The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 9/14/2022

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Dear Fabulous Families -

Here are just a few quick reminders:

  • Picture Day is Friday - Students do not have to wear a uniform. See code and link below for more information.

  • Dairy Queen Ice cream orders for ITBS testing week are due Friday. Please see information below in the newsletter.

  • If you are picking up your child during the day for an appointment, please email the homeroom teacher and our secretary, Mrs. Italiano, at . We will have your child ready to go, if we know this information ahead of time.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Note from Joan Miller, Parish Accountant

It has been twenty years since I came to St. Gabriel, and the time has come for me to move on. I am returning to Rubin Brown on a full-time basis effective October 1. (I have been working there seasonally for twenty tax seasons.) I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your parish accountant.

Over the years my position has changed, and the needs of the parish have changed. Anticipating growth for the parish moving forward, I am working with Msgr. Shamleffer and Principal Tonya McEnery to hire a full-time business manager for the parish and school. I would like to thank the parishioners; organizations; school faculty, staff and parents; rectory and church staff; School Board; principals and pastors; and the Finance Council for all of your support, dedication and cooperation over the past twenty years. It has meant a lot to me. I am confident that this is a move in the right direction for St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, and I look forward to watching St. Gabriel grow into the future.

I will be here through the end of September to assist with the transition. Thank you again for everything!

Joan Miller, Parish Accountant

Health Forms Due!

We are looking forward to a safe and healthy school year!

Please remember to turn in all school physical forms, immunization records and allergy and asthma action plans as soon as possible.

DQ Ice Cream - Support Our 8th Grade Students!

Students who wish to purchase a Dairy Queen Ice Cream Treat at the end of ITBS/CogAT testing can submit their order using the link below. Please note the dates in which ice cream is being delivered. All orders are due by September 16th. This is a fundraiser for the 8th grade.

K-5 Thursday 9/22

6-8 Friday 9/23


Buzz Book Orders

Families may order Buzz Books for the 2022- 2023 school year. Ordering is online this year! All orders are due Wednesday, September 21st. Buzz Books are $6.

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Picture Day is Friday!

Picture Day is Friday! Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school. Order online at and enter Order Code: 72256EF.
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Kindergarten Parent Night Out

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Trivia Night- Save the Date

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School Environment Training for Volunteers

We look forward to having volunteers helping out during the school next year. However, everyone must complete the Safe Environment Training and a background check. Please see the link below to get started. The link can also be found on the parish website under "Stewardship".

Safe Environment Training

Parent University

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we will be offering a new program we are calling Parent University. This will be a time for parents to gather and learn about a school-related topic. All sessions will be held in the cafeteria.

September 20, 6:30 pm - Scaffolding for Success - The Teenage Brain

Tim Curdt, Past Gabe's parent and teacher at SLUH, will share perspectives, tips and techniques for parents to support their adolescent children through this unique period of growth and challenge presented by the teenage brain. Although this will target parents of students in grades 5-8, all parents are welcome!

September 26 - Literacy 101 for K-2

Are you wondering what the difference is between phonics and phonemic awareness? Blends and digraphs? Decodable and leveled texts? Join us for an evening focused on our updated literacy practices.

New - November 15, 6:30 pm - Entering the Intermediate Years: Building on Success

This presentation is appropriate toward the end of second grade or the beginning of third. It addresses issues that parents at this stage specifically need, such as brain and social development at age 8/9, social changes and “bullying” concerns, the need for homework independence, and smart early choices with technology. Supporting the school’s rules and expectations is emphasized. Presented by West County Psychological.

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Cafeteria Manager Still Needed

Do you want a super fun job that is the same schedule as your kids? We are looking for help in the kitchen for the 2022-23 school year.

If interested please contact

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Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that have been able to join us for our school Masses. We really appreciate your presence!

Here are some simple prayer resources:

Tuesday Masses

9/20 2O

9/27 3H

Wednesday Masses

9/21 6D Bible Mass-6th graders receive Bibles

9/28 6J

Thursday Masses

9/15 7M

9/22 7A

9/29 Drexel House Mission/Saint Gabriel Feast Day Mass

Come pray with us. Please join us whenever you are able! Masses are at 8:00 am in church.

Sacrament Days for 2022-2023 School Year:

8th Grade

Confirmation Parent Meeting- September 21 at 6:30 in church

Sponsor Meeting (Student attends)-October 27 at 7:00 pm meet in the cafeteria

Confirmation Retreat Day- April 18th

Confirmation-April 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm

2nd Grade

First Reconciliation Parent Meeting-October 13 at 6:30pm in church

First Reconciliation- November 10 at 7pm in church

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

First Communion-May 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance for 2022-2023

Dates below are subject to change and additional days will be added as we continue to plan for the upcoming year.


September 16 - Picture Day

September 19-23- ITBS/CogAT Testing

September 20 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - The Teenage Brain

September 26 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - Literacy 101 for K-2

October 7- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

October 8- Parish Picnic

October 10- Parent-Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL

October 13 - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

October 31- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

November 1- All Saints Day- NO SCHOOL

November 4- End of 1st Trimester

November 10 - First Reconciliation, 7:00 pm, Church

November 15 - 6:30 pm, Parent University - The Middle Grade Years: Building on Success

November 23- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 24- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

November 25- Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

December 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception- NO SCHOOL

December 13- Vocal concert (2nd, 4th, 5th grades, and Honor Choir)

December 14- Band concert

December 21- January 1- Christmas Break- NO SCHOOL

January 2- Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

January 3- Classes resume

January 13- Planning and collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

January 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL


February 10- End of 2nd Trimester

February 17- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

February 20- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 26- Archdiocesan Band Festival (Concert Band)

March 10- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

March 13-17- Spring break- NO SCHOOL

March 30 - First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Church

April 6- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 7- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 10- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 21- Planning and Collaboration- NOON DISMISSAL

May 7, First Communion, 2:00 pm, Church

May 9- Vocal concert (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd grades, and Honor Choir)

May 10- Band concert

May 12- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL (UPDATED 8-11-22)

May 23- 8th Grade Graduation (6:00pm)

May 26- Last day of school- NOON DISMISSAL

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As we kick off the new school year, we will once again be utilizing our PFA website to sign up for volunteer opportunities and place orders for special lunches, treats, and PFA events throughout the year. It's important that we have updated information for families and students in the PFA website portal in order for parents to see the opportunities available for your student's class or grade. This is especially important for any new families joining St. Gabriel.

Please take a minute to visit the website: Once you log in to your portal, you will see a blue highlighted prompt at the top of the page directing you to review and update your contact information. Please click on the Contact Information link below to update your information. If you have questions, please email the website administrator, Jack Sailor at


Interested in getting involved in your child's classroom? The Home and School Committee of the PFA is looking for Room Coordinators for the 2022/2023 school year to do just that.

We are in need of one Room Coordinator per classroom in grades K-5, and one room coordinator per grade in grades 6-8. There are additional opportunities in second grade to assist with events surrounding First Communion. We will also be soliciting general party volunteers as well for the two parties we host each year - Christmas and Valentine's Day. All volunteers will need to complete Protecting God's Children training prior to serving.

The Room Coordinator will be in charge of collaborating with volunteers for the two class parties hosted during the school year (Christmas and Valentine's Day). Additionally, the Room Coordinator will be the primary point of contact for each teacher throughout the year to act as the liaison for any general classroom needs.

Sign-ups will open on Tuesday, September 20th at 9am. You will only be able to sign up to volunteer through the PFA website, so it is essential that your account is created and up to date. For more information or questions, please contact Molly Sonderman at or Sara Patterson at

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St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

SGYG is open to all high school teens of the parish as well as their non-parishioner friends. We meet on Wednesday evenings in the Gabriel House Chapel. No sign-up necessary! High schoolers can attend on a regular basis or drop-in as it fits their schedule!

NEW TIMES for Wednesday Nights!

7:30-8:30pm; Doors Open at 7pm; Optional Socializing until 9pm.

Service Opportunities

Contact Sarah if you're interested!

Sept. 10th & 11th - Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit in St. Gabriel Gym

Oct. 8th - Food Tent at the Parish Picnic

Oct. 22nd - Parish Day of Service

Stay connected with SGYG

Follow us on Instagram @stgabesyg

Like our Facebook Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Join the Flocknote Group: Youth Ministry

Visit the Youth Group link on the parish website

Contact our Youth Minister: Sarah Henderson -

Calendar of Events

​Visit the parish website to find our calendar on the Youth Group page under the Worship and Formation tab.
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Notes from Monsignor

Dear St Gabriel Parishioners:

This past week after another milestone Home Run Albert Pujols in answering a reporter’s questions stated “I am blessed in my God-given gifts and praise to him”. Likewise, all of us, as beloved children of God recognize our blessings no matter the current circumstance. So I say today and always thank you thank you for the gift of you!

This year we are blessed to celebrate 88 years as a parish family. Milestones give us the opportunity to reflect more deeply on our mission and ministry as daughters and sons of Jesus Christ. Consider for a moment the countless number of people who have worshiped and celebrated the sacraments with us. Think of the classmates that we attended school with. Think of the St Gabriel band and teams you have been a part of. Think of the baptisms and weddings and First Communions and Confirmations we have participated in. Whenever people come to events and Church here at St Gabriel they tell me how blessed we are in this community.

We recognize that everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God and being grateful and generous with those gifts. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts that God has given us.

Stewardship isn’t a process, or a campaign, or an accounting of our gifts. Rather, it is a lifestyle rooted in gratitude and generosity. The whole point of stewardship is to help each other strengthen our relationship with God and get to Heaven! The foundation of stewardship is prayer – talking and listening to God every day, throughout the day. Stewardship means putting complete trust in God, in all things. Stewardship means sharing all of our gifts, especially that one that means the most to you.

By sharing all of our gifts, it helps us keep God first in everything, from putting other “gods” before God. It helps us live “God-centered” lives and not “self-centered” lives. Of all the gifts that God gives us, the one he wants the most is our heart. He wants us to share out of love, not out of obligation.

I know that committing to a Stewardship lifestyle is a daily endeavor and takes attention. However, we are not designed to do it on our own, we need His help. Fortunately, God gave us the greatest gift of all, His son, Jesus. Through the gift of the Eucharist, we join our sacrifice with the sacrifice of the Holy Mass and receive the strength and courage to be His joyful disciples.


Msgr John Shamleffer

Wanted: Maintenance Director for St Gabriel Parish and School

Responsible for the effective, efficient and safe maintenance, renovation and upkeep of parish

buildings and grounds. Main duties include supervising the preventative, routine and emergency

maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and property for the church and school.

Primary systems include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, security, fire safety, energy management, irrigation and grounds. Will supervise one or more maintenance employees and may supervise and coordinate with outside contractors. Will perform routine to mid-level maintenance functions.

Applicants should contact Monsignor Shamleffer at or leave a message at the church rectory 314-353-6303.

Art in the Park - Mrs. Abramczyk Will Have a Booth!

September 25, 10 am - 5pm

Francis Park

Volunteer at

Come visit St. Gabriel's art teacher, Rosie Abramczyk, at Art in the Park on Sunday, September 25, in Francis Park. She will be at the R. A. Artistry tent selling her St. Louis photography and other items. She'd love you to come by and say "Hi!".

7th and 8th grade Fun n Games - Sponsored by the 8th Grade Core Team

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Picnic Information

The 2022 Saint Gabriel parish picnic is fast approaching. This wonderful event is not possible without your generous support. We greatly appreciate any slots that you or your family can fill. Please note: CYC has been notified to not schedule any St. Gabriel teams on October 8th. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (626) 848-6181. Thank you!

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CBC visit program

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE BOYS: CBC is now accepting appointments for our Official 8th Grade Visit Program. During this visit, a young man will participate in Experience CBC Classes designed especially for 8th grade students. He will meet with a current CBC student, attend some of his classes, and have lunch with him. Finally, during the CBC Explore Period, he will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, coaches and program moderators to gather detailed information about the things in which he is interested. This program is by reservation only. Please contact Mrs. Melissa Ryan at (314) 985-6095 or to reserve your Official 8th Grade Visit. On-line registration also available at
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St. Louis Priory Shadow information

In addition to shadow visits, there are many other opportunities for families to learn more about Priory this fall. Families can visit the admission section of Priory’s website to sign-up for a shadow visit or to attend the High School Raven Experience (Open House) on Sunday Oct. 23, 2022. Additionally, Priory will participate in the Archdiocese High School Nights. This year, these events will be held on the following dates, no prior registration necessary:

September 13 at St. Joseph’s Academy

September 22 at Incarnate Word Academy

September 27 at St. Dominic

October 3 at SLUH

October 12 at St. John Vianney High School

I look forward to helping 8th grade families. if Priory sounds like a good option for their high school education. Please feel free to check out our new Virtual Tour!