About the PTA

The principle focus of the OJCS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to work in partnership with the administration, teachers, students and parents to enhance day-to-day school life and to raise money for school events. The PTA is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s school activities and events, meet other parents and help foster an inclusive and supportive school experience.

To learn how you can join the PTA, please email PTA president Eliana Mandel-Carsen here.

Current PTA Initiatives

Grandparents/Special Friends Day
Each year we invite grandparents and special friends (ie. Aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends) to visit our students in their OJCS classrooms do to do activities together, meet other grandparents and friends, talk with faculty, watch performance and see first-hand the wonderful things happening in our school.

Support the Lice Squad
The Parent Lice Squad (Parent Squad) will go into the school and work collaboratively with the outside agency we enlist to provide service if there is an issue with lice.  The Parent Squad will do follow-up checks, if needed, following the agency’s bi-annual visits.Requirements:
must be able to identify lice
must know what to look for (nits or bugs)
be willing to be on call
must sign a confidentiality agreement

Organization of the Welcome Back BBQ
The Welcome Back BBQ is held before Labour Day weekend to bring the school community together before the start of the school year. The PTA works with the school to organize the set-up, food and overall organization of the event. It is also a great opportunity to welcome new families, drop off school supplies, buy used uniforms and new kippahs.

Oliver’s Labels

When you purchase Oliver’s Labels, you are receiving  something you need while reducing your chances your child’s clothes end up in the lost-and-found pile. Meanwhile, OJCS can earn up to  20% commission. It’s a win-win-win!

Book Fair

QSP Magazine
Please renew your subscriptions with the OJCS QSP magazine campaign through the school and support our students’ education! There are over 600 titles to choose from, including digital subscriptions and easy online ordering!  OJCS earns $10 on average for every subscription we sell. Order online now at and enter our group code 3729548 or search the school name: Ottawa Jewish Community School).

Fundscrip (Gift Cards)

FundScrip’s mission is to make the world a better place by helping more non-profit groups reach their fundraising goals than anyone else by offering easy to manage, effective programs and solutions that maximize value for supporters and our suppliers.

By paying for your everyday expenses & gifts with gift cards bought from FundScrip. Each purchase generates earnings for the our school. You are not out of pocket and can shop where you would normally. Our code is VSD8RR.

PTA Committees 2018-19

Bond Program Committee – Chair will oversee program and volunteers. Bond Program is set
up for our children when it comes time for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. This program was created to help
elevate the cost of going to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs for each classmate. Volunteers will have to
maintain database for each grade (starting at grade 4), create school Bar/Bat Mitzvah calendar,
collect funds, make sure bonds are ordered for students participating in the Bond Program. –
Bond Program is optional.

Class Parent – Is a year to year position. This position if filled by the recommendation from
PTA, Administration and teachers. Class parent is asked to be available to assist teachers in
classroom, reach out to parents, encouraged to attend school events, promote school in a
positive light as well as sense of community.

Fundraising Committee – Chair will oversee all areas of fundraising. Soft Fundraising (gift
cards, magazine orders, Oliver’s Labels…), school fundraising (sale of items with-in the school),
and school events. As well this committee will also oversee any school events like parent’s
nights that will not be financial fundraisers but FUNraisers, the building of parent and school

Governance Committee – This committee will organize and set up PTA mandate for 2018-2019.

Holiday Committee – This group will work with Admin and teachers to honour the holidays
with-in the school. Volunteers will organize the event, purchase what is required and assist
with what is needed for each holiday. Sign Up Genius has a list of volunteers interested in each
Rosh Hashanah (Sept/Oct)
Yom Kippur (Oct)
Chanukah Celebration (Dec)
Tu B’shevat (Jan/Feb)
Purim Mesloach Manot (Feb/Mar)
Passover (Mar/Apr)
Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Apr)
Shavuot (May/Jun)

Lunch Program – Chair will set lunch menu with Babi’s; create, collect and process order forms
and organize volunteers (suggested to have one person look after this area). Volunteers for
lunch program go to the school, divvy up meals by class and take to classrooms. Also, make
sure there are no issues that arise regarding orders.

Parent Lice Squad – Consist of people who are willing to be on call to come into the school to
check a class or child for lice. There is a confidentiality form to sign if in this group. List of
volunteers on Sign Up Genius.

Teacher Appreciation – Members of this committee will create and organize appreciation
activities for teachers. Teacher Appreciation day, holiday and end of year appreciation.

Volunteer Sign Up Genius – Lead person will look after Sign Up Genius.