St. Gabe's Monthly Newsletter!

December 2022

St. Gabriel Education Centre Website

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.

Principal's Update

Dear St. Gabe's students and families,

This past weekend was the start of Advent. Advent is a season of hopeful anticipation of the coming of Christ. Here at St. Gabe's, we have a lot to be hopeful for. Our program is growing and the results from our surveys show that students feel welcome, safe, cared for, engaged, and that they are encouraged to do their best. I want to thank all of you for your faith and trust in us. We are blessed to work in such a wonderful school community.

We have a lot of important events in December so please read through the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions.

Many Blessings!

Renee Trottier


Newsletter Draw!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Newsletter Draw! We appreciate your suggestions to make our newsletters better!

Congratulations to Anne Naughton - our first Newsletter Draw WINNER!!! You have won a gift card to Chapters! Please come to the school to pick up your prize!

Each month we will clear the responses and start fresh so please continue to enter your name each month.

December Calendar

December 9 - Christmas bags for the Imprisoned are due

December 15 - SGEC Semester 1 awards presentation at 11:00.

December 16 - Friday Fun Day in Junior High at 11:00.

December 16 - Food Drive ends

December 19 - Wear a fun Christmas Hat to school

December 20 - PJ day (Bonus if they're Christmas PJs)!

December 21 - Ugly Christmas Sweater day

December 22 - Wear red and/or green

December 23 - Wear something sparkly. Last day of school.

January 9 - Classes resume

January 13 - All coursework due

Important Reminder about our Hours of operation

With the temperature getting colder, please be mindful of our hours of operation. Staff are not always able to stay to supervise students after hours so picking up your child on time is very important. We would not want to have to ask your child to wait outside if you're running late.


Monday - Wednesday - 8:00-3:30

Thursday - 8:00-5:30

Friday - 8:00-12:00

Please also be mindful to park in the lower parking lot and not in our staff parking lot. You will be asked to move should you be in someone's spot or if you're in the handicapped parking spot.

St. Gabe's Gives Back!

Food Drive

Please bring in non-perishable food items and toiletries to help support the families of Sacred Heart Church of the First People in downtown Edmonton. Sacred Heart serves a large number of Indigenous, immigrants, and many others who make their home in downtown Edmonton. Please help with this very worthy cause. We are accepting donations of food, toiletries, and grocery gift cards at the school.
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Decorating Bags for the Imprisoned

Students at St. Gabe's are invited to decorate a gift bag that will be given at Christmas to someone imprisoned. Other schools and organizations fill the bags, we are just asked to decorate them. They are located on a center table in our common area at St. Gabe's. They're due December 9.
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Christmas Hampers

If you, or someone you know, is in need of a Christmas hamper this year, please contact the St. Albert Kinette Club. They are accepting referrals up to December 13, 2022.

Christmas Activities at St. Gabes!

During our last week of school before our Christmas break, let's have some fun! Keep it simple and don't stress if your outfit isn't perfect. We will have prizes and treats for students during this week so make sure to stop by!
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Needs Assessment Survey

Our Student Learning Team requests your assistance in identifying the needs of students in our building. We will be collecting data from students, parents, teachers and administrators which will help identify areas of focus and support. Additionally, it will aid in building a comprehensive school needs counselling program. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to;

Tracy Stevens - Delhez, M.Ed., R. Psych

School Counsellor and Teacher cell 780-953-1369

Parent Needs Survey Link

Student Needs Survey Link

School Council

We do not have a meeting in December for School Council.

Our next meeting is on January 12 at 6:30 online using this link.

All agendas and minutes can be found on our school website.

Advent Liturgy

We had a lovely, albeit small, advent liturgy with Father Jack from St. Albert Parish presiding. Everyone enjoyed the cake afterwards. Please consider joining us for future celebrations and liturgies.

St. Gabe's Student Corner

Mrs. Bedi isn't the only teacher at St. Gabes . . . we promise! The other teachers just don't take pictures! Here are some pictures of our science students creating models of cells. There's also a picture of a student creating models of atoms. Students, you may want to invite your teachers to take pictures of you and your work for our newsletter!

Halloween at St. Gabes

Thanks to our students who dressed up. We did not manage to get pictures of everyone!

Catholic Corner

ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!

December - Advent

On Sunday, November 27, the season of Advent began. Advent is a four-week period leading up to Christmas during which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s coming into our world. Jesus’ coming was always part of God’s plan for our salvation. The Jewish people waited hundreds of years for the coming of a Savior. The coming of Jesus was foretold by the prophets in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, there was one great prophet, who was very important in preparing the people for the coming of Jesus, our Saviour. His name was John the Baptist.

The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. The prophets of the Old Testament waited in hope for the Messiah's arrival

The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. To the shepherd's great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble people like them. Pink symbolizes joy.

The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

St. Albert Parish Christmas Masses

Here's what's coming up at St.Albert Parish. If SAP is not your parish, please contact your parish office for their events.

Vespers (Evening prayers with Music)

December 7 & 21 @ 7:00 pm

Parish Penitential -December 6 @ 7:00 pm

Christmas Masses are as follows:

Christmas Eve 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 & 12:00 (The 5:00 mass is a children's mass with pagent)

Christmas Day 9:00 am & 11:00 am

New Year’s Eve 5:00 pm

New Year’s Day 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm

Looking at the New Year:

Chilly Chili Bang Bang (Fireworks, Chili, sleigh Rides) January 21 following the 5 pm Mass

Fiesta Before Fasting February 18 following the 6:00 pm mass

What is Advent? Watch to find out!

Advent in 2 Minutes (NEW!)
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Father Mike Schmidt

This is one cool priest. Listen to his explanation of advent!
Advent: More Than a Chocolate Calendar

GSACS Education Foundation Christmas Cash Raffle

The GSACS Education Foundation 3rd Annual 50/50 Christmas Cash Raffle sales opened on November 1, 2022, and will run until December 7th, 2022 - Draw date for half the Gross Sales, up to $10,000 will happen on Dec 9th @ 7:00 pm. Somebody will be the lucky recipient of some extra Christmas Cash; could it be you?

GSACS is the main fundraiser for our division. Funds go to assist schools with valuable learning enhancements for our students.

Engagement on Grades 7-12 Career Education Programming (from Minister LaGrange)

I am pleased to assist the Career Education Task Force in announcing engagement opportunities for Albertans to provide input on career education programming for students in grades 7 to 12. Led by Shane Getson, parliamentary secretary for Economic Corridors, the task force is listening to Albertans across the province to determine how to innovate and strengthen career education programming for students and employers.

From now until December 9, 2022, the task force would like to hear from students in grades 7 to 12, parents, teachers, career counsellors, post-secondary educators, employers and young adults. Albertans can share ideas at online and in-person engagement sessions in 11 communities across the province. They are encouraged to participate in their region or they have the flexibility to attend any session that works best for them. During the sessions, participants will be able to provide local insights on career education programming and hear the unique perspectives of others.

There are also online surveys for the public and students in grade 7 to 12 to provide feedback on career education programming. Albertans can register for an engagement session, take the survey and sign up for career education updates at

In addition to engaging with Albertans, the task force will meet with a variety of education stakeholders to hear their viewpoints. They will also conduct a comprehensive review of Alberta’s career education programming, with a focus on grades 7 to 12. The insights from the review and engagement feedback will inform their recommendations and provincial framework for career education programming.

To build awareness of these engagement opportunities, I have attached a promotional bulletin for distribution through your communication channels. Please encourage your stakeholders to post it and share it within their communities.

On behalf of the Alberta government, thank you for your support as we continue our work to build better connections between schools and employers. Your feedback will help the task force ensure that Alberta’s future career education programming prepares students for new opportunities in our increasingly diversified labour market.


Adriana LaGrange
Minister of Education

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Wellness and Extra-Curricular Activities

Would you like to get involved in an activity but don't know where to start? Check out the Extra-Curricular list on our website. It's definitely not exhaustive but will give you a good idea of the organizations in St. Albert and area that offer extra-curricular programs for teenagers. There is also a section on resources for mental health on our site.

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 Monday, Thursday and Fridays. 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

Social Media

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Comedy Corner

Watch this funny video from Surrey, BC. I hope this brings some laughter and chuckles to you!
Adopt-a-Pet Lick-a-Thon
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Our Hours

Teachers are available during these hours:

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

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

8:30 am to Noon

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