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Weekly Update – February 10 – 14

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” ~ Rumi

Uniform Swap – Monday, February 10th

Catholic School Council will be holding a Uniform Swap at St. Gabriel CES on Monday, February 10th, 2020 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Spirit Day – Red and Pink Day – Thursday, February 13th

St. Gabriel school will be holding a spirit day on Thursday, February 13th in recognition of Valentine’s Day. Students are invited to wear civvies with the colours red and pink in lieu of their school uniform.

PA Day – Friday, February 14th

A reminder Friday, February 14th is a HCDSB Professional Activity Day. The school will be closed to students on this day as they are not expected to attend.

Family Day – Monday, February 17th

Monday, February 17 is Family Day, a designated Provincial holiday. No classes will be held this day and the school will be closed to students and staff.

First Reconciliation

Our Grade 2 students will be receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church.

Catholic School Council

The 4th meeting of Catholic School Council for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 pm in the library. As always, parents are welcome to attend!

Pancake Tuesday – February 25th

As part of Shrove Tuesday, our St. Gabriel volunteers will be providing pancakes and syrup for all our students. Thanks to the Cutaia family for donating the pancake mix and syrup. For more information please see the flyer attached below:

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. As a school community we will come together to receive both ashes and the Holy Eucharist during our annual Ash Wednesday Mass on February 26th at 10:00 am at St. Gabriel Church. Parents and guests are welcome.

St. Gabriel Public Speaking Competitions

The English Public Speaking Competition will feature students from Grades 4-8 and will be held the afternoon of Thursday, February 27th beginning at 12:30 pm.

The French Public Speaking Competition will also have contestants from Gr. 4-8 and will take place on Friday, February 28th starting at 8:45 am.

HCDSB Alumni Awards – Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.   

The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).

Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020.

Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.

Coronavirus- Information Updates

For information updates on Coronavirus and for tips to prevent the spread of repository diseases, please see the HCDSB website:

Lunch Lady Orders

For information on ordering Lunch Lady for your child(ren), please see the flyer below:

Lunch Lady February to June menu

Notre Dame Trivia Night

Notre Dame CSS will be hosting a Trivia Night on Friday, February 21st. For more information please see the flyer below:


Little Jammerz Glee Club

The Little Jammerz Glee Club program will run on Thursdays from February 20 to April 16. A copy of the registration form is attached below:

St Gabriel Burlington Glee Winter 2020

Notre Dame CSS “March Madness” Basketball Camp

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School will be holding a Basketball Camp for students in Grades 1-8 during the March Break. Information is attached below:

ND Basketball March Break Flyer 2020 (002)

Winter Weather and School Attendance

This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.

Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.

Promoting Well-Being – How Teaching Kids Empathy Can Prevent Bullying


Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. But achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. In fact, authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy. They can see things from another person’s perspective and understand how they might be feeling1. They also can anticipate what might make a person feel better. When they can do these things, they are truly empathetic.

How to Teach Children Empathy:

·         Make Sure Your Child’s Emotional Needs Are Met

·         Ensure Kids Can Identify and Share Their Feelings

·         Encourage Kids to Explore Other Perspectives

·         Model Empathy Using Everyday Opportunities

·         Teach Kids to Find Common Ground With Others

·         Encourage Kids to Imagine How Someone Else Feels

·         Talk to Kids About How Their Behavior Impacts Others


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Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Feb 9 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Uniform Swap
Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Pizza Day
Feb 12 all day
Feb 13 all day
Feb 14 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Feb 16 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Feb 17 all day
Hockey Tournament @ StoneRidge Arena
Feb 18 all day
Pizza Day
Feb 19 all day
Term 1 Reports Go Home
Feb 19 all day
First Reconciliation Day @ Parish
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Glee Club Lunchtime Program
Feb 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – February 10 – 14