“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”– 2 Corinthians 4:18 All Saints Day – Nov 1st, All Souls Day – Nov 2nd
Little Jammerz will be held over the lunch hour this week. Moving forward, students in Grades 1-3 will be have guitar lessons on Mondays, whereas students in Grade 4-6 will have lessons on Thursdays over the lunch hour. Little Jammerz will take place each week in until the week of Monday, December 9th.
Confirmation Preparation Reminder
A reminder that the third week of Confirmation Prep is taking place tomorrow, 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.
Eco-Team News – Halton Region Recycling Presentations
On Tuesday, October 29th, representatives from Halton Region will be St. Gabriel to present to our students K-8, stressing the importance of recycling. The schedule for the presentations is as follows: 10:00 am to 10:25 am – Kindergarten, 10:35 am to 11:15 am – Grade 7 and Grade 8, 12:30 pm to 12:55 pm – Primary, 1:05 pm to 1:45 pm – Junior
Grade 7 Reconciliation – Small Request
In preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, our Grade 7 students will be at the Church on Wednesday, October 30th for Reconciliation at 9:00 am. We kindly ask our Grade 7’s to come to school in uniform on Wednesday and to change into their Halloween costumes following their Confession. Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is most appreciated!
Notre Dame Feeder Volleyball Tournaments
Our Girls and Boys Volleyball teams are well into their seasons and enjoying early success. Our Girls Team will participate in the Notre Dame Feeder School Tournament this Tuesday, October 29th. The Boys team will be at ND for their tournament on Monday, November 5th. We wish our teams continued good luck as their seasons progress. GO STORM!!!
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 https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx
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.
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: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stgabriel/about-our-school-council/
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.
Progress Reports/Parent-Teacher Interviews
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. Gabriel 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. The next Weekly Update will have detailed instructions of this process.
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:
Oscar Wilde once said, “I never travel without my dairy. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” Throughout history, great thinkers and leaders have maintained journals. According to James Pennebaker, a researcher from University of Texas, at Austin, writing down our thoughts and feelings can positively impact our health and overall quality of life. He found that writing improved immune system functioning along with the reduction of stress.
Writing down our thoughts can help us untangle how we may be feeling; it will increase our self-awareness, help with problem solving, and alleviate or manage stress. The equipment needed is only a piece of paper and a pen. The hardest part is finding the time to sit and reflect without thinking of what’s for dinner or the mountain of emails we need to respond to. Start by placing the pen on the page and write whatever comes until the words start to flow. It may be all one needs to enhance overall health and quality of life.
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