Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
Parents/guardians play an important role in the success of their children in school. Studies show that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their children’s education, and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is proud of the collaborative relationship it has with the parents on our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), our school councils, and the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), and supports the vision of parents as partners in their children’s education.
Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants
The Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants is a grassroots initiative from the Ontario Ministry of Education to support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community, and finding local solutions to help more parents get involved. There are two components to the PRO Grants – school council grants and regional/provincial grants. PRO Grants for school councils support school-based projects that focus on engaging parents who may experience challenges in becoming involved in their children’s education. These challenges may include recent settlement to Canada, level of language proficiency in English/French, socio-economic difficulties, physical challenges, or difficulty in getting transportation to the school. School councils work with their school and the PIC to identify potential project opportunities to help parents get involved. Schools and their school councils may apply for PRO Grants to aid the development of projects that increase parent engagement. PRO Grant applications are usually due in the spring, and the announcement of funding allocation takes place in the fall.
Members of the PIC Committee
The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s PIC was formed in 2006. The committee membership is as follows:
- PIC Chair: Laura Cater
- Parent members: Susan Elsdon; Cathy Philpott; Mark Savenkoff, Kim Peterson, Natalie Bruvels
- Community member: Helene Lapointe Jerome (SEAC)
- OCSB administration: Denise Andre, Director of Education
- OCSB member: Jody Prevost, Principal, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School
- OCSB Board trustee: Kathy Ablett, RN (Trustee, Zone 9)
- OCSB committee resource: Kathy Hodgins, Executive Officer to the Director of Education; Sandra Falcomer, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Education
Meeting agendas and minutes
All PIC meetings are held at the Board office in Nepean and are open to the public. Upon arrival, please sign in with reception and you will be guided to the meeting location.
|Date of Meeting||Agenda||Minutes|
|Tuesday, May 30, 2017||View agenda||Not yet available|
|Tuesday, April 11, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, January 24, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, October 4, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, May 17, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, November 17, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, October 20, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Wednesday, May 27, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
More PIC resources
In 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Education produced Parents in Partnership: A Parent Engagement Policy for Ontario Schools. This document provides the supports needed to connect parents at the local level and to help ensure that they have the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to engage fully in their children’s education and in the life of their schools.
In a December 2005 discussion paper entitled Developing Partners in Education, the Ministry of Education introduced the concept of a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) as a formal structure to link parents with a school board’s Director of Education and trustees. In the years that followed, many school boards, including the Ottawa Catholic School Board, formed PICs, although there were no formal regulations governing their composition or function. In September 2010, the government formalized the existence of PICs by releasing a policy on parent engagement. Ontario Regulation 612 on school councils was also amended to include the requirement that each Board have a PIC, and describe the composition and functions of a PIC.