St. Gabriel Education Centre

May 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,


Happy May! I have a whole "fluffle" of bunnies (yes, you read that right . . . a group of rabbits can be called a colony or a fluffle. Why would anyone call them a colony when you can use fluffle instead???) running around on my front lawn so that must mean that spring is finally here!


May and June are big months in school with courses finishing up, exams, awards ceremonies, year end liturgies, graduation . . . it's a busy time for everyone! Plus, when the sun is shining, it's so hard to focus on doing our school work but I encourage you to find ways that you can still enjoy the spring weather and get your work done. Head outside with your laptop and work on your patio instead of in your room or office or grab a blanket and head to a park to read your novel or textbook.


May is also the month of Mary and we're still in the Easter season so it's also a really big month for the church. Of course, we can't forget that it's also Mother's Day on May 8th. We want to wish all the moms, step-moms, grandmothers, and those in the role of mother a very special and happy day.


Please read over the schedules below carefully and note the important dates that apply to you.


I pray that you all have a safe and healthy spring! Many Blessings to you all,


Renee Trottier,

Principal

May Calendar

May 2-6 - Education Week

May 3 -Teacher Appreciation Day

May 4 - Hats on for Mental Health. Wear a hat to school today to show your support for mental health initiatives

May 19 - Semester 2 Awards

May 20 - PD Day. No School

May 23 - Victoria Day. No School

May 23-27 - Catholic Education Week

May 26:

  • Board of Trustees visiting St. Gabes
  • Wear Blue for Catholic Education Day
  • BBQ lunch at noon - all are welcome to come for a free hotdog lunch
  • 6:30 - School Council meeting. We will be going over our results.

Exam Schedule and Important Year End Dates

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.


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

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

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples' Day. No exams are scheduled.

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

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!

Registration for 2022/2023

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 or grade 10 online French Immersion, please tell them to contact me at the school.

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Parent Presentation

If you registered for our Parent Presentation on "Parenting your Older Teen/Young Adult Child" and haven't picked up your resource kit, please do so as soon as possible. They are at St. Gabes.

Consider Leaving 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

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School Council

Please note the new date for May's meeting:


Our next School Council meeting is on May 26 at 6:30pm. This month we will be reviewing our results from our data surveys. Please join us to discuss this very important topic.


We meet once per month except for December and June. 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 Mother's Day!

On behalf of the staff of St. Gabriel Education centre, I would like to wish all of the mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and those in the role of mother, a very happy Mother's Day on May 8th.

COVID Updates

For the latest updates about our return to school plan and response to COVID, please click on the link below. It is important to remember that you are required to wear your masks for the entire duration of your time at St. Gabriel Education Centre.


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

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).

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?

Easter Season and Month of Mary

May is a big month this year! We are still in the season of Easter until Pentecost Sunday on June 5 but May is also the month of Mary so we have a lot to celebrate this year!


Historians aren’t exactly sure why May was chosen to honour Mary, but many believe that May being the month when spring is in full bloom has a lot to do with it. May is the height of spring–gardens everywhere are alive with blooming flowers and trees are filling their branches with leaves. This new beginning and new birth in nature reminds us of the life Mary gave to Jesus. Without Mary giving birth to Jesus, all the events that followed: Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection wouldn’t have happened. So, it’s believed that May (when nature is showing signs of life) is the ideal month to honour the woman who gave life to our Saviour.

When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, they could have gossiped and complained about how their plans and dreams were broken. Instead they gave thanks to God because His plans are better even and especially when we don't get what we planned. Give thanks to God always - Fr. Goyo.
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May 2-8 - Mental Health Week

May 2-8 is mental health week. This year the focus is on Empathy.


May 4 is Hat's on for Mental Health so remember to wear a special hat on Wednesday, May 4!
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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.

St Gabe's Staff Arises to give back to our community

On Friday, April 29, our grades 7-12 staff joined together to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Edmonton. We spent the day learning about what Habitat for Humanity does for the community and helping them to sort, move items, and put together furniture to sell in the Restore. If you're ever in need of items for renovations, check out the Restore. We had no idea that they had so many amazing new items like tile, flooring, rock, furniture, etc. and it all goes to helping families get housing.

https://hfh.org/

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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

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