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Weekly Update – June 15 – 19

“Lord, reawaken in us a sense of praise and gratitude for our Earth, and for everything You have created.” ~Pope Francis

Curbside Access for Return of Personal Belongings
As mentioned in previous communications, we will be using to manage the curbside pickup of student personal belongings and return of school items on June 18, 22, 23, and 25. Please note that there will be two designated curbside locations.

  • Location #1 – situated in front of the school in the bus/fire lane.
  • Location #2 – Kiss & Ride lane in the Church parking lot. 

Only 3 cars are permitted per pickup location during each 15-minute block. Only 1 adult should exit the vehicle when at the curbside location. Please review the recommendations of Health Canada regarding physical distancing

Parents with more than 1 child attending St. Gabriel are asked to please sign up for only one timeslot but indicate your children’s names and grade when booking a date/time using the “Add Another Student” feature.


 1. Go to the scheduling webpage at  
2. Enter the Access Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”
     Please make a note of your Confirmation #
3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”
4. Select a Pick Up Location
5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to attend the school
6. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)
7. Print out, email or copy down your appointment time

The Access Code for this term is: stg2020
Please do not share this code with anyone outside the school community

We will have the following ready for you to pick up at the drive thru locations:

  • Personal belongings in lockers, desks and cubbies 
  • EpiPens® or other medications

Please bring the following for Drop Off at door one: 

  • Technology (devices) borrowed 
  • Special education equipment 
  • Sports uniforms
  • Library books
  • Textbooks

Please place the above returned in a plastic bag with your family name clearly labelled. Thank you!

Please note that all devices/technology will need to be returned by the end of June unless students are enrolled in summer learning programs

Open Letter From Bishop Crosby
Please see the letter attached below regarding the reopening of Churches within the Diocese of Hamilton.

Courtesy Seats on School Buses for the 2020-2021 School Year
Families with children who take the bus to school are advised that the application process for receiving courtesy seats on school buses will be delayed for the 2020-21 school year. Due to physical distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may not be possible to grant courtesy seats or the process may be delayed for next school year.

However, parents and guardians can continue to submit a Courtesy Seat Application, and will be notified via email once a decision on this process has been made.

Please note that there is no guarantee that a courtesy seat will be offered if you submit an application, or if your child had a courtesy seat in the past. Visit the Halton Student Transportation Services website for more information:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 

Grade 8 Graduation 2020
Plans for Graduation for the 2019-2020 school year continue to develop. Although Graduation will not be a traditional 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 specific to Graduation is attached below was emailed to all Grade 8 families early last week. Please note the outline is subject to change before the date. If changes are necessary, they will be communicated to parents via email.  

Spirit Day – “Grade 8 Day”
Friday, June 19th will be “Grade 8 Day”. We ask that students and families post photos holding signs of congratulations for our Grade 8’s. Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 24th so let’s show our Graduates how proud we are of them! Families are asked to post their photos on Twitter and to tag @stgabrielhcdsb @hcdsb #TogetherApartHCDSB and on Instagram at st.gabrielhcdsb.

Reach Ahead Credits Available for Grade 8 Students
Grade 8 students registered at an HCDSB secondary school for September 2020 may earn Grade 9 credits online during the summer.

To apply, please see the information at the link here:

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 24 at 4 pm

Medical Perils – Returning Students
For students with medical conditions and allergies, the Student Plan of Care will not be sent home this year in June.  They will continue as they are.  Upon returning to school, the Student Plan of Care will then be sent home to parents. If changes are required, they can be made prior to school beginning. Thank you for your attention to this.

ISW June Sale – Save 10% on your entire purchase
Returning Students – Log into your account to shop for your uniform. Our new chat window lets you connect with one of your uniform experts while you shop!

New Students 3 WAYS TO SHOP

IN-STORE APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an in-store one-on-one appointment with one of our uniform experts.

VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an appointment from home via video chat with one of our uniform experts.

ONLINE LIVE CHAT – Our new chat window lets you connect with one of our uniform experts while you shop.


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.

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

Promoting Well-Being ROCK – Reach Out Centre for Kids
ROCK has put together some resources and suggestions to help support children, youth, and families at this time of uncertainty. They will be updating them regularly, so please check back for new content. To access them, please click here for the Resources for Families Guide, and click for Part 1 and Part 2 of the Resources Kit for Families, ages 0-6.

ROCK is fully supporting the Province of Ontario’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is following protocol to practice social distancing. In order to ensure your own health and safety, all in-person programming and walk-ins will be suspended until further notice.

They remain available to our clients via phone support, email and the implementation of innovative services to support their program offerings for the duration of the provincial school closure.

ROCK is dedicated to supporting families during this difficult time. They are committed to live answering phone calls from the hours of 9 – 5 p.m. each business day. Families will have the ability to speak directly to a ROCK staff person who is available to answer questions. They have also created the opportunity to connect families to a pathway coordinator staff who will assess and support connection to brief virtual consultation services.

If you are in crisis, contact our 24/7 ROCK Crisis Line at 905-878-9785. For all other queries related to services, call the Live Answer Access Line at 289-266-0036 between 9 – 5 p.m. each business day. Messages cannot be left on this number.


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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
Masses at St. Gabriel Parish (English)
Jun 21 all day

8:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Curbside Pickup of Personal Belongings
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Play Day/Hot dog Day!
Jun 23 all day
Curbside Pickup of Personal Belongings
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grade 8 Graduation – Virtual Ceremony
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Grade 8 Graduation – Outdoor Distribution of Diplomas
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Curbside Pickup of Personal Belongings
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grade 8 Graduation – Distribution of Diplomas – RAINDATE
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Last Day of Instruction – Early Dismissal
Jun 26 all day
Jun 26 all day

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – June 15 – 19