School News & Announcements

Friday March 6th.

posted Mar 4, 2020, 8:22 AM by Kerry Clarke   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 8:25 AM ]

Don't forget about the upcoming Spirit Day for our Lenten Campaign.  It's Wacky Tacky Day this Friday, March 6th.

Feb/ March Family Newsletter

posted Feb 18, 2020, 2:46 PM by Michelle McGarry

Good Evening,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Family Day Weekend!

This week we will be having Pizza Day on Thursday.

Scholastic Book Fair is ongoing until Thursday evening. Please note, we will be closing down at 7:00 pm instead of 8:00 pm on Thursday. Your child’s teacher will provide more specifics regarding when classes will be visiting the Fair this week.

Our next Spirit Assembly will be taking place this coming Monday, February 24th at 2:30. Students are encouraged to wear Phoenix Wear! All are welcome to attend.We will gather as a community to kick off our Lenten Campaign. This year we have been partnered with Chugu Primary School in Kenya. We will be exchanging information through student-made videos and both schools will regularly pray for each other during Lent. To learn more about this school, feel free to look it up through Google Earth and see the information on the attached file.

Specifically, we have been asked by Chalice to raise funds for teacher’s office improvements and equipment. This will occur through $2 donation on each of the following Spirit Days:

Fri, Feb 28th: PJ Day

Fri, March 6th: Wacky Tacky Day

Fri March 13th: Tropical Day

Fri March 27th Sports Fan Day

Fri April 3rd: Around the World Day

Wed April 8th: Colour Grade Day

Kinder: Pink, Gr 1: Purple, Gr 2: Blue, Gr 3: Green, Gr 4: Yellow, Gr 5: Orange, Gr 6: Red

Many thanks for all of your generous support for our Dance A Thon! Your fundraising efforts will be a great help to our student’s educational experiences! We will announce the total amount raised at Monday’s Spirit Assembly and our top two students will get to throw whip cream pies in the face of Mrs Birch, Mrs Conway and myself!

Ash Wednesday: We will be honouring the start of Lent as we focus even more to be more kind and forgive others like Jesus calls us to do. Liturgies will take place in the morning in each of the classes which will support discussion and prayer around this very important day in our liturgical year.

Pink Shirt Day: Do you want to make a stand for encouraging, supporting and lifting each other up and against bullying? Not only is next Wednesday Ash Wednesday but it is also Pink Shirt Day! Here is a great website to help support your child We are hoping to see many pink shirts being worn on this day.

March 3rd - French pathway forms due if your child is in Grade 3 or 6.

March Break begins on March 16th.

March 24th will be the Leaving Ceremony Pictures!

As always, many thanks for a great partnership between home and school.

With much appreciation,

Michelle McGarry

February Newsletter

posted Feb 4, 2020, 1:24 PM by Michelle McGarry


We are busy celebrating Black History Month in February! Additionally, thank you to all of the families who sent in pictures of their pets they would like us to pray for. We have a very full school prayer wall beside our School prayer table! St Francis is the Patron Saint of animals and thus welcomes the children's prayers for there pets!

Thurs Feb 6th is Winter Walk Day

 Help your child have a great start to the day with some physical activity!  Walking to school lets your child connect with their community and learn new skills like problem-solving and pedestrian safety. Physical activity before the bell is a great way to increase self-esteem, build confidence, and arrive at school ready to learn!

If you can’t walk your child to school and they are too young to walk by themselves, then walking in groups with friends, siblings or other neighbours is a great option. Walking will give them extra time in the day to build friendships; walking home can also be a great time to think, relax, and mull over their day.

Please dress appropriately for the weather on this day because classes will also be going for a winter walk around the neighborhood!

Monday, Feb 10th is our next School Council Meeting beginning at 7:00 in our LC. All are welcome to come!

Feb 13th is our Dance-A-Thon! 

Come dressed to dance and to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Many thanks to School Council for organizing this school fundraiser that directly benefits our students.

Your child's efforts could win a pair of 100 Level Ottawa Senators tickets, a Razor Scooter, Indigo or Scholastics Gift Cards, Art Kits or a Large Stuffy. The class with the most participation gets a Pizza Lunch and the student who raises the most gets to put a pie in the Principal’s face and your teacher’s face! Payments can be made through School Cash OnLine.

Our amazing EA Project is up and running!

The Fuller Hearts products will be available for purchase on School Cash Online. Here are some pictures of what is being produced.  All proceeds of the sales will go to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Conway.

St Francis Walk-A-Block Map: Thank you to our Safe Active Transportation Committee, who was confirmed with the City school zone specialist the following areas that you can park around our school and walk to pick up your children. Our parking lot is very congested and choosing to use off site parking would greatly help us to ensure safe transportation for our students.

To help us plan for next year..

It is important that we have accurate information regarding our enrollment for September 2020. We are asking for your cooperation to ensure that you inform the main office in writing via email ( Francis.Assisi( ) if you are planning to move or change schools for September 2020. This request only applies to students currently in JK to Grade 5. We continue to accept new registrations in all grades! 

Other important dates to remember:

Feb 13th Report Cards, IEPs (Term 1 and Term 2) and Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home

Feb 14th is a PD Day & Feb 17th is Family Day thus no school on either of these days

Feb 20th is Parent/ Teacher Interview Night - more information will be communicated closer to this date

Feb 26th is Ash Wednesday More information will be coming about our Lenten Campaign supporting Chalice.

January 12th Newsletter

posted Jan 12, 2020, 6:36 AM by Michelle McGarry

Hello and Happy New Year to all!

I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas Season!  

During Advent, we were humbled your support of our families in our community and Minwaashin Lodge.  This great partnership between home, School Council, Ottawa’s School Resource Officer team and our staff went a long way to support our children’s development of empathy and community-mindedness!

Ongoing Labour Relation Developments

As you are aware, there are ongoing labour relation developments underway with our teacher’s union, OECTA.  The information regarding this will come directly from the Board, through the email you have provided to the school.  Shorter versions, but the same information, will also be tweeted out by our Board and retweeted by myself through @assisiOCSB as well as posted on our Board’s website and our school website. I want to reassure you that we have a strong community of Catholic educators at St Francis who will continue to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for your children.

To note, educators may be picketing from 8:30 -9:00 as well as after school during this time of job action. Traffic flow should not be disrupted.

Big Kick off to the Zones of Regulation on our School Yard: How can families support?

Our Safe & Accepting School Committee's next step is to organize calming spots on our schoolyards similar to what we provide in our classrooms.  Thus we will be introducing a “yellow zone” in each yard. This zone will be for students to go to, either of their own choosing or as directed by an adult, to breathe and calm their bodies before returning to play. To urge home and school to use the same vocabulary, here is one of many  resources for you to explore.  You can also ask your children and learn from them! We really feel that this will help our students more independently make safe choices on the yard.  The big Spirit Assembly kick-off will happen tomorrow morning. 

“Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on whether or not we are cognizant of it.  We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place.”

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. 

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.  

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.  

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.  

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration begins this week - please spread the word! We welcome growth in our school! Staffing is greatly influenced by the number of students who register this winter/spring.

Sacramental Preparation

As a reminder to families of the upcoming Sacramental preparation events:

Wednesday, Jan 22nd @ 6:30 pm in the church ~ meeting regarding Reconciliation and workbook return 

Wednesday, January 29th  @ 6:30 pm in the church ~ First Reconciliation

Lastly, January 24th is a PD Day. Term 1 report cards and IEPs go home February 13th.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school should you have any questions or suggestions.

Warm regards,

Michelle McGarry

Council Pizza Term 2.

posted Jan 9, 2020, 11:39 AM by Kerry Clarke

Council Pizza Term 2 is ready to order through school cash online.  The deadline to order is Jan 31, 2020 and the new session will start Friday Feb 7th and end June 19th.   Here are the pizza dates:
Feb 7 & 21
March 6 & 27
April 9 & 24
May 8 & 22
June 4 & 19


Milk 2nd Session.

posted Jan 9, 2020, 8:03 AM by Kerry Clarke

The 2nd session of milk is now open to purchase on School Cash online.  The deadline to order is Tuesday, January 28th, and the new session will start Monday Feb 3rd.  Thank you.

Dec 15th Family Newsletter

posted Dec 15, 2019, 4:07 PM by Michelle McGarry

Many thanks to all of the families that supported the Minwaashin Lodge, Shepherds of Good Hope and the Cumberland Orleans Food Bank Drive.  Together we were able to make a sizable difference with people who are supported by these organizations! Our shopping day raised almost $1,500.00 and we are very grateful to the dedication from our School Council, many parent volunteers. There were a few School Resource Officers that also stopped by to help us wrap gifts!  For further details, please follow us on twitter @AssisiOCSB.

Our Christmas Concert is this Wednesday.  We will be starting at 1:15 instead of 1:30 and will be finished by 3:00.  We hope to see many of our families out to see the great performances!

To continue the Christmas cheer we have the following theme days this week:

Wednesday - Dress Your Best 

Thursday - Wear All of Your Christmas Gear

Friday - PJ Day

We wish you a wonderful and Merry Christmas Season full of hope, peace, joy and faith, celebrated with family and friends.  We will see you back at school on January 6th, 2020!

St Francis of Assisi Staff

Nov 24th Family Newsletter

posted Dec 15, 2019, 4:06 PM by Michelle McGarry

Nov 24th

As promised, here are the details for all of the great events we have planned to help our community during the Christmas Season. We appreciate you taking the time to support your children in their development towards being more empathetic towards others this Christmas season, like Jesus calls us to be.

Week of Nov 25th - 29th: Collection of gently used baby clothes for Minwaashin Lodge organized by our Social Justice Club. Please bring donations to Mrs Birch’s class. 

St. Francis of Assisi Social Justice Club is a group of students who aim to develop awareness about organizations who are less fortunate than themselves and to help local and world-wide communities. The Club has chosen to help out the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa.  

What is the Minwaashin Lodge?  

Minwaashin Lodge is a shelter which provides various programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children in the Ottawa area.  We chose Minwaashin Lodge because it is a local organization and felt that it was important to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Ottawa.

What are we doing to help Minwaashin Lodge?

We are collecting gently used baby items (toys, clothing, blankets, bottles) for babies who may be supported by the shelter.

When can you send the gently used items?

We will be collecting items for the week of November 26-29 2019.  We understand it will be a short span and that it is a busy time of year, but we would appreciate to have all the items by the end of the week to be able to deliver them to Minwaashin Lodge by the end of next week. Whether you have baby items at your home or know of someone who has baby items, please spread the word among family members, neighbors and friends. Items can be sent in with the students or dropped off in the Rotunda during that specified week.  

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Mrs. Birch or Mme Côté at 613-830-3215.  The Social Justice Club thanks you for your support.

Beginning this Week until Dec 11th: This year, we will support The Cumberland-Orleans Food Bank. Non-perishable foods and toiletries will be accepted daily until December 11th. To help make the most meaningful contribution possible, please follow the guidelines below as to what items are most needed and what items may not be accepted due to health and safety requirements.

Most Needed Items

  • Cereal

  • Canned fruits

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned juice (tomato and apple)

  • Canned tomatoes

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Tomato paste

  • Canned meat (ham, salmon, turkey and chicken)

  • Flour/sugar/rice

  • Assortment of pasta

  • Vegetable oil

  • Snacks for school (granola bars/juice boxes/fruit cups)

  • Pancake mix

  • Gluten-free products

  • Soap/shampoo/toothpaste

  • Laundry soap

  • Toilet paper

  • Diapers #5 and #6

  • Pull-ups (L and XL)/Goodnites

Items we are Unable to Accept

  • Dented and rusted cans

  • Expired food items

  • Items with opened packaging  

  • Peanut butter or other peanut/nut products (school peanut/nut free policy)

Dec 10th - Junior classes making sandwiches for the Shephard’s of Good Hope

We are currently seeking donations for jars of mustard and mayo. If you are able to help us, please send these items to the school anytime from now until December 9th.  On the morning of December 10th, we ask that each child in grades 4-6 interested in making sandwiches, brings to school a pack of fresh meat and a loaf of bread. We thank you ahead of time for your continued support in this worthwhile cause as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Dec 13th - Christmas Store (donations to be placed in McGarry’s office between Dec 2nd and Dec 12th)

To make this event a success we need your help. The gifts at our Christmas store event come from your donations. We are looking for items that can be gifts for all ages. Past donations included: Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys and books for all ages, jewelry, ties, and small household items. Please note, each year there is a strong need  for “Dad” gifts. We are also in great need of gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper, tags and tape to help wrap all the wonderful gifts. All proceeds go to support families in our school community.

Your contribution will have a great impact on families in our community. Thank you for keeping the spirit of giving alive at St. Francis of Assisi!


St Francis of Assisi Educators

Nov 10th Family Newsletter

posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:24 PM by Michelle McGarry

Good Evening!

We are looking forward to seeing many families coming to our Remembrance Day Prayer Service tomorrow beginning at 10:45.  Girl Guides and Boy Scouts are welcome to wear their uniforms!

There will be a PJ Day this Wednesday, Nov 13th to help raise money for our OCSB Charitable Campaign. Please bring $2 if you can.

Families are invited to sign up for Interviews, if you haven’t done so already. They are taking place this Thursday, Nov 14th and Nov 13th for our KC class.  Mrs Harrington and I will be in the Learning Commons on the 14th to offer another opportunity for families to learn how to access Google Apps for Learning, Hapara, Student Portal and/or Samaritans on the Digital Road. This time we suggest you bring a device from home so you can bookmark items and have the complete experience of how to access all of these great learning tools from your device instead of a school device which is a bit different.  Feel free to drop by!

PD Day this Friday, Nov 15th.

Bully Prevention and Awareness Week will take place Nov 18th - 22nd. Activities that you can follow up with at home will be featured on Twitter and teacher communications with home.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions!


Michelle McGarry and St Francis Staff

Parent/Teacher Interviews.

posted Oct 29, 2019, 11:29 AM by Kerry Clarke   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 11:34 AM ]

Report cards will go home today.  Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 14th.

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

If you're booking an interview for the JK/SKC Class with Mrs. Demers and Mrs. Dana for Wednesday, November 13th, please click here.

Thank you.

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