“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace,
which is the synthesis of all that is good.”
~ Pope Francis
Happy New Year! Wishing our students, staff, and parents all the best in 2022!
Welcome Back to our staff and students on January 5th to a New Year filled with hope and promise!
Thank you to our St Gabriel CES community for taking precautions and following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe!
Thank you to our families for utilizing the Rapid Antigen Test kits over the holidays and ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school starting on January 5 and until further notice!
While we certainly recognize this is a time of unease and trepidation, we want to remind everyone of the stellar job you, your children and this staff has done, in keeping everyone safe and healthy at St. Gabriel. We will meet these new challenges the same way we always do, with faith and trust in each other and a recognition that we are the sum of all our parts, and we will get through this together.
Ms. Carey & Mr. Tilley
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
- The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and childcare screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
- The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January. These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
- Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.
*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.
UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures
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.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialling the log each day ~ please see the tracking sheet Here and in your child’s agenda. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!
Food Programs Update – First Week of January
Lunchbox: Please note that the Subway orders have been cancelled for Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. Any orders will be refunded to parents directly through Kev/Lunchbox.
Pizza Day: We will be having our regular Pizza Day this week when students return on Wednesday, January 5th. Those families that ordered pizza are reminded to send snacks only.
Parish Updates – Grade 7 Confirmation
Parents of students in Grade 7 are asked to save the date of Saturday, April 30th, 2022 for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The tentative time is 10:00 am at St. Gabriel Parish.
New Year’s Prayer of Blessings
As we mark the beginning of a new year, it’s important, as people of faith, to spend some time seeking God’s blessing. Resolutions are helpful, but prayer is indispensable. Consider using the prayer below with your families as a fitting way to start 2022:
God, thank you for a new year.
May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate.
We know that you are always ready to forgive us.
Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.
As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires.
Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do.
Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.
We ask this, and all things through Christ our Lord.
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 pediatric 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 pediatric 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 & pediatric 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 halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- Read Halton Region’s November 22 media release to learn more.
- Find resources and information for parents and children from the Halton Heroes! Get colouring pages, word search, maze, videos and more!
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Lunchbox at St. Gabriel – Update
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.
Please note that the Subway orders have been cancelled for Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. Any orders will be refunded to parents directly through Kev/Lunchbox.
Dressing for Winter Weather
With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure their 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.
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: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather
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 & Cancellations page.
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: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf
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
“Working on our emotional health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being,” says Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario.
Having good emotional health is a fundamental aspect of fostering resilience. Keep in mind that having good emotional health does not mean you are free from negative emotions. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life. Here are some ways to tend to your emotional well-being:
Write out your feelings. When we put our feelings into words, we are actively constructing and making meaning of our emotions. Without words for emotions, our feelings might seem unclear to us. Naming and writing about our emotions help to ease anxiety and decrease our anger or fear response.
Acknowledge your grief. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to everyone experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. It’s important to take the time to acknowledge and mourn these losses. For more information on this topic, check out our resource on loss and grief during the pandemic.
Do something small that brings you joy. Take a photo, bake a treat, spend some time in the garden. Whatever works for you and is a healthy way to cope.
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