Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... April 10, 2016


Third Sunday Of Easter

Sacred Scripture JN 21:15

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

Message of Mercy

Do We Welcome Sinners?

The Lord wants us to belong to a Church that knows how to open her arms and welcome everyone, that is not a house for the few, but a house for everyone, where all can be renewed, transformed, sanctified by his love, the strongest and the weakest, sinners, the indifferent, those who feel discouraged or lost…

Are we a Church that calls and welcomes sinners with open arms, that gives courage and hope, or are we a Church closed in on herself? Are we a Church where the love of God dwells, where one cares for the other, where one prays for the others?

— General Audience, October 2, 2013


Make a practical resolution to answer the call to be a more welcoming and merciful Church.

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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Faculty Meetings

On Tuesday, April 12, we will be having our first Principal Faculty Group meeting. We will gather regularly, with one teacher representing each grade level, and with the administration. This group will grow and evolve considering mission and beliefs and needs of and as our school community.

On Friday April 29th, we will be having an In-Service Day for all teachers. Marcy Raymond, a special speaker and expert in the field of STEM and RTI, will be directing us in important and critical professional development. An experienced teacher, principal, and national presenter, she has a known and respected professional reputation for helping schools implement and integrate these and other areas in a customized and highly effective way.

On Tuesday, May 24th, we will have our closing of the year Faculty Meeting. This will be an important meeting in which we examine, study and plan around all current data about our students. So as we determine the nuts and bolts of what needs to be done to close this year, we will also be planning goals and mission for next year,

Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

We are excited to announce that starting next Monday, 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. This replaces the PLUS program we used to have, and the Drug Abuse Prevention program by Nicol Susel that we used to have. There will be 5 lessons, for all 3 grades, one a week covering 5 weeks.

These lessons will be one class period long, during the Science classes. Crossroads instructors will come to present on the following 5 days, and will teach the classes of all 3 grades throughout the day. A tentative schedule is in place, and we will discuss any needs and arrangements.

Monday, April 18

Thursday, April 28

Thursday, May 5

Thursday, May 12

Thursday, May 19

April 11--June 7, 2016

April 11

  • GBN Meeting 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Play Tech Week 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

April 12

  • 9:00 am Mini Open House for NEW Inquiring Families
  • Preventative all school lice check
  • Daisy Mtg. (Bunner) Community Room - Church Basement (MR1) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • National Junior Honor Society - CR of the Church 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Principal Faculty Group - 2:45 pm GLD
  • Play Tech Week 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

April 13

  • NO SCHOOL MASS - due to church remodeling
  • Brownie Mtg. (Wiandt) MR1 Church 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Play Tech Week 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Math Club (Grade 6-8) last meeting 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • LAST Chess Club 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Last Meeting)
  • LAST Math Club Gr 6-8 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

April 14

  • PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out; Community Center at Mentor Ice Arena (8600 Munson Road, Mentor) Vendor Items 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Contact Denise at: ptufundraisers@gmail.com
  • Play Tech Week 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

April 15

  • 8:30 - 9:30 am performance in PC - All School Cinderella Performing Arts
  • Play Tech Week 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm

April 16

  • 9:00 - 11:45 am Gr. 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • Play Tech Week 5 pm - 7 pm
  • 7:00 pm Performing Arts Group "Cinderella", PC

April 16--20 - Gr 7-8 Operation Keepsake

April 17

  • Play Tech Week 12 pm - 2 pm
  • 3:00 pm Performing Arts Group "Cinderella", PC
  • BOK High School - Church Community Room 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

April 18

  • Gr 5, 6, and 7 --Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention during Science
  • St. Gabriel Parish Women's Night Out, with Maureen Dowd
  • 6:30 pm

April 19

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

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

April 19, 20, 21, 22 -- 4 days, 3 nights, 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 28 -- Gr 5, 6 and 7 Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Science

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

  • STEM and RTI presentation by Marcy Raymond
  • 8:30--2:30pm

May 2 & 3

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

May 3

  • PTU Skating Event - United Skates in Wickliffe

May 5 - Gr 5, 6, and 7 Crossroads Drug and Alcholol Abuse Prevention in Science

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 12 - Gr 5, 6, and 7 Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Science

May 16 - Grades 4-5 Music Program

  • 7:00pm
  • Pahler Center

May 19 - Gr 5, 6, and 7 Crossroads Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Science


May 24 -- Closing of Year Faculty Meeting

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 - 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


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Happy birthday this past Thursday, April 7 to Jen Keith, and to Mary Henke, and tomorrow April 11 to Andrea karpuszka!

Snow (Calamity) Days Reminders

Our goal for snow/calamity days this year is to greatly simplify and be consistent in our work requirements for our students.


  1. Students are expected to do work that was already assigned for the day that became a snow day. if a quiz or test was scheduled on the snow day, please post a reminder on your Snow Day page that it will be taken on the day back after the snow day. If you wish to extend that further, that is up to you, but please post that.
  2. No new instruction or new work or new assignments will be given. For work or homework that was already assigned, if students have questions or problems, they can ask you when they get back to school.
  3. Teachers post on their web pages by noon on each snow day, any news, information, instructions or changes that students and/or parents need to know about classwork, homework, or other assignments or events. Please post something that either encourages everyone to have a good day, or reminds about regular work already assigned! (Students and parents must check teacher web pages each snow day.)

  • NOTE: Blizzard Bags are for new work to be assigned if our snow days are used up.
  • We'll discuss as staff ahead of time how to create and use Blizzard Bags if needed.


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Please pray for Mamie Glunt who will be having shoulder surgery this Wednesday.

Please pray for Sherry's daughter Nadia who has a knee injury.

Please pray for Mary Harnett who has neck pain.

Please pray for Eric Butler who is recovering from surgery on his shoulder.

Please pray for Mrs. Swetel one of our parents who is suffering from cancer and her daughter Noella in our Kindergarten, and her whole family.

Please pray for our students and the suffering they may be undergoing personally and/or in their families, and their families.

Let us continue to pray also for each other, as colleagues and friends, and as companions on the discipleship journey of our mission in Christ. We all in various ways have unspoken needs, cares and tribulations in our families, needing big and little prayers.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Please continue praying also for parents and families in our school community needing prayers. Remember those who are suffering through loss in any way in their families. Please especially pray for the children, those who are impacted by the cares and tribulations in their families, and those who are suffering their own cares and tribulations. Let them all touch our hearts.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and are having a beautiful Easter season! I'm sure the snow has given us pause, but what can we say? .....

I am praying for all of you, please pray for me,

Peace and trust in the Father, love and kindness in Jesus, and courage and wisdom and patience in the Spirit,


Donna Lee

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

We are being Christ, every day, everywhere, through teaching, learning, leading and serving.