Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. April 3, 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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Sunday of Divine Mercy

Sacred Scripture JN 20:21-23

[Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,“Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.

Message of Mercy

Wellspring of Mercy

I cannot say: I forgive my sins. Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ.

— General Audience, February 19, 2014


Ask God for the humility to receive mercy in his way, not our own.

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.


Help support 2016, 10th Annual Walkathon!

We are excited to report latest returns for our Walkathon, moving Full STEAM ahead! We have so far reached a total of over $34,000, which is almost 1/2 of the way to our goal of $75,000!! Thank you Grizzlies!!! 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!


Walkathon - Unclaimed Funds - NEW

Walkathon Donations – Remaining Unclaimed Funds

The Walkathon Committee has received numerous donations that did not list a family name to credit the donation to. Do you recognize any of the following donor names?

Ms. Claudia C. Mager

As of 4/3/2016, we have received donations totaling $34,168.00!

If you recognize any of the listed donor names as someone that you mailed a sponsor letter to, could you please contact Michelle Clarke @ 867-3338 or by email so that your family will receive the proper credit. Thank you!

Malley's Fundraiser - NEW


Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Malley's fundraiser! It was a huge success and we reached our goal of $20,000 in sales, moving us to the next tier in earnings. This will help PTU continue to provide all the wonderful things and events for our students, teachers, and school.

Incentive coupons for dress down and ice cream will be sent home this week!

St. Gabriel Jubilee - Dinner Dance - NEW

July 8, 2016

6 pm Appetizers ~ 7 pm Dinner

(cash bar)

¨ Tribute to our first 50 years

¨ DJ and Dancing

Tickets ~ $50

Purchase online or in the parish office

Held in the

Ballroom of the beautiful

Quail Hollow Resort

1080 Concord Hambden Road, Concord

Join us and celebrate this blessing of community!

Jubilee Dinner Dance Flyer

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The St. Gabriel School Performing Arts Proudly Presents: CINDERELLA

To help off-set some of this year’s expenses, the cast is offering a Magic Wand Fundraiser. The cost of the Magic Wand is $6. If you would like to order one, please fill out the attached order form and send in with $6 to Mrs. Karpuszka. Please make checks payable to St. Gabriel School. The order will be placed in March and delivery will be the week of the performances.

  • Cinderella performance dates are Saturday, April 16th at 7:00PM and Sunday, April 17th at 3:00PM.
  • Ticket order forms will be sent home by the middle of March.
  • Your Cinderella and Prince are welcome to bring their wands to the show and light them when the Fairy Godmother is on stage! (Weekend Performances only.)

Cinderella Wand Order Form

PTU - Spring Fling - Ladies Night Out

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St. Gabriel Jubilee - Festival of Choirs - NEW

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Grizzly Art Camp- NEW

Session 1: June 27 - July 1 - $130 fee

Session 2: July 5-8 (4 day camp) - $104 fee

9 am - Noon

Incoming 2nd graders - 8th graders

Registration forms are located in the Saint Gabriel Office or online

Registration form and fee are due by: June 3rd

Fee will cover instruction and all art supplies

Hosted by:

Mrs. Chalhoub &

Miss London

Grizzly Art Camp Flyer

Comfort For Kids


St. Gabriel School

National Junior Honor Society Project

We are partnering with SOHI River Arts to make tied fleece blankets for the pediatric unit at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. We are asking for donations of fleece or money to purchase fleece.


The nurses in the pediatric unit love to give blankets to patients, and the children LOVE to receive them. Although blankets are not distributed to all patients, supplies have run out. The only blankets they have are provided by the nurses and they can’t do it all!


Have your child pick a quilt square!!

All donations of $5.00 (purchases 1 yd. of material) or more receive recognition on the Comfort For Kids display board by the school office.

Please see the flyer attached.


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Creative Writing Camp - NEW

Attention Creative Writers….

Are you ready to take your creative writing skills to the next level? Then our summer 2016 creative writing camp is perfect for you!!


  • Students entering 5th through 8th grade
  • (8 minimum/15 maximum students per session)


  • 9:30 to noon (mark preference of dates below)
  • June 27th to June 30th, 2016 or July 11th to July 15th, 2016
  • *The Friday of each of week will be an optional/catch up day to complete publishing if needed

Where: St. Gabriel School


  • Engage in a variety of creative writing activities and publish your own book
  • The cost of the camp is $110.00 made payable to Natalie O’Neill.
  • All campers will receive a book of published writing when we return to school in August.

For more information, please contact Beth Paskey at or Natalie O’Neill at

Creative Writing Camp Registration

Date Corrections - NEW

It was brought to our attention that some of the dates in our previous Virtual Backpack were in error. They have been corrected.
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REMINDER: Grade 6 Camp Parent Chaperone Meeting - Tomorrow Night, Monday, April 4-16, GLD, 6:30pm

NOTE: There will be 2 Cinderella performances only: April 16 & 17, Saturday evening and Wednesday afternoon!

April 4 - April 9

April 4

  • Classes Resume
  • 6:30 Gr. 6 Camp Parent Chaperones ONLY meeting
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Play Practice 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 6:30 Gr 6 Camp Parent Chaperones only meeting

April 5

  • BOK Jr. Leadership Club Mtg. 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

April 6

  • NO SCHOOL MASS due to church remodeling
  • Report cards for 3rd quarter to go home
  • Brownie Mtg. (Piunno) Church Basement (MR1) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Grizzly Growler (Press Club) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Math Club (Grade 5) 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Play Practice 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Chess Club 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

April 7

  • Grade 5 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

April 9

  • District Power of the Pen Regional Competition
  • St. Gabriel Jubilee Festival of Choirs - Following 5 pm mass

Looking Ahead ... April 12 -- June 7

April 12

  • 9:00am Mini Open House for new inquiring families

April 13

  • NO SCHOOL MASS -- due to church remodeling

Aprl 14 -- PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out

  • Location: Community Center at Mentor Ice Arena, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor
  • Time: 5:30-9:30pm
  • Contact: Denise at
  • Vendor items

April 16

  • 9:00am Gr 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • 7:00 pm Performing Arts Group, "Cinderella", PC

April 17

  • 3:00pm Performing Arts Group "Cinderella", PC

April 19

  • Principal Parent Circle
  • 5:00-6:30pm
  • Grizzly Learning Den

April 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 -- Grade 7 and 8 Operation Keepsake

April 22 -- Grade 1 and 8 Zoo - Field Trip

April 19, 20, 21, 22 -- Grade 6 Outdoor Camp

April 26 -- New Kindergarten Parent Welcome and Orientation Evening

  • 6:00--7:30pm, MPR
  • Information for 2016--2017 School Year
  • Refreshments and Fellowship with new parents, Class of 2025!

April 29 -- NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day

May 2 & 3

  • Kindergarten Screening --NO SCHOOL for REGULAR KINDERGARTEN and JR K

May 3

  • PTU Skating Event - United Skates in Wickliffe

May 9

  • 8:15am All School May Crowning, Church

May 10

  • St. Gabriel School Band Concert, Gr 4-8
  • Lake Catholic HS
  • 6:30--8:00pm

May 11

  • 6:30 pm 8th Grade "Academy Award Night", MPR

May 16

  • 7:00pm Grades 4-5 Music Program, PC


May 26

  • Young Authors, Young Artists Night
  • 6:30-8:00pm

May 27 -- Rain date for Walkathon and Field Day

June 3 -- Kindergarten Graduation

  • 9:00am, In Church

June 6

  • 8:30am Gr 8 Baccalaureate Mass
  • 9:30 Gr 8 Breakfast, Church CR
  • 7:00pm Gr 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
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STEM School Designation Application Submission

We are extremely proud to announce that St. Gabriel School has submitted our STEM School designation equivalent application to the Ohio STEM Committee of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This application was developed through a collaboration of school and community STEAM partners on a committee that has been working and collaborating since fall.

Among the many requirements to be designated by the State of Ohio, schools must demonstrate evidence of solid and growing STEAM learning experiences and opportunities across the curriculum and classrooms, and evidence of strong partnerships with STEAM focused business/industry, higher education and community stakeholders to support these experiences and opportunities for St. Gabriel students, faculty and the community. Progress was reported in the Principal Parent Circles.

The STEAM committee included teachers and administration, and community partners such as Kent State University, Lakeland Community College, and Alphaport, Inc of NASA Glenn Research. Also included are the regional superintendent of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, Fr. Fred of our St. Gabriel Parish, and parent specialists from the community at large representing parent stakeholders and such businesses and organizations as Progressive and STEM schools.

The approval process will span over the next 4-5 weeks, including interviews, after which the St. Gabriel STEAM committee will learn of the Ohio STEM Committee's decision.

March Madness rivaled by St. Gabriel 5th/6th Grade TOURNAMENT OF BOOKS MADNESS!

The buzz talk in the 5th and 6th grade hall before Easter break has been about their brackets in the Tournament of Books March Madness! Just as many basketball fans participate in the Basketball March Madness bracket craze, students have been excitedly doing their own version for readers.

Each reader in the fifth and sixth grade has filled out a “book bracket” charting their predictions for the outcome of the tournament. Readers vote once per round on their favorite book for each “game” to determine the winner of that round. They have been tallying the scores for each “game” to determine the overall winner. Winning books are posted on the bracket outside in the hall after students vote.Students will earn point(s) for each correctly predicted winner on their bracket. The reader with the most points in each grade wins a prize!

After 2 rounds of voting, the winning books so far are: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent, Holes, Matilda, Maze Runner, Hatchet, and Where the Wild Things Are! The game will end April 4th!

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Fish Fry ended being an "awesome catch" this year, the one that "did not get away"!

What a great 2016 Fish Fry season! As Fr Fred said to all the volunteers at opening prayer starting last night's fry, yes it raises a lot of funds, and yes it give people a high quality meal. But it also builds a great community spirit and an awareness of the great impact of serving and giving of one's time and effort -- a benefit that is immeasurable and priceless!

And despite the amount of food we served, there were almost no issues whatsoever keeping up. Outstanding job by everyone in the kitchen, out in the garage, and in the MPR / gym! Thanks to ALL Volunteers, without you this wouldn't be possible.

We are so blessed for all that help. What a great Community we have.

Thank you Everyone,

Chic-fil-A Fundraiser - NEW

St. Gabriel at Chick-fil-A

Thursday, April 28-ALL DAY

Just mention St. Gabriel and 15% of all sales come to PTU!

Advertising / Sponsorship Opportunity - NEW

Parents and Families, you have the opportunity to place an advertisement on our new official Student Pocket Folders. These new high quality coated folders will be used for homework, special assignments and as a communication tool between the classroom and home. Your help is needed in sponsoring these folders with an advertisement, so that they may be offered at no cost to our students. This is an outstanding way for both the students and parents to see your message on a daily basis.

Advertising Form

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

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

2) Donna Lee Saladino @PrincipalStGabe

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 comfort and healing for Mark Kobosky and his wife and their family for the loss of their sister and sister in law Janet Smolinsky.

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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