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Weekly Update – November 22 – 26

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

~JOHN 14:27

Thank you to our FIAT – Faith in Action Team for organizing prayers, announcements, and our “Peace Walk” last week

Thank you to Mrs. Cadet and Mlle. Muvrin for leading our FIAT – Faith in Action Team

Thank you to Mrs. Mulligan and Mrs. Richardson for organizing our food days at St. Gabriel

Thank you to our Parent Council and AGF Sub-Committee for organizing our Advent Giving Fair activities and events and for canvassing local businesses for gift basket donations

Thank you to our local community partners for their generous donations to our AGF gift baskets

Thank you to Mrs. Smyth, Mr. Sloan, and Mr. Caunce for coaching our Interschool Volleyball Teams this year!

Progress Reports

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically by the HCDS Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Parent/Teacher Interviews:
We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th from 3:10 – 7:30 pm and Friday, November 26th from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions printed further down the page.

You will be able to make appointments from November 18th at 8:00 am until November 24th at 11:00 pm.


1. Go to the St. Gabriel scheduling webpage at

2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”

     Please make a note of your Confirmation #

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule

The Parent Code for this term is


Do not share this code with anyone outside our school community

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email

Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report & Kindergarten Initial Observations
At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students.

The Elementary Progress Report Card for students in Grades 1−8 is designed to “show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.” (Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, First Edition, Covering Grades 1–12, 2010, p. 50)

The progress report cards are intended to become a central part of rich discussions with students and their parents in the context of proactive interviews or conferences that will help to establish a positive tone for the remainder of the school year. In this way, students and parents can gain a better understanding of students’ learning skills and work habits, and students’ learning goals can be clarified and understood by all. Such communication will help establish a culture of learning and improve students’ opportunities for achieving success. (Growing Success, p. 66)

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations report encourages early and ongoing communication between the parents and the educator(s) about the child’s learning. The Initial Observations report is designed to identify and describe the child’s learning during the fall of the school year and to provide parents with clear, detailed, and straightforward information about their child’s learning, growth in learning, and next steps in learning in relation to the overall expectations in The Kindergarten Program (Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum, 2016, p. 12)

Lunchbox at St. Gabriel
St. Gabriel Catholic School Council is proud to offer families an additional opportunity to purchase lunches for our students. Our provider is Lunchbox and we will be offering Subway and Boston Pizza on alternating Tuesdays. Lunchbox is connected to the SchoolCash Online system so ordering lunches for your children will be almost seamless. 

Please see the attached flyers for important information. Parents can log in to their SchoolCash Online accounts and select Lunchbox. In a few small steps, parents can select St. Gabriel and their child’s teacher to order Tuesday lunches. Lunch Delivery FAQ (Sept 2021).pdf   LBSCO Introduction – St. Gabriel CES Burlington 21-22.pdf 

Should you have questions do not hesitate to contact the main office.

Terrific Storyific – Kindergarten-Grade 3
On Wednesday, November 24th, our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will be taking part in a webinar series featuring Suzanne Del Rizzo and Barbara Reid– two of Canada’s premier creators, and award-winning illustrators/authors! The presentation will feature art demonstrations, talk about the creation of our new amazing books, read selected sections, and answer student questions.  In addition, both Eric Walters and co-host, Sigmund Brouwer, will talk about their first chapter, Orca Echoes books to engage your older primary/early junior students. This webinar is guaranteed to capture and inspire our students!

Advent Giving Fair 2021 – “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” 
Our Advent Giving Fair for 2021 will again look much different than our traditional Christmas Market. In an effort to raise money for families in need during Christmas, Catholic School Council proudly offers “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” again! This event features 5 spirit days in addition to fun Christmas activities for our students. In addition, we have 50 gift baskets to raffle off in order to meet our charitable fundraising goal! Please see the attached flyer for more details! 

We will be starting our “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” with a virtual kick-off event on Thursday, December 2nd which will see both Ms. Carey and Mr. Tilley receive their pies to the face! 

Parents can contribute to our event and buy raffle tickets by visiting SchoolCash Online and can help sponsor a family by visiting the HCDSB Make a Donation Website 

For more information please visit our school website Thanks in advance for your continued generosity.

Keeping Christ in Christmas
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLYTo minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week – Bullying Defined

  • Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance – Pepler & Craig (2014)

Types of Bullying:

  • CYBER: The targeting of someone using technology, it is quickly outpacing the traditional forms of bullying.
  • SOCIAL: Sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying. This involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship.
  • VERBAL: Saying or writing mean things
  • PHYSICAL: Involves hurting someone’s body or possessions
Critical QuestionTeasingAggressionBullying
Is this behaviour reciprocated?Usually The teasing is shared equallyUsually Not There is usually only one aggressorNo There is a person who bullies and a person who is victimized
Do both people look like they are having a good time?Usually It takes place within a strong, positive, relationshipNo One person is the aggressorNo One person is in distress or being harmed
Is the behaviour fun?Usually Both people enjoy the banterUsually Not It can alienate and be embarrassingNo The person bullying intends to cause fear
Has this happened before with these individuals?Yes It occurs when there is a familiarityPossibly It may be a one-time eventYes Bullying is typically repeated behaviour
Is there a power differential?No It illustrates closeness and affectionPossibly It can happen within a weak relationshipYes There is always a power imbalance

Throughout this week, we as a school community, will be discussing strategies to promote a safe school environment! Whose House?!!!!

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)
The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Attendance Matters
St. Gabriel School is dedicated to helping your child develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities.  The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them.

As parents/guardians you have many responsibilities towards your child. One responsibility is to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn. In fact, it is the law. The Provincial Education Act states that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years is required to attend school every day from the first school day in September until the last school day in June. Success at school helps children engage in learning, while helping the child to build the routine of school attendance into their life.

How does our school respond to attendance concerns?
We recognize that the attendance profile for each child can be very unique.  However, when patterns or routines of non-attendance by a student are identified, we will proceed with the following interventions to support the student and their family:

  1. Teacher will discuss attendance with parent/guardian and student
  2. Teacher will refer attendance case to school Principal when 10 days absence has been recorded
  3. Principal will send a letter home to parent/guardian upon 15 days absent
  4. Principal will consult with school Social Worker upon 15 days of absent, and will encourage a meeting or phone conversation with parent/guardian
  5. Upon 20 days absent, Principal will send a second letter home and a habitual absence referral will be made to the school Social Worker

Our school also monitors arrival patterns of students, as it is equally important for students to arrive at school on time, ready to learn at the beginning of the day. There are numerous advantages for your child that you can support by ensuring they arrive at school on time, including:

  • A typical school day starts with announcements and introductions to new lessons and concepts. Students who show up late may miss out on important details and be unprepared for future class events or key learning concepts.
  • Students who arrive at school on time have the opportunity to settle into the classroom, prepare their materials and focus their minds on the lessons to come.
  • Arriving on time for school ensures that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day.
  • When students show up on time to school every day, they develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments.

We will also send notice to families when we identify patterns of habitual tardiness.

Message from Halton Transportation – Courtesy Seats
We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022.

In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 

Visit the HSTS website for more information: 

Virtual Opening Exercises
Ms. Gillies Grade 5/6 class will lead our Virtual Opening Exercises this week. Each week, a different class from Grades 3 – 8 will lead the school in Opening Exercises.

Daily COVID-19 Screening
At St. Gabriel School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following:

  • Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play.
  • Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover our nose, mouth and are tight to our chin.
  • Maintaining physical distancing by respecting the personal space of others

Kindly ensure that you remind your child of the importance of complying with the safety measures that are in place when they are at school.

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:

Dressing for Winter Weather
With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

The Use of Technology at School
When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

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!

Promoting Well-Being – Pedestrian Safety for Children

By SickKids staff

Find out how to help make walking to school (or anywhere else) a safe routine for your child.

Key points

  • Before allowing your child to walk outside without you, teach them about walking only on the sidewalk, holding hands and never running into the road, even for a favourite toy.
  • With older children, use situations such as changing weather or planning a route to teach more about pedestrian safety.
  • Remind your child to pay attention to other road users and not text or listen to loud music while walking.

Make sure your child can choose and use a safe crossing route, accurately estimate a vehicle’s speed and judge safe gaps in traffic before allowing them to walk alone.

As your child settles into the school year, one item that might be missing from their checklist is a discussion about getting to school safely.

According to Parachute, the national organization dedicated to preventing injuries, an average of 16 child pedestrians are killed and 1,300 are seriously injured on Canada’s roads every year.

Pedestrian safety facts

  • Children aged 10 to 14 are the most likely age group to suffer pedestrian-related injuries. Even more startling, children aged five to 14 years are most likely to be killed by a vehicle.
  • Child pedestrians are most often hurt in September and October, followed by May and June.
  • Most child pedestrians are hit by a vehicle in towns and cities with heavy traffic, many parked cars and few play spaces.
  • An accident on a rural road is more likely to be fatal because of faster vehicle speeds.

These numbers serve as a reminder about the power of talking about prevention with your child. Teens and adults, especially drivers, also play a big role in street safety.

School road safety tips

The Parachute Elementary Road Safety program has a number of tips that can help make trips to and from school, or anywhere else, safe.

Teach your child

Long before a child will be allowed to roam the streets alone, parents should teach them some basic safety tips. These include walking only on the sidewalk, holding hands and never running into the road, even for a favourite toy.

As your child gets older, you can use events that you see together as opportunities to teach more about pedestrian safety. For example, you might use situations such as changing weather conditions, someone jaywalking or picking the best route to get from one place to another.

Another key point is to be a role model by walking with your child and demonstrating safe pedestrian practices.

Think, look and listen

Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and listen for oncoming traffic. Your child should consider alleys and driveways as “mini-roads” and treat them with the same level of caution.

Children should not be allowed to wear ear buds or talk on the phone while walking down the street. Talking on the phone, texting and listening to music can all be distracting. Both adults and children need to pay attention to what is going on around them.

Also, note that our alertness fades throughout the day. Most incidents happen between 3pm and 6pm, when drivers are coming from work and children may be walking from school.

Children should know that their hearing is very important for safety. You can play games to encourage your child to listen for traffic. For example, when you hear a vehicle behind you coming down the street, try to guess what it is with your child.

Wait to let your child walk alone

According to Parachute, children need to develop three important skills before they can walk alone. They need to be able to:

  • choose and use a safe crossing route
  • accurately assess a vehicle’s speed
  • judge safe gaps in traffic

Many children do not develop these skills until they are aged nine to 11. Until you are confident that your child can be a safe pedestrian, make sure they are supervised.

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Indigenous Awareness Month
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all day
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Nov 21 all day
Lunchbox – Subway
Nov 23 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 24 all day
Terrific Storyific Virtual Event – K – 3
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Parent/Teacher Interview Evening
Nov 25 @ 3:10 pm – 7:30 pm
PA Day
Nov 26 all day
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Nov 26 all day
Fourth Sunday of Advent – LOVE – Purple Candle on Wreath
Nov 26 @ 7:24 pm – 8:24 pm
First Sunday of Advent – HOPE – Purple Candle on Advent Wreath
Nov 28 all day
Monthly STORM Awards Draw
Nov 28 all day
Gr.5EF – 8 – Viewing Raffle Baskets in Library
Nov 30 all day
Lunchbox – Boston Pizza
Nov 30 all day
Monthly STORM Awards Draw
Nov 30 all day

Tilley, ChristopherWeekly Update – November 22 – 26