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Weekly Update – December 6 – 10

“A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord.”

~Matthew 3:3

Thank you to St. Gabriel Parish for organizing our Advent Reconciliations and for our continued faith partnership

Thank you to our Faith in Action Team for organizing and running our 7-Day “Blitz-en” Food Drive

Thank you to those involved in our AGF Virtual Kick-Off Event last Thursday – Mrs. Arsenault, Mrs. Mulligan, Nancy Meehan, Father Paul, Constable Freeland, and of course, SANTA CLAUS himself!

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

Thank you to our amazing custodian Ms. Pineda for keeping St. Gabriel clean and safe every day!

The Holy Season of Advent – Week 2 – Peace
During the second week of Advent, we pray and reflect on the peace of God.  The peace of God allows us to look at others through heaven’s eyes and help guide the world to see God’s here and not-yet here kingdom. Peace from God allows us to trust in God’s promises through restful and tranquil faith.

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.

St. Gabriel Parish Updates
Visit from St. Nicholas
Calling all kids!! St. Nicholas will make an appearance this Sunday after the 9:30 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass at St. Gabriel’s parish. Kids are welcome after the Mass to get chocolate and candy as well as take pictures with him.

Advent Reconciliation
This Thursday, December 8th, our students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Holy Season of Advent. Confessions will be held for all students over at the parish. Thanks to Fr. Paul and to Nancy Meehan for organizing our Advent Reconciliations.   

Advent Giving Fair 2021 – “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” Continues
Theme Days: Our “5 Days of Christmas Cheer” continues this week. On Wednesday of this week, students will be invited to “Dress like an Elf” and will compete in a Christmas Door Decorating Competition. On Friday, students are encouraged to wear their Ugliest Christmas Sweater. Classes will also be making Christmas ornaments on Friday.

Raffle Baskets: Parents can purchase raffle basket tickets online up until Tuesday, December 7th at 11:59 pm. There will be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets in person on Wednesday, December 8th. Students will be stuffing those ballot boxes on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! Thanks to our school community for their amazing generosity and support!

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!

Bringing Christ into our Homes this Christmas with Bishop Lobsinger
Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 PM for the virtual Advent session!

 A link to the live session is available HERE.

 If you cannot attend the virtual session on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s YouTube channel for later viewing. 

To learn more about the virtual Advent session, and Bishop Lobsinger, please visit our Board’s website.

Family Paint Night for December – Big Spirit Moon
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Big Spirit Moon Paint Night – Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel:

Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

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

Book an appointment

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!

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 – Take 15 minutes just for you

15 minutes for your spiritual health…

Spiritual wellness is about connecting with what is meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit.

“Research shows that spirituality is linked with physical well-being, and spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges,” says Tara McKendrick, CEO of CMHA Niagara. “Try exploring radical self-compassion, perhaps through learning simple meditation techniques that provide your mind a rest from doing.”

Other ways to enhance your spiritual wellness include:

  • Spend time in nature. Studies show it has a powerful positive effect on mind and body and that even spending 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature can be beneficial.
  • Indulge your creativity. Creativity can be an effective tool for enhancing our spiritual growth and help us to express our emotions. Try painting, drawing, writing, poetry, knitting, or practicing a musical instrument.
  • Practice gratitude. Write down three things that you are grateful for and why. Or take the time reach out to people that you love and tell them you appreciate them.


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Second Sunday of Advent – PEACE – Purple Candle on Wreath
Dec 5 all day
FIAT 7 Day “Blitz-en” Food Drive
Dec 6 – Dec 14 all day
Lunchbox – Subway
Dec 7 all day
Christmas Door Decorating Competition
Dec 8 all day
Day 2 of 5 Days of Christmas Cheer
Dec 8 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 8 all day
Spirit Day – Dress Like an Elf Day
Dec 8 all day
Creating Christmas Ornaments
Dec 10 all day
Day 3 of 5 Days of Christmas Cheer
Dec 10 all day
Spirit Day – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 10 all day
Virtual Prayers/Opening Exercises
Dec 10 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

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