School News & Announcements


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!

Have a Wonderful Summer

posted Jun 28, 2017, 6:02 AM by Steve McGarrity

The staff of St. John the Apostle wishes all of our community a restful summer sharing lots of quality family time. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 28th, and the school office closes this Friday until August 28th. Our new year begins on Tuesday, September 5th, at which time students will meet their new teachers and classmates for the 2017-2018 school year. Enjoy the break. 

Thank You EQAO Volunteers

posted May 29, 2017, 10:00 AM by Steve McGarrity

We want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help our grade 3 and 6 students in the EQAO Assessment.  Your help was invaluable and you made a real difference in the students' learning and in our ability to support their learning. Most appreciated. 


posted Apr 26, 2017, 8:04 AM by Steve McGarrity   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

Walking Forward Together

Catholic Education Week is May 1st through to the 5th and we have many activities and special events happening next week.

Education Week Liturgy

Monday, May 1st at 2:35 pm in the gymnasium, we will have our Education Week Liturgy which you are welcome to attend. We will be presenting a cheque to the OK Clean Water Project and recognizing students who have demonstrated the gospel values of love and faith.

Open House

On Wednesday, May 3rd, beginning at 8:30 am, we will be hosting our annual Open House.

Coffee will be available at a number of stations around the school. We ask you to Lug a Mug with you or use one our our compostable cups to enjoy your morning cup of coffee.  There is water available all around the school.

We’re asking each family to bring in some muffins or pastries to share with the community. These can be left on any one of the tables set up to receive these delicious treats.  Please note: we are a nut-free school and a number of our students do have nut allergies.

Following our opening exercises at 9:15, we will be having our Morning Fit Break which you are welcome to dance along to and then you are invited to the gym to see our two dance teams perform the numbers they will be presenting at the Dance Showcase.

Following the performances, our Open House concludes and our grade teams participate in Career Day presentations during Block One.

Parking during Open House

The gates to the paved school yard will be open and accessible through the staff parking lot. We ask that you not park in the staff parking as we have just enough spots to accommodate our staff.  Also, please follow the directions of the staff who will assist you in parking. Children will be entering the school directly either with you when you arrive, as walkers (or riders), or off of the buses. The yard will be closed to students until first recess.

If you are parking in the yard, we ask you to exit during Block One. All vehicles must be out of the yard by 10:20 so that we may open it for recess play at 10:30.

Walking Thursday

Thursday is the day we highlight Healthy, Active Living. We encourage those who can to walk, ride, run or roll to school.   

Friday Is Green Day

Pack a litterless lunch and help us repeat our Gold Eco School Status this year. (Of course, we have been doing dozens of Eco friendly activities and practices all year, and this is another green practice we can do!)

Movie Night

Join us for a School Council family movie night in the Gym at 6:30. More details to come.


posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:24 PM by Steve McGarrity

SJA had its first Math Night Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 in the Learning Commons. Dr Christine Suurtumm, Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Ottawa, presented research on contemporary mathematics in our schools in Ontario and some of the instructional approaches that are used in our classrooms. Following Dr Suurtumm's presentation, Ms O'Brien, Ms Bourassa, Mr MacGillivary and Ms Hodgins lead workshops on Number Talks and student inquiry in mathematics, K-6. 

The evening was very well attended with over 40 families joining us. Children were entertained by Ray's Reptiles during the presentation. Thanks to our Grade 6 Ambassadors who greeted our guests and helped with the child minding. 

Thanks to School Council and our 8 School PRO Grant Group. 


posted Apr 20, 2017, 12:43 PM by Steve McGarrity

With the assistance of the Ottawa Police, we ran a practice lockdown today during our lunch hour. This is more unstructured time for students and staff and offers us an excellent opportunity to see how our community responds to an emergency at times outside of regular scheduled classes. 

Our students responded as expected, applying their knowledge of regular lockdowns to a lunch schedule, and performing up to expectation quickly and quietly following the protocols to ensure safety for all. 

In the Fall, our community practiced a lockdown during class time and did exceptionally well. Teachers periodically review emergency procedures with their classes and throughout the year we practice a variety of emergency situations including fire drills and facility evacuations. 


posted Mar 10, 2017, 5:47 PM by Steve McGarrity   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

This year, we are celebrating the good work of the OK Clean Water Project and of our local food banks, Pinecrest Terrace and Morrison Gardens, in our fundraising and our canned food drive. 

Every Tuesday during Lent, we are collecting cans for the Food Bank. Last Tuesday, a snow day, our community donated over 80 cans. Our target is to have each person in our school bring in 1 can each Tuesday before Easter. 

We have three special events organized for our OK Clean Water Fundraising.  The first was a Jersey and Hat day. That raised over $230.00. 
Our next event is the Mile of Coins (March 23) where we try to line up our donations along the wall around the Learning Commons.  Math Inquiry? If we made it around the Learning Commons, how could we estimate the total value of the coins? How many actual coins are needed to go around the Learning Commons? 
Event 3: PJ Day for OK...Clean Water Project.  April 7th.  Always a popular day on the calendar. 

We thank you for your support of our Lenten Projects and your sharing with your children the good message that our service to our neighbour helps to define who we are as a community of faith and love. 

Gift of Reading

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:46 AM by Steve McGarrity

Thanks to our many parents who contributed to the Gift of Reading at Christmas. Your generosity has gone a long way to adding many new books to our collection. 

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