School Announcements

Musical Ride Open House and Ottawa Food Bank Drive - Sat. Feb 24

posted Feb 21, 2018, 2:57 PM by Tracy Mertz

The RCMP Musical Ride is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to raise food and funds for the Ottawa Food Bank. Our annual Open House is a great chance to meet the horses and riders of the world famous Musical Ride before they set off on their 2018 tour. The event also features displays and demonstrations by other police and emergency partners along with the Explosives Disposal and Technology Branch of the RCMP.  The event is free family event, but visitors are encouraged to make a monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.


My request is to have the attached poster or any information below be posted on your website, digital screens or social media throughout the National Capital Region to let families know about this free family event.  I also, attached a couple of pictures, as you can see through the photos the event is geared towards families and children.


We have also created Facebook Event in both English and French that can be shared as well.


RCMP Social Media accounts:

English Twitter handle: @RCMP_Nat_Div (

French Twitter handle: @GRC_Div_nat ( )


English Facebook:

French Facebook:


For more information on the event, see


We would greatly appreciate your support on helping us get the word out about this free family fun event that showcases police and emergency services in the National Capital Region.






Colleen Pulcine
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Communication Strategist
Corporate Communications Team
National Communication Services

Lent 2018

posted Feb 21, 2018, 1:24 PM by Tracy Mertz

                                                                                                         February 20th, 2018

Dear Parents of St Emily,

Lent is an important time for us to renew our Catholic faith through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We have chosen to support  “Change for Change” a Canadian global initiative this Lenten season. Our patron saint, St. Emily, focused her work in poverty, women and education. Change for Change supports the education of the children living and working in poverty in Guatemala City by building schools and providing free education is a fitting choice for our community.

During the 40 days of Lent, students will be invited to do chores ( ie. make the bed, do the dishes, help with recycling, etc.) and gather change to bring into the school to share with this organization. This “work” focuses on our call to be “Sent to be the Good News” as part of our understanding of social justice, love and hope for all especially during Lent. Our student group has set a goal to raise $3500.00. This will be enough money to feed a class of 30 students for a year as well as hire a teacher for a year. We will celebrate each $500 dollars raised by placing a blooming flower in the front foyer.  

Our collection begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 and ends on Saturday, March 31. Our last school day to collect monies will be on Tuesday, April 3. We have several special days for your child to participate in;

  • Friday Feb 23rd:  P.J. Day

  • Friday Mar 2nd: Bubble Gum Day

  • Friday Mar 9: Aloha Beach Day

  • Friday Mar 23rd: Dapper Day ( Dress in your finest)

To learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit;

Your support for these children is truly appreciated.


Tracy Mertz                                                                      Lori Ann Hannigan

Principal                                                                                  Vice Principal

Cake Walk - Wow!

posted Feb 13, 2018, 6:04 PM by Tracy Mertz

What a wonderful day as we walked through over 200 donations from our school community in support of our Cake Walk today.  We had a record number of volunteers to make this worthwhile event a huge success. A huge thank you to the organizing team and all of our volunteers who spent hours baking, cutting papers, organizing lists, counting money, setting up and finally delivering cakes to students.  Thank you, our parent community, for your generous support to this.  We will use your donations to add resources to our Learning Commons.  An awesome way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday!

Building Your Child's Self Esteem

posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:24 PM by Tracy Mertz

Building Your Child’s Self Esteem

  • Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  • Time: 6:30-8:00pm

  • Presenter: Joanne Boyd (Family Services Ottawa)

  • Who: For parents/caregivers of children aged birth to 12 years

  • Location: St. Patrick Elementary School: Learning Commons

In this thought-provoking 1 ½ hour workshop, you’ll discover ways to guide your child toward positive self-esteem by exploring the following topics:

a/  What is healthy self-esteem, why is it important, and what’s the impact on children?

b/ Where does a healthy self-esteem come from?

c/  How can you help build your child’s self esteem?

Pizza/ Sub Second term Lunch - more time to order

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:54 PM by Tracy Mertz   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:56 PM ]

Pizza and Sub orders have been extended until Monday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m.   Orders must come into the school lunch order form and a cheque made payable to St. Emily School Council.  We are not able to update this extension in School Cash On Line.  Subs begin on Tuesday, February 13.  Pizza begins on Thursday, February 15.

February's Newsletter

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:42 PM by Tracy Mertz

Professional Development Day - Friday, January 26

posted Jan 21, 2018, 6:35 AM by Tracy Mertz

Friday, January 26 is a Professional Development Day.  There is no school for our students.

Snow Days Happen - get email updates

posted Jan 21, 2018, 6:34 AM by Tracy Mertz

Snow Days Happen
Want to be notified when it's a Snow Day? Sign up for email updates from OSTA or follow them on Twitter @OttSchoolBus.

Not able to come to register for Kindergarten last week --- Register anytime

posted Jan 21, 2018, 6:33 AM by Tracy Mertz

Growing Together Before School Begins
It was Kindergarten Registration Week last week! Not able to make it in this week? Remember you can register at any time. In the meantime, why not take a look at some of the programs and information the OCSB has to offer for those not yet attending Kindergarten.

Justice is....

posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:42 AM by Tracy Mertz

from our grade 6's at our assembly this morning;

---I think justice is to be fair, respectful and kind.  If someone is lonely play with them.  If someone needs help, help them. Don't judge people by their skin color or their looks.  Make someone's day, it's easy just smile.  Has anyone ever smiled at you when you were having a bad day? Well it helps!

-- To me justice is the feeling of hope and fairness.  Every person is just is the feeling hope and fairness.  Every person is just as good as everyone else.  Not one person is different.  Justice is not only teamwork but it is also bringing a family, a group together and treating others equally.  Justice is true hope.

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