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Weekly Update – October 25 -29

Hope opens new horizons and enables us

to dream of what is not even imaginable.

~Pope Francis

Thank you to our Early Childhood Educators for all the wonderful work they do each and every day in support of our Kindergarten students – we are blessed to have Ms. Flores, Ms. Gaspar, Ms. Glavac, and Ms. Ribau to support us.

Thank you to our bus drivers as we recognize School Bus Safety Week – follow @haltonschoolbus for safety tips!

Thank you to Mrs. Spoto our amazing Library Technician for all her work to support student learning and to ensure our Library is ready for class use beginning next week!

Thank you to those parents that have given up their time to volunteer at St. Gabriel. This week will see the return of parent volunteers at St. Gabriel to assist with both pizza distribution and to help at our Booogie-a-thon!

Thank you to Mrs. Innes, Mrs. Goodman, and Mrs. Kelly for all their work with staff to update the Individual Education Plans for our resource caseload. Parents please review the IEP and return the envelope and the IEP waiver form to the Special Education Resource Teachers’ attention.

Halloween Procedures/Costumes – Important Information
This Friday, October 29th students will be permitted to wear their Halloween costumes to school. All parents are asked to use the link below and follow the Guidelines for wearing of costumes.

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however, we cannot permit our students to share any food, candy or gift items with their classmates. Thank you for your understanding.

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. Orders need to be submitted by October 29th, 2021.

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. Orders must be placed by Friday, October 29th please. 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.

Pizza Wednesday
We look forward to offering our students our first Pizza Day again this Wednesday, October 27th. 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! 

Parents should also note that for every $10.00 each student raises, a ballot with their name on it be entered into a raffle to win a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card!

Virtual Opening Exercises
Mme. Pulsone’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
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 WellBeing – Taking Care of your Mental Health

October 2021 Special Edition Newsletter

  • Find someone you trust, such as family, friends, coaches or teachers, and tell them how you feel. It is important to be open about your feelings.
  • Make time to take care of yourself, take breaks and do fun and relaxing things. It can be helpful to try to treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. What would you tell or suggest to a friend who was feeling the same way as you?
  • If you are having trouble with high levels of stress, worries or sadness, talk to your medical team about helping you find someone who can help. This can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or another mental health professional. There are people who specialize in helping children and teens living with a chronic condition.

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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
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

Tilley, ChristopherWeekly Update – October 25 -29