The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 8/31/2022

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Dear Fabulous Families -

Thank you so much for attending our Back to School/Curriculum Night last night and tonight! It was great to see everyone and we look forward to seeing you again. In case you did not make it, the grade level presentations can be found in the links below.

As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we had received guidance from the STL DoH regarding schools and COVID-19. We have created the following plan to guide our response this year: SGA 2022-2023 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan .

With us starting a new school year, there is lots of good information in the newsletter. Take a few minutes to read through it and mark important dates on your calendar.

If you are planning on attending our parent simulation regarding learning differences, please rsvp by noon tomorrow (Thursday). See link below.

Last, this Friday is a noon dismissal day. Please be sure your child knows how they are getting home.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Health forms due!

We are looking forward to a safe and healthy school year!

Please remember to turn in all school physical forms, immunization records and allergy and asthma action plans as soon as possible.

Pretzel sale!

The St. Gabriel Class of 2023 is selling Pretzel Boys pretzels! The pretzels (softies) will be eaten during the school day during activity period on Friday, September 9th. To purchase a pretzel for your child(ren), please sign up and pay here: The cost is $1 per pretzel. We are only able to accommodate advanced pretzel purchases.

The link to purchase pretzels will close on Monday, September 5th at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, email Alexandria Wilson at Thanks for the supporting the 8th grade class!

Buzz Book Orders

Families may order Buzz Books for the 2022- 2023 school year. Ordering is online this year! All orders are due Wednesday, September 21st. Buzz Books are $6.

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Picture Day is coming!

Picture Day is coming up on Friday, September 16th! Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school. Order online at and enter Order Code: 72256EF
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GoGuardian Parent App

If you are a parent of a 3rd – 8th grade student here at St. Gabriel, you have been granted access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app designed to provide parents/guardians insight and control over their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts. First, the GoGuardian Parent app provides an overview of your children's online activity on school-managed devices and accounts - this overview includes the apps, extensions, documents, and websites your student visited. Second, GoGuardian Parent provides you with an additional set of internet controls that you can set for out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent was created to help provide students additional educational support and is a companion to the classroom engagement and internet filtering tools that our school uses.

What is included in this app:

  • Top 5 overview of your student's online activity
  • Any teacher interventions related to your student's online activity
  • 30-day overview of your student's online activity
  • Ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours
  • Ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time

To access the app, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Download the app
    1. Download via Apple Store
    2. Download via Google Play Store
  2. After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it up and enter the email address registered with the school. Note: This will be the email that you entered and use in TeacherEase. If you forgot your registered email address, please reach out to your school administrator.
  3. Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app. Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app."

Curriculum Night Links

Please see the links below for presentations from Curriculum Night.


1st grade-

2nd grade-

3rd grade-

4th grade-

5th grade-

6th grade-

7th/8th grade-


Learning Difference Parent Simulation - Tomorrow Night - Last Chance to RSVP

We are looking forward to the parent simulation regarding learning differences tomorrow (Thursday) night.

We have a partnership with ADAC which helps Catholic schools address learning needs through education and training. We are thrilled to be able to offer a parent simulation on September 1, 6:30-8:30, in the cafeteria. The simulation is a great opportunity to consider what it is like having a learning difference.

Registration is needed to effectively plan the evening. Please use the registration form in the link. Learning Difference Simulation Registration

Archangel Activities - Sign Ups Start Today!

Our after school class sign ups end tomorrow (Thursday), September 1st. If you're late to the party, we do have a few openings left in some classes. They are all fun classes that your child is sure to enjoy. You can see them at this link

If you have any questions, you can email me at

Classes offered

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Cafeteria Sign-up

If you are interested in volunteering to help with lunch duty, please see the sign-up below. Parents may sign up for 2 time slots initially to give all interested parents a chance. Parents must be current with Protecting God's Children in order to volunteer in the cafeteria.

Sign up: Cafeteria Volunteer

School Environment Training for Volunteers

We look forward to having volunteers helping out during the school next year. However, everyone must complete the Safe Environment Training and a background check. Please see the link below to get started. The link can also be found on the parish website under "Stewardship".

Safe Environment Training

Parent University

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we will be offering a new program we are calling Parent University. This will be a time for parents to gather and learn about a school-related topic. We have a few coming up in September. All sessions will be held in the cafeteria.

Thursday, September 1 - Learning Differences Parent Simulation - As part of our focus on supporting our students with learning differences, parents can participate in this simulation to better understand what it is like as a student who may have a learning difference. Staff members will participate in the simulation on Friday, September 2.

September 20 - Scaffolding for Success - The Teenage Brain

Tim Curdt, Past Gabe's parent and teacher at SLUH, will share perspectives, tips and techniques for parents to support their adolescent children through this unique period of growth and challenge presented by the teenage brain. Although this will target parents of students in grades 5-8, all parents are welcome!

September 26 - Literacy 101 for K-2

Are you wondering what the difference is between phonics and phonemic awareness? Blends and digraphs? Decodable and leveled texts? Join us for an evening focused on our updated literacy practices.

Cub scout information

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Cafeteria Manager Still Needed

Do you want a super fun job that is the same schedule as your kids? We are looking for help in the kitchen for the 2022-23 school year.

If interested please contact

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Dear Parents,

Family Life Information:

As part of the Archdiocese Religion curriculum, each school is required to teach the Family Life series to students in Grades K-8 throughout the school year. The Family Life series is published by Benziger Publishers. Parents are the primary educators of their children but with the assistance of elementary schools and parish schools of religion, together we can help and guide our students to understanding the moral teachings of the Church.

There are five themes that are covered in each grade of the entire series.

· God’s Gift of Family

· God’s Gift of Self

· God’s Gift of Life

· God’s Gift of Love

· God’s Gift of Community

At our Curriculum Night, you will be invited to look at a copy of the book from the Family Life series. Here is a link to the Scope and Sequence of the Family Life series.

You may also choose to “Opt Out” your child if you prefer they receive the information at home from you. In order to “Opt Out”, please email me by September 6th with your request to opt out. Materials will be provided for you to use at home with your child.

You may just copy and paste the following in your email.

I prefer to “Opt Out” of the Family Life instruction provided at school and will present the materials at home instead.

Student Name: __________________________________ Homeroom: ______

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Date: __________

Here are some simple prayer resources:

Tuesday Masses

9/6 3P

9/13 3B

9/20 2O

9/27 3H

Wednesday Masses

9/7 7D

9/14 6B

9/21 6D Bible Mass-6th graders receive Bibles

9/28 6J

Thursday Masses

8/25 8R

9/1 8M

9/8 8S

9/15 7M

9/22 7A

9/29 Drexel House Mission/Saint Gabriel Feast Day Mass

Come pray with us. Please join us whenever you are able! Masses are at 8:00 am in church.

Sacrament Days for 2022-2023 School Year:

8th Grade

Confirmation Parent Meeting- September 21 at 6:30 in church

Sponsor Meeting (Student attends)-October 27 at 7:00 pm meet in the cafeteria

Confirmation Retreat Day- April 18th

Confirmation-April 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm

2nd Grade

First Reconciliation Parent Meeting-October 13 at 6:30pm in church

First Reconciliation- November 10 at 7pm in church

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

First Communion-May 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance for 2022-2023

Dates below are subject to change and additional days will be added as we continue to plan for the upcoming year.

September 2- Staff Planning and Collaboration- Noon Dismissal

September 5- Labor Day- NO SCHOOL.

September 16 - Picture Day

September 19-23- ITBS/CogAT Testing

October 7- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

October 8- Parish Picnic

October 10- Parent-Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL

October 13 - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

October 31- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

November 1- All Saints Day- NO SCHOOL

November 4- End of 1st Trimester

November 10 - First Reconciliation, 7:00 pm, Church

November 23- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 24- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 25- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

December 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception- NO SCHOOL

December 13- Vocal concert

December 14- Band concert

December 21- January 1- Christmas Break- NO SCHOOL

January 2- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

January 3- Classes resume

January 13- Planning and collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

January 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL


February 10- End of 2nd Trimester

February 17- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

February 20- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 26- Archdiocesan Band Festival (Concert Band)

March 10- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

March 13-17- Spring break- NO SCHOOL

March 30 - First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

April 6- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 7- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 10- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 21- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

May 7, First Communion, 2:00 pm, Church

May 9- Vocal concert

May 10- Band concert

May 12- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL (UPDATED 8-11-22)

May 23- 8th Grade Graduation (6:00pm)

May 26- Last day of school- NOON DISMISSAL

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Spirit store

The St. Gabriel Spirit Store is open now until Sunday, September 11!

Get ready to *add to cart* on some of our cutest styles yet, from fan favorites to vintage finds that are a throwback to when St. Gabe's had an adorable gator mascot. You'll be able to outfit your whole team.

Don't forget that a part of your purchase benefits our kids!

Click the link to view the entire store and see additional size and color options:

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St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

SGYG is open to all high school teens of the parish as well as their non-parishioner friends. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in the Gabriel House Chapel. No sign-up necessary! Teens can attend on a regular basis or drop-in as it fits their schedule!

Service Opportunities

Contact Sarah if you're interested!

Sept. 10th & 11th - Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit in St. Gabriel Gym

Oct. 8th - Food Tent at the Parish Picnic

Oct. 22nd - Parish Day of Service

Calendar of Events

​Visit the parish website to find our calendar on the Youth Group page under the Worship and Formation tab.

Stay connected with SGYG

Follow us on Instagram @stgabesyg

Like our Facebook Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Join the Flocknote Group: Youth Ministry

Visit the Youth Group link on the parish website

Contact our Youth Minister: Sarah Henderson -

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Notes from Monsignor

Dear Parishioners:

This Monday is Labor Day, which is celebrated in the United States and Canada on the

first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of

Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. It is a day to

give thanks for all those who labor for us.

One the feast days of St. Joseph is that of Joseph the Worker. Pope Pius XII instituted

the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. While this is a recent feast, the relationship

between Joseph and the cause of workers has a longer history. In a constantly necessary

effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from

the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by

Joseph in both the satisfactions and the drudgery of that vocation. Humanity is like God

not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a

cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building

up of the Body of Christ.

Also, coming next Sunday is the twenty-first anniversary of the attacks and tragedy of

September 11, 2001. With so much violence and fatal shootings in our world, country

and our own city I invite you to take some time in the coming week either at Mass or in

prayer to remember those who died, their families and to pray for an end of terrorism,

racism and violence in our homes, city, country and world.

Pope John Paul II said. The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of

ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a

people, But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail, he stressed.

Christ’s word is the only one that gives a response to the questions which trouble our

spirit. He continues; Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe

in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this

truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it.

Through prayer and solidarity, we will remember those who lost their lives, and pray with

the still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy and unfortunately

the many that have followed. Hopefully our thoughts and prayers will be a source of

comfort for all and help to console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and

courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace, religious freedom and love reign

among nations and in the hearts of all.

God Bless!

Msgr. John Shamleffer

St. Gabriel is blessed to host "The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic

Miracles of the World";. This Extraordinary Two-Day Event will be held in the St.

Gabriel Gym, next Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th.

The exhibition has already visited well over 3,000 parishes in Italy, the USA, Canada and

in many other countries as well and has been translated into numerous languages. With

an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition

presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the ages in

various countries of the world and which have been recognized by the Church. By means

of panels, one can experience the places where the miracles took place. The current

exhibition includes 153 panels that are used to explain 152 Eucharistic Miracles with

additional twenty-two country and historical panel maps.

Wanted: Maintenance Director for St Gabriel Parish and School

Responsible for the effective, efficient and safe maintenance, renovation and upkeep of parish

buildings and grounds. Main duties include supervising the preventative, routine and emergency

maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and property for the church and school.

Primary systems include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, security, fire safety, energy management, irrigation and grounds. Will supervise one or more maintenance employees and may supervise and coordinate with outside contractors. Will perform routine to mid-level maintenance functions.

Applicants should contact Monsignor Shamleffer at or leave a message at the church rectory 314-353-6303.

Art in the Park

September 25, 10 am - 5pm

Francis Park

Volunteer at

7th and 8th grade Fun n Games - Sponsored by the 8th Grade Core Team

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Picnic Information

The 2022 Saint Gabriel parish picnic is fast approaching. This wonderful event is not possible without your generous support. We greatly appreciate any slots that you or your family can fill. Please note: CYC has been notified to not schedule any St. Gabriel teams on October 8th. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (626) 848-6181. Thank you!

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CBC visit program

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE BOYS: CBC is now accepting appointments for our Official 8th Grade Visit Program. During this visit, a young man will participate in Experience CBC Classes designed especially for 8th grade students. He will meet with a current CBC student, attend some of his classes, and have lunch with him. Finally, during the CBC Explore Period, he will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, coaches and program moderators to gather detailed information about the things in which he is interested. This program is by reservation only. Please contact Mrs. Melissa Ryan at (314) 985-6095 or to reserve your Official 8th Grade Visit. On-line registration also available at
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