About Our School

Mission Statement

St. Francis of Assisi School is committed to creating, in partnership with home, school and parish, a caring Catholic environment dedicated to the development of individuals with a life-long love of learning who will contribute positively to society.

Pope Francis to Our Young People

Pope Francis serves as an excellent role model for our staff and students.  When he selected his name after our school’s patron saint, Pope Francis reminded us to not be afraid, and to serve.  He encourages us to be humbly attentive to the truth, goodness, and beauty that come from God alone.

With inspiration from Pope Francis, each day at St. Francis of Assisi School our students are reminded to use the gifts that God has given them, and to not be afraid to dream of great things!

Our Patron Saint

Francis was born around 1181. After two illnesses and other adventures, Francis realized that he was wasting precious time and became aware that he should be serving Jesus. He began by praying more and making sacrifices to grow strong in spirit.  Francis put all his trust in his Father in heaven. Everywhere he went, he urged people to stop sinning and return to God. Soon many men began to realize how close to God this man was, and they became his disciples. That is how the great Franciscan order of priests and brothers began. They helped the poor and sick and preached everywhere. St. Francis had the power of working miracles and even of making birds and animals obey him. Toward the end of his life, he became very sick. He was told he would live only a few more weeks. Then he urged his brothers to love God, to love being poor, and to obey the Gospel. “I have done my part,” he said. “May Jesus teach you to do yours.” Francis died on October 3, 1226. He was proclaimed a saint a short time later by Pope Honorius III. St. Francis wanted to be happy more than anything in life. He found happiness when he made Jesus the center of his life. We can ask St. Francis to show us what is really valuable in our lives and what is not.

School Hours

Entrance Bell
9:10 am

Morning Recess
10:35am – 10:50am


  • Grade 1 to Grade 4

12:10pm – 12:40pm (outside)
12:40pm- 1:10pm (inside)

  • Grades 5 to Grade 8 & Structured Teaching Class

12:10pm – 12:40pm (inside)
12:40pm – 1:10pm (outside)

Afternoon Recess
2:35 pm – 2:50pm


2018-2019 Pastoral Plan

St. Francis of Assisi School, in partnership with Holy Cross Parish, is committed to providing for the spiritual care and development of children and staff.  During the 2018 – 2019 school year, we will concentrate on assisting our students to articulate the grade specific Focus on Faith Themes and Essential Questions, how they relate to scripture and how we can put them into action in our lives. Our school Pastoral Plan for 2018 – 2019 can be found below.


In addition to the celebration of the Eucharist each Sunday, our pastor will be offering the following celebrations  to our school community this year.  Parents, guardians and family members are always welcome to attend:

  • October 10, 2018 – 10:00am – Opening school year Mass at school
  • December 4, 2018 – 7:00pm – Family Advent Mass at Holy Cross Church
  • December 12, 2018 – 10:00am – Advent Mass at school
  • June 11, 2019 – 10:00am – End of year Mass at school
  • June 18, 2019 – 11:00am – Grade 8 graduation Mass at Holy Cross Church


The beginning of Lent is marked with the observance of Ash Wednesday – a day of universal fast and abstinence from meat for Catholics. A liturgy of the Word with the Imposition of Ashes will take place at the school:

  • March 6, 2019 – 2:00pm at school


  • April 18, 2019 – 9:30am – School Walk with Jesus, and student led presentation of the Stations of the Cross


Catholic Education Week is held each year in May in across the province.  Catholic Education Week for 2019 is scheduled to take place during the week of May 5 – May 10, 2019.  This year’s theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples”.

  • May 6, 2019 – 11:00am – Catholic Education Week liturgy


Each month our school will focus on a specific Focus on Faith Theme and Essential Question through daily reminders, classroom reflections, liturgical celebrations or visible cues.

We will celebrate with a monthly liturgy that will introduce the school-wide focus to our students, while making specific connections to scripture.  These assist all members of the St. Francis of Assisi school community to “Use the Gifts that God has Given Them” through the use of our highlighted Focus on Faith Theme each month.

  • September – Catholic Graduate Expectation – A Discerning Believer
  • October – Human Dignity – What is our story?
  • November – Promotion of Peace – How are we members of God’s family?
  • December – Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – What does Jesus ask of us?
  • January – Solidarity – How are we Church in the world?
  • February – Community and the Common Good – How do we live in community?
  • March – Human Dignity – Who is God?
  • April – Community and the Common Good – Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • May – Human Rights and Responsibilities – How do we live in accordance with God’s will?
  • June – Catholic Graduate Expectation – A Lifelong Learner


The celebration of the Sacraments for Catholics are celebrations of the parish community. Parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith. They are supported in this mission by teachers who provide immediate catechesis at school, and the parish community which is the place of celebration and the record keeper. Our parish encourages families to regularly attend Sunday Mass in order to celebrate the Sacraments as a way of deepening their identification with the Catholic community.  Our grade two students (Reconciliation, Eucharist) and grade 7 students (Confirmation) will celebrate the Sacraments at Holy Cross Church on the following dates:

  • October 17, 2018 – 7:00pm – Grade 2 Sacrament meeting at Holy Cross Church
  • November 15, 2018 – 7:00pm – Grade 7 Sacrament meeting at Holy Cross Church
  • March 30, 2019 – 1:00pm – Grade 2 celebration of Sacrament of Reconciliation at Holy Cross Church
  • May 9, 2019 – 7:00pm – Grade 7 celebration of Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Cross Church
  • May 11, 2019 – 5:00pm – Grade 2 celebration of Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion) at Holy Cross Church

A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism           

by Tim Tucker

Lord, let thy peace fill me up until I overflow;
that where people cannot speak, I may be their advocate;
that where anyone is rejected, I may extend my arms in welcome;
that where parents are heavy burdened, I may offer a word of comfort;
that where our children struggle, I may lift them up and cheer;
that where some see disability, I may reveal to them extraordinary gifts;
that where others judge, I may share with them my deep gladness;
and that where any are overlooked, I may help the lights of all to shine.

O Giver of these gifts,
grant that I may not so much seek to be reassured as to reassure;
to be praised, as to praise;
to be accepted, as to accept;
for it is in all our uncertainty that we are inspired to hope;
it is in great challenges that we discover our greatest joys,
and it is in our community of wanderers that we find the way home.




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