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Weekly Update – September 13 -17

Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone. ~ Pope Francis

Many Thanks
BIG shout out to our community~ what INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK! We are blessed to live, love and learn in this special school community!

Thank you to our students for your smiles, laughter and excitement as we begin a new school year! Our students did a fabulous job of learning our new routines and protocols, helping to keep us ALL safe!

Thank you to our parents for following our safety protocols on the schoolyard both before and after school!

Thank you to ALL our staff for your enthusiasm, energy and excitement in welcoming all our students and their families back to school! 

Daily COVID-19 Screening & Confirmation
The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education. 

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device; OR
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students will bring back and forth to school each day. 

Please note, the school will provide a Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which will be sent home with each student. We kindly ask that you sign off daily. On your child’s first day of school, please provide written confirmation that your child has passed the daily screening, or you are welcome to print and complete the daily screening log here:

Please also note that the log is the preferred means for both teaching and office staff of confirming the screening process is passed for each student.

Save the Date – Curriculum Night
St. Gabriel will be holding our annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 29th beginning at 6:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Curriculum Night will once again be held in a virtual format. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Safe & Caring Schools Assemblies
Ms. Carey & Mr. Tilley will review the student Code of Conduct with each of the Primary, Junior, & Intermediate Divisions on Wednesday, September 15th. Age-appropriate Virtual Assemblies will be conducted to remind students of the school rules, regulations, & safety procedures.  

Orange Shirt Day
On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

We look forward to observing Orange Shirt Day at St. Gabriel CES this with our students. This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Lunchtime Supervisor Needed
We are looking for a Lunchtime Supervisor at St. Gabriel CES. The position requires a Vulnerable Sector Screening and the hours are Monday to Friday from 11:25 am – 12:25 pm. If interested in the position, please email Ms. Carey –

Wearing of Masks at School 
Medical masks will be worn by all school staff.   

All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. All considerations for mask exemptions must be reviewed and discussed with the school principal.

Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway, while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding wear they will keep their mask when they are outside (ie. pocket, pouch, Ziploc bag) Upon entering the building, after outside recess & lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal.

We ask that parents take some time to review and practice this routine with your child.

Family Information and Consent Form
Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
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Parents of Students with Medical Conditions

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files. 

Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be a NUT FREE environments. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction.

Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Concussion Protocol
Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

Visitor Protocol
This school year we will continue to limit visitor access to our school in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.

Student Insurance
The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance. Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.

The Board makes an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company available on a yearly basis. Participation is voluntary and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced.

The insurance agreement is between the parent/guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

No Dogs on School Property
Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

Water Bottles
Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.  

Cobs Bread – Raise Some Dough Fundraiser
Throughout the school year families at St. Gabriel CES will have the chance to raise funds that 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 goods 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!

Promoting Well Being: Back to School Anxiety

An overview of What you will learn:  

  • Why do some kids become anxious about starting school again?
  • How can parents help their children overcome back to school anxiety?
  • What are signs that an anxious child might need more support?

Please use the following link to learn more:

Back-to-School Anxiety | Child Mind Institute

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All JK & SK Students Attend Together Effective Today
Sep 13 all day
Fire Drill #1
Sep 14 all day
Safe Schools Assemblies
Sep 15 all day
Fire Drill #2
Sep 16 all day
Grade 3 First Reconciliation
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Sep 24 all day
Grade 3 Rehearsal for First Communion
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Grade 3 First Communion
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Feast Day of St. Gabriel
Sep 29 all day
St. Gabriel Curriculum Night
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
Sep 30 all day
School Mass – National Truth & Reconciliation Day
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Oct 1 all day
Terry Fox Virtual Kick-Off Event – Ms. Barclay’s Grade 8 Class
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Civvies Day – Red & White for Terry Fox
Oct 7 all day

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