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Off-School Ground Privileges

Off-School Ground Privileges

At the end of September, a note will be handed out to parents of Grade 8 students to have off- school property privilege. Only students who are demonstrating good attendance, school work completion and appropriate behavior will be considered for this privilege. Students will be reviewed monthly.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Policy

Our students live in an ever changing world where technology is now fully integrated into our society and in the workplaces of the future. To provide our students with the necessary skills and experiences necessary for success, we have developed a comprehensive school policy around cell phone use. It’s our hope that the policies will allow our students and teachers to embrace and capture the opportunities that technology offers to enhance the learning environment, while striving to instruct our students on the correct use of technology.

Please find below our guidelines, if at anytime you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Students in grades K – 3 are not permitted to have a cellphone at school
  • Students in grades 4 – 8 are permitted to have cellphones at school if they adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Every classroom will have a designated cell phone storage area where all phones will be stored unless the teacher has permitted their use
    • Students are not permitted to use their personal devices on the yard and are not permitted to make or receive phone calls on their personal devices. Please contact the school directly to communicate with your child
    • Students are not permitted to message or text other students when given the use of personal devices during lessons.
    • As per individual class policy students may use devices during snack and lunch if the classroom teacher permits
    • Any student found to have used their personal device for online bullying of any student they will lose all electronic privileges
    • If a student fails to follow the classroom guidelines with regard to use, that student will lose the ability to use a personal device at school
  • Cell phones and personal devices allow our teachers and students to enhance their learning by bringing the power of a computer to their hands and providing real time research and voice to text features that enrich our learning environments. We are happy to support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and teaching students how to responsibly utilize technology and appreciate your support on our policies.


It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like School-Time!

It’s hard to imagine, but in just a few weeks school will be back in full swing! Our new space is coming along right on schedule. In fact, movers have been in both St. James and St. Francis this week to begin the process of sorting our things. The staff is very excited to begin unpacking for a new school year.

We have scheduled our “sneak peek” day for families. For the past 5 years, we have offered a day before school starts for families to come by our school and pick up all of the important information they need before school starts. Some items include lunch/milk orders, student information sheets, medication forms (if necessary), insurance, busing guidelines, welcome letters from teachers and more! Although classrooms may not be ready for viewing, families will be told who their teacher(s) are and where their rooms are located. We will be running this event on Wednesday, August 29th from 10-5. Teachers will be busy setting up their rooms or with their own families, so unfortunately,  there will not be an opportunity to have any discussions regarding your child. If you would like to touch base with your teacher for more than a quick “Hello!” please let the office know and we will be happy to pass that message along to them.

In past years we have been able to welcome our Junior Kindergarten students to our school for a morning in August. Unfortunately, this year will be the exception. Due to the tight turnaround for the construction crew and staff, we are unable to offer this to our new little ones however, we do encourage you to bring your child(ren) on the sneak peek day so they have a chance to see our interior space prior to the first day of school.

The school office will be in touch August 15th, 16th, or 17th with start dates for our JKs. A reminder that we are welcoming JK students in a staggered entry format. This means JK students will only be coming to school ONE day the first week of school. If you do not receive a phone call, please email the school ( or

Here’s a couple of pictures to enjoy of our new space!

Classroom:                                           Classroom:                                          Front Foyer/Office:                          Gymnasium:                                       Learning Commons:

Gerry Lowe Summer Day Camp – FREE








Rideau Lakes Day Camp

Registration is now open for the Rideau Lakes Day Camp! The Rideau Lakes Day Camp is a nature-oriented camp for kids aged 4-12, and is located in Elgin, Ontario on Sand Lake. At the camp, kids can enjoy many games and activities such as sports, swimming (including Red Cross certified swimming lessons), crafts, canoeing, hiking, music and dance, drama, trips, and more! We hope everyone is ready for another fun and exciting summer at the camp! Registration can be sent by mail or brought into the Rideau Lakes Township Office (at 1439 County Road 8, Delta ON, K0E 1G0). Registration is open until June 15th – the camp accepts debit, cash, and cheques. Everyone at the camp is looking forward to seeing all of the new faces and returning campers! For more information, please email or call

613-928-2251 (ext. 281).”



Community Meeting for New School

There will be two meetings on Monday, April 30th to share information with our community about the new St. Francis de Sales School, daycare and family services building and to answer any questions you may have. The meeting will be held at the Community Centre (upstairs hall) at 1pm and 6pm. We hope to see you there!


All of our families are welcome to join us for our annual Spring fundraiser. Family Fun BINGO will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 5-6:30 pm in the upstairs area of Hanley Hall. This all-ages event is a wonderful night out filled with prizes, pizza and fun!

3 Bingo Cards (x 8 games)  are only $5 and 6 BINGO cards (x 8 games) are only $10.

For further information, please contact St. James School at 613-283-1848.


Senior Kindergarten Parent Meeting for Grade 1 French Immersion Students

A parent meeting has been scheduled for parents interested in enrolling their children into the Grade One French Immersion program this upcoming Fall. The sheet attached has more information as well as the parent response form.

Information Letter

Welcome to Kindergarten

You’re invited to…

Our Welcome to Kindergarten Session

When: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 4:00 -5:30 pm

Where: St. James the Greater School – 5 Catherine St. Smiths Falls

Our Welcome to Kindergarten Session is an hour and a half long workshop which gives our newly enrolled Kindergarten students a chance to experience a variety of school-type activities with each of our Kindergarten teachers. Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and become orientated with school life at St. James. Please note that this evening is for parents and our new students only, so we ask that alternate arrangements be made for siblings. We encourage our JK families to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to introduce your child to Kindergarten.

Hope to see you and your little one there!

RSVP to: 613-283-1848 or by April 26th, 2018

Looking to Host an International Student?

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, in partnership with MLI Homestay, is currently seeking families to host international students ranging from Grades 7-12 for the 2018/2019 school-year.  There are opportunities to host students for short-term stays, for once semester or for the whole school-year.  MLI Homestay will pay a supplemental fee to compensate you for the costs associated with hosting a student.


 Whether you have children at the elementary or high school level it could be a very fulfilling experience for all ages.  Hosting an international student is a unique way to share our culture and local communities, while learning about international cultures and customs from these students.

 If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity, please contact Cindy LaRocque, Secretary for the International Program at 613-284-2613.


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