Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... February 15, 2016


First Sunday of Lent

Sacred Scripture Romans 10: 8 - 9

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Message of Mercy

Why Must We Return to God?

The exhortation which the Lord addresses to us through the prophet Joel is strong and clear: “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). Why must we return to God? Because something is not right in us, not right in society, in the Church, and we need to change, to give it a new direction. And this is called needing to convert!

Once again Lent comes to make its prophetic appeal, to remind us that it is possible to create something new within ourselves and around us, simply because God is faithful, always faithful, for he cannot deny himself, he continues to be rich in goodness and mercy, and he is always ready to forgive and start afresh. With this filial confidence, let us set out on the journey!


What's not right with you at the moment?

This message of mercy and reflection material is generously provided by Our Sunday Visitor, publisher of A Year of Mercy With Pope Francis: Daily Reflections.

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NOTE: Faculty Meeting on Feb 16 is CHANGED to Feb 23.

Old Wednesday Schedule for testing this week - ONLY ON Feb 16

8:00--9:20 Testing

9:20-9:52 Period 1-- 5

9:52-10:24 Period 2 --K

10:24-10:56 Period 3 --1

10:56-11:28 Period 4 --7

11:28-12:00 Period 5 – lunch ¾ 8

12:00-12:32 Period 6 – lunch 1/2 6

12:32-1:04 Period 7 – lunch K/5/6 3

1:04-1:36 Period 8 – lunch 7/8 2

1:36-2:01 Period 9 --4

NOTE: Faculty Night to work Fish Fry -- March 18th --Sign Up!

March 18, which is the last Fish Fry before Easter, is the designated night for school to sign up to work the Fish Fry. Please go to the parish website www.st-gabriel.org and sign up at Fish Fry, which is under Events & Registration.

This is a fundraiser whose proceeds go to the St. Gabriel Catholic Education Tuition Assistance Fund, so we like to choose one night that the school staff donate their services.

Go to the Parish Website, go under "News and Events", Lenten Fish Fry, and "click here for info" to sign up to volunteer. f you can't work that last night on March 18, but can work one of the other Fridays, that would also be great!

February 16--May 26, 2016

February 16 through February 19, 2016 continued

  • Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogATs) - Gr 3, 5, 7
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) -- Gr 1-8

February 17

  • 8:05 am All School Mass

February 18

  • Regional Spelling B at Auburn Career Center

February 19 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

February 21

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

February 23

  • 9:00am - Mini Open House
  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting
  • Principal Parent Circle, 5:00--6:30pm, GLDen

February 24

  • 8:05am All School Mass

February 26 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

February 27 -- Learning Loft Reverse Raffle Fundraiser

March 2

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 4 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

March 8

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

March 9

  • 8:05am All School Mas

March 11 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

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 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

  • SCHOOL STAFF DAY to sign up to work Fish Fry

March 23

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

March 24--April 1 -- Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 4 -- Classes Resume

April 5

  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting

April 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 9 -- District Power of the Pen Regional Competition

April 12

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

April 13

  • 8:05 All School Mass

Aprl 14 -- PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out

  • Location off campus, TBA
  • Vendor items

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

  • 8:15am May Crowning, Church

May 10

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

May 11

  • 6":30pm 8th Grade "Academy Award Night"

May 16

  • 7:00pm Grades 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 today, Monday, February 15, to Danielle Klein!
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Please keep in your prayers Alicia Henrikson for some upcoming surgery, for quick healing and comfort.

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 testing 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.