Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. January 10, 2016

Developing our God-given souls, minds, talents and gifts .......................................... as servant leaders .......................................... in the community of the Body of Christ.

That's the St. Gabriel Advantage ...

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The Baptism of the Lord

Sacred Scripture: Luke 3:21-22:

Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove, And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well please."

Weekly Meditation:

  • How can you replace malice with innocence, power with love, pride with humility, and status with service in your life?
  • How could these acts of mercy make you freer and more joyous?

NCEA Weekly Reflections, Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy, "Let us be Merciful like the Father"

Mercy is the form love takes when it encounters misery. It is not condescension, instead it is a kind of love, a kind of restoration, removing limitations. In mercy, God loves us for who we really are, his own beloved children. And so you love yourself and others for who you and they really are, God's own beloved children. And so you strive to restore something that may be lost from who you and others really are.

As teachers and parents, we see our children in their normal development as lacking in judgement, experience, and knowledge. We love them so much, and what they could be with the proper instruction and guidance, and therefore we strive to free them from their present limitations. This is the gift of mercy, and it is rooted in profound respect, that we are all God's own beloved children.

Reflections from Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion, Giving the Strength to become the witness to mercy that Christ calls all of us to be.

Enrollment Packet for Grades K-8

Dear Parents,

2016.17 Enrollment Packets were mailed to your home address on, December 18th. Included in the packet are:

  • A cover letter of simplified directions
  • A page display of St. Gabriel progress
  • A payment agreement and payment election form
  • A Roundup sheet for Jr K or Learning Loft

Please return to the School Office NO later than March 1st. If you have NOT received your packet please contact the School Office.

Additionally 2016-17 PSAS forms are now available on-line on the school website

Please direct any questions to the School Office.

Thank you!

Special notes reminder for ROUNDUP Kindergarten Enrollment for Learning Loft

There is an important new one-stop Kindergarten "ROUNDUP" Process for Kindergarten enrollment to facilitate a simplified "one-stop Roundup" process for children in the Learning Loft pre-school and Learning Loft pre-K families. You can bring your Kindergarten registration materials to the Loft Great Room ROUNDUP on Monday, January 11, or Monday January 25, between 11:00am--12:00noon - see flyer below!
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Notes for Junior Kindergarten enrollment

The one-stop "jR kindergarten ROUNDUP" will be at the School Office, February 8, from 5:00--7:00pm.

Spaces are filling up fast. Please contact Alicia Henrikson at 440-354-7858 or AHenrikson@st-gabriel.org
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REMINDER: 6th Grade Camp Parent Meeting, Tuesday January 12

Mandatory 6th Grade Parent Camp Orientation meeting on Tuesday, January 12th
  • in the MPR at 6:30 pm.
  • AT least one parent is required to attend
  • Parents can sign up to be a chaperone -- choose any day: full days, half days, and/or overnights. Full Virtus training and background checks required.

Camp will be at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, from April 19--22. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a United States national park that preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio.

The Park Conservancy has a special 4-day, 3-night Residency program for our students. It is a residential learning experience that students will never forget! Correlated to the Common Core and newly revised science and social studies standards, our dynamic environmental education program is designed to complement what students learn in the classroom.

Preventative Lice Checks

The Clinic Staff and parent team will be doing preventative lice checks through the school day on Monday, January 11th and Tuesday January 12 if needed, starting around 8:30 am . We are still in need of 4-6 more volunteers to help with the process. Virtus certification is required. If you are available to help please contact Shawn Harrold-Timco at 440-537-9917 or sign2you@windstream.net.

When the snow starts flying reminder ...

A summary of notes and guidelines to help us all be prepared ahead of time for calamity day school closings!

General Procedure Info

  • School closings will be posted on the TV stations 3, 5, 8 and 19, as soon as possible after I receive the word from either Mentor or Riverside schools.
  • We will send an email blast to all families and staff as soon as possible after that.
  • We will send a recorded phone blast to all families and staff.

General expectations

  • All school activities after school are cancelled unless otherwise noted. Things such as CYO and parish activities make their own judgments and calls.
  • By noon, teachers post directions on their web pages for what to do about things that were planned that day, or assignments to be done, or other important information they may wish to convey to you.


  1. Students are expected to do work that was already assigned or regularly expected for the day that became a snow day(s). if a quiz or test was scheduled, it will be taken on the first day back after the snow day(s).
  2. No new instruction or new work or new assignments will be given. As with homework normally, if students have questions or problems, they can ask the teachers when they get back to school.
  3. Teachers will post on their web pages by noon on each snow day, any news, information, instructions or changes students and/or parents need to know about classwork, homework, or other assignments or events. Students and parents must check teacher web pages each snow day.

NOTE: If days off do string out to 3 or more in a row, teachers may offer activities not needing new instruction, but for practice or reinforcement or continuation (such as read the next chapter etc) for prevention of gaps. This will be consistent across grade, and be grade level appropriate.

All that being said ...

  • If we use up our allotted snow day allowance (10 days) things will change, we will then be required by state code to have comprehensive new lessons/classwork that are part of a days's planning of courses and/or curriculum to add on another day. This is what is normally referred to as Blizzard Bags.
  • We will keep you notified of our status in that count, or if any other changes are needed.

BOK Snow Tubing - NEW

Sunday, January 17th, 2016 from 6:30-9 PM

Alpine Valley, 10620 Mayfield Rd., Munson Twp.

Cost: $20 per person

Let’s go snow tubing! Join BOK/BOKjr. for some long awaited snow fun! We will meet at 6:30 pm sharp inside of the lodge at the bottom of the Polar Force hill. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from Alpine Valley.

Our Snow Tubing Event is for all 6th thru 12th graders AND THEIR FAMILIES and is limited to the first 50 students/family members who return their money and both sides of permission slip.

Registration can be found on the parish website.

Questions?: Please email Mary von Carlowitz at mvoncarlowitz@st-gabriel.org.

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January 11, 2016 - January 17 , 2016

January 11--15

  • Shakespeare Residency, 5 days - Jr Hi English Language Arts Workshop in MPR
  • All school classes will eat in classrooms all 5 days!
  • School hot lunch menus will be followed

January 11

  • Preventative Lice checks by Clinic team
  • 11:00am--12:00pm Learning Loft Families Kindergarten enrollment ROUNDUP at Learning Loft Great Room - see above flyer

January 12

  • Candid Picture Day - supplemental group pictures for school yearbook
  • All students in regular uniform
  • Pictures will be taken of class groups
  • Pictures will also be taken of other groups, such as clubs, student groups, scouts, etc

January 13

  • 8:05am All School Mass

January 14

  • 4:30-6:30 pm - combined PTU and Principal Parent Circle meetings
  • School Grizzly Learning Den (new Media Center)

January 17 -- Parish BOK Snow Tubing

Looking Ahead ...

January 18 -- Martin Luther King Day


January 19-25

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • See details below.

January 20

  • 8:05am All School Mass

January 25

  • 11:00am--12:00pm Learning Loft Families Kindergarten enrollment RoundUP at Learning Loft

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 3

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

February 6

  • Power of the Pen District Competition
  • St. Gabriel 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

February 13 -- Grade 2 First Reconciliation

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

February 15--Presidents Day


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 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 9

  • 8:05am All School Mas

March 11 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 12 -- St. Gabriel BOK Food Fast

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 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 9 -- Power of the Pen Regional Competition

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

St. Gabriel School Scholastic Book Fair -- January 19--25

The annual St. Gabriel School Book Fair will run from January 19-January 25.

  • Classes visit the book fair during their scheduled computer time.
  • The fair will be open some days 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.
  • Parent volunteers will be needed at various times throughout the week. Virtus certification required! Details and schedules and signup procedure to be announced this week. If you are interested and available, please notify Mrs. Erin Trem, erin.trem@st-gabrielscool.org.

Scholastic Book Fair information link


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TAKE A LOOK! There are many wonderful events, activities, and accomplishments of our St. Gabriel School Community captured in our School Blog on our school website!

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Career Day - Monday, February 1, 2016 - A few open spots left!

Catholic Schools Week will take place from January 31st, through February 6th. After Open House, on Sunday, January 31, we are creating another CAREER DAY on Monday, February 1st, with presentations in the morning.

If you are a parent, or a St. Gabriel Alumni, or have a family member or friend who has a career that you are passionate about, and you would like to offer your knowledge and experience with it as a worthy, fruitful, and fulfilling choice of career or study for our young people, we invite you to join us on our Career Day!

Or, or if you have a family member or friend you know who would like to share their career and the passion and expertise they have for it, please let us know by signing up on the link below.

Click HERE to register

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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For Mrs. Rita Citraro, for prayers of comfort in the loss of her father George.

For the Burtch family, for prayers of healing, especially for grandpa Richard Farrell.

For Darin C, for prayers for healing and comfort in illness.

Healing prayers for Pop Pop Remchick.

For the Pokersnik family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of their grandmother Helen.

For the Thornton family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of their grandmother, Roberta Thornton.

In Thanksgiving for Father Fred's tireless devotion to St. Gabriel Parish and School for the past 25 years!! And for God to continue to bless him.

Please keep in your prayers, general intercessions for all in our community, especially all of our students who have suffered losses of loves ones over the last few years. And I know there are many needing both big and little prayers here and there, for many reasons. I was once read an anonymous quote:

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

A very special expression of appreciation and thanks to our wonderful school parent Sunshine Committee who strives to lead reach out efforts of love and support and help for those in our community in suffering!

Submitting School News, Memos, and Information

If you wish to have something included in the Weekend Virtual Back (VB) or the Weekday News and Notes, or any of our shorter email memos, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Michelle Clarke, at michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org. All items must be approved by the principal and follow our policies. Thank you!!

NOTE: Also, if there are technical obstacles or difficulties in preventing you from accessing a linked item, or getting the correct information, please let Mrs. Clarke know, and she will get you the document or item or information you need!

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