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


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

·  Members at Large – Susheel Gupta & 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 CSC may be reimbursed using the following template:

Expense Form

(submit completed form to CSC Treasurer)


Further details regarding the work of St. Gemma’s CSC is defined in

Ontario Regulation 612/00 under the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2.

News & Upcoming Events
  • Hot Lunches/Popcorn – starts Friday, Oct 20, 2107 for Grades 1-6
  • Monster Mash – Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017
  • CSC meeting - Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 (6:30-8:00 PM in the Learning Commons)
  • Movie Night – Friday,  Nov 17, 2017
  • *NEW* Playground - St. Gemma’s playground equipment requires replacement in about five years.  Please consider joining our subcommittee to help raise separate funds for this major project.

2017-18No-Fuss” Fundraiser 

Fundraising helps provide a wonderful learning environment for our kids.  St. Gemma’s CSC is requesting a donation to support student-focussed programming and community-building events - our goal this year is to raise $5000.  The funds will be used for workshops, holiday events, busing, classroom supplies and other projects. 


Please donate online to our “No-Fuss” Fundraiser by Nov 30th, 2017:



Cash and cheques (payable to “St. Gemma Catholic School Council”) can be dropped off at the school office.


St. Gemma’s CSC hopes to collect $20 per student; families with 3 or more children: $50.


 “No-Fuss” Fundraiser Thermometer:

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.


The St. Gemma CSC meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM in the Learning Commons.  You do not need to be a member to attend - all parents/guardians are welcome!

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

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.