“The world is full of beautiful places. Let your heart be one of them.” ~Jenim Dibie
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.
St. Gabriel Hockey Team
Good luck to the St. Gabriel Ice Hockey Team as they will compete against other teams from HCDSB at the Stoneridge Centre on Tuesday, February 18th. Go Storm GO!!!
Term One Report Cards – Wednesday February 19th
Report cards for Grades 1-8 and Communication of Learning Documents for FDK for term one will be coming home with your child on Wednesday February 19th. Parents are reminded to please sign and return the report card and return it to your child’s teacher with the envelope.
Our Grade 2 students will be receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation this Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church.
Lunch Lady Program – Change of Date
Due to the job action by OECTA on Friday, February 21st, the Lunch Lady Program will be moved to Thursday, February 20th. Those families that normally receive Lunch Lady such note the change.
Catholic School Council
The 4th meeting of Catholic School Council for the 2019-2020 school year will be held this Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 pm in the library. As always, parents are welcome to attend!
Strike Day – Friday, February 21st – School Closed
It was announced that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers as well as many education workers across the province will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario:
- Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO);
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO);
- Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA); and
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO)
OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students.
In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020.
For more information please the HCDSB website:
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.
Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday, February 26th is also Pink Shirt Day in recognition of Anti-Bullying. Students are encouraged to stand up to Bullying by wearing a Pink Shirt on this day.
Cheese Pizza Only – Wednesday, February 26th
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is a day of fasting in Catholic Church. As Catholics, we are asked to give up meat on this day and therefore, all pizza delivered to students on Wednesday, February 26th will be cheese pizza only. Any students that normally receive Peperoni slices will receive cheese pizza. We have already contacted our pizza provider and they are happy to make the accommodation.
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.
Term 1 Emergency Drills Complete
In accordance with HCDSB policy, all schools must complete 3 Fire Drills, 1 Lockdown Drill, and 1 Bomb Threat exercise per semester. Fire Drills were conducted on October 8, 15, and 17, 2019. The drill on October 17th was completed in partnership the with Burlington Fire Department. A Lockdown Drill was held on Wednesday, January 15th and a Bomb Threat Drill was conducted on Monday, January 27th, 2020. All drills were successful, and the students and staff acted appropriately and accordingly. More drills will be held in Semester 2!
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:
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:
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. Click on the link below for more information:
Promoting Well-Being – List of Feeling Words From A to Z By Amanda Morin
- Parents will often ask their kids to express themselves with words—”Use your words!” is a common playground refrain—but it’s not always easy for children. They are still exploring feelingsand are sorely in need of emotional vocabulary to hang these feelings on.
- Helping our kids expand their emotional vocabulary not only aids them scholastically, but it also helps them better understand the subtlety of emotions and how words like “happy” and “elated” or “indifferent” and “disinterested” differ.
- By teaching our children the feeling words appropriate to their age—and encouraging them to use them when expressing themselves—we aid in their emotional growth now into their teenand adult years.
Keeping our Students Safe – Warning to Parents – TikTok Challenge
Parents are encouraged to click on the link below in the interest of child safety:
Wishing you a fantastic Family Day weekend ~ the Staff of St. Gabriel CES
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