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Weekly Update – October 14-18

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever”. ~ Psalm 118:1
On behalf of Mr. Tilley, Mr. Ceelen, and the entire St. Gabriel staff, we wish your family a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy a restful long weekend surrounded by family and friends, enjoying the many gifts God has given us. Please note that Monday, October 14th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

Smile, It’s Photo Day!

Our school photo day will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Students will have both class and individual photos taken. All students will be in uniform on our school picture day.

Grade 8 Overnight Trip Information Night

An information session for the Grade 8 overnight trip to Ottawa from June 1st-3rd, 2020 will take place the evening of Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Gym A. All parents that wish their child to attend the end of year overnight trip are asked to be in attendance. Jennifer Holden from the educational tour company Brightspark will be presenting and answering any questions parents may have.

Assumption CSS AP Information Night – Thursday, November 7, 2019

Any Grade 8 students (and parents) interested in the Advanced Placement Program are invited to attend an AP Information session at Assumption CSS the evening of Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm.

An Evening with Paul Davis

St. Mark school has invited parents within the Notre Dame family of schools to an online safety and social networking presentation by Paul Davis on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Please see the flyer below:


Halton Food for Thought Breakfast Program

The Breakfast Program will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before school at St. Gabriel from 8:05 am – 8:18 am. We thank our amazing parents volunteers for making this possible. We will be holding a civvies day fundraiser later in the school year to raise money to support the program.

Catholic School Council

Our next Parent Council meeting will take place on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm in the school library. All are welcome to attend! For information on the St. Gabriel Catholic School Council for the 2019-2020 school year, please see the following link:

Halloween Booogie-A-Thon Fundraiser!

On Wednesday, October 30th, we will be hosting our ANNUAL ST. GABRIEL BOOOGIE-A-THON! This is our one major fundraiser for the year. The money from our fundraiser will be used to purchase items and activities for our students that will enhance their experiences here at St. Gabriel School. We appreciate any financial support you can give us; it all goes towards enhancing our children’s education! Pledge forms went home with students last week. Remember Stormies, if we reach or surpass our fundraising goal of $15,000, Mr. Tilley will dye his hair the school colours of Blue and Gold! Thursday, October 31st will be an Orange and Black Spirit Day! More information on the Booogie-a-thon is available via the link below:

Parish News 

SAVE THE DATE:  St. Gabriel’s Church Annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Parish Centre.

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.

A reminder that the third week of Confirmation Prep is taking place on Monday, October 28 @ 7:00 pm in the Parish Centre. This week the meeting will go until 9:00 pm and is mandatory for all those wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Nerf or Nothing

In the interest of safety when outside at recess, we ask that any footballs students bring to school be “Nerf or Nothing”. Many first aid incidences are preventable by not having hard balls on the field at recess. Your cooperation in this matter is most appreciated.

Halton Region Health Department – Communicable Diseases and Periods of Exclusion

Some childhood diseases are contagious, and children with them should remain home from school under certain conditions. If you suspect that your child has a communicable disease that might spread to others:

  • Keep your child at home and away from others
  • Contact your family doctor for a diagnosis
  • Your doctor will advise you about care and treatment when a communicable disease is diagnosed.

For more information on communicable diseases and periods of exclusion, please click on the link below:

Smoke Free Ontario Act

Smoking is prohibited in public schools, private schools and on public school property. Under the Smoke Free Ontario Act, the prohibition on smoking is extended to include private school property, including private school property that is specifically annexed/in use by the private school (e.g. a playground and sports field).

It’s Crunch Time!

The GREAT BIG CRUNCH initiative returns as a MONTH-LONG FOCUS on healthy and local eating with the culminating in one amazing GREAT BIG CRUNCH on Thursday, October 24th.  The goal this year is to engage 70,000 students from 100 participating schools across Halton!

Progress Reports

Progress Report Cards for Grades 1 – 8 students and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019. We will be holding Parent – Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students at St. Peter CES during the evening of Thursday, November 21st, 2019 and all day on Friday, November 22nd, 2019. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent – Teacher Interviews online. More information will be sent home to families in the upcoming weeks.

No Dogs on School Property

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Dogs are prohibited on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet. Families are kindly reminded to not bring their dogs onto school property thank you.

Promoting Well-Being: Free Ways to Enhance your Well-Being

The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s well being – without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:

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