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.

2019 – 2020 School Hours

Entrance Bell
9:10 am

Morning Recess
10:35am – 10:50am


  • Grade 1 to Grade 5

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

  • Grades 6 to Grade 8 & Structured Teaching Class

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

Afternoon Recess
2:35 pm – 2:50pm


2019-2020 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 2019 – 2020 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 the 2019 – 2020 school year can be found below.


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

  • September 19, 2019 – 10:00am – Opening school year Mass at school
  • December 3, 2019 – 7:00pm – Family Advent Mass at Holy Cross Church
  • December 5, 2019 – 10:00am – Advent Mass at school
  • June 4, 2020- 10:00am – End of year Mass at school
  • June 16, 2020- 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:

  • February 26, 2020 – 11:00am at school


  • April 9, 2020- 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 3 – May 8, 2020.  This year’s theme is “Igniting Hope”.

  • May 4, 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 – How are we Church in the world?
  • November – What does Jesus ask of us?
  • December – How are we members of God’s family?
  • January – How do we live in accordance with God’s will?
  • February – Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • March – How do we live in community?
  • April – Who is God?
  • May – What is our story?
  • June – Where is God?


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 16, 2019 – 7:00pm – Grade 2 Sacrament meeting at Holy Cross Church
  • November 20, 2019 – 7:00pm – Grade 7 Sacrament meeting at Holy Cross Church
  • November 30, 2019 – 1:00pm – Grade 2 celebration of Sacrament of Reconciliation at Holy Cross Church
  • February 12, 2020 – 7:00pm – Grade 7 celebration of Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Cross Church
  • April 25, 2020 – 5:00pm – Grade 2 celebration of Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion) at Holy Cross Church


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