School News & Announcements

Oct 18th Family Newsletter

posted by Michelle McGarry

Hello,

Our Harvest Dance is coming up next Friday! Here is the information flyer and volunteer sign up . Many thanks to School Council’s leadership and all those who volunteer for this amazing community-building opportunity! I am thrilled that we have this wonderful family event and can’t wait to join in with my family.

Thank you as well to Council for purchasing sand for our very large sandbox.  Between the rain this week, the kinder and primary students have thoroughly enjoyed digging and creating! If anyone has sand toys, dinosaurs, cars, trucks…. they would like to donate, please don’t hesitate to send them to school with your child. We promise to put them to good use!

A reminder to parents to sign up on the Divine Infant Parish website if their children will be experiencing the Sacraments this year! There is a meeting in the Parish Hall tomorrow at 10:00 for First Eucharist participants

Halloween is just around the corner which means we will be having our Halloween Parade around the school on Oct 31st!  This year all students are invited to wear their costumes all day. Please keep in mind that students will be going outside on the yard while they wear them.  Please, no masks or really scary costumes. We would also suggest that costumes props are kept to a minimum to ensure students don’t lose them at school during the day.

Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 14th. More details will come closer to this date. There will be a PD Day on Friday, Nov 15th.  

CEFO Children’s Theatre Workshop series will take place from Sat Oct 26th - Nov 23rd. The registration deadline is Oct 23 and the application and more information can be accessed at www.cefo.org

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,

Michelle McGarry and St Francis Staff

Oct 10th Family Newsletter

posted Oct 15, 2019, 9:38 AM by Michelle McGarry

We had our Thanksgiving Mass today and welcomed Fr Anthony to our school.  It was an uplifting experience for our students and his message regarding the importance of being happy, thankful and kind like Jesus asks us, was well received by our students.

Pizza lunches are going to start Friday, October 25th and occur on Fri Nov 8th & 22nd, Fri Dec 6th & 20th and lastly on Thurs, Jan 23rd.Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the delay.  You can place your child’s order through School Cash Online up until Tuesday, October 22nd at 11:59pm. https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com   

A reminder that tomorrow we gather as a School Board community to pray, connect with colleagues and recharge our soul. Our Director has planned many great presentations for us!  Thus tomorrow is a PD Day.

On the Horizon:

Next week is Waste Reduction Week with Wednesday being World Food Day. Explore the UN’s World Food Day website to learn about their 2019 campaign “Healthy Days for a #ZeroHunger World” and learn how you can take action on a global scale and in our local community.

Monday, Oct 21st is our 2nd School Council Meeting in the Learning Commons from 7:00 - 8:30.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, Oct 22nd is Picture Retake Day!

Wednesday, Oct 23rd is Take Me Outside Day so be sure to dress for a longer time learning outside!

Friday, Oct 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 is our Harvest Dance! It is a wonderful family event organized and run by our amazing School Council.  Everyone is encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and come and socialize and dance! More information will be communicated closer to the event.

Tuesday, Oct 29th - Progress Reports and accompanying IEPs will go home

We wish each of our families a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Take care,

Michelle McGarry


Family Newsletter Oct 2nd

posted Oct 3, 2019, 12:20 PM by Michelle McGarry

Good Evening,

We have had an update in regards to the current labour situation with our CUPE members. To clarify, these members are our Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Library Technician and our school Office Administrators. This morning the Board updated their website with the following information:

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing education workers across the province announced at 10:00 am this morning (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) they will be escalating strike action to full withdrawal of services effective October 7, 2019 should a settlement not be reached by the end of the day October 6, 2019.

We will provide updates to our school communities as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued prayers, patience and understanding.

Please continue to check the https://www.ocsb.ca/labour-2019/ for updates and call me should you have any questions.

Other news:

We had a great turn out for our School Council night! I am pleased to announce our large and exciting 2019/2020 School Council:

Lisa Konowalchuk - Chair

Trevor Butler - Co-Chair

Laura Lamoureux: Treasurer

Colleen Cannon- Secretary


Voting Members:

Adora Bismonte, Ashley Ratnam, Beth Dotson, Christine Roussin, Czarinne Inocencio, Hon Voong, Jen Simpson, Johanna Graham, Jasmine Aresta-Sheikh, Kim Downey, Lorna Bonvie, Margaret Veira, Natasha Stanzel, Paola Lombardi, Veronica Gavin


There were also many other adults present to join in the conversation and offer their time to volunteer for upcoming events. Our next meeting is Monday, Oct 21, 2019. We understand that this Election Night but hope you can vote and then attend the meeting. This is truly a dynamic group of people who will positively influence our students’ and staff’s school experience!

Our iWalk day was today and Fizz the Beaver was in attendance!  Our parent survey closes on October 3rd so please take the time to complete it via this link:  to the School Active Transportation Family Survey for St. Francis of Assisi

As stated in my last communication, Oct 4th is the Feast Day of Saint Francis and to honour this day we will be spending time outside as well as having a Pet blessing ceremony from 4:00 - 4:30 PM by Deacon Steve from Divine Infant Parish. Additional information for this event is as follows: we will meet by the flagpole at the front of the school, not in the schoolyard as previously indicated, and please ensure animals are on a leash or in a carrier.

Lastly, thank you to those parents who have contacted the school to indicate that the process to purchase school pictures is not currently working. I will be in touch with Edge Imaging to let them know of the difficulties.

Have a wonderful evening,

Michelle McGarry


Information after Curriculum Night

posted Oct 3, 2019, 12:18 PM by Michelle McGarry

Hello!

It was wonderful to see such a great turn out during Curriculum Night last week! Research has shown that a strong home/school connection greatly improves student learning and that was definitely in evidence!  

As promised, here is the link to help families to support the use of OCSB's digital tools in order to support their child’s learning and help them answer "What did you learn at school today?".

As discussed, our school is currently participating in the School Active Transportation Program!  Here is the link to the School Active Transportation Family Survey for St. Francis of Assisi. The information collected will be used to guide the Walk-About assessment (especially taking a look at our parking lot) and to develop the Action Plan for our school. As part of this, we are working to reduce school zone traffic and encourage more students to walk and wheel to school.


Here are our upcoming events:


Sacramental Preparation: unfortunately the information that I provided you in my last communication was the dates from last year - my apologies!  Divine Infant's website has been updated and here are the links to all of the necessary information. Please check ASAP as important dates are coming up soon! 

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist: http://www.divineinfant.on.ca/reconeuch.html

Confirmation: http://www.divineinfant.on.ca/confirmation.html

School Council Meeting/ Elections are tomorrow night beginning at 7:00 in the Learning Commons. All are welcome! We have some very exciting ideas for this year and we would like your thoughts and volunteering of your time to make it happen!

Terry Fox Run/ Walk is Thursday, Sept 26th with a rain date of Friday, Sept 27th. Wear your school colours, dress to be outside, donate and make sure to fill in the excursion form that was sent home! Many thanks to Ms Kent and Mr Boddy for organizing this event!

Orange Shirt Day -  Orange Shirt Day is commemorated on September 30th each year and we encourage everyone to show their support! It is an influential movement sweeping across Canada that is helping to educate our students and communities on the history and legacy of the Residential School system. For more information, see the Official website:  http://www.orangeshirtday.org/ 

iWalk Day -  On Wednesday, Oct 2nd we will host a Walk to School Event to celebrate iWalk Day (International Walk to School Day!). We encourage as many students as possible to choose walking and wheeling to school on this day - and every day! Live in the bus zone? Riding the school bus is also a great option!  Not only is physical activity good for our bodies and minds - the walk to school can be a meaningful quality time with your child. Can’t walk or wheel all the way in? Consider parking a few blocks away and walking the last few minutes to school!  We hope you will join us in the celebration and create fun, healthy routines!

St Francis of Assisi Feast Day is Friday, Oct 4th! In honour of St Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of the environment and animals, families are encouraged to come back to school with their pets from 4:00 - 4:30 PM to be part of a blessing ceremony on the yard from Deacon Steve! During the day classes will be spending time outside so please dress according to the weather! Many thanks to Mrs Birch for organizing this event! 

Our Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Thursday, Oct 10th beginning at 9:45 in our gym.  We are excited to welcome our new Priest, Fr Anthony! Many thanks to Mme Hatano and Mrs Habraken for organizing this event!

There will be a PD Day on Friday, Oct 11th. On this day all OCSB employees and Trustees will gather as a community for a Mass to connect, recharge our souls and learn more in-depth about our Board initiatives!

Lastly, school will be closed on Monday, Oct 14th. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We at St Francis are very thankful for the wonderful community that makes up our St Francis family!

Take care,

Michelle McGarry & Staff


Curriculum Night is tomorrow night!

posted Sep 18, 2019, 3:55 PM by Michelle McGarry

We are really looking forward to meeting our parents/ guardians at Curriculum Night tomorrow night at St Francis! 

We will begin in the gym at 6:30 PM with what I promise will be a very brief introduction from myself, along with greetings from our Parish from Deacon Bill. 

Next, there will be two sessions for classroom visits between 6:45 and 7:45 where you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s educators and learn more about the great learning that will be taking place this year!

Additionally, during this time there will be kiosk’s set up the Learning Commons if you would like to learn more about:

How to access your child’s Google account and navigate docs, emails, slides…;

How Hapara supports their learning;

Navigating the student portal and see all that it has to offer (including a multitude of eBooks);

How to use Google Read & Write;

Our Samaritans on the Digital Road, an exceptional program that we use to teach digital citizenship;

Sign up for SeeSaw if your educator uses it, as well as School Messanger & School Cash On-Line; 

Sign up to help our School Council;

and/or  

See some samples of our  St Francis Spirit Wear!

Additionally,  there will be School Council members present throughout the school with name tags that indicate their involvement. Please don’t hesitate to ask them questions and/ or indicate you would like to support them by lending a hand with some of the wonderful events they lead at St Francis!

We are all looking forward to a great evening of relationship building and collaboration!

Michelle McGarry and FRA Staff

Welcome Back Information for JK

posted Sep 3, 2019, 7:12 AM by Michelle McGarry

Hello!

We hope you are having a wonderful summer with family and friends. We would like to extend a warm welcome to your family as our newest members of our St Francis of Assisi family!

Attached you will find a Kinder Transition file that will show the people you will meet, many of the places where your children will learn in their school, as well as where you can drop off and pick up your children if they walk or come to school by car. We hope the pictures will help your child to feel more comfortable beginning school.

We are very excited to meet with your child and yourself, to learn about your child and family and to begin what I am sure will be a great partnership between family and school! Your meeting time for  CHILD’s will take place on  DATE & TIME.  Please send a confirmation email to the school email address, Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca to indicate you and your child can attend

Your child will begin school for full days the day after your scheduled meeting.

In the meantime, here is some kindergarten specific information for you. 

What are the main ways to stay in touch with the school?

First contact should always be your child’s educators (information will be provided in the above mentioned meeting).  The main school-wide contact will be through School Messenger, like this email, which will include upcoming events, emergency alerts and Board-wide events.  These messages will be duplicated on our website,fra.ocsb.ca where you will also see the calendar of events for the year and school council meeting minutes.  Additionally, this OCSB School Calendar 2019-2020 link will list all of the PD days and holidays for the upcoming school year should you want to link it directly with your family calendar.Please follow us on twitter to see pictures and short videos of our day  @AssisiOCSB 


Does your child have an epi-pen, inhaler or need to take medication during the school day?


Please note that school board policy prevents any member of the school staff from administering medication to a student at school without written consent from both the parents or guardian and the physician prescribing the medication. This permission is obtained by filling out a Request and Consent to Administer Medication and have it signed by a doctor.  Additionally, those students who need an inhaler while at school will need a filled Asthma Management Plan completed as well. Both forms are attached to this email. Please drop off the medication (in its original packaging & clearly marked by the pharmacist) and signed paperwork either the week before school starts or give it to your kinder team during your meeting. 


Any other assessments your child has received?


If you have any assessments for your child (educational, occupational therapy, speech) please hand them in to your educator team who will then consult with Mrs. Harrington (resource teacher) and get back in touch with you.



What school supplies will my child need?

  • backpack that is comfortable for your child’s back (please no bags with wheels), 

  • lunch bag that your child can put all of the contents back in 

  • water bottle

  • indoor shoes that have velcro and that are non-marking soles 

  • Yoga mat/ blanket for quiet time

  • Daily appropriate dress for the weather as we could spend up to 2 hours outside

  • Full spare set of clothes in a zip lock bag

 Please label everything to help your child recognize that it is theirs!


For those of you that would like a refresher, we have attached the Welcome to Kindergarten Night slide show for more detailed information.


Would you like to volunteer?


We appreciate all offers for parents/ guardians to volunteer!! To do so, you will need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check before you are able to do so. The process is fully detailed on our OCSB website here.


Additionally, we have a vibrant School Council that you are very welcome to join! We will be electing the new Parent Council on Monday, September 23, 2019 (7:00-8:30 PM) at our first meeting. You do not need to be a voting member or have a Vulnerable Sector Check to participate in the meetings. All are welcome! Meetings continue on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.


How do I let the school know if my child is sick?


Please email the school Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca  or phone the school  (613-830-3215) to let us know before the start of the day and include the child’s and educator’s name.As well,  let us know if they have a contagious condition such as pink eye, chickenpox, fifth disease or head lice. When making the decision whether or not your child should stay home, please note that children can not stay inside during recess time because we do not have adequate supervision.  

  

What is the procedure for Drop Off and Pick Up?


We are excited to announce that we have been accepted as one of the schools to participate in the School Active Transportation Project! We are looking to increase the amount of students walking or wheeling to school and improve safety and traffic around school. Our first meeting is this September so more information will be coming!


By Foot or Bike:

There is a crosswalk attendant that will support safe crossing on Charlemagne Blvd. The ECEs will be on the Primary Yard closest to the kindergarten classes daily to welcome your child between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM and then again ensure that they are handed off to the designated family member at 3:45 PM. There is a designated crosswalk on our property to use if you are entering from Watters Rd that will be supported by one of our staff members. Please note that we will need an email or letter from parents/guardians giving us permission for the emergency contacts to pick up their child for that day. No other person will have permission to pick you your child except yourself and your emergency contacts.


  By Car:

The Kiss N’ Ride is the place to use to safely drop off and pick up your children. There will be a staff member there to help with this process up until school begins at 9:15 AM. We ask for your ongoing collaboration with this process to make sure it occurs as smooth as possible. Please do not park in the parking lot as we need all available spaces for our staff members.  Additionally, we have two bus lanes at our school that can not be blocked during arrival and dismissal times (signs are posted in the appropriate area). We are very pleased to have the opportunity to have a DE class in our school. This means in addition to the traditional school buses we also have small school buses that need the time to safely support the transportation of up to 10 students who are in wheelchairs at the front entrance of our school.  Thus please do not use our front entrance during these times as it impacts the safety of our very vulnerable students. 



Bus Information: 

There is a lot of information that you will need to know if your child takes the bus (how to determine bus stop location and time, who can pick up your child from the stop, etc.) It is all located here.



School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day  There will be a School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Awareness Day on Sunday August 25th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It is a great opportunity for your child to learn about being safe on their way to school. Click on the above link to see more details and to register!


Transportation on the Day your Child Starts School


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 day your child attends school after your meeting with the educators, 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. 



Late Drop Off:

Please do not park in the round-about in front of the school as this is a designated fire lane. You will most likely need to park on the street. Then report to the office to sign your child in. We will then have an educator walk your child to the appropriate area of the school to join their class. Being late to school is not only disruptive to a smooth start to your child’s day but also disrupts our learning environment. Please help us to ensure everyone has a smooth start to their day!


Early Pick Up:


Please inform the main office by email: Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca before 10am, if your child will be leaving early from school due to an appointment. Once you arrive at the school, your child will be called to the office. End-of-day is a busy time for everyone so if you must pick your child up early for an appointment, please schedule the pickup before 3:00. Please keep early pick-ups to a minimum as we have exciting learning opportunities for your child all day long and establishing routines helps your child to feel more comfortable in their learning environment.


School Cash Online


School Cash Online is the method that we use for all payments at St Francis (i.e. pizza lunches, Spirit Wear, field trips). It is also a notification system to tell you when the deadline for purchasing items. Please register by  going to https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com                                                           


The OFFICE will open  Monday, August 26 @ 9:30 am should you have any further questions or you can email myself at michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca 


We are looking forward to an amazing school year!


Warm regards,


Michelle McGarry (Principal),Ms Kerry (OA)  and your Kinder Team


Mme Kearnan (French Prep Teacher), Mme Chantal (French Teacher), Mrs. Cleveland (KB - ECE), Mrs. Mastromatteo (English Teacher), Ms. Jessica (KA - ECE)


Welcome Back Information SK to Gr 6

posted Sep 3, 2019, 7:10 AM by Michelle McGarry

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer with family and friends! We are looking forward to welcoming back our returning families and meeting our new families that are joining our community this year! St Francis is a vibrant, caring and innovative school community dedicated to the learning of all: students and adults!

Attached you will find  Kinder Transition, Primary Transition and Junior Transition files that will show the people you will meet, many of the places where your child will learn in their school, as well as where you can drop off and pick up your child if they walk or come to school by car. We hope the pictures will help your child to feel more comfortable beginning school in September!


What are the first day of school procedures? 


The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  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.


Class Lists:

 Please remember that class organization is always tentative until reviewed by our Human Resources Department and Senior Admin and are not finalized until the end of September. You will, of course, be notified if your child is involved in any change of class or teacher. 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.


Staff List for the 2019/2020 School Year:


Kindergarten Teachers & ECEs:

KA: Jessica Laberge (ECE)

Chantal Storm (FSL) - Mon, Wed, alternate Fridays

Crystal Mastromatteo (Eng) -  Tues, Thurs, alternate Fridays

NOTE: students & ECEs will stay in their class and the teachers will move.


KB: Amy Cleveland (ECE) 

Crystal Mastromatteo (Eng) - Mon, Wed, alternate Fridays 

Chantal Storm (FSL)  - Tues, Thurs, alternate Fridays

NOTE: students & ECEs will stay in their class and the teachers will move.

 

 

Primary Teachers:

1A: Nancy Janus (Eng) & Lyn-Anne Cote (FSL)

1B: Sonia Hamilton (Eng) & Nancy Kearnan (FSL)

1/2: Shelley Miller (Eng) & Lyn-Anne Cote (FSL)

2A: Aaron Leonhardt (Eng) & Marie-Claud Latour (FSL)

2/3: Katie Hansen - LTO Kathleen Yaworski (full year) & Marie-Claude Latour (FSL)

3A: Cindy Smith & Lyn-Anne Cote (FSL)

3B: Jennifer Conway & Lyn-Anne Cote (FSL)

 

Junior Teachers:

4I & 5I: Christelle Hatano (French Immersion)

4I: Angela Habraken (Eng)

4/5 Krista Birch

4/5 Meagan Blais

4/5 Extended FSL: Nancy Kearnan

5/6I & 6I: Chantale Auger (French Immersion)

5/6 Shauna Kent

5/6 & 6 Andrew Boddy

5/6 Extended FSL: Marie-Claude Latour

 

Planning Time Teachers: Angela Habraken (Eng), Nancy Kearnan (FSL),   Marie-Claude Latour (FSL)

 

Resource Teachers: Samantha Harrington (K - 3) &Shauna Kent (Gr 4-6)

 

D.E. Unit:

Gillian Werthner (Teacher) beginning in October LTO  for Sept/ Oct to be determined

Linda Immetsberger, Mary LeBeau, Chantal Bertrand, One other SAA to be determined

 

Educational Assistants:

Claudia Baluch, Ashley Black, Dionne Fournier, Carla McHugh, Jennifer Pelletier, Melissa Simpson

 

Library Technician: Rosemarie Grieb

 

Office Administrator: Kerry Clarke

 

Head Custodian: Marcel Massey 


What are the main ways to stay in touch with the school?

The first contact should always be your child’s educators (information regarding this process will be provided directly from them to you).  The main school-wide contact will be through School Messenger, like this email, which will include upcoming events, emergency alerts and Board-wide events.  These messages will be duplicated on our website,fra.ocsb.ca where you will also see the calendar of events for the year as well as School Council Meeting Minutes.  Additionally, this OCSB School Calendar 2019-2020 link will list all of the PD days and holidays for the upcoming school year should you want to link it directly with your family calendar. Please follow us on twitter to see pictures and short videos of our day  @AssisiOCSB 


Does your child have an epi-pen, inhaler or need to take medication during the school day?


Please note that school board policy prevents any member of the school staff from administering medication to a student at school without written consent from both parents or guardians AND the physician prescribing the medication. This permission is obtained by filling out a Request and Consent to Administer Medication and have it signed by a doctor.  Additionally, those students who need an inhaler while at school will need an Asthma Management Plan completed as well. Both forms are linked to this email. Please drop off the medication (in its original packaging & clearly marked by the pharmacist) and signed paperwork the week before school starts. All completed paperwork needs to be re-submitted yearly.


Any other assessments your child has received?


If you have any new assessments for your child (educational, occupational therapy, speech) please hand them in to your educator team who will then consult with Mrs Harrington or Mrs Kent (resource teachers) and get back in touch with you.


What instructional supplies will my child need?


As per Board policy, our school will be providing basic essential school supplies to your children however, if your child has personal preferences they are welcome to bring their own supplies. If you would like to make a donation to the school we would welcome any of the following items: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, hand soap, ziplock bags (large and small), puzzles, Crayola markers, Lego and/or games for indoor recess. You may also wish to check with your child’s classroom teacher(s) to regarding other items if you wish to make a donation.  Many thanks for helping us!

All students will require a backpack, lunch bag, pencil case, water bottle &  indoor shoes (non-marking soles) 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 in 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. 


 Agendas:                                                                  

We will not be using a school produced agenda this year in an effort to be more mindful of our environment. We had a substantial amount left over last year that we recycled. However, we agree that students and their families highly benefit from a system in place to stay organized. You are welcome to purchase an agenda for your child or use the Google Calendar function associated with their student email.

Would you like to volunteer?


We appreciate all offers for parents/ guardians to volunteer!! To do so, you will need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check before you are able to do so. The process is fully detailed on our OCSB website here.


Additionally, we have a vibrant School Council that you are very welcome to join! We will be electing the new Parent Council on Monday, September 23, 2019 (7:00-8:30 PM) at our first meeting. All are welcome! You do not need to be a voting member or have a Vulnerable Sector Check to participate in the meetings. Meetings continue on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.


How do I let the school know if my child is sick?


Please email the school Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca  or phone the school  (613-830-3215) to let us know before the start of the day and include the child’s and educator’s name. As well,  let us know if they have a contagious condition such as pink eye, chickenpox, fifth disease or head lice. When making the decision whether or not your child should stay home, please note that children can not stay inside during recess time because we do not have adequate supervision.  

  

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 pickup 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 19th 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: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca


Additional transportation information can be found here.



What is the procedure for Drop Off and Pick Up?


We are excited to announce that we have been accepted as one of the schools to participate in the School Active Transportation Project! We are looking to increase the number of students walking or wheeling to schools as well as improve the safety and traffic around the school. Our first meeting is this September so more information will be coming! You will notice that we have painted arrows on the parking lot pavement to indicate that no one should be parking in the roundabout in front of the school as this is a designated fire lane.


By Foot or Bike:

There is a crosswalk attendant that will support safe crossing on Charlemagne Blvd. Supervision will be on the yards between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM. There is a designated crosswalk on our property to use if you are entering from Watters Rd that will be supported by one of our staff members. Please note that we will need an email or letter from parents/guardians giving us permission for the emergency contacts to pick up their child for that specific day. No other person will have permission to pick up your child except yourself and your emergency contacts.


 By Car:

The Kiss N’ Ride is the place to use to safely drop off and pick up your children. There will be a staff member there to help with this process up from 9:00 to  9:15 AM. We ask for your ongoing collaboration with this process to make sure it occurs as smoothly as possible. Please do not park in the parking lot as we need all available spaces for our staff members.  Additionally, we have two bus lanes at our school that can not be blocked during arrival and dismissal times (signs will be posted in the appropriate area). We are very pleased to have the opportunity to have a DE class in our school. This means in addition to the traditional school buses we also have small transportation buses that need the time to safely support the transportation of up to 10 students who are in wheelchairs at the front entrance of our school.  Thus please do not use our front entrance during these times as it impacts the safety of our very vulnerable students. 



Bus Information: 

There is a lot of information that you will need to know if your child takes the bus (how to determine bus stop location and time, who can pick up your child from the stop, etc.) It is all located here.



School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day  There will be a School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Awareness Day on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It is a great opportunity for your child to learn about being safe on their way to school. Click on the above link to see more details and to register!


Transportation on the Day your Child Starts School


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



Late Drop Off:

Please do not park in the round-about in front of the school as this is a designated fire lane. You will most likely need to park on the street. Then report to the office to sign your child in. We will then have an educator walk your child to the appropriate area of the school to join their class. Being late to school is not only disruptive to a smooth start to your child’s day but also disrupts our learning environment. Please help us to ensure everyone has a smooth start to their day!


Early Pick Up:


Please inform the main office by email: Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca before 10 am, if your child will be leaving early from school due to an appointment. Once you arrive at the school, your child will be called to the office. End-of-day is a busy time for everyone so if you must pick your child up early for an appointment, please schedule the pickup before 3:00. Please keep early pick-ups to a minimum as we have exciting learning opportunities for your child all day long and establishing routines helps your child to feel more comfortable in their learning environment.


School Cash Online


School Cash Online is the method that we use for all payments at St Francis (i.e. pizza lunches, Spirit Wear, field trips). It is also a notification system to tell you when the deadline for purchasing items. You will need to register by  going to https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com                                                           


The OFFICE will open  Monday, August 26 @ 9:30 am should you have any further questions


We are looking forward to the 2019/2020 school year! It is going to be a fantastic one!


Warm regards,


Michelle McGarry (Principal), Ms Kerry (OA)


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 ]

   

Hello,

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: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca

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.

Sincerely,
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!


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