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June 24th, 2019

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it”.  George Elliston

Play Day

Play Day will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  The Rain Date for Play Day is Wednesday, June 26th.  On Tuesday, June 25th rain or shine each student will receive 2 hotdogs for lunch and a freezie during Play Day.  Students will have hotdogs on Tuesday even if Play Day is cancelled due to rain.

Lost and Found

Items in the Lost and Found Bin will be on display Monday through Wednesday of this week.  Anything that is left after Wednesday will be packed up and donated.

Term Two Report Cards – June 25th

Report Cards for all students will be sent home on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. Please sign and return the bottom portion to the school by Thursday, June 27th so it can be attached to your child’s Report Card  and included in your child’s Ontario School Record File.  Please note this is an opportunity for you and your child to comment on goals, student achievement and home support.

Red and White Day on Friday June 28th

Friday, June 28th is the last Civvies Day for this school year and it is also the last day of school.  All staff and students are invited to wear Red and White to celebrate Canada Day,  just a few days early.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in Red and White on Friday!!

Early Dismissal

Just a reminder that the last day of school is this Friday, June 28th, 2019 and school dismisses at 1:20pm on Friday.  Buses will pick up our students at 1:20pm.  Please make sure you have made arrangements so that your child/children will not be left at school after 1:20pm on Friday.

Welcomes and Good Byes

As we approach the last week of school, we have a number of people to bid farewell to,  as well as a number of people to welcome to the St. Gabriel School Community.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the best to the following teachers and educational assistants  in Long Term Occasional positions, who will be leaving St. Gabriel School at the end of this school year.  We say good bye to Mr. Blunt,  Miss. Cutaia, Miss. Filipowich, Miss. Scowen, Ms. Sanchez-Medina and Mr. Vivian.  We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

We also say good-bye to Mrs. Anders-Schaffler who will be joining the Kindergarten team at St. Dominic School in September.  We wish Mrs. Anders-Schaffler good luck at her new school.

After 4 years, we also say good bye and wish Mrs. Esposito all the best at St. Anne School.  Mrs. Esposito, you will be greatly missed by not only the students and staff, but also the parent community of St. Gabriel School.  St. Anne’s is truly blessed to have Mrs. Esposito  join their school community.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following people to St. Gabriel School.

We welcome Mrs. Short back to St. Gabriel School in September, Mrs. Short will be teaching the English classes to our Grade 5 Extended French students.  We also welcome back Mrs. Shepherd to our EA team, who is returning after the birth of her second child.  We welcome Mrs. Meulendyks back after her Maternity Leave to our Kindergarten team and we also welcome Ms. Ennaffati to our Kindergarten team.  Mrs. Smits will be returning to St. Gabriel School teaching Grade 5/6 after she completes her Maternity Leave in May.  We welcome Ms. Barclay to our Intermediate Division.  Ms. Barclay will be teaching grade 7/8.  Finally we welcome Mrs. Innes to our SERT team.  Mrs. Innes will be with our community half time, shared with Our Lady of Peace School.

Long Term Occasional Teachers will be assigned in the near future for Mme. Gagne and Mrs. Smits.  Once those decisions have been made it will be announced to the St. Gabriel School Community.

Finally, we welcome, Mrs. Monachino, Vice Principal  and Mr. Tilley, Principal to St. Gabriel School, they are truly blessed to be the new administrators for  this wonderful school community.

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.

September 2019 Opening Procedures:  Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 – Back to School!

Parents are asked to review the procedures for looking up their child’s class placement for September. Please Note: All elementary student class placements will become live on Friday, August 30, 2019. Parents will need your child’s OEN number which is found at the top of their report card. Follow these steps to access this information: · http://www.hcdsb.org

  • Click on school tab-school listing
  • Click on Elementary school placement
  • Enter OEN, click search
  • Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed

GRADE 1-8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Grade 1-8 students and parents proceed to the pavement area (between 8:05am-8:20am) where they will meet their teachers and placements will be confirmed. Please note, all lists are tentative until after the first couple of weeks of school as numbers can change.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will have a staggered entry and DO NOT begin on the First Day of school as the Teachers and ECE’s will be taking part in interviews. More info to follow.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 Tips to Make This the Best Summer Ever with Your Family

Summer lives in our imaginations throughout the year because it nourishes our souls. The warmth…. the fun… the sheer deliciousness. But mostly, the luxury of time, unbounded by school. Time to explore, to make new friends, to lie on your back and watch the clouds billow. The vivid aliveness and freedom of a child’s summers can change her forever.

Does this sound like the summer your child is having? Or is he glued to an electronic screen? Or maybe she just has to get up early for camp, so you can get to work. Or maybe he’s gotten so used to constant stimulation that he’s complaining he’s bored.

You CAN reclaim summer for your family. In fact, you can make this the best summer ever with your kids. It doesn’t take travel or a lot of money. And you can do it even if you’re working and your kids are in day camp. All it takes is your time.

That’s right, your time. I know that sounds like the one thing you don’t have enough of. If you’re anything like most parents, you have a long list of things that need to get done and you feel a little (or a lot!) overwhelmed. But it’s summer. Your kids won’t be kids forever. This is the stuff their childhood memories are made of. As George R.R. Martin says, “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

In addition to those lovely experiences that define summer, children also need lazy summer afternoons with not much happening. So finding that sweet spot of “just enough” activity without over-scheduling is the goal.

Why not decide now to make the most of this opportunity to connect with your kids? Here are ten simple tips to make this summer your best summer ever with your family.

  1. Set aside some time every day to have fun with your child.
  2. Find the “sweet spot” for structure.
  3. Commit to de-stressing and just enjoying your life this summer.
  4. Help your kids develop a healthy relationship with time
  5. Encourage your child to try something new this summer.
  6. Strictly limit technology to certain times of the day.
  7. Institute daily reading time and regular library visits.
  8. Be aware that transitions take time.
  9. Plan some fantastic family memories, even if you don’t have the money or time to head off on vacation.
  10. The last week of the summer, print out all your summer photos and make a Summer Album.

Read the entire article at: https://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/traditions/Summer-Activities-Kids-Home

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Wishing everyone a great last week of school and a safe and happy summer!!!  The Staff of St. Gabriel School

Elementary PrincipalJune 24th, 2019