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Weekly Update – October 7-11

The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.        ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta


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.

Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council held their first meeting on October 3rd, 2019. We thank them for offering up their time to serve our school community this year. Our next Council meeting will take place on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm in the school library. All are welcome to attend!

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 

Reminder that the second week of Confirmation Prep is taking place on Monday, October 7 @ 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. St. Gabriel Package Confirm

On Tuesday, October 8 @ 6:30 pm in the Church there will be a meeting for all parents of children who wish to receive the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.

Both these meetings will take place rain or shine or strike.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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.

Thanksgiving Mass

We will celebrate our Thanksgiving mass as a school faith community this Tuesday, October 8th at 1:00 pm at St. Gabriel Church. Parents as always, are most welcome to attend.

PA Day & Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note that Friday, October 11th is a Professional Activity Day. There will be no school for students on this date. We would also like to remind our parents that next Monday, October 14th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

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:

Little Jammerz

On Friday September 13th, Gary Gotleib from Little Jammerz presented in separate assemblies for both Gr. 1-3, and Gr. 4-6. Little Jammerz is an outside company that runs guitar lessons over the lunch hour 1 day per week. Payment for Little Jammerz is done through a third party, is separate from the school, and is not available through our cashless system. You can enroll your child by completing the registration form and attaching a cheque and returning it to the school, or by online registration. The first session of Little Jammerz is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019. Hard copies of the registration forms are available at the office and attached below:

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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!

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.

Elementary School Cross Country Meet POSTPONED:

Our upcoming Elementary School Cross Country Meet has been postponed until the Spring of 2020.

The Elementary School Cross Country Meet is an annual event, organized by the Halton Catholic Athletic Association (HCAA) in consultation with our Curriculum Services staff. Each year, several students in Grades 4-8 from each of our HCDSB elementary schools participate in regional meets for Burlington, North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) and Oakville.

Unfortunately, in light of the job action that is currently in place in our schools, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide adequate supervision for all of the students who were set to participate in next week’s Cross-Country meets.

After careful consideration, and in the interest of ensuring we can provide supervision to allow for maximum participation of students with all abilities, we have decided to postpone this year’s Cross Country regional meets, originally scheduled to take place on October 8, 9, and 10, 2019.

The 2019-2020 Elementary School Cross Country Meets will now take place on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. More specific information will follow later in the school year.

We know this will be disappointing for the students who have been preparing to participate over the past several weeks, however we look forward to hosting our 2019-2020 Elementary School Cross Country Meet in the Spring.

The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority, and we will continue to focus our efforts on creating and sustaining safe, inclusive school communities.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 Growth Mindset Questions to ask your child at dinner table

  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
  3. Can you think of something new you tired today? What was it?
  4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? … Great! What other ways might there be to solve this?
  5. What did you learn today outside of school?
  6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? … Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
  7. Is there anything you are struggling with? … Excellent! What new strategies can you try next?
  8. Can you think of something you could have done better today? … Great! Who can you seek feedback from to make it better?
  9. What would you like to become better at?
  10. Did you do anything today that was easy for you? … How can you make it more challenging for you?

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Confirmation Enrollment Masses – all weekend at every Mass
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all day
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Oct 6 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Gr 7 Swiss Chalet Trip (Breaking Bread)
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:00pm
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Parents First Reconciliation/Communion @ Parish
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Pizza Day
Oct 9 all day
HFFT Breakfast Club Starts (Mon, Wed, Fri)
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Grade 4 RBG Trip
Oct 9 @ 9:15 am – 12:00 pm
HCDSB Cross-Country Event – POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2020
Oct 10 all day
Faith Day – No School
Oct 11 all day
PA Day – No School
Oct 11 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Oct 13 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – October 7-11