School News & Announcements

Dental Screening Feb 6 & 7th

posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:22 PM by Michelle McGarry   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 2:23 PM ]

Lynne Bérubé, a registered dental hygienist with Ottawa Public Health, will provide a
dental screening using a tongue depressor on February 6-7, 2018, for grades
JK, SK, 2. Only children identified as having dental needs will bring home a form. Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done. 

This dental screening is offered in accordance with the Ontario Public Health
Standards from Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Personal Health
Information is collected in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act and will
be used for the purpose of dental assessment, treatment and oral hygiene instruction,
and for statistical purposes. Questions concerning the collection and use of this
information should be directed to the Supervisor of Dental Health Promotion, Ottawa
Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580- 6744 ext 26376.

Kindergarten Registration Week!

posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:15 PM by Michelle McGarry   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 2:23 PM ]

Next week (Jan. 15-19, 2018) is FDK Registration Week in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Children, who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2018 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in September 2018. Parents are invited to drop by the school to complete the registration package at your convenience next week, Monday, Jan. 15 to Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 during the following hours: 9:00-11:00am and 12:30-2:30pm. Please see our school board website ( for detailed information and required documentation for new registrations.

We will be offering brief guided tours of our school at designated time slots on the following dates: Tuesday, Jan. 16th @ 1:001:30 and 2:00pm and Thursday, Jan. 18 @ 9:009:3010:00 and 10:30am. Please call or email the school (613-739-7131)( to book an appointment for a school tour. 

St. Thomas More School will be hosting a Kindergarten information session with more specific details about the FDK program later in the spring.

If you wish to have a registration package sent home with an older sibling this week, please contact the school. Please feel free to share this information with friends and family.

We look forward to welcoming new families/students to the St. Thomas More community.

Thank you.
God Bless.

Ms. Gotell, Mrs. McGarry and Mrs. Bethune

STM's 1960s Disco Dance-A-Thon is Wed Jan 31st!

posted Jan 14, 2018, 1:15 PM by Michelle McGarry   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 2:24 PM ]


We are currently planning our school’s fundraiser, “1960’s Disco Dance-a-thon ”. Our special day provides our school with an opportunity to:
*celebrate “healthy and active living”
*foster school spirit 
*enjoy physical activity (creative movement and dance)
*raise funds for various school activities /initiatives

Student participation in the fitness component of this special day not only meets the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum, but it also provides our school with an opportunity to organize a school fundraising event. Your participation is encouraged since the money raised from the collection of pledges will go directly to support student success at STM. The money will be directed towards resources to promote Deep Learning, Outdoor Learning, the ARTS and Indigenous Education. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, students will participate in the “Dance-a-thon”.

*STM students will bring home the pledge form. . 
*STM does not expect our students to go door-to-door asking for sponsors, but rather to request that relatives and family support this school event. 
*School Cash Online is the preferred method of payment. You can make donations in multiple amounts or a total pledge from money collected. For siblings, please make online donations for individual students to ensure each sibling receives tickets for the prize draws.
*Friends and family can donate online: The donation will be directed towards your child for prize tickets.
*Cash or cheques made payable to “St. Thomas More School” will also be accepted
*Students are requested to bring their pledge form and the amount collected in a baggie to their classroom teacher no later than Thursday, Jan. 25th 
*For School Cash Online donations, you DO NOT need to return a pledge form

As an incentive to students, there are AMAZING prizes available to be won in our school prize draws!

For every $10.00 collected, a student receives 1 ticket for a general school-wide draw. These prizes include: 
Lenovo 11.6” HD: N23 Chromebook RAM 4G, Bloxels Builder Kit, Lego Kits, Mystery Movie Pack, etc.
For ex: $30.00=3 tickets, $60.00=6 tickets, $80.00=8 tickets

For every $50.00 collected, a student receives 1 ticket for the grand prize draw. These prizes include: Nintendo Switch Console, Dash Robot.
For ex: $50.00=1 ticket grand prize, $100.00=2 tickets grand prize, $200.00=4 tickets grand prize

Thank you in advance for your continued support and involvement.
We are looking forward to the Dance-a-thon; we expect it to be an awesome day for all students and staff! 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 613-739-7131.

With thanks!
Your leadership team, Ms. Gotell and Mrs. McGarry

First Day Back at School, January 8, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 7:48 AM by Denise Gotell

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday! 
We look forward to seeing your smiling faces tomorrow on the first day back at school! January 8, 2018!

Attendance Protocol for Snow Days

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:25 AM by Michelle McGarry

Winter has arrived! Please review the following protocol for snow days.

In the event of bus or small vehicle cancellations due to inclement weather, parents are asked to notify the school of absences for "walking students". It is very important that parents call or email ( the school to indicate absences for walking students related to snow days.
For walking students, who attend Extended Day Programming (EDP), parents are required to report any absences to BOTH the school and the EDP program on snow days.

For students, who regularly travel on the bus, absences will be automatically noted due to the cancellation of bus transportation. Parents are not required to contact the school to report the absence for students, who travel on the bus.

Please note: On snow days, students will be dismissed from the foyer of the school.

Thank you! 
Your continued support and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

Ms. Gotell, Mrs. McGarry and Mrs. Bethune

'Tis the Season for School Bus Cancellations

posted Dec 10, 2017, 12:53 PM by Michelle McGarry

Did you know that the
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) makes the decision on bus cancellations? To stay informed about bus cancellations and snow days, follow @OttSchoolBus on Twitter or subscribe to OSTA’s mailing list to receive email notifications of transportation cancellations. To subscribe, go to:

Advent Greetings

posted Dec 10, 2017, 12:36 PM by Michelle McGarry

Greetings during this second week of Advent!

Advent is a time of quiet, joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth and also a time to remember that we wait for Christ to come again. It is a season of hope and anticipation. Advent is also a time of new beginnings and a season of giving.  

Thank you so much for your generous support with the Shepherds of Good Hope “Christmas Shoe Box” campaign. This important initiative was organized by our Social Justice Club. We also thank you for your amazing support of our Angel Tree. Through your generous spirits, you will make a difference in the lives of many during the Christmas holidays. These initiatives have been unique opportunities for our students to learn about the social Catholic teachings of Jesus Christ.

As the Christmas holidays approach, let us keep in our hearts and prayers the families in our community who are facing difficult times in their lives.  May the peace and joy of this magical time of year surround these families in warmth and love. On behalf of the staff of St. Thomas More, we wish you and your families the many blessings of this magical Christmas season.

God of hope, help us to prepare a place for you in our lives. Open our lives to receive you and teach us to walk in your ways.”         Amen

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season,

Ms. Denise Gotell  and Mrs. Michelle McGarry    Leadership Team St. Thomas More

Supporting the Shepherds of Good Hope during Advent

posted Nov 26, 2017, 4:16 PM by Michelle McGarry

Students from STM will be involved in a community project to experience the act of giving to the less fortunate. The Shepherds of Good Hope run a “Shoebox Program” for the homeless, who live or go to the shelter for Christmas dinner.

Each person, who goes to the shelter is given a wrapped shoebox, with a Christmas card attached. Inside the shoebox are items that they can use or consume. 

This year we are asking that each grade level focus on a different item to ensure our shoeboxes are fully stocked.
We are seeking our community's support for the following items:
Grade 6- mitts or gloves
Grade 5 - hats and toques
Grade 4 - socks and hand lotion
Grade 3 - deodorant, bar of soap, small shampoo
Grade 2 - toothpaste and toothbrush
Grade 1 - treats such as chocolates, mints or gum
Kindergarten - decks of cards or small notepad and pen

***All students are encouraged to bring in an empty shoebox. 

We will be collecting items starting Nov. 29 to Dec. 17th.

We will collect all items and then fill the shoeboxes so that each gift has the same variety and amount. The shoeboxes will then be wrapped. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support with our Advent project. Thank you for being the "light of Christ" to those in need.
A special thank you goes out to our Social Justice Club, who have taken on this project and are very excited to start organizing it all. We appreciate your continued participation and support!

New mural being painted this week!

posted Nov 26, 2017, 4:10 PM by Michelle McGarry

Nicole Belanger, local artist, will be at STM this week to work with our grade 3 students to create a large wall mural near the entrance at the junior/kindergarten doors. The theme of the mural is "Outdoor Learning".

Angel Tree Initiative

posted Nov 20, 2017, 5:43 PM by Michelle McGarry

We have set up our "
Angel Tree” in our foyer to support children in our community during the holidays. You are invited to take an angel from the tree, which will indicate the gender and age of a child. Please return an UNWRAPPED gift, with the angel tag attached, by December 18th. These gifts will support children in our community and children from St. Luke Catholic School in Ottawa, our sister school. This is a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the social Catholic teachings of Jesus Christ. Thank you for being the "light of Christ" during the upcoming Advent season.

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