Weekly Memo



Catholic Education Week

posted May 7, 2020, 5:33 PM by Joanne Blackburn

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week celebrates the ongoing gift of publicly-funded  Catholic education. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.  

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8, 2020.  More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario normally take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community.  

Sadly, given our current circumstances, all Ottawa Catholic School Board in-person activities have been cancelled, however we would like to take this celebration to a virtual model.  As a Catholic community, we are called to “Ignite Hope” in our community. Each day, we will invite all our families to demonstrate their hope for others and themselves with a message:  

Monday - For the ones we love - send a message of hope to someone in your family

Tuesday - For the ones who teach us - send a message of hope to your educator(s)


Wednesday - For leaders - send a message of hope to a leader in your community/world

(government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis) 


Thursday - For those in need and those who care for them - send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, The Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, frontline and healthcare workers


Friday - For yourself - send yourself a message of hope - for today and the future 


How do I do this?

  • Write a message of hope

  • Draw a picture

  • Find a symbol or object from nature

  • Witness an act of kindness in your community


Capture by video or photo and send that hope-filled message to your family and those you love!  Be sure to share your message using the hashtag #ocsbHope and #lukocsb


We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week 2020 this year with your messages and images of Hope in our community!

St James Staff Video

posted Apr 1, 2020, 6:42 AM by Joanne Blackburn

We Miss All Our Sharks, so Mme Davis put this video together from All of us to ALL of you. Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing all our Sharks soon! Video

Thank you Sharks!

posted Mar 28, 2020, 7:05 AM by Joanne Blackburn   [ updated Mar 28, 2020, 7:09 AM ]

We know this has been a challenging time for everyone. Thank you for all your support.  We are here for you if you need anything at all. We are in this together.  Stay Healthy and Be Well Sharks! We will keep communicating with all of you. 

Learning At Home

posted Mar 22, 2020, 3:25 PM by Joanne Blackburn   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 3:31 PM ]

 
Learning Together! Parents and Students, please check your teacher's blogs, Twitter feed and emails for the most current school work information. Students, know you can access Student Portal at OCSB Student Portal Learning At Home Ideas Ontario Government: Learn at Home

Weekly Memo March 9 - 13

posted Mar 9, 2020, 6:32 AM by Kayla Casey








Quick Links

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Parish Links

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613-836-1764


“Heavenly Father, As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience,

strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins. As I renew my resolve each day

to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart.

Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment. Stay with me through the busy days this

week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you. Help me develop discipline and generosity

through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent. In your name I pray, Amen”. ___________________________________________________________________

Week-At-A Glance:                       

March Virtue of the Month: BE HUMBLE

Monday, March 9- Pizza Day,                                                            

Tuesday, March 10- Choir @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. Fitzel)                                                                                            

Wednesday, March 11-  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs. VP)                                                               

Thursday, March 12- Boston Pizza Lunch, Stonehaven Manor (gr.3), Tech Club @ 12:20 pm in LC (Ms Terry, Mme Cadieux & Mme Rossi),  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs VP),                                                                                   

Friday, March 13-Popcorn Day, Lenten Initiatives--Theme Day: HOORAY FOR PJ DAY!


(Wear your PJs and please bring in a new pair of PJs to donate to Pyjama Patrol. Student Voice is also collecting $2.00 for 

Planting Seeds Intl. Running Club @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. Lewis) Last Day before the March Break.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our JAM families a Happy and Safe March Break. 

Take time to rest and enjoy this special family time! We will miss you and look forward to your return!                                                                       -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------     

                                      School News/Highlights:  

                     Please watch these 2 videos from Student Voice:     Student Voice- Be Humble

St James Lenten Initiatives  


 

Upcoming Events:

March 23-First Day back after March Break                                           

March 31-School Council @ 6:30 pm    

April 8th-Choir sings National Anthem at City Hall meeting (Mrs. Fitzel)                          

April 10-Good Friday

April 12-Easter Sunday                                                                              

April 13-Easter Monday

April 16-Grade 6 Transition Meeting to Holy Trinity

April 21-Cake Raffle                                                                        

April 23-Welcome New to Kindergarten (4:30-5:30 pm)

May4-8-Catholic Education Week

May 5-Open House/Muffin Breakfast

May 7-Dance Showcase                                                                           

May 8-Choral Celebration (Choir)

Please follow us on Twitter: @StJamesOCSB      

And our website: jam@ocsb.ca     

 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Lenten Initiatives at St James

posted Mar 3, 2020, 11:20 AM by Joanne Blackburn

To fulfill the Church’s Lenten mission of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we will be supporting, throughout the Lenten season, two worthwhile organizations: Planting Seeds International and Pyjama Patrol (local). During our Theme Days, all funds collected will go to Planting Seeds International.  Throughout Lent we are asking students to please fill our Pyjama Patrol Hampers with new pyjamas. Students can bring in new PJs for the Hampers anytime!


Weekly Memo-March 2-6

posted Mar 3, 2020, 5:27 AM by Kayla Casey   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 11:16 AM by Joanne Blackburn ]








Quick Links

St. James 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 


Parish Links

Holy Redeemer
613-836-1764


Lenten Prayer

“Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Saviour, as a model of humility.

He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering,

And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen”

Week-At-A Glance:                 

March Virtue of the Month: BE HUMBLE

Monday, March 2- Pizza Day, Saints & Games Club (Ms Cathy, Mrs. Dougan and Mrs. Hickey),                                                                                     Tuesday, March 3- Kindergarten & Grade 6 Grad pictures, Choir @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. Fitzel)                               

Wednesday, March 4-  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs. VP)     

Thursday, March 5- School Closed Due to Strike Action (if no resolution)                                               

Friday, March 6-Lenten Theme Day: Disney Character Day, Running Club @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. Lewis), Home Alone @ 12:00-1:00

Boston Pizza Lunch (moved to Friday), Dental Screening for JK, SK and Gr 2 students                                                                          

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SchoolNews/Highlights:  

Another Big Thank you to our School Council and Parent Volunteers for making delicious pancakes for all of us to enjoy.

Many, Many smiling faces! Please see our twitter feed for some fabulous pictures and videos.

Thank you also to Mrs. Fitzel, Mrs. Shea and Mrs Gorman for a beautiful Ash Wednesday Liturgy. 

The choir and grade 3 students all did an amazing job. 

The best part of my job is seeing smiles.  It is important to lift each other up. On Wednesday we celebrated Pink Shirt

Day by wearing our New JAM Kindness T shirts because Kindness Matters. Proud to be part of an amazing school and

community that promotes Kindness each and every day.

Lenten Initiatives:

To fulfill the Church’s Lenten mission of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we will be supporting, throughout the

Lenten season, two worthwhile organizations: Planting Seeds International and Pyjama Patrol (local). During our

Theme Days, all funds collected will go to Planting Seeds International.  Throughout Lent we are asking students

to please fill our Pyjama Patrol Hampers with new pyjamas. Students can bring in new PJs for the Hampers

anytime!

The following Theme dates, are as follows (Thank you to our Student Voice for their leadership!:

Friday, March 6th-Disney Character Day ($2.00 donation)

Friday, March 13th-Hooray For PJ Day! ($2.00 donation for Planting Seeds International, also collecting

NEW PJ’s

for Pyjama Patrol. Wear PJs--Donate PJs!!!

Friday, March 26th-”ER”/Career Day (teachER, officER,...)

Friday, April 3rd-80s Theme Day

Upcoming Events:

March 10-Mathletics (grades 2-6)

March 13-Last Day before March break

March 23-First Day back after March Break                                           

March 31-School Council @ 6:30 pm      

April 10-Good Friday              

April 12-Easter Sunday

April 13-Easter Monday                                                                          

April 16-Grade 6 Transition Meeting to Holy Trinity

April 21-Cake Raffle

April 23-Welcome New to Kindergarten (4:30-5:30 pm)                          

May4-8-Catholic Education Week

May5-Open House/Muffin Breakfast

Please follow us on Twitter: @StJamesOCSB      

And our website: jam@ocsb.ca     

 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Shrove Tuesday-Pancake Day

posted Feb 24, 2020, 6:39 AM by Joanne Blackburn   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 6:40 AM ]

On Tuesday, February 24th, all students will be enjoying a pancake breakfast thank you to our School Council and Parent Volunteers!  Please note those students with allergies will be provided with an allergy free pancake.
Families interested in participating in Shrove Tuesday are welcome to attend Holy Redeemer Parish Tuesday, February 25th.  The Knights of Columbus will be organizing a FREE pancake dinner from 5-8 pm.  All are welcome!

Weekly Memo - February 24 - 28

posted Feb 24, 2020, 6:24 AM by Kayla Casey   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 6:25 AM ]








Quick Links

St. James 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 


Parish Links

Holy Redeemer
613-836-1764


Prayer for Lent

 

“God our Father, You formed us from the dust of the earth and brought us to new life in Christ Through the waters of

Baptism. We ask you to change our hearts as we journey through these forty days of Lent. Help us to see Jesus in

everyone we meet, and to serve him in all persons, Especially the poor, the sick and the lonely. By your grace, may our

prayers and sacrifices this Lent help us grow closer to each other and to you, as one family in Jesus.

We make this prayer to you in His name. Amen”. 


Week-At-A Glance:               

February Virtue of the Month: BE FORGIVING

Monday, Feb 24- Pizza Day, Saints & Games Club (Ms Cathy, Mrs. Dougan and Mrs. Hickey),  

                                                                                                                                                                    

Tuesday, Feb 25- Shrove Tuesday,(Thank you to our School Council for providing pancakes for our students),  Little Red Theatre Play: Goldilocks and the 3 Canadian Bears (bilingual K-3) @ 2:30 pm,  Home Alone @ 12:00 pm, Choir @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. Fitzel),                                                                                           

 Wednesday, Feb 26Ash Wednesday, Pink Shirt Day (students Please wear PINK today),  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs. VP) 

Thursday, Feb 27- Boston Pizza Lunch, Stonehaven Manor (gr.3), Tech Club @ 12:20 pm in LC (Ms Terry, Mme Cadieux & Mme Rossi),  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs VP),                                                                                      

Friday, Feb 28- Kernels Popcorn Day (students can bring in a loonie to purchase a bag at the office), JAM Spirit wear, Home Alone Course                                                                           

                                      School News/Highlights:  

Lenten Initiatives at St James:

During our Lenten Season, we will be supporting two worthwhile charities: Planting Seeds International and Pyjama Patrol.

Planting Seeds International:  began an incredible initiative called Change for Change. Change for Change is a simple fundraising initiative that has been implemented in a number of elementary schools in Ottawa, Canada. The program consists of providing classrooms with empty pencil cases that students can fill with loose change to fundraise for Planting Seeds. In addition to educating students on the importance of giving back, this program is a great way to incorporate social consciousness into a classroom curriculum. https://www.plantingseedsinternational.org/en/get-involved/change-for-change/

Some additional benefits of implementing this program are:

  • Providing students with a global perspective on social issues such as poverty

  • Understanding that all children have the right to quality education, regardless of their personal circumstances

  • Demonstrating the interconnectedness of all people throughout the world  

The Pyjama Patrol has a simple goal.  We want to give kids the comfort and security they deserve for a good night's sleep.

The truth is, not every child has pyjamas to put on at night. Children in need may sleep in their clothes or nothing at all.

Students will be asked to wear their jammies to school and bring in a new pair of pyjamas to be donated to PJP.

https://www.pyjamapatrol.com/about1


Stay tuned for some exciting theme days at St. James School. 

Thank you, in advance for supporting these two wonderful organizations. 


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Upcoming Events:                                                                              

March 3-Kindergarten and Grade 6 Grad pictures                             

March 5 & 6 - Dental Screening for JK, SK and Gr 2        

March 10-Mathletics (grades 2-6)    

March 13-Last Day before March break

March 23-First Day back after March Break                                           

March 31-School Council @ 6:30 pm

April 10-Good Friday                    

April 12-Easter Sunday

April 13-Easter Monday  

April 16-Grade 6 Transition Meeting to Holy Trinity

April 21-Cake Raffle

April 23-Welcome New to Kindergarten (4:30-5:30 pm)                          

May4-8-Catholic Education Week

May5-Open House/Muffin Breakfast

Please follow us on Twitter: @StJamesOCSB      

And our website: jam@ocsb.ca     


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


February 3 - 7 Weekly memo

posted Feb 3, 2020, 5:28 AM by Kayla Casey   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 5:42 AM ]








Quick Links

St. James 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 


Parish Links

Holy Redeemer
613-836-1764


Week-At-A Glance:  

Monday, Feb 3-Pizza Day, Saints and Games Club @ 12:20 pm (Ms Cathy, Mrs. Dougan & Mrs. Hickey), Choir @ 12:20 pm in room 113 (Mrs. Fitzel)      Tuesday, Feb 4-School Closed for students due to Strike action Wednesday, Feb 5-Chess @ 12:20 pm in LC, Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs. VP), Squirmies (last session)                                                          Thursday, Feb 6-Sweater Day! Boston Pizza Lunch, Stonehaven Manor (gr.3), Tech Club @ 12:20 pm in LC (Ms Terry, Mme Cadieux & Mme Rossi),  Dance Crew @ 12:20 pm in gym (Mrs VP and Mrs. S)                                     Friday, Feb 7- Knitting Club @ 12:20 pm (Mrs. S and Ms Gorman), Running Club @12:20 pm in gym (Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Hickey)                                                                                        

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School News/Highlights:  

On Family Literacy Day, students from grades 2-6 listened to author Andrew Caddell, “The Goal”. Many students asked where they could get his book from. Mr. Caddell kindly donated one to the school for staff and students to enjoy.  If however you are interested in purchasing one for your home, here are the details: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=the+goal+caddell&ref=nb_sb_noss

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 THE ROCK is on this Friday, January 31st, 6:30-8:15 p.m..

For Grades 5 & 6 at Holy Redeemer Church.

Theme: WinterWonderland ❅

Another FUN night of Faith, Friendship and         FOOD!! 

Our school will be taking part in National Sweater Day on Thursday, February 6th!  Thank you to our ECO Team for organizing. National Sweater Day is an annual event organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada. On National Sweater Day, WWF asks Canadians from coast to coast to turn down thermostats by two degrees Celsius at home, at school, and at work to highlight the role that energy conservation plays in preventing climate change.

Our school buildings will be a little chillier on February 6th, so we are asking that all students wear or bring a sweater to school.  Through participation, we hope to understand how everyday actions affect our planet’s future. We are looking forward to a cozy day in the classroom!  To learn more about National Sweater Day, please visit schools.wwf.ca

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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 11-Girls Handball (Mrs. Dougan)

Feb 12-Winter Play Day (am) grades 1-6

Feb 13-Kindergarten play day (am), report cards go home (K-6)

Feb 14-PD Day (No school for students)

Feb 17-Family Day (school closed)

Feb. 20-Parent Teacher Interviews (K-6, By request only)

Feb. 24-Boys’ Handball

 

Please follow us on Twitter: @StJamesOCSB      

And our website: jam@ocsb.ca     




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