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Did you miss the deadline to order pizza for Session 1?

The St. Cecilia School Council Volunteers are offering one final opportunity for parents/guardians who missed the deadline for ordering pizza for Session 1. The earliest you can join the current session is January 4th, after the Christmas break. Payment opens today, December 1st and closes December 13th.

**Be sure to send in a lunch for your child/ren on December 7th and 14th**.

You must pay with School Cash Online. We cannot accept payment any other way. If you do not have a School Cash Online account, you must create one.

Pizza will begin on January 4th and end on February 22nd (8 weeks) at a cost of $20.00.

Session 2 will be from March 1st to June 21st (sales will open in February for session 2).

Please Note: Missed lunches due to absence cannot be kept for the next day nor will money be refunded. You may pick up your absent child's piece of pizza on pizza day by calling the office before 11am. Pizza lunches on "Snow Days" will be MOVED to the next regular school day.

*Any questions regarding the pizza program can be directed to our wonderful School Council Volunteers at

*Any payment inquiries can be directed to the school office at 613-692-6164.

Sacramental Update from Father Frank





Sept. 27, 2021

As the purpose of celebrating First Communion and Confirmation for school-age children is to allow them to participate more fully in the Sunday Eucharist, there is no urgency about having these celebrations while the children are unable to attend Mass during the Covid crisis. You may hear of some parishes doing so; you will find that, unlike us, these are dealing with very small groups of children.

While the ‘remote’ or school-based component of the preparation for these sacraments can continue as long as the elementary schools are operating, the ‘family and parish’ component depends upon the parents being able to bring the children to the church (or St. Joseph High School gym) regularly for Sunday Mass.

Therefore the Sacramental Preparation program will not begin until there are no restrictions on Mass attendance and St. Andrew Parish resumes Masses at St. Joseph High School. The process will begin with a parent meeting of one hour at St. Monica church hall, followed by registration and the distribution of materials. Since the meeting will not be optional, it will be repeated several times to better accommodate parent schedules.

The actual celebration of First Communion will take place over several Sundays, at different regular parish Masses, in small groups, and not by school. The candidates will be given a date for the celebration only after all requirements have been met. Whether this will be during the Easter season or the summer will depend on the timing of the end of the crisis.

The celebration of Confirmation has been held at the Cathedral on Sussex Drive on a weekday evening in the September following the school year of preparation. This has worked very well, and we hope to be able to do the same this time.

As always, if your circumstances make it too difficult to participate in the preparation this time, you are welcome to wait until next year. Grade Two is simply the minimum age for First Communion; the ‘typical’ age for Confirmation is set by the local Bishop and varies from age seven to fifteen. In Ottawa the typical age is eleven.

The dates of the parent meetings will be posted in our parish bulletin. If you wish to be sent a notice about the meeting, please reply to the Sacramental Coordinator, Milva Calla She will send you information about registering as parishioners (if you have not done so already). When we have dates, she will invite you to attend the registration meeting. The registration must be in person, at the parent meeting.

May the Lord bless you and your family and keep you safe,

Father Frank

Indigenous Education

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.

Annual Student Transportation Survey - please complete survey linked below

Please complete OSTA’s annual online transportation survey. OSTA would like to better understand how your child(ren) have been getting to school this year and what traffic impacts you have observed around your school site.

If school staff would like to participate, they can skip the mode selection part of the survey and simply enter information about their observations of traffic around the school site

School Zone Safety Campaign

Since the beginning of the school year, our Crossing Guards have been reporting that there are many citizens who are endangering the safety of pedestrians in our school zones.

The Ottawa Safety Council has created a School Zone Safety Campaign to remind pedestrians and drivers of the importance of following traffic rules in school zones.

The one-page pdf flyer is linked to this email to share with your parent and teacher network to help get the word out that school zone safety is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play in keeping pedestrians and Crossing Guards safe.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Jillian Palmer

Program Coordinator, School Zone Safety

Ottawa Safety Council

613-238-1513 ext. 230

301 Moodie Dr , Suite 103, Ottawa, ON K2H 9C4

Tel: 613-238-1513 Fax: 613-238-8744 Web:

Mental Health Resources from Dr. Bolduc

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Fall 2021 and the Importance of Nurturing Relationships

Welcome Letter - September 2021

Please read Mrs. Prevost's letter with important information about the new school year!

Our School Needs New Crossing Guards

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