School News & Announcements

French Online Homework Help and Practice for Your Child

posted Oct 21, 2019, 6:37 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Free Access to Online French Support at home!

Students of the Ottawa Catholic District School Board have access to Voilà Live’s Virtual Immersion Campus. Every evening from Monday to Thursday students have access to live teachers online to practice their French and get homework help in French, English and Math.

The Virtual Immersion Campus will be open Monday to Thursday (October 1st 2019 to May 31st 2020, excluding school breaks)
from 5pm to 8pm (EST) for homework help and French practice.

You can send your child’s homework to before accessing the platform. Your child can also practice their French and play live, communicative games in French on the platform, all while earning points.

Registering for Voilà Live is easy! All you have to do is:

2. Click on ‘My school board is registered’
3. Complete the form and use the code: 01OTTAWACAT
4. You will receive a link to download the platform the next day

We look forward to helping your child on the campus!

Your online tutor,
1(866)900-0658 (Toll free number)

Spirit Week Oct 28th-Nov 1st at St Martin's!

posted Oct 21, 2019, 6:27 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Let's show our school spirit by joining in these fun filled events at our school!

Monday October 28th: PJ Day
Tuesday October 29th: Athletic Day (Sports themed clothing)
Wednesday October 30th: Social Justice Hallowe'en Bake Sale & Crazy Hair Day
Thursday October 31st: Hallowe'en mystery boxes inquiry for Kinders, Grade 1s & Orange 'n Black Day
Friday, November 1st: Western Day and Gr 1-6 Assembly

The Lunch Lady

posted Oct 2, 2019, 10:25 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 10:27 AM ]

Breathe! The Lunch Lady menus are online now!

After a summer of making lunches every day, The Lunch Lady is back! Did you know you can start planning your lunch breaks already?

The Lunch Lady is excited to be back at St. Martin de Porres with lunch service starting on Wednesday, Oct. 9th. We will be offering healthy, delicious lunches every second Wednesday. Please check out our new Menu at

IMPORTANT! Before you place your first order you will need to update your child's classroom information with their Teacher's Name. 

Please take the time to review the following information below to help you get the most out of The Lunch Lady program at your school.


Order Deadlines: Orders can be placed week by week or all the way out to the end of January! Order Deadlines are as follows:



Allergies: Please contact us to let us know about any allergies or food sensitivities that should be on your child's account. We ask that you let us know at the start of each school year or whenever there is a change.

Cancellation Policy:If your child is sick or has an appointment, you can cancel up to 8 am on the day of the lunch by and a credit will be placed on your account.          

No cancellations can be accepted past 8 am. No refunds.

Great job! Every meal ordered includes a fundraising contribution back to your school!


Please reach out if you ever have any questions, concerns or feedback about The Lunch Lady. Thank you for choosing us to provide healthy, delicious meals for your children.

Upcoming Information Sessions for Parents

posted Oct 1, 2019, 6:38 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) sponsors several free information sessions for parents throughout the year.

School Council Tip Night & Social

Get set for the best year your School Council has ever had!  Come out and join us for a fun night of learning all about School Council. Hear from OCSB staff, mingle and share successes, concerns and tips with fellow School Councils, and so much more. Illuminate your School Council!  Register today:

Thursday, October 17
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Mother Teresa High School

Friday, October 11th is a PD day

posted Sep 30, 2019, 1:24 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

We have a Professional Development Day on Friday, October 11th, the school will not be open for students.  School will resume on Tuesday, October 15th.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving long weekend with your family!

Monday, October 7th is Picture Day!

posted Sep 30, 2019, 1:20 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

Our School Picture Day is scheduled for Monday, October 7th.  All students and classes will have their picture taken.  Dress with your best smile!

Webcasts for Parents and Guardians on School Councils

posted Sep 20, 2019, 10:18 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

“EQAO & School Councils: Working Together to Support Students’ Learning Journey”

Participants will hear about research the agency has conducted into students’ experiences with EQAO. They will learn about resources to help students feel confident as they write the assessments.

October 1, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Register here.
October 2, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Register here.

Terry Fox Run/Walk

posted Sep 17, 2019, 2:14 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

St. Martin de Porres Elementary School is proud to be participating in the 2019 Terry Fox School Run. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to our school’s fundraising page at:  Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer!


OSTA Seat Availability

posted Sep 17, 2019, 6:56 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

A reminder to our parents and guardians that the deadline for empty seat applications is this 
Friday, September 20, 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be prioritized for October assignments and will remain on the waiting list.

ALL empty seat applications and approvals go through OSTA

Where school bus routes have been established and there are empty seats on a bus, students may be provided transportation even though their distance from the school is within the Walk Zone. OSTA processes all applications and approves seat assignments for both the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

When assigning students to empty seats, OSTA does not consider applications on a “first come, first serve” basis.  Approval is based on knowledge of the family situation as well as consideration of the following criteria:

  • Grade level (priority given to younger Kindergarten students);
  • Distance from school (farthest to closest);
  • Child care / daycare provider needs;
  • Siblings attending the same school;
  • Cross-boundary students have the last priority, but may still apply for an empty seat

There will be no changes to bus stops or routes for empty seats.  Students assigned to empty seats may lose their seat if an eligible student is assigned to the bus, the student misbehaves, or there are changes to the route for efficiency.  Please refer to T1 Access to Empty Seats policy and procedure for more information   Empty Seat Provision

Richmond Fair

posted Sep 17, 2019, 5:31 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

On Thursday, September 19th the Gr 4s will be attending the educational program at the Richmond Fair.  Students will learn about various animals, farm culture, dairy education, artistry and lots more at informational and presentation booths.

Students are required to bring their lunch and wear a good pair of walking shoes.  Students will attend rain or shine.  No money is required for this excursion and they will be travelling by bus.  

Parents interested in volunteering must have their Vulnerable Sector Completed (VSC) and inform your child's teacher.

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