to the head. Helmets are recommended for activities like skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, sledding, skating, skiing and snowboarding. In Ontario, it is mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle (Highway Traffic Act).

The Retailer Helmet Weekend Discount is May 13 & 14, 2017.

For a list of participating helmet retailers, please visit:


School Council

posted May 11, 2017, 8:24 AM by Carole Parent

The minutes and the agenda for next Monday's meeting have been posted under the Catholic School Council tab above.

ECO Fair 2017

posted Apr 30, 2017, 7:01 PM by Carole Parent

St. Francis of Assisi - Eco Fair - Education Week 2017 page1image1576

St. Francis of Assisi is proud to announce that we are hosting our very first Eco Fair on Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:15-10:15, during Education Week. Parents are welcome to pop into the Learning Commons and check out all of our student-lead exhibits. We are also very excited to share that we are almost ready to start building our Outdoor Classroom in the primary yard. This a very exciting project for our school. The Eco Patrol has done an amazing job at sharing their ideas of what an outdoor learning space looks like. We are all so proud of them and can’t wait to have our first class enjoy this space.

Here is a sneak peek of what you will see at our Eco Fair.

  1. Staples Booth - See how we collect old writing instruments and toner cartridges for recycling.

  2. Pizza Boxes - Do you wonder what we do with all those boxes?

  3. Plastic Bag Grab - Check our our amazing partnership with Holy Cross School. See how many bags we have saved from our landfills. Learn about our next Plastic Bag Grab challenge in partnership with Walmart.

  4. Outdoor Classroom - Want to know where it will be and how we will build it? You’ve come to the right booth!

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

  6. My Pet Rock - Want to adopt one of these sweet rocks? It’s only $1.00 per rock to adopt them. Monies raised will go towards paint for the tires that have been donated. The tires will be used in our outdoor classroom and to plant flower gardens. We thank you in advance for you donations and for making a difference in our school!

Each of the students booths have been organized and presented to promote environmental sustainability through literacy, mathematics, science and the arts. 

A Whipped Pie Challenge

posted Apr 13, 2017, 12:24 PM by Carole Parent   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 12:27 PM ]
Have a look at the results of our whipped pie challenge as it unfolded in our gymnasium today. Lots of fun!

Pie Face Challenge!

posted Apr 11, 2017, 7:49 AM by Carole Parent   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

Getting worried about our pie face challenge! Go St. Francis, go!


posted Apr 10, 2017, 6:41 AM by Carole Parent

As we embark on our last week of Lent, we have challenged the students to raise $500. from now until Thursday morning (April 13th), for the school we are supporting in Nunavut. For every $2.00 a child brings in, they will be given a coupon. If we reach our goal for the week, we will be drawing three names on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Those three students will get the unique chance to throw a cream pie at the principal (Mme Parent), the designate (Mrs. Harrington) or the caretaker (Mr. Wayne)'s face. Let's see if the students can meet the challenge!

Understanding the Kindergarten Report Card

posted Apr 4, 2017, 9:03 AM by Carole Parent

Please find attached approved PDF versions of “Full Day Kindergarten Understanding Your Child’s Reports -A Parent’s Guide to Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning ”. These are now available in English at and in French.

Big Emotions Workshop for Parents

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:12 AM by Carole Parent

Your Action Plan for Supporting Big Emotions - Yours and Your Child’s

This highly interactive workshop will have you working on your own and in groups to understand your emotional triggers and your child’s and find better calming techniques and solutions to create more harmonious relationships in your home.

Speaker: Joanne Boyd

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:00-9:00 PM

St. Matthew High School

6550 Bilberry Drive, Orleans

Mental Health Workshop for Parents

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:10 AM by Carole Parent

Recognizing and supporting the mental health needs of our children and youth

This session will explore the concepts of "normal stress" and the "continuum of mental health" along with the signs and symptoms of potential mental health issues in children and youth.  When and where to access services and supports for mental health within our community will be discussed. Strategies to foster resilience in our children and youth will be shared.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Paquette

Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:00-9:00 PM

Immaculata High School

140 Main Street, Ottawa

Skates Needed.

posted Mar 24, 2017, 12:58 PM by Kerry Clarke

We are looking for skates size 10 - 11 - 12 - 1 - 2 - 3 mostly girls, but we will accept boys as well.  If you have some to lend to us, please bring them to the school on Monday.

Thank you,

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