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Providence Academy Annual Ball

Letter from the Parents’ Committee
February 2018

With this joyous season upon us, we come together with friends and family of Providence Academy to rejoice and be grateful for the many blessings upon us. Building on the celebration of previous years, our children join our Annual Ball in similar fashion to the princesses and princes that they are truly are.

For the past two years, our event has been scheduled around the celebration of St. Anthony the Great, also known as the Desert Father – an important and symbolic figure for his followers. Symbolic events are everywhere especially around this time of year – when we express our gratitude to those who enrich our lives and strengthen our community. We are fortunate in Ottawa to have such a special school with a unique community that comes together annually to show our children the love and friendship that surround them.

The Antonine sisters’ Congregation, and the teachers, are an exemplary symbol of commitment to nurturing our children. For the tireless efforts they invest to build responsible, courageous, compassionate and intelligent beings with emerging ideas about the world around them – we thank them. Their focus on achieving excellence, building character and understanding gratitude complements an already rich curriculum of religion, math, science, linguistics, music, history and social studies. Equally remarkable are the efforts of the dedicated Sisters and teachers to provide them with diverse opportunities for expanding their minds.

Working closely with the school, our efforts as a Parents’ Committee have centered around leveraging our community support to offer enrichened experiences for our children. In the past year, selected events that we funded and organized included the following, thanks to your continued and generous support:

  • • Visit to the Montreal Bio-dome;
  • • Investment in Science Lab and dedicated resources and materials;
  • • Contribution in the out-door hopscotch;
  • • Visit to Canada’s 150th French Canadian heritage site;
  • • Annual Family BBQ and End of Year Carnival; and
  • • Special Fun Days, including Pancake Morning

As we all seek to support and build our special community at Providence Academy remember to join social media and get engaged in the broader dialogue about the school. Our school only gets stronger as we engage and show interest collectively. If you ever need to remind yourself of the opportunities our school provides or to share them with a friend, the school’s website includes many of our testimonials at www.academieprovidence.ca.

We hope you enjoy this year’s Annual Providence Academy Ball – what a way to kick off 2018! Thank you for being among us – you make this special community feel strong!

Randa Saryeddine Desmarais

Parent's Testimonials


“Hello, my name is Randa Saryeddine, but who I really am is the mother of Nabil and Dalia, who attend Academie Providence and I would like to talk to you a bit about the day in the life of a parent who is part of this great school.

We are so fortunate in Ottawa because there are so many great private schools to choose from. I am a product of a few of the schools mentioned by presenters that came up this afternoon and I don't think we could really go wrong with whatever choice we make. I appreciate Our Kids' opportunity for us to each come and talk about our respective schools. As you choose a school, it is the different characters and colours that you see from each of the schools that allows you to decide whether that school fits well for your family.

Before becoming a mom and a busy public servant, I was a violin teacher so when I think about the key qualities of ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE, I like to organize my thoughts using the four strings of the violin – E – A – D – G.

A – for Achieving Excellence and that is what I get at ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE for my children.

E – for Excellence – an environment where children can strive to be their best and not to be fearful of it – to be in an environment where they are allowed to try and allowed to fail, with people around to push them along – that is part of what it means to be a student at the school.

D – for Dedication and Devotion – speaking not just about the faculty but about the parents that are there. ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE is a very small school, with about 75 to 100 students. It is a mixed school, co-ed, where children can start at the age of 2.5 years old. The school has a daycare but if you decide that the best thing for your child is to start in a curriculum that allows him or her to start practicing his/her hand for writing, even though s/he won't learn how to write at such a young age, you have that opportunity at ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE. Starting from « Toute Petite Section », ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE can be second day home for your child right up to grade 8.

Lastly, Gratitude – G – the last string of the violin. When I think about the World Economic Forum and what it reported about the top skills for children – CREATIVITY – I think about ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE and I would add to that, as a critical factor I desire for my kids, CHARACTER. I know what it feels like to be rushing all the time and to feel like you always need to be at your best and as a result what can sometimes get hurt along the way is our character. This is why one of the things I love most about ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE is that it not only focuses on the curriculum but on building CHARACTER. As an international school with branches in Australia and in the Middle East, drawing from the France, Middle East and Canadian education systems, you will find that their science and mathematics programs are no doubt at par with other schools and likely provide way more than you may be looking for.

What I would like to say about how ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE encourages children in building their CHARACTER is their devotion to all of the other side things that happen at the school. To tell you a bit about this, let me start by telling you about what my day looks like when I drop off my kids at the school. I drop off my kids and there is a pre-school program that starts at about 7 or 7:30 and the after-care program goes until 5:30. You can get a hot meal for them every day and you can find out what your kids are eating every day. With only about 75-100 kids, you can actually find out whether they ate or not. There is a mixture of nuns there and non-faith based teachers, and so kids can really get into a mixture of general life principles, morals and values that any parent would want their child to be learning – they don't just teach the catholic religion, ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE is about allowing kids to explore what other religions are about and to understand core similarities. I myself come from a different faith and I appreciate the experiences they provide for children to learn about what is going on with the Pope, or beyond religion, what is happening with the elections – exploring what is real and happening in everyday life and what it means for us and them. I am very pleased that they have teachers dedicated to individual subject matters, starting at about grade 1 or 2, resulting in the kids having teachers that are passionate about math or science and are teaching students what they need to be learning beyond just the textbook.

ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE also has extracurricular activities as well – they have dance, folklore, violin, piano and a series of other activities that the kids could be doing. By the time I have picked up my kids they have done any sort of these activities that I might have invested in for them. Further, they would have also finished their homework. I am a bit of believer in homework. I would find it somewhat overwhelming it if the science, math, English and French assignments were all assigned on the same day, but I don't get that at ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE. The school organizes to assign most homework on Friday and they choose what days’ subject assignments are due so it doesn't all land on the same day. In terms of getting it done, by the time I pick up my kids, the aftercare teacher has ensured it is done.

Another feature I would like to emphasize about our school is the experience ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE provides children to explore and learn more about themselves. The school runs science fairs, which all the children get a chance to take part in, and will visit expose children to lots of different things to understand what we understand as parents, allowing them to ask questions about what they see. For example, the older classes were taken to Embassies around the city to learn first-hand about different countries around the world and the role of these diplomatic positions.

ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE is also very focused on music and culture – twice a year there is a concert that the kids partake in. Sometimes it is choreographed dancing to thematic songs and other times the students are presenting topics they or the older children would have written to, bringing out a theme that the teachers identify for the children to explore. Not only do I learn see what the children learn from these events, I get a chance to see how comfortable my kids are at speaking in public.

When you are over at the booths, take a chance and explore some of the schools that are quieter and less known. You are going to find some with really completive prices. I think our school is extremely competitive in terms of how it is priced but everything else that you would be looking for in a school you will find at ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE as well. I encourage us all to keep an open mind to some of those less known schools out there and investigate the extracurricular or accompanying side activities they offer.

I do not think it is surprising if I say that teachers are often not their own best sellers so I would invite you to come and see ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE. I and the other parents would be happy to answer any questions about the school so you can find out a bit more. Let me review some of the basics just to make sure they are clear. ACADEMIE is a three-language school, the kids speak in French, many of the kids come from English-based homes, and they pick up the French at whatever grade a child may enter and if the child is not strong enough in French they will support the child, by providing extra tutorial lessons, doing extra tutor sessions if you want during recess or whatever it takes to get around the language challenge. I am surprised by how quickly the kids pick up languages. I was surprised by how well my kids pick it up. Further, the kids learn a third language – right now, the school offers Arabic or Spanish, and we are talking about other languages that could be added as well. It is very exciting when your kids come home and they start speaking words in a language that is totally unfamiliar to them.

Finally, at ACADEMIE Providence, we are a tightly knit school – mothers and fathers know each other pretty well because the school is so small and small classes of courses have many benefits for our kids. I was impressed how the school carefully introduces students to the front of the class if they need it. The teachers hold weekly private sessions among themselves discussing how each student is doing. For my son, they found out that he might have been distracted in a certain subject and they brought him closer to the teacher in a sensitive way to ensure he was not ostracized by his peers but that he got the dedicated focus that he needed and that meant a lot to me as a mom.

With a smaller student base, about 10 to 15 students, sometime smaller depending on who has come or go, the school offers different extracurricular activities – folklore is an interesting one, dance is there as well, and there are private piano and violin lessons offered, in addition to the day's music theory class offered as part of the weekly curriculum. Whether you have a child 2.5 years old or heading to any grade up to grade 8, I invite you to check us out and to come on by to our booth. We are ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE. When you come, parents there and I can tell you so much more about the school. We are dedicated as a whole to ACADEMIE PROVIDENCE and we hope to see you join us.”


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Bonjour Sr. Félicité,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire staff at  l’Académie Providence for the absolutely wonderful Foire Scientifique. I would especially like to acknowledge Mme. Lisette and everything she has done to prepare Quinton and his classmates for today’s experiments. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that is required to organize such an event with a class of four and five year old kids.

As a parent, I was extremely pleased with the level of scientific knowledge and experience for such young kids . . . it was simply beautiful to watch. Each child contributing to a experiment and gaining valuable experience in front of a crowd of exciting parents. I was sincerely very happy to have had the opportunity to participate in such a GREAT event, congratulations again to everyone involved (e.g. staff, students, parents).

Madame Tara Ward
Quinton Culen’s MomP

… « Cette école était la deuxième demeure de mon fils tout comme elle l’est sûrement pour la plupart. Cette école nous a donné tant de plaisirs, de bonheur, de joie et surtout le savoir.

Elle nous a permis, en tant que parents d’élèves, de connaître de nombreuses personnes intéressantes, élargir notre cercle d’amis et nous a procuré des expériences gratifiantes que nous continuons à savourer à travers les beaux souvenirs que nous garderons en mémoire.

Toutes les écoles n’ont pas la possibilité de développer chez l’élève, le sentiment d’appartenance et d’adhésion comme l’a si bien fait l’Académie Providence, nous en sommes reconnaissants.

Je voudrais réitérer mes sincères remerciements à l’ensemble du corps professoral et administratif de l’École à qui je voudrais témoigner, en mon nom ainsi qu’au nom des membres du Comité des parents toute ma gratitude et ma reconnaissance pour leur engagement et leur dévouement inlassable à l’endroit des élèves, et leur professionnalisme exceptionnel.

Mes remerciements vont également à l’endroit de tous les parents d’élèves pour leurs implications sans relâche dans la vie scolaire et sociale de notre école. Je salue tous les élèves et leur souhaite une bonne chance et une excellente continuation dans leurs parcours académiques ».

Naim Nazha
Président du Comité des parents

Mes sincères remerciements à Sr May ainsi qu’à l’équipe pédagogique de la Petite Section. Nous sommes vraiment contents que notre fille soit entourée d’une équipe à la fois professionnelle et chaleureuse. Nous sommes très satisfaits de son progrès. 

Un grand merci pour votre présence dans son cheminement scolaire !

Robillard, Vilma
Mother from Ottawa

Pour la dernière fois sur la scène de notre école, nous allons exprimer notre performance spéciale qui vous rendra heureux. Nous avons choisi cette chanson  qui  reflète la façon dont nous nous sommes sentis à l’Académie tout au long de ces années.C’est notre deuxième maison, où nous avons passé le meilleur moment de notre enfance … nous étions heureux et nous nous sentons prêts et heureux de continuer et de commencer notre voyage au lycée.

For the last time on the stage of our school, we will wrap it up with our special performance which will sure make you happy. We chose this song. It reflects how we felt in the Academy throughout these years. we were happy and we feel ready and happy to move on and start our journey in high school

Let’s all clap along and feel happy!!!

Graduates 6e, 2014

Dearest Joey, Julien, Edward and Benito,

I did not want to lose some of my greatest friends. école secondaire, mais en même temps, triste.
May Jesus be in your hearts! Ne nous oubliez pas!
Even if you are not here within, you will remain in our hearts.

Daoud, Nicholas

We couldn’t have found a better school!  We are extremely impressed by the progression our son has made since starting at Providence two years ago.  Soeur May, Madame Claudia and Madame Yasmine gave our son the confidence to find his place at the school and we cannot say enough to thank Madame Lisette for the successful and tremendous effort she made to boost his confidence and his love for school. The loving and caring environment that all the teachers and children provide one another makes this school one of a kind. I am a product of private schools myself and this school has a lot to keep up with!  Both our kids are at the school and we feel very confident that they will obtain a strong foundation of respect and discipline and a hunger for education.  Most importantly, the flexible and family-like environment keep our kids feeling safe and happy.  We feel good dropping the children off each morning at Providence and we are very proud to have this school share with us the awesome task of developing our little ones into lifelong happy learners!

Merci Providence!

Randa Saryeddine & Carl Desmarais
Parents of Nabil & Dalia Saryeddine Desmarais

Chers Madame et Monsieur Daouk,

Vous nous remerciez, Sr Nisrine en particulier, pour l’attention que nous réservons à vos enfants, Darina et Meera et à leur bon cheminement éducatif et scolaire au sein de notre école. Qu’est-ce que nous faisons qui ne devrait pas se faire à l’égard de nos chers élèves qui ont le droit de grandir à tous les niveaux et de se préparer un bon avenir ? C’est nous qui devrions vous remercier pour nous les avoir confiées et de veiller à collaborer avec nous et les professeurs pour leur procurer le maximum qu’on peut qui favorise leurs acquisitions et le développement de leurs habiletés.

Je m’excuse de m’adresser à vous en français et j’aimerai vous redire, tout en saluant Madame Nathalie, Directrice du CAS de l’enseignement privé, au nom de Sr Nisrine, des professeurs et en mon nom, tous nos remerciements joints à nos souhaits de succès, de santé et de prospérité. Me permettez-vous que j’adresse votre mot aux professeurs et que je l’affiche dans le chapitre «Testimonials» du Website de l’Académie s.

Que Dieu vous garde et bénisse vos chers enfants !

Sr Félicité Daou
Directrice / Principal
private french school in ottawa and gatineau

Mot de Mère Judith Haroun, Supérieure Générale
Révérende Mère Supérieure Félicité Daou
Chères Soeurs,
Chers enseignants, chères enseignantes
Chers membres du comité des parents et chers parents,

Chers amis,
Je me réjouis, aujourd’hui, de pouvoir participer avec vous à cette belle cérémonie de graduation et de la fête qui clôture l’année scolaire 2014-2015 de notre Académie Providence d’Ottawa.

Cette circonstance heureuse me porte à souhaiter un avenir radieux, rayonnant de bonheur, de beauté et de fraternité à nos chers élèves ainsi qu’à nos collaborateurs et collaboratrices dans notre mission éducative et, surtout, dans la vision ambitieuse de notre Académie Providence qui va toujours de l’avant.

Je voudrais aussi féliciter les chers parents pour la réussite de leurs enfants dans leurs parcours pédagogique tout au long de l’année scolaire qui s’achève.
Ces voeux, je les implore, avec vous, auprès de la Divine Providence qui veille sur l’épanouissement de toute personne membre de la communauté éducative de notre établissement scolaire à Ottawa comme je confie à sa bienveillance, chacun de vous chers parents ainsi que vos chers enfants..

Soyez toujours, toutes et tous, dans la joie de l’Évangile et de ses valeurs humaines, sociales et spirituelles. Merci à tous les membres de l’équipe éducative pour leurs efforts louables! Merci au comité des parents pour leur précieux support.

Merci, surtout, à la Révérende Mère Félicité Daou et la communauté des religieuses antonines pour leur vigilance et attention dynamisante à chaque élève, dans le respect de sa personne et dans l’attente, avec patience, de son développement continu!

Allons toujours de l’avant et plus haut.
Merci de votre écoute!

Mot de Bernard Estephan
Président du comité des parents

On behalf of the parents committee let me begin by welcoming all of you to today’s special event. I would also like to welcome The Very Reverend General Mother Judith Haroun. Who came all the way from Lebanon to visit us. We are so happy to have her here to attend this special ceremony also to see the success at Académie Providence.

Ma Mère, I thank God everyday that we, the parents have this school for our children. I have been outside, and I have seen the difference. From the academics to the core values, l’Académie supersedes an infinite amount. I am also very lucky to work with individuals who are self motivated within the parents committee that dedicate and volunteer their time to make the academic year fun and educational for the students. THANK YOU to the parents committee.

I’m very pleased to have been invited to speak here today on what I know is a very special day. It’s special for the graduates, for their proud parents and grandparents, and for their very relieved teachers. Just wait until these students are graduating college or university. Then their parents will be the relieved ones.

Today is one of those great occasions when we get to celebrate our young people – their achievements, their perseverance and their successes as they grow up. It’s one of the times you can take a break and reflect, feeling good as a parent or a mentor, knowing that the kids you care about are doing just fine and they’re on the right path.

Graduates, you should know that your moms and dads are very proud of you today. They have high hopes for you, and they believe in you, and you are making them proud by showing what you can do. Take a look at them now, and you can see them smiling and snapping photos so they can record this moment forever. Today is an important day for you and for them. Today they are very, very proud of you. (PAUSE) By the way, today would be a good day to ask for money!

Today would also be a good day to hug them and thank them for supporting you, because as much as this is your achievement, this is also the achievement of the people who care about you. That means your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your sisters, brothers, and all the teachers who thought you. They want you to be your best and to live up to your potential.

You had some great time this year, and maybe you had some tough times, but you did it and you succeeded.

Study hard and remember that you're investing in yourself with every test you take and every book you read. There are great things coming, and just as we, your parents are proud, each one of you should feel proud of yourself. So congratulations to all of the graduates.

From the bottom of our hearts, the parents, I would like to thank the Antonine Sisters, ALL OF THEM! For their love, devotion and guidance for the students. Because of you we have this wonderful school.

AND finally, congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to the teachers and support staff who helped our graduates reach here today. Without out you, this would not have been possible. YOU ARE OUR KIDS FOUNDATION!

Congratulations again, and thank you for your attention.

Speech d'Andrea - حضرة-الأم-الرئيسة-العامة،-حضرات-الراهبات-الفاضلات

Darina Daouk

Reverend Mother Judit ,General Superior of Antonine Congregation, Sister Félicité, Sisters, teachers, parents’ committee, and parents.

Two years ago, I made my first step into Providence Academy. I will never forget Andrea and Vincent‘s wide smile when I first arrived in the classroom. Andrea was thrilled because she finally got the girl classmate and Vincent was delighted just as much.

The dynamic spirit in that small classroom was pretty obvious but sweet Mrs. Mireille, the first teacher I met at the Academy, made the beginning so comforting and promising.

And the journey started…two years have passed since that day. I grew taller and smarter. I learned a great deal and challenged every obstacle thanks to the help of each and every sister and teacher, and of course the most loving people in the world Mom and Dad and my sisters, too.

Mom and Dad, I will never ever forget all the support you have given me. Your continuous help day and night. I would like to thank you for choosing this educational institute for me and my sisters.

As the saying goes “Life is full of new beginnings”
La vie est pleine de nouveaux débuts
الحياة مليئة ببدايات جديدة

I stand here today ready to march proudly into my new beginnings, and proud to represent my beloved school Providence Academy. As I leave, I will carry with me not only the knowledge acquired from books, but also the life lessons I learned.

I will never let you down. I will never let anyone who believes in me down.

Thank you for wishing me good luck
Darina Daouk

Mot de Vincent Buis - Classe de 6e

Révérende Mère Judith Haroun, Supérieure Générale,
Chère Sr Félicité Daou, Directrice,
Chères Soeurs de l’Académie Providence,
Chers professeurs,
Chers membres du comité des parents,

Chers parents,
Me voici arrivé à ma dernière année scolaire à l’Académie Providence où j’ai passé des années formidables qui resteront toujours gravées dans la mémoire. Cette école a été pour moi comme une deuxième maison. C’est la raison pour laquelle j’y suis resté de 2007 à 2015.

Je voudrais remercier mes chers professeurs sans oublier Sr May, Sr Lamia, Sr Nisrine. J’ai aussi une pensée spéciale pour Madame Ibrahim qui n’est plus ici. Merci à vous toutes et tous, mes chers professeurs. Je ne vous oublierai jamais !

Et comment ne pas dire merci à papa et à maman qui m’ont amené à cette école et qui m’ont fortement appuyé tout au long de mon parcours scolaire.

Je voudrais profiter de cette heureuse occasion pour remercier tous mes amis qui m’ont soutenu durant mon parcours, particulièrement les CM2, Andréa et Darina, mes camarades de route. Je voudrais dire : « Vous allez me manquer !»

Merci pour votre attention !

Samedi, 24 octobre 2015

Chaque jour, je remercie Dieu pour les bonnes personnes qu'Il met dans ma vie et surtout celles qui sont là pour m'aider à protéger mes enfants. Vous êtes inclues dans mes prières et je j'apprécie votre sagesse. Je ferais tout mon possible pour m’assurer que mes enfants comprennent les messages remarquables que vous êtes entrain de donner.

Merci profondémment.

Randa Saryeddine
Maman de Nabil & Dalia Saryeddine Desmarais
Membre du comité des parents

Testimonial from Bishop Tabet

Testimonial from Bishop Tabet

12 février 2016

Très chère sœur Félicité,

Je tiens à vous remercier pour votre invitation à la sortie scolaire qui fut un événement avec grand succès! Le beau temps était de la partie ce qui a permis aux élèves, aux professeurs et à nous les parents de passer une merveilleuse journée.

Nous sommes enchantés par le nombre de rires et de joie que cette journée a permis aux enfants, poursuit-elle. Ce fut une journée inoubliable, le temps que j'ai passé avec les enfants de l'école m'a permis de voir à quel point ils s'entraident les uns les autres. Le souci et l'encouragement que les étudiants plus grands ont montré aux petits en les aidant à monter les grandes bouées et en glissant avec eux, le tout avec une grande joie, m'ont réjoui et démontré les valeurs que l'Academie inculque à ses élèves.

Nous n’aurions pu participer à cet événement sans le soutien exceptionnel des religieuses et des professeurs qui ont été présentes avec leur continuel appui.

Merci de m'avoir permis de participer à cette sortie qui fut un grand succès! Nous apprécions énormément votre soutien.

Diana Lorena Varon El-Achkar
Épouse du vice-Président du comité des parents