Sign up for summer camps!

posted Jun 29, 2018, 8:14 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Park-ticipate 2018 July 3 to August 24, 2018

Park-ticipate is a free drop-in program offered by City of Ottawa summer staff where children aged 4 to 10 are welcome to participate in crafts, games and sports offered at various local, rural and urban parks throughout Ottawa’s East end. It’s a fun and budget friendly way to get out and have some fun with your local community!

Sign up for summer camps

Don’t worry, there’s still time to register for one of our many summer camps. Summer camp registration continues all the way through the summer. We’ve got Basketball Above The RimOttawa AdventureComputer 3D Maker, Karate Camp and even Pottery and Dance. There’s something for everyone!

Each week, we’ll feature a selection of City-run summer camps, classes or courses to get you excited about all the fun activities happening in Ottawa! Check it out on Facebook.

Ottawa Hand and Hand

If you need help paying for City of Ottawa programs, the City of Ottawa offers help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless or their ability to pay.

Mark your calendars for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 registration

For everyone interested in signing up for Fall and Winter programs with the City, don’t forget you can access the Recreation eGuide in PDF format online at starting July 23. Registration starts for aquatics on August 13 online and touchtone after 9pm and all other recreation programming on August 15, also after 9pm online and by touchtone.

City of Ottawa presents...

posted Jun 25, 2018, 11:25 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Ottawa Week (WOW) is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new.
Check out the calendar of events. All events are free to the public. Register for events such as:
Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours
Chinatown - June 21 and 30
Guided walk throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.
Little Italy – June 18, 26 and 28
Take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. Learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.
Lowertown East and West – June 19, 24, 27 and 29
Walk though this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).
Vanier – June 20 and 22
See the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood. Participants will visit a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.
Indigenous Walking Tours 
June 28 and 29
Guided walk through downtown Ottawa that explores monuments, landscape, architecture and artwork from an Indigenous perspective.

School bus drivers needed!

posted Jun 25, 2018, 8:16 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Do you know someone who wants to make a difference in kids' lives?  Be a school bus driver!  OSTA's Operators are hiring now.  Visit for more information today.

* Great part-time job that's different and exciting
* Stay-at-home-parents, bring your little ones along
* Park-outs available
* Weekends and holidays off
                                                            * Ministry Bonus and other benefits

                                                                    You can make a difference!

Catholic Education Week at St John Paul II

posted May 3, 2018, 10:25 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated May 3, 2018, 11:18 AM ]

Come celebrate Catholic Education week with us!  
Monday, May 7th

Liturgy @ 10 am

Start your week by joining us for a  liturgy. Come pray, learn and celebrate Catholic Education with us.

Tuesday, May 8th

School Yard Clean Up

We care for our environment! Classes will be going outside in the afternoon to help pick up trash.  We’ll have gloves and garbage bags, and students will be given a quick lesson on how to clean up safely.

Wednesday, May 9th

JP2 Idol! @ 12:30 pm

Watch some amazing talent from our very own school, who knew we had such young aspiring artists with incredible skills!

Thursday, May 10th

Muffin Breakfast

@ 8:15 am

Families are invited to join us in our gym from 8:15-8:45 a.m. for a quick bite to eat. We will have plenty of fruit, muffins, juice and coffee on hand to share.  Even if you can only stay for a few minutes, we hope you will join us. Students whose families aren’t able to join us for the breakfast will begin their day with recess as usual.

Open House @ 8:45 am

Curious about what learning in the 21st Century looks like?   From 8:45 until 9:45 parents can visit their child’s classroom (or children’s classrooms) to watch students participate in their regular morning routines.  Be forewarned, teachers might be asking parents to participate, too!

Kinder Teddy Bear Picnic

(Bear Witness Day)

Rock n’ Roll Literacy Friday, May 11th @ 9am

Step into the rock era and dress as your favourite rock star as bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write at St John Paul.


There is also a Choral Celebration at Notre Dame High School for our students involved in our  choir.

April 27th, 2018

posted Apr 26, 2018, 7:58 PM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 7:59 PM ]

A reminder to all that it is a Professional Development Day in all Elementary schools on Friday, April 27th.  School resumes on Monday, April 30th.  Enjoy a long weekend.

Need a Helmet?

posted Apr 18, 2018, 11:38 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

For the 7th year, Ottawa Public Health has partnered with sports retailers across Ottawa to bring residents a discount on helmets.  Helmets can help prevent serious brain and head injuries by absorbing the force from a fall or hit to the head.  Helmets are recommended for activities such as skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, sledding, skating, skiing and snowboarding.  In Ontario, it is mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle (Highway Traffic Act:


The Helmet Discount Weekend is Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6, 2018


For a list of participating retailers, please visit the Ottawa Public Health website (

I have attached a promotional poster and postcards (in English and French).  Please feel free to use and share these as appropriate.  If you need more resources, please get in touch with me.


Thank you so much for your support in this campaign.

St Ignatius Fundraiser

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:46 AM by Margarita Ziroldo


St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, 518 Donald St. (Rear Entrance)
Saturday, April 21, 2018 -  6:00 p.m.
Presenting the talented Band - 'ANOTHER LEVEL' - featuring an amazing selection of Celtic, Country, Contemporary, Pop, Jazz and Classic Rock tunes -- (7-10 p.m.)
Delicious Supper 6:00 p.m.,  Cash Bar,  Silent Auction
Tickets  20.00.  Information & Reserve Tickets - 613-748-6093 

Family Science Night!

posted Mar 26, 2018, 12:43 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

Everyone is welcome to join in an evening of engaging, fun, hands-on science workshops!

Tuesday March 27th, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
St John Paul II Catholic School

**All students need to be accompanied by a parent to attend.

Presentation for Parents

posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:25 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 9:43 AM ]

   Anxiety in School-Aged Children  - Tues. April 3, 2018

r. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School:   2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Register Now: ​

March Break at the Ottawa Public Library!

posted Feb 26, 2018, 7:08 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

The Ottawa Public Library offers free, mostly bilingual, activities every day of that week!


The theme this year is “Tune in! branche-toi!” -so we’ll be having fun with music, song lyrics, sound effects, dance moves, instruments, etc. J


Please check out the website for the North Gloucester branch @ 2036 Ogilvie –with programs geared to ages 0-6 and 6-12 and the website’s events’ database, for more options at other locations! Ottawa Public Library


Please note that some of the programs do require registration and that space is limited! Registration can be done with a library card, at any branch.


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