School News & Announcements

Lenten Spirit Week - March 15th - 19th

posted by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated ]

Please check out our poster for our fun filled themed days to support our Lenten Project and our Literacy Initiative this March starting with Dr Seuss Day on March 2nd.  Donations are to be made on School Cash Online.  Help us meet our $2000 goal!  Many thanks for your continued support!

Tuesday, March 2nd: Dr Seuss Day! Wear your stripes

Monday, March 15th

MiSmAtch mOnDay

  • Robert Munsch Story Read Aloud

Tuesday, March 16th

Twin Tuesday

Wednesday, March 17th

St Patrick’s Day - Get your Green On!

  • St Patrick’s Day activities

  • Gr 6 presentation with Eva Olsson

Thursday, March 18th

School Colours Red/White/Black

Friday, March 19th

I’d Rather be in Hawaii Day!

  • Little Ray’s Reptiles Presentation on 11 am for K-3

Confirmation Information for our Gr 6 Families

posted by Margarita Ziroldo

"Through Confirmation we are strengthened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to live out our baptismal call to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

The Holy Redeemer Christian Initiation of Children Team invites parents of children who have reached the age of eleven (or grade six) and older to an Information Seminar which will explain our preparation process, resources and expectations for your family. In conjunction with the curriculum taught at your child’s Catholic school, this process is designed to prepare you to lead and support your child during this next phase in his/her Christian Initiation journey.

Parent and child must attend the following Information Seminar in order to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Redeemer Parish:

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. 

via LIVESTREAM on the Holy Redeemer Parish Facebook Page

For any questions, please contact Christian Initiation of Children Team

French Pathways Gr 4 & 7

posted Feb 18, 2021, 9:09 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Feb 19, 2021, 12:50 PM ]

It is that time of year when we ask parents of Gr 3 & 6 to select the FSL pathway that they feel would best meet their child’s needs in Grade 4 and 7. 

As you may be aware, our School Board provides two French Second Language pathways in Grades 4 to 12.  These are Extended French (1/4 day), the same as your child’s current program) or Immersion French (1/2 day).  

Both the Extended and the Immersion Pathways are programs of excellence and high expectations.  Each program allows for students to excel in French Language acquisition to serve them at school and beyond. 

Please complete the French program selection using the electronic form below by February 26, 2021.  For further information on French Programs at the Ottawa Catholic School Board, please visit the following website:

Click here to register your child for the Grade 4 FSL pathway.

Click here to confirm the Gr 7 FSL pathway selected for your child.

Lenten Project

posted Feb 11, 2021, 1:57 PM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Feb 11, 2021, 2:01 PM ]

Our Lenten Project this year will support 3 local charities in Ottawa. Help us achieve our goals with a $5 donation on School Cash Online to support our Lenten project and participate in our themed days next week.  Proceeds will be provided to the following local organizations;
Ottawa Food Bank
provides fresh and non-perishable food, as well as supplies such as diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to its network of over 100 emergency food programs across the city.
Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre
works exclusively with children up to the age of 12 and their families. We are committed to developing and delivering a wide range of mental health services to help children and families struggling with severe emotional, behavioural and social challenges.
ONFE - Ottawa Network For Education
Every child should finish school prepared to take on the world. ONFE is harnessing the resources of our incredible community to equip local youth with the tools, knowledge, and skills they’ll need to thrive in post-secondary studies, and to build fulfilling careers.

Monday February 15th

Family Day

No School

Tuesday February 16th

Shrove Tuesday 

PJ Day - cuddle up & read

Wednesday February 17th

Ash Wednesday *Ashless Liturgy*

Athletic Wear

Thursday February 18th

Rainbow Day

Friday February 19th

Plaid & Jeans Day

Winter Walk Day

For Gr 6 students

posted Feb 1, 2021, 12:56 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

An important message from Holy Trinity High School for our families of Gr 6 students,


Typically, around this time of year, we hold an information night at Trinity for parents of grade 6 students looking to learn more about grade 7.  Since we cannot do that this year, we have recorded our presentation and posted it on our school website.  We have also included a link to a Google Form so that parents and students can submit any questions they might have.  

Here is the link to the school website where this info can be found (i.e. the parents tab of the Trinity website) .  Information for our Gr 6 families can be found on the left side.


Pizza Fundraiser

posted Jan 29, 2021, 8:46 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Save the date! St Martin de Porres School Council invites you to participate in our Lorenzo's Pizza Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10th.  Pick up or no-contact delivery will occur between 11 am and 10 pm at the Kanata location;

Lorenzo's Kanata (Glen Cairn)
100 Castlefrank Road
(613) 836-3311

Please mention or show this flyer when ordering and Lorenzo's will donate 25% of all sales (in-store, over the phone, or online) to the school for technology resources!  Valid only on the above date.  

*This offer is not valid through Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes*

Bottle Drive Fundraiser!

posted Jan 25, 2021, 8:00 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Our Catholic School Council presents their Bottle Drive Fundraiser.  Please donate your empties from January 30th to February 21st.  Two locations for drop offs!  See poster for more details.  Thank you for your support to our school.

Mental Health Support

posted Jan 15, 2021, 11:53 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Jan 18, 2021, 2:25 PM ]

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.
      • Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

  • Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families on their website at


Mental health supports for parents and children


In order to be able to take care of others, parents need to take care of themselves. OPH would like to remind parents that their mental health and well-being are as important as ever and that it’s okay to not be okay. Several free online resources are available for parents and children, including:


In addition to the above resources, OPH would like to promote the benefits of getting outside as an important part of mental health. Parents are encouraged to take breaks during the day to get outside with their children, seeking out safer activities that limit their family’s contact with people from outside their household and allow for physical distancing and mask-wearing as much as possible. More information on keeping active during the pandemic can be found here:


COVID-19 safety reminders for parents


We know parents and guardians are doing their best right now to keep children safe, healthy and entertained. As we try to reduce the currently high levels of COVID-19 in our community, OPH is asking parents to keep the following in mind:


  • At this time, playdates and recreational activities with other households are not recommended. We all need to take steps to reduce transmission of the virus in our community, including limiting close contacts with those from outside our immediate households.
  • Parents and guardians should be limiting their children’s contact with other children except for childcare needs. Licensed centre and home-based childcare remains open with enhanced health and safety measures and emergency child care is available. If required, families would be permitted to have an exclusive contact with another household for the sole purpose of providing support.
  • Daily screening of children for COVID-19 symptoms continues to be important, even if children are not attending school in person. If ANYONE in the home has symptoms of COVID-19, everyone must stay home while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Parents can screen their children for symptoms by accessing OPH’s daily screening tool.

The importance of COVID-19 testing for children


While OPH appreciates parents’ efforts to follow public health guidelines and limit their children’s contact with others, we are still seeing a significant increase in the number of children and youth testing positive for COVID-19. At the same time, we’ve seen a significant decline in the number of children and youth being tested. This decline, combined with the surge in the number of people testing positive, has resulted in an overall positivity rate of 14 percent with 21 percent among children aged 5-12. We know there are likely many more undiagnosed infections in our community and unless we test more, we will not be able to identify them and proactively work to protect others with whom they may have come into contact.

We understand parents and children have many reasons to refrain from testing, including concerns about the long lines experienced earlier in the pandemic, guilt over socializing during the holidays or fear of the Nasopharyngeal swab. However, refraining from testing is adding to the growing risk of community spread, which could lead to added pressures on the healthcare system, delays for needed care, and could ultimately lead to an extension of the lockdown and other restrictions. OPH is strongly encouraging parents/guardians who have children with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, to please get them tested as soon as possible. Doing so could mean saving a life. For more information on COVID-19 testing for children, please see the attached document in both English and French; we would encourage you to please share it amongst your channels. 

OPH knows parents/guardians are doing their best right now to balance work and home obligations, their children’s virtual learning and their own personal care and well-being. We have data showing that the stress caused by this situation is significant and are asking the community to be compassionate, accommodating, and supportive of parents, guardians and one another during this difficult time.


Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch.

Dr. Vera Etches

Kindergarten Registration Continues

posted Jan 15, 2021, 11:26 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

your child turns four by December 31, 2021, they can start school in September 2021. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens in January.

It’s not too late to send your child to Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year! Your child can attend Kindergarten in person, part-time or full-time. We’ll work with you to meet your family’s Kindergarten needs.

Picture Day for Virtual Academy Students

posted Jan 5, 2021, 3:58 PM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Jan 15, 2021, 11:22 AM ]
**Please note: Our in-school students will now have the school photos on March 4th (K-Gr 3) and March 5th (Gr 4-6 & Milestone pictures).  No appointment is required for our physical students. These dates are subject to change depending on the provincial direction**

For our families participating in Virtual Academy this year, we have organized March 4th for school photos with Edge Imaging at our school, following OPH protocols.  Gr 6 students will not require school day bookings, as their school day photo will be at the same time as the Milestone photo. Please click on the appropriate links to book the appointment.  

MDP-St Martin de Porres - New VA School Day Booking Reschedule Request March 4, 2021


MDP-St Martin de Porres - New VA Milestone Gr 6 Booking Reschedule Request March 4, 2021

The deadline for booking is February 28th, 2021.  No appointments will be taken after this date as the photographers require time to retrieve the bookings and set up. A confirmation email and an appointment reminder will be sent to parents 1 week prior and 1 day prior.


Should you require support with the booking, please feel free to contact Edge via email at

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