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Weekly Update – September 20 – 24

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future.” ~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our entire community for a FABULOUS WEEK!

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when they enter the schoolyard each morning!

Thank you to our students for following our protocols both inside and outside the building ~ you have been doing an AWESOME JOB!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff for ensuring our students have a great sense of community & belonging! 

Daily COVID-19 Screening
The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person.

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

Please note, the Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, is no longer required effective Monday, September 20th.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19
  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:
  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Curriculum Night – Family Kahoot
St. Gabriel will be holding our annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 29th beginning at 6:00 pm with a Family Kahoot and opening address hosted by Ms. Carey & Mr. Tilley. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Curriculum Night will once again be held in a virtual format. More details to follow in the upcoming days & weeks.

Safe & Caring Schools Assemblies
Ms. Carey & Mr. Tilley reviewed the Student Code of Conduct with each of the Primary, Junior, & Intermediate Divisions on Wednesday, September 15th. Age-appropriate Virtual Assemblies were conducted to remind students of the school rules, regulations, & safety procedures. The students were a great audience for all 3 assemblies! Whose House? OUR HOUSE!!!

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.

School Spirit Day/Major School Events (Tentative)
Parents can click on the website link below for a printable copy of the School Spirit and Major School Events scheduled for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

Friday Virtual Opening Exercises
Due to the continued safety protocols surrounding COVID-19, we will be continuing with our Friday tradition of holding Virtual Opening Exercises. Ms. Carey & Mr. Tilley will lead the first session this Friday, September 24th. Each week, a different class from Grades 3 – 8 will lead the school in Opening Exercises.

Parish Updates – Sacrament Dates/Reminders

Grade 3 First Sacraments:
Tuesday, September 21st – First Reconciliation.  Mass starts at 6:30 pm with Reconciliations to follow.  Please sit one family per row.

Friday, September 24th – Rehearsal for 1st Communion.  This will take place in the church at 9:00 am

Saturday, September 25th – First Holy Communion – 11:00 am at the church.

Notes for 1st Holy Communion – Due to social distancing, we will have to stick with our 4 person/family limit in order for everyone to receive the Eucharist in a safe manner.  Pews will be pre-assigned for each family and we ask that the Communicant sit on the outside of the pew.  Please arrive by 10:45 am.  Masks must be worn.

Grade 8 Confirmation:
Sat/Sun October 16 & 17 – Enrollment Sunday.  We did not receive enough waivers to hold this virtually before the end of the school year so we will return to a weekend.  Masses are Saturday evening @ 5:00 pm, Sunday morning @ 8:00 am and 11:00 am.  More details to follow.

Tuesday, October 19th – Reconciliation.  This will take place in the church at 9:30 am.

Thursday, October 21st – Rehearsal for Confirmation.  This will take place in the church at 9:00 am

Sunday, October 24th – Confirmation– Time TBD (dependent on the number of students participating and current COVID protocols as we may need to split into two groups) at the church with Bishop Lobsinger.

Notes for Confirmation – Due to social distancing, we will have to stick with our 4 person/family limit in order for everyone to receive the Sacrament in a safe manner. This includes the Confirmandi and their Sponsor.   If social distancing restrictions change before then, we will revisit the limit.

Please note, that the Confirmation can be live-streamed at

(note:  you have to watch the ad then you will be taken to the live stream)

There are still a number of Confirmandi who have not yet submitted all of the forms that are required to receive the Sacrament.  Many have not yet completed their homework assignments.  Please get them into Nancy asap if you still wish to participate.

Questions or concerns please contact Nancy at

News from St. Gabriel Parish – Hockey Opportunity with Fr. Paul
I’d like to invite all of you to our second skate of the year! We have ice booked for THIS SUNDAY sept 19th at 4PM at the WAVE in Burlington. All ages all skill levels are welcome. Had a blast last time and looking forwards to doing it again.

Please bring $15 per person to help cover the ice rental or else e-transfer to  

Please RSVP to if you’re able to make it 

See you on the ice!! Fr Paul Patrick 

Terry Fox Event
Terry Fox Lives at St. Gabriel! For information on our Terry Fox Kick-Off and Terry Fox Walk, please visit our website:

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
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to

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.

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.

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!

Family Paint Night in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.

For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Attached to your correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.

Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at:

Promoting Well Being: Resilience

By SickKids staff

Resilience is a learned skill.  Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event.

Key points

  • Resilience is the ability to cope with, and adapt to, stress brought on by a difficult life event.
  • Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.
  • Factors that influence the development of resilience in children include general health and well-being, temperament, and parenting styles and behaviours.
  • Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.

Learn more by clicking the following link: Resilience (

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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
St. Gabriel Terry Fox Event (Students Wear Red & White)
Oct 7 all day
Thanksgiving Mass
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Catholic School Council – Meeting #1
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PA Day – No School
Oct 8 all day

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