At the 2018 Legion Speech Competition, St. Lawrence Academy students once again sweep the competition with their well-written essays and strong oratory skills. Congratulations to all of the students who competed at both the school competition and local competition! We look forward to the following students continuing on to compete in the zone:
Junior: 1st Place Elizabeth M. 3rd Place Benjamin M.
Intermediate: 1st Place Madeleine J.
Baa Baa Bethlehem collects pyjamas for the children in Chernobyl. Students from K-8 participate in the Annual Christmas musical and collect pyjamas as the admission to send with Miss Shaw to the children in Belarus in April. Students sing, dance and play musical instruments to augment the story about finding the perfect gift for the King. It is a comfort to know that God just wants us to humbly serve Him. It is all the gift He needs!
Miss Shaw leads the charge at SLA's first Read-A-Thon which encourages children to find sponsors to support their reading every day. Collecting a flat pledge or pledges per minute, students read every night for the month of November. Money raised will purchase new books for children in Belarus at a city orphanage and hospital. Miss Shaw will spend a week in Belarus in April to bring our gifts and donations. We are excited to be a part of this initiative: Canadians for Chernobyl and hope that this will become a yearly event.
Scholastic Book Fair was our most successful yet, raising $2295.00 for the SLA staff! Thank you parent association representatives for organizing and volunteering at the event. Students also enjoyed acting as tour guides, showing off their work, and introducing their parents to their teachers.
Wow! Great work at the 3rd Annual Spelling Bee! Winners were: Primary - 1st Aiden P., tied for second 2nd Nalina B., Ebba C. & Nishanth G. At the Junior Level- 1st - Shaelan S., 2nd - Ben M. & tied for 3rd Lizzy M & Luke H. and at the Intermediate level - 1st - Madeleine J., and tied for second Emma H. & Anastasia J. Congratulations to all SLA students who participated in the Spelling Bee! We are so proud of you!
It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we say goodbye to SLA's gentleman teacher who held the children's attention and imagination with his booming musical voice and wonderful stories for the past three years. Mr. MacNeil joined our staff three years ago, working with the Junior and Intermediate classes directly and passing on his wisdom and joy. Every student who had the pleasure to learn under Mr. MacNeil grew intellectually, socially and spiritually, he truly did make a difference at SLA and changed all of our lives for the better.
We will miss you until we meet again!
A HUGE 'Thank You' to all supporters of the SLA Bus Drive (with a special mention to Dr. & Mrs. Bhatt and our Board President Fraser Lashinger who each donated $5,000.00 to help kick-start the campaign). Thanks to all of our donors, we were able to purchase a new bus to start the 2016-17 school year! Fundraisers will continue to occur throughout the year to pay off the remainder of the cost - but we wanted to take the time to thank you all for the gift you have given us!
A small unveiling ceremony was recently held to recognize Prescott's 3 star students. SLA's Austin M. and Finnian B.'s Remembrance Day entries placed in District and/or Provincial levels and are now on display in the Hall for generations to come. Congratulations! - C. Alexander
Congratulations to Anastasia J. who was awarded seven awards last night at the RSLSF.
and an all expense paid trip to the Canada Wide Science Fair 2016.
Special mention was given to her presentation and interaction with the judges. She and three other students from Leeds and Grenville will be headed to Montreal for a week in May. Go SLA!
If you weren’t with us to witness the local speech competition last month – you missed unbelievable results at the Prescott Legion’s 2015 Speech Competition! The St. Lawrence Academy swept away the competition with original, well-written and well-presented speeches!
Primary Level (Grades 1-3) Junior Level (Grades 4-6) Intermediate Level (Grade 7&8)
First Place: Benjamin Mussett (SLA) First Place: Elizabeth Mussett (SLA) First Place: Anastasia Joanisse (SLA)
Second Place: Emma Hilton (SLA)
Third Place: Finnian Brophy (SLA)
We are excited to see Anastasia, Benjamin and Elizabeth compete in the next level of competition at the Kemptville Legion, March 5th! Congratulations to everyone!
UPDATE: Benjamin M., Elixzabeth M. and Anastasia J. all place 1st in the second level of Legion Speeches Competition in Kemptville. Great Work and good luck as you continue to the next level of competition!
UPDATE: Benjamin M. places second in the third level of speech competition. Congratulations to Anastasia J. and Elizabeth M. who also competed at this level and made SLA proud!
A new tradition started at SLA. Students and Staff took on Cross Town Impact’s Love Challenge and raised awareness for local support groups. Students learned more about the Local Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Soles 4 Souls and Soap 4 Souls which support causes like homelessness, malnutrition, water purification and cleanliness.
Mr. MacNeil’s and Miss Paquette’s class were honoured to be a part of Prescott’s Founder’s Day Celebration and the dedication of the new Riverwalk Park at the waterfront. Students were excited to share their mid-century poem with the over 200 present for the event including dignitaries and town historians.
SLA students record our Christmas advertisement for JRfm radio station.
SLA was well represented by all students who took part in this year's Poster, Essay and Poetry Contests at Branch 97's Remembrance Day Contests. We are proud to congratulate the following students who were honoured for their efforts. (Pictured Below). Special recognition must be paid to Zaida B., Finnian B., Anastasia J. and Austin M. whose work continued on to the Zone level of competition and to Austin M. and Finnian B. who each won first place at the Zone Level and will now proceed to the Provincial level of competition. Wow!
So exciting! The Grade 6,7 class was assigned their instruments today! Thank you to Mrs. Hosick and friends and family for loaning and donating your instruments to our class. And now, the process begins!
Congratulations to all of our students who all beat their personal bests at the year's final track meet for 2015. A special note of recognition to nine of our students who ran their way to top ten finishes, Congratulations!
My highlight of October at SLA was the Open House. It was really fun because the kids got to show their parents around the whole school! It was cool to show my parents the work that I had done and the work we were doing. There was a book fair in the gym as well and there was some awesome stuff (to buy). There was a range of books from kindergarten to pre-teen. Once we were finished showing our parents around, we got to play with our friends! I played outside on the play structure. There were also yummy treats (baked by the teachers). It was the highlight of (my) October! - L. H. Student Grade 5
Scholastic Book Fair Oct 21, 22 and 23
What a success!
SLA surpasses our goal with over $2000.00 of books purchased by family, friends and the Prescott community. That means almost $1000.00 worth of new teacher resources. Thank you all for supporting this P.A. fundraiser and to all of the parents who organized and gave their time.
St. Lawrence Academy beat their personal bests from last year's results. Congratulations to Shaelan, Elizabeth and Eamon for a fantastic first year participating in the Bee. Great job Zaida and Madeleine for making it to the second round, for Anastasia, who conquered her nerves and spelt her way through to the sixth! WOW! For Gabrielle who was able to beat last year's performance to get to the third round and to Finn Brophy, who swept in to win FIRST PLACE in the Junior Division a...t the 2015 Regional Spelling Bee Competition! SLA is so proud of all of you!
But perhaps the highest honour was being called over by competition organizers and photographers to ask who the students in uniform were. All judges commented on the comradery and sportmanlike attitude of the St. Lawrence Academy students who not only cheered on their schoolmates, but all other students in the competition. SLA - Come and See The Difference!
SLA Students bring you their first Monthly Newsletter written and put together entirely by the SLA Yearbook/Newsletter Club. Remember to take a look here on our website under the Calendar tab to see their amazing work!
The St. Lawrence Academy's Christmas Musical - which saw our highest attendance EVER with over 150 parents, family, friends and community members jamming in to our school gymnasium, not only provided a perfect venue to display the students skills on bells, ukuleles, acting and singing, but also successfully saw over fifty new pajamas added to the local 'Jammies For Christmas' fundraiser. Congratulations Mrs. Hosick, Mrs. Joanisse and SLA students grades K-7! Your hard work and dedication was certainly evident in the masterful performance of the 'Christmas County Spelling Bee'. What a joy to watch, and the message was clear! How do we spell Christmas? L*O*V*E*
St. Lawrence Academy students were touched by the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the cenotaph in Prescott, ON. A wonderful reminder of the price paid for freedom.
Every student at the St. Lawrence Academy took part in the Elgin Gladys T. Memorial run and St. Micheal's Invitational in Kemptville this Fall and saw major growth from one meet to the next. With help from Mrs. Hunter, our Queens track team graduate, teaching us about dynamic stretching, warming up, pacing and injury prevention, SLA students saw marked improvements in their finishing times and are looking forward to next year's competition. What a high energy day building up our children's excitement for physical activity and healthy competition.A special thanks to all of the parent support.
Much thanks to David Giesbrecht and his associates at CeGep's IT Department in Gatineau who very generously donated over 25 laptops, computers, and other computer hardware to our St. Lawrence Academy students. Without your gift, and the selfless donation of time and talent from our very own parent IT Portfolio Manager Rowland Taylor, we would not have the abundance of computers in our lab, classrooms and library that we do today.
So what is this: 'Wowza Wednesday'?
To reach out to the home schooling community, a concept discussed for years at SLA, staff met throughout the summer to organize and plan a pilot program to encourage home schooling families to become a part of our community. Offering subjects like Phys. Ed., French and Music for a fee, it is our projection that SLA students will ultimately be able to enjoy taking part in more team sport activities and home schooling families will receive a chance to take part in a larger social atmosphere not regularly available to them. Our first term - starting on Sept 10th and running for 11 weeks, has almost already reached full enrolment (capped at a very manageable 10 students for the first term) and staff are excited about what the new program can offer our student body. The program will be evaluated every term to ensure it is beneficial for all involved, but staff are already excited to see the benefits in our Phys. Ed. program and the opportunity to compete in team sports in the future. Ultimately, WowZa Wednesdays will be a profitable program that will display our strengths to a community who already believes in finding education alternatives. What a partnership!
Ring Toss, Big Time Bowling, Treasure Dig, Face painting... SLA families got together and created their very own carnival for the Prescott community. What a great way to become a visible presence in the area. If you didn't get to join us - we are sure to repeat the Carnival again next year! Start thinking of your game now!
Friday, May 30th 8:00 - 4:00 - St. Lawrence Academy hosted local Public and Catholic school kids in our first P.D. Day Art/Sports Camp. Children were invited to join SLA students for a day of fun competing in team sports, showing our creative side with team flags and cheers, BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs and settling ourselves with popcorn and a movie on the BIG screen - ALL for free! It was a great day to see what St. Lawrence Academy is all about.
Friday, May 2, 6 to 9pm; Saturday, May 3, 9am to 3pm at the Leo Boivin Community Centre, Prescott.
VISITOR ATTENDANCE IS FREE.
Lots to do and see for the whole family. Fireman's Breakfast, Saturday at 9am, cost $5. Cars, trucks on display. Horse rides, bouncy castle and games for the kids. Business displays for the adults. Come out and see what your local businesses have to offer and support SLA as we become a visible and active part of our community!
April 3rd's Open House was a thrill as parents, students, teachers and friends joined us to celebrate the completion of a second term. Early bird re-enrollment was a success as most of our current parents and three new children pre-enrolled for the 2014-2015 school term! We expect many, many more. Thank you to the teachers who worked so hard to get the school ready, provided the snacks and prepared the students to lead parents and visitors on a tour through our hallowed halls to show off our new computer lab, library and each classroom. Mr. W. and Mr. E., your wonderful stage was appreciated during our opening ceremonies. A special mention to Mrs. Hosick and her cousin who surprised us all with colour and spirit by coming in on the weekend to re-paint our doors and halls. WOW! What a difference a splash of colour made!
Wonderful Work St. Lawrence Academy! We were honoured to participate in the regional speech competition where Zack F. and Riley S. were awarded for their participation and claimed 2nd prize in the Junior category and 3rd in the Primary category. You were all great representatives of our school, showed confidence and poise and made us very proud.
We are Worth Our Weight In Gold!! - Canada Wide Science Fair Winners! Congratulations to Alaina Ng who received a Gold Medal in Junior competition and the Junior Discovery Award for her project "Phast Phallanges." Christian (gr 8) and Adrian (Alumni) Au won a Bronze Medal at the Intermediate level for their project " Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
The Canada Wide Science Fair took place in Lethbridge Alberta! St. Lawrence Academy Alumni Abigael and Bryony Schonewille also competed! We are so proud of you all!!