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Weekly Update – November 11-15

“To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high”  ~ John McCrae

Remembrance Day Liturgy

The entire school will be involved in a Remembrance Day Liturgy on Monday, November 11th at 10:30 am at St. Gabriel Church. Our Grade 7 students have been working hard to prepare and plan the ceremony. Any students involved in Cadets, Pathfinders, Scouts, Girl Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers, Sparks etc. are invited to wear their uniforms for Remembrance Day. As always, parents and grandparents are most welcome to join us!

Eco-Team Update

Our Eco-Team remains very active at St. Gabriel. Our Eco-Detectives continue to ensure students are placing their waste in the proper receptacles in each classroom. The Grade 7 and 8 students enter their second week of the Intermediate Eco-Challenge. On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 12th there will be Earth Rangers assemblies for the Primary and Junior classes. Our Eco-Team continues to do amazing things to promote environmental stewardship!

Storm Playoff Volleyball Update

Both our Girls and Boys Teams will play in Municipal Semi-Final Games this week. The Girls will play Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Timothy School at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 13th. The Boys team will also play Sacred Heart on Thursday, November 14th at St. Christopher School at 4:30 pm. GO STORM GO!

Photo Retake Day

Photo retakes will take place this coming Wednesday, November 13th in Gym B. Any parents that wish their child to have a retake are asked to indicate so by putting a note in their child’s agenda.

Confirmation – Sunday, November 17th

Our Grade 7 students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 pm at St. Gabriel Church. In preparation for this, the students will be at the parish on Thursday, November 14th from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm for both their Confirmation retreat and rehearsal. May God bless our Confirmandi as they will become fully initiated into the Catholic faith.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week/Pink Shirt Day/We Are Silent Event

Each year, Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is recognized in schools across the Province. Both our S.W.A.T. (School Wellness Action Team) and We Day Team have been working together on several initiatives and announcements to help raise awareness of bullying prevention. As part of Bullying Awareness Week, we will be wearing pink on Wednesday, November 20th. We are asking parents to donate $2 per student for the “We are Silent” campaign which highlights the impact student voice can have on important issues. Your support as always is most appreciated.

PA Day – Friday, November 22nd

Just a reminder to all families that Friday, November 22nd in a PA Day. Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on this day.

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 during the day on Friday, November 22nd, 2019.

Parents can book Interview times up until Monday, November 18th. Instructions are below:

StGabriel Parent Interview Fall 2019

STORM Readers Update

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who have graciously volunteered their time and talent to volunteer for our reading program. We have enough volunteers for more than 20 students to get one on one time with a volunteer twice a week to practice their reading strategies.

The STORM Readers program will begin this week at St. Gabriel. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers giving up their time to help improve literacy at our school! Further thanks to Mr. Ceelen for organizing and scheduling the volunteers.

Halloween Boogie-a-thon Update

The final total funds raised at the St. Gabriel School Boogie-a-thon was $14,777.00. A truly incredible amount! Thanks to all students and families for getting those pledges and for making donations to our school! The money raised will go to purchasing technology, equipment, and materials to enhance learning at St. Gabriel CES. Mr. Tilley’s blue and gold hair was a symbol of sincere thanks and appreciation to all families for working hard to raise money for St. Gabriel.

For more information on the Boogie-a-thon winners, check out the link below:

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:


There is an interesting trend brewing and it includes a coloring book and pack of pencil crayons. No, this isn’t for the kids, adult coloring books are all the rage and based upon the notion that creativity is a great stress management tool. Exciting research published in the American Journal of Public Health reviewed over 100 studies examining the creative arts and health. The results showed improvements in both mental and physical health including decreased levels of depression and anxiety while increasing the body’s immune system function.

No money for a coloring book and pencil crayons? Grab a piece of paper and start doodling. Create something from nature (leaves, sticks, rocks). Creativity isn’t so much about the products but about the process. When we embrace our creative side, we are enhancing our overall quality of life (just as we would by taking a walk or eating a carrot).


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Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 10 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Remembrance Day Liturgy @10:30am
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Little Jammerz – Gr. 1-3
Nov 11 @ 11:25 pm – Nov 12 @ 12:25 am
Earth Rangers Presentations – K-3 and 4-6
Nov 12 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 13 all day
Retake Picture Day!
Nov 13 @ 8:30 am – 11:45 am
Nov 14 all day
Confirmation Retreat/Rehearsal(lunch included)
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Gr. 7 Confirmation Retreat & Rehearsal
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Little Jammerz – Gr. 4-6
Nov 14 @ 11:25 am – 12:25 pm
Lunch Lady Program
Nov 15 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 17 – Nov 23 all day
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 17 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Confirmation Day @ the Parish
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Gr. 7 Confirmation Ceremony
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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