Weekday . . . News and Notes

St. Gabriel School ............ November 19, 2015

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From the Office

  • NO Cub Care
  • NO Grizzly Academy - NEW
  • Awesome Job - NEW
  • Kindergarten Meet & Greet - NEW
  • Congratulations - NEW
  • Hour of Code Explanation
  • School Belles Gr. 5-8 Girls Shirt ordering information

From the School

  • Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital - NEW
  • Drama Club
  • Santa Shop
  • Blog Information
  • Career Day
  • St. Gabriel School Band Concert


  • Five Below Fundraiser
  • Roller Skating
  • Grizzly Magnets
  • Grizzly Gear
  • Gym Uniforms and Uniform sweatshirts
  • Win one free year tuition
  • Important PTU Information

From the Parish

  • Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
  • Family Prayer Night - NEW
  • Fall Into Faith with St. Gabriel
  • Electronic Giving
  • Family Advent Event

  • Submitting School News, Memos and Information


NO Cub Care

Reminder: Cub Care is closed on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Please make alternate arrangements.

NO Grizzly Academy

Reminder: NO Grizzly Academy on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Please make alternate arrangements.

Awesome Job! 8th Grade Girls in Service!- NEW

We are so proud of our 8th grade girls's basketball team in their wonderful Christ-like service to Altercare geriatric residents! Bringing joy and comfort with a special ice cream social and activities these 9 young women are beautiful role models of love and kindness, on and off the court.

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Kindergarten Meet and Greet - NEW

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Congratulations! - NEW

Congratulations to Mrs Christine Horne, Mrs Erin Trem, and Mrs Joyce Gravagna for being invited to present 2 technology sessions at the recent Ohio Catholic Education Association (OCEA) convention at the Cleveland Convention Center! Both sessions were filled with educators from around the state wanting to learn more about effectively using technology in instruction in their schools and classrooms. We are so proud of our faculty and staff representing St Gabriel School and sharing their expertise and all the wonderful advances in technology that we use to advance the learning of our students!

Hour of Code ... it's coming!

Every year during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-11) over 74,000,000 students from around the world work with Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction of basic computer programming, specifically coding.

Last year, our St. Gabriel students took part in Hour of Code. This year, we are at it again!

Starting on November 30, all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will work on www.code.org, a website that uses Blockly - a program used to make animations move on the screen. The students will make an angry bird squash a nasty pig, a Flerb (a blob-like character) find his treasure, and Frozen’s Ana and Elsa skate across the ice while drawing snowflakes. And new for this year, a Star Wars themed lesson!

Coding is a valuable tool for students to learn to problem solve. Steve jobs said, “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” Check out this YouTube video for more information on the importance of coding. https://youtu.be/STRPsW6IY8k

Parents, are you interested in trying it? Come and see what you can do with coding on November 30th. Sign up using the link below. We are offering two half hour classes on coding for parents in our computer lab. The first session will begin at 6pm with a second session at 6:45pm. Space is limited to 30 parents for each class.



Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital - NEW

Can You Spare Some Change?

The first graders are conducting their annual service project for the patients at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. If you would like to contribute, bring your spare pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars to the Rainbow Station in the cafeteria during your lunch period.

Collecting Change on:

  • November 23rd
  • November 24th
  • November 30th
  • December 1st
  • December 2nd
  • December 3rd

Drama Club

Shiver me timbers!!! St. Gabriel's Grade 4-5 after school Drama Club sponsored
by Geauga Lyric Theater Guild of Chardon is busy learning to be pirates &
pigaloos and singing & dancing up a storm. Parents please be aware that pick up
at 4:30 will be by the gym door to help with traffic flow and ensure the
student's safety. Your help with memorizing lines and lyrics is very
appreciated! I hope our show date of January 27th is circled. Details as we get

For those interested , we will sponsor a 2-3rd grade Drama Club session starting
in February . Details in the New Year!

Mrs. Douglass ( GLTG Instructor) and Mrs. Glauser (St. Gabriel Staff sponsor)

Santa Shop

Dear Parents,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas♪. Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again! Our dedicated Christmas Elves have begun shopping for the 8th annual St. Gabriel PTU Santa Shop. On Wednesday, December 9th, students in grades Jr. K – 8 will have the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their parents or any two important adults in their lives. For those of you whose children will be shopping for the first time, here are some important details:

  • All gifts are purchased locally by PTU Santa Shop committee members – not from outside vendors.
  • All gifts are priced at $5.00 each and are specifically for moms and dads. Each student can purchase up to two gifts: one for each parent or another important adult family member.
  • Money for gifts is collected ahead of time and must be returned with the form below by Tuesday, December 1st. It is important for us to know in advance how many students will be shopping.
  • Even if you do not want your children to purchase gifts, they will still participate in other Christmas crafts and activities that day. Everyone will be involved in the fun!
  • 7th graders will be shopping with their Kindergarten buddies; 8th graders will be shopping with their 1st grade buddies. 6th graders will be shopping with Jr Kindergarten students.

As in the past, parent volunteers will be available to assist students in wrapping their gifts. What we have discovered is that many gifts can be difficult to wrap without boxes and in the time allotted. Therefore, we are in great need of gift bags (any sizes). If you have some lying around your house that you don’t intend to use, please consider donating them. Donations can be dropped off at the school office. Thank you!

Please detach the bottom portion of this letter and return it to school by Tuesday, December 1st even if your child(ren) will not be shopping. Your response is very important as we rely on this number to know how many gifts we need to purchase. We will not be accepting money on the shopping day. Please understand that this is the only way to keep it fair for all students so that those shopping later in the day have as many gifts from which to choose as those shopping earlier. If you have any questions or if you have a special family situation where your child will need to buy more than two gifts, you can contact Mary Madeja at strawberrymajic@yahoo.com

Santa Shop Form

NEW Blog Information

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

Career Day

Monday, February 1, 2016. Presentations will be in the morning.

Click HERE to register



  • Thursday, December 3rd
  • Concert starts at 7PM
  • Students will need to be at LCHS at 6:15PM.

Concert is at Lake Catholic High School


Five Below - Fundraiser

The best place to get hot stuff, cool prices and raise money for ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL!

FIVE BELOW carries school supplies, books, electronics, sporting goods, games, t-shirts, jewelry, bath and body, candy, snacks and beverages, room décor, storage, plus much more. And everything is priced at $5 or less! JUST IN: All of your Holiday needs!

Our event will be held on:


Time: 10AM-9PM MON-SAT. 11AM-6PM SUN

Where: 9559 MENTOR AVE. MENTOR, OH. 44060 (440)354-1433

10% of the dollars spent by your organization will be donated back to ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL!

Don’t forget to bring this flyer to the event and hand it to the cashier so that credit is given for your purchase! Please note that we do not allow flyers handed out in our store or shopping center but feel free to distribute to your friends and family!

To be completed by Five Below Associate

(pre tax) Purchase Amount $___________________

Register: 1 2 3 4 5 (circle one) Assoc Name _________________

At FIVE BELOW, whatever you got will buy a lot!

Visit us at www.fivebelow.com

Five Below Fundraiser Flyer

Roller Skating

Roller Skating Nights are:

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm-$3.00/person at door

  • January 28
  • May 3

From 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$3.00 / per person at the door

United Skates in Wickliffe

Grizzly Magnets

Grizzly Magnets available for $6

Send payment to Grizzly Den c/o PTU, enclose your students name and homeroom for magnet deliver.

Grizzly Gear

GRIZZLY GEAR makes great Christmas presents!

Grizzly Gear will be on sale outside of the school office during Parent-Teacher Conference nights Nov. 3rd and Nov. 10th. Shop our Buy It Now items or place orders. Cash or checks accepted. Order deadline Nov. 24th.

Gym Uniforms and Uniform Sweatshirts

Gym Uniforms and Uniform Sweatshirts Order Deadline November 24th click here for order form

Order Form - Uniforms

Grizzly Gear Order Deadline Sept 4th click here for order form

Order Form - Grizzly Gear


ALL proceeds go to the PTU to help fund the many projects that support our school!

Buy a $10 raffle ticket, participants may buy as many as they like

Buy from the PTU at school gatherings, meetings or go to: http://www.st-gabrielschool.org/ptucraft-boutique-info.html

DRAWING WILL BE AT WALK A THON ON MAY 20, 2015 (Rain date May 27)

* Includes tuition for one child at St. Gabriel School. Non-parishioner, instructional and other fees not included. *

Flyer and Raffle Tickets


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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.

Family Prayer Night - NEW

You are invited to join in Family Prayer Night on Thursdays during Advent, at 7pm in the chapel, with Mass and Rosary- a holy way to prepare for the holidays with your family.

Fall into Faith with St. Gabriel

Join us for these faith building and service opportunities this fall!

For more info: www.St-Gabriel.org

Fall into Faith with St. Gabriel Events Flyer

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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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