A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 9/21/2022
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.
- Below you will find the 2022-2023 Parent Handbook. Updates are noted in red. Students came home today with an orange-colored sheet for parents to sign that they have read through the handbook. This is due by next Friday, Friday, September 30. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UuHPiLyp5ilkI6sA1sWmnNlwNSX053hPBsu2oJ-YCFA/edit?usp=sharing This handbook will be posted on our website by Friday.
- 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 -
St. Gabriel the Archangel
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:
https://allthingsnew.archstl.org/. (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.
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: Bidpal.net/nauticalnights23
Gabe's V.I.P. Volunteer List
Any questions? Contact Molly Roell, 314-803-2236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Buzz Book Orders - Due Today
Kindergarten Parent Night Out
Trivia Night- Save the Date
School Environment Training for Volunteers
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
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!
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 email@example.com
October Lunch Menu
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.
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:
10/4 No Mass- Homeroom Prayer Service
10/5 No Mass-Homeroom Prayer Service
10/19 8S Confirmation Commitment/Baptism Mass
9/29 Drexel House Mission/Saint Gabriel Feast Day Mass K-8 attend
10/6 No Mass- Francis House Mission Prayer Service in church
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:
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
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!
Coordinator of Religious Education
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 3- NOON DISMISSAL
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
TIME TO UPDATE YOUR PFA WEBSITE CONTACT INFORMATION
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: https://stgabrielpfa.membershiptoolkit.com/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PFA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: ROOM COORDINATORS FOR 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR + MORE FOR 2ND GRADE
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 (https://stgabrielpfa.membershiptoolkit.com/). 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 email@example.com or Sara Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 - email@example.com
Calendar of Events
Notes from Monsignor
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Volunteer at artintheparkstl.com/volunteer.
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
CBC visit program
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!