School Council

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To learn all about Project SANDBox (Hopewell's Kinder Yard Renewal Initiative) and the different ways you can donate / contribute to this important cause, please click on the link from the menu items to the left.

Approximately $70,000 has already been raised - we need to reach our goal of $140,000 to build the yard our kids need and deserve. 

On February 23, 2020, the Executive Team of the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) sent out the following message to school councils across the Board. To learn what was discussed between council and union reps regarding the current labour unrest, please click on the Recap link below. 

Subject: Recap of the OCASC Meeting of 20 February 2020

We are working hard to keep you updated on any information we get during current labour dispute. With that in mind, we've posted a recap of the meeting we had on Thursday, 20 February 2020.
At the February 2020 OCASC General Assembly meeting, representatives from over 30 OCDSB (Ottawa Carleton District School Board) parent councils came out to talk with the local bargaining units of the OSSTF (Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers Federation)—this union represents the Secondary Schools, as well as the custodial staff, office support workers, occasional teachers, special ed teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, and educational assistants for the Secondary Schools and Elementary Schools—and the OC-EFTO (Ottawa Carleton branch of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario). Two OCDSB trustees were also in attendance as observers.
The discussion was balanced, courteous, and very honest and frank. For more information about the labour dispute, including a list of questions and answers (Recap of the OCASC Meeting of 20 February 2020), and what you can do: efto/
Please share this information with your councils and with the parents at your schools. And if you have any questions or would like to add to the conversation, please feel free to post on our Facebook page ( or send an email to 
We will send the full minutes from our February meeting and details about our March meeting (on Thursday, 26 March 2020) in a separate email closer to the date.
If you need information about OCASC, or if you have a particular interest or want to have something in particular discussed at a meeting, contact us:
Twitter: @ocasc_ca
Facebook: (public group)



It all started when the School Council's Diversity Committee realized that Hopewell should do something to let all students, of all backgrounds and ethnicities, know that they are welcomed and celebrated at Hopewell. After talking with the Principal and VP, who then spoke to the teachers, it was decided the best thing to do is create a student-driven, teacher-mentored, work of art to greet all who enter the front doors. This Welcome Art Mural will reflect how Hopewell students feel about their learning space and how best to let all students know Hopewell welcomes all forms of diversity and culture. 

Hopewell is lucky to have the amazingly talented Natalie Johnston for a few years (who came from Canterbury High School's art department on a teacher exchange program) who is leading the project and she has been working closely with the teaching staff to gather many pieces of art to be considered for the mural. The art has been gathered and they are now entering the judging phase to decide what will be displayed on the mural. Natalie expects to have the mural completed by June. It's a long process but will be well worth the wait because the end result will be stunning! We are so very happy this is in the works and we want to send a HUGE thank you to Natalie, and all the teachers and children who have worked hard to submit their pieces of art. Also, thank you to the City of Ottawa for providing some funding for art supplies. ☺️ We are excited to see the mural on the wall!

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We have something else exciting to tell you about (ok, just a little exciting... but still exciting). We have a f
undraising initiative that is super easy! Please check out Fundraising & Events (an option just to the left) to find out how you can contribute to Hopewell Council when you order labels through Mabel's Labels.

 Thank you for your support. 


The Purpose of Council:

The purpose of Council is to improve student achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. Council’s primary means of achieving its purpose is by making recommendations to the principal of the school and the School Board. The objectives of Council are: 

  • To develop a strong relationship between home, school, and the wider community served by the school, and to enhance educational opportunities for all students within the school;

  • To seek views and opinions of the school community on the operation of the school and the programs and services provided; To provide advice to the principal and, as appropriate, to the Board and/or its senior staff, on the development and implementation of policies, programs, and services affecting the school;

  • To be an effective voice for promoting the interests of the school, and to actively support the school in meeting the educational, social, and recreational needs of students.

  • To organize various initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will help the school enhance learning (i.e. books, iPads, Speaker Series for parents etc.) and maintain and improve our yards.  

School Council is a fantastic way to connect with the school community. Being an active member opens the door to countless opportunities and enrichment for our children. School Council is always seeking more parents, new ideas and volunteers to keep our great programs and commitments alive.

Everyone is welcome at any time of year to attend council meetings, which are every second Tuesday of most months at 7pm in the library. Schedule found here. We’d love to see you there!

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