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St. Gabriel School ............. May 15, 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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Pentecost Sunday

Sacred Scripture 1 COR 12:12
As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

Message of Mercy

No One Can Remain Indifferent

All who accept the life of Christ and live in him acknowledge God as Father and give themselves completely to Him, loving Him above all things. The reconciled person sees in God the Father of all, and, as a consequence, is spurred on to live a life of fraternity open to all…This is the reason why no one can remain indifferent before the lot of our brothers and sisters.

— World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 2014


Do you view others as brothers and sisters, or do you remain indifferent before their needs?

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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Things are running smoother and smoother in the classroom each day that more parents come on board!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If You Have Yet to Sign Up .......

In case you missed our previous notice, we want to remind you that St. Gabriel School is now using a program to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety. This program is a phone application downloaded onto your smart phone (found in the app store) and will allow you to notify the school of end of the day pick-up changes and authorize others to pick-up your child from school, alert you when your child has been picked up, as well as help organize the classroom car lines during pick-up.

In order for this system to be successful, it is critical that we have everyone's participation. If you have difficulty with the app, please contact You may also contact Mrs. Dietz at 440-352-6169 or

Several resources are included below to help you understand how to use the application and assist you with this transition. Please make sure you register with the mobile phone number our school has on file for you and that it is a current number or the app will not allow you to access your child’s information for security reasons.

If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app’s home page, contact with your child’s name, school, grade, and updated contact information for you.

Using the App:

Parents will represent how their students travel home using the phone application.

You are able to make daily dismissal changes until 1:00. After 1:00, please call the office.

We will transition to no longer using blue notes, except for early dismissal.

When making car rider changes, assign students who have the last names A-E to car line 1, last names F-N to car line 2, last names O-R to car line 3, & last names S-Z to car line 4. All JK students are assigned to car line 4. The pick-up rooms will remain the same.\

When you get in line outside the pick-up room, please open your PikMyKid app and press the orange announce button for the child(ren) you are to pick up. If you are picking up in multiple pick up rooms please announce for one child at a time at the correct time (when you actually get in that room’s line) so you don’t hold up the line.

Please make sure anyone picking up in your place understands the pick-up process and has been officially delegated to within the app and the form shows your child’s correct car line. We have also included a short, one page parent guide to the PikMyKid App.

NOTE: If you or the person you would like to have pick-up your child cannot or does not have the phone app, you or he or she will need to wait at the end of the dismissal line and the teacher will authorize the pick-up based on the authorized release list as in the previous way and requiring driver's license.

PikMyKid Parent Manual


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We are so excited to report latest returns for our Walkathon, moving Full STEAM ahead!

  • Thank you Grizzlies!!! Keep it going!!!
  • Keep getting the word out, share our needs and our goal with whoever you can! Your sharing words make a huge difference!

As we move closer toward our STEM Designation credential from the Ohio Department of Education, the Walkathon will greatly help us raise the funds for resources and equipment to enhance student's project-based learning and collaboration.

These include such things as robotics, 3D printers, other technology and programmable devices and Maker Space supplies, and collaborative student desk furniture. We are also going to upgrade the stage area lighting, which will increase stage usage for integrating performing arts into STEAM projects.

Thank you for your support!


NEW Flyer

New flyer for football camp for boys in Grades 4th - 8th grade in the Front foyer of the school.

CLEAN and unique recyclables

A few parent volunteers are collecting CLEAN and unique recyclables for a school project and are in great need of your help!

What do we mean by unique?

  • egg cartons
  • large plastic soda and juice bottles
  • plastic containers (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.)
  • boxes of any size (cereal, crackers, cookies, Mac & cheese, etc.)
  • paper and plastic grocery bags
  • produce containers (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • "to go" containers
  • Styrofoam containers/cups of any sort/size
  • newspapers
  • packaging materials

Please, NO glass items!

If you have some items worth donating, please bring them to school and deliver them to the maintenance department located near the 7th grade lockers.

We are asking for all donations to be made by May 18.

Thank you for your support!

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Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Continuing this week and throughout the month of May, Crossroads instructors will be implementing the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. There will be 5 lessons, for all 3 grades, one a week covering five weeks total.

These lessons will be one class period long, during the Science classes. Crossroads instructors will come to present, and will teach the classes of all 3 grades throughout the day.

Monday, April 18 (completed)

Thursday, April 28 (completed)

Thursday, May 5 (completed)

Thursday, May 19

BOK Mission Trip


PLEASE consider supporting our teens and their mission trip to Grenada by purchasing your spring and summer flowers through Dean’s greenhouse plant sale.

Plants will be delivered for pick up on May 25th at 6pm at the St. Gabriel Pavilion.

This is a great opportunity for you to purchase these vibrant and hardy plants for your summer yard.

Visit our parish website to place your order OR CLICK HERE

Walkathon - Friday May 20th Schedule of Events

Walkathon/Field Day Schedule of Events

8:00 am Assembly in Pahler Center

8:30 am Walk A Thon Begins: Grand Marshall leads “(Students drop off canned good)

9:30 am PACK UP BOOK BAGS AND BE PREPARED FOR DISMISSAL – After Field Day – Dismissal will be upon us!!!

Lunch Times

  • 10:30 – 11:00 8th graders/1st grade buddies
  • 11:00 – 11:30 7th graders/Kindergarten buddies & 2nd graders
  • 11:30 – 12:00 3rd and 6th grade
  • 12:00 – 12:30 4thand 5th grade
  • 12:30 – 2:04 Field Day Events

*** Please remind students to bring beach towels – we are eating outside ** Lunch will be first and if time allows – recess **

May 16 - May 20

May 16
  • Grade 4-5 Music Program 7 pm in the Pahler Center
  • Daisy Mtg. (McGinnis) Meeting Room 1 (Church) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • STAT Meeting 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

May 17

  • Brownie Mtg. (Malinas) Church Basement (MR1) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Daisy Meeting (Bender) Church Basement 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

May 18

  • ALL School Mass in the Church 8:05 am
  • Grizzly Growler (Press Club) End of Year Picnic) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Drama Club (Gr. 2 & 3) 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

May 19

  • Daisy Mtg. (Coode) MPR 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

May 20

  • NO Cafeteria Cooked Hot Lunch
  • Walkathon and Field Day (See above for Schedule of Events)

Looking Ahead ... May 16 -- June 7

May 16 - Grades 4-5 Music Program

  • 7:00pm
  • Pahler Center



May 24

  • Gr 2 Holden Arboretum

May 25

  • 8:05 am All School Liturgy Grades 1-8 Buddy Mass
  • Arts Day III

May 26

  • Gr 3 Holden Arboretum
  • Young Authors, Young Artists Night, 6:30-8:00pm

May 27 -- Rain date for Walkathon and Field Day


June 1 - Gr 8 Cleveland Whirlwind Tour

June 2 - Gr 8 Niagara Falls Tour

June 3 -- Kindergarten Graduation

  • 9:00am, In Church
  • Gr 4 Holden Arboretum

June 6 - Grade 8 Graduation Day

  • 8:30am Grade 8 Baccalaureate Mass
  • 9:30 Grade 8 Breakfast, Church CR
  • 7:00pm Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony, church
  • Reception following in MPR

June 7 -- Last day of school

  • 8:30am Blessing of Children, Church
  • 11:00am Early Dismissal, there will be buses

School Spring Band Concert - Tuesday, May 10th. Lake Catholic H.S.


  • TUESDAY, May 10th
  • 7:00 - 8:15 pm
  • Students should arrive by 6:15 to warm up
  • 4-6th grade students should wear dressy clothes. No jeans or shorts please.
  • 7th-8th grade students should wear jazz band attire: jeans, white dress shirt and tie.
  • Concert starts at 7PM and will end by 8:15.
  • Concert is a requirement for all band students.
  • Students will perform for school on Arts Day, May 25th. Time TBD


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 and Facebook

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

2) Donna Lee Saladino @PrincipalStGabe

3) Facebook

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:

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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,

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.

For comfort and healing for Anthony and Gianna Piunno and family for the loss of their grandfather, Joseph Duca.

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 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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