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St. Gemma is a nut-free school.

Please help keep all of our students safe at school - choose nut-free meals and snacks.

Arriving at school in the morning:

We ask that students enter the school yard on the east side of the school. The parking lot will be closed so you can safely walk through the parking lot or the sidewalk along the gym to enter the school yard. For safety reasons we are asking that you do not walk into the school yard with your child. At the end of the day students will also be dismissed on the east side of the building, exiting via the parking lot and path along the gym.

We enjoy a good relationship with our neighbours and wish to continue to do so. Please be careful not to block driveways when picking up or dropping off your child(ren).

Catholic School Council

Fundraising and Events Information

Some events, activities, and fundraisers for 2020/21 have yet to be scheduled. If you have ideas you’d like to propose, please speak to a school council member, attend our next meeting, or send us an email at stgemma.council@gmail.com.



Volunteering: There are a variety of School Council initiatives that could use your talents and knowledge, even if you just have a little time to offer! ***You don't need to be a voting member to get involved!*** If interested, send us an email with your contact detail and/or questions - all help is greatly appreciated.


Fundraising:

This year we have teamed up with Papa Jack, FundScrip and FlipGive to help raise money for our school and to support initiatives to help our students, their families and others in our community, while adhering to current Public Health guidelines.


Papa Jack:

● Go to www.papajackpopcorn.ca

● Add items to your cart

● Enter coupon code STGEMMA on the checkout page of your order.


This fundraiser only applies to orders placed online, not in-store.


FundScrip

● Go to www.fundscrip.com

● Click on “Support Your Group”

● Enter code U64RLY


FlipGive

● Join our team by clicking here

● Enter code MLSZBG


For more detailed information on how you can participate in the FundScrip and FlipGive fundraisers, click here.


Remember to use FlipGive before you shop online so that we earn cash back. Make a purchase within the first 14 days of joining and we'll receive an additional bonus ($5 per team member)!


St. Gemma Play Structure Renewal Project: Although it has served us well for many years, the school’s existing play structure will be removed by the summer of 2021. Learn more about this $80,000 project here.

Family Resource Library: Our collection is housed in the school office and includes a wide range of topics to help support St. Gemma parents and guardians. For more information, including how to sign out a book and what titles are available, please click on this link.

Community and Student Support: Throughout the year, we support a number of initiatives to help our students and others in our community (e.g. Grub-Tub snacks, Christmas Hampers). We also aim to improve academic achievement (eg. funding for Scientists in the Schools; bursaries for each teacher/support staff member) and support spiritual growth (eg. bussing to masses; sacrament celebrations).



Dine with St. Gemma Community Supper: Get to know others in our community while supporting a great cause! On this day, 10% of all restaurant receipts are donated to our play structure renewal project. For more information, please click on the following link.



Pancake Breakfast: Each year on Shrove Tuesday, St. Gemma parent/guardian volunteers serve delicious pancakes to students and staff. Use this link to find out more about this event.


First Eucharist Reception: In keeping with St. Gemma tradition, the families of Gr. 2 celebrants contribute potluck items and Gr. 3 parents/guardians “pay it backward” and help out at this special celebration. Click here to get more information.


Staff Appreciation Luncheon: To show our gratitude to all our amazing staff members, St. Gemma families and School Council host an appreciation lunch (i.e. potluck) at the end of the school year. Use this link to find out more about this event.



The School Council is comprised of the school Principal, and members representing:

  • Parents/guardians

  • Teaching Staff

  • Community Representatives

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00pm (online via Google Meet or in St. Gemma’s Learning Commons). All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and join - we value your input.


Virtual meetings: To receive log-in details for an online Google meet, please send an email to Mr. Cinanni with the subject line: Request for School Council link.


In-person meetings: We know that childcare and busy family schedules are sometimes a barrier to attending. 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.

Contact us by email: stgemma.council@gmail.com

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2020 - 2021 School Council members:

Co-Chairs: Marisa Fusaro and Renee Marshall

Secretary: Magdalene Creskey

Treasurer: Katrina Meikle

Parish Rep: Kim Pinsonneault

Community Rep: Michelle O’Brien

CSPA Rep: Lisa Calarco-Hajjar

Communications Specialist: Kristen Lewis

Members-at-Large: Alex Sarabura, Cecille Soberano, Meredith Tomas, and Anne Wiecek

Special mention and much appreciation to Hot Lunch Program Coordinators: Lisa Calarco-Hajjar and Kristen Lewis

School Council members provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:

  • local calendar of events and activities

  • school code of student behavior

  • school curriculum and program goals

  • selection of the Principal through the identification of a profile-type for the school

  • school budget priorities

  • school-community communication strategy ie methods of reporting to parents and the community

  • extra-curricular activities in the school

The School Council needs your voice, your input, your contribution to make the school better for all students, including yours!

Board-wide Parent Organizations

Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA)

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) is a volunteer group representing all Ottawa Catholic School Board parents. They are a resource for school councils and the parent community for information on local and provincial education issues. Through their website, Twitter feed, and email newsletters, they we provide updates on education in Ottawa & Ontario, as well as tips, resources and information to help parents support their children in school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join CSPA's e-mail list, follow CSPA on Twitter, or attend CSPA monthly meetings.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The OCSB’s Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.

OCSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

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. The parent members of the OCSB PIC are appointed by CSPA.