Christmas Concert / Food Drive

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:56 AM by Stephen Gay

Our Christmas Concert is on December 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  We hope to see everyone there.  Our food drive is also underway until the 17th.  We will be donating the food to a local food bank.  Thanks for your support. 

P.D. Day on Friday, November 16

posted Nov 13, 2018, 11:23 AM by Stephen Gay

This Friday is a P.D. day.   There is no school for students.   

First Communion and Confirmation Registration Meeting at St. John the Apostle Church

posted Oct 30, 2018, 1:00 PM by Stephen Gay

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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  

Ronald Moorish is coming to Ottawa!

posted Oct 30, 2018, 6:44 AM by Stephen Gay   [ updated Oct 30, 2018, 6:45 AM ]

Ronald Moorish wrote the book, "With all Due Respect."  This book is a resource that we use as part of our whole school approach.  Mr. Moorish will be speaking at The Chamber Ben Frankliin Place, 101 Centrepoint Drive, Nepean.    He will be speaking on Friday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple.   To get tickets email Gillian Roussy at  

St. Maurice Church Bazaar

posted Oct 1, 2018, 5:46 AM by Stephen Gay

St. Maurice Church Bazaar – Saturday, Oct. 20 – It will begin at 12 noon and end at 4 pm.  There will be White Elephant items, books, jewellery, and home décor.  Treasures to be had! For any queries, contact Mary Ellen Yeldon at 613-866-4971 or Mary Sheridan at 613-224-0284.

Vision Testing and Dental Screening Coming To Saint John XXIII: October 10, 2018

posted Sep 19, 2018, 12:53 PM by Stephen Gay

Ottawa Public Health staff will provide dental and vision screenings on October 10, 2018*. 



A registered dental hygienist will provide a non-invasive dental screening using a tongue depressor for students in grades JK, SK, grade 2, grade 4 and other children as necessary. The screening helps identify children with oral problems, dental needs and pain. All children screened will bring home a report.  Free dental care for children identified with dental needs may be available for low-income families. Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done. If your child’s grade is not selected, but you wish to have him/her seen by the dental hygienist, please advise the school. THE DENTAL SCREENING DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST. 



Ottawa Public Health staff will provide a non-invasive vision screening for Senior Kindergarten students.  The vision screening is a series of short tests to detect if a child has eye problems.  All children screened will bring home a report.  THE VISION SCREENING DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM WITH AN OPTOMETRIST. 


These screenings are provided in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Personal and personal health information collected during the screenings will be used for the purposes of delivering, administering and managing screening services, and for statistical purposes, provided under Sections 5 and 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (as amended) and the Ontario Public Health Standards (2018). Information may be used and shared among authorized Ottawa Public Health employees who provide dental and vision screening services.  Questions concerning the dental and vision screenings, the collection and use of personal and personal health information or the exclusion of your child from the dental and/or vision screening can be forwarded to the Supervisor of Dental Health Promotion, Ottawa Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580-2424 ext 26376.

Transportation Information

posted Sep 6, 2018, 10:50 AM by Stephen Gay

School Bus Safety Video – Couldn’t make it to Safety Day?

Check out the new safety videos available on OSTA’s website.  Designed to appeal to various age ranges from Kindergarten to Junior grades 4-8. School Bus Safety Tips


Delays and Cancellations – Subscribe via the Parent Web Portal

Subscribe today for email notifications of delays and service cancellations on your child’s route.  You will also receive important service information, reminders and safety tips.  Follow OSTA on Twitter and Facebook.


Changes/Compliments/Concerns - Transportation Issue Form

Any requests for changes, reporting of concerns, and sharing of comments should be sent via the Transportation Issue Form, as these are prioritized over emails.  This includes: Bus stop changes, driver issues, late buses, hazards, etc. Bus stop changes will only be addressed after October 1.


Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Not in effect until October 1

OSTA is responsible for processing and approving all empty seat requests after October 1.  Please DO NOT place your child on a bus until s/he has been assigned to a stop.  Your child’s safety, and that of other students, could be compromised. Empty seats are allocated based on availability, age, distance and a number of other parameters. Empty Seat Application


Get in the Zone!  The Walk and Roll Zone!

School zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.  If you live in the Walk Zone, we encourage you to walk your child to school instead of driving.  Or Walk a Block…Park away from the school and walk the rest of the way. For more information regarding pedestrian safety: Walk and Roll Zone

Anxiety in School-Aged Children

posted Aug 31, 2018, 9:39 AM by Stephen Gay

Anxiety in School-Aged Children  - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
r. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School:   2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Register Now: 

What do I do on September 4th?

posted Aug 28, 2018, 1:39 PM by Stephen Gay

September Start

Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. If the weather permits, all students will meet in the schoolyard beginning at 8:20 a.m. Teachers will post their class lists outside on a large sheet of chart paper. After the bell, teachers will escort their classes inside. If it is raining, students will meet in the Learning Commons (grades 1 to 3) or in room 3 downstairs (Conference Center) for grades 4 to 6. Our gym is still under construction.

We ask that the Kindergarten students wear a name tag with the address of either their home or caregiver tucked into their backpacks. Parents will be allowed into the school on the first day of school to help their child find their class.

Volunteering in OCSB Schools

posted Aug 28, 2018, 1:33 PM by Stephen Gay

We strongly value your participation in our school community.  Parent involvement is vital to our success and we hope to encourage it in any way we can.  In order to insure the security of all students in school, the Board has introduced a new policy with respect to background checks.  

Beginning September 2018,  volunteers working with students in the OCSB must complete a vulnerable sector check. This includes parents and other volunteers taking part infield trips, those working with students in schools, and those volunteering at school events. Here is a link to the revised OCSB criminal record check Policy.

Please note that there are three types of Criminal Record Checks;

Level 1: Criminal Record Check (CRC)

Level 2: Criminal Record Check and Judicial Matters Check (CRJM)

Level 3: Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)

Anyone over 18 who wishes to take part in a volunteer opportunity in a school must complete a

Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Check.

There are two options for competing a vulnerable sector check:

1. In person –

2. Online  -

We value the role you play at Saint John XXIII.  Thank you for your vital contribution. Please consider completing the background check over the course of the summer.   We look forward to working with everyone in September.

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