St. Gabriel Education Centre
Dear St. Gabes students and families,
And here we are . . . halfway through our school year and starting semester 2. I hope you all had a wonderful first semester and are ready for a new semester of fresh and exciting learning! We were pleased to be able to serve over 300 students through St. Gabriel Education Centre this past semester. Please share the good news about our school with your friends and family so that we can continue to provide an excellent alternative to traditional education for students.
We have 2 really important surveys that we're asking parents/guardians and students to fill out. Students, you will fill out your surveys at school. Parents, please see the information below. We really value your feedback and use it to continue to improve our school.
Here's to a great, fresh new beginning!
From our hearts to yours, we wish you many blessings!
Welcome to our newest St. Gabe's Staff Member!
Ms. Blair is on-site at St. Gabe's on Mondays for her doctoral program and Thursdays in the role of LSF. If you're having trouble with your classes and think you need help beyond what your teacher can provide, please contact Ms. Blair at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
We had an incredible 167 people read our January newsletter! That's amazing. Thank you for taking the time to read about what's happening at St. Gabes.
Congratulations to our January newsletter winner Rena Yakemchuk! Please pick up your Chapter's gift card at St. Gabes!
Thank you to all of you who read our newsletters. Our readership is definitely going up which is awesome! It's so important to be informed about what's going on at school.
Don't forget to enter our draw for a gift card! I reset the draw each month so you can win more than once!
February 1 - Semester 2 begins
February 2 - Candlemas and Ground Hog's Day
February 2 - SGEC Parent Council Meeting
February 9-10 - Teacher's Convention. School is closed.
Feb. 12-18 - Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 14 - Valentine's Day. Come in and receive a Valentine's treat today!
February 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17 - Professional Development/Staff meeting. School is closed
February 20 - Family Day. School is closed
February 21 - Shrove Tuesday - Come for a Pancakes and Sausages breakfast! Pink Shirt Day. Wear Pink!
February 22 - Ash Wednesday
PowerSchool and Grades
- Students - you will log in using your school email and password. Download the app - it's a lot easier. The division code is QNMM.
- Parents - if you don't have an account, you need to sign up for one first from a computer, after that, you can use the app or log in from your phone/tablet. Click here for our division PowerSchool link. If you don't know your password, please contact Renee Trottier and I can send it to you.
High School - your course and final exam marks are available on PowerSchool. See the instructions above if you don't have a PowerSchool account.
- Diploma exam results will be released in mid-February on your MyPass account. If you don't have a MyPass account, you must sign up for one. This is where you will order transcripts for post-secondary applications.
St. Gabes Course Policies
Semester Two - High School Students
Your teachers will have emailed you already with information about joining your online courses in Moodle and information about when their seminars are scheduled.
Course schedules are linked here and posted on our website under "Grades 10-12" and on Moodle.
Semester Two - Junior High Students
Registration for 2023/2024
St. Gabriel Education Centre offers a fully online program for students in grades 7-9 as well as options for online, blended, or in-person learning for grades 10-12. You can find out more about St. Gabes by checking out our website or calling one of the staff.
You can find the agenda and meeting link on our website under "About Us/School Council". https://www.stgabe.gsacrd.ab.ca/about-st-gabriel/school-council-parent-council
We look forward to seeing you!
Survey Says . . .
We have 2 surveys that we ask parents, students, and staff to fill out each year.
1. GSACRD Division Assurance Survey - Parents, you were already sent the link to this survey by email from me. This survey is specific to our division and our school. If you haven't filled it out yet, please click on the link below to do so. Students, your link is on Moodle and there is a QR code at school.
- Parent Survey - please fill it out if you haven't already. Due date for parents is Feb. 3
2. The second survey we do is the Alberta Assurance Survey. This is put out by Alberta Education. You will be getting a letter in the mail with the survey and a pre-paid return envelope. There is also a code you can use if you'd rather fill it out digitally. Please DO NOT throw out the letter! We really value your opinion and in the past, we haven't had enough parents complete the survey to use the feedback.
- Students - you will be filling this survey out at school.
What is Lent?
This month on Ash Wednesday, we start the period in our liturgical calendar called, Lent.
A Reflection from Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25
Often we speak about Lent as a desert time. Many of us will never spend time in a physical desert, but we do know what it is like to feel that our hearts are empty or dry. During the time of the pandemic, some of these feelings may be even stronger than usual. Let’s look at Jesus and listen to his experience in the desert.
At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, (Gospel means “good news”) we see Jesus being baptized by his cousin, John, in the Jordan River. As He is baptized, we hear God speak these beautiful words, “You are my Son, whom I love.” Do you feel you are a beloved son or daughter of God? Perhaps during Lent, you would like to spend a little time each day in silence.
We are so used to being distracted by our devices, games, TV, school, work, etc. that it can be a challenge to just sit quietly and listen for the gentle whisper of God in our hearts. On Ash Wednesday we begin the Lenten practice of fasting. We will try to deepen our relationship with God through fasting and praying. In the story about Jesus, we hear that the Spirit descended upon Jesus. We received the gift of the Holy Spirit at our own baptism, so we can trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us to spend this quiet time in our personal desert, that is, our hearts. If we listen very carefully, we can hear God say to us too, “You are my beloved daughter; you are my beloved son”. “Believe the “good news’.”
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.
Random Acts of Kindness and Pink Shirt Day
February 22 is Pink Shirt Day (but we are recognizing it on Feb. 21st due to Ash Wednesday falling on Feb.23). Don't forget to wear pink that day! You can usually purchase the T-shirts at London Drugs or online at https://pinkshirtday.imagegroupinc.ca/en/cad
From the Pink Shirt Day organization - "Our 2023 Pink Shirt Day design was inspired by moments of kindness, empathy and understanding that can mean so much to children impacted by bullying. For bullied kids, it can be hard to know where to turn. But a helping and supportive hand can make a world of difference! Remember that whether it's sending a check-in text, calling out bullying behaviour when you see it, or simply offering your support, there are so many ways we can all help and connect with people being bullied. Let's Lift Each Other Up this Pink Shirt Day, and all year round!"
Counselling at SGEC
Parent Workshop Series: Talking About Healthy Relationships & Consent / City of St. Albert
Parents and caregivers play a critical role in providing good examples and teaching young people the importance of respectful romantic relationships, how to make responsible decisions regarding relationships, how to resolve conflicts and how to say "no" through assertive communication. Parents are often uncomfortable or unsure of how to discuss these issues with their children.
Parent Workshop Series: Digital Safety / City of St. Albert
Join Constable MJ. Burroughs of the St. Albert RCMP in this free workshop to learn about Digital Safety. In a world of smartphones, laptops, online gaming and social media, families need to know how to protect themselves, be responsible/safe and understand the new digital world.
Please do not park in the following areas:
- our handicapped spot (unless you are handicapped and are coming into the school)
- in the spots at the front of the building or in the upper lot on top of seven hills
- in front of our garbage bin (the truck has left our garbage a few times because the bin was blocked).
Social Media - Updated Regularly
Please follow and share with your friends. We want everyone to know what a great place St. Gabes is!