School News & Announcements

WELCOME BACK BBQ OCT. 2

posted Sep 19, 2018, 11:52 AM by Steve McGarrity

Just a reminder that our Welcome Back BBQ, organized by School Council and featuring the Knights of Columbus on the grill, is October 2 from 4:30-7:00 PM. This is a great community event and we thank Robynn Kearns and the Council for all their hard work getting the event organized.

SJA Spirit Wear will be on sale and our Book Fair will be found in the Learning Commons. 

Rain date is October 3rd. 

Meet the Teacher Evening

posted Sep 19, 2018, 5:36 AM by Steve McGarrity

Thursday evening, we will have our first Meet the Teacher session starting shortly after 6:30 pm. We will begin at 6:30 with prayer and a welcome, and a few words from our School Council.   SJA student ambassadors will be available to assist you in finding teachers and classrooms. Maps will be available with them and at the office.  Our second session will begin at 7:00 pm and a bell will alert you to a classroom change at 6:55. 

Parking is very limited in the neighbourhood. We will open the gate at the rear of the parking lot for parking in the schoolyard. Please follow the directions of the staff. Please be cautious. The yard is closed, but after hours the junior yard reverts to a city park. 

School Council Update

posted Sep 19, 2018, 4:53 AM by Steve McGarrity   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 5:35 AM ]

We had many new faces join our first School Council meeting, an excellent start to the year. The new Council includes: 
Chair- Paula Wilson
Vice Chair- Nubia Cabezas
Treasurer- Gordon Fitzpatrick
Secretary- Hana Elomrani/ Janice Rupert
Parish Rep- Kerri Courville
CSPA Rep- Vacant
Kindergarten Rep- Jessica Chor
Primary Rep- Dana Rose
Junior Rep- Joanne Cheng
Community Rep- Liz Palumbo
Once Council was formed, the business of the day included consideration of a number of fundraiser and community building initiaitves including the Welcome Back BBQ on October 2nd, a Movie Night set for October 26, the Christmas Marketplace Sale on November 24, and the Advent Mass on Decemeber 11.  Concern was expressed about the speed of traffic, both cars and buses, on Abingdon and Costello in both the morning drop off and afternoon pick up time slots. Some discussion of speed dampening strategies followed. After a very productive first Council, the meeting was adjourned.

Summer Registration

posted Jun 27, 2018, 5:55 AM by Steve McGarrity

Our office at St John the Apostle closes this Friday at 4:00 pm and reopens Monday, August 27th at 9:00 am.  If you wish to register children for September, you can visit the Family Welcome Centre at the Catholic Education Centre, 570 Hunt Club West. The office is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 613-228-3338

SJA BBQ: June 26

posted Jun 27, 2018, 5:50 AM by Steve McGarrity

We had a wonderful turnout for our Year End BBQ.  Games, bouncy house, face painting, fire truck, ice cream, and a lot of fun in the sun. Thanks to Ms Kearns, the School Council, the Knights of Columbus, and all our many volunteers who helped make the event so successful...and who helped with the clean up.  A special thank you to Mr Travis who supported the event from beginning to end! 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE SAFETY PRESENTATION MAY 29 AT 7:00PM IN LEARNING COMMONS

posted May 16, 2018, 7:08 AM by Steve McGarrity

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND ONLINE SAFETY PRESENTATION

AN EVENING FOR PARENTS WITH

PAUL DAVIS

MAY 29, 2018

7:00 PM IN THE ST JOHN THE APOSTLE LEARNING COMMONS

30 COSTELLO


TOPICS INCLUDE: SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, SMARTPHONES AND DIGITAL TRAILS, CYBERBULLYING, TEXTING, ONLINE GAMING AND ONLINE SECURITY


ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN A DIGITAL WORLD


PAUL HAS DELIVERED HIS MESSAGE TO OVER 450 000 STUDENTS, THE OPP, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE AND BORDER SERVICES



CHILDCARE PROVIDED

SPECIAL GUEST FOR THE KIDS: JUNKYARD SYMPHONY  

Junkyard Symphony is an eco-entertainment company that creates extraordinary entertainment from ordinary things.


#ocsbCelebrates

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 ocsb.ca/celebrates 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).

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