Our school respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded Indigenous territory of the Algonquin Peoples, 
on whose territory we pray, learn, play and work.

School Staff

Ann Beauchamp 

Office Administrator
Shawna Ellis

Full Day Kindergarten Program 

    Susan McGahey
    Emilie Ferguson   

    Victoria Torrie
Emily Fraser
Alexandra MacLeod 
Cheryl Andrews

Steve Viotto
Maurizio Pasqua
Glenise George 

Miriam Hastings
Patricia Kaiser
Victoria Nogueira

Jennifer Idone
Kathy McCord

Jodie Guscott

Elizabeth Swaren

Educational Assistants
Doug Besharah, Scott Officer, Natalie Jackson, Diane Mathieu

Colin Deevy
Dario Elvina

About Our School

Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic School bears the name of a legendary supporter of, and advocate for Catholic education in the City of Ottawa. For many years, Dr. F.J. McDonald, a medical doctor, was the inspector of separate schools in Ottawa. His work and contributions to Catholic education were such that the Board named the school in his honour.

Dr. McDonald became convinced that the efforts and achievements of separate school teachers were neither understood nor appreciated. In 1930, under his leadership, separate school teachers in Ottawa set up their own local organization to make professional and economic gains. However, Dr. McDonald believed that a provincial organization would benefit all Catholic teachers in the province, but it took several years to achieve this. Dr. McDonald consulted with other separate school inspectors across the province. They encouraged the teachers to form a provincial teachers’ organization. Support from the clergy and religious congregations teaching in Ontario was also forthcoming, leading eventually to the formation of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association(OECTA).

The school was in operation for more than two years before it was formally renamed Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic School on December 14, 1970.

Today our school houses 140 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. 

Our day is organized as follows:

Morning yard supervision begins at 8:15.

Grades 1-6

Block 1 - 8:30 to 9:45
Recess - 9:45 to 10:00
Block 2 - 10:00 to 11:15
Lunch - 11:15 to 12:15
Block 3 - 12:15 to 1:30
Recess - 1:30 to 1:45
Block 4 1:45 to 3:00
Dismissal - 3:00


Dr. F. J. McDonald Catholic School is a school that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. We recognize that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and, as such, all people have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

The code of conduct for Dr. F. J. McDonald Catholic School sets clear standards of behaviour that apply to our students as well as all individuals involved in our school community (parents, volunteers, teachers, and other staff members). These standards apply whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate (including the use of the Internet).

Activities, Clubs & Teams

School Choir - Leaders Sue McGahey and Patricia Kaiser

Knitting Club - Glenise George 

Eco Club- Natalie Jackson,Emilie Ferguson, Jen Idone

Tech Club -  Jodi Guscott, Scott Officer, Steve Viotto

Chess Club - 

Spirit Week - Maurizio Pasqua, Natalie Jackson

Intramurals - Maurizio Pasqua, Emilie Ferguson

Boys & Girls Volleyball - Steve Viotto/Cheryl Andrews

Boys & Girls Basketball -Maurizio Pasqua/Jen Idone

Track and Field - Maurizio Pasqua/Emilie Ferguson

Boys & Girls Soccer - Steve Viotto/Alley Macleod 

Cross Country - Victoria Nogueira

Boys & Girls Tchouckball - /Maurizio Pasqua

Boys & Girls Football - Maurizio Pasqua, Johanna Burton

Affiliated Schools

Notre Dame High School

710 Broadview Avenue, Ottawa
Phone:  613-722-6565

Our Parish

153 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
Phone:  613-722-7661