Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. February 23, 2016

Developing our God-given souls, minds, talents and gifts .......................................... as servant leaders .......................................... in the community of the Body of Christ.

That's the St. Gabriel Advantage ...

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NOTE: St. Gabriel School Back in session Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Repair successful. See special news notice with details sent out earlier today.


Second Sunday of Lent

Sacred Scripture

LK 9:34 - 35
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.

Message of Mercy

Go to Mass Like Sinners

The “Confession” which we make at the beginning [of Mass] is not “pro forma,” it is a real act of repentance! I am a sinner and I confess it, this is how the Mass begins! We should never forget that the Last Supper of Jesus took place “on the night he was betrayed” (1 Cor 11:23). In the bread and in the wine which we offer and around which we gather, the gift of Christ’s body and blood is renewed every time for the remission of our sins. We must go to Mass humbly, like sinners, and the Lord reconciles us.

- General Audience, February 12, 2014


What is the Lord saying to you through the prayers, the readings, and the Eucharist?

This message of mercy and reflection material is generously provided by Our Sunday Visitor, publisher of A Year of Mercy With Pope Francis: Daily Reflections.

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St. Gabriel Hall of Silent Reflection on Stations of Cross

Our hall has undergone its traditional adornment at this sacred time of year. Duly adorned with stations of the cross affixed to wooden crosses, beneath essays of students describing their gratitude for the growth of their faith infused into their education. Throughout this Lent, as students and staff pass through this hall, they are called to remember ... the way of the cross Jesus walked for us ... and how we can transform through prayer, fasting and giving ...
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Enrollment Forms/Fees Due March 1st!

Puxatony Phil saw his shadow and you know what that means... only 2 more weeks till the 2016.17 enrollment form/fees deadline of March 1st.

Please return your 2016.17 enrollment forms/fees to the School Office by March 1st. If you have NOT received your packet please contact the School Office.

Additionally 2016-17 PSAS forms are now available on-line on the school website.

If you have any questions, please let the Office know!

Thank you!

The St. Gabriel School Performing Arts Proudly Presents: CINDERELLA

To help off-set some of this year’s expenses, the cast is offering a Magic Wand Fundraiser. The cost of the Magic Wand is $6. If you would like to order one, please fill out the attached order form and send in with $6 to Mrs. Karpuszka. Please make checks payable to St. Gabriel School. The order will be placed in March and delivery will be the week of the performances.

  • Cinderella performance dates are Saturday, April 16th at 7:00PM and Sunday, April 17th at 3:00PM.
  • Ticket order forms will be sent home by the middle of March.
  • Your Cinderella and Prince are welcome to bring their wands to the show and light them when the Fairy Godmother is on stage! (Weekend Performances only.)

Cinderella Wand Order Form

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February 22 through February 26

February 23

  • 9:00am Mini Open House
  • Brownie Mtg. (Wiertel) Church Basement 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • PRINCIPAL PARENT CIRCLE 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm--In the Grizzly Learning Den! Bring your questions, concerns, ideas ... Get the real story, bring your stories ... get previews of the next school year

February 24

  • ALL School Mass in the Church 8:05 am
  • Debate Club 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Chess Club 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

February 25

  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Play Practice 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Art Club 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

February 26

  • St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm (PC & MPR)

February 27

  • Learning Loft Reverse Raffle Fundraiser

Looking Ahead ...

March 2

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 4 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

March 9

  • 8:05am All School Mas

March 11 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

March 12 -- St. Gabriel BOK Food Fast

March 16

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 18 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry 5:00--7:30pm, PC & MPR

March 23

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • 1:15pm Living Stations

March 24--April 1 -- Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 4 -- Classes Resume

April 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 9 -- District Power of the Pen Regional Competition

April 13

  • 8:05am All School Mass

Aprl 14 -- PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out

  • Location off campus, TBA
  • Vendor items

April 15 and 16

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 7:00pm
  • Pahler Center

April 16

  • Gr 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • 9:00am

April 17

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 3:00pm
  • Pahler Center

May 2 & 3

  • Kindergarten Screening

May 9

  • 8:15am May Crowning

May 11

  • 6":30pm 8th Grade "Academy Award Night"

May 16

  • 7:00pm Grades 4-5 Music Program

May 26

  • Young Authors, Young Artists Night
  • 6:30-8:00pm
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St. Gabriel Building & Grade Level 2015 Diocesan Achhievement Scores show performance at the top of all!

We are very proud to announce our 2015 standardized scores from last year's standardized testing have been gathered and analyze. As you will see from the charts below:

  • in all grades, in both core subjects of Math and Reading, St. Gabriel percentiles (gold bar) surpass the averages of all the Eastern region schools (gray bar),
  • in all grades, in both core subjects of Math and Reading, St. Gabriel percentiles (gold bar) surpass the averages of all regions of the Diocesan schools (orange bar

Congratulations teachers and students and parents of St. Gabriel School for all your hard and dedicated work of teaching, learning, leading and serving!

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Grade 7 Math Students learn Design, Inquiry, Research, critical thinking, problem solving and innovation in Dream Room Project

Using math skills of budgeting, measurement, computation, scale drawings, organization and narrative summary skills, 7th grade students in Mrs. LaSpina's class learned to use design principles in their project.

Solving problems involved in building their "Dream Room", students used inquiry and research to find real world "building blocks", and used comparison, analysis and innovation to solve real world problems of cost and space.

Students working in collaboration and small groups

It is a very common sight around St. Gabriel School to see students gathered in small groups, enabling and supporting collaboration and exchange of ideas and knowledge and skills. Teachers and aides act more and more as facilitators giving instruction to all groups, then group to group, then individual to individual as needed.

Grade 4 Students turn classroom lab into "Maker Room" to learn design skills in STEM lesson

In a specially designed STEM unit lesson, Mrs. Kylee Percival is guiding her students in science to learn the design process of inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and creativity, and finding solutions and building prototypes to solve problems in the real world.

Mrs. Percival challenged her students to work in collaborative groups to solve the problem of her not being able to see students waiting around the door of her classroom in the hall.

They learned to brainstorm, design essential questions of inquiry, carry out investigations, create ideas for possible devices that could be built to solve the problem, build innovative prototypes, analyze results, make new modifications, and record analyses and observations.

Some interesting devices are evolving .....

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WALKATHON is coming ...... Full STEAM ahead!

Who has won the contest for their creative, design and mathematical skills in producing this year's Walkathon T-shirt?

Snow (Calamity) Day reminders


  1. Students are expected to do work that was already assigned or regularly expected for the day that became a snow day(s). if a quiz or test was scheduled, it will be taken on the first day back after the snow day(s).
  2. No new instruction or new work or new assignments will be given. As with homework normally, if students have questions or problems, they can ask the teachers when they get back to school.
  3. Teachers will post on their web pages by noon on each snow day, any news, information, instructions or changes students and/or parents need to know about classwork, homework, or other assignments or events. Students and parents must check teacher web pages each snow day.

St. Gabriel School on Twitter

1) St Gabriel School @stgabrielschoo1 (please note that the last l of school is the number 1)

2) Donna Lee Saladino @PrincipalStGabe

If you have any questions about our school Twitter accounts, or need help setting up one for yourself to be able to access and follow our Twitter accounts, contact Mrs. Joyce Gravagna, our school Technology Integration Coordinator: joyce.gravagna@st-gabrielschool.org


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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For the Gromack family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of Mrs. Gromack's brother, uncle to students Ava and Gianna.

For Mrs. Mann and her children, for prayers of comfort in the loss of Mrs. Mann's mother and the children's grandmother.

For comfort and healing to the Bill Koenig and Keith Koenig families with the loss of their grandparent/great grandparent.

For comfort and healing for Tessa & Ella Koenig and family for the loss of their grandfather.

Please keep in your prayers, general intercessions for all in our community, especially all of our students who have suffered losses of loves ones over the last few years. And I know there are many needing both big and little prayers here and there, for many reasons. I was once read an anonymous quote:

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

A very special expression of appreciation and thanks to our wonderful school parent Sunshine Committee who strives to lead reach out efforts of love and support and help for those in our community in suffering!

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 by the principal and follow our policies. Thank you!!

NOTE: Also, if there are technical obstacles or difficulties in preventing you from accessing a linked item, or getting the correct information, please let Mrs. Clarke know, and she will get you the document or item or information you need!

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