School Staff

Ann Beauchamp 

Office Administrator
Shawna Ellis

Full Day Kindergarten Program 

    Susan McGahey
    Patricia Kaiser
    Emilie Ferguson   

    Nasim Askarinasab
Grade 1 
Katie Shea 

Grade 2 
Jennifer Idone 

Grade 3 AM
Mark Kassabri

Grade 4 AM
Cheryl Lachance

Grade 3/4 PM
Cheryl Lachance

Grade 5  AM
Maurizio Pasqua

Grade 6 AM
Glenise George 

Grade 5/6 PM
Glenise George

Extended French 
Grade 1,4I, 4/5I- Joanna Burton
Grade JK, SK, 2. 3/4 - Emilie Ferguson
Franca LaLonde 

Prep and Planning
Maurizio Pasqua

Jodie Guscott

Christine Sims

Educational Assistants
Kim Dube, Scott Officer, Natalie Jackson, Tiffiny Fuller, Gabrina Doiron,

Colin Deevy

About Our School

Dr. MCDONALD 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 120 student 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 and Franca LaLonde

Eco Club- Natalie Jackson,Emilie Ferguson, Katie Shea, 
                Jen Idone

Tech Club - Cheryl Lachance, Jodi Guscott, Scott Officer

Chess Club - Wayne Ng

Spirit Week - Maurizio Pasqua, Scott Officer

Writing Club - Mark Kassabri

Skating Program

Intramurals - Maurizio Pasqua, Jen Idone, Katie Shea

Boys and Girls Tchoukball- Maurizio Pasqua, Jen Idone

Boys and Girls Volleyball - Katie Shea

Boys and Girls Basketball -Jennifer Idone/ Maurizio Pasqua

Track and Field - Maurizio Pasqua, Katie Shea

Boys and Girls Soccer - Jen Idone, Mark Kassabri

Cross Country - Maurizio Pasqua/ Mark Kassabri

Badminton - Mark Kassabri