St. Gabriel Education Centre
October 22-November 30, 2021
Dear St. Gabes students and families,
Happy Fall! We are having such a lovely and extended fall this year for which I'm so grateful. I love winter but I'd love a lot less of it than we normally get!
We've had a wonderful start up at St. Gabriel Education Centre this year. Students are well into their courses now and we're seeing lots of students coming in to work with teachers or just to work on their own here. Our staff are working hard with students to ensure that every student who comes to St. Gabes is successful. It's great to see more activity and traffic.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving liturgy with Father Ignacy from St. Albert parish presiding. Afterwards, we all joined together to share lunch which was provided by the staff of St. Gabes. It was great to be able to eat together as a community again and to share stories and laughter.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our food drive. Lac St. Anne parish was very grateful for the support. It's in giving that we receive.
We also had a wonderful School Council meeting with 7 parents in attendance, which is enough to establish a school council. I encourage you to join us and learn about what St. Gabriel Education Centre is all about and to give us input about what you would like to see at our school. Thank you to those parents who joined us and helped to get us started!
I'm looking forward to continuing to get to know our students and families this semester.
October 29 - Halloween Dress Up Day
November 1 - All Saint's Day and our School Council meeting at 6:30pm
November 4 - Remembrance Day liturgy at 11:30 and parent teacher interviews from 5:00-8:00
November 5 - Last day of school before Fall Break.
November 7 - Catholic Education Sunday
November 6-14 - Fall Break - No School
November 15 - first day back to school
November 26 - PD Day - No School
November 28 - Advent Begins
November 30 - Advent liturgy at 1:00 with Father Ignacy presiding
Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov. 4 - 5:00-8:00
Please use the following code to book your interview times. It's very important that you stick to the 10 minute time allocated to you. Should you need a longer time with the teacher, please book a separate interview time.
Link to book an appointment with a teacher
You can also go to this website and type in the code 2ze2n
Once you've booked a time, you will get an email confirmation with the meet links for the teachers on it. Do not lose this email as it contains the information you need to meet with your child's teachers.
COVID protocols - update
In the case of a positive diagnosis, we encourage you to call us so that we can initiate contact tracing in a timely manner. AHS will contact us with any positive cases and we will notify any close contacts by phone and follow up with an email. Close contacts are not being asked to isolate at this time.
You can read our division's response to COVID-19 by clicking on our division website and reading our "Return to School" plan.
We will be discussing our school results at our November meeting.
Food Drive - Update
"A portion of the harvest is set aside for the poor and the stranger" (Leviticus 19:9-10).
Thank you to all of you who contributed to our food drive. A special thank you to GSACRD Trustee Serena Shaw for picking up the food we collected and delivering it to Father Les in Lac St. Anne so that he can distribute it to people of the Paul Band and Alexis Reserve.
Halloween at St. Gabes
Parking Update! WE DONE!!!
Meet our Staff!
Mr. Christian Pagnani
I’m Christian Pagnani and I teach English, Social and Art at St Gabriel Education Center. I love reading and writing in all parts of life, whether that is reading about my favourite sports, hockey and football, or reading the latest review of the new television show I just started watching. Getting students excited about the arts and current events is a challenge I relish.
When I’m not teaching, I’m spending time with friends and family. I’ve recently taken up disc golfing and love watching whatever sports are on. Restaurants or takeout are essentials as well.
I’m so thrilled to join St. Gabes this year.
ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!
"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen!"
Our GSACRD Faith theme is in its second year of, "Arise! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!"
This year, we are focusing on the "Get Going!" part of our theme. How do students, staff and parents know, model and witness Jesus Christ?
October - The Month of the Rosary
WHY IS OCTOBER THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY?
October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, sometimes referred to as the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The day was dedicated by St. Pius V who credited a victory over the invading Turks to the intercession of Mary through the rosary. Pope Benedict XVI described the image of Our Lady of the Rosary in a 2007 Angelus:
“The traditional image of Our Lady of the Rosary portrays Mary who with one arm supports the Child Jesus and with the other is offering the rosary beads to St Dominic. This important iconography shows that the Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus and, in meditating on his life, to love him and follow him ever more faithfully. It is this message that Our Lady has also bequeathed to us in her various apparitions.”
Mental Health and Wellness
Don't forget to check out our "Mental Health and Wellness" section on our website for wellness ideas, tips, resources and sessions that are being offered. Click on "community supports" for information about services in St. Albert and area to support you or your family.