Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... January 18, 2016


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: John 2:3:

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."

Weekly Reflection:

Mary's statement, "they have no wine," was a prayer. That prayer was answered in a way that was likely far beyond her expectations.

When we make a prayer of petition, we often mention how we would like our prayer answered, but sometimes I like to imitate Mary's Cana-style of praying. Instead of telling the Lord how and when I would like my request answered, I just express what's on my mind and trust that Jesus has a better answer than I. If we have deep trust in God, we can express our hurts, fears, or any of our concerns and feel assured our loving God will know what is best to do."

Fr. James McKarn, Living With Christ, The Word of God, Daily Prayer, & the Bread of Life, January 2016.

Chess Club Winter Spring Session

The next Chess Club session starts this Wednesday, and runs for 10 Wednesdays. Chess Club will meet in the Grizzly Learning Den, except for this Wednesday because of the Book Fair.

St. Gabriel Spelling B

  • January 11--22 -- Teachers hold classroom spelling B's
  • Notify Natalie of winner and alternate
  • January 25 -- all school spelling B

Scholastic Book Fair

The "Feeling Groovy" Book Fair will start tomorrow, Tuesday. January 19-January 25.
  • Classes visit the book fair during their scheduled computer time.
  • The fair will be open each day in the week before and after school.
  • There will be a special parent shopping night on Thursday, January 21 from 3-7.
  • There will also be another open shopping time on Sunday, January 24 for parishioners to visit after the masses, from 10-2.

Scholastic Book Fair information link
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January 19, 2016 - May 24, 2016

January 19-25

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • See details below.

January 20

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • Gr 5--6 Reconciliation right after Mass
  • Mini Math - 1:53

January 21

  • 11:00--3:00 DL Monica Diocesan Accreditation Mtg, St. Benedict

January 25

  • 11:00am--12:00pm Learning Loft Families Kindergarten enrollment RoundUP at Learning Loft Great Room
  • Hold all school Spelling B
  • Gr8 Science Fair setup in MPR

January 26

  • All Classes eat lunch in homerooms (Gr8 Science Fair in MPR)
  • 8:15 Kdg Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • Send home report cards
  • 9:00-11:00am Gr8 Science Fair judging
  • 6:00-7:00pm Gr8 Science Fair Open House, MPR

January 27

  • 8:05am All School Mass

January 28

  • PTU Skating Event - United Skates in Wickliffe
  • 5:00pm – 8:30pm

January 31 -- February 6, 2016 -- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

  • Open House Day, Career Day, Student Appreciation Day, Performing Arts and Catholic Identity Day, Staff Appreciation Day, All School Spirit Day

January 31 -- SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, 1:00--3:00pm

  • Blessing Ceremony for Grizzly Learning Den Media Center
  • Classroom Learning and Instruction Displays
  • "Paws-itive" acts of kindness displays
  • School programs and features displays
  • Catholic Schools Week Student Contest Winners displays
  • Band and Play performances
  • Refreshments

February 1 -- All School Career Day

February 2

  • Student Appreciation day
  • Donuts and water treat for all classes in am
  • Dress Down day for students, theme
  • 8:15 Last Kdg Liturgy of the Word

February 3

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • Arts Day II

February 4

  • Staff Appreciation Day
  • Dress Down Day for Staff
  • Staff treat from PTU
  • Staff Luncheon

February 5

  • CSW All School Spirit Day
  • Dress down day for all school
  • Activities TBA

February 6

  • Power of the Pen District Competition
  • St. Gabriel BOK Youth "Souper Bowl" project

February 8 through February 19, 2016 (having an earlier time this year)

  • Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogATs) - Gr 3, 5, 7
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) -- Gr 1-8
  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open Enrollment "ROUNDUP"

February 10 -- Ash Wednesday

  • 8:05am -- All School & Parish Mass

February 12 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry, 5:00--7:30pm

February 13 -- Grade 2 First Reconciliation

  • 10:00am First Session
  • 12:00pm Second Session

February 15--Presidents Day


February 16

  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting

February 17

  • 8:05am All School Mass

February 18

  • Spelling B at Auburn Career Center

February 19 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

February 21

  • Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 8th Grade Class Trip
  • School MPR
  • 7:30am--2:00pm

February 23

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

February 24

  • 8:05am All School Mass

February 26 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

February 27 -- Learning Loft Reverse Raffle Fundraiser

March 2

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 4 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 8

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

March 9

  • 8:05am All School Mas

March 11 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 12 -- St. Gabriel BOK Food Fast

March 15

  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting

March 16

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 18 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 23

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • 1:15pm Living Stations

March 24--April 1 -- Easter Break

April 4 -- Classes Resume

April 5

  • 2:45 Faculty meeting

April 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 9 -- Power of the Pen Regional Competition

April 12

  • Mini Open House

April 13

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 15 and 16

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 7:00pm
  • Pahler Center

April 16

  • Gr 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • 9:00am

April 17

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 3:00pm
  • Pahler Center

May 2 & 3

  • Kindergarten Screening

May 9

  • May Crowning

May 10

  • 9:00am Mini Open House

May 16

  • Gr 4-5 Music Program

May 24

  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting

May 26

  • Young Authors Young Artists Night
  • 6:30--8:00pm

Snow Days Reminders

Our goal for snow/calamity days this year is to greatly simplify and be consistent in our work requirements for our students. A key piece included is that we will not give any new instruction, or new assignments.


  1. Students are expected to do work that was already assigned for the day that became a snow day. if a quiz or test was scheduled on the snow day, please post a reminder on your Snow Day page that it will be taken on the day back after the snow day. If you wish to extend that further, that is up to you, but please post that.
  2. No new instruction or new work or new assignments will be given. For work or homework that was already assigned, if students have questions or problems, they can ask you when they get back to school.
  3. Teachers post on their web pages by noon on each snow day, any news, information, instructions or changes that students and/or parents need to know about classwork, homework, or other assignments or events. Please post something that either encourages everyone to have a good day, or reminds about regular work already assigned! (Students and parents must check teacher web pages each snow day.)

  • NOTE: Blizzard Bags are for new work to be assigned if our snow days are used up.
  • We will discuss as a staff ahead of time how to create and use Blizzard Bags.
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Happy Birthday belatedly, January 14th, to Brenda Humphris, today, January 18th to Katie White, and Friday, January 22nd to Beth Roebuck!


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Please keep in your prayers Meg Lose, for healing of her hand and wrist, and her eye.

Please pray for Rita Citraro and her family for comfort and healing in the loss of their father, George Latsko.

Please also keep in your prayers Erin Chalhoub, and her husband who is in recovery from recent surgery. Surgery was successful, results are good, and prayers are welcomed for plans for treatment going forward.

Let us continue to pray also for each other, as colleagues and friends, and as companions on the discipleship journey of our mission in Christ. We all in various ways have unspoken needs, cares and tribulations in our families, needing big and little prayers.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Please continue praying also for parents and families in our school community needing prayers. Remember those who are suffering through loss in any way in their families. Please especially pray for the children, those who are impacted by the cares and tribulations in their families, and those who are suffering their own cares and tribulations. Let them all touch our hearts.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, have a beautiful week!

I am praying for all of you, please pray for me,

Peace and trust in the Father, love and kindness in Jesus, and courage and wisdom and patience in the Spirit,


Donna Lee

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

We are being Christ, every day, everywhere, through teaching, learning, leading and serving.