Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... April 3, 2016


Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Sacred Scripture LK 23:42

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Message of Mercy

Servant of Mercy

God forgives every man in his sovereign mercy, but he himself willed that those who belong to Christ and to the Church receive forgiveness by means of the ministers of the community. Through the apostolic ministry the mercy of God reaches me, my faults are forgiven and joy is bestowed on me…

The Church, who is holy and at the same time in need of penitence, accompanies us on the journey of conversion throughout our life. The Church is not mistress of power or the keys, but a servant of the ministry of mercy and rejoices every time she can offer this divine gift.

General Audience, November 20, 2013


Jesus established the Sacrament of Reconciliation through the Church so that the Church could accompany us in our journey of conversion.

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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Holy Week and Stations of the Cross

In these next three days of Holy Week, utilize any times you can for quiet prayer and reflections with your students. Make that visit to the chapel, make that special walk in the Hall of Stations of Silence ... Even stop and reflect on the jr hi collages of scenes of the Way of the Cross in the hall across from room 107 ... This Wednesday we will finish our school Holy Week with our traditional student enactment of the Living Stations in the church, at 1:15. Sherry has made a n altered lunch schedule and is working on the day's schedule.

There will be a changed/shortened schedule for the Wednesday.

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Faculty Meetings

Next Faculty meeting will be Tuesday, April 5, after school at 2:45 in the Grizzly Learning Den. We will be having parent Mrs. Jackie Taylor be a special guest speaker on STEM. It will be great professional development necessary for all.

On April 29th, we will be having another very important In-Service Day for all teachers. We will be having Marcy Raymond, a special speaker in the field of STEM and RTI, directing us in more critical professional development. An experienced teacher, principal, and national presenter, she has a known professional reputation for helping schools implement and integrate these and other areas in a customized and highly effective way.

March 21--June 9, 2016

March 21

  • First Grade Trees for Life, MPR

March 22 -- Principal Parent Circle

  • 5:00-6:30pm
  • Grizzly Learning Den

March 23

  • Changed Schedule
  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • 1:15pm Living Stations, Church
  • End of 3rd Quarter

March 24--April 1 -- Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 4 -- Classes Resume

  • 6:30 Gr 6 Camp Parent Chaperone Meeting, GLD

April 5

  • 2:45 Faculty Meeting, Mrs, Jackie Taylor speaker

April 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • Grades 3, 5, 7 Writing Proficiency
  • Report cards for 3rd quarter to go home

April 7

  • Grade 5 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 9 -- District Power of the Pen Regional Competition

April 12

  • 9:00 Mini Open House

April 13

  • NO SCHOOL LITURGY -- Church carpeting installation

Aprl 14 -- PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out

  • Location: Community Center at Mentor Ice Arena, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor
  • Time: 5:30-9:30pm
  • Contact: Denise at ptufundraisers@gmail.com
  • Vendor items

April 15

  • 8:30-9:30am All School Assembly, PC -- "Cinderella"
  • NOTE: No evening performance of Cinderella on Friday.

April 16 and 17

  • "Performing Arts Group "Cinderella" -- Two performances
  • 7:00pm - Saturday evening, and 3:00pm Sunday afternoon
  • Pahler Center

April 16

  • Gr 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • 9:00am

April 17

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 3:00pm
  • Pahler Center

April 16--20

  • Gr 7-8 Operation Keepsake

April 22 --Grade 1 and 8 - Zoo field trip

April 19--22 -- Grade 6 Outdoor Camp

April 26 -- Kindergarten New Parent Welcome and Orientation Evening

  • 6:00--7:30pm
  • Information for 2016-17 School Year
  • Refreshments and Fellowship with new parents, Class of 2025!

April 29 -- NO SCHOOL --Teacher In-Service Day

  • STEM and RTI presentation by Marcy Raymond
  • 8:30am--2:30pm
  • MPR

May 2 & 3

  • Kindergarten Screening

May 9

  • 8:15am May Crowning, church

May 11

  • 6:30pm 8th Grade "Academy Award Night", MPR

May 16

  • 7:00pm Grades 4-5 Music Program, PC


May 26

  • Young Authors, Young Artists Night
  • 6:30-8:00pm

May 27 -- rain date for Walkathon

June 3 -- Kindergarten Graduation

  • 9:00am
  • in church

June 8

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

June 9 -- Last day of school

  • 8:30am Blessing of Children, church
  • 11:00am Early Dismissal


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Happy birthday Wednesday, March 23 to Jeannine Turk, Tuesday. March 29 to Jo Ann Albers, and Wednesday, March 30 to Maggie Shero.

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 Mark Kobosky and his wife and family for comfort in the loss of his sister in law Janet Smolinsky.

Please pray for Eric Butler who is recovering from surgery on his shoulder.

Please pray for Andrea karpuszka's Dad who is suffering from illness.

Please pray for Marge Majoros who had surgery on her fingers.

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 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 had a wonderful weekend, have a beautiful Lenten Mission week!

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.