School Council Members

The following parents are members of our School Council Executive Team for 2018-19

Chair: Ann-Marie Butt
Secretary: Sarah Heidinga
Treasurer: Laura Recoskie
Popcorn:  Layal  Khodabandeh
Pizza Co-ordinator: Jon March
CSPA Rep: Shannon Luknowsky
Parish Rep for Sacraments: Ann-Marie Butt
Chocolate Bar Co-ordinator: Susan Trickey and Stephanie & Jacques Marhue

Staff Reps.: Jessica Longo and Linda Lim

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Your School Council Welcomes You! 

We encourage parents to join us! Come see what we are all about. We have a lot of fun, we are informed about the direction of the school and events in the works. It is like having the “inside scoop” of Our Lady of Fatima! Not only that, but your children are surprised when you ask them what did you talk about at the assembly today? “How did you know about that?”, they ask. Like I said, you have the “inside scoop”. We understand that maybe you can’t make it to some of the meetings but want to volunteer. That is fantastic!! We can always use volunteers! Just help when you can, be part of your child’s education and meet some fantastic parents, teachers, and the principal!

Council News & Information

Mabel's Labels

Our Lady of Fatima is fundraising with Mabel's Labels. With so many items landing in our lost and found, Parent Council is hoping adding labels will ensure items make it back to your child.  Please visit and search for Our Lady of Fatima (Ottawa) to place your order and support our fundraiser.

What is a School Council? 

School Councils play a vital role in Ontario’s Education system and provide a forum through which parents and other members of school communities can contribute to school life. Each publicly funded elementary and secondary school in Ontario is required to have a school council. Parent involvement is their children’s education is critical to the overall achievement of students. When parents are actively involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases, students attend school more regularly, finish more homework in a consistent manner, and display a more positive attitude toward school. Membership on a school council also benefits the individuals involved. The personal advantages of becoming a school council member include:

  1. Being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued; 
  2. Contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement; 
  3. Having a vehicle through which to express opinions; 
  4. Being able to keep informed about what is happening at the school and the board, and the provincial level of education 
(Excerpt from School Councils, A Guide For Members Ontario Ministry of Education) 

OCSB Parent Involvement

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. 

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.  Learn more about CSPA and the work we do to support parents and their children in our schools.

Council Meeting Information

All meetings are at 6:30 p.m., in the OLF Staffroom. Please join us. 

Council Meetings Minutes 2019 - 2019

Council Meetings Minutes 2018 - 2019

Council Meetings Minutes 2017 - 2018

What Has The School Council Done for Me Lately?

  1. Student Agendas. School council pays a big chunk of the student agendas every year to reduce cost for parents. 
  2. “Scientists in the Schools”. Some of the money raised brings this program into the child’s classroom and gets children excited about science! 
  3. Smart Boards. Every classroom in Our Lady of Fatima now has smart boards. Some of them were made possible with the aid of school council
  4. Field Trips. Some of the money raised by various fundraisers is put towards field trips for the children. 
  5. June Fun Day! Every student looks forward to this fun filled and entertaining day. 
  6. Pizza Day! This year we will be getting our pizza from Pizza Pizza. 
  7. New classroom resources. These items include things like iPads and Netbooks.