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Weekly Update – June 14 – 18

“Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice”

~ St. Bernadette Soubirous

Sincerest Thanks

Thank you to our Catholic School Community for embracing and supporting PRIDE Awareness Day this Monday, June 14th.

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 treating everyone with dignity, kindness, and respect each day.

Thank you to our St. Gabriel CSS community for your commitment to all our students!

HCDSB PRIDE Awareness Day – Monday, June 14th
June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, we will join other schools in our district in raising awareness, and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

As part of PRIDE Awareness Day, St. Gabriel students and staff are encouraged to paint, colour, or draw a rainbow and share a photo of it on Social Media. The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community! Take a picture of your rainbow displayed in the front window of your home or share your best sidewalk chalk rainbow on your driveway!  Students are asked to post their photos on Twitter @stgabrielhcdsb and Instagram @st.gabrielhcdsb using #StGabesPride to show their support.

Halton Food for Thought Summer Support 2021
Halton Food for Thought is dedicated to feeding the success of our students, one healthy, happy tummy at a time. We are in this together!

To help support our most vulnerable families and students during these unprecedented times, HFFT is providing grocery gift cards to purchase healthy snacks and meals this summer. If you / your child(ren) would benefit from this support, please CLICK HERE and complete all sections of the registration then hit “DONE.”

Please note the following:

  • One registration per household.
  • Registration closes June 19, 2021.
  • Grocery gift card value will depend on total registrations received.
  • As part of the registration, you are required to indicate whether you want to receive the gift cards electronically (via email) or a physical gift card via Canada Post. If you choose the gift cards electronically (via email) option, you must have the technology available (computer, printer or smart phone) and a valid email address accessible during July.
  • You may choose only one option and no changes will be accepted once registration is submitted.
  • Halton Food for Thought reserves the right to verify student status with our partner schools. 

When we feed students nutritious food, we are offering them their best chance for success. We want all children and youth to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives. Together we #FeedTheirFuture!

Stay safe and stay well this summer.


Your Friends at Halton Food for Thought

Inside ND – May Edition
To view the latest news from our Catholic Feeder Secondary School – Notre Dame CSS, please click on the link below:

HCCF Charity Golf Classic

For information on how to support the HCCEF Charity Golf Classic this summer, please click on the link below:

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 
Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at:

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 Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.  The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

You’re Invited! HCDSB Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June.  For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually.

Disability Reframed ~ Monday, June 14, 2021

Join us for next week’s virtual session with Ashley Harris Whaley on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 PM. The presentation will discuss physical disabilities and will teach parents how to help their children interact with their peers and adults with disabilities in a respectful and inclusive way.

Register for the Session!

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form HERE by Friday, June 11 at 3:00 PM.

Parents will receive an invite to the session, which will take place on Microsoft Teams, closer to the presentation date.

If you cannot attend this virtual session on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s website and YouTube channel for later viewing.

More Information

To learn more about Ashley Harris Whaley, and upcoming speakers, please visit the HCDSB website.

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.

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

Student Corner – National Days

Hello St. Gabriel families,

The National Days for this week are…

June 13th: Random Acts of Light Day, National Weed Your Garden Day, National Sewing Machine Day, and National Children’s Day

June 14th: International Bath Day, National Strawberry Shortcake Day, and National Pop Goes the Weasel Day

June 15th: National Megalodon Day, National Smile Power Day, and Nature Photography Day

June 16th: National Fudge Day

June 17th: Global Garbage Man Day, National Eat Your Vegetables Day, National Apple Strudel Day, National Cherry Tart Day, and National Mascot Day

June 18th: National Wanna Get Away Day, National Go Fishing Day, National Splurge Day, Wear BLUE Day, National Take Back the Lunch Break Day, and National Flip Flop Day

June 19th: National Garfield the Cat Day, and National Watch Day

Have a marvelous week everyone!

Promoting Well-Being: How to calm down when you’re stressed

Are you stressed out? These mindfulness tips can help you calm down right now.

If you’re stressed about school, work, relationships or anything else that’s going on in your life, you’re not alone. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or upset about a problem — or even more than one. Whatever’s going on for you, it’s comforting to know there are things you can do to help yourself calm down. Here are some positive coping strategies you can use in the moment:

  • Ground yourself: grounding techniques can help you regain control of your mind and body. Try using your senses to feel more connected to your current environment. Focus on what you can see, touch, hear, taste and smell.
  • Breathe deep: breathing exercises can help your body relax and your mind focus on one thing at a time. Try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Use your imagination: sit or lie down in a safe, comfortable spot and use your mind to go somewhere else. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a favourite place or make up a game to play (like counting sheep) to distract yourself.
  • Open up: when you’re upset, you may want to spend time on your own. If you can, try to hang out with friends or family, too. Sometimes, talking about a problem with someone you trust can help you start feeling better.
  • Take a break: be kind to yourself and do something else for a while. You could play video games, watch a movie, listen to music, spend time with a pet, take a warm bath or meditate. Taking time out can help you move your mind off whatever is causing you stress.
  • Express yourself: you can try painting, writing, sculpting, singing, dancing or doing something else that helps you get your feelings out. Having an outlet to express yourself — and concentrate on a project — can help you feel some relief.
  • Have fun: look for something that makes you smile (e.g. a funny video, picture of friends/family, etc.) and take a few minutes to enjoy it. Laughing can help you unwind and focus on something fun.
  • Work it out: when you exercise, your body releases chemicals that can make you feel good (called endorphins). You could try going for a walk/run, playing a sport or doing yoga to channel your energy into something positive. You could always ask a friend to work out with you!
  • Take a nap: taking a few minutes to rest your mind and body can help you cope with stress. Sleep can also give your brain a chance to process and reset, making it a little easier to manage what’s on your mind.
  • Get support: if you’re struggling, it’s important to get support. Find someone you can talk to right away, such as a friend, parent/caregiver or teacher. Kids Help Phone’s counsellors are only a phone call away and available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868. They can help you calm down, even if you’re really upset.

If you’re stressed out, remember there are always things you can do to feel better. When things get rough, taking a deep breath, giving your mind a break and getting support can help you calm down in the moment.



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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

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