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Weekly Update – November 8 – 12

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ~Matthew 5:9

Thank you to our Grade 7EF students from Mrs. Polizzi and Mme. Pulsone’s classes for organizing our Remembrance Day Liturgy.

Thank you to Halton Food for Thought for providing our students with healthy snacks

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help with Pizza Wednesdays

Thank you to the Notre Dame Guidance Department for visiting our grade 8’s this week to discuss the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9. 

Thank you, parents, for your support of the SafeArrival system and for reporting your child’s absence.

Remembrance Day Liturgy
On Thursday, November 11, 2021, we will participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:30 am. All students will receive a poppy or poppy sticker to wear on that day.  Any students involved in Scouts, Brownies, Beavers, Sparks, Cadets etc. are welcome to wear their uniforms. Thank you to our Grade 7 Extended French students for leading the ceremony.

Spirit Wear/Civvies Day
This coming Friday, November 12th we will be holding a monthly Spirit Wear/Civvies Day. Students are welcome to wear their St. Gabriel Storm Wear or are encouraged to dress in their civvies. Students are reminded to ensure their dress is appropriate.

Burlington Hydro Virtual Safety Presentations
Virtual presentations hosted by Burlington Hydro will be held this Friday, November 12th. Two age-appropriate assemblies will be held separately for Kindergarten – Gr. 3 and Gr. 4 – 8. The focus of the presentations will be Electrical Conservation and Safety.

Assumption CSS AP Information Night
Parents of Grade 8 students interested in the Advanced Placement Program at Assumption CSS are encouraged to participate in the AP Information Night this Wednesday, November 10th beginning at 7:00 pm. Parents are invited to access the Assumption website –

FIAT at St. Gabriel
The Faith in Action Team or FIAT met last week. The team consists of Grade 8 student leaders that will act as the student voice for our school. FIAT will explore topics including Anti-Bullying/Bullying Awareness, Equity & Inclusivity, Student Mental Health & Well-Being, Faith Initiatives, and Social Justice Programs. Our student leaders will be supported by Mrs. Cadet our CYC and additional staff members.

No Hate in Halton
We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launch during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate motivated incidents.

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 applications using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 

Visit the HSTS website for more information: 

Indigenous Awareness Month
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.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
“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 coming home on Wednesday, November 24th. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually during the evening of Thursday, November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday, November 26, 2021.  This year you will once again be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a school messenger email.

Virtual Opening Exercises
Mrs. Melfi’s Grade 6 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 its 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.

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!

MindUP Program at St. Gabriel CES
Children in Grades 1-3 will be starting lesson three, The Core Practice this week.  The Core Practice is the signature daily routine of The MindUP Program.  Teaching to focus on and control breathing can help become less reactive and more reflective when feeling anxious or stressed.  This short daily activity of listening and breathing capitalizes on neuroplasticity, the brain process that creates and strengthens nerve cell (neuron) connections through practice or repeated experience.  As your child/children practice controlled breathing, their brains develop and reinforce the “habit” of responding to anxiety by focusing on their breathing.  This leads to reflective rather than reactive responses.  The more controlled breathing is practiced, the more self-managed and mindful your child/children can become.  The Core Practice puts them in control of their mental and physical energy.   Take some time to go over the Core Practice exercise with your child/children.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 tips for non-sporty parents

 ~ Sara Smeaton

If you are like me and sports haven’t played a major role in your life, you might be having challenges figuring out how to raise active kids. Encouraging sports doesn’t always come naturally to a lot of us who are “rather curl up on the couch with a book” types, but when asked if we want our kids to be active for life, of course, the answer is an emphatic yes! So, here are my top tips for non-sporty parents to get you and your kids started down the road to physical literacy.

  1. You are probably sportier than you think. Do you walk, do yoga, garden? Can you remember what activities you enjoyed as a kid? Even if you weren’t a team sports guy or gal chances are that you liked something, maybe dance, karate, swimming, wall ball, or skipping?
  2. See it as a growth opportunity. Maybe you’ve looked at yourself one way all your life but it’s never too late to change your own perceptions.
  3. Introduce them to lots of different activities. Something’s got to stick! Your kids may or may not gravitate to team sports, especially when they are little, but you can help them find an activity they like that will give them confidence to try more and more.
  4. Encourage their interests. Sometimes catching the wave of enthusiasm can be a tricky manoeuvre. Pay close attention and be ready to jump in when they perk up at a certain activity, sport or game.
  5. Read kids books on sports with your children, or watch kids movies about sports. Do you have a little reader? Find some sports-themed books to stir their interest. And check out our list of 10 sports movies to watch with kids.
  6. Appoint someone as your kids’ “sports godparents”. Do you have a friend or family member that loves to toss the ball around or shoot hoops? Ask them to spend some time with your children; they’ll all probably end up having a blast!
  7. Start a group of like-minded non-sporty parents. You might be surprised how many of your friends feel the same way you do. Make a date with another family to go bowling, skating or for a group hike.
  8. Make a game out of it! Have all the family members earn “Physical Activity Points”: i.e., 10 points for walking to school, 15 points for biking, 20 points for dance class, 20 points for mom’s spin class etc. Then reward the family with a group outing somewhere fun on the weekend if the family achieved its goal.
  9. Set a good example. Spend some time each day walking, biking, etc. Just focus on being active and let your kids see you doing it.
  10. Don’t stress about it. Physical activity is about having fun and being healthy; don’t let this become another item on your “ways I’m failing as a parent” list.

And remember, knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the information you need to help your kids be successful in sports. You’ll find great information and tips by looking around Active for Life.


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Indigenous Awareness Month
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all day
Treaty Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 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
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day
Milk Program begins Today
Nov 16 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 17 all day
Thu Opens Today
Nov 18 all day

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