St. Gabriel Education Centre

June Newsletter

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St Gabriel Education Centre is a safe and caring environment where students are given the differentiated, flexible, and engaging learning opportunities that will inspire them to be successful in learning and life.

Principal's Update

Dear St. Gabes students and families,


Wow! And just like that . . . it's June! The year just flew by again. On behalf of the staff of St. Gabes, I just want to say what a fabulous year this has been and how honoured we feel to work with you and/or your children each day. We have amazing students at St. Gabes. We will miss those of you who are moving on to post-secondary or the world of work and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Please feel free to come by and visit us any time!


June is also when we recognize both Indigenous People's month and Pride month. To that end, we at St. Gabes want to reaffirm that we are honoured to serve students of every race, culture, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. No exceptions . . . just outstanding education offered with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Any discrimination will not be tolerated and we avow to continue to create safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all students, parents, and staff at St. Gabriel Education Centre.


As always, June is a very busy month filled with really important dates and information so please take a few minutes to read through our newsletter. Please make sure you let our staff know if you have any questions or need any assistance with anything.


Many Blessings to you all,


Renee Trottier,

Principal

June Calendar and Exam Dates

June 6 - School Council meeting at 6:30

June 9 - Last day of regular classes and last day to submit coursework

June 10 - PD/Staff meeting day. School closed

June 13 - ELA 30-1/30-2 Part A diploma

June 14 - Social 30-1/30-2 Part A diploma

June 15 - Social 10 and 20 final exams

June 16 - ELA grades 10 and 11 final exams

June 17 - Math 30-1/30-2 Math diploma

June 19 - Father's Day

June 20 - ELA 30-1/30-2 Part B diploma

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples' Day. No exams are scheduled. Students are welcome to come in to review and study.

June 22 - Social 30-1/30-2 Part B diploma and Science grades 10 and 11 final exam

June 23 - Bio 30 diploma and Math grades 10 and 11 final exams

June 24 - Chem 30 diploma and all textbooks are due (except physics and science 30)

June 27 - Physics 30 diploma

June 28 - Science 30 diploma

June 29 - Grade 12 graduation 10:00-12:00. Last day for all GSACRD students.

June 30 - Staff only. School closed.


Please take note of the dates that you have to be in class to write exams. All exams count for 10% towards your final grade.


All diplomas start at 9:00. Students who arrive after 9:00 may not be allowed to write their diploma exams.

Textbook Return!

On, or before, June 24 all textbooks and Chromebooks must be returned to St. Gabriel Education Centre. Please note, not returning school resources will result in a fee to pay for the replacement of the item. Damage will be assessed a fee to either rebind the book or replace, depending on damage. Thank you for your attention to this!

Final Exam Instructions

Just a few friendly reminders:

  • No phones, computers, tablets, wearable technology, etc. are allowed in our exam rooms
  • Students will need to bring headphones (plug in kind) if they are using audio
  • Students must stay for the minimum amount of time indicated on their exam. Check with your teachers what the minimum time is for your exam/s.
  • Students have up to double the amount of time allotted for the exam. Check with your teachers what that time is for your exam/s.
  • Students needing to use the facilities will be accompanied by a staff member who will wait for them outside the door and then escort them back to the exam room.
  • Snacks are allowed as long as they are not noisy, smelly or distracting.
  • Be mindful of your body odour/body sprays and colognes. It is summer, the room gets warm so overly pungent smells can be amplified and distracting in exam rooms.
  • Absences - for unit exams, please contact your teacher as soon as possible to rebook your exam time. Diplomas cannot be excused. If you are sick or something happens to prevent you from writing, you will need a doctor's note and you must reschedule for November's exam time.

MyPass

MyPass - To check your grades, be sure that you have signed up for MyPass. This is an essential site for all Alberta high school students. Your grades will be posted there on July 15. You also need to order transcripts through MyPass. Please do not contact the school regarding diploma exam marks as we don't get this information until the fall. You need MyPass to see your diploma grades. Grade 10 and 11 students should also sign up for MyPass so that you can track your high school progress and download your detailed Academic Report.

Graduation

If you are graduating this year and you haven't spoken with Mrs. Bedi yet, please contact her ASAP. We are planning a lovely celebration on June 29 followed by lunch for our graduates and their parents.

Registration for 2022/2023

There is still room to register for the fall. Please do so as soon as you can.


If you are interested in registering for next year, please click on the link HERE. You can find out more about St. Gabes by checking out our website or calling one of the staff.


Many of you have joined us online but are still registered at your home base school. If you would like to join St. Gabes as a full-time student and not a concurrent student, please fill out the registration package and select "NEW" student and then be sure to check the box in the drop-down menu for St. Gabriel Education Centre Outreach. You should also email your school's administration and let them know that you are transferring your child/children to St. Gabes. Please contact Mrs. Trottier if you have questions about this process.


If you know anyone interested in online education for junior high please tell them to contact me at the school.


Update - Unfortunately, we will not be offering Grade 10 French Immersion next year as we did not receive enough registrations to run the program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

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Summer School grades 9-12 and adult

Core Courses - Blended Program
We are accepting students from all districts in the Edmonton Area.

Location: St. Albert Catholic High School (SACHS)

Attendance requirements - July 4 + July 5-27

July 4, 8:00-9:30 am - Core Course Starter Session - at SACHS: Students will be scheduled in a 1.5-hour orientation course - they will meet their teacher and go over how to do an online course and receive 1 credit towards their high school diploma.

July 4, July 5-27 - 8:00 - 1:30 pm Core Courses - at SACHS: Core courses require mandatory attendance at St. Albert Catholic High School. Students will work through their course while onsite using a hybrid/online approach with teacher support. Teachers will be giving mini-lessons throughout the day. Students can finish their courses early with dedication and hard work.

Online Options
Grade 9-12 students can take the following courses online from anywhere. All that's needed is an internet connection. Take 1 or 2 of the following.

  • CALM - Career and Life Management
  • Phys Ed 10, 20, and 30
  • Religious Studies 15, 25, and 35

Grades 9-12 can find out information and registration details here.

When does school start in the fall?

All St. Gabe's students will start on August 30th. Our school opens at 8:00. Teachers are on site at 8:30.

If you are new to St. Gabes, you will need to see Mrs. Trottier or Mrs. Delhez on the first day of school for an orientation meeting before meeting with your teachers.

Dual Credit Opportunities for next year

Dual credit is optional career-based high school programming. It can assist students in making meaningful transitions to post-secondary education or the workplace. School authorities have the flexibility to develop and implement dual credit programming that provides students with relevant learning experiences.


We are in a position to offer a new opportunity for dual credit to our students due to the Government of Alberta Dual Credit Grant. For the 2022-23 school year, As part of our commitment to our students and their futures, our school division endeavours to offer programming that provides dual credit opportunities to our community’s high school students. Through Dual Credit experiences, students will earn college/ university credits from a post-secondary institution and high school credits from their school by completing this coursework. These programs are offered in partnership with St. Albert Public Schools, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, Elk Island Public Schools, Norquest College, Portage College and Alberta Education.


For further information, please click on the St.Albert Schools shared website page for dual credit which can be found here:

https://www.spschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=969799&pageId=30045243


If interested, please complete the google form indicating an "interest for registration" that is found on the St.Albert Schools website page (Public and Catholic) in the above link.


Thank-you.


Yours in faith and wellness,


Christina MacKinnon

National Indigenous Peoples' Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.


Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.


In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day.


For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.


National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day) was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:

  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day

  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples

  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day


On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.


You can also access the following resources to help learn more about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


National Indigenous Peoples' Day


At St. Gabes, you can join us for an Inculturated Mass from Sacred Heart Parish which will be live streamed. We will also be posting information on our Moodle Home Page for your information.

Consider Giving St. Gabes a Review!

Please leave us a review on Google or Facebook. It will only take you a few moments but it will go a long way to advertising our program to others in the province. The more students we have, the more robust the programming we can offer. Thank you in advance!

Have you seen our promotional videos yet?

We have been advertising our program for the past month. You might have seen our ad on the big digital sign on the west side of St. Albert Trail by Mr. Pets. Click on the links below and share with your friends and family if they want to know more about St. Gabes.


https://youtu.be/crML2q_KSIM

https://youtu.be/9BzefgBUkNY

https://youtu.be/xvFom0LrZT4

https://youtu.be/s4-sIX74eYI

https://youtu.be/za3IXiZb4SQ

School Council

May's School Council meeting was postponed. Please note the new date:


Our next School Council meeting is on June 6 at 6:30 pm. This month we will be reviewing the results of our data surveys. Please join us to discuss this very important topic.


All of our meetings are online. You can find the agenda and meeting link on our website under "About Us/School Council". https://www.stgabe.gsacrd.ab.ca/about-st-gabriel/school-council-parent-council

We look forward to seeing you!

Code of Conduct - Safe and Caring Policy

Our Code of Conduct has been approved by staff and school council and is posted on our website under "About Us". Each year, we review our policy and go over it with staff and parents.

Happy Father's Day!

On behalf of the staff of St. Gabriel Education centre, I would like to wish all of the fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, and those in the role of father, a very happy Father's Day on June 19th.

COVID Updates

For the latest updates about our return to school plan and response to COVID, please click on the link below.


Remember to inform us if you've tested positive.


https://www.gsacrd.ab.ca/covid-19-information-and-protocols

Catholic Corner

ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!

"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen!"

(Acts 26:16)


Our GSACRD Faith theme is in its second year of, "Arise! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!"


This year, we are focusing on the "Get Going!" part of our theme. How do students, staff and parents know, model and witness Jesus Christ?

June

In June we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the most important feast days of the year. Pentecost Sunday concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church. Pentecost Sunday always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven.


Happy Birthday, Church

It was right after Pentecost that Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached his first homily to Jews and other non-believers.

He told the people that the Jesus they crucified is the Lord and was raised from the dead, which "cut them to the heart." When they asked what they should do, Peter exhorted them to repent of their sins and to be baptised. According to the account in Acts, about 3,000 people were baptised following Peter's sermon.

Mental Health and Wellness

Don't forget to check out our "Mental Health and Wellness" section on our website for wellness ideas, tips, resources and sessions that are being offered. Click on "community supports" for information about services in St. Albert and area to support you or your family.

Counselling at SGEC

Our school counsellor at St. Gabriel Education Center is Mrs. Tracy Delhez. She is able to provide social and emotional support to students both online or at school. Mrs. Delhez is available at SGEC on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons until 5:30. Counselling referrals can also be made by parents or teachers. Support is provided for individual or family concerns and referrals to outside agencies can be accessed through Mrs. Delhez. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Mrs. Delhez at mailto:tdelhez@gsacrd.ab.ca

Social Media - Updated Regularly

Did you know that we update our social media accounts on a regular basis? Following us is one of the quickest ways to find out what's going on at school and getting those last minute, emergency updates.


Please follow and share with your friends. We want everyone to know what a great place St. Gabes is!


https://www.facebook.com/StGabeHS

https://www.instagram.com/st.gabes/

https://twitter.com/stgabes

Parking

Just a friendly reminder to park in our lower parking lot when you are coming to the school. The lower lot can be accessed from the back alley parallel to our school.


Please do not park in the following areas:


  • our handicapped spot (unless you are handicapped and are coming into the school)
  • in the spots at the front of the building or in the upper lot on top of seven hills
  • in front of our garbage bin (the truck has left our garbage a few times because the bin was blocked).

Our Hours

Monday to Wednesday
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Thursday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday
8:30 am to Noon
All teachers are available

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