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
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.
School Council 2023-2024
Co-Chairs: Katrina Meikle/Katie Copp
Secretary: Kathryn Robinson
Treasurer: Perpetua Mulikita
Communications: Heather Pira
Hot Lunch Coordinator: Lisa Calarco-Hajjar
CSPA Representative: Alison Lennon
Community Representative: Marisa Fusaro
Parish Representative: Natasha Nesrallah
Members at Large: Kristen Lewis
Carrie Illamn Welsh
Teacher and Support Staff Reps:
Jean-Benoit Lanca/Nicole Lavigne
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.