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June 17th, 2019

“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action”.  1 John 3:18

St. Gabriel Parish News 


St. Gabriel Church is once again hosting a Vacation Bible Camp from Aug. 12 – 16, 2019.  This is a FULL day (9:00 – 4:00) camp held at the church.  Children between the ages of 5-10 (at the time of the camp) are welcome to register and youth in Grade 8 or higher are welcome to help (volunteer hours are applicable).

This year’s theme is “Jerusalem Marketplace”.  The cost is $65 per person and $45 per person for families registering 3 or more children.  Lunch and snacks are included.  Space is limited.  More information about this camp and registration forms can be found on the Youth Page on the church website


Children’s Liturgy takes place  during the 11:00 am mass every Sunday – all are welcome!  The insurance agreement is between the parent or guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

System Track and Field Meet

CONGRATULATIONS to our St. Gabriel Storm Track & Field Team for an amazing day at the System Track Meet.  All of our participants did a fabulous job.  A special shout out to:  Jason S. 1st place in the grade 5 boys long jump, Nate K. 3rd place in the grade 5 boys softball throw,  John D.  3rd place in the grade 6 boys 200m, Wesley E. 3rd place in the grade 6 boys 100m and Kristine W. 2nd place in the grade 7 girls shot put.  Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the meet and cheer our team on and thank you once again to our coaches Ms. Lanza and Ms. Scott.

Gabriel Idol

Gabriel Idol was an outstanding show full of talented performers. Congratulations to this year’s winner Isabella from  grade 8.  A special shout out to our judges:  Mrs. Melfi, Mrs. Spoto and Mr. Wisniewski.

System Girls Soccer Tournament

Good luck to our Lady Storm who will be participating in the System Soccer Tournament this Monday at Shell Park.  Thank you to the coaches:  Mrs. Melfi and Mme. Pulsone! Go Storm!!!!

School Play

Our School Play titled:  Westward takes place this Tuesday, June 18th.  All classes will have the opportunity to watch the play during the day and the evening performance is at 6:30pm.  Thank you to Miss. Drakeford and Miss. Mauricio for directing this performance and to Miss Filipowich and Mr. Blunt for set design.  Thank you also to Mr. Troyan for providing his lighting and sound expertise.

Burlington Public Library – Summer Reading Programs

Hello from Burlington Public Library (BPL)! Summer is fast approaching, and that means Summer Reading Club is just around the corner! As partners in supporting the growth and development of Burlington’s children, staff from the Burlington Pubic Library  will be visiting on Wednesday June 19 to share information about the Summer Reading Club with Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.

Summer Reading Club (SRC) school visits promote participation in SRC and build excitement about reading over the summer months, which is so important for continued school success in the Fall. Our staff will share some fun read-alouds, talk about the public library, and encourage everyone to make SRC a part of their summer vacation!

Graduation Thursday, June 20th

Our Grade 8 Graduation takes place this Thursday, June 20th.  Please keep our graduates in your prayers.  Th Graduation Ceremony starts at 6:30pm in the church.

End of the Year School Mass

Our end of the year School Mass is this Thursday, June 20th at 9am.  If you are available, please feel free to join us.  This Mass will be organized by our Grade 8 classes.

Last Days For Pizza and Milk For This School Year

The last Pizza Day for this school year is on Wednesday, June 19th and the last day for milk is on Friday, June 21st.

Play Day

Play Day will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  The Rain Date for Play Day is Wednesday, June 26th.

 Medical Conditions – Parent/Guardian Packages

  • Given that the school year is drawing to a close, please assist us by addressing the following items:
  1. If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by dismissal (1:20p.m.) on Friday, June 28, 2019. We do not store medications over the summer.

Medication or any other medical apparatus (i.e. AeroChamber ®, EpiPen ®), which is not picked up will be sent home with your child at dismissal.

For safety reasons, please immediately inspect your child’s backpack for medications upon arrival at home.

  1. We are sending home health care forms for the 2019-2020 school year. Please complete the forms. The completed forms MUST be completed and returned to the school during the week of August 26, 2019. Please DO NOT return the new forms package prior to the end of the current school year (June 28, 2019).
  • With these completed forms, please provide:
  1. Updated medication for the 2019-2020 school year in a Ziploc® bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.
  2. For PRESCRIBED medications, complete MEDS.1-P form (Request and Consent for the Administration of Prescribed Medication) PRIOR to your child’s first day in September 2019.

Please understand that at the beginning of the school year, parents assume complete responsibility for the administration of the medications their children require until such time as all of the requirements of #2 above are satisfied in full.

  • Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding the safe provision of medication and the information pertaining to your child. Their safety, and the safety of all other students, is our priority.
  • If you are sending sunscreen to school, please make sure that it is not a spray application as the sprays can make floors slippery if misapplied.

Promoting Well-Being – Raising Resilient Children

Resiliency is commonly thought of as the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with a challenge. It helps us to cope with our feelings so we can learn from an experience and move forward. For a child this could mean; having a disagreement with a friend, failing a test or not making a team. Tips for raising resilient children:

  • Build and maintain relationships. Children need to feel that they belong and have people who support them.
  • Be a positive role model. Children learn by watching.
  • Teach optimistic thinking. Children with a positive outlook have more confidence and self-esteem.
  • Use positive discipline practices. Help children learn and understand the impact of their behaviours, actions and choices. Set clear, reasonable limits. Tell and show what behaviour is expected (not just what children shouldn’t do) and use fair consequences.
  • Give children choices. Helps build decision making skills.
  • Encourage creative problem solving. Helps children think about alternate solutions.
  • Teach children how to be assertive. Show children how to confidently and respectfully communicate their thoughts, feelings and needs to others in a way that is not hurtful.
  • Help your child identify and develop strengths. Encourage them to try new things. Praise their efforts.
  • Help your child identify and name their feelings. Learning to recognize and label their emotions is the first step in teaching ways to effectively express emotions.
  • Build parenting resiliency. Ask for help. Read parenting books or attend parenting workshops.

– Healthy Schools Halton

Happy Father’s Day

We wish the fathers in our parent community a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday.  We hope you enjoy time with your families!!!

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Wishing you a great week.  The Staff of St. Gabriel School

Elementary PrincipalJune 17th, 2019