Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. September 27, 2015

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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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: Mark 9:40
“For whoever is not against us is for us.”

Personal Meditation

How do we perceive media’s portrayal of family life? Is it realistic to what we know and believe through our Christian faith? How does the use of media such as cell phones, tablets, gaming systems, television, or the internet, affect our interactions with one another as a family?

Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

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Blessings Everyone!

It has been a joyous week in our school of following and experiencing Pope Francis' visits and travels in the United States. Each day seemed to bring greater excitement, and pride in our Catholic faith as we watched and listened to Pope Francis delivering his messages of uniting in love and understanding and care of each other and our world, and of opening our eyes in compassion and mercy to the needs and suffering of the poor and suffering, and the great dignity of every single one of us. And we are hearing over and over his call to all to recognize, understand, and respond to the most sacred value, importance, dignity and responsibility of the family in our world. And, we truly saw how Francis is so humbly and lovingly the People's Pope, and how everyone in some way or another, aside from all of our differences, can connect with this holy and gracious man.

Teachers took advantage of accessing live TV coverage, and various news and internet coverage through our technology in the building. Their directed discussions among students, and discussions among staff, contributed to a rise in the sacred and energizing messages of Francis lifting us all. We will continue this great dialogue that is gathering momentum and strength throughout so many aspects of our school community.

I am sure you all have been having your own special experiences throughout this week, But i have one reflection on something that stood out to me. I'm sure you notice how one of Pope Franicis' repeated entreaties to everyone is to pray for him. Let us respond to that call with fervor, and continually hold our Holy Father in our prayers for the many graces he needs in this vital role of his leadership for us to keep us growing in a sense of new hope, comfort and courage as he touches all our hearts and souls

Peace, love and courage to all,

In Christ,

Mrs. Saladino

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September 21 - October 2

September 29

  • 2:30pm Debate Club begins

September 30

  • 8:05 School Liturgy
  • 9:20 Gr 8 "Get the Score" by Lakewood H.S.

October 1

  • 2:30 Art Club begins Fall session
  • 5:00pm -- Principal Parent Circles, Church CR

October 6

  • 7:00 Gr 2 First Eucharist Parent Meeting

October 7

  • Arts Day I

Looking Ahead ...

October 16

  • K Grandparents Day Celebration

October 21

  • 8:05 Living Rosary, Church (no Eucharistic Liturgy)

October 30

  • PTU Halloween Carnival Day

November 2-11

  • Grades 1-2 Cognitive Abilities Tests

November 3

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

November 6

  • 6:00--9:00pm - PTU Christmas Craft Boutique, at St. Gabriel School

November 7

  • 9:00am--3:00pm - PTU Christmas Craft Boutique, at St. Gabriel School

November 10

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

November 12--13


November 16

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

December 3

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

December 9

  • 8:00am--2:00pm PTU Santa Shop

December 15

December 21

  • 6:30 JrK K 1 Christmas Program, Church


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In joining with the exciting Jubilee Celebration of our parish we are now officially releasing live our new school website! With the different formatting, tabbing, and arranging, we hope you find it more user friendly and more accommodating to your needs and desires.

Although we have spent many days and weeks in preparing for this, we ask that you realize that it is still a work in progress. Especially now that it is live and accessible and usable, we greatly appreciate your comments, questions and input!

It is using the same domain, so it is staying at the same web address for everyone's ease and convenience. Please check and try out the new features and components at the following link, St. Gabriel School Website.


Students enjoyed the day Friday with their annual celebration of our School and Parish feast day. Over the years, student council has created an assembly of quite a few presentations with skits and speakers, expressing values, behaviors and character traits that exemplify the high standards of St. Gabriel school students. The inauguration of all the additional homeroom representatives chosen from the beginning of the school year elections, is also a part of the assembly, reminding all again of the goals of all student council to be leaders in Christ promoting Christlike school spirit and good citizenship.

This year, as in last year, student council members moved into the digital realm of creating a presentation about values and exemplary St. Gabriel student conduct. Thank you Mrs. Roebuck, Ms. London, and Mrs. Trem for guidance and leadership in this day!

See the following link for the student council video.

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Activities and events throughout the weekend brought parishioners and families together for celebration and community. Picnics, games and concerts interspersed with the regular parish masses created an environment of fun and closeness for all.

A highlight of the weekend was the presentation to Fr. Fred of a specially designed and and built memorial sign. It night only memorialized Fr. Fred with his name beautifully carved in the sign, but it honored his great and humble leadership of the parish and its people with the renaming of the complex of offices, meeting rooms, and various community spaces where parishioners gather, find nourishment and life, and bring life to others.


PTU Information

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

Christmas Boutique

PTU Sunshine Committtee

The goal of the St. Gabriel PTU Sunshine Committee is to bring a little ray of sunshine, and perhaps a smile(!), to members of our school community that are not feeling very “sunny”. We also like to celebrate happy occasions too! We do this by sending home a card, small gift, or an act of service. Some examples are (but not limited to):

· Student injury / surgery

· Death of a loved one

· Death of an immediate family member

· Family is in crisis

· Prayers needed

· Birth of a sibling

· Staff: weddings / new babies

Currently, we are notified by the front office of anyone in need of services. If parents or students notify the office of an issue occurring within the family, we are then notified and items are delivered (through the school) within a week. Our biggest concern is that someone is missed! Maybe the family does not notify the office, but they share information with you. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

If you hear of anyone in need of our services, please contact the front office or feel free to directly e-mail us.

Joy Novak: joynovak@ymail.com

Katy Moran: katy_moran@att.net

Thank you!!


Basketball Registration Open till 9/27

  • Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 3-8.
  • Regular registration is open from 9/14 - 9/27, late registration from 9/28 - 10/4.
  • Practices begin November 1st
  • games begin in early December.
  • Any questions or concerns please contact Basketball Commissioner Karl Bohr at grizzlycyobball@gmail.com.
  • Register online at www.st-gabrielcyo.org and click on the registration tab.

A Marker for CYO Accomplishments!

Send us your news and celebrations!!!!!!
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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For Mrs. Stringer, for prayers for healing in recovery of surgery.

For Mrs. Swetel, for prayers for healing and comfort in illness.

For Bob Elmore, for prayers of comfort for his family in the loss of his sister, Deborah.

For Ms. Boucher, for prayers of healing for her brother.

For Mrs. Gravagna, for prayers of continued healing.

For Ms. Schmidt, for prayers of healing in recovery of injury.

Healing prayers for a speedy recovery for Denise Anzlovar.

Healing prayers for a speedy recovery for Kylie Snyder, St. Gabriel School Alumni.

For the Burtch family, for prayers of healing, especially for grandpa Richard Farrell.

Please keep in your prayers, general intercessions for all in our community. 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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