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Parent Weekly Update – October 4 – 8

It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our students & staff for the conversations for “Orange Shirt Day” & for your reflections and discussions around the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and “EVERY Child Matters”

Thank you to Fr. Paul and Nancy Meehan from St. Gabriel Parish for their part in organizing and celebrating Mass on National Truth & Reconciliation Day!

Thank you to all our families for joining us at our Family Kahoot Event & Virtual Curriculum Night at St. Gabriel CES!

Thank you to our staff for creating their online classroom platforms to support our students.

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & extra clothing)!

Parking Lot/Bus Safety Reminders
Parents are reminded to please drive slowly through the Church parking lot both before school and at dismissal time. Families are asked to use the Crossing Area in the parking when bringing students onto the school yard as staff monitor the flow of traffic and keep everyone safe. Drivers are also kindly asked to yield to our school buses. Please allow buses to turn into and out of the parking lot to ensure the safety of all!

Supervision Before School
A reminder to all parents that teacher supervision begins 15 minutes before the beginning of the school day. The entry bell rings each morning at 8:20 am, therefore student supervision begins at 8:05 am. Students are not to step on to the school yard before 8:05 am as they will not be supervised. Your cooperation in this matter is in the interest of student safety and is most appreciation.

World Teachers’ Day
World Teacher Day is celebrated annually on October 5. The ​​theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teacher’s day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can learn more here: World Teachers’ Day

Thanksgiving Mass – October 7th
Fr. Paul will be celebrating mass this Thursday, October 7th beginning at 9:00 am. The mass will be in recognition of Thanksgiving. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, only our Grade 6 and 5/6 classes will participate in person, while the remainder of classes from Grades K-8 will follow a live stream in their classrooms. Parents can watch a live stream of the mass by clicking on the following link:

Virtual Opening Exercises
Due to the PA Day on Friday, our Virtual Opening Exercises and will take place on Thursday of this week. We will begin at 8:40 am in order for our school to participate in the Thanksgiving Mass. Each week, a different class from Grades 3 – 8 will lead the school in Opening Exercises.

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:

Parents can contribute to this great cause by going to SchoolCashOnline to donate. We are hoping to raise over $1,000.00 this year to give to the Marathon of Hope. Our event takes place this Thursday, October 7th. Terry Fox was a proud Canadian so our students are invited to wear civvies with the colours of Red & White!

PA Day – Friday
On Friday October 8 staff will be participating in Faith Day. Our hope is to renew our spirits and rehumanize our communities after a long season of virtual and remote learning.  There is no school for students on Friday October 8, 2021.

Thanksgiving Day – No School
Monday, October 11th is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.

We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving long weekend.

Catholic School Council – 2021 – 2022
The first meeting of Catholic School for the 2021 – 2022 school year will take place this Thursday evening, October 7th beginning at 6:30 pm. The first meeting of the year will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. All meetings are open to the parent community. If you wish to attend, please email our Vice-Principal – Mrs. Carey at

Masks on School Property
We kindly ask that parents wear a non-medical mask during drop off and pickup times before and after school. As parents gather on school property, a 2M physical distancing is not possible. Please continue to do your part in avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Your cooperation in this matter is most appreciated.

Daily COVID-19 Screening
Parents and guardians are asked to complete theCOVID-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)

Parish Updates – 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 – Please now note the time of 3:30 pm at the church.

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

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
We still have over 100 families that have yet to complete the online consent forms. Parents are reminded to please 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
Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship
As per the Halton Catholic District School Board Policy VI-62, students are responsible for:

  • Demonstrating digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology, and in a manner that is reflective of our Catholic values and beliefs;
  • Using technology only when directly supervised by their teacher;
  • Reporting any inappropriate use of technology to a teacher or administrator;
  • Being responsible for the care and maintenance of their personal electronic device – the school is not responsible for the replacement of lost, stolen or damaged items; and
  • Using Board-provided and personal electronics devices for curriculum-related/educational purposes only.  Students are not permitted to use technology at school to communicate with family members or friends. 

In the event of an emergency or illness, the school has communication procedures in place through the office should a student need to contact a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians are asked to not create communication routines with your child that conflict with our school policies. Please do not send text messages or place phone calls to your child’s cellular device during the school day. If you need to send a message to your child, contact the office and we will deliver the message to your child.

Kindly review the Ministry of Education publication “Cellphone and Other Personal Personal Mobile Devices: Questions and Answers for Parents and Guardians” here:

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!

MindUp Program – Grades 1-3
The Primary classes are excited to be continuing with the MindUp program this year.  The focus this week is Core Practice.

The students will be learning that mindful awareness through focused attention is a valuable skill for both children and adults to master.  Children and adults who learn that mindful breathing helps to calm them down, which in turn allows them to think more clearly and act in a reflective manner, will be better able to regulate their emotions, reduce stress, and make better decisions.

 The MindUP™ “Core Practice”

 Learn how to take a “brain break”!

 Now let’s practice together the simple steps of the MindUP™ core practice:

 1) Sit up tall, eyes down turned or closed 

2) Listen for the chime (if using one) 

3) Inhale through your nose and out your mouth

 4) Fill the lungs fully, extending the breath to your abdomen.

 5) Focus your attention on your breath (this could be as little as 3 breaths!)

 6) Notice thoughts, return your attention to your breath

 7) Listen for the chime a second time, and follow the resonant sound as long as you can  is a link you may find helpful to learn more about the MindUp program.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 Growth Mindset Questions to ask your child at dinner table

  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
  3. Can you think of something new you tired today? What was it?
  4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? … Great! What other ways might there be to solve this?
  5. What did you learn today outside of school?
  6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? … Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
  7. Is there anything you are struggling with? … Excellent! What new strategies can you try next?
  8. Can you think of something you could have done better today? … Great! Who can you seek feedback from to make it better?
  9. What would you like to become better at?
  10. Did you do anything today that was easy for you? … How can you make it more challenging for you?

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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
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Oct 8 all day
Thanksgiving Day – No School
Oct 11 all day
Pizza Day
Oct 13 all day
Spirit Wear/Civvies Day
Oct 15 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Oct 15 all day
Gr. 8 Confirmation – Enrollment Weekend
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all day
Gr. 8 Reconciliation
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Pizza Day
Oct 20 all day
Gr. 8 Confirmation Rehearsal
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Oct 22 all day

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