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Weekly Update – June 28 & 29

A school’s mission is to develop the sense of the true,

the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful.”

~ Pope Francis

Happy Summer Break!
We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our staff, parents, and students for all their support, kindness and efforts this year at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. We hope you can spend with your families as restrictions are lifted and rejuvenate. The St. Gabriel CES staff look forward to seeing all our students in the new school year. Our office will open the week of August 30th. New families coming to St. Gabriel CES are encouraged to register online over the summer. The first day of school for students in GRADES 1-8 is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

THANK YOU to our amazing parents for your ongoing support ~ you have ALL gone above & beyond this year~ please know how much we value your collaboration and commitment!

Thank you to our students & their families for organizing the return of school resources/textbooks ~ We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that all our students have the necessary items for their learning in the new school year!

Thank you to all our families who have returned either the SEA Equipment or Technology that was loaned out during Remote Learning. Further opportunities to return take place on June 28 & 29.

Thank you to our fabulous staff for their ongoing commitment & care that you demonstrate daily to all our students through your words and actions all driven by a love of teaching!

Thank you to our incredible Grade 8 students for sharing your gifts & talents with our community over the last ten years ~ please know you will always have a special place in our hearts! We wish you the very best as you begin this next exciting phase of your young lives!

Thank you to all students involved in the beautiful year end liturgy – Go with God!

Thank you to the incredible St. Gabriel CES staff for all their work organizing Graduation 2021! Here is the Virtual Ceremony Video and Slideshow for you to view:

Liturgy/Ceremony –
Graduation Slideshow –

Behind you, all your memories.

Before you, all your dreams.

Around you, all who love you.

Within you, all you need.

Best wishes on your graduation!

Farewell and Good Luck!
Goodbye to the families that are moving over the summer! We wish you well at your new school communities.  We wish the following staff farewell and all the best as they embark on the next chapters in their careers –Mrs. Stolte, Mr. Wozniak, Miss Clark, Ms. Rodin, Miss Burns, Miss Duckers, Miss Roche, Miss Martinac, Miss Burrows, Mrs. Crawford. We thank you for all your dedication and contributions to our St. Gabriel CES community. We also extend special blessings to Mrs. Weatherbee and Mrs. Duvnjak during their retirements. We hope our paths cross again soon! We will miss you all!

Final Days of Instruction for the 2020-2021 School Year
Families are reminded that the final day of Synchronous Instruction for the 2020-2021 school year was Friday, June 25th. Monday, June 28th, and Tuesday, June 29th have been designated Asynchronous Instructional days by the HCDSB. Friday was the last day for students to participate in live learning with their teachers whereas work and assignments will be posted on all D2L pages for Monday and Tuesday of next week and a further opportunity for parents to return and collect belongings. Also, a reminder of early dismissal on Tuesday, June 29 at 1:20 pm!

Return of School Devices/Pickup of Student Personal Items – June 28th and 29th
A reminder to all families that Monday, June 28th, and Tuesday, June 29th will be Asynchronous Instructional days. There will be an opportunity for families to return all loaned Laptops/Chromebooks, textbooks, and library books on these days. In addition, parents can collect student personal belongings and have a look at Lost & Found items. Families are asked to complete the survey below if they wish to come to the school to pick up or drop off items. It closed at 11:45 pm Sunday, June 27th!

Office Hours Starting Monday, August 30th
The school office will be open on Monday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m. Office staff and administration will be available all of that week. New registrations will be accepted that week as well. Please drop off epi-pens, other medications and forms during this week. Parents are also invited to review the medical plans with the administration this week, if possible.

Parish Update – First Sacraments – Save the Dates!
Please note the dates below for our Grade 2’s (next year’s Grade 3’s) to make their First Sacraments:

1st Reconciliation – Tuesday, September 21 – 6:30 pm
1st Communion Rehearsal – Friday, September 24 – 9:00 am (During the School Day)
1st Communion – Saturday, September 25 – 11:00 am

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Nancy Meehan – Pastoral Lay Minister for St. Gabriel Parish

Tuesday, September 7th, Back to School Grades 1 – 8
On your child’s report card is an OEN (Ontario Education Number).  As of September 2nd, you will be able to log onto the board’s website and access your child’s class placement by using the OEN. As registrations continue to come in, please set your children up for success by explaining that class placements are subject to change based on enrollment. At any given time, it may be necessary to re-organize classes within the school to meet Ministry of Education standards. Please be mindful that many hours of care have been put into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of our students and we ask that you trust our staff.

  2. Click on the “Schools” tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on “School Listing”
  4. Click on “Elementary Class Placement”
  5. Scroll down to St. Gabriel School
  6. Enter OEN, click search
  7. Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed

You will be emailed instructions for entry on the first day of school.

Kindergarten Entry
Welcome to all our little ones as they come to join us in the big school! We are so looking forward to meeting you! Letters will be sent home in July with your interview dates and times.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St. Gabriel

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St. Gabriel

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Staggered entry for first half of JK students
Full entry for all SK students

Friday, September 10, 2021
Staggered entry for second half of JK students (first half do not attend)

Monday, September 13, 2021
Full entry for all JK students

Student Agendas
This communication tool will be ordered for students from FDK – Grade 8 and the money will be collected in September at a cost of $7.00 per student. We are informing you at this time so that you can include this in your back-to-school budget.

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

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 does 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!

If you need to get in contact with the school over the summer, email addresses are listed below:

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

Promoting Well-Being: 21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach

~Susan Scandiffio

While beaches may not come to mind as Canadian tourist destinations, Canada is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, several of the most notable of which you can find in our list to the right. And that list represents only a smattering of the gorgeous beaches this country has to offer.

Beach holidays can be wonderful family getaways if you’re prepared. Of course, sand and water are a combination that invite free play and will trigger most kids’ imaginations to create fabulous, undirected games and activities.

But having a list of engaging ideas in your back pocket might mean the difference between them wanting to pack it in after only an hour at the beach and not being able to drag them home after several.

The following activities are fun and also help kids develop their basic movement skills.

Read more at –

Wishing you peaceful and relaxing summer ~ the Staff of St. Gabriel CES

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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
Board Designated PA Day
Sep 1 all day
Provincial Mandated PA Day
Sep 2 all day
Board Designated Holiday (Main Office Closed)
Sep 3 all day
Student Classroom Assignments Posted on Website @ 3:00 pm
Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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