“It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts.”
~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
Thank you to our Catholic School Community for embracing and supporting Rainbow Day on June 1st.
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.
Thank you to our St. Gabriel CSS community for your commitment to all our students!
Remote Learning to Continue for the Remainder of the School Year
From the office of Pat Daly – HCDSB Director of Education:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you have likely seen or heard in the media, this afternoon the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the rest of the school year. See the Press Release here.
As stated in the news release, the decision to remain in remote learning is to allow the province to focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safe summer and return to in-person learning in September 2021.
What Does This Mean?
- Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until the end of June.
- Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
- Child care centres will remain OPEN.
- All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED.
The Premier also announced during his press conference this afternoon that school boards are to work with their local public health units to develop plans that will allow for outdoor celebrations for graduating students in elementary and secondary schools. As noted in the press release, the government will allow school boards to invite graduating students in elementary schools (by class) and secondary schools (by cohort) to return to school in June for a short, outdoor celebration, where physical distancing is possible. Not having received any formal direction or parameters from the Ministry of Education, I am not able to provide any additional information at this time.
As previously communicated, our schools have been preparing for virtual graduation ceremonies for the last several weeks/months and extensive planning and work has already been undertaken to create memorable celebrations to honour our graduating students in Grade 8 and Grade 12. These virtual graduation celebrations will continue, as planned.
The news that schools will remain closed until the end of June will likely raise a number of questions regarding access to schools to pick up personal belongings, report card distribution, etc. We will be sharing more information to address these and other matters over the coming days.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available, and will share information in the following ways:
- Email to Parents/Guardians and Staff
- Updates to our Return to School Plan website
- Twitter: @HCDSB
- Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB
I recognize that this announcement will be disappointing for our students and staff. It has been a difficult year, and we cannot overlook the impact this extended period of remote learning has had on our families – most especially on children and youth.
Our Mental Health leadership team have developed a number of resources to support students and families and they are posted on our website at: https://www.hcdsb.org/students/mental-health-well-being/
As always, I hold all members of our HCDSB community in my thoughts and prayers. Please continue to follow the advice of our Public Health officials to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Director of Education
Halton Catholic District School Board
802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON L7R 2Y2
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HCCF Charity Golf Classic
For information on how to support the HCCEF Charity Golf Classic this summer, please click on the link below:
Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast Day – Friday, June 11th
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are part of our longstanding tradition in the Church. A novena is an ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition consisting of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a feast day where a particular blessing or grace is sought.
Please find the following guide to support you in praying the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: https://iceont.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Novena-To-Sacred-Heart-of-Jesus-ICE.pdf
Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year
In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.
You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning. Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.
Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:
- Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
- Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.
At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.
Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.
Some important notes before you complete this online form:
- If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
- If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
- An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: email@example.com.
About the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School
- Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021.
- Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.
A Note to Parents with Children in Secondary School
If you also have one or more children registered to attend an HCDSB secondary school, please note that we will once again be offering a hybrid learning model in our secondary schools for the 2021-2022 school year. More information about this hybrid model will follow in a separate email over the next week. Parents and guardians will have an opportunity over the summer months to select which learning format (virtual or in-person) their secondary school-aged children will attend.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September 2021.
~ Halton Catholic District School Board
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: www.haltonbus.ca/
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.
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:
- Click HERE.
- Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
- Press the green button to ‘Create an account’ or 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.
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.
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.
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: www.mccarthyuniforms.ca|
| 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: https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/ (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:https://elem.hcdsb.org/stgabriel/2021/01/fundscrip-fundraiser/
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.
- Mrs. Mulligan – Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs. Stolte – Office Assistant: email@example.com
- Mrs. Carey – Vice Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Tilley – Principal: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, https://www.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/PaintNights- 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: email@example.com.
Student Corner – National Days
Hello St. Gabriel families,
The National Days for this week are…
June 6th: D-Day, National Eyewear Day, National Higher Education Day, National Gardening Exercise Day, National Yo-Yo Day, National Drive-In Movie Day, National Applesauce Cake Day, and National Cancer Survivor’s Day
Have an amazing week everyone!
PROMOTING WELL-BEING – SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH ONTARIO – “WITH CARE” Tip Sheet
How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)
This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned
We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email.
You can also review our FAQs online for more information about the return to school.
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