School Announcements

How Play and Nature Shape Childhood

posted Apr 6, 2018, 8:10 AM by Tracy Mertz

Come and learn the stories and the evidence that will inspire you to open your front doors, and advocate for, increasing connections to nature and the outdoors for your children.
Guest Speaker: Marlene Power
Tuesday April 18, 2018 
7:00 - 9:00pm
St. Francis Xavier High School

April Newsletter

posted Apr 2, 2018, 10:36 PM by Tracy Mertz

We look forward to welcoming everyone back from Easter.  Here is our  April Newsletter
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CSPA presentation on April 3 cancelled

posted Apr 2, 2018, 6:55 PM by Tracy Mertz

We have just been advised that due to a family emergency, Dr. Clinton will no longer be able to come to Ottawa this week.

The anxiety presentation scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd
 at St. Paul High School is 
CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule for next year.

Please keep Dr. Clinton and her family in your prayers and accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

Stories from the Forest: How Play and Nature Shape Childhood

posted Mar 27, 2018, 8:50 AM by Tracy Mertz

Stories from the Forest: How Play and Nature Shape Childhood

This presentation will explore the possibilities and great potential for children when they are provided with regular opportunities to play in and connect with the natural world.
Come and learn the stories and the evidence that will inspire you to open your front doors, and advocate for, increasing connections to nature and the outdoors for your children.

Guest Speaker: Marlene Power, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018; 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
St. Francis Xavier High School, 3740 Spratt Road, Riverside South

We wish you a wonderful March Break

posted Mar 9, 2018, 12:21 PM by Tracy Mertz

We wish you a safe and enjoyable March Break.  We look forward to hearing about your adventures when you return on Monday, March 19.Image result for march break 2018

March Newsletter

posted Mar 5, 2018, 2:44 PM by Tracy Mertz

Here is March's Newsletter.    A reminder that Wednesday is grade 6 Leaving Photos.  Pictures with your brother(s) and/or sister(s) will also be taken at this time with a returned pre-appointment card.

SAVE THE DATE: Anxiety in School-Aged Children with Dr. Jean Clinton

posted Feb 25, 2018, 5:02 AM by Tracy Mertz

 Anxiety in School-Aged Children with Dr. Jean Clinton
Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
7:00pm - 9:00pm

St Paul High School

More information and registration details coming soon!


posted Feb 25, 2018, 5:00 AM by Tracy Mertz

 Day Catholic Parenting Challenge
Ready to take your parenting to the next level? Journey with Evango and the Archdiocese of Ottawa through the 5 Day Catholic Parenting Challenge.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm

St Augustine Parish

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

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