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Weekly Update – October 11 – 15

Thank you to our amazing grade 8 students from Mr. Sloan’s class for leading our virtual Opening Exercises last week.

Thank you to our incredible St. Gabriel CES staff for all they do, every day.

Thank you to members of our Catholic School Council for their support of our students!

Thank you to Father Paul – Pastor of St. Gabriel Church for celebrating our Thanksgiving Mass last Thursday!

Thank you to members of our school community for generously donating

Thank you to the Food4Kids volunteers – the program began this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving
Wishing all of our St. Gabriel families a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for all of you and pray for your good health and happiness. A reminder that Monday, October 11th is a holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone after a restful long weekend on Tuesday!

Halton Transportation – Important Information
There are several students not regularly taking buses each day despite having an assigned seat. Parents are reminded to complete the online “Opt out of Transportation” form provided by Halton Transportation if their child(ren) are not using the bus. As an example, on Route 516 only 29/55 assigned students ride the bus. Please complete the form below to allow others on the “Courtesy Seat” waitlist to use the bus.

Pizza Wednesday
We look forward to offering our students our first Pizza Day this Wednesday, October 13th. A reminder to all families that ordered pizza to take a break from making a full lunch for your child on Wednesday. Only snacks will be required if you ordered pizza!

Halloween Booogie-a-thon
Information and pledge forms were sent home in paper format for all students for our major fundraiser for the year – our Halloween Booogie-a-thon. Students look forward to this annual event each year and we are excited to hold it once again. It will take place on Friday, October 29th. In partnership with our Catholic School Council, the monies raised for this fundraising campaign will be put towards purchasing additional technology and outdoor sports equipment. In essence, the proceeds will be used to improve student learning and well-being. 

A copy of the information and pledge forms are available on our website, please see the link below. Please note the major prizes available for the top-earning individual student fundraisers including a Nintendo Switch Lite, Principal and Vice-Principal for the Day, and a Staedtler Art Kit valued at $80. Thanks to members of our parent community for donating prizes!

Please also note our overall fundraising goal of $15,000.00. If we can meet or surpass this goal as a school, then both Ms. Carey and Mr. Tilley will each take a pie to the face! So let’s get out there and raise some funds for the benefit of our students! 

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!

An email went out to the entire school community last week kindly asking parents not to park in the driveway/Fire Zone of the Carpenter’s Hospice. A further reminder for adults to exercise patience, courtesy, and respect during pickup and drop off times please. Your cooperation in this matter is most appreciated in the interest of safety and positive community partnerships.

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.

Virtual Opening Exercises
Mrs. Smits Grade 8 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.

Terry Fox Event
Terry Fox Lives at St. Gabriel! Thanks to all families that donated to the Marathon of Hope. As a school, we set an overall goal to raise $1060.00. We surpassed that goal by a long shot raising an impressive $1314.00. Thanks to our St. Gabriel school community for their generosity and for supporting this important cause for cancer research!

Catholic School Council – 2021 – 2022
The first meeting of Catholic School for the 2021 – 2022 school year took place last Thursday October 7th. The meeting. For information on this year’s council please visit our website:

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.

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

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful. 

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

See a selection of Read Aloud books at

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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
Grade 8 Confirmation – 3:30 pm
Oct 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Pizza Day
Oct 27 all day
Halloween Booogie-a-thon
Oct 29 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Oct 29 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 3 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Nov 5 all day

Tilley, ChristopherWeekly Update – October 11 – 15