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Weekly Update – November 1 – 5

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


Thank you to all families for supporting our major fundraiser of the year – our Halloween Boogie-a-thon!

Thank you to our Catholic School Council and parent volunteers for making our Boogie-a-thon possible.

Thank you to Mrs. Mulligan and Mrs. Richardson for all their hard work in the office each day!

Thank you to our Lunch Hour Supervisors for their support each day!

Thank you to our school bus drivers – we are grateful for their patience and care of our students!

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!
Wishing all our St. Gabriel families an enjoyable Halloween.

The following safety measures have been suggested by the Government of Ontario.

If your child intends to trick-or-treat door-to-door:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible
  • be creative and build the face covering into your costume. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time
  • do not sing or shout for your treats
  • keep interactions brief with those giving out treats
  • use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats
  • there is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats

If trick-or-treating indoors, maintain physical distancing as much as possible and wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing is a challenge.

If you choose to give out treats:

  • do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you
  • consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • consider including the face covering as part of your costume if you are dressing up
  • give out only purchased and packaged treats
  • do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats
  • clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer

Learn more about the recommendations on how to celebrate safely this fall and winter here:

Indigenous Awareness Month/Treaty Recognition Week
November marks Indigenous Awareness Month. Several events are planned for the month and the following significant dates are in November including Inuit Day, Louis Riel Day, and National Aboriginal Veterans Day. Parents are encouraged to visit the Board website for updates.

 The first week of November marks Treaty Recognition Week to recognize the importance of treaties and increase awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario. Each day this week, an announcement will be shared with our students to raise awareness of Treaty Recognition Week.

Catholic School Council
The St. Gabriel CES Catholic School Council will meet for the second time this school year on Thursday, November 4th, 2021. The meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams and will begin at 6: 30 pm.

St. Gabriel Spirit Wear
We are working with Jimmy Tees, a local Burlington business to again offer families the opportunity to purchase St. Gabriel Spirit Wear! The link to the St. Gabriel Storm website is attached and parents will have the opportunity to purchase T-Shirts and Hoodies that feature our St. Gabriel Storm sports logo! The website features a sizing chart so parents can choose the right fit for their child/ren.

Please note that the Grade 8 Grad Sweatshirt is also featured on the website. That item should only be purchased for Grade 8 students.

Once orders are fulfilled, students will have the opportunity to participate in “Spirit Wear Days” – designated Fridays that would allow for students to show their school spirit and show off their St. Gabriel “swag”. To place an order please click on the link

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies
Each year, St. Gabriel CES offers its Grade 8 students an opportunity to be recognizable as a Graduating class. We are working with Jimmy Tees, a local Burlington business to offer Grade 8 families the opportunity to purchase a Graduation Hoodie for $55.00. Only Grade 8’s are permitted to wear their Graduation Hoodie in lieu of their uniform.

Parents can go online to view the proof of the hoodie as well as order and pay for their purchases. In addition, the website features a sizing chart and the ability for students to personalize their hoodies by indicating their last name to be placed on the back of the garment. The link to the website is: It should also be noted that families have the opportunity to purchase St. Gabriel Spirit Wear from the site if they so choose.  

If any families are in need of financial assistance for this purchase they are encouraged to email Mr. Tilley directly– or to call the main office – 905-332-3333. We want to ensure every one of our graduates receives a Grad Hoodie. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Notre Dame CSS Grade 8 Information Night
Grade 8 parents can use the link below for information on Grade 8 Parent Information Night at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.

Inside ND – Notre Dame CSS News
Visit for all of the news and happenings here at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School!

 In this issue we have:

  • Our 2020/2021 Academic Awards!
  • A Virtual Tour of Notre Dame!
  • Chaplain’s Corner,  featuring Chaplain Dunn
  • #NDSpooky Halloween Costumes!
  • An Interview with the Executive of #NDSTEAM by Bella Quitazol
  • #NDNightmares – Special Effects in Cosmetology!
  • InsideND: En Francais Returns!
  • The Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish Athletics Update
  • #NDPhotography:  Nature Shots
  • #NDArt’s ‘Inktober’
  • Notre Dame’s Jr & Sr Athletes of the Month
  • Michael Schmalz, Avery Mahoney, Miya Nobrega & Madisson Fonseca

We hope you enjoy our latest Issue, our InsideND Team has put a great deal of effort into keeping you informed of all of the wonderful things happening in our school!

For breaking news updates and to know what’s happening InsideND,  be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM

Halloween Booogie-a-thon
It goes without saying that the last 18 plus months have been challenging to say the least on so many levels. Parents, guardians, staff, and students have all felt the impact of COVID-19 global pandemic. Yesterday’s Halloween Boogie-a-thon was truly a site to behold. St. Gabriel Elementary School was filled with smiles, laughter, joy, and the hope for continued brighter days ahead.  

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for planning, organizing, and promoting this event. Further appreciation goes to our parent volunteers for donating their time and talents by decorating both gymnasiums, and for assisting with the cleanup at the end of the school day! A special note of thanks goes to Mr. Troyan for by providing sound, lights, and equipment to make our Boogie-a-thon that much more special and memorable for our students! Parents are encouraged to view pictures and videos from the day on Twitter @stgabrielhcdsb and Instagram @st.gabrielhcdsb

As of Friday, our fundraising efforts totaled just over $10,000.00. A reminder to all families that all pledge forms and donations will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on Monday, November 1st. If you still wish to contribute to our major fundraiser, you still have time to do so. Students still have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!

Thanks to our school community for their incredible support.

Virtual Opening Exercises
Mrs. Polizzi’s Grade 7EF class will lead our Friday Virtual Opening Exercises this week. Each week, a different class from Grades 3 – 8 will lead the school in Opening Exercises.

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
For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update
Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Parish Updates – Grade 8 Confirmation:
We extend best wishes and blessings to our Grade 8 Confirmandias they will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, October 24th 3:30 pm at the church.

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.

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 at St. Gabriel CES
This week the students in Grades 1-3 and Mrs. Knight’s class, will be exploring the amygdala in more depth and learning about how it determines emotional responses by classifying incoming sights, sounds, smells and movements. By practicing mindful awareness students will become aware of what different sounds are around them. By being more mindful aware, students further explore those contrasting styles of responses using the terms mindful and unmindful and learn to attend to the here and now in a nonjudgmental way. This lesson will provide the language of self-awareness, self-control and compassionate action that undergirds the rest of MindUP.  

Promoting WellBeingHelp Your Child Love Who They Are

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assets to help build self-esteem in your child.


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Indigenous Awareness Month
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all day
Treaty Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 3 all day
Notre Dame CSS Grade 8 Virtual Parent Information Night
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting #2
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Nov 5 all day
Inuit Day
Nov 7 all day
National Aboriginal Veterans Day
Nov 8 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 10 all day
Assumption CSS AP Program Information Night
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Remembrance Day Liturgy/Ceremony
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Spirit Wear/Civvies Day
Nov 12 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Nov 12 all day
Virtual Presentations – Burlington Hydro JK-Gr.3 am, Gr. 4-8 pm
Nov 12 all day
Bullying Prevention & Awareness Week
Nov 15 – Nov 19 all day

Tilley, ChristopherWeekly Update – November 1 – 5