The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 1/5/2022

Dear Fabulous Families -


Happy New Year! We hope that your family had a wonderful time together celebrating the holidays. It has been great to have our students and staff back together this week.


We anticipate the St. Louis City Department of Health will have a press conference tomorrow and will be releasing updated guidance in regards to COVID-19 and schools. We look forward to new information being shared and the impact it may have on our school.


We are wanting to gauge your interest of us hosting spring pictures. Please take a minute and fill out the form indicating your family's interest in having spring pictures taken of your child. Link: https://bit.ly/3zc3RAi


Thank you for your flexibility with the late start on Monday. Students and staff gave it a thumbs up!


Peace and Joy -


Tonya McEnery

Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel


Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

New Desks, Cubbies, and SMART Board

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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 stgabecorecommittee2022@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!
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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.


https://forms.gle/ZKPCKTzSGxH2pdoJ6


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 stgablunch@gmail.com . 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 mciegel@stgab.org. 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,


Happy New Year! As we review this past year and begin the new year, it can be a time to reflect and be mindful of our gifts and challenges. The link below uses the Ignatian Examen to guide a short reflection. May we be aware of God's presence in us, among all people, and in all creatures.


https://www.jesuits.org/press-release/reflecting-on-the-past-year-an-ignatian-annual-examen/


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

Dignity of the Human Person


We are called to ask whether our actions as a society respect or threaten the life and dignity of the human person.


https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/ignatian-spirituality/introduction-to-ignatian-spirituality/social-justice-catholic-social-teaching/



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


Confirmation:

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:


January


Thursday, 1/6 5G


Tuesday, 1/11 2O

Wednesday, 1/12 6B

Thursday, 1/13 4M


Tuesday, 1/18 4S

Wednesday, 1/19 5S

Thursday, 1/20 Jude House


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, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

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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Adult Faith Classes to Begin

FAITH & RACIAL JUSTICE LEARNING EXPERIENCES


Are you wondering what all this conversation is about regarding the telling of the history of our country?

Would you like to learn more so you can understand more?

St. Gabriel’s will be offering two learning opportunities from JustFaith Ministries:

Faith & Racial Equity and Faith & Racial Justice


With faith as our starting point, these two classes invite people to learn and understand our history of race and our role in systemic racism

so we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and help create an equitable and just society. Faith & Racial Equity is open to all;

you need to have participated in Faith & Racial Equity or Faith & Racial Healing in order to take the Faith & Racial Justice class.


The dates and times are yet to be determined but will begin in January. Please contact Megan Dolton at (314) 629-6143

or jmcdolton@gmail.com or Cris Fischer at (507) 269-6268 or crisfischer@icloud.com for more information.







STRUGGLING TO COMMUNICATE IN DIVIDED TIMES?

LOOKING FOR TOOLS TO HAVE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS…with family, church, friends, co-workers?


https://youtu.be/4XuY-CuNUKg


Please join us for JustFaith Ministries 8 week class:


WANT TO TALK? Communication Tools for Divided Times will guide you in deepening your relationships while staying true to your values, whether you find yourself navigating a heated disagreement with a spouse, interrupting racism in the office, facilitating political tension in church, or working for systemic change around any justice issue.


The class will be held - by Zoom - on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm beginning January 6, 2022 and will be facilitated by CSC members, Vaughn Meister and Cris Fischer. The cost is $45.00. There are two books as part of the class; the cost for the two books is $25 - $30. For more information, please contact Cris Fischer at 507-269-6268 or crisfischer@icloud.com.