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Weekly Update – December 13 -17

“Be glad and rejoice, for Jesus will soon be born, our Lord and Saviour”

The Holy Season of Advent – Week 3 – Joy
The 3rd Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.(information taken from the Catholic Company).

As you light your candle(s) for each week of Advent invite all who gather to share in this prayer:
God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy,
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope and love this Advent.

Early Dismissal Friday
Students will be released 90 minutes early on Friday, December 17, 2021, which is the final day of school prior to Christmas Break. Dismissal time will be 1:20 pm.  Bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly. Please ensure that your family has a plan in place for after school care for your child. Wishing our families a restful break and a happy and Holy Christmas!

Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners
During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Advent Giving Fair 2021 – “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” Continues
Our “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” continues this week. On Wednesday of this week, students will be invited to wear the Advent colours of Pink & Purple and will be creating Christmas Cards for local Seniors. On Friday, students are encouraged to wear Red & White Christmas colours. Classes will also be watching a Christmas movie and all students will receive a snowman cookie!

We like to again take the opportunity to recognize and thank our community partners that so generously donated items for our raffle baskets. 

Many thanks to the following local businesses:

Black Bull British Pub
Bolton Real Estate Group
Brad Nussbaum Lego Toys and Trains 
Bri-Tax Accounting
Burlington Ballers
Burlington Basketball
Burlington Centre
Burlington Soccer Club
Burlington Trampoline and Tumbling Inc.
Canadian Tire Fairview
Cobs Bread – Fairview
Decathlon Burlington
Erin O’Brien Remax Realty
Giant Tiger
Harrigan Hockey
Indigo Brant Street
Liquid Beauty Medi Spa Inc.
Marchetti Lee Family Law
Nick and Zina Gewarges Real Estate
Oakville Warehouse Sale
Pioneer Family Pools
Pizza Pizza Brant Location
Red Lobster
Romic-Tabesh Family Dentistry
Sport Chek Appleby Crossing
Team Revenue Inc.
The Cooper and Taylor families
The Keg Burlington
The Learning Tree
Toodilipops Creative Company
Window & Door Pros Inc

We’d also like to extend thanks to the following parents for their contributions to our AGF and for canvassing the above businesses for basket items. Special thanks to Mrs. Baes, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Biggs, Mrs. Brockie, Mrs. Lapadat, Mrs. Etherington, & Mrs. Arsenault.

Our AGF would not be possible without the generosity of our community and parent volunteers. Sincerest thanks to all! 

For all things AGF please visit our website:

7 Day “Blitz-en” Food Drive
Our student Faith In Action Team has organized a Christmas Food Drive – The FIAT 7-Day “Blitzen” Food Drive will be held from December 6-14. The class that brings in the highest number of non-perishable items will win a pizza party!

Apply to the HCDSB 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 HCDSB 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. 

About the HREAC

The HREAC will assist the board 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. 

HREAC Membership Requirements

  • Lived experience and/or strong understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, homophobia and systemic discrimination in education and the community at large. 
  • keen commitment to dismantling systemic barriers to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. 
  • Available to attend 3-4 meetings per year, over a 2-year term.

Apply Now!

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an online application through the HREAC Membership Application Form, which will remain open until December 31, 2021.

Apply to the HREAC

All applications will be reviewed by the Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee. Successful candidates will be notified by January 14, 2022. 

For more information about the HREAC membership, click here.

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds
First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.

Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on

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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.

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.

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!

Winter is here!

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellationspage.

Update Contact Information
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions:

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 – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

By SickKids staff

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
  • Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

For more information see the entire article at –

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FIAT 7 Day “Blitz-en” Food Drive
Dec 6 – Dec 14 all day
Third Sunday of Advent – JOY – Rose Candle on Wreath – Gaudette Sunday
Dec 12 all day
Lunchbox – Boston Pizza
Dec 14 all day
Creating Christmas Cards for Seniors
Dec 15 all day
Day 4 of 5 Days of Christmas Cheer
Dec 15 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 15 all day
Spirit Day – Pink & Purple Day (Advent Colours)
Dec 15 all day
Christmas Movie & Snowman Cookie
Dec 17 all day
Day 5 of 5 Days of Christmas Cheer
Dec 17 all day
Early Dismissal – 1:20 pm
Dec 17 all day
Monthly STORM Awards Draw
Dec 17 all day
Spirit Day – Red & Green Day
Dec 17 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Dec 17 all day
Christmas Break – School Closed
Dec 18 2021 – Jan 2 2022 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Dec 24 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Dec 31 all day
School Closed to Students – No Instruction
Jan 3 all day
Lunchbox – Subway (Cancelled)
Jan 4 all day
Lunchbox – Subway CANCELLED
Jan 4 all day
School Closed to Students – No Instruction
Jan 4 all day
Day 1 – Teacher-Led Remote Instruction
Jan 5 all day
Pizza Day
Jan 5 all day
Pizza Day (Postponed)
Jan 5 all day
Day 2 – Teacher-Led Remote Instruction
Jan 6 all day
Day 3 – Teacher-Led Remote Instruction
Jan 7 all day
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