School News & Announcements

First Communion and Confirmation Registration

posted Sep 17, 2019, 9:43 AM by St. John the Apostle School

First Communion & Confirmation Registration for Catholic children within the boundaries of St John the Apostle Parish will be held at the church (2340  Baseline Rd) on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.  Registration for First Communion/Reconciliation will be at 1:00pm and registration for Confirmation will be at 2:00pm.  Parents must attend to register and bring a copy of their child's Baptismal Certificate.  For further information or questions please contact the parish office: 613-829-1760

Year End BBQ

posted Jun 20, 2019, 1:39 PM by Steve McGarrity

Our Year End  BBQ was a huge success with what appeared to be our whole community present for the games, BBQ and socializing. 
A very special thank you to Ms Kearns who organized the event and coordinated the volunteers, and to the Knights of Columbus who grilled our burgers and dogs to a delicious perfection.  Our volunteers were wonderful and very genrous with their time. Thanks to Father Lindsay who visited and ended up volunteering as well!

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

posted Mar 6, 2019, 1:30 PM by Steve McGarrity

Many thanks to Father Lindsay who joined us today for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy following a number of other visits to schools in the St. John the Apostle Parish. Mr. McEnery's grade 2 class lead the readings and intentions, and our SJA Choir, lead by Ms Faloon,  performed a number of songs, very beautifully. Thank you also to the parents and community members  who joined our liturgy as we began our Lenten journey towards Easter. 

40 Cans for Lent and OK Clean Water Lenten Projects

posted Mar 6, 2019, 1:22 PM by Steve McGarrity

This Lent, we are focused on two projects as a school community: a can food drive for our local food cupboards (we've partnered with the Knights of Columbus) and a fundraiser for  Ottawa-Kumbo Clean Water Initiative. Every Tuesday during Lent, we are encouraging students to bring in a can or two to donate to those in need. Working with a number of other schools, our goal is to raise 2000 pounds of food.  Last year, we came close to collecting that many cans ourselves. Our very generous  and compassionate  community definitely embrace our social justice intiatives and reinforce the good message of service to others.  
We also have four different special event or activity days to collect  donations for the OK Clean Water Initiative, culminating in our Mile of Coins Day which results in many pounds of coin donations all going towards byuilding clean water facilities in Kumbo, Cameroon.  
All of our community's efforts serve to make a differnce in the world, both in our local and global neighbourhoods, and to teach our students about social justice and their responsibility as Christians and as citizens in our world. 


posted Nov 2, 2018, 10:42 AM by Steve McGarrity

Thanks to the SJA for your awesome support with our food collection campaign this year. Our final total was 1751 cans collected over the month of October. A special thank you goes out to our Student Social Justice Committee, Ms Vesterfelt  and Ms Hodgins for their leadership and organization of the event. With our friendly competition between classes in the different panels we acknowledge Mr MacGillivary's grade 6 class, Ms Hodgins grade 1 class, and the Kindergarten "Frogs" who collected the most cans in their respective panels. 

Our goal was 1200. Our community supported the campaign well beyond our expectations.  Many thanks to all of our contributors who helped us stock some of the shelves at the food bank. 


posted Oct 18, 2018, 5:53 AM by Steve McGarrity   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 5:55 AM ]

If you have a child or children who are eligible to receive First Communion or Confirmation this school year there will be a Registration & Orientation Meeting at St John the Apostle Church (2340 Baseline Road) on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  

Baptized Catholic children in Grade 2 are eligible for First Communion.  Baptized Catholic children in Grade 6 are eligible for Confirmation.

For First Communion the meeting will be held that day at 1:00pm.

For Confirmation the meeting will be held that day at 2:00pm.

Either meeting will be about an hour long and is for the parents/guardians.  Children are not expected to attend.

If you cannot make that day, then there will be a joint Registration & Orientation meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 7:00pm.

Please bring a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate.  It is necessary in order to register them for either sacrament.

For Confirmation there is a $20 registration fee to cover costs incurred by the parish.  This fee does not apply to First Communion.

Any questions feel free to call the parish office (613-829-1760).

I look forward to seeing you.

Fr Lindsay Harrison  


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

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