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: