School News & Announcements

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.

Oct 28th Family Newsletter

posted Oct 28, 2019, 4:42 PM by Michelle McGarry

Good Evening!


It was wonderful to see so many of our families out enjoying our Havest Dance last Friday.  Many, many thanks to our amazing School Council for putting on this community-building event! 


Halloween: Please ensure costumes are culturally sensitive and not too scary for our younger students.  Students are encouraged to be $1 to support our OCSB Charitable Campaign.


Remembrance Day Ceremony: Poppies will begin to be sold tomorrow.  We hope all can attend our Ceremony taking place from 10:45 - 11:45 on November 11th.


Progress reports and accompanying IEPS  will be sent home tomorrow for Grade 1 to 6 students.  The progress report is not a mark based report card, but rather a communication tool focused on learning skills and academic progress to date. If a child is progressing with difficulty, the next steps for home and school will be detailed.


Please note that if your son or daughter has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that contains either modifications or alternative expectations, a copy will accompany the progress report.


A reminder that my signature on the progress report verifies that this is a recognized provincial report card that will be placed in your child’s Ontario Student Record. Teachers are responsible for specific comments and assessments. If you have any questions related to the comments or assessments please contact the classroom teacher directly. 


Interviews provide the opportunity for an early discussion of your child’s strengths and needs so that we might best work together in supporting your son or daughter’s achievement. They will be 10 minutes in length and occur on Thursday, Nov 14th from  4:10 - 8:10 with dinner from 5:30 -6:00. A sign-up link will be communicated to you in the next few days. 


Thank you for your continued collaboration and support as we work together to provide the best possible education for your child!


Michelle McGarry


School Photos: a message from the photo company 


Dear Parent or Guardian:

Your child's photos from your recent photo day are currently being processed in our Canadian lab, and will be ready to view soon. In the meanwhile, we wanted to let you know that your school has been hand-picked to be part of our exciting, environmentally-friendly initiative for ordering school photos!

We’re saving trees and your memories this year by switching to online-only ordering for fall photos on our brand-new ordering site optimized for mobile, tablet and desktop experiences.


By logging in to order online, you’re ensuring your students’ photos are archived on our secure, Canadian servers to be available to you in the future. You’re also helping us reduce waste while unlocking access to innovative specialty products and perks like free shipping on orders over $50! Pretty great, huh?


We recognize that ordering online may not be feasible for everyone. If this is you, please let your school office know as soon as possible that you require a paper order form.


If you have any questions or require assistance with ordering, please give our customer care team a call at 1-888-416-3343.


Keep smiling :)

- The Edge Team

Oct 18th Family Newsletter

posted Oct 18, 2019, 2:18 PM by Michelle McGarry


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

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.   

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

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