Parents

Forms & Correspondence

Promoting School Communication

To promote open communication, here are the many ways that we communicate with our partners in education:


School website - will host important announcements, monthly school newsletter, calendar of events as well as school council information and other interesting and important links for parents.


School Twitter account - @HolyFamilyOCSB. Follow us on Twitter to see current events, announcements and reminders.


School Connects messages - from time to time the school will send phone messages and/or emails to relay important and time sensitive information.


School Cash online - all families should be registered for school cash online. You will receive notice when an item for purchase (such as field trips) has been uploaded to your cart.


Paper notices - Holy Family is has official ECO status! We therefore try to minimize the consumption of paper however, sometimes information will come home on a paper notice.


Class Communication books- this is where notes from individual teachers will be housed. The classroom teacher will share their mode of school/home communication.

Catholic School Council

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

  • Parents/guardians

  • Teaching Staff

  • Community Representatives

Meetings are held virtually.

All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and join - we value your input.

See newsletters for council news or follow us on Twitter @HolyFamilyOCSB to receive the most current council news.

2021 - 2022 School Council members:


Chairperson: Elizabeth Gibbons


Co-Chair: Carolyn Picard


Treasurer: Mark Grenon


Secretary: Vacant


Parish Liaison: Vacant


CSPA Rep: Maureen Murphy


Community Rep: Svetlana Najmi and Viji Selva


Teacher Reps: Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Godard, Ms. Thomson


Principal: Aden Semenchuk



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!

Meeting Dates and Minutes: 2021-2022

September 21, 2021 5:00 Online

October 5, 2021 5:00 Online

November 2, 2021 5:00 Online

Meeting Dates & Minutes: 2020 - 2021

Agenda for each School Council Meeting


September 15, 2020 4:30 pm Online


September 29, 2020 4:30 pm Election Night Online


November 3, 2020 4:45 pm Online


December 1, 2020 4:45 pm Online


January 12, 2021 5:00 pm Online (Postponed)


February 2, 2021 5:00 pm Online


March 2 2021 5:00 pm Online


April 6, 2021 5:00 pm Online


May 4 2021 5:00 pm Online


June 1, 2021 5:00 pm Online

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.

Quick Links

The enCOMPASS Parent Portal is a tool for parents and guardians to access important information about their child, for example Report Cards, IEPs, and Attendance. Register for an account today!


Our school use the SchoolMessenger communication platform to send automated phone calls and emails to parents. Sign up today!


School Cash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees.


Visit the OCSB Student Health Webpage to learn about the policies and procedures that we have in place for supporting children with serious medical conditions.


The school year calendar lists school holidays and other important dates.


The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) operates all of our school buses, and special transportation vans.


Find out the process for becoming a volunteer at our school.


Our school offers Before and After School Care through our Extended Day Program (EDP).