The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 9/21/2022

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Dear Fabulous Families -

Here are just a few quick reminders:

  • Congratulations to our Sixth Grade Students on receiving their Bibles this morning at Mass! See the photo below in the newsletter.

  • Bullying information is included on page 19. As shared at Back to School Night, the policy had been written and approved with time given to work through procedures. Many thanks to our Living Our Faith BoE Sub-committee for working on this endeavor. The sub-committee consisted of BoE members, counselors, CRE, and Asst. Principal. Teachers have taken the Second Step Anti-Bullying training. Students will continue to participate in anti-bullying lessons during SEL class and the procedures will be discussed with them.

  • Please see the information below regarding the listening sessions that Monsignor mentioned at the Back to School Nights. Stay informed about All Things New by exploring the website and making plans to come to one of the two listening sessions being offered for St. Gabriel the Archangel. You must register for a session.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

All Things New Listening Sessions - Sign Up

Thanks to all of you who have participated in the All Things New surveys and provided data and feedback over the past few months. The information has been enlightening, educational, and fruitful as we continue to ask ourselves what our parishes, ministries and institutions need to look like in order to effectively share our Catholic faith in a way that is suitable and sustainable for our children and generations to come.

The next step in this multi-year process is to hear more robustly from you, our parishioners,

about our parish. Our Parish Listening Sessions will be Tuesday November 1, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. OR Thursday, November 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Both meetings will be in the Gym. You are invited to register for our listening sessions beginning mid-September at: (Click "Register Now". Then click on "Click here to register for a listening session." Fill out the form.)

Parishioners must register in order to attend a Listening Session. Registration will close once the designated room's seating capacity is reached. There will not be additional opportunities for Listening Sessions other than the ones scheduled for each parish. Each listening session, including ours, will be facilitated by trained facilitators who will share pre-recorded messages from Archbishop Rozanski and Fr. Chris Martin, Vicar for Strategic Planning, with an overview of All Things New, a planning area overview and multiple DRAFT model options to consider for our respective planning area. A brief time will be allowed for small group discussion and facilitated large group feedback.

The goals of the listening sessions are to engage as many of you as possible in understanding the current state of our parish and diocese and to solicit feedback from as many of you as possible about the DRAFT models options for their planning area.

After the final listening session in each planning area, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will make

public the content presented at all the parish’s Listening Sessions in that planning area and will offer an additional opportunity for parishioners to provide open-ended feedback through an online survey. The survey will remain open until December 31, 2022. Parishioner feedback to the models is critical, as it will be used to help shape the future of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

In order for you to be fully prepared with accurate information before our parish listening

sessions, you will receive access to our Parish Workbook. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has created Parish Workbooks as a supplementary resource to help us prepare for the listening sessions. The workbooks are meant to equip us with data about the Archdiocese of St. Louis, our local planning area, and our specific parish. Our Parish Workbook is here.

Thank you for your prayers, support and for the gift of true discernment so that we may continue to do the Will of God in all things.

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Donate for a Dress Down Day!

There are only six months until the S.S. Gabriel Auction sets sail on its 30th Voyage! Donate for your child(ren) to a dress out of uniform for a day. The Dress Down Day will be on September 28, 2022. The donations will be used to create packages and experiences for the Nautical Nights Annual Auction on March 25, 2023. Donate here:

Gabe's V.I.P. Volunteer List

If Friday mornings occasionally work for you to volunteer between 8:00-10:30am, then you qualify to be a part of the Gabe's Very Important People’s volunteer list! We will aim to help Friday mornings, but other days and times may apply. These very important tasks could be sorting books, making copies, compiling folders, cleaning out a closet, whatever will help lighten the load of the school office, teachers, or staff. If you are interested in VIP status, please fill out the form below. We’ll keep a running list of volunteers and reach out as needs arise!

Sign-up here.

Any questions? Contact Molly Roell, 314-803-2236 or

Buzz Book Orders - Due Today

Families may order Buzz Books for the 2022- 2023 school year. Ordering is online this year! All orders are due Wednesday, September 21st. Buzz Books are $6.

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Kindergarten Parent Night Out

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Trivia Night- Save the Date

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School Environment Training for Volunteers

We look forward to having volunteers helping out during the school next year. However, everyone must complete the Safe Environment Training and a background check. Please see the link below to get started. The link can also be found on the parish website under "Stewardship".

Safe Environment Training

Parent University

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we will be offering a new program we are calling Parent University. This will be a time for parents to gather and learn about a school-related topic. All sessions will be held in the cafeteria.

September 26 - Literacy 101 for K-2

Are you wondering what the difference is between phonics and phonemic awareness? Blends and digraphs? Decodable and leveled texts? Join us for an evening focused on our updated literacy practices.

New - November 15, 6:30 pm - Entering the Intermediate Years: Building on Success

This presentation is appropriate toward the end of second grade or the beginning of third. It addresses issues that parents at this stage specifically need, such as brain and social development at age 8/9, social changes and “bullying” concerns, the need for homework independence, and smart early choices with technology. Supporting the school’s rules and expectations is emphasized. Presented by West County Psychological.

Parent University- Teenage Brain

As part of our Parent University series, parents and teachers leaned about the teenage brain and how they can hep set students up for success. Many thanks to Tim Curdt, parishioner and SLUH staff member, for sharing his knowledge.

From PFA: The Faculty & Staff Appreciation Committee: Feel Good Fridays Are Back!

We are excited to bring back Feel Good Fridays this year! We will celebrate the last Friday of school each month throughout the school year.

Feel Good Fridays are a great way to show appreciation for our wonderful Faculty and Staff. In the past we have stocked the lounge with snacks & drinks, replenished classroom supplies and provided breakfast and sweet treats. These are just a few of the fun ways the PFA plans to show our gratitude for all that our Faculty and Staff do throughout the year.

The PFA will be kicking off Feel Good Fridays on Friday, September 30th with a treat for the teachers. We plan to do a stock the lounge event for the month of October and will have more information and a signup genius in the coming weeks. Thank you!

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Cafeteria Manager Still Needed

Do you want a super fun job that is the same schedule as your kids? We are looking for help in the kitchen for the 2022-23 school year.

If interested please contact

October Lunch Menu

Below is the link to the October lunch order. Orders are DUE BY Saturday, September 24th at 4 pm. No late orders will be accepted.

Attached is the October menu for your reference. All orders have to be done through the google link. The menu is a great tool to print out and mark the days your child(ren) are ordering or have your child fill out the paper copy so you can enter their order on the google form. That way there is no mix up on which day you bought lunch. We are not selling drinks at school; all drinks must be preordered. We have added on Turkey Wraps and Chef salads as a menu option in October. They must be preordered and are NOT "day of" options.

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Dear Parents,

Today, our 6th graders received their Bibles during Mass. We pray for them as they learn about God's Word and their faith ancestors.

Today is the UN International Day to Pray for Peace. The theme this year is "End Racism. Build Peace."

Let's take time today to pray for peace.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Here are some simple prayer resources:

Tuesday Masses

9/27 3H

10/4 No Mass- Homeroom Prayer Service

10/11 2G

10/18 2A

10/25 1M

Wednesday Masses

9/28 6J

10/5 No Mass-Homeroom Prayer Service

10/12 8R

10/19 8S Confirmation Commitment/Baptism Mass

10/26 8M

Thursday Masses

9/22 7A

9/29 Drexel House Mission/Saint Gabriel Feast Day Mass K-8 attend

10/6 No Mass- Francis House Mission Prayer Service in church

10/13 7D

10/20 6B

10/27 6D

Come pray with us. Please join us whenever you are able! Masses are at 8:00 am in church.

Sacrament Days for 2022-2023 School Year:

8th Grade

Confirmation Parent Meeting- September 21 at 6:30 in church

Sponsor Meeting (Student attends)-October 27 at 7:00 pm meet in the cafeteria

Confirmation Retreat Day- April 18th

Confirmation-April 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm

2nd Grade

First Reconciliation Parent Meeting-October 13 at 6:30pm in church

First Reconciliation- November 10 at 7pm in church

First Communion Parent Meeting- March 30 at 6:30 pm in church

First Communion-May 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance for 2022-2023

Dates below are subject to change and additional days will be added as we continue to plan for the upcoming year.

September 19-23- ITBS/CogAT Testing

September 20 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - The Teenage Brain

September 26 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - Literacy 101 for K-2

October 7- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

October 8- Parish Picnic

October 10- Parent-Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL

October 13 - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

October 24- Book Fair (open during day and after school)

October 25- Book Fair (open during day and after school)

October 31- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

November 1- All Saints Day- NO SCHOOL

November 4- End of 1st Trimester

November 10 - First Reconciliation, 7:00 pm, Church

November 15 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - The Middle Grade Years: Building on Success

November 23- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 24- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 25- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

December 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception- NO SCHOOL

December 13- Vocal concert (2nd, 4th, 5th grades, and Honor Choir)

December 14- Band concert

December 21- January 1- Christmas Break- NO SCHOOL

January 2- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

January 3- Classes resume

January 13- Planning and collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

January 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL


February 10- End of 2nd Trimester

February 17- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

February 20- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 26- Archdiocesan Band Festival (Concert Band)

March 10- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

March 13-17- Spring break- NO SCHOOL

March 30 - First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

April 6- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 7- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 10- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 21- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

May 7, First Communion, 2:00 pm, Church

May 9- Vocal concert (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd grades, and Honor Choir)

May 10- Band concert

May 12- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL (UPDATED 8-11-22)

May 23- 8th Grade Graduation (6:00pm)

May 26- Last day of school- NOON DISMISSAL

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As we kick off the new school year, we will once again be utilizing our PFA website to sign up for volunteer opportunities and place orders for special lunches, treats, and PFA events throughout the year. It's important that we have updated information for families and students in the PFA website portal in order for parents to see the opportunities available for your student's class or grade. This is especially important for any new families joining St. Gabriel.

Please take a minute to visit the website: Once you log in to your portal, you will see a blue highlighted prompt at the top of the page directing you to review and update your contact information. Please click on the Contact Information link below to update your information. If you have questions, please email the website administrator, Jack Sailor at


Interested in getting involved in your child's classroom? The Home and School Committee of the PFA is looking for Room Coordinators for the 2022/2023 school year to do just that.

We are in need of one Room Coordinator per classroom in grades K-5, and one room coordinator per grade in grades 6-8. There are additional opportunities in second grade to assist with events surrounding First Communion. We will also be soliciting general party volunteers as well for the two parties we host each year - Christmas and Valentine's Day. All volunteers will need to complete the Safe Environment Program training prior to serving.

The Room Coordinator will be in charge of collaborating with volunteers for the two class parties hosted during the school year (Christmas and Valentine's Day). Additionally, the Room Coordinator will be the primary point of contact for each teacher throughout the year to act as the liaison for any general classroom needs.

Sign-ups are now live on the PFA website ( You will only be able to sign up to volunteer through the PFA website, so it is essential that your account is created and up to date. For more information or questions, please contact Molly Sonderman at or Sara Patterson at

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St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

SGYG is open to all high school teens of the parish as well as their non-parishioner friends. We meet on Wednesday evenings in the Gabriel House Chapel. No sign-up necessary! High schoolers can attend on a regular basis or drop-in as it fits their schedule!

NEW TIMES for Wednesday Nights!

7:30-8:30pm; Doors Open at 7pm; Optional Socializing until 9pm.

Volunteers Needed!

SGYG is working the Food Tent at the Parish Picnic (Oct. 8th) from 10:30am-1:30pm. Adults and high schoolers are needed. Please contact Sarah ASAP if you can work a 2-hour shift during this timeframe! Thank you for any help you can provide!

Service Opportunities

Contact Sarah if you're interested!

Sept. 10th & 11th - Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit in St. Gabriel Gym

Oct. 8th - Food Tent at the Parish Picnic

Oct. 22nd - Parish Day of Service

Stay connected with SGYG

Follow us on Instagram @stgabesyg

Like our Facebook Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Join the Flocknote Group: Youth Ministry

Visit the Youth Group link on the parish website

Contact our Youth Minister: Sarah Henderson -

Calendar of Events

​Visit the parish website to find our calendar on the Youth Group page under the Worship and Formation tab.

SGYG Fundraiser

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Notes from Monsignor

Dear Parishioners:

The Feast of the Archangel Gabriel is celebrated this coming Thursday on September 29.

Gabriel is a Hebrew word with two root parts. The first portion, “gabri,” means strength, power,

or might; while the suffix, “El,” is a Hebrew word for God. The name Gabriel means God is

strong, God is powerful, or God is mighty.

Gabriel’s Special Role

St. Gabriel the Archangel is God’s special messenger. Gabriel explained, “I am Gabriel, who

stand before God. I was sent to you and to announce” (Lk 1:19). Gabriel is mentioned four times

in the Bible, twice in the Old Testament and twice in the New Testament. Gabriel appeared to

the prophet Daniel (Dan 8:16; 9:21) to explain two dreams. Then Gabriel brought the message of the two great births in Luke’s Infancy Narrative: the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah (Lk

1:19), and most importantly, the birth of Jesus to Mary (Lk 1:26). No other angel has ever

brought such an important announcement. Gabriel stands alone as the greatest of all angelic


As we celebrate the feast day of our patron Saint be mindful that each of us, from our baptism,

are called to be messengers of hope who bring the face of Christ to others.

God Bless!

Msgr John Shamleffer

Wanted: Maintenance Director for St Gabriel Parish and School

Responsible for the effective, efficient and safe maintenance, renovation and upkeep of parish

buildings and grounds. Main duties include supervising the preventative, routine and emergency

maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and property for the church and school.

Primary systems include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, security, fire safety, energy management, irrigation and grounds. Will supervise one or more maintenance employees and may supervise and coordinate with outside contractors. Will perform routine to mid-level maintenance functions.

Applicants should contact Monsignor Shamleffer at or leave a message at the church rectory 314-353-6303.

Art in the Park - Mrs. Abramczyk Will Have a Booth!

September 25, 10 am - 5pm

Francis Park

Volunteer at

Come visit St. Gabriel's art teacher, Rosie Abramczyk, at Art in the Park on Sunday, September 25, in Francis Park. She will be at the R. A. Artistry tent selling her St. Louis photography and other items. She'd love you to come by and say "Hi!".

7th and 8th grade Fun n Games - Sponsored by the 8th Grade Core Team

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Picnic Information

The 2022 Saint Gabriel parish picnic is fast approaching. This wonderful event is not possible without your generous support. We greatly appreciate any slots that you or your family can fill. Please note: CYC has been notified to not schedule any St. Gabriel teams on October 8th. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (626) 848-6181. Thank you!

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CBC visit program

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE BOYS: CBC is now accepting appointments for our Official 8th Grade Visit Program. During this visit, a young man will participate in Experience CBC Classes designed especially for 8th grade students. He will meet with a current CBC student, attend some of his classes, and have lunch with him. Finally, during the CBC Explore Period, he will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, coaches and program moderators to gather detailed information about the things in which he is interested. This program is by reservation only. Please contact Mrs. Melissa Ryan at (314) 985-6095 or to reserve your Official 8th Grade Visit. On-line registration also available at
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St. Louis Priory Shadow information

In addition to shadow visits, there are many other opportunities for families to learn more about Priory this fall. Families can visit the admission section of Priory’s website to sign-up for a shadow visit or to attend the High School Raven Experience (Open House) on Sunday Oct. 23, 2022. Additionally, Priory will participate in the Archdiocese High School Nights. This year, these events will be held on the following dates, no prior registration necessary:

September 13 at St. Joseph’s Academy

September 22 at Incarnate Word Academy

September 27 at St. Dominic

October 3 at SLUH

October 12 at St. John Vianney High School

I look forward to helping 8th grade families. if Priory sounds like a good option for their high school education. Please feel free to check out our new Virtual Tour!

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