The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 12/1/2021

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Dear Fabulous Families -



  • Poinsettia and candle orders can be picked up this Saturday, December 4th, from 9-noon at the meeting room entrance.


  • All of the children who received the Pfizer 5-11 year vaccine #1 on the November 19th were scheduled for #2 on December 10th already, so there is no need for a sign up.


  • If there is any adult who would like to receive the Moderna booster shot on December 10, please use the link here: Moderna Booster Shot Sign-Up


  • Bring a toy this week for the Whole Kids Outreach Toy Drive. For more information, please see the section from Mrs. DaLay below.


  • Reminder that there is no school next Wednesday, December 8th as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.




Peace and Joy -


Tonya McEnery

Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel


Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Technology Sale

The Tech Department is clearing out inventory. If you are interested in purchasing, please see the flyer below for more information. You can visit the link below, or scan the QR code to schedule a time to pick up your Chromebook.


https://bit.ly/31dQWkM

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SMARTBoard Update

Last week our new SMARTBoards that were purchased with EANS money arrived. The workers have been actively installing them over the last few days. Teachers and students are finding great joy in the new technology!
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Lunch Ordering

Below is the link for the lunch order for December 13th- January 14th Orders are due by Monday December 6th, .


https://forms.gle/3erJi1824d97AQDN8


Payments should be by check (or cash) made out to Chris' Pancake and turned in to school in a marked envelope by Thursday, 9th. If you have any questions regarding lunch orders, please feel free to contact us at stgablunch@gmail.com . If you do not receive your confirmation email after you placed your order, please check your SPAM folder. Also be sure to add "google forms" to your safe senders list.


If you haven't used your credits from last month please do so this month. It is your responsibility to keep track of your child's credits.


Suppliers have had a difficult time keeping items in stock this year. We will do our best to keep the menu items the same, but substitutions may have to happen from time to time. You may want to prepare your children just in case this may occur in the future.


Lunch Menu December 13th-January 14th


Week 1 - Mon - Pulled Pork ; Tues - Quesadilla; Wed - Pepperoni Pizza ; Thur - Mac & Cheese ; Fri - Burgers

Week 2 - No School, Christmas Break

Week 3 - No School, Christmas Break

Week 4- Mon - Chicken Sandwich; Tues - Taco or Taco Salad; Wed - Cheese Pizza; Thur - Toasted Ravioli ; Fri - Bosco Sticks

Week 5 - Mon - Hot Dogs ; Tues - Quesadillas; Wed - Pretzels; Thur - Chicken Tenders; Fri - Half Day - No Lunch


Attached is a lunch calendar for you to print out for your convenience. It is just for home use and is not to be brought back to school or used as an ordering form. Please use the link above for ordering


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Vaccine information

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COVID - 19 Vaccine Information

The CDC expanded its COVID - 19 vaccine recommendations to children ages 5-11 years old. The Pfizer vaccine has been given emergency use authorization and providers have started vaccinating for that age group.


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19.

  • Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.

  • Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.

  • Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.

  • ADDED - Students who have been fully vaccinated (2 weeks out from the second vaccine) do not need to quarantine if they are a close contact as long as they are asymptomatic.

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Dear Parents,


Happy Advent! Thanks to our 4th grade homerooms that are leading the daily Jesse Tree prayers for school.

If you are interested in receiving a short daily reflection as part of your Advent practice, I find that the Jesuit's have one that often gives me food for thought. Here is a link:

https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/LIVz0Pt?source_id=33e42319-eeba-4dfc-bd90-08c897d8392c&source_type=em&c=YjYilDOGl-vpf3A4eipTRkh06QiAecfx328KemoRd_1FFid0vSP6UQ==



In December, we focus and learn about the Catholic Social Teaching of:

Rights and Responsibilities


We are called to protect the rights that all people have to those things required for a decent human life, such as food, clothing, and shelter.


https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/ignatian-spirituality/introduction-to-ignatian-spirituality/social-justice-catholic-social-teaching/



Please pray for Pope Francis' intention for December:

We pray for catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.


One way our school cultivates leadership and service is through the Middle School Houses. For December, John House is hosting a collection for Whole Kids Outreach. Items can be brought to school from November 29th through December 2nd. A speaker for Whole Kids will take the items after our all school Mass on December 2nd.

John House, thanks for your leadership!

Here is a link for information on the organization:

https://www.wholekidsoutreach.org/


CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

to benefit

Whole Kids Outreach

Make Christmas Special for a child in need!

<November 29th-December 2nd>


Whole Kids Outreach serves rural Missouri children in need. In December, WKO hosts a Christmas Store so that kids can have a great Christmas morning!

SGA will be collecting new toys and other items (unwrapped) for children birth through young teens for the WKO Christmas Store. Every WKO child/teen receives a large, medium, and small gift , so all gifts are appreciated. In addition, cash donations and Amazon, Walmart and Target gift cards are welcome!


Please no items that suggest violence or war (e.g., Risk, Battleship, toy or Nerf guns, etc.). If possible, please mark out the UPC codes with a black marker—this helps us greatly!

Please drop off your toys at Saint Gabriel by

December 2nd



Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.


Important Dates for Sacraments:

First Communion Parent Meeting- Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm in church

First Communion- Sunday, May 1st


Confirmation:

Tuesday, April 26- Confirmation Day of Prayer

Thursday, April 28- Confirmation at 7:00 pm Mass at SGA


We continue to celebrate our Thursday, All School Masses, on the school parking lot. It is our hope to hold our all school Masses outside as the weather permits so that we can gather in a safe way.

For our level Masses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we have changed from rotating two grade levels at a time to having one grade level attending at a time so students can be safely distanced. The grade level of the homeroom that is planning will be in attendance at the Mass. The schedule below is updated to reflect this new change. Parents are always welcome to join us for Mass.


Mass Days:



December


Thursday, 12/2 John House -Collection for Whole Kids Outreach


Tuesday, 12/7 2A

Wednesday, 12/8 No School- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, 12/9 6J


Tuesday, 12/14 1C

Wednesday, 12/15 7M

Thursday, 12/16 4P


Peace and blessings!


Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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PFA Parent Volunteer Opportunity: Christmas Party Coordinators

Calling all K-5 parents! We are in need of 2 parent volunteers per classroom to coordinate and collect materials to be used for the classroom Christmas parties taking place on December 17th. With the current state of the pandemic, school visitors continue to be limited so the coordination efforts would be remote, only, and intended to help support teachers with this fun classroom event. Christmas Party Coordinators are asked to plan and provide materials for Christmas party activities or crafts in coordination with your classroom teacher and the Room Coordinators. We thank you for your help! Volunteer sign-ups will open on the PFA website on Tuesday, November 16th so mark your calendars!
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Year at a Glance

December 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Holy Day - NO SCHOOL

December 15- Virtual Vocal Concert - A link will be sent out to families

December 16- Band Concert for band families (See email from Sr. Gail)

December 20- January 2- NO SCHOOL- Christmas Break

January 3- School Resumes

January 14- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

January 30-February 5 - Catholic Schools Week

January 30- Catholic Schools Week - Prospective Student Open House

January 31- Catholic Schools Week - Writing Celebrations, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

February 4- Catholic Schools Week- NOON DISMISSAL

February 14- Valentine's Day- Valentine Parties @ 2:05

February 18- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

February 21- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 25- End of 2nd Trimester

March 5 - Auction

March 13- March 19- NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

March 30 - Student-led Conferences

April 7- First Communion Parent Meeting at 6:30 pm in church

April 14- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 15- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 18- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 28- 8th Grade Confirmation 7pm

May 1- First Communion- 2nd Grade

May 7- 8th Grade Follies 7pm

May 10- Vocal Concert 7pm

May 11- Band Concert 7pm

May 13- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL

May 20- 7th Grade Leadership Day and 8th Grade Mystery Day

May 24- 8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

May 27- Last Day of School- NOON DISMISSAL

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Calling All High School Teens of the Parish:

You are invited to SGYG Nights! These occur on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in Gabriel House. Feel free to bring a friend (they don't have to belong to St. Gabriel Parish) and see what SGYG is all about! (Masks are required.)

SGYG Calendar of Events

Dec. 1st - Blessing Bag Assembly followed by Adoration and Reconciliation

~ Teens will begin the night at 7pm in Gabriel House, but at 8pm we will move over to church for Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Families are invited to attend Adoration and Reconciliation in church with their high schooler(s).

Dec. 8th - Immaculate Conception Mass @6pm.

~ High Schoolers will be taking part in the celebration of the Mass.

~ Following Mass, we will enjoy a pizza dinner and tie-dye t-shirts.

~ If you are interested in pizza and a t-shirt, please rsvp to Sarah by Sunday, Dec. 5th! hendersons@stgabrielstl.org

Dec. 15th - Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

~ This will be our Christmas Party and the last meeting of 2021.

Dec. 22nd & 29th - NO YOUTH NIGHTS ~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~

Jan. 5th - First Youth Night of 2022!

Connect with SGYG!

Instagram @stgabesyg

Facebook Private Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Flocknote: Youth Ministry


If you have ideas for events, service opportunities, fundraising, or are wanting to volunteer, etc. please contact Sarah! hendersons@stgabrielstl.org

Gift cards for the holidays

Purchase gift cards through ShopwithScrip.com for your holiday shopping and gift giving.

Check out this link to the holiday gift guide for gift giving inspiration! ShopWithScrip/GiftGuide

Ways to place an order

  • Already have an account? Sign in at shopwithscrip.com or use the RaiseRight app to place and pay for your order.

  • Prefer to place an order without setting up an account? Check out the gift guide along with the retailer list then send me an email with your order - retailer card type, denomination and quantity. Drop your payment at the rectory or send it through school with your student and I’ll take care of the rest.

Order Release Scheduled - We will process online orders twice leading up to the Christmas break.

  • Orders placed by Monday, December 13, at 10:00 am will be sent home in your child’s backpack or can be picked at the rectory on Friday, December 17.

For any questions, please contact Margie Uxa @ uxam@stgabrielstl.org

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