The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 9/7/2022

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Dear Fabulous Families -

It was good to see everyone last week at Back to School Night/ Curriculum Night. For those that were unable to attend, here are some brief highlights:

  • Auction Theme: Nautical Nights

  • Auction planning meeting- September 28th 6-7pm in the Cafeteria - Come and volunteer!

  • Safety is not just a concern at school. Parents were encouraged to have safety conversations using the above Archdiocesan videos as a guide to talk with their children about safety at home. Do children know what to do in case of a tornado, fire, or earthquake while at home? Is this something that is reviewed with your child's babysitter?

  • Please practice with your children to insure they know your contact information. We are finding that students do not know their parents' phone numbers if they need to call home.

  • Don't forget Spirit Wear sales end on Sunday, September 11th.

As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we had received guidance from the STL DoH regarding schools and COVID-19. We have created the following plan to guide our response this year: SGA 2022-2023 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan .

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Health Forms Due!

We are looking forward to a safe and healthy school year!

Please remember to turn in all school physical forms, immunization records and allergy and asthma action plans as soon as possible.

DQ Ice Cream

Students who wish to purchase a Dairy Queen Ice Cream Treat at the end of ITBS/CogAT testing can submit their order using the link below. Please note the dates in which ice cream is being delivered. All orders are due by September 16th. This is a fundraiser for the 8th grade.

K-5 Thursday 9/22

6-8 Friday 9/23


Buzz Book Orders

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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Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day is coming up on Friday, September 16th! Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school. Order online at and enter Order Code: 72256EF
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Parents and Teachers Participated in the Learning Differences Simulation

Last week parents and teachers had the opportunity to participate in a learning difference simulation. They understood a bit more about how it feels to have dyslexia, ADHD, and an auditory processing disorder. The training was well-received and will be beneficial as we continue to learn more to support our students.

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 20, 6:30 pm - Scaffolding for Success - The Teenage Brain

Tim Curdt, Past Gabe's parent and teacher at SLUH, will share perspectives, tips and techniques for parents to support their adolescent children through this unique period of growth and challenge presented by the teenage brain. Although this will target parents of students in grades 5-8, all parents are welcome!

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.

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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

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Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that have been able to join us for our school Masses. We really appreciate your presence!

Here are some simple prayer resources:

Tuesday Masses

9/13 3B

9/20 2O

9/27 3H

Wednesday Masses

9/14 6B

9/21 6D Bible Mass-6th graders receive Bibles

9/28 6J

Thursday Masses

9/8 8S

9/15 7M

9/22 7A

9/29 Drexel House Mission/Saint Gabriel Feast Day Mass

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 16 - Picture Day

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 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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Spirit Store

The St. Gabriel Spirit Store is open now until Sunday, September 11!

Get ready to *add to cart* on some of our cutest styles yet, from fan favorites to vintage finds that are a throwback to when St. Gabe's had an adorable gator mascot. You'll be able to outfit your whole team.

Don't forget that a part of your purchase benefits our kids!

Click the link to view the entire store and see additional size and color options:

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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.

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.
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Notes from Monsignor

Dear Parishioners:

It has now been twenty-one years since our nation experienced an unprecedented act of terrorism. The children in our school were not even alive on that day. The loss of life was great, but in the midst of such terror, great acts of bravery and selflessness were exhibited. 9/11 is a day that will be etched in our memories. "How is it possible to commit acts of such savage cruelty?" "The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a people," Pope John Paul II said.

"But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail," he stressed. "Christ’s word is the only one that gives a response to the questions which trouble our spirit." He continued, "Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it."

As we gather here over twenty years later, let us remember and pray for those who lost their lives in this senseless attack and let us always pray to find the way of peace, to break the unbridled logic of the one who wants to destroy life. The senseless taking of innocent lives has seared all our hearts. We pray for continued healing and for the strength to serve and encourage one another in hope and faith. Our masses this day will be in remembrance of those who died on 9/11 and their families.

Let us also pray for all victims of violence and their families, both in our city and nation, who are so affected by these senseless violent acts.


Msgr. John Shamleffer

P.S. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process through which adults enter into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a spiritual journey of faith. To learn more about this journey there will be an introductory meeting on this Sunday September 11 at 10 AM in the Fireplace Room. If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church, be that family member, fellow worker, or neighbor; please invite them to this gathering. Our parishioners are always the best evangelists. Your faith and how you live it speaks volumes to those around you.

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!