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Weekly Update – November 4 – November 8

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” ~Aesop


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.

Parents can begin booking Interview times as of 8:00 am this Monday, November 4th. Instructions are below:

StGabriel Parent Interview Fall 2019

Storm Volleyball Update

Both our Girls and Boys Teams have had early success in their respective seasons. The Girls brought home a Bronze Medal from the Consolation side of the Catholic Cup Tournament. On October 29th, the ladies captured Gold at the Notre Dame Feeder Tournament! Thanks to Mrs. Smyth and Mlle. Jankowski for coaching.

The Boys won Silver at the Catholic Cup and will compete in the Notre Dame Feeder Tournament on Monday, November 4th. Good luck gentlemen! Thanks to Mr. Sloan and Mr. Klinck for offering their time to coach the team.


Father Janusz Classroom Visits

Father Janusz – Pastor of St. Gabriel Parish will continue visiting classes on Thursday, November 7th. He will be speaking to students about the Holy Spirit and will be visiting the following classes: Zvonar – Gr. 7, Barclay – Gr. 7/8, Melfi – Gr. 6, and Wisniewski – Gr. 7. We thank Father for his time and his dedication to our home, school, and parish partnerships!

All-Star Reading 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. This is wonderful news for our school!

There will be an introductory session on Monday, November 4 at 1:00 pm in the library. Coffee, tea and treats will be served as well. It is not too late! If you are interested, please contact the school and ask for Mr. Ceelen.   More volunteers mean more children getting reading support!

HCCEF News – Bishop’s Dinner – Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Halton Catholic Children’s Education Fund is an independent charitable organization, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2012 they have partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to support their students and families in need. Schools identify the student or family in need and apply to HCCEF for assistance. Funding is used to purchase the need on behalf of the student or family. They do not receive any direct funding from HCDSB. Schools regularly donate to HCCEF with the understanding they may need to access the fund several times during the year.

The major fundraiser for HCCEF is “An Evening with Bishop Crosby”, a $75 a plate dinner event that takes place this Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Le Dome in Oakville. As a school we have purchased two tickets in support of this great charity. Jamie Arsenault – Catholic School Council Chair, and Michelle Brockie – CSC Parent Representative will be attending on behalf of St. Gabriel CES. In addition to purchasing the tickets, St. Gabriel staff have each donated $50 to HCCEF as part of their “dress-down Fridays” at school.

Halloween Boogie-a-thon Update

The Halloween Boogie-a-thon on Wednesday, October 30th was a tremendous success! The gym was decorated beautifully, and the students enjoyed dancing with their classmates. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, and family members that joined us. Further thanks to all the parent volunteers that assisted with the set-up and take-down of the event.

We will be announcing the total funds raised from this event on Monday, November 4th as well as sharing the top individual student fundraisers and overall top-class fundraiser. Total funds raised and further information will be shared in next week’s Parent Weekly Update!

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 this Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. For more information please click the link below:

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

This 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 this 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 next 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.

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:


No time to exercise? Can’t be bothered to write your feelings down? Mediation may be what the doctor ordered, and the benefits may be seen in a mere 5 minutes! The good news is that meditation is free; the bad news is it takes some time to hone the skill. This is especially true if we can’t stop thinking about our “To Do” list or picking up the kids from school.

Once we are able to focus on the present, focus only our breathing, and calm our minds, we will benefit from the emotional and physical health effects of this ancient practice. From reducing negative emotions and gaining a most positive perspective to managing chronic anxiety, pain, and sleep problems, meditation may be the panacea of good health.


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All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Nov 3 all day
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 3 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Notre Dame Feeder Volleyball Tournament – Boys
Nov 4 all day
Little Jammerz – Gr. 1-3
Nov 4 @ 11:25 pm – Nov 5 @ 12:25 am
Mass @ 9am
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Gr 8 Parent Information Night @ ND
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gr8. Assumption Transition Meeting
Nov 6 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 6 all day
Grade 8 Transition Day!
Nov 6 @ 9:15 am – 2:00 pm
“An Evening with Bishop Crosby” – Charity Dinner for HCCEF
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Father Janusz Classroom Visits
Nov 7 all day
Popcorn Thursday !
Nov 7 all day
Little Jammerz – Gr. 4-6
Nov 7 @ 11:25 am – 12:25 pm
Catholic School Council – Meeting #2
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lunch Lady Program
Nov 8 all day
St. Gabriel CWL Christmas Bizaar @ the parish hall
Nov 9 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Nov 10 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – November 4 – November 8