Weekday . . . News and Notes

St. Gabriel School ............September 16, 2016

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From the Office / School

  • Pizza Party - NEW
  • Flyers
  • PikMyKid App - Updated
  • Drama Club Gr. 4 & 5 - NEW
  • Art Club - NEW
  • Chess Club - NEW
  • Donations Needed
  • Parking Lot Safety Reminders
  • Dress Code Reminders

From the Clinic

  • Helpful Reminders - NEW


  • Patterson Family Fun Night
  • Kid Stuff Coupon Book

BLOG Information


  • Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

From the Parish

  • Eucharistic Adoration Information
  • Community Day of Service
  • Gift Cards
  • Electronic Giving

  • Submitting School News, Memos and Information

Frequently Used Grizzly Links



PikMyKid App

If for some reason you are unable to download the app or use the app for dismissal purposes, please advise Michelle Clarke in the School Office at: michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org. This will help us by making a note of this on your student(s) file. Thank you!


St. Gabriel School is now using a program to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety. This program is a phone application downloaded onto your smart phone (found in the app store) and will allow you to notify the school of end of the day pick-up changes and authorize others to pick-up your child from school, alert you when your child has been picked up, as well as help organize the classroom car lines during pick-up.

In order for this system to be successful, it is critical that we have everyone's participation. If you have difficulty with the app, please contact support@pikmykid.com. You may also contact me at: Michelle.Clarke@st-gabrielschool.org.

Several resources are included below to help you understand how to use the application and assist you with this transition. Please make sure you register with the mobile phone number our school has on file for you and that it is a current number or the app will not allow you to access your child's information for security reasons.

If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app's home page, contact support@pikmykid.com with your child's name, school, grade, and updated contact information for you.

PikMyKid Directions

PikMyKid Parent Manual

St. Gabriel Drama Club Gr. 4 & 5 Fall 2016

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is delighted to return to St. Gabriel again this school year!

Drama club is a great way to make new friends, explore new skills and collaborate to achieve a common goal - an entertaining and fun show! This year we will learn basic theater skills while preparing the musical HAPPY, The High Tech Snowman. As the title implies it is about a most unique snowman who makes friends with a group of kids who teach him how to text leading to a madcap chase and trouble!

We will meet on Mondays after school until 4:30 starting October 3 with our performance being held at the Geauga Theater in Chardon on January 30, 2017.

Cost is $125 (includes cast t-shirt)

Registration & fees are due by September 23 to the St. Gabriel School Office

Enrollment is limited to 35 so sign up now!!

Questions: contact Mary Glauser at school or Julie Douglass at kadoug@windstream.net

Drama Club Registration Form

Grizzly Art Camp

Fall Session: September 30, 2016 - November 11, 2016 (6 weekly sessions)

Fridays 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2nd graders and up

Registration forms are located in the St. Gabriel Office or online

$60 session fee will cover instruction and all art supplies

* Features different and new projects

* Hurry spaces are limited

Hosted by: Mrs. Chalhoub

Registration Form

Chess Club

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"Progress With Chess" Start Up

CHESS CLUB STARTS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH! It will meet on Wednesdays for 10 weekly sessions after school, starting September 14, from 2:35-3:45pm. Instruction will be provided byProgress With Chess, a local non-profit organization with chess programs in over 50 Northeast Ohio school, including St. Raphael, Communion of Saints, Notre Dame Elementary, St. Dominic, Metro Catholic, St. Ambrose, and Incarnate Word Academy.

All St. Gabriel students, grades K-8, are invited to learn the ancient game of chess. Students will be divided into smaller groups by age and playing level. Many studies have shown that playing chess improves higher level thinking skills, such as concentration, pattern recognition, logic and problem solving.

Chess club teaches fundamental knowledge and skills, and then the strategies to use this knowledge and skill. Students start at their own level, and have time to practice, and grow and improve. Students will be given individual attention in smaller groups with more than one instructor, allowing better and quicker progress.

Chess Club Registration Form

Donations Needed

We are starting a wonderful project with our students and are looking for any donations of pencils. ANY kind, any design etc. Please send them to the school office. Thank you!

DRESS CODE Reminders

  • Follow all uniform clothing and shoe rules in Handbook
  • No extreme hairstyles or hairstyles with close shaved designs in hair allowed--see p. 14


Helpful reminders.....

Now that we are back to school and the spread of colds etc. can be passed we are giving you some helpful reasons on how to keep sickness at bay. Coming to school ill puts other students at risk of getting ill. School guidelines require that students stay home from school if any of the following apply:

1. Fever of 100.00 or more. Must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications before they can return to school.

2. No vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

3. Stomach virus / intestinal flu~symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

4. Rash/ hives of unknown origin. Please check with doctor before returning to school.

5. Obvious signs of infectious illness.

If you have any questions please contact the School Nurse.


Patterson Family Fun Night

Families from St. Gabriel School & Learning Loft are invited to enjoy hayrides, face painting, pumpkin deocraing, apple bobbing, and many family fun activities! And, it’s a great way to meet and spend time with other St. Gabriel families.

Friday, September 16th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Patterson Fruit Farm 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland, Ohio

$5.00 per person (age 2 and under are no charge) Cash or checks made payable to St. Gabriel PTU

Note, your hayride timeslot will be provided when you check in at the event Please bring an appetizer, a snack, or dessert to share Cider and water available for purchase the night of our event Whole pizzas available by pre-orderMini pumpkins ($3) and Crafts ($1) each; available to decorate and create at the event Please bring cash!

Any questions please email Kate Purcell at k_matchinga@yahoo.com or Kate Burtch at Kateburtch@yahoo.com


Patterson Family Fun Night Form

Kids Stuff Coupon Book

KidStuff Coupon Books

Thank you to everyone who has supported the KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser thus far. To date, we have already raised over $1,000 for the PTU!! Though the initial sale has ended, it is not too late to still get your KidStuff Books. If you would still like to purchase and need a book, please send a message to our KidStuff Chairperson, Beth Zanko, at bfratta@yahoo.comand she will get you a book. Remember, you have available to you not only books for the Cleveland area, but also can purchase books for Columbus, Cincinnati, and for cities in several other States. For those who took home a book during orientation and have yet to pay, please do so this week. Thank you again for supporting the PTU!

BLOG Information

Come and check out the new events that have happened in our school. Check out the Updated Grizzly Blog


Winter CYO Registration

CYO basketball registration opened September 15th and will close at midnight October 6th. Registration is open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. Basketball Cheer will also be open for grades 6th-8th. You can register online at www.st-gabrielcyo.org by clicking on the registration tab at the top.

Any parents wishing to coach this year that have not coached in the past, please go towww.st-gabrielcyo.org and click on the Coaching CYO tab for instructions. There is a Virtus training class this Saturday September 17th from 9am-12pm at St Gabriel. All new coaches need this so it is a great time to get it done early.

Any questions should be directed to Karl Bohr, Basketball Commissioner at grizzlycyobball@gmail.com

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

St. Gabriel's CYO consists of many sports programs. These include:

Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball, Track, Cheer.

Watch for announcements for sign-ups, or check out the CYO Grizzly website:

CYO GRIZZLY WEBSITE: www.st-gabrielcyo.org

For more information contact: Mike Pecjak, CYO Athletic Director, at grizzlycyoad@gmail.com.


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Communal Penance

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Eucharistic Adoration Information

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Community Day of Service

Our 4TH Annual Community Day of Service takes place

Saturday, November 5th

What’s NEW this year?

§ We are expanding to help fellow parishes in Cleveland

§ Our focus in selecting volunteer sites looks at those that most help the needy/neglected in our community

§ Opportunities for prayer and adoration will be offered at church throughout the day for those who wish to offer prayerful support.

How’s the DAY look?

§ 9 am to 3 pm ~ Service Projects in the Community (shelters, pantries, clothing distributions, senior centers, area parishes and more need our help!)

§ 5 pm ~ Mass together

§ 6 pm ~ Fun and Fellowship Dinner in the MPR of the school

Sign Up Online or in the Parish Office today!

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Gift Cards - NEW

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Submitting School News, Memos, and Information

If you wish to have something included in the Weekend Virtual Back (VB) or the Weekday News and Notes, or any of our shorter email memos, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Michelle Clarke, at michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org. All items must be approved and follow our policies. Thank you!!

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

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