St. Gabriel Education Centre

September - the first two weeks - News and Events

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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.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back St. Gabes students and families! It's been so great to see so many of you this past 2 weeks (in person and online). Everyone seems to be settling into routines and doing some great work. I started at St. Gabes last April and I am very excited to be starting my first full year as principal at St. Gabriel Education Centre. It's a truly amazing school and I feel incredibly blessed to serve here.


Many of you will have noticed that we've opened up a new section at the back of our school. This has provided us with much needed staff and student spaces. We have a new classroom with a new LOFT machine (big fancy screen). We also have some new chairs and are awaiting new desks as well.


You've also no doubt noticed the lack of parking. The city began reconstruction of the upper parking lot a few weeks before school started which severely limited space for parking. Our new parking lot below St. Gabes is in the middle of construction and will hopefully be done soon. This parking lot will be for our St. Gabes teachers and students. We've also purchased a bike rack for those of you who would prefer to bike to school. In the meantime, please continue to park on the street or in the parking lot at St. Albert High. Please do not park in staff parking spots, handicapped spots and please don't block our garbage bins.


We're excited to continue to work with you and your families this year. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your teachers or to me.


Many Blessings,


Mrs. Renee Trottier, principal

September Calendar

September 14 - School Council meeting at 6:30.

September 17 - PD/Staff meeting day. No school for students

September 20 - COVID-19 vaccinations available from 1:00-3:00 at St. Gabes

September 29 - St. Gabriel Feast Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation service

September 30 - Clothing orders due

September 30 - School closed in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Upcoming in October:

Thanksgiving celebration and lunch

Food Bank Drive

New St. Gabes School Clothing!

Get your St. Gabes clothing and show your pride in your school! There are a lot of options and price points for you to choose from. You order from our online store and pay online. Your clothing will be shipped to St. Gabes for you to pick up at the school. The store closes September 30. All items will be shipped approximately 3 weeks after the store closes.


Click here to order https://stgabriel.orderpromos.com/

School Council

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm for our first School Council meeting of the year. We meet once per month except for December and June. All of our meetings will be online until further notice. Being part of School Council is a great way to learn about your child's school and advise the administration about what parents want and need for their children at school. We also require one high school student to join us for these meetings. At our first meeting on Tuesday, we will establish our council and set dates for the remainder of the year so if Tuesday is not a good night for you, don't worry, we will discuss the schedule together and try to find a suitable night for everyone involved. Bonus - There's no fundraising on School Council! Please let me know if you would like to join us by emailing me at mailto:rtrottier@gsacrd.ab.ca. A school with a School Council is a strong, productive and viable school!

COVID-19 Vaccinations at St. Gabes!

On September 20, AHS will be at St. Gabes to give out covid-19 vaccinations for anyone who needs their first or second vaccine. Please ask at the office for a consent form. If we don't have any consent forms filled out ahead of time, we won't be able to offer this service.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Saint Gabriel Saint's Day

On September 29, our school will recognize both our patron Saint's day as well as the National Truth and Reconciliation Day. More information will follow later in the month for details regarding the service.
New and Improved Website

Click on the button above and check out our new and improved website! There is a lot of information for you about the courses we offer, graduation requirements, supports available from various departments, and scholarship opportunities.

Terry Fox Walk/Stroll/Roll and BBQ

We had an amazing Terry Fox event on Sept. 9. We started with a hotdog lunch catered by staff alumni, Mr. Beaudry, Mr. Hryciw, and Mr. Feist with special guests, Father Ignacy and youth pastor, Rebecca Sakowich joining us. Check out the pictures below and on our social media platforms!
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Catholic Corner

Saint Gabriel the Archangel - Patron Saint of messengers


Saint Gabriel serves as a messenger of God to the people. He is one of three Archangels whose feast day is celebrated on Sept. 29. Saint Gabriel shares his feast day with Saint Michael and St. Raphael. In the Old Testament, Saint Gabriel first appeared to Daniel to help him interpret his visions. In the New Testament, he appears again to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth, Zacharias' wife will give birth to a son called, John who will eventually go on to be called John the Baptist and he will baptize Jesus. In the gospel of Luke, Gabriel appears again to Mary to inform her that she will give birth to the Son of God and she will call him Jesus. Gabriel is considered to be the closest to God, to the point of being referred to as the "left hand of God". He brings God's messages to us in ways that we can understand so that we can listen with a pure heart and accept the will of God.


A Prayer to Saint Gabriel


O God,

who from among

all your angels chose

the Archangel Gabriel

to announce the mystery

of the Incarnation,

mercifully grant that

we who solemnly remember him

on earth may feel the benefit of

his patronage in heaven,

who lives and reigns

forever and ever.

Amen

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

Safety Protocols

Please remember to wear a mask at all times while in our common areas or seminar rooms.

Social Media

Have you checked out our social media yet? We've revitalized our Facebook and Twitter accounts and created a new Instagram account. Check us out and follow us!

Parking

Just a friendly reminder that we have very limited parking at our new site at this moment. We are asking that any student please park either at St Albert Catholic High School (33 Malmo Ave) or on the street.

Our Hours

Monday to Wednesday
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday
8:00 am to Noon
All teachers are available