Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School, October 18, 2015


29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: Mark 10:44

“Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”

Personal Meditation

How do I help local families realize the breadth and depth of service to which God is calling them? Is my own family practicing loving service of God and others on a regular basis?

NCEA Weekly Reflections, Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

Blessings dear teachers and staff!

Living Rosary Prayer All School Service on Wednesday

Sherry will be delivering instructions for this Wednesday's Living Rosary prayer service to all teachers' mailboxes. With the prayers and presentations on GBN, and all that you have been doing in your classrooms, I'm sure that this Wednesday morning will be a beautiful, holy and transforming experience for everyone!

We will gather in Church as a whole school, Jr K through 8, to honor Mary and the great gift that she is to us. Her model of holy "fiat", her leading to Jesus, her holy, peaceful, humble loving heart, and the power of her intercession for me a sinner, have been the things that most impacted me in my life. This is one of my favorite things we do as a school during the year.

Blessings, peace and courage,

Donna Lee

Diocesan Technology Curriculum Rollout, Tuesday October 20

Things are all set to go for our Technology curriculum rollout on Tuesday. Other schools' teachers will be joining as as we proudly participate in the presentation of the curriculum which had TWO professional writers from our school on the team!

Much effort was put into this curriculum to be written for classroom teachers, to help all use technology to align to the standards of all subjects. As you are already experiencing, what Erin teaches your students really is not much stand alone, but mostly integrated with what you are teaching. This workshop is not supposed to be just "it would be nice to go to ... ", but a deep explanation of our new technology curriculum and promises to give meaty practical ways to infuse technology into your instruction and the students' learning, the goal of our whole efforts to start being 1:1 this year.

Without a doubt we are blessed to be on a cutting edge with our technology resources and training at St. Gabriel. This is all the more reason to learn more ways that we can utilize this curriculum to enable us as classroom teachers to keep growing in the next steps.

If you are not able to attend the Tuesday presentation, there are 2 others at 2 other schools that you can attend. October 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, and October 29 at St. Mark School. You can register on the OCFE website.

Looking Ahead

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October 18-November 18

October 20

  • 4:00-6:30 Diocesan Technology Curriculum Rollout for teachers in Eastern Diocese, All St. Gabriel teachers required attendance

October 21

  • 8:05 Living Rosary, Church (no Eucharistic Liturgy)
  • Gr 2 science field trip to Holden Arboretum

October 23

  • Jr Kindergarten "Pastries with Parents"

October 30

  • PTU Halloween Carnival Day

November 2-11

  • Gr 1 and 2 Cognitive Abilities testing (CogATs)

November 3

  • 3:00--8:00pm Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 4

  • 8:05 All School Liturgy of Remembrance

November 10

  • Picture retake day
  • 3:00--8;00pm Parent Teacher Conferences

November 12--13

  • Required professional development days

November 16

  • 7:00pm Grade 2-3 Music Program, PC

November 18

  • Arts Day I - re-scheduled

December 3

  • 7:00pm School Band Concert, Lake Catholic HS

December 7-13 -- Computer Science Education Week

  • Computer Science Education Week -- Joining students all over the world in an "Hour of Code"

December 9

  • 8:00am--2:00pm PTU Santa Shop

December 21

  • 6:30 JrK, K, 1 Christmas Program, Church

January 31 -- February 6, 2016 -- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Bright Spot

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Wednesday Bell Schedule Updates

Thank you all for the great way last week that you unfolded our first Wednesday changes in schedules and Math. Classes started at 9:05 with even a few minutes to spare, and I have heard of several things that you were starting to try out for math, and a few more discussions about that as everyone looks to find what can be done!

Sorry about the bells being off. The bell technician will be out again this week to redo and correct the timing of the Wednesday bells.

Wednesday (AM) Bell Schedule

7:50a.m. Tardy Bell—School Begins

8:05 a.m. Mass

9:05-9:37 Period 1 5

9:37-10:09 Period 2 K

10:09-10:41 Period 3 1

10:41-11:13 Period 4 7

11:13-11:45 Period 5 – lunch ¾ 8

11:45-12:17 Period 6 – lunch 1/2 6

12:17-12:49 Period 7 – lunch K/5/6 3

12:49-1:21 Period 8 – lunch K/7/8 2

1:21-1:53 Period 9 4

1:53-2:13 period M (Mini Math) JK-8


  • Reminder we are taking out morning announcements on Wednesdays.
  • Reminder to head over to Church early enough that we can all be seated and ready to start at 8:05.

Lunch Room notes

Thank you for looking for ways to incorporate some extra "hand washing" education for the students as we move (already have!!) into cold and flu season.

Thanks for getting to the lunchroom at first bell to get your students. Thanks also for beginning your rotations of time in the recess/lunch sessions.

Thanks for all your help and support!!!!


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Happy Birthday Friday, October 23rd to Mamie Glunt, and Saturday, October 24th to Maureen Boucher!


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Please pray for Beth as she recovers from her surgery. Please continue to pray for Andi and Joyce as they go through their treatments and heling. And continue to pray for Karen Hoffman's husband Bill. Please also pray for several on our staff whose children are needing treatments and surgeries and of course needing extra time and energy as they expend their love and care also for our students!

Let us continue to pray also for each other and all of our families, as colleagues and friends, and as companions on the discipleship journey of our mission in Christ. I know there are many unspoken needs, needing big and little prayers.

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

Please continue praying for parents and families in our school community needing prayers. Remember the Galeazzo's, the Degners, the Lyons, and all others who are suffering through loss in any way in their families. Please note all community names in the Weekly Parent VB Newsletter and keep them in your prayers.

Have a beautiful week!

I am praying for all of you, please pray for me,

Peace in the Father, love in Jesus, and courage and wisdom in the Spirit,


Donna Lee

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

We are being Christ, every day, everywhere, through teaching, learning, leading and serving.