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Weekly Update – June 1-5

“Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.” ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Thank you
Thanks to all families for your continued patience as we complete week eight of Distance Learning and work together with Public Health, The Ministry of Education and the HCDSB to share a plan in which access to the building will be permitted to retrieve student belongings. Information will be shared next week.

June 3 – #RedShirtDay – Spirit Day
What is Red Shirt Day? – Red Shirt Day is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity: to show their support for persons who are living with disabilities, and their commitment to helping to create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada.

Red Shirt Day takes place on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week each year. In 2020, Red Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020; and National AccessAbility Week is from Sunday, May 31 to Saturday, June 6, 2020.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, post a selfie or a group photo of you with your friends, classmates or colleagues – all wearing red – on social media @stgabrielhcdsb @HCDSB and with the hashtags:

#RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility, #EasterSeals, #unstoppABLE.

Red Shirt Day is an Easter Seals initiative and was first celebrated in 2019. Red Shirt day will also serve as the St. Gabriel “Spirit Day” for the week of June 1-5.

Kindergarten Orientation
Our Kindergarten Orientation presentation has been posted our school’s YouTube channel. The link below has been emailed to all incoming Year 1 families for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to view the presentation, please click the hyperlink below:

St. Gabriel CES FDK Orientation Presentation for the 2020-2021 school year

Grade 8 Graduation 2020
Plans for Graduation for the 2019-2020 school year continue to develop. Although Graduation will be a tradition ceremony and gathering, staff and parents are working together to ensure this milestone is recognized in a unique and special way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A detailed outline about Graduation will be shared with all Grade 8 families early this week.

Synchronous Learning Guidelines and Expectations
The purpose of synchronous learning is for students to engage with their classmates and teachers to create a greater sense of classroom community during distance learning. These sessions provide opportunities for staff members to further explain concepts that have been taught during distance learning, answer any questions students may have and/or facilitate discussion about the topics that the students are learning. In order to respect the learning, dignity and privacy of students and staff members, the guidelines and expectations for synchronous learning are below:

  • Participation in synchronous learning is not mandatory 
  • Students are not to record or take screenshots of the meeting in order to protect the privacy of the other students
  • Parents are welcome to join (sit beside the child, help the child set up)
  • Students are expected to abide by our school’s Distance Learning Code of Conduct, which were included in our Parent Weekly Update during the Week of May 15th, 2020
  • Students should be located in a common area in the home such as the living room, kitchen, family room (please refrain from being in the bedroom) 
  • Students are to speak to one another and treat one another with the respect that is expected within our school’s classroom
  • Good practice would be to inform the rest of your household that your child is taking place in a synchronous meeting
  • Students are to be dressed appropriately when participating in synchronous learning opportunities

HCCEF 24 Hour Fast Fundraiser
On June 3rd – 4th, 2020 members of the St. Gabriel staff will be participating in the  “HCCEF 24 Hour Fast” to help raise much-needed funds for HCDSB Students & Families in Need – to help low-income students with financial barriers to learning. Struggling HCDSB families need help to purchase food and other necessities.

Fasting can help us to understand the suffering that our neighbours experience and lead us in our efforts to alleviate that suffering. You can fast from food, social media, negative talk, or anything else. For more information and to donate please visit:

ISW Uniform Sale
In-School Wear is holding a sale during the month of June. For information on the sale and to learn about the 3 ways to shop for students, please visit the ISW website below:

Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students 
The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Session 2). 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.

NOTE: Teachers will be committed to providing an engaging educational experience and interactive lessons in a virtual format to review the past school year, in preparation for next year. Educators will provide live and/or pre-recorded lessons for all students.
For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs

Math Program
This two-week summer program is designed for students who would benefit from additional practice and assistance to ease their transition into Grade 7, 8 & 9.  Students will participate in engaging lessons to meet their individual needs and learning styles.

Literacy Program
Students can be initially engaged in reading by focusing on their comprehension and enjoyment of a given story, poem, blog, or news report.  Fundamentally, balanced literacy revolves around two primary strands, are a reading strand and a writing strand, each of which mirrors the other. Engaging lessons will be provided to ensure all students’ needs and learning styles are met.

Register Now!
New this year ~ online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning

The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020. 

Digital Citizenship 
We would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices.  Catholic School Codes of Conduct continue to be important in our Distance Learning Environment. As students continue to work in virtual classrooms, it is important to remind children about the norms and expectations for online communication. They may be used for texting or chatting with friends on social media, but how they interact in the online school setting will be different. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.

Are you planning on moving before the end of this school year or in the summertime? If yes, please email our school secretary, Mrs. Mulligan at  to let us know so that we can update our information and prepare for September 2020.

What do you do when you have down days? How do you bring yourself back up? We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Check out this “pep talk” from a kid to help us feel better.

Halton Families for Families
Halton Families for Families is offering Zoom sessions in June. To register visit:

  • June 3rd from 7:00 – 8:00pm -Scattergories – What’s in your family time capsule that begins with the letter “D”?
  • June 10th from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Pictionary -Can you decipher your family’s drawing skills? Guess the picture
  • June 17th from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Wheel of Winning -Spin the wheel and guess the phrase on the board.

Water Safety Week
June 6th -13th 2020,
is Water Safety Week, an annual campaign to educate Canadians on how to stay safe around water and prevent drowning incidents. Every year, approximately 520 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities. A high percentage of these preventable water-related fatalities consist of young children, almost always due to lack of or adequate supervision. For more information visit:

Family Support
Please remember to take care of your health and the well-being of your family. Halton Region has provided an updated resource for families to refer to if in need of assistance: Halton-Food-Supports-for-FamiliesDownload

The Board also continues to provide many helpful resources listed on their website.

ROCK – Reach Out Centre for Kids
Back by popular demand…Anxiety Part 1 Webinar! A discussion on understanding what anxiety is and how it shows up in children and teens. Join ROCK Clinicians on June 8th, 2020 for this informative session. For more information and to register, please visit :

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Bring Peace into Your Home:

  1. Speak Kindly
  2. Forgive Quickly
  3. Work Cheerfully
  4. Pray Frequently
  5. Stand Firmly

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Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
May 31 all day
8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses
Gr.5 Crawford Lake Trip
Jun 2 @ 9:15 am – 2:00 pm
Pizza Day
Jun 3 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 7 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Lunchbox Lunch – Mr. Sub
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Pizza Day
Jun 10 all day
Lunch Lady Program
Jun 12 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 14 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Pizza Day
Jun 17 all day
Curbside Pickup of Personal Belongings
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lunch Lady Program
Jun 19 all day
Mass at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – June 1-5