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Weekly Update – May 24 – 28

He has made everything beautiful in its time..”

~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Sincerest Thanks

Thank you to our staff and students for persevering during this remote learning period.

Thank you, parents, for you support in monitoring your child’s online presence during remote learning.

Thank you to our St. Gabriel community for your commitment to treating everyone with dignity, kindness, and respect each day.

Victoria Day Holiday – No Classes
Just a reminder to our St. Gabriel Families that Monday, May 24th, 2021 is a designated holiday and therefore no classes will be held. We wish everyone a restful, safe, sunshine-filled long weekend!

Graduation 2021

We would like to share the following important dates as they relate to Grade 8 Graduation for the 2021 – 2022 school year at St. Gabriel CES:

  • Wednesday, June 23rd @ 7:00 pm – Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be posted to our school’s YouTube Channel
  • Thursday, June 24th beginning at approximately 9:00 am – Drive-thru Diploma Distribution
  • Friday, June 25th – Rain date for Diploma Distribution

A reminder that all students of St. Gabriel CES are asked and invited to be a part of Graduation – both students that were virtual and/or in-school at any points during the school year. 

A reminder to all Grade 8 students that the deadlines for both Valedictorian Speeches and to design the Graduation Program Cover are Friday, May 28th by 12:00 noon.

Grade 6-8 Literacy & Numeracy Summer School 2021
HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8.

When is Summer School?
Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021 through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Like last year, both session 1 and 2 for the 2021 Summer School courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format.

Some important notes about summer school:

  • Each day, students will participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons provided by their instructor.
  • Students cannot miss more than 3 days within one session, which is a total of 10 days.

It should be noted that participation in summer school is completely voluntary and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Register Now!

Online registration is available for our summer programs to help make the registration process more convenient for parents!

You may register your child for one or both sessions by following these instructions:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
  3. Press the green button to ‘Create an accountor sign in with your existing account.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to log on with your username/email and password and complete the form.

The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

Student E-mail Accounts and Parent Contact Information

Some important information for students and parents:

  • We are asking that parents encourage their children to become familiar with their Office 365 and Google accounts (logins and passwords).
  • Summer students will receive start-up instructions and will be able to access their D2L Brightspace courses through their Office 365 account.
  • Parents are also encouraged to update their contact information with their child’s home school to receive email communications from the Thomas Merton Centre.

Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details

The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel.

The information evening is open to all parents, students, and staff, and will feature a showcase with students and an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology devices and its impact on education.

Watch the session through this link on the day of the scheduled presentation.

Keynote Speaker ~ Carrie Anton

Keynote speaker Carrie Anton, gold medal Paralympian in Goalball, will speak to her experience in being one of Canada’s leading experts in assistive technology and accessibility. 

To learn more about Carrie Anton, please visit her website.

We All Belong in Our Catholic School
At St. Gabriel CES, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect

We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. As a school we will continue doing all we can to ensure the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community experience a positive sense of belonging and well-being.

To learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please take a few minutes to read Responding with Faith, Hope & Love.

School Climate Survey – Your Opinion Counts!
In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey

About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey
School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting:

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

For more information about the School Climate Survey for Parents, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions – see attached.


If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at:

We value your input and greatly appreciate your participation in the School Climate Survey!

Halton Catholic District School Board
802 Drury Lane, Burlington ON  L7R 2Y2

Halton Food for Thought – Support Available for Families
We would like to make you aware of the support available to all families during these uncertain times through Halton Food for Thought and their partnership with Food for Kids. Please see the information below and note the link to access the website.

The Healthy Student Snack Bag program is open to all HDSB and HCDSB students and student families. There is no registration required – families are encouraged to go to the HFFT website Halton Food For Thought for dates, times, and locations to pick up the bags. The location does not have to be in the family’s community. For example, if someone works in Milton and lives in Burlington, they can pick up at a Milton location if it is more convenient.

Parish Updates – Sacraments Moved to the Fall of 2021
The following email was sent to all families of both Grade 2 and Grade 7 Parents on behalf of Nancy Meehan – Parish Lay Minister for St. Gabriel Church:

We have received communication from the Bishop’s office regarding Sacraments that were scheduled to take place in May & June 2021.

The celebration of all Sacraments will be rescheduled and will be celebrated in Fall 2021.  All Sacraments (1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation) will be celebrated prior to November 29, 2021. Dates will be communicated as soon as they are set.

The celebration of Confirmations for the 2021-2022 Pastoral Year will all be celebrated after January 1, 2022.  

In order to celebrate the Sacraments with your class in the Fall, ALL paperwork must be received during this school year.  Anyone who has not submitted their documents (including homework) will receive their Sacraments in 2022 with the new classes.

I know this is disappointing, but it will be worth the wait!

God bless, Nancy

Kindergarten Orientation for the 2021 – 2022 School Year
A pre-recorded Kindergarten Orientation video has been posted on our school’s YouTube channel Here and is available for viewing. All parents of Year 1 students and of Year 2 students new to St. Gabriel next year are encouraged to view the video in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year.  Should you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Mulligan at

Fundsrip School Fundraiser
The St. Gabriel Catholic School Council has found a unique, creative, and COVID-friendly means of raising funds for our school. Do you purchase gift cards often? If so, please consider buying your gift card through our FundScrip account. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Gabriel CES. Foe more  information and to register, please follow the link below:

Cobs Bread – Raise Some Dough Fundraiser
Throughout the school year families at St. Gabriel CES will have the chance to raise funds which will be donated directly back to school.

How will it work?

  • Each time the families of St. Gabriel CES purchase a product at COBS Bread Maple Mews and they mention they’re raising dough for St. Gabriel, our staff will process a 10% donation of the total sale back to your school.
  • The donations to the school will be presented at an agreed upon time. Running totals can be provided after each school term to let families know how much has been raised.

Families are asked to participate in this fundraiser by purchasing items at the Maple Mews COBS location situated at 1235 Fairview St, Burlington, ON L7S 2K9. Upon purchasing baked good at this COBS location, kindly mention St. Gabriel and 10% of your purchase will be donated to our school!

We look forward to this continued local community partnership!

As office staff will be working remotely whenever possible, secretaries will not always be available to answer school phones. If you need to contact any of our staff, please use our email addresses.

Communication with classroom teachers can continue to take place using previously arranged communication methods. Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond.

Moving? Families are reminded to contact the school if any of your personal contact information has changed or if you are moving out of our school boundary. Please email Mrs. Mulligan at

Family Paint Nights
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online sessions will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by- step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies IndigenousArt.pdf

  • Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being the First Fruit of the Season

Each session will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A link to the live sessions will be available on Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel on the scheduled time and day.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

Student Corner – National Days

Hello St. Gabriel families, hope you get to play outside and enjoy the nice, hot weather!

The National Days for this week are…

May 23rd: National Lucky Penny Day, and National Taffy Day

May 24th: National Yucatan Shrimp Day, Brother’s Day, National Scavenger Hunt Day, and National Escargot Day

May 25th: National Missing Children’s Day, and National Tap Dance Day

May 26th: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, and National Paper Airplane Day

May 27th: National Cellophane Tape Day, and National Grape Popsicle Day

May 28th: National Hamburger Day, National Brisket Day, National Don’t Fry Day (encourages you to try and not get a sunburn), National Road Trip Day, and National Cooler Day

May 29th: National Paperclip Day, and National Coq Au Vin Day

Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing long weekend!

Promoting Well-Being – – Bike Safety

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As recommended by Parachute Canada:

  • Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
  • Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.
  • Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.
  • Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.

The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.

General Information
We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email.

Updates will also be posted on the Return to School Plan website and through the Board’s social media channels:   

You can also review our FAQs online for more information about the return to school.

Social Media

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Victoria Day
May 24 all day
Victoria Day Holiday – No School
May 24 all day
Deadline to Submit Graduation Program Cover Design – Grade 8’s
May 28 all day
Deadline to Submit Valedictorian Speeches – Grade 8’s
May 28 all day
HCDSB Rainbow Day
Jun 1 all day
Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jun 11 all day
HCDSB Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day
Term 2 Reports Emailed to all Families
Jun 23 all day
Year-End Liturgy and Assembly
Jun 23 @ 12:25 pm – 1:25 pm
Grade 8 Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Grade 8 Graduation – Diploma Distribution
Jun 24 all day
Grade 8 Graduation – Diploma Distribution (Raindate)
Jun 25 all day
Last Day of Synchronous Instruction
Jun 25 all day

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