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Weekly Update – May 31 – June 4

“The strength of the family lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love.”

~ Pope Francis

Sincerest Thanks
Thank you to our Catholic School Council members for their support this year.
Thank you to our office staff – Mrs. Mulligan and Mrs. Stolte for always caring for our students.
Thank you to our staff and students for persevering through remote learning and demonstrating resilience each day!
Thank you to our St. Gabriel community for your commitment to treating everyone with dignity, kindness, and respect each day.

Rainbow Day – Tuesday, June 1st
St. Gabriel will join with all schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board by launching Pride Month with HCDSB Rainbow Day – a day to love one another and celebrate our differences, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made.” Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community. Students are asked to post photos on Twitter @stgabrielhcdsb and Instagram @st.gabrielhcdsb using #StGabesPride to show their support.

PA Day – Friday, June 4th
A reminder to students and parents that Friday, June 4th is a Board Designated PA Day. The school will be closed, and no online classes will be held this day. Students will resume instruction on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 8:20 am sharp!

Halton Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program Opens May 31st
Beginning Monday, May 31st, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination booking appointments through Halton Region’s online booking system.

 Please find attached a letter from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region, with information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton, including a fact sheet with additional details.

 As noted in Dr. Meghani’s letter, Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

 For additional information, please refer to the Halton Region website at: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.

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 Are All Wonderfully Made

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
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.

Message to Grade 2 and 7 Students from Fr. Janusz
Parents of students in both Grades 2 and 7 that were hoping to make their First Sacraments or to be Confirmed this year respectfully are invited to share the video message below with their children:

School Uniform – Update from McCarthy’s
As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, we are pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021. Our school uniform provider, McCarthy Uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping:  Updated school e-stores, private appointments, and a web-supported call-center. 

You are encouraged to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-August line ups. Long wait times will be the reality this year, given that McCarthy’s must adhere to strict social distancing measures and simply can’t accept normal in-store volumes. In some cases, only five customers will be permitted in stores at any one time.

McCarthy’s has informed us that to support families during this time they have implemented an installment payment program (online only), introduced volume discount buying options and invested in a variety of web support tools to make online shopping easy & fast!  All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September.

There are three ways to shop for your school uniform:

1. Your School E-Store
Did you know your school has a custom e-store, complete with fit videos, uniform guides and specialized advice? Visit your school store by ‘searching for your school’ on McCarthy Uniforms’ home page. McCarthy’s recently launched a handy web chat feature and have staffed their call-centre so that you can have the support you need if you need some help along the way !  Online shoppers can also now enjoy the industry’s first flexible payment plan (interest-free payments over six weeks !)
Shop online by ‘searching for our school’ at:
  2. Private Appointments Available
When stores are permitted to reopen after June 14th, appointments will be made available for virtual or in store shopping. To manage your time, you can book an appointment on your home store, accessible on the website below.
Book a personalized fitting by choosing ‘book an appointment’ on your home store site accessible on: (search for your school; appointment booking buttons are located on your school e-store)
  3. Your School Call Centre
Your call-centre is open for shopping !  By giving McCarthy’s a shout at 416-593-6900 or toll-free at 1-800-668-8261 Alex and his team would be happy to assist you with your school uniform purchase or questions ! McCarthy’s call centre is staffed with uniform specialists who know the ins & outs of our uniform policy.
Call McCarthy’s at: 416-593-6900 or 1-800-668-8261

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,

The National Days for this week are…

May 30th: National Creativity Day, National Water a Flower Day, National Hole In My Bucket Day, and World Multiple Sclerosis Day

May 31st: Autonomous Vehicle Day, National Save Your Hearing Day, National Speak in Sentences Day, National Macaroon Day, and National Smile Day

June 1st: World Reef Awareness Day, National Olive Day, National Heimlich Maneuver Day, National Go Barefoot Day, National Nail Polish Day, National Say Something Nice Day, National Penpal Day, and National Hazelnut Cake Day

June 2nd: National Rotisserie Chicken Day, National Rocky Road Day, National Leave The Office Early Day, and National Running Day 

June 3rd: National Egg Day, National Repeat Day, and National Chocolate Macaroons Day

June 4th: National Clean Beauty Day, National Cheese Day, National Hug Your Cat Day, and National Doughnut Day 

June 5th: National Gingerbread Day, National Veggie Burger Day, National Black Bear Day, and National Prairie Day

Enjoy your week!

Promoting Well-Being – – Free and Fun Challenge Inspires Kids to Get Outside and RUN

There’s no doubt that it’s been a long, tough year for everyone. And while there may be light at the end of the tunnel, right now, kids in many parts of Canada are still unable to participate in the team sports or physical activities that they love. What we could all use now is a little inspiration. And this month, we’ve got it, thanks to a Canadian track star and a 14-year-old Montrealer. A recent CP24 article reported that Canada’s Andre De Grasse and teen Jesse Briscoe have started up an initiative that invites and encourages Canadian kids coast-to-coast to join the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge. Briscoe said he was tired of sitting at home playing video games after his team sports were cancelled due to the pandemic, so he and his dad reached out to De Grasse. Luckily, De Grasse was up for the task of inspiring kids to get active and to hopefully find joy in getting outside and moving again. As a result, the virtual racing challenge was brought to life. 

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.

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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
Asynchronous Instructional Days
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all day
Return of Devices/Textbooks & Pickup of Personal Items
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all day
Last Day of School – Early Dismissal – 1:20 pm
Jun 29 all day
Main Office Open – 8:30-11:30am & 12:30 – 3:30pm
Aug 30 @ 9:09 pm – Sep 2 @ 10:09 pm

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