School News & Announcements


posted Jan 31, 2018, 6:41 AM by Steve McGarrity

The Ottawa Catholic School Board was named a Top Employer in the National Capital Region for the fourth year in a row. To celebrate, we're calling on members of the community to help us recognize inspiring employees that make the OCSB a great place to work and learn.  

Visit and fill out a short form to nominate an inspiring OCSB employee. The criterion is simple- the employee inspires you!

Anyone in our community can nominate any inspiring OCSB employee. 

Classroom Partners

posted Jan 26, 2018, 10:29 AM by Steve McGarrity

We have been very fortunate this year to have a number of student-teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa honing their craft in our junior and primary panels. Ms Way, a first year B.Ed. student, has been  working alongside Ms Dean with the grade 4s and 6s and Ms Pietrantonio, a second year B.Ed. student, has been with Ms Kralik and the grade ones. While working with strong mentors in a real classroom is excellent training for the student-teachers, the students also greatly benefit from the additional support provided by two educators in their classroom. Both of our student-teachers found time to become involved at SJA beyond the classroom, Ms Way helping with the Peacebuilders and our anti-bullying campaign and Ms Pietrantonio providing some tutoring to a number of our young readers. 

We also partnered with Bell High School's and St. Paul High School's cooperative education programs. This partnership brought four senior high school students to our primary and junior panels, with one coop student pairing up with Madame Hughes' immersion classes. 

Beyond these more formal partnerships with post-secondary and secondary schools, we have a complement of parent and community volunteers who are with us each week acting as reading coaches and classroom assistants. Their generous gift of their time and expertise broadens and enriches the support we can offer our students. 

Garden Tower Experiential Learning

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:38 PM by Steve McGarrity

Our Garden Tower, situated in our Learning Commons, provided for some excellent hands-on learning term one with Madame Hughes' grade 4 class being excellent vertical gardeners. We had multiple harvests of a variety of lettuce types as well as basil in our first growth cycle. 

This month our grade 2/3 class lead by Ms Brawley will begin a new growth cycle trying  some new types of plants like tomatoes, chard, bok choy and arugula. We may plant some more basil  for the fresh scent that filled the learning commons when it was growing.   Our students learn  about planting cycles, light energy, water alkalinity, pump systems, liquid nutrition, growth rates and many more topics all while developing their green thumbs.  We thank our Family of School Superintendent, Brenda Wilson, for providing us with this excellent real world learning tool. 

Merry Christmas!

posted Dec 18, 2017, 5:25 AM by Steve McGarrity

All of the staff of St John the Apostle would like to thank everyone for supporting our Christmas Hamper drive this year.  You have been very generous in your donations and we'll be able to support a number of families this Christmas. You have also been very generous in your donations to our sock and mitten tree which School Council has been leading. Many will be kept a little warmer this winter as a result of your donations. 

We wish you a wonderful celebration of Christmas and a joyful holiday with family and friends.

Pope Francis' Christmas Message 2015: 

Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which God our Father has revealed his great tenderness to the entire world. A day of light, which dispels the darkness of fear and anxiety. A day of peace, which makes for encounter, dialogue and, above all, reconciliation. A day of joy: a “great joy” for the poor, the lowly and for all the people (cf. Lk 2:10).

First Communion & Confirmation Registration

posted Nov 28, 2017, 8:01 AM by Steve McGarrity

This Sunday, Dec. 3rd there will be a meeting at St John the Apostle Church (2340 Baseline Rd.) for parents of children eligible for First Communion or Confirmation in this school year.  The First Communion meeting will be at 1:00pm and the Confirmation meeting at 2:00pm.  For parents who cannot make this date there will be a joint makeup meeting in the church on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:00pm.  One parent needs to attend, children do not.  Please bring a copy of the child's baptismal certificate.  Due to costs incurred by the parish for Confirmation preparation there will be a fee at the time of registration for Confirmation only of $20 (cash or cheque).

iWalk Fun: Celebrating Healthy, Active Living!

posted Oct 27, 2017, 9:06 AM by Steve McGarrity   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

Friday, October 27th, SJA celebrated healthy active living and nutritious eating with our annual iWalk Event.  Although the International iWalk Day was back in early October, the whole month is dedicated to iWalk. Thanks to the leadership of Ms O'Brien, Ms Hodgins, Mr Travis, our Peacebuilders, Social Justice Committee and Green Team, the event was a big success with everyone enjoying the autumn air and the delicious grapes, carrots and apples. Thanks to the support of Ottawa Public Health, we had many participation prizes to give away. More importantly, Phyz joined us for the walk and broke out into dance a couple of times.  Great way to start our day!


Super Thursday In Review

posted Oct 20, 2017, 8:42 AM by Steve McGarrity

Thanks to our School Council, and in particular Ms Kearns,  who did a wonderful job organizing and leading our SJA community BBQ on Thursday evening. The weather cooperated this time around. No thunderstorms.  It was great to see so many of our parents and students coming out to enjoy the afternoon. 

Our Super Hero Day for United Way raised over $200.00, money that will be directed to the Catholic Education Foundation Organization to benefit those in our OCSB community who need emergency assistance or support. 

We Scare Hunger. Donations are moving our canned food count to almost 500 items. Thank you for your support. All of our donations will go to the Morrison Gardens Emergency Food Bank to meet the needs of people in our community. 


posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:40 AM by Steve McGarrity

Thanks to all of our supporters and our volunteers who contributed to the fundraiser or who volunteered and participated in the walk. 
As a community, we raised $587.65 for Cancer Research.  Your generosity is much appreciated. 

School Council 2017-2018

posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:51 AM by Steve McGarrity

Our SJA School Council met yesterday and formed a new executive for  the upcoming school year. Paula Wilson returns as our Chair and Nubia Cobezos is our new Co-Chair. Gordon Fitzpatrick also returns as our Treasurer. Please refer to the Catholic School Council page for a complete listing of council members and their roles. There remains two open positions, Secretary and Community Representative. If you have interest in either position, join us for our October meeting or contact the school. 

We thank all of our volunteers for their commitment to this new Council. Many ideas for this coming year were discussed last evening including for first school community social event. 

Keep October 4th free on your calendar for our annual Welcome back BBQ. 

Welcome Back to a New School Year!

posted Aug 23, 2017, 7:55 AM by Steve McGarrity

School begins again on Tuesday, September 5th. Once children arrive at or after 9:00 am on Tuesday, they will find class lists posted on the walls in the school yard. Teachers and staff will be there to greet and assist them. The School Office reopens Monday, August 28 with the regular office hours of 9:00 am to 4:15 pm. 
Our Meet the Teacher Program Evening is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your children's new teachers and receive an overview of the curriculum and programming. 
We look forward to seeing everyone back at SJA!

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