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Weekly Update – October 18 – 22

Let us never forget to pray for each other.

Prayer is our greatest strength.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to Edge Imaging for quickly establishing a school Photo Day for St. Gabriel on October 22nd

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for planning, organizing, and supporting our Boogie-a-thon Fundraiser  

Thank you to school and Parish staff for preparing our Grade 8’s for the Sacrament of Confirmation this week!

Thank you to our new Head Custodian Ms. Pineda for keeping our school clean, organized, and safe each day!

School Photo Day – Friday
A reminder to all families that individual student photos will be taken this Friday, October 22nd. Enhanced health & safety protocols by our provider Edge Imaging will be in place. Please see the flyer below for more details.

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 again this Wednesday, October 20th. 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 $180. 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! 

Choosing an Appropriate Halloween Costume
For information on choosing a culturally appropriate Halloween Costume, please visit the link to our website below:

Virtual Opening Exercises
Mr. Wisniewski’s 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
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)

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

St. Gabriel Parish – Sunday Hockey
Good news: Pickup hockey is ON for this Sunday, October 17th at 3 PM at the WAVE in Burlington (1179 Northside Rd).

As always – it’s just a relaxed and fun skate for all ages and skill levels of family and friends to have fun, build community, and do so in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. All ages and skill levels are welcome! We normally divide ourselves into 2 groups of younger kids and older kids/adults so it’s fun and safe for all.

Please let me know if you and any family members or friends are coming and look forwards to seeing you on Sunday! Please note: we’re ON the ice at 3 pm so it would be best to arrive a bit earlier to get ready.

Feel free to fwd this message to anyone who you think might benefit. Cost – $15 per person. Cash or etransfer to

Also – I  ALWAYS NEED GOALIES so if you’re a goalie – you play for free 

RSVP please so I know how many are coming.

God bless!

Fr. Paul Patrick OMI

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!

SafeArrival System
The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting WellBeingResources to support youth and parents during COVID-19

By Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 13.Aug.2021

Created for youth, by youth in collaboration with clinical experts to support mental health

As we enter the back-to-school season, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

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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
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

Tilley, ChristopherWeekly Update – October 18 – 22