In one of Jesus most famous teachings he spoke about how “you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.” We are called by our Christian duty and by our basic humanity to care for those in need. The Christmas season is another special time throughout the year that we can focus ourselves and our children on things outside of ourselves. Are we being selfish? Are we hard-hearted? Can we be compassionate and caring to others? How do we guide our children to greater responsibility for our fellow brothers and sisters?
The Christmas Hamper Campaign is one simple way to do this. Please help us help others.
New Construction Has Begun
FRECON Construction has begun site work for the long-awaited addition to our school. The addition will be extending into the Kindergarten yard and that means that for the next several months that yard will be off limits to our kids.
We are working with plant and the local fire department to ensure safe egress if there is an emergency and the students will begin practicing fire drills this week, as well as new procedures in leaving school at the end of the day.Most of this will not affect students from grade 1-7. It is mostly just the kindergarten students.
I am told that the end date for construction is May 15th. I am cynical enough to say that means June 30th!!! At least it will be finished for next September and we will have all our students and teachers in the one building.
Latest word is that Valor is opening for the Primary students in January. This should not interfere with our busing. When the High School begins in Feburary 2015, they will be mixed with our students and there will be both high school students and primary students on the same buses. Also there will then be 5 buses so there will be changes for most of our students to different buses and rivers.
Important Dates to Remember:
December 1st. School Council Meeting
December 8th. Christmas Bonanza Begins
December 9th. Visit from the Bishop Smith School Band and workshops
December 11th. Little Troopers Christmas Concert
December 15th Kindergarten Christmas Concert – 1800 hours
December 16th. Grade 1-3 Christmas Concert – 1800 hours
School Mass at St. Francis Chapel – 9:00
School Council Door Decorating Contest
December 17th. Grade 3/4 Christmas Concert -1800 hours
December 19th. Christmas Carol Sing Along & perhaps a visit from Santa
Last Day of School until January
January 6th. School Resumes
Principal: Mr.John J. LeitchSecretary: Ms. Carolyn Moyles Phone Number: 613-687-4167
1. What does St. Francis offer to my child?
Ours is a faith based (Catholic) educational community. We offer a safe environment, a caring staff, excellent teaching, high standards, cutting edge technology, and an environment where we show warmth, hospitality, good humor and joy.
Starting Kindergarten in September?- Check out our St Francis Kindergarten Orientation
2. I hear a great deal about bullying. Does St. Francis have a problem with this?
Every school has some children who are not adjusted socially. Here at St. Francis we have much to proud of with a student body which generally treats each other very nicely. We have several programs designed to teach socialization skills and we work diligently with those who are having problems. Are we perfect? No, but as I say we are proud of our students and how they treat each other.
3. Do we accept non-Catholic students?
Yes, but! Because we are a Catholic Faith-based school we have to provide spaces for our Catholic students first. After that we happily accept students from other faiths, and not only Christian. Our belief is that students from other faiths can broaden our understanding of others and eliminate bigotry and ignorance. Also we as humans learn where we stand by seeing where others stand.
The only thing we ask of non-catholic students and their families is that they respect our faith and traditions. All students are required to participate in the faith-life of the school.
4. How do we do on the EQAO Examinations?
St. Francis students has for several years been highly successful. We have achieved top marks within the board and within the province in Literacy for both grades 3 and 6. In Mathematics we have been equally successful in grade 3 and still have some struggles in grade 6 as we are just at Provincial average. We are working hard to bring those marks much higher.
5. How big is St. Francis of Assisi? Will my child get lost in the crowd?
Good questions. St. Francis has approximately 300 students. We are big but we are small! We have a professional staff of 30 exceptional staff who love and care for the children we are honored to work with. We are not perfect but we pride ourselves on being caring and loving to all. We work hard to make this a warm and inviting place to be.