Faculty Staff Memo

St. Gabriel School ....... November 22, 2015


The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Sacred Scripture: Revelation 1:5-6
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever [and ever]. Amen.


How do I give glory to Jesus Christ in my day to day life? How do I witness to the Kingdom of God without making any “noise"?

NCEA Weekly Reflections, Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

Blessings dear teachers and staff,

May you all have the most blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday ever. Relax, renew, be close with family and friends, and be safe.

Thank you for all you do, for the children and each other.

Blessings of peace and goodness and courage to you and your families and loved ones,

Donna Lee

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Thursday Morning Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Everyone should have received Sherry's instructions, procedures and agenda for our Thanksgiving prayer service. Remember to please have your students distribute their "Thanksgiving" cards after the service to the persons they made them for.

Reminder AM Wednesday morning schedule.

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November 22, 2015---February 8, 2016

November 23

  • 8:00--10:00 Gr 1 Thanksgiving event
  • 8th grade basketball (Simek) after school practice
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Practice for Thanksgiving Prayer Service (Church) 2:45 pm
  • Play Practice 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

November 24

  • 8:05 am ALL School Thanksgiving Prayer Service - Church
  • 3rd grade Basketball practice (Budrys)
  • Brownie Meeting (Wiertel) Church Basement 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • NO Cub Care
  • NO Grizzly Academy

November 25

  • NO School - Thanksgiving Break

November 26

  • NO School - Thanksgiving Break

November 27

  • NO School - Thanksgiving Break

November 30

  • Classes Resume
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Play Practice 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

December 2

  • 8:05 All School Liturgy

December 3

  • 7:00pm School Band Concert, Lake Catholic HS

December 7-13 -- Computer Science Education Week

  • Computer Science Education Week -- Joining students all over the world in an "Hour of Code" -- details TBA

December 9

  • 8:00am--2:00pm PTU Santa Shop

December 10 -- Principal Parent Circles

  • 5:00-6:00pm, Church CR

December 21

  • 6:30 JrK, K, 1 Christmas Program, Church

December 22

  • Last day of school before break
  • No Cub Care

December 23 -- January 5 -- NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break

January 6 -- Classes resume

January 31 -- February 6, 2016 -- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

January 31 -- Open House, 1:00--3:00pm

February 1 -- All School Career Day

February 3 -- Arts Day II

February 8 through February 19, 2016 (beginning earlier this year)

  • Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogATs) - Gr 3, 5, 7
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) -- Gr 1-8


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Happy Birthday Monday, November 23 to Stephanie Loncar and Lisa Resetar, and on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day!) to Ruth Helsel!


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Please pray for the victims of the terrorist attack in France, their families and loved ones, and the French and European and world countries in their gathering to respond.

Please continue to pray for Beth Roebuck, Andi and Joyce as they go through their treatments and healing . Please also pray for Sherry Tedeschi's Dad who fell and was injured and is in the hospital. Please also pray for others on our staff whose children are needing special treatments and surgeries and of course needing extra time and energy as they expend their love and care also for our students!

Let us continue to pray also for each other and all of our families, as colleagues and friends, and as companions on the discipleship journey of our mission in Christ. I know there are many unspoken needs, needing big and little prayers.

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

Please continue praying for parents and families in our school community needing prayers. Remember the Galeazzo's, the Degners, the Lyons, and all others who are suffering through loss in any way in their families. Please note all community names in the Weekly Parent VB Newsletter and keep them in your prayers.

Have a beautiful week!

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

Peace in the Father, love in Jesus, and courage and wisdom in the Spirit,


Donna Lee

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

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