“Let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life.”
Thank you to all our parents for your continued participation and support of your child and our teachers as we enter the twelfth and final week of Distance Learning. The school closure and adoption of online distance learning has posed its challenges however, the partnership between home and school allowed for our students to be successful in their learning and further ensured the connection of the school community at large. We hope students continue to participate in online learning in the last week as our teachers will continue with learning opportunities until Friday, June 26th. We again thank all families for their patience and understanding during this difficult time and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer!
Happy Father’s Day
We would like to wish a very happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful St. Gabriel Dads!
adapted from Kirk Loadman
Let use praise those fathers who strive to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with joy and sacrifice.
Let us praise those fathers, who despite marital discord, have remained in their children’s lives.
Let us praise those fathers who adopted their children and whose love has nurtured and supported them with a life that thrives.
et us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect.
Let us prise those men who have no children of their own, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise all of those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us!
Distribution of Report Cards
This year, considering the school closures due to COVID-19, student report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. Your child’s OEN number can be found on a previous report card. The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards. As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card.
You are also welcome to contact school administration with any questions or should you require further clarification.
Goodbye and Good luck!
Saying goodbye is always difficult and we want to acknowledge the staff that will be leaving St. Gabriel at the end of June.
As expectant mothers, Ms. Scott – Gr. 2, Mrs. Chambers – FDK, and Mrs. Richardson – Office Assistant will be on maternity leaves for the 2020-2021 school year. We wish them all the best!
Miss Jankowski – Gr. 7/8EF, Miss Frisina – Gr. 5/6, Miss Cutaia – FDK, Miss DeSantis – Teacher of the Arts, Miss Maychuk – FDK, and Ms. Oteng – DECE all did an admirable job in long-term occasional assignments this year. We wish them all good luck in their future positions within the HCDSB.
We extend heartfelt goodbyes and best wishes to Mrs. Amendola – EA, Miss Swietek – EA, Ms. Kattlus – EA, Ms. Shepherd – EA, Miss Coluccio – DECE, Mrs. Clayton – FDK, Mrs. De Simone – PTM, Miss Varas – FSL, and Miss Mauricio – Gr. 3/4. We extend good luck to all as they will move to other schools with the Halton Catholic Board.
Finally, we congratulate Mrs. Maguire – Special Education Resource Teacher on her retirement. Mrs. Maguire has spent 32 years in Catholic education, and we commend her for her dedication and commitment to the students of St. Gabriel School. We thank you for your years of service and wish you all the best in your retirement Mrs. Maguire!
Catholic School Council – Thank you!
The fifth and final meeting of Catholic School Council took place in a virtual format on Thursday, May 21st. We want to recognize and thank all the members of the St. Gabriel CSC for dedicating their own time throughout the school year to plan, organized, and oversee several events and initiatives at the school. Sincerest thanks to the following:
|Jamie Arsenault||Chair||Sara Sywash||Co-Chair|
|Adriana Aguinaga||Parent Rep||William Ankomah||Parent Rep|
|Nichole Bertrand||Parent Rep||Helen Biggs||Parent Rep|
|Tracy Bodley||Parent Rep||Michelle Brockie||Parent Rep|
|Sara Csordas||Parent Rep||Josette Giacalone||Parent Rep|
|Heather Kuzyk||Secretary||Samantha Lapadat||Parent Rep|
|Cathryn Love||Parent Rep||Andria Meskauskas||Parent Rep|
|Carmen Taylor||Parent Rep||Rose Pomponio||Teacher/Parish Rep|
|Nancy Malloy||Non–Teacher Rep|
St. Gabriel Volunteers – Thank you!
As the school year ends, we’d like to thank all of our parent volunteers that contributed to making the school a better place. Thank you to the parents that volunteered their time on Curriculum Night, pizza/lunch days, Breakfast Club, field trips, STORM Readers, Halloween Boogie-a-thon, Uniform Swaps, Family Movie Night, Pancake Tuesday, popcorn days, and Advent Giving Fair. St. Gabriel is truly a great place because of the selfless effort and care of our parent volunteers. Thank you so much!
Curbside Access for Return of Personal Belongings
Curbside pickup of student personal belongings and return of school items will continue this week on June 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 https://stgabriel.parentinterview.com/
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
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
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: www.haltonbus.ca
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 including the order of diploma pickup and instructions specific to Graduation are attached below and were emailed to all Grade 8 families 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. The virtual ceremony will be posted on our YouTube site – st.gabrielhcdsb
Thank you to the following staff that have planned and contributed Grade 8 Graduation: Mrs. Barclay, Mr. Sloan, Mr. Wisniewski, Mlle. Jankowski, Mme. Gagne, Mme. Pulsone, Mrs. Polizzi, Mrs. Malloy, Mrs. Innes, Mrs. Goodman, Mlle. Varas, Miss DeSantis, Mrs. Mulligan, Mrs. Carey, and Mr. Tilley.
Grade 8 Graduation Parent Committee – Thank you!
This year’s graduation is certainly unique. School staff worked collaboratively with a parent sub-committee from Catholic School council to help plan the Graduation events. The school staff would like to thank the following individuals for helping to plan Grade 8 Graduation: Mrs. Aguinaga, Mrs. Benoza, Mrs. Bodley, Mrs. Meskauskas, Mrs. Starcevic, and Mrs. Stiefling.
Spirit Day – “Canada Day”
Friday, June 26th will be our final Spirit Day for the 2019-2020 school year. In recognition of Canada Day on July 1st, and in acknowledging that we live in the greatest country in the world, we will be holding a Canada Day Spirit Day. We ask that students and families post photos wearing red and white and posing with the Canadian flag. Families are asked to post their photos on Twitter and to tag @stgabrielhcdsb @hcdsb #TogetherApartHCDSB and on Instagram at st.gabrielhcdsb . Thanks to all the families that participated in our Friday Spirit Days during the school closure period!
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: https://merton.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Reach-Ahead-HCDSB-SUMMER-SCHOOL-INFORMATION.pdf
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can update our information and prepare for September 2020.
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 – Mental Health Family Stress
- When we first become parents, the hopes and dreams we have for our children are boundless. These tiny little humans who we have sworn to nurture, protect and love without condition have a lifetime of opportunities awaiting them. But life is unpredictable, and we face challenges for which we are unprepared. No matter how fiercely we fight to protect our children, there are some things in life we can’t control. According to the World Health Organization, 20% of adolescents (age 10-19) will experience a mental health condition, and now with families facing life during the Coronavirus, those mental health conditions will intensify. In the article Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization outlines the impact that COVID-19 can have on children and families and makes recommendations on how to handle this unprecedented time.
- When a loved one, especially one of our children has a mental health disorder, the added stress it brings to the other members of the family can be overwhelming. Not only are there day to day challenges, but when an extreme crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, managing life becomes much more difficult. If your family is coping with the stress of a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder, here are some tips to bring a little peace to your life and ease some of the anxiety in the home.
- Build family relationships – 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis.
- Find a support system – Resources for Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19.
- Learn to cope with fear and anxiety – 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Be an advocate – Coping With Anxiety and Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Stop blaming yourself – Helping Children Cope with Emergencies.
- Take a break – How to Look After Your Mental Health During a Pandemic.
- Whether you are new to this journey or have been on this road for a long time, it is always a good idea to check in with yourself and your family. The stress of caring for someone with a mental health condition can make you feel powerless. With a strategy in place for dealing with the obstacles ahead, you and your family can stay strong together.
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