Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. September 13, 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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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: Mark 8:34b
“Whosoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”

Personal Meditation

When I hear the word ‘family’ what images come to mind? How do these images reflect the self-sacrificing love of Jesus Christ?

Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

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Blessings Everyone!

Finishing up our third week of school, things are settling, and students are adjusting to schedules and digging into growing in learning and faith. With all but a handful of students in grades 4-8 now excitedly equipped with their new Chromebooks, use of these digital tools will increase step by step in all areas. Student Council will be gathering more homeroom representative members, our Peer Leader teams will be moving forward from their leadership training, and teams of students in various clubs, activities and groups will be developing skills and talents, and enjoying new social and spiritual growth.

With hints of fall stirring up that special energy, may everyone have a great week!

Peace, love and courage to all,

In Christ,

Mrs. Saladino

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September 13 - September 19

September 14--17 -- Student Council homeroom rep campaigns

September 14

  • 2:30pm Power of the Pen
  • 7:00pm St. Gabriel Parish Communal Penance, Church

September 15

September 16

  • 8:05am All School Liturgy
  • 2:30-4:00pm Chess Club
  • 2:30-3:30pm Grizzly Growler Press Corps

September 17

  • 5:30pm--First PTU Meeting of the school year, MPR, at new time, hooray! All parents invited!

Looking Ahead ...

September 21--All School Retreat Day "Finding the Gift"

  • 8:00am Opening All School Liturgy
  • Assemblies with Catholic Inspirational Speaker Mike Patin
  • Prayer experiences with Deacon Bob Grgic
  • Classroom Service Projects for the community

September 25

  • St. Gabriel School Spirit Day
  • Spirit Day Afternoon Assembly
  • Dress Down Day

September 26-27--St. Gabriel Parish Jubilee Kickoff Weekend

  • Special Kick-off activities
  • Creating a Family Legacy Tile

September 29

  • 2:30pm Debate Club

October 1

  • 5:00pm -- Principal Parent Circles, Church CR

October 16

  • Jr K - K Grandparents Day Celebration

October 21

  • 8:05 Living Rosary, Church (no Eucharistic Liturgy)

October 30

  • PTU Halloween Carnival Day

November 2-11

  • Grade 1 Cognitive Abilities Tests

November 6

  • 6:00--9:00pm - PTU Christmas Craft Boutique, at St. Gabriel School

November 7

  • 9:00am--3:00pm - PTU Christmas Craft Boutique, at St. Gabriel School

November 12--13


November 16

  • 7:00pm Grade 2-3 Music Program

December 9

  • 8:00am--2:00pm PTU Santa Shop


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Peer Servant Leadership for Spreading Kindness, and Learning Prevention launches ...

St. Gabriel School~Crossroads Peer Leadership Day

Seventh and Eighth grade students gathered Thursday, and fifth and sixth grade students gathered Friday for Peer Leadership Training to begin our St. Gabriel Student Servant Leadership Kindness Movement and Prevention Program. Through the presentations, group activities, and guidance of Crossroads School Provider Specialists Julianna, Jamie, and Camille, students learned about the change and growth we are all seeking to help expand and improve the way me make all students feel safe, connected and supported at St. Gabriel school.

One way of growing that students learned was how to used leadership skills to be servant leaders among each other and build a sense of team spirit. An important term that all students easily learned and grasped immediately was the word "ally." As allies they began recognizing how they could be a partner to each other and then to almost anyone, supporting them by their outreach of kindness. They learned that being allies and reporting to trusted adults in a new way was the best way to stop hurtful and harmful behaviors.

After this the peer leaders will be to meet regularly with Crossroads and St. Gabriel staff. They will focus on determining and learning more specific strategies to enact to lead all school peers in preventing hurtful and harmful behavior in our school, spreading positive actions to strengthen and expand the culture of kindness and respect, and to create positive and safe ways of reporting.

St. Gabriel Peer Leaders Invited to lake-Geauga County Youth Leadership Summit

Crossroads, in conjunction with the Lake-Geauga Youth Led Prevention Coalition (LGYLP), will be holding their annual Youth Leadership Summit at the Auburn Career Center this Friday, September 18. LGYLP works to empower youth to be the change in their schools and communities, and is celebrating the leadership of students who live and promote healthy lifestyle choices. St. Gabriel Jr Hi Peer Leaders and staff are invited to attend.

Presenters include Alex Sheen, founder of "Because I Said I Would", a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. And Joel Penton, Ohio State grad and nationally recognized motivational speaker who will inspire and share the power of positive choices.

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Student Council Starts week of guiding homeroom representative campaigns ...

At the beginning of each new St. Gabriel school year, the new Student Council for the year holds elections for student representatives to add to its membership, and to broaden it's representation of the student body. Guidelines, rules and procedures were distributed to all grade 3-8 students last week. Some main rules are:

  1. Each homeroom in grades 3-8 must elect one student to act as Student Council representative for the homeroom.
  2. Any student in that class who wishes to run may do so (except in grades 6, 7, 8- Commissioners may not also serve as homeroom rep).
  3. This student must be able to attend one general meeting per month (third Wednesday) and will be responsible for reporting back to their homeroom regarding projects and activities.
  4. Candidates must submit to the teacher the necessary parental permission forms by Monday, September 14th at the latest. No student may run without this permission slip.


PTU Information

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

Christmas Boutique


CYO Basketball Registration begins September 14th

  • Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 3-8.
  • Regular registration is open from 9/14 - 9/27.
  • Late registration will begin 9/28 - 10/4.
  • Practices begin November 1st
  • games begin in early December.
  • Any questions or concerns please contact Basketball Commissioner Karl Bohr at grizzlycyobball@gmail.com.
  • Register online at www.st-gabrielcyo.org and click on the registration tab.

A Marker for CYO 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:

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

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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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