The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 1/12/2022

Dear Fabulous Families -

Thank you for your flexibility this morning as we navigated the odor and haze in the building. As mentioned in the second announcement sent out this morning, the blower motor in the ductwork blew out. Some students came to school believing we had a gas leak. That was not the case. Staff members were directed to leave the building. The fire department was called and the situation assessed. Once it was determined it was safe to have people in the building, we sent out the second message inviting students back to school. We feel fortunate that no one was hurt or that it occurred with a building full of children.

Just a reminder that Friday is a noon dismissal day for teacher planning and collaboration.

Please see the information from Mrs. DaLay in the Religion section of the newsletter. Jude House is collecting items for Our Lady's Inn. Our social teaching focus for this month is Dignity of the Human Person.

Thank you for keeping our staff in your prayers. We have had staff out due to sickness which affects our staffing. Luckily no one has had to be hospitalized. COVID and other issues have also affected our subs. Some of our parent volunteers have stepped up to help out and we are grateful for them. We are all trying to cover for people being out. Two schools in our region have had to shut down and go virtual because of COVID: one because more than half of the students were out due to transmission and another because of staff shortages. As much as we wish things were normal, they are not. Your grace, patience, and prayers are appreciated.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Auction Planning Meeting

Auction Planning Meeting this Thursday, Jan 13, 7:00pm at Pietro's. Please let us know if you'd like to help but cannot attend!

We still have multiple opportunities to volunteer including AUCTION CHAIR/CO-CHAIR. That's right...Katie and Mary will be stepping down this year after co-chairing the auction for the past 3 years. We would love to be able to pass along our knowledge to the next person/people so please reach out if you're interested or have questions! Contact or

Save the Date: Join us March 5, 2022 for a "wild" time at the 29th annual dinner auction!

This year's theme: SAFARI IN THE CITY!

Dine-out night!

Mark your calendars to dine-in or carry out at Pietro's all day Wednesday, January 19th, and support St. Gabriel while getting delicious food for the family!

Check out the menu, location and phone number here:

Be sure to mention St. Gabriel when you dine in or carry out.

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Meet Mrs. Callison- Counselor

We have said good-bye to Ms. Beskrowni as she grows her private practice. We look forward to having her back to help out every now and then. We are happy to welcome Mrs. Callison who will fill her spot working Monday - Wednesday. Mrs. Mense is here Wednesday - Friday.

My name is Chrissy Decker Callison and I am very excited to be a part-time School Counselor at St. Gabriel's. I hold my Master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. I spent a great deal of my career working with people who were homeless and also suffered with problems with addiction and mental illness. I wanted to shift my focus in my career to helping children in schools and I returned to graduate school at SLU in 2013 to get a graduate certificate in School Social Work. I worked at City Garden Montessori School as a school counselor prior to staying home with my son for the past seven years. I am a practicing Catholic at St. Margaret of Scotland parish and I have a second grade son that attends SMOS. In my space time I enjoy ice skating and spending time with my family.
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Trivia night- 8th grade fundraiser

Please join us for Trivia Night!!! Limited tables remaining!!
Sponsored by Rockwell Beer Company

Hosted by the Class of 2022

February 5, 2022 at 6:30pm

Bishop DuBourg cafeteria

Tables of 8 for $160.00

See attached flyer to reserve your table or click

COVID protocols such as proof of vaccine or negative COVID test will be required to enter the event.

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8th Grade Pizza Sales

Tired of trying to figure out what's for dinner? The 8th grade is selling frozen pizzas from STL City Pizza through January 14th! Find your favorite 8th grader to place your order. Pizzas will be delivered to you by the end of January. Questions? Contact Thank you for your support!
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American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge!

It's time, once again, for the American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser! St. Gabriel has been so generous in the past, and our money raised has helped so many kids with heart problems. Last year, our students raised $27,101, which was well above our school goal! St. Gabriel's placed 14th out of approximately 6,000 schools who participated in the Midwest area in this fundraiser, and we placed 75th out of about 20,000 schools participating in our entire nation! This was truly outstanding! Let's make this another great year! The Kids Heart Challenge begins today and goes through February 4th. Students who participate can earn lots of prizes (thank you gifts) as well. See the flyers below and/or the papers in today's Wednesday envelope for more details. We have separate prizes for K-5th (Kids Heart Challenge) and 6-8th (American Heart Challenge) grades this year. Please email Mrs. Morris with any questions you may have.

Many, many thanks,

Mrs. Morris

PE teacher

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Discover Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

The Archdiocese is offering a workshop on bringing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to the parish/school. Mrs. McEnery is looking for a couple of parents who would be interested in attending a workshop to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the possibility of bringing it to St. Gabriel on Friday, January 28, 1:00-3:00. Please read more about it below and let Mrs. McEnery know if you would be interested in attending.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is religious formation based on Montessori teaching principles for children from the ages of 3 to 12.It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred “hands-on” environment for children called an atrium, in which both the children and the catechist can hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in Scriptures and Liturgy.

Pastors, DREs/CREs, catechists, principals, parents and others are invited to learn about this Montessori-based religious formation for children at this free overview presentation.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Benefits of CGS
  • Formation of Catechists
  • Resources
  • Financial Commitment and Materials
  • Sustainability, Planning, and Programming
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Lunch at St. Gabriel

Below is the link for the lunch order for January 17th-February 11th. Orders are due by Monday, January 10th and Money due on Thursday the 13th.

Payments should be by check (or cash) made out to Chris' Pancake and turned in to school in a marked envelope by Thursday, January 13th. If you have any questions regarding lunch orders, please feel free to contact us at . If you do not receive your confirmation email after you placed your order, please check your SPAM folder. Also be sure to add "google forms" to your safe senders list.

If you haven't used your credits from last month please do so this month. It is your responsibility to keep track of your child's credits.

Suppliers have had a difficult time keeping items in stock this year. We will do our best to keep the menu items the same, but substitutions may have to happen from time to time. You may want to prepare your children just in case this may occur in the future.

Lunch Menu, January 17th - February 11th

Week 1 - Mon - No School ; Tues - Chicken Sandwich; Wed - Pepperoni Pizza; Thur - Mac & Cheese; Fri - Pulled Pork Sandwich

Week 2 - Mon - Hot Dogs; Tues - Tacos; Wed - Cheese Pizza; Thur - Toasted Ravioli; Fri - Hamburger

Week 3 - Mon - Bosco Sticks ; Tues - Quesadilla; Wed - Pretzels; Thur - Chicken Tenders; Fri - Half Day, No Lunch

Week 4- Mon - Hamburger; Tues - Tacos ; Wed - Pepperoni Pizza; Thur - Hot Dogs; Fri - Chicken Sandwich

Attached is a lunch calendar for you to print out for your convenience. It is just for home use and is not to be brought back to school or used as an ordering form. Please use the link above for ordering.

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Scholarship Information

January 6, 2022
  • Families currently on scholarship will receive requalification instructions the first week in January.
  • Schools will receive a copy of the family letter in January via email, as well as a Spanish version of the letter that you may use to distribute to your Spanish-speaking families.
  • During the same week, application instructions will also be emailed to families who applied for scholarships in 2021-22 but were not awarded.

January 18, 2022 , Tuesday

  • The Scholarship Application will be open online on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 the day after MLK Day

February 28, 2022

  • Scholarship application window closes
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Vaccination Cards Being Accepted

Parents are welcome to voluntarily send in a copy of their child's vaccination card or a photo of it to Nurse Ciegel at This will help us quickly figure out who may need to quarantine and who will not need to quarantine due to being a close contact. Many times cases occur on the weekends or we get word of a case in the evenings. Having this information at our fingertips leads to quicker decisions about who may need to stay home the next day or who may return to school. Thanks to everyone who has sent these in to our nurse.
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Dear Parents,

In January, we focus and learn about the Catholic Social Teaching of:

Dignity of the Human Person

The students in Jude House are coordinating a collection in support of the ministry of Our Lady's Inn. Items can be brought to school through next Thursday, January 20th. A speaker from OLI will speak after Mass that day to the students and receive the items collected.

Here is a link to their site and a list of needed items.

Inexpensive thermometers

Baby nail trimming sets

Diaper rash cream

Size 5 and 6 diapers

Inexpensive plastic water bottles

Body Wash

Women’s Underwear-small and medium sizes


Dryer Sheets

Large Rectangular Laundry baskets for Layettes

Paper Napkins, paper plates and bowls

Condiments like Ketchup, Relish, BBQ Sauce, Mayo, Pickles, Tartar Sauce, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Alfredo Sauce

Target/ Walmart Gift Cards

Monday, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We continue to pray for all who suffer because of racism and injustice. The MOCRA gallery on the SLU campus recently closed an exhibition on the plight of people who are migrants. The gallery has posted a video tour of the exhibit. I found it thought provoking. Here is a link:

“We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him.”
— Matthew 2:2

Next Week-January 18-25th is the week of prayer for Christian unity.

This scripture verse is the theme for the 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It was selected by the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut, Lebanon, and comes from the story of the wise men in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:1-12). The theme reminds Christians worldwide to pray for closer communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as for greater solidarity with all of creation.

Please pray for Pope Francis' intention for January:

We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their rights and dignity be respected.

Important Dates for Sacraments:

First Communion Parent Meeting- Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm in church

First Communion- Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 pm


Tuesday, April 26- Confirmation Day of Prayer

Thursday, April 28- Confirmation at 7:00 pm Mass at SGA

We continue to celebrate our Thursday, All School Masses, on the school parking lot if the weather permits. Otherwise, the grade level of the class that is planning the Mass attends in person at church. The rest of the school live-streams the service. Eucharist Ministers bring Communion to the classrooms.

For our level Masses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the grade level of the homeroom that is planning will be in attendance at the Mass. We are grateful for the parents, grandparents and relatives that are able to join us for Mass.

Mass Days:


Thursday, 1/13 4M

Tuesday, 1/18 4S

Wednesday, 1/19 5S

Thursday, 1/20 Jude House-Our Lady's Inn Collection

Tuesday, 1/25 1M

Wednesday, 1/26 7E

Thursday, 1/27 3P

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance

January 14- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

January 30-February 5 - Catholic Schools Week

January 30- Catholic Schools Week - Prospective Student Open House - By Appointment

January 31- Catholic Schools Week - Writing Celebrations - This will be delayed due to the present COVID-19 surge.

February 4- Catholic Schools Week- NOON DISMISSAL

February 14- Valentine's Day- Valentine Parties @ 2:05

February 18- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

February 21- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 25- End of 2nd Trimester

March 5 - Auction

March 13- March 19- NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

March 30 - Student-led Conferences

April 7- First Communion Parent Meeting at 6:30 pm in church

April 14- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 15- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 18- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 28- 8th Grade Confirmation 7pm

May 1- First Communion- 2nd Grade

May 7- 8th Grade Follies 7pm

May 10- Vocal Concert 7pm

May 11- Band Concert 7pm

May 13- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL

May 20- 7th Grade Leadership Day and 8th Grade Mystery Day

May 24- 8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

May 27- Last Day of School- NOON DISMISSAL

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Dear Parents

Thank you for caring so much for our community; it is appreciated. I believe that we all want the same thing healthiness for all - our children, teachers, staff, parish members etc. While each of our stories is personal and unique. we have all been affected by the events of these past two years.

How to achieve both a medically, socially, physiological and spiritual healthiness is an ongoing process as new facts, insights, treatments or viruses have confronted us all. Our schools have been advised to follow local health department guidelines, CDD recommendations and insights from medical providers. This is a moving target but we have made known our process.

I understand this has been difficult on all and we want the children in school in a safe and healthy environment, and I know that you as parents want the same. Again I reiterate that we want the same goodness for all; how to achieve this has been the challenge.

One area that I see little comment on is how we are using prayer during this Pandemic. Every week I have prayed, for all and healthiness in our community. This same healthiness for the child is in all areas of their life including their spiritual side. I see no health reasons why our children are not coming to church.

I hear from the children too often my parents will not take us, why? Your children adore you, they look up to you, and seek guidance from you, they want to do what you do! We cannot just care for a part of child and leave this whole part of their lives unfed. Please pray as a family about how you can best care for each other. Support and encourage other families in their faith journey. Our faith is not some magical pill but is a gift to support and guide us as we live out the gift of this life. If I can assist you in any way, please contact me. Know that I pray daily for your children, you and our entire community. Let us come together as a caring faith community.

God Bless

Msgr John Shamleffer

Calling All High School Teens of the Parish:

You are invited to SGYG Nights! These occur on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in Gabriel House. Please feel free to bring a friend and see what SGYG is all about! Masks are required.

What’s Happening This Week & Next?

Jan. 12th - Social Night: "Minute to Win It" Games

Jan. 19th - Life Night on the Issue of Stress

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars!

Feb. 10th - Service Opportunity at Sts. Peter and Paul Homeless Shelter

June 11th - First Annual SGYG Kickball Tournament Fundraiser

​July 15th-17th - STEUBENVILLE STL

Steubenville STL Mid-America is a high-energy youth conference in which teens are invited to encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens.

This year's theme is FEARLESS - John 16:33

Participants: Incoming Freshman (entering 9th grade in August of 2022) through Graduated Seniors (graduated in May of 2022)

Group Leader: Sarah Henderson

Chaperones: SGYG Adult Members & Parent Volunteers

Where: Springfield, MO (Missouri State University)

Cost: $200 + T-shirts & Transportation

Registration and more information to come. You can also visit for more information.

Have Ideas?

If you have ideas for events, service opportunities, fundraising, or are wanting to volunteer, etc. please contact Sarah!

Connect with SGYG!

Instagram @stgabesyg

Facebook Private Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Flocknote: Youth Ministry