Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. October 18, 2015

Developing our God-given souls, minds, talents and gifts .......................................... as servant leaders .......................................... in the community of the Body of Christ.

That's the St. Gabriel Advantage ...

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: Mark 10:44

“Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”

Personal Meditation

Family life can be exhausting! At the same time, God made our family to serve others as well. What does our family do to place others' needs above our own out of Christian love and care?

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

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Blessings Everyone!

As newly noted in the calendar of coming events below, Catholic Schools Week will take place from January 31st, through February 6th. To send out a call ahead of time, we are planning on creating another CAREER DAY one day during that week.

Our Career Day last spring for our 7th and 8th graders was a huge success, confirming the value of partnering with parent citizens and businesses in our community to bring added current expertise to our efforts to prepare our St. Gabriel students for college and career. This year we would like to expand it to include 5th and 6th grade, and possibly extend over 2 days. We are also working to incorporate connections of STEM culture and learning across curriculum at St. Gabriel, which entails a solid partnership with higher education and business in our community. If you have a career that you are passionate about, and would like to offer your knowledge and experience with it as a worthy, fruitful, and fulfilling choice of career or study for our young people to discover and take their God given talents and go forth and make a difference, please let us know.

Currently we are planning for our Career Day to be on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday of Catholic Schools week. We are planning to schedule a series of speakers giving at least one talk, approximately 45 minutes long. Students will choose the various career speakers they wish to listen to. If you interested, and want further information, and are available any of those days, please let us know as soon as you can. Also, if you are interested in working with us to bring in business and higher education partnerships for our student growth and learning, please let us know.

Please contact Ahenrikson@st-gabriel.org, or donnalee.saladino@st-gabrielschool.org.

Thank you!


Did you know?

The Office receives many requests from persons and organizations in our community to share information and happenings in our area. We have a Literature Rack in the school lobby that is reserved for flyers and documents for this information literature. Our policy is to display these items here as opposed to sending a proliferation of additional literature home to our parents.

Please stop by the School Office to check out the latest offerings. Examples include: Jump Start Sports offering programs for JrK and K students, ordering forms for Grizzly wear and parenting articles. Administration approves all items that are housed in the literature rack. If you have an item for consideration please send it to our Communications Coordinator, Michelle Clarke at michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org.

Note also, that if you have an important news or information item concerning the school to distribute, also please notify Michelle Clarke with your request.

Thank you.

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October 19- October 23, 2015

October 19

  • STAT Meeting 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

October 20

  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

October 21

  • 8:05 All School Living Rosary, Church (no Eucharistic Liturgy)
  • Gr 2 science field trip to Holden Arboretum
  • Chess Club 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Daisy Mtg. (McGinnis) Meeting Room 1: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Growler (Press Club) 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
  • BOK Jr. Special Sports Halloween (MPR) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 22

  • Gr. 5 Field Trip Hale Farm
  • Art Club 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Daisy Mtg. (Coode) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

October 23

  • Jr Kindergarten "Pastries with Parents"
  • Gr. 7 Alter Care Service Student Group Visit 1:00 pm

Looking Ahead ...

October 30

  • PTU Halloween Carnival Day

November 2-11

  • Gr 1 and 2 Cognitive Abilities testing (CogATs)

November 3

  • 3:00--8:00pm Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 4

  • 8:05 All School Liturgy of Remembrance

November 10

  • Picture retake day
  • 3:00--8;00pm Parent Teacher Conferences

November 12--13


November 16

  • 7:00pm Grade 2-3 Music Program, "Child of the World", Pahler Center (PC)

November 18

  • Arts Day I - re-scheduled

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"

December 9

  • 8:00am--2:00pm PTU Santa Shop

December 21

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

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


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Grandparents Day in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students began their day in excitement and delight as they prepared to have their grandparents and family members join them for our annual St. Gabriel Grandparents Day festivities.

Students presented a special song, poem, and story about the great love and pride they have in their grandparents. After the performance, all enjoyed refreshments, having a special photo taken, and showing off their work and activities in their classrooms.

7th Graders applying Spanish skills in the real world!

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Grades 2 and 3 preparing special November musical performance, "Child of the World"

Grades 2 and 3 are currently working at learning and practicing musical performance elements to meet curriculum content and performance standards while preparing for their Fall Program, November 16th. Students will be performing the program, "Child of the World", to display and support the theme of valued character traits.
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PTU Information

All PTU Information and forms can be accessed through the PTU Website

Christmas Boutique

Grizzly Gear - Uniform Sweatshirts

GRIZZLY GEAR makes great Christmas presents!

Grizzly Gear will be on sale outside of the school office during Parent-Teacher Conference nights Nov. 3rd and Nov. 10th. Shop our Buy It Now items or place orders. Cash or checks accepted. Order deadline Nov. 24th.

Order deadline: November 24, 2015

Dear Parents,

All summer/early fall orders for gym clothes, school sweatshirts and Grizzly wear have been delivered.

New orders are due November 24th. Goal is delivery by Christmas!

Did you know that we have a wonderful apparel team of PTU parent volunteers who make all of this possible? ~ guided by Mrs. Schauer, Mrs. Osterman and Mrs. Mann's leadership and aided by countless of behind the scenes volunteers who sort/organize and deliver orders. We thank all of our PTU parent volunteers!! If you'd like to volunteer to help with the school apparel effort please contact Mrs. Schauer at barb.schauer@roadrunner.com

Gym Uniforms & Uniform Sweatshirts Order Form

Spirit Wear Order Form

PTU Sunshine Committtee

The goal of the St. Gabriel PTU Sunshine Committee is to bring a little ray of sunshine, and perhaps a smile(!), to members of our school community that are not feeling very “sunny”. We also like to celebrate happy occasions too! We do this by sending home a card, small gift, or an act of service.

If you hear of anyone in need of our services, please contact the School Office, or feel free to directly e-mail us.

Thank you,

Joy Novak: joynovak@ymail.com

Katy Moran: katy_moran@att.net

CYO News and Accomplishments!

Send us your news and celebrations!!!!!!
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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For Mrs. Stringer, for prayers for healing in recovery of surgery.

For Mrs. Swetel, for prayers for healing and comfort in illness.

For Bob Elmore, for prayers of comfort for his family in the loss of his sister, Deborah.

Healing prayers for a speedy recovery for Kylie Snyder, St. Gabriel School Alumni.

For the Burtch family, for prayers of healing, especially for grandpa Richard Farrell.

For Darin C, for prayers for healing and comfort in illness.

Healing prayers for Logan Richardson in GR 8.

Healing prayers for Luke Petersen in GR 8.

Healing prayers for the Mann family's grandma.

Healing prayers for Pop Pop Remchick.

For the Galeazzo family, especially Oliver and Evan, for prayers of comfort, strength and healing in the loss of their Dad Steve.

Please keep in your prayers, general intercessions for all in our community. I know there are many needing both big and little prayers here and there, for many reasons. I was once read an anonymous quote:

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

A very special expression of appreciation and thanks to our wonderful school parent Sunshine Committee who strives to lead reach out efforts of love and support and help for those in our community in suffering!

Submitting School News, Memos, and Information

If you wish to have something included in the Weekend Virtual Back (VB) or the Weekday News and Notes, or any of our shorter email memos, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Michelle Clarke, at michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org. All items must be approved by the principal and follow our policies. Thank you!!

NOTE: Also, if there are technical obstacles or difficulties in preventing you from accessing a linked item, or getting the correct information, please let Mrs. Clarke know, and she will get you the document or item or information you need!

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