Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... May 15, 2016


Pentecost Sunday

Sacred Scripture 1 COR 12:12

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

Message of Mercy

No One Can Remain Indifferent

All who accept the life of Christ and live in him acknowledge God as Father and give themselves completely to Him, loving Him above all things. The reconciled person sees in God the Father of all, and, as a consequence, is spurred on to live a life of fraternity open to all…This is the reason why no one can remain indifferent before the lot of our brothers and sisters.

— World Day of Peace Message, Janua


Do you view others as brothers and sisters, or do you remain indifferent before their needs?

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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Faculty Meetings

TOMORROW, MONDAY, MAY 16th, We will have our next Principal Faculty Circle. We will be working on our schedule for next year, and discussing feedback from the evaluations of Marcy Raymond's in-service, and next steps in our STEM/RTI process and other concerns.

TUESDAY MAY 24th, we will have our closing of the year Faculty Meeting. This will be an important meeting in which we examine, study and plan around all current data about our students. So as we determine the nuts and bolts of what needs to be done to close this year, we will also be planning goals and mission for next year.

We will be opening the meeting with Kristen Cozart, Wellness Coordinator for the The Wellness Champions, speaking to us briefly with a special presentation focused on "Sleep" for us as educators for healthier lives. Kristen will also be providing a healthful little meal for us at the meeting!

Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Reminder that Thursday, and following one day each week throughout the month of May, Crossroads instructors will be implementing the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades covering 5 weeks total.

These lessons will be one class period long, during the Science classes. Crossroads instructors will come to present on the following 5 days, and will teach the classes of all 3 grades throughout the day. Following is the schedule.

Monday, April 18 (completed)

Thursday, April 28 (completed)

Thursday, May 5 (completed)

Thursday, May 12

Thursday, May 19

May 16--June 7, 2016

May 16 -

  • Principal Faculty Circle, 2:45pm, GLD
  • Grades 4-5 Music Program, 7:00pm, Pahler Center

May 18

  • 8:05am All School Liturgy
  • 10:00 am - 12:00pm Learning Loft Graduation

May 19 - Gr 5, 6, and 7 Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Science



May 24

  • Gr 2 Holden Arboretum
  • Closing of Year Faculty Meeting 2:45pm

May 25

  • 8:05 am All School Liturgy
  • ARTS DAY III, Afternoon "Trashion Fashion" Recyle Show assembly

May 26

  • Grade 3 Holden Arboretum
  • Young Authors, Young Artists Night, 6:30--8:00pm

May 27 -- Rain date for Walkathon and Field Day

  • Power of the Pen State Tournament

May 28

  • Power of the Pen, State Tournament

June 1 - Grade 8 Cleveland Tour class day trip

June 2 - Grade 8 Niagara Falls Tour class day trip

June 3

  • Kdg Graduation, 9:00am, In Church
  • Gr 4 Holden Arboretum

June 6 - Grade 8 Graduation Day

  • 8:30am Grade 8 Baccalaureate Mass
  • 9:30 Grade 8 Breakfast, Church CR
  • 7:00pm Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony, church
  • Reception following in MPR

June 7 -- Last day of school

  • 8:30am Blessing of Children, Church
  • 11:00am Early Dismissal, there will be buses


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Happy birthday today, Sunday, May 15 to Sandy Mullin, and Friday, May 20th to Amy Holmes!

Snow (Calamity) Days Reminders

Our goal for snow/calamity days this year is to greatly simplify and be consistent in our work requirements for our students.


  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'll discuss as staff ahead of time how to create and use Blizzard Bags if needed.


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Please pray for Tom Link, our outside morning arrival director, for his wife who is in recovery just suffering from a stroke.

Please pray for Mrs. Swetel one of our parents who is suffering from cancer and her daughter Noella in our Kindergarten, and her whole family.

Please pray for Andrea Karpuszka's daughter who will be having oral surgery this week.

Please pray for Mamie Glunt still in recovery from her shoulder surgery.

Please pray for Christine Horne, for comfort in the death of her grandmother, Agnes Zarack.

Please pray for Lauren Caruso for blessings of health in her pregnancy.

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 ill or suffering or 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 all had a good weekend in spite of that white stuff that was floating in the air!

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.