“All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, brings us to God.” ~ Pope Francis
Notre Dame Girls’ Basketball Tournament
Good luck to our girls’ basketball team as they participate in the Notre Dame Feeder School tournament this Tuesday, February 12th. This tournament was postponed last Thursday because of inclement weather. The boys’ basketball team had a very successful tournament.
Dental Screening for Kindergarten and Grade 2 Students
Dental Screening will take place this Tuesday, February 12th for students in Kindergarten and grade 2.
Information Meeting for Parents of New Kindergarten Students with Special Needs
There will be a general information meeting for parents of new Kindergarten students with Special Needs on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School. The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Special Education philosophy and model will be presented at this time.
Halton’s Ready Set Go Workshop for Kindergarten Parents
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for our early learners and families! In partnership with the Region of Halton, the Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to host a number of Ready, Set, GO! Workshops to prepare children and their families for the start of school in September 2019.
Ready, Set, GO! Workshops will include:
- A tour of a Kindergarten classroom, led by Board staff;
- Information about our before and after school programs;
- Opportunities to ask questions and speak to staff providers of child care, before and after school, and community partners (Reach Out Centre for Kids);
- A presentation by the Halton Region public health department and staff from HCDSB.
Topics will also include: how to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school, the importance of play, packing healthy lunches, and a checklist for starting school.
- February 20, 2019 – St. Anne Catholic Elementary School in Burlington
- February 21, 2019 – Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School in Milton
All workshops will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information on Ready, Set, Go! visit the Halton Regionwebsite.
St. Gabriel School’s Breakfast Program
St. Gabriel School hosts a breakfast program each day of the week available to all students so that no student goes hungry. We celebrate this program hosting guests which may include Dignitaries and Politicians on Wednesday, Feb 13th. Together we will serve a healthy breakfast to our students and raise awareness about Halton Food for Thought and the importance of a nutritious breakfast.
One in 10 students in Halton arrive at school hungry and our program helps ensure that every student has the healthy food they need to fuel their success. On a personal note, I strongly believe that everybody enjoys eating with friends, so I personally encourage you to have your kids participate in our breakfast program, because if your child doesn’t necessarily need breakfast, their friend may…let’s all help make it socially acceptable…
To donate to the Breakfast Program, do so through School Cash Online or through the office – just make sure that the donation is directed to the St. Gabriel School “Breakfast Program”.
Let’s provide access to healthy food and so our students are ready to learn all day long.
Thank you for your support,
Jeannie Bugiardini, St. Gabriel Breakfast Program Coordinator
Valentine’s Day – Red, White and Pink Day
Thursday, February 14th will be a Civvies Day, students can wear red, white and pink to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. The raffle will take place on Thursday for the Valentine Baskets and students who ordered heart cookies will receive them on Thursday. All proceeds will go toward the Grade 8 Graduation.
Winter Weather and School Attendance
It’s the middle of winter and thoughts of a holiday are tempting. Many parents may think that missing a day of school here and there is no big deal for a child, but pediatricians warn absences can add up quickly and seriously impact a child for life. Read the whole article at https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/school-absenteeism-pediatrics-1.5005670
Promoting Well-Being – Recipe for an Active Day!
Just like eating every colour in the rainbow is nutritious, mixing up the way we move our bodies is also healthy for us.
It’s not complicated and kids don’t have to be signed up for lots of programs or private coaching in order to develop all the skills they need. Weeding the garden, tidying up toys, jumping in piles of leaves, going on bike rides, and climbing trees are all healthy ways to move.
Share with your kids this printout that provides a recipe for an active day. Get them thinking consciously about how they move their body during the day and for how long.
By no means should this resource take the spontaneity out of playing. It’s just a way to help kids think about balanced movement the same way you help them think about eating a balanced meal.
Print out your copy, review with your kids, and see if they can change it up from day to day!
And, if you like designing a healthy day full of activity, try Participaction’s “Build your best day” interactive experience. https://activeforlife.com/
Professional Activity Day – Friday, February 15th
Friday, February 15, 2019 is a designated Professional Activity Day with a professional development focus on Equity and Inclusion for our staff.
Family Day – Monday, February 18th, 2019
We hope you enjoy a wonderful Family Day together!
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Wishing you a great week! – the Staff of St. Gabriel School