Useful Information for ND Families

Stay Connected with ND

Stay Connected with Parent Portal, School Messenger, & School Cash Online

Stay Connected! - all this info in one doc for easy sharing


If your child is registered at ND, then you are already set up to receive emergency and attendance messages by phone or email. However, if you would like to receive other messages such as school updates and newsletters, you must sign up to SchoolMessenger and set your notification preferences. When signing up, you must use the same email address that you provided to your child’s school at the time of registration. Anytime you update your email with the school in Parent Portal, you must sign up for SchoolMessenger using your new email address.  For more information, click here.

Parent Portal

The OCSB Parent Portal is your gateway to information about your child’s schooling. It’s the place for parents to:

In the future, you will also be able to access support materials, applications and forms within the portal.

If you have not registered for a Parent Portal account, follow these instructions

School Cash Online

Notre Dame uses SchoolCashOnline - a safe and convenient online banking program for ALL school based expenses (field trips, team fees, special events, yearbooks etc...). 

Convenient - Make secure payments 24/7 from the comfort of your home

Easy To Use - Online shopping with various payment methods

Safe - Your child won't be carrying cash or checks to and from school

Saves Time - Manage your school expenses and view payment history in one place

PRESTO Card Information

PRESTO Card Information

Notre Dame does not have yellow buses. OSTA provides students PRESTO Cards if they live within what would normally be a yellow bus boundary. If your child receives a PRESTO card, it is very important that they register their card and record their login information in a safe place in the event that they lose their card throughout the school year. It is family responsibility to purchase a replacement card.  They can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $6.00. Once you have the replacement card, please follow the steps below.

You can check here to see if your child is eligible for a PRESTO card. 

Please note that the boundary distance changes once a student enters grade 9 and they may no longer qualify for a PRESTO. 




Instructions to replace a registered lost card

Buy a new card

Go to and click on, "I'm a PRESTO user", and "Sign In".

Once you are logged in, you will see a list of your registered card(s). Click the card you are reporting lost/stolen from the current school year. 

Report a lost card 

Transfer balance (school board pass) to the new card

Wait 4-7 hours and tap your card on any PRESTO device to update the replacement card.

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TOP MARKS Uniform Information

School Uniform Info

Notre Dame is a uniform school. Families can purchase uniforms any time of the year from Top Marks.

Visit the Top Marks website, click the red, "Shop Now" button, and log in with your existing account or create a new account. The school password to create a new account is: NOT01.  

Top Marks Uniform Letter - June 2023 

ND also has a uniform shop called "New To Me", which is run by parent volunteers. When this shop is open, students are able to purchase donated uniform items for $10/each (cash only). We cannot guarantee sizing or conditions as this shop is solely run on donations. 

If your child has any uniform items that no longer fit, you can donate them to the school at any time.

Catholic School Council

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

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

Please see the invitation link to attend in the Principal's Update emails. 

2023 - 2024 School Council members

ChairNatacha Ruiz Tardif

Vice-Chair: Lori Goodyear

Secretary:  Ann-Marie Haley

Treasurer: Natacha Ruiz Tardif

CSPA reps:  Nel Wijesekera

Councillors:  Dore Charbonneau, Eric Chamois, Nel Wijesekera

Teacher Representative: Jaime De Pippo, Stephanie Brousseau

Non-Teacher Representative: Ann-Marie Haley

Student Representatives: Kate Bahati, Ameera Zulu

Principal:  Jean-Paul Cloutier

We are a volunteer group of parents, community members, teachers and school administrators who work to make Notre Dame High School a welcoming, supportive and caring environment for our children to learn and grow. We invite all parents and guardians to join us!

At our meetings we learn from the Principal and teachers about the curriculum and programs at the school, as well as developments at the Ottawa Catholic School Board and at the Ontario Ministry of Education. We also hear from Student Council about all their exciting - and creative - initiatives to help maintain a high level of school spirit. The parishes that make up the Notre Dame family of schools and our local community representative helps us keep abreast of local issues and developments. We discuss all these issues and offer input from the parents' point of view.

Through our fundraising we help to support student-oriented activities and facilities for the school, such as awards, library supplies and student teams and trips. Join us at our popular International Potluck during Education Week in May, and bring your favourite dish to share. 

The School Council needs your voice, your input, and your contribution to making the school better for all students, including yours!  

Council Meeting Dates 2023/2024

Meeting Minutes

September 14 (in person - 7:30 PM)

October 18 (virtually - 7:00 PM)

Official Meeting

November 15 (in person - 6:00pm)

Official Meeting - Pizza and Daycare offered

December 19 (in person - AM)

Community Meeting - Coffee & Muffins

February 7 (hybrid - 7:30 PM)

Official Meeting

April 17 (virtual - PM)

Official Meeting

May 9 (in person - AM)

Community Meeting - Coffee & Muffin

June TBD (in person - PM)

Community Meeting - Pizza & Daycare offered

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.