“Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” ~Unknown
PA Day – Monday, September 16, 2019
Please note that our staff will be involved in Professional Learning on Monday, September 16, 2019, and there will be no school on that day. The agenda outlining the learning for the day is posted on the school website. The next scheduled P.A. Day is Friday, October 11th before the Thanksgiving long-weekend. The day is designated as “Faith Day” within the Halton Catholic District School Board.
Confirmation Information Evening – Tuesday, September 17, 2019
For students in Grade 7 wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, there will be an information session for both Confirmandi and their parents on the evening of Tuesday, September 17th. The evening will begin with the celebration of the Eucharist at 6:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church. Any student wishing to be Confirmed should be attendance. The date of Confirmation is set for Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 pm.
WE Day – Thursday, September 19, 2019
10 student leaders from St. Gabriel will be attending “WE Day” at Scotiabank Area in Toronto this Wednesday, September 19, 2019. WE Charity empowers people of all ages to make a difference, both domestically and internationally, through programs like WE Schools and WE Villages. Ms. Clayton and Ms. Mauricio will accompany our students. Our student leaders will return inspired and will lead charitable initiatives at the school level throughout the year.
Supervision – Friendly Reminders
Supervision begins at 8:05 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. We would like them to be in line with their class at 8:18 am.
During dismissal at the end of the school day, parents will notice an area designated by pylons near the front entrance of the school. We would kindly ask that parents/guardians and those picking up students at the end of the day stay outside of that perimeter. Teachers and ECE’s will make eye contact with you before safely handing your child off to you. This is in the interest of student safety and we thank all our families for their patience and understanding!
Mr. Tilley and Mr. Ceelen would like to thank everyone for following the safety rules in the parking lot and Kiss and Ride area when dropping off before school. The Kiss and Ride continues to run successfully because parents are going slow and are alert and cautious when moving though the parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.
A small request from our bus drivers is to please yield to the busses in the morning and allow them to turn to enter and leave our bus zone. We recognize that families are in a hurry to get to work after drop-off, however, please allow our buses to get in and out of the parking lot safely!
Interruptions to the School Day
We would like to keep interruptions to the children’s school day to a minimum. Please make every effort to book medical appointments and extra-curricular activities outside of the school day. When that is not possible, and you need to pick up your child from school at a time other than the regular dismissal time, we kindly ask that you write a note in your child’s agenda that day. Also, make sure your child knows what time you will be picking him/her up. When our office staff need to call a student down from the classroom, we are interrupting instructional time for the entire class. letting the teacher know about early dismissal through the agenda helps us to minimize distractions and allow students to maintain their focus on their learning. We thank you for your assistance with this request.
Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 26, 2019
Curriculum Night takes place on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at St. Gabriel School. Classroom teachers will be holding 3 separate meet and greet sessions during the evening. Mr. Tilley and Mr. Ceelen will be holding 2 information sessions in Gym A. The format for the evening is below and we look forward to seeing all our families on the evening of the 26th!:
|6:30 pm – 6:50 pm||Classroom Meet and Greet #1||P and VP Presentation #1
in Gym A
|7:00 pm – 7:20 pm||Classroom Meet and Greet #2||P and VP Presentation #2
in Gym A
|7:30 pm – 7:50 pm||Classroom Meet and Greet #3|
First School Mass – Friday, September 27, 2019
St. Gabriel School will acknowledge the Feast Day of the Guardian Angels and of our patron saint St. Gabriel by attending mass for Grades 1-8 on Friday, September 27th at 10:00 am. Parents and guests are most welcome to attend!
St. Gabriel Parish Request – Altar Servers Needed!
St. Gabriel School has a long-standing partnership with our neighboring parish. The church needs young people to serve as altar servers in our parish community. If your child is in Grade 4 or above and they are interested in serving on the altar, please contact the parish office.
Terry Fox Event – Friday, September 27, 2019
Terry Fox lives at St. Gabriel. On the afternoon of Friday, September 27th the entire school will participate in a walk to support the “Marathon of Hope”. It will be a non-uniform day as students will be encouraged to wear read and white clothing and to donate a “Toonie for Terry”. The walking route will be within proximity to the school and will begin at 1:00 pm. For more information on how to donate to this great cause, please click the link below:
Orange Shirt Day – Monday, September 30, 2019
Orange shirt day is recognized annually on September 30th to remember the harm residential schools did to children of Indigenous decent. Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day to continue to raise awareness of Truth and Reconciliation.
Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: http://bit.ly/HCDSBConcussion
Reminder about Lunch and Snacks
As posted on our School Website under “Medical Conditions,” we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.
Our volunteers are very important to us! In so many ways, our volunteers are the heart and soul of our school. Do you have some free time during the day? Please consider volunteering. A volunteer sign-up desk will be set up inside the school during Curriculum Night on September 26th.
Please note that all our volunteers are required to have a Police Records Check on file at the school. These police checks can now be done online: at
You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles—on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your child needs help.
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