Weekday . . . News and Notes

St. Gabriel School ............. September 10 2015

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Frequent Grizzly Links

From the Office
  • Morning Arrival Procedures
  • St. Gabriel Hot Lunch Program
  • Picture Day

From the School

  • New SGS Blogs!
  • Apples for Students - Giant Eagle

Clinic News

  • Preventative Lice Check
  • Attention: Parents of 7th graders

Clubs for Brain Power, Creative Artist, Spiritual Growth and Service and Athlete

  • Grizzly Academy - starts Tuesday, September 8th
  • Chess Club - starts Wednesday, September 9th
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Debate Club
  • Grizzly Growler Press Corps
  • Band 2015 - 2016
  • Performing Arts Group
  • Drama Club
  • Art Club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Altar Servers and Mass Readers
  • CYO

From the PTU

  • General PTU info
  • Grizzly Magnets
  • Gym Uniform, Sweatshirts, Grizzly Gear orders
  • Kid Stuff Coupon Book

From the Parish

  • Fall Into Faith with St. Gabriel
  • Communal Penance
  • St. Vincent DePaul Walk
  • Paul Todd Benefit Concert
  • BOK Jr. Leadership Club



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  • Ripcho Studios order envelopes being sent home tomorrow, Friday, to each student.
  • See Picture Day Dress Code

Look for the Ripcho order form tomorrow in your student's Friday folder OR access order form online Ripcho online order form

St. Gabriel Hot Lunch Program Notes

  • $2.75 -- Cost of hot lunch, which includes main course, 2 fruit/vegetables, milk
  • Monthly Menu posted on school website and Frequent Grizzly Links
  • Point of Sale (POS) system
  • A La Carte for cash
  • Free or Reduced Price application available
  • see Welcome Back Letter and Information for more details and menu

Welcome Back Letter

September Menu

Diocesan National School Lunch Free & Reduced Program


Apples for Students

Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® and use it every time you shop at our stores to raise funds for your school!

Our school code is 2831

It’s Easy to Register!

  1. Sign in to gianteagle.com or create an account.
  2. Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® online.
  3. Visit the My School Programs page and enter the code of the school that you’d like to receive points. You can also register to earn points for more than one school! Don’t know your school code? Search for it by name, city or zip code.
  4. You’re done! Be sure to encourage your family and friends to register, too.

CLUBS and EXTRACURRICULARS for Building Brain Power

Power of the Pen

St. Gabriel School is proud to participate in the Power of the Pen competition. It is a chance for students to develop their writing skills at an early age, and gain confidence in competitive situations. Students meet after school with the Power of the Pen teacher/coaches, Mrs. Beth Paskey, and Ms. Elizabeth Moore. Although the meetings are used as practice sessions for the competitions, any junior high student who wishes to improve their overall writing skills in encouraged to attend. Near competition times, to teams of 6 students will be selected to participate in competitions to be announced later.

Practice sessions are weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays after school, in Room 208, 2:30-3:30pm, starting September 14th. Students may attend one or both sessions as they are available. Students who cannot attend after school meetings may still participate and can complete the writing prompt practices at home.

See the following flyer for further information and registration.

Power of the Pen Information and Registration

Grizzly Academy Is Up and Running!

St. Gabriel School's Grizzly Academy provides an excellent opportunity for St. Gabriel 4th - 8th grade students to complete homework, studying and reading in a quiet working environment. Grizzly Academy is available four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 2:40 - 4:00. In addition, opportunities to work on project-based learning and group work will be available in the new Grizzly Learning Den on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is facilitated by St . Gabriel School teachers, who provide supervision, allow for the appropriate use of technology, and assist with clarification of students' questions.

Grizzly Academy is an excellent opportunity for busy students to complete homework and group work right after school, freeing up precious evening time for family, sports and a myriad of other activities. It also provides peace of mind for parents, knowing their children are supervised by St. Gabriel teachers and studiously completing homework and other academic activities in a quiet environment. Students must arrive at Grizzly Academy ready and willing to work on their school work. If students do not follow the rules they will not be allowed to attend the Grizzly Academy. Please note, this is not a tutoring program.

  • Staffed by St. Gabriel School teachers
  • Mondays through Thursdays from 2:40 - 4:00
  • $8.00 per session
  • First Session is Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Registration Form required

If you have any questions regarding the program, please stop by the office or contact the coordinator, Linda Oster, at linda.oster@st-gabrielschool.org

Chess Club began Wednesday, September 9

Chess Club began on September 9 and will meet on Wednesdays for 7 more weekly sessions after school, from 2:30-4:00pm. Instruction will be provided byProgress With Chess, a local non-profit organization with chess programs in over 50 Northeast Ohio school, including St. Raphael, Communion of Saints, Notre Dame Elementary, St. Dominic, Metro Catholic, St. Ambrose, and Incarnate Word Academy. All St. Gabriel students, grades K-8, are invited to learn the ancient game of chess. Students will be grouped into skill levels.

If you are still interested, complete and return the form below and payment before the next class on September 16. For more information contact Michael Joelson at mdjoelson@progresswithchess.org.

Chess Club Registration Form

Debate Club

The Debate Club begins September 29th, and meets monthly after school fron 2:30--3:30pm throughout the year -- see dates in information flyer and registration flyer below. It is open to Grades 6, 7, and 8, monitored by Mr. Eric Butler. Parents must pick up students at 3:35pm.

The St. Gabriel Debate Club helps students understand how to debate and why it is such an important skill. Students study many different aspects of debate such as the "art of arguing", how to research facts to enhance an argument, popular topics to debate, and how to apply debating to everyday life. Students learn such skills as

  • the right kind of physical actions to use
  • how to include data in an argument
  • how to do a rebuttal correctly
  • how to observe and critiques persons in the public arena, such as presidents, and congressmen and congress women.

Debating is also important if students plan to join mock trial club in high school, which competes with other schools in a courtroom setting. Debating is actually used everywhere, and can lead to very heated, but very intellectual conversations with others when it comes to areas such as religion, politics and sports.

Debate Club Information and Registration Form

Grizzly Growler Press Corps Has Started

The Grizzly Press Corps began Wednesday, September 9, and will meet twice a month after school on Wednesdays this year with Ms. O'Neill and Mrs. Glauser monitoring. Fifth through eighth students are invited to help report school happenings and write feature articles in print and on the Grizzly Blog, using technology devices and cameras to create high quality journalism and other presentations.

Benefits are strengthening research and writing skills, learning about different aspect of media such as reporting, photography, and graphic design. Student also learn leadership skills and interpersonal skills.

If you are still interested, see the Information flyer and registration form below, or contact Mrs, Glauser for more information, at mary.glauser@st-gabrielschool.org

Grizzly Growler Info and Registration Form

CLUBS and EXTRACURRICULARS for the Creative Artist

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Band 2015-16



St. Gabriel School has an excellent, highly reputable, in-school band program for Gr 4-8, through Music Alliance. Please check out our newly updated band website at:


Find out about our wonderful program, watch videos demonstrating all the band instruments, discover links about the importance of music, and more!

Students in 4th and 5th grade can join, and for this year only--even 7th graders can join. Students brand new to the school can inquire also about joining.

Go to the website to find out more and/or email Mrs. Gaeta the band director, at stacey.gaeta@st-gabrielschool.org.

7th/8th graders: Band starts the first week of school

Returning 5th/6th graders: Band starts the second week of school

4th/5th grade Beginners: Band starts the week of Sept. 14th

Art Club

Art Club is an after school activity that allows students a greater chance to explore art materials, processes, projects, etc. We offer two separate six week sessions. This club is open to St. Gabriel students, 2nd grade and up. We meet on Thursdays after school in the Art room, from 2:30-3:45pm. Art Club is $60 per session. The dates for the two separate sessions are listed below.

1st Session--Thursdays, 2:30--3:45pm

Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th & Nov. 5th



Drama Clubs

Drama Club Returns with Treasure Island!

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is delighted to be able to partner with St. Gabriel Elementary again this year to provide an after school drama club program. The first semester will be for grades 4 & 5 students only. (A second session starting in February will be for grades 2 & 3) We will meet on Mondays after school until 4:30 to prepare the musical Treasure Island to be performed on the Geauga Theater stage in late January. Flyers with additional details and registration forms are available at the school office and in the classroom for those interested.

Deadline : September 9th.
I am excited to be returning and look forward to seeing "old friends" and making new ones!

Julie Douglass from GLTG Education Division


NOTE: "Kids Love Musicals", a drama program and experience for grades 1 and 2, will be coming this fall.


CLUBS and EXTRACURRICULARS for Spiritual Growth and Service

Student Ambassadors

Mrs. Alicia Henrikson and Mrs. Michelle Clarke organize students from 7th and 8th grades that help with greeting, and giving tours during school Open Houses, Catholic Schools Week, and the annual Links Fore Catholic Educations Golf Outing. Homeroom teachers appoint these teachers.

Students are selected based on responsibility, work ethic, and commitment to being a gracious and welcoming Christ-like servant leader in the school. Contact Mrs. Henrikson at ahenrikson@st-gabriel.org, or Mrs. Clarke michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org, for more information.

Altar Servers and Mass Readers

St. Gabriel School is very blessed to be part of the St. Gabriel Parish community. This enables students to participate in weekly Eucharistic Liturgies, and many prayer services and sacramental celebrations throughout the year.

Fifth through eighth graders are invited to take training and sign up to be Altar Servers and Mass Readers for school,and also parish Masses. Ms. Maureen Dowd, mdowd@st-gabriel.org, leads these groups and schedules training through the parish.


Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

St. Gabriel CYO sports strive to help our youth develop the values and character of Christ as love, and the outpouring of self for the benefit of others. We teach "no regrets" where success is defined as giving. Sports are offered for students in grades 3-8. Athletes are coached by parents and volunteers.

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.


Important PTU Information

All PTU Information and forms can be accessed through the PTU Website

Grizzly Magnets

Grizzly Magnets available for $6

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

Gym Uniforms and Uniform Sweatshirts

Gym Uniforms and Uniform Sweatshirts Order Deadline Sept 4th click here for order form

Order Form - Uniforms

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

Order Form - Grizzly Gear

Kid Stuff Coupon Book

TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 11th, is THE FINAL DAY of our official KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser. We still have over 100 books out that have either not been paid for or returned. If you/your child have not yet paid for your book or returned it, it must be done by TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 11th. If you are not sure if your child turned the book/payment in, please: 1) ask them if they turned it in, 2) check the bottom of their book bag, and 3) ask your child to check their locker. Please save our KidStuff Committee the time of having to email or call you to track down your book or payment. We must account for each and every book; your help in this matter is much appreciated!

THANK YOU to every family who has either paid for their coupon book or returned it. KUDOS to those that have sold extra and even earned their own book FOR FREE!


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BOK Jr Leadership Club

  • BOK Jr (Building of the Kingdom Jr) is open to ALL 6th-8th graders in St. Gabriel Parish
  • It meets the first Tuesday of each month from 2:30-3:45 in the MPR
  • The primary goal of BOK is to help the youth to grow closer to Christ and our community through social, spiritual and service activities. Our foremost focus is SERVICE, and coordinates so well with Pope Francis’ vision of service!
  • Each month has a different Service focus and leadership skill taught to the preteens, as well as learning different methods of prayer.
  • Information and registration will be available on the St. Gabriel School and Parish websites. For any questions, please contact Mary von Carlowitz at mvoncarlowitz@st-gabriel.org

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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