School News & Announcements

Final Farewell from Mrs. Gotell

posted Jun 26, 2020, 2:32 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear STM Wolfpack,

Here is my final farewell message to our wonderful school community, our amazing students and outstanding staff!


May God Bless You!

Stay safe! Stay well! 

Wishing you a wonderful summer!

Namaste, Ms. Gotell

STM Year End Message

posted Jun 25, 2020, 8:53 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we look ahead to the summer months,  we have moved into “Ordinary Time” in our Liturgical calendar. This is a time of precious growth and change. Each of us grows in holiness during Ordinary Time. We are called to use the gifts we have received from God to help renew the face of the earth, to make our world a better place. God’s love is the source of our growth. May we all experience renewal of mind, body and spirit during the summer months. It has been an honor and our pleasure working with the STM community! We will hold our fond memories of STM close to our hearts for years to come. 

On behalf of the staff of St. Thomas More we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your continued support, collaboration and cooperation.     

Wishing you a safe and happy summer!

God Bless You!

Namaste,  Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache



A heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, who have given time to our school this year. STM volunteers contributed in so many ways: reading with our little ones, helping out in our classrooms, serving on Parent Council, supervision on field trips, delivery of hot lunches, our milk program, helping with special events, decorating our front foyer, etc.  You are such an important part of our community and your children’s education. We are most grateful for your time, effort and support throughout the year. You have truly made a difference in the lives of the children and staff of St. Thomas More School. 

Special thanks to our phenomenal teachers, early childhood educators and educational assistants! Their dedication and commitment to our students is truly outstanding! A special thank you to Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Nault, our office administrators, Mrs. Smith-Davey, our library technician, and to Mr. Kay, Ryan and Jermaine, our custodial team; these amazing individuals are always willing to lend a helping hand.  

To our Grade 6 students, who are leaving and moving on, best of luck as you continue on your journey.  Keep smiling and sharing your unique gifts with the world as you move through life. STM will miss you!


On behalf of the STM community, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all the members of this year’s Catholic School Parent Council. This dedicated team of people have volunteered their time and support throughout the school year in many different ways. Their dedication and commitment to student success is simply outstanding! We invite and encourage parents to get involved with the STM Parent Council next year.

Report Cards will be shared electronically at the end of June. You will be able to access your child(ren)’s report card(s) via the OCSB Parent Portal. Please ensure you have registered and activated your account in the Parent Portal. We ask for your continued patience with this new OCSB portal, if you have issues accessing the portal, please give it a try on another day (the system may be overwhelmed at your time of access). 



If you are planning to move this summer, please contact the main office with your new updated information asap. (

If circumstances have changed and the pick up and/or drop off locations have changed for your child(ren), please contact the main office asap. These changes must be entered to ensure transportation is correct for September. Thank you!

IMPORTANT OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation) YEAR END UPDATES:

STM Distribution of Student Belongings - June 15th-19th

posted Jun 8, 2020, 9:34 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Jun 8, 2020, 11:25 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the “STM Distribution Plan” outlined below for parents to pick up their child(ren)’s personal belongings during the week of June 15-19, 2020. Due to the size of our school, we seek your cooperation to pick up the bagged student belongings ONLY during the date/time slot based on the student’s LAST  NAME. 

Parents will not be permitted access to the school for PICK UP of any items. We will be hosting a “Drive-Through PICK UP” in front of the school in the bus lane. During your scheduled date/time slot, we ask that parents pull up in the bus lane and stay inside your vehicle. Please give the name(s) of your children to the STM staff, the bagged student belongings will be brought to your vehicle. If you wish to open your trunk, the bags will be placed in your trunk or in the back seat to maintain physical distancing requirements. Staff will be wearing face masks. Once you receive the student belongings, we ask that you pull up to the designated tables for STM Book Returns and/or Year End Cards/Gifts for Staff (located near the bus lane exit). At this location, you can give any required items to the STM staff, please remain in your vehicle at all times. 

Here is the STM DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE June 15-19, 2020. We have 2 possible rain dates (June 17/18) if required in the event of extreme weather on June 15/16. Parents will be notified via School Messenger if RAIN DATES will be utilized. 

STM LIBRARY/CLASSROOM BOOKS: We ask that you return all STM Library/Classroom Books to the designated table. Please ensure you label any classroom materials clearly with staff name/homeroom. Again, staff will take these items from you while you stay in your vehicle. 

YEAR END MESSAGES/CARDS/GIFTS FOR STAFF: If you have any specific items you would like delivered to any STM staff, you are invited to drop these items to the designated table. We will ensure these items are delivered to staff. Please ensure you clearly label these items for staff. Again, staff will take these items from you while you stay in your vehicle. 

Parents of ALL Gr. 6 students and their younger siblings are scheduled for Friday, June 19 after the Gr. 6 Virtual Leaving Ceremony.

Please note: Any student belongings that are not picked up on the designated dates will remain at STM; parents will be able to retrieve these items in the fall when the school reopens. 

Report Cards will be shared electronically. 

We thank you for your continued support and cooperation!

Stay safe! Stay well!

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

Staffing Updates for 2020-2021

posted Jun 8, 2020, 9:16 AM by Tania Gamache


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of St. Thomas More,

This is the time of year when teaching LTO contracts come to an end and staffing transfers/surplus declarations get confirmed. Some long-standing members of STM have made the decision to seek new opportunities in other schools, some have shifted career pathways and others have secured positions closer to home.

On behalf of St. Thomas More, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following staff for their amazing dedication, commitment and contributions they have made to our community during their time at St. Thomas More. They will be greatly missed!

The following staffing changes have been confirmed for the 2020-21 school year:

Denise Gotell (Retirement June 30)

Tania Gamache promoted to Principal at Divine Infant Elementary

Tracey Martin transferred to Guardian Angels Elementary

Joyce Robinson promoted to Vice-Principal at St. Cecilia Elementary

Christine Chuey transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Kerry McDaniel transferred to St. Luke Ottawa

Melissa Desormeaux transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Rob Dawson transferred to Divine Infant Elementary

Lynn Champagne transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Alison McClurg (EA) and Drahomira Stehlikova (EA) (Surplus Status)

Mayora McCarthy (FDK), Nina Caicco (Gr. 1), Diane Maheu (Gr. 1/2) will be completing their LTO contracts at the end of June. 

Andria Lappa (Gr. 1), Morgan James (Gr. 6) and Marina Gagliano (Gr. 5) will all be on maternity leave next year.


Special Welcome to the following educators, who will be joining the STM WolfPack in September 2020:

Chris Risto (Principal St. Thomas More, currently at St. Luke Nepean)

Teri Shurb (Vice-Principal St. Thomas More, currently at St. George)

Micheline Boileau-Bougon (Resource, currently at St. Marguerite d’Youville)

Luisa Mariani ( Resource, currently at St. Luke Nepean)

Kelly McGee (Primary Division, currently at Student Success Dept OCSB)

Noreen Nuzhat (ECE with FDK, currently at St. Marguerite d’Youville)

Please note: Staffing for next year is not fully completed at this time. We will keep our community informed as current vacancies get filled. 

Stay safe! Stay well!

With thanks,

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

Extended School Closure

posted May 20, 2020, 9:23 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students of St. Thomas More,

The Premier and Minister of Education announced yesterday that all schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the COVID-19 Command Table. This is disappointing and sad news for our community to end the school year "from a distance", however, we completely understand this decision. Safety must come first!

1.The Minister of Education has released the following letter to all parents in the province: Letter to Parents May 19

2. Update School Closure from OCSB

We are waiting for approval from Ottawa Public Health and our school board regarding the distribution/retrieval of student personal items from STM. We will be in touch as soon as our plans are finalized. The STM 25th Anniversary Spirit Clothing will be included in the personal belongings of the students. Thank you for your patience!

GRADE 6/SIBLINGS PHOTOS: We have been in contact with Lifetouch regarding this Spring’s Grade 6 Grad and Siblings photos.  As you know we haven’t been able to distribute proofs or collect orders due to COVID-19 and recent school closures, but it’s not too late to order school pictures. Just call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your access credentials to place your order online if you wish.. For a nominal shipping fee these photos will be sent directly to your home. 

Attention Gr. 6 Students and Parents: The Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony will be celebrated virtually this year. Our Gr. 6 team is currently planning a special celebration "from a distance" for our grade 6 students. Please reserve Friday, June 19th (10am-12noon) for this special celebration. More details coming soon...

Attention Families of New JK Students for September 2020: Typically we host a "Welcome to Kindergarten Session" for our new JK students and their parents. Our FDK team is currently working on sharing all important information with these families in a virtual manner. Stay tuned, more details coming soon...

St. Thomas More continues to accept registrations for September 2020. We welcome students in all grades. Please complete these online registration forms. Thank you.

We extend our sincere gratitude to our amazing STM staff for their continued dedication, compassion and creativity as we continue to navigate this “new normal” in our lives. Special thanks to our parents/students for your continued support, communication and collaboration. Your flexibility and patience are greatly appreciated!

Stay safe! Stay well!

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

SCO Refunds

posted May 13, 2020, 10:43 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We wanted to inform you that all refunds via School Cash Online have now been processed. The refunds include milk, pizza, subway, popcorn and any field trips that were scheduled for this spring. The STM 25th Anniversary Spirit Clothing orders have been processed and the items are currently at our school. The school remains closed due to Covid-19, we will let you know as soon as we get permission to distribute these items to our students and families. Please note: It may take up to 5 business days before the refund credit appears in your accounts.

Special thanks to STM's OA, Mrs. Martin, for her hard work and efficiency in processing all of these refunds for our community. 

Thank you for your patience!

Stay safe! Stay well!

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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Gr 6 Transition to St. FX - May 8th/2020 (Google Meet)

posted May 3, 2020, 6:57 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents of Grade 6 Students,

Mr. Sean Kelly, the Principal at St. Francis Xavier High School is hosting an online conference on Friday, May 8th @ 12:00-2:00pm for any parents, who might have questions regarding our current "distance learning" situation and/or questions related to Grade 6 student transition.  The invitation is extended to parents of students at St. Francis Xavier, as well as those with students, who will be transitioning to our school in the fall. In addition, Mary Donaghy, the Superintendent of our St. Francis Xavier family of schools will join us from 12:00-12:30 pm during the online conference to answer questions of a general school board nature.  Again, please understand that the Covid situation changes regularly, and we may not have specific answers to some of the questions you might have. 

With thanks,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache


Education Week Igniting HOPE May 4th to 8th/2020

posted May 3, 2020, 8:02 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated May 3, 2020, 8:16 AM ]

Dear Parents, Students and STM friends,

We need your help this week, in addition to Catholic Education Week 2020, it is also Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week in Canada! Please join us in celebrating and showing our appreciation to our amazing STM Staff this week "from a distance"!

STM Staff Appreciation Daily Themes May 4-8

This is another way you can get involved in Catholic Education Week by "Igniting Hope". We hope you get involved each day this week and show your love and appreciation to your children's educators. You are invited to share messages of love and hope to our staff via email, Classroom Twitter and Remind.

Please tag the following in your social media posts: @ThomasMoreOCSB        #ocsbAtHome        #ocsbHope 

Stay safe! Stay well! 

With sincere appreciation,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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Video Message from STM Staff

posted Apr 17, 2020, 4:44 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Please check out this heartfelt video message from the staff of St. Thomas More. "Every time the sun rises, a new HOPE begins" ~ Jack (Wonder). Special thanks to Mrs. Gamache for her creative video production!

WE MISS YOU GREATLY! Stay safe! Stay well!

St. Thomas More Staff

New STM Leadership Team for September 2020

posted Apr 16, 2020, 12:46 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

I hope you and your family are staying safe and well! It is the time of year when the school board announces the transfers and new appointments of Principals and Vice-Principals in our school board. I wanted to ensure you were informed about the following changes, which will impact St. Thomas More for the upcoming school year 2020-2021. These appointments were approved during the OCSB Board Meeting on Tuesday evening, April 14th.

We extend our sincere congratulations to our Vice-Principal, Mrs. Gamache, who has been appointed Principal at Divine Infant Elementary School for September 2020. Mrs. Gamache is an outstanding leader, who has made a profound impact on our community during the last 2 years. We are deeply grateful to Mrs. G for her dedication, commitment and her compassionate approach to leading during her time at STM. She has made a tremendous impact on many lives in our community. She will be greatly missed! We wish her continued success in her leadership journey in the coming years!

Please join me in congratulating Mme. Joyce Robinson, who has been appointed Vice-Principal at St. Cecilia Elementary School for September 2020. Mme. Robinson is a passionate educator and leader; she will be greatly missed by our STM community. She has provided incredible support to staff, students and many families in her role as Resource teacher. Special thanks to Mme. Robinson for her dedication, commitment and support during the last 6 years. We wish her much success in her new journey!

We extend a warm welcome to the new STM Leadership team for the upcoming school year 2020-2021.

New Principal: Mr. Chris Risto (currently Principal at St. Luke Barrhaven)

New Vice-Principal: Mrs. Teri Shurb (currently Vice-Principal at St. George)

Our team remains fully committed to the St. Thomas More community until the end of June. We will do our very best to ensure a smooth transition for the incoming leadership team. 

With heartfelt gratitude,

Ms. Gotell  (Principal of St. Thomas More)

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