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Weekly Update – October 21-25

“Our ability to participate in government, to elect our leaders and to imporve our lives is contingent upon our ability to access the ballot. We know in our hearts that voting is a sacred right – the fount from which all others flow.” ~ Stacey Abrams

Hallowe’en 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 a few weeks ago. 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:

Hallowe’en Costume Selection

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
  • To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit

All-Star Reading – Call for Volunteers

Reading is the most important skill for children to master and our teachers would really like to have parent volunteers working with individual students to help them with reading. ALL volunteers (parents, grandparents) are welcome. ANY amount of time you can offer is very much appreciated. Whether it is once or twice a week or every day, we will create a schedule that works for you! If you are interested in volunteering for the All-Star Reading Program, please contact Mr. Ceelen at the school. Once we have a list of volunteers, an introductory meeting will be scheduled to share with you protocol, guidelines and reviewing the reading strategies that will be used with the students. This meeting will likely take place in early November.

Our goal is to get this terrific program up and running by the middle of November!

Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child!

Eco-Team News – Elimination of Plastic Cutlery

Our Eco-Team detectives have been busy in each classroom ensuring students are placing their waste in the proper receptacles. Students are reminded to place food waste in the Green Bins and to put all plastics in the Blue Bins.

As a school community, we have decided to no longer have plastic spoons and forks available down at the office. Students and parents are reminded to pack a reusable fork or spoon in lunch bags each day in order to reduce the amount of plastics that end up in a landfill or in our oceans. So remember to pack those reusable utensils in your lunch each day for the sake of our planet!

An Evening with Paul Davis – St. Mark CES

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:


Popcorn Thursdays

Popcorn Thursdays begin on November 7th and run until December 19th. If parents are interested in ordering Kernels Popcorn orders are due this coming Tuesday, October 22nd via SchoolCashOnline.

Notre Dame CSS Information Night – Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Parents of Grade 8 students interested in attending Notre Dame CSS for the 2020-2021 school year are invited to attend an information night of Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. For more information please click the link below:

Grade 8 Transition Day at Notre Dame CSS – Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On Wednesday, November 6th our Grade 8’s will travel to Notre Dame CSS for a Transition Day. The students will be involved in several activities including touring the school, visiting various classrooms, and learning about the extra-curricular activities available at ND. Lunch will be provided for all students attending.

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

Any Grade 8 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.

Halton Food for Thought Breakfast Program

Due to an influx of volunteers, the Breakfast Program will run Monday to Friday before school at St. Gabriel from 8:05 am – 8:18 am! We thank our amazing parent 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:

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.

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 this Thursday, October 24th.  Over 600 apples will be delivered to our school for our students to crunch into. The event at St. Gabriel will take place at 1:30 pm and will be led over the PA system.

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 wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:
  • Gratitude
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – October 21-25