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St. James Swap Shop

With Spring around the corner (hopefully), St. James is pleased to announce its first annual Clothing Swap Shop. This is a chance to clean out closets and pick up new items at NO cost!

Please complete the attached sign up sheet and indicate what type of clothing you are bringing or looking for. If you are interested in donating clothes, a small fee of $10/table will reserve your spot. Consider splitting a table with a friend to save costs.

Donated clothing that does not find a new home will be distributed to the Salvation Army and C.P. and all funds received from table rentals will be donated to LAWS and the MS Society.

This initiative is also supporting the #Gooddeeedscup Challenge


Newsletter & Sign Up Sheet

#Gooddeedscup Challenge

We are encouraging all of our staff and students to show their support for the Peewee Smiths Falls Bears and to accept the #gooddeedschallage

On Friday, February 16, we will be wearing black & yellow and are asking everyone in our school to bring at least one  non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army food cupboard. We also have three #gooddeeds surprises coming up for different members in our community! Pictures posted on our facebook page!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our annual book fair dates have been selected.

A reminder that for every $10 spent by students, $6 comes directly back to our school!

We accept cheques made payable to our school and will also have credit & debit available.

Monday, February 26 – Preview Day

Tuesday, February 27 – 9:00-11:30 & 1-4

Wednesday, February 28 – 9-11:30 & 3-5

Thursday, March 01 – 9:30-11:30 & 3-6

Friday, March 02 – 9-2

We are looking for parent (or grandparent) volunteers to help run this bookfair. Please contact the office if you are able to donate your time!


New School Donation

Erin and George Tsarouhas presented a cheque to Mrs. Forbes on Tuesday, January 30th in the amount of $5200.00.

These funds have been earmarked for outdoor equipment (including benches, picnic tables and a sunshade structure) at our new school.

The funds were raised from a dance held on New Years Eve which was supported by many different businesses and community members from Smiths Falls and the surrounding areas.


Circus Circus

St. James is pleased to announce that we will be staging a musical production, Circus Circus. The show is a musical play for young singers. In the show, the ringmaster has lost their voice and needs someone to fill in. Everyone from the clowns to the lions to the trapeze artists want to be picked, but who will the ringmaster choose? In the end, the problem is solved and everyone learns about kindness and looking out for others.

Auditions will be arranged at recesses the week of January 15-19 and will be open to all Grade 1-3 students.

Please click here for more information and a copy of the permission form. Any questions can be directed tot Ms. Tait Angel at the school.

First Communion/First Reconciliation Information

First Communion and First Reconciliation registrations forms will be sent home tomorrow to our Grade Two students.

There are a number of important dates coming up for those students preparing for the sacraments. Please be sure to add them to your family calendar.

February 8th  @ 6:00 pm – Parent Meeting at St. James (no children please) **Rescheduled**

February 11 @ 10:30 am – St. Francis De Sales Parish Enrolment Ceremony

March 21 @ 6:30 pm  – St. Francis De Sales Parish – First Reconciliation

Sunday, April 29 @ 10:30 – St. Francis De Sales Parish – First Communion

Letter & Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion

September 2018 Kindergarten Registration

Open House Tuesday, January 16, 2016 4:00-5:30 pm 

This is a chance for new students (and parents) to tour our school and meet the Kindergarten Team.  If possible, we encourage you to arrange alternate care for siblings for the Open House Event. Although you are welcome to register children up to the end of August, it is optimal to have your child’s registration package returned as soon as possible (ideally by the end of February) so that we can organize our classes for next year. As well, an early and completed registration will ensure your child is on our mailing list for our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening and the Step Into Kindergarten Program (if applicable). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

New School Name & Principal Announced

Exciting news was released this morning after last night Board Meeting! Two decisions were made with regards to our new Catholic elementary school here in Smiths Falls.

First, the school’s name will be St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and secondly, Susan Forbes has been appointed Principal of the new school, effective September 1, 2018.

The link below will take you to the official letter written by Director Gartland.

Letter from Director Gartland

Lunch Program Changes This Week

Dear Families,
Due to the snowday today and predicted weather for Friday, please note the following changes with our lunch program:
– Alphabet Soup will be served tomorrow Wednesday at lunch – Thank you Two Guys for being accommodating
– Munch n’ Lunch will be served on Thursday
We’ve also been very blessed to have a super generous family offer to buy pizza for all the kids at our school today  as a special treat- thank you!

Christmas Concert Update

The concert that was originally scheduled for this afternoon (Mme. Jordan’s 1/2 Immersion Class, Mr. Smith & Mrs. Sprague’s Kinder class & Ms. Garvin & Mrs. Jordan’s Kindergarten Class)  will now be tomorrow morning (Wednesday, December 20) at 10:30 am.

All other concerts will go ahead as planned.

Mrs. Cyr’s & Mrs. McParland’s Advent celebration will now be on Friday morning at 10:40 am.

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