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Get involved in your child’s education

You can get involved with your child’s education in many ways, including volunteering at your child’s school or serving on their school council. Our parents and guardian groups provide crucial insight, resources and support for the OCSB family. At the OCSB there are three ways parents and guardians can get directly involved with the OCSB:

 

A Parent’s Guide to the Ontario Education System

The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently developed a guide to help parents across the province understand what our education system provides. This resource offers an excellent overview of various practical subjects for all parents. You can learn more about the guide and other OCSB specific guides in this post we put together for parents.

Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA)

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) represents OCSB parents and elected school council members in local, regional, and provincial educational activities. CSPA also works with partners like PIC and SEAC to support the OCSB in hearing all parent voices. CSPA truly values the impact parent involvement has in a child’s school career and hosts regular monthly meetings and free events, and offers resources for all OCSB families and school councils. These meetings and events are open to all OCSB parents and guardians!

To attend an event, please follow their Eventbrite. Keep up with all things CSPA by signing up for their newsletter and following them on social media using their handle @OttawaCSPA: Instagram – Twitter.

You can also get in touch with them by email:

General contact for CSPA – OttawaCSPA@gmail.com

CSPA Chair, Erinn Ladouceur – cspachair@gmail.com

Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

The Parent Involvement Committee is a ministry-mandated committee that each Ontario school board has. At the OCSB, PIC operates as a sub-committee under CSPA. Its primary responsibility is to allocate the Ministry of Education’s PIC and PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Funding to schools, school councils, and the school board to foster parent engagement.

PIC meetings are held virtually 4 times a month during the school year. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend any meeting, please email the OCSB’s PIC Contact (picchair.ocsb@gmail.com) and review the PIC By-Laws before attending. You can find a list of PIC meeting dates, agendas and minutes following the PIC Members list.

PIC Members

  • Erinn Ladouceur, PIC Chair (CSPA Chair)
  • Steven Boucher, Parent Member (CSPA Vice-Chair)
  • Amy Barker, Parent Member (CSPA)
  • Taihisa Hill, Parent Member
  • Andrea Mackasey, Parent Member
  • Charmy Modi, Parent Member
  • Traci Clarke, Community Member (SEAC Chair)
  • Trustee Spencer, Warren, Trustee Zone 4
  • Trustee Scott Phelan, Zone 1 (Alternate)
  • Tom D’Amico, Director of Education
  • Jody Prevost, Elementary Principal Rep
  • Marline Al Koura, Secondary Principal Rep
  • Sandra Falcomer, Treasurer
  • Stephanie Dunne, Recording Secretary

Parent Involvement Committee Meetings

Date of MeetingAgendaMinutes
Tuesday, October 17, 2023View AgendaMinutes
Tuesday, December 12, 2023View AgendaMinutes
Tuesday, February 13, 2024View Agenda
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

A Ministry-mandated advisory committee that provides important advice on matters regarding special education programs to the Board. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June.