St. Gemma’s Catholic School Council (CSC) works in cooperation with the principal and school staff to ensure the best for our students.  Rules for our engagement are outlined in our constitution:  

St. Gemma CSC Constitution 

*NEW* Please note that this document is currently under revision.

Proposed Revised Constitution


The CSC is elected at the first meeting of the school year. We encourage you to reach out to the CSC Parent Members for 2017-18:

·  Chairperson – Edward Watts

·  Vice-Chairperson - Brent Dowdall

·  Treasurer - Marisa Fusaro

·  Secretary – Versna Zaremba

·  CSPA Representative – Meredith Tomas

·  Parish Representative – Kim Pinsonneault

·  Member at Large – Susheel Gupta

·  Member at Large – Michelle O’Brien


Helping hearts and hands are always needed!  If you would like to offer suggestions, volunteer for an event, or get involved in other ways, please come to our next CSC meeting or contact us by email:


Expenses incurred on behalf of the CSC may be reimbursed using the following template:

Expense Form

(submit completed form to the CSC Treasurer)


Further details regarding the work of CSC is defined in Ontario Regulation 612/00 under the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2

Events & Projects Supported by CSC

Thanks to your kind help and generosity, a number of events and projects have been organized at St. Gemma over the past school year.  Here are some of the highlights:

·     Hot Lunch Program – Each Friday, students who are registered to the program receive a main course (rotation of pita sandwiches, pizza or hotdogs) and popcorn. 

·     Monster Mash – Picture it: witches, ghosts, and spooooky creatures!  The children wore costumes, danced in the dark, and enjoyed a variety of Halloween games and activities.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up, run, and clean up after this frightening fun event!

·     Movie Night – Another big turn-out this past November! Everyone came with their pyjamas and blankets, watched “The Lego Movie”, and enjoyed refreshments from the canteen.

·     Christmas Craft Night – We celebrated the season with family and friends by making crafts, listening to holiday music, decorating cookies, and drinking hot chocolate (yum!).  Thanks to everyone who brought non-perishable items for the Ottawa Food Bank.

·     Skate Night - Weston Park was packed and weather conditions were near perfect!  We skated around the outdoor rink while listening to music, played shinny hockey, and enjoyed refreshments in the field house.

·     Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast - Students marked the beginning of Lent by eating pancakes in their pyjamas!  Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up with their griddles to help with this annual tradition - the children really enjoyed it.


Thank you parents, guardians, and staff for making St. Gemma the best learning, social, and spiritual environment for our children.

News & Upcoming Events 

·   Council MeetingTues. April 17, 2018

·   Parent Workshop: “Leveraging Digital @ Home” – Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This event is supported with funds received from a Ministry of Education PIC/PRO grant (more information to come)

·   Council MeetingTues. May 8, 2018

·   Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Mon. June 4, 2018

·   Council MeetingTues. June 12, 2018

·   Year-end BBQ – Fri. June 22, 2018 (volunteers and raffle items needed!!!)


St. Gemma Playground Project: The school’s playground needs to be replaced over the next few years.  In order to pay for and install new equipment, we need to come up with approximately $50,000.  Please help us by volunteering your time and skills, making a donation, and telling others in the community about this major project.  A Playground Committee has been formed – to find out more and get involved, please come to our next CSC meeting or contact us by email:

 “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”   - Walt Disney


FYI: Discounted snowpasses are available to Gr. 4 and Gr. 5 students across Canada -> ski and snowboard at nearby hills three times for only $29.95.  Additional information is available at


Fundraising Efforts

Loblaws $25 Gift Card - Registration is now open for people to sign up for a $25 gift card from Loblaws. Should you wish, please consider donating your gift card to Council in support of school activities and events.  Every bit helps – thank you!
1) Go to the Loblaws website and register for the $25 gift card: (NB The deadline is May 8, 2018)
2) Receive the gift card in the mail (can take up to six weeks). 
3) Put the card in an envelope and address it to:  St. Gemma Catholic School Council, Loblaws $25 gift card donation. 
4) Send the gift card to school in your child’s agenda.

2017-18 ‘No-Fuss’ Fundraiser - We are happy to announce that the total amount collected for our 2017-18 ‘No-Fuss’ Fundraiser was $3,360!  That’s amazing – great job everyone!  Thank you so very much for your continued support of all CSC projects and community-building events at St. Gemma.  The funds will be used for workshops, holiday events, Scientists in the School, bussing and other projects.


The CSC meets on the second Tuesday of every month in St. Gemma’s Learning Commons.  Meetings begin promptly at 6:30pm – adjournment is at 8 pm.

You do not need to be a member to attend - all parents/guardians are welcome – kids too!  We know that childcare and busy family schedules are sometimes a barrier to attending Council meetings. With that in mind, we encourage you to bring your school-age children, along with their homework, reading, colouring or another activity. Younger children will need to be cared for by the parent/guardian during the meeting, as there will be no formal childcare person to look after them.  

Why participate?

·   Connect with other parents.

·   Be the first to hear about important news and upcoming events at St. Gemma.

·   Have a voice in the activities and programs supported by CSC.

·   Learn how students, staff and parishes benefit from our work.

·   Volunteer your time to make a difference in our school community.

A record of past discussions and decisions can be found in approved minutes from each meeting:

September 19, 2017 Council Minutes

October 10, 2017 Council Minutes

November 14, 2017 Council Minutes

   December 12, 2017 (cancelled due to inclement weather)

January 16, 2018 Council Minutes

February 13, 2018 Council Minutes

Other ways to get involved in your child’s education

The Ottawa Catholic School Board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is a provincially mandated committee made up of parents, a trustee, a principal and the Director of Education. The purpose of PIC is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the school board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being.

Learn more at the OCSB PIC webpage.

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) is a volunteer group representing the parents in our school board. We are a resource for school councils and the parent community for information on local and provincial education issues. Through our website, Twitter, and email newsletters we provide updates on education in Ottawa & Ontario; plus we share great tips, resources and information to help parents support their children in school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join our e-mail list, follow us on Twitter, or attend CSPA monthly meetings.

Visit the CSPA website to learn more about CSPA and the work we do to support parents and their children in our schools.