The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 8/24/2022

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Dear Fabulous Families -

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Back to School / Curriculum Nights next week!

The schedule is below.

Tuesday, August 30

Grades K-4, Co-Curricular Classes, SEL

5:45 - (Gym) Parent Previews of Safety Videos. We are required by the Archdiocese to show parent previews of our safety videos that we will be viewing with our students. These include the typical safety drills that all schools do: tornado, earthquake, fire, and active shooter.

6:30 - General School Overview (Gym) - Prayer by Monsignor, Unveiling of the Auction Theme, Introduction, Updates

7:00 - Parents dismissed to grade level meetings

7:05 - 7:20 - First Session

Kindergarten - Meet in Mrs. Laposha's Room

First Grade - Mrs. Chamber's Room

Second Grade - Mr. Grothaus' Room

Third Grade - Mrs. Belcher's Room

Fourth Grade - Ms. Schmitt's Room

SEL - Third Floor, SEL Room with Counselors

Co-Curriculars - Art and Music Rooms in the North Wing

7:25 - 7:40 - The sessions above will repeat in the same rooms.

Wednesday, August 31

Grades 5-8, Co-Curricular Classes, SEL

5:45 - (Gym) Parent Previews of Safety Videos. We are required by the Archdiocese to show parent previews of our safety videos that we will be viewing with our students. These include the typical safety drills that all schools do: tornado, earthquake, fire, and active shooter.

6:30 - General School Overview (Gym) - Prayer by Monsignor, Unveiling of the Auction Theme, Introduction, Updates

7:00 - Parents dismissed to grade level meetings

7:05 - 7:20 - First Session

Fifth Grade - Cafeteria

Sixth Grade - Mrs. Doenges' Room

Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade - Gym

SEL - Third Floor, SEL Room with Counselors

Co-Curriculars - Art and Music Rooms in the North Wing

7:25 - 7:40 - The sessions above will repeat in the same rooms.

Reminders from Last Week -

Just a reminder that we are now a nut aware school. Nuts may not be eaten in the classrooms, but can be consumed in the cafeteria. A nut-free table is available in the cafeteria. Please read through the Nut Aware Policy .

Arrival and Dismissal Plans were sent out on Wednesday evening. Please review these so that our students arrive and leave safely. Arrival and Dismissal Plans

Last, the STL DoH released back to school COVID guidance. We will review these and send out a plan reflecting updated practices.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Learning Difference Parent Simulation Update - Please Sign Up

As was shared in the spring, we are utilizing EANS funds to help better support our students with learning differences. Through a partnership with Miriam School, we have been able to contract the services of 1.5 employees to help our learning consultant, Mrs. Favazza, address learning needs of our students and offer support to our teachers. We will also have access to speech, OT, and PT assessments and services at St. Gabriel. If you wish for your child to access these services or have questions, please contact Mrs. Favazza, ( or Mrs. McEnery ( know.

We also have a partnership with ADAC which helps Catholic schools address learning needs through education and training. We are thrilled to be able to offer a parent simulation on September 1, 6:30-8:30, in the cafeteria. The simulation is a great opportunity to consider how having a learning difference affects people. This simulation training was designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that students with learning differences encounter on a daily basis. This is perfect for the parent who has a child with a learning difference, knows someone with a learning difference, has a learning difference, or wants to be more inclusive of those people they might encounter on our life journey with a learning difference - hopefully all of us! (Grandparents are welcome, too!)

Registration is needed to effectively plan the evening and spots are limited. Please fill out the registration form in the link. Learning Difference Simulation Registration

Board of Education Summary

The Board of Education publishes a summary of accomplishments. This is the summary for the 2022-2023 school year: BoE Summary 2022-2023

Archangel Activities - Sign Ups Start Today!

They are enrichment classes offered after school from 3 to 4 pm. Classes start the week of September 19th and end around the last week of November.

Below is the link to sign up for classes. Please read all the information. If you have any questions or problems you can email me at

Signups start today and will end September 1st.

Classes offered

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Cafeteria Sign-up

If you are interested in volunteering to help with lunch duty, please see the sign-up below. Parents may sign up for 2 time slots initially to give all interested parents a chance. Parents must be current with Protecting God's Children in order to volunteer in the cafeteria.

Sign up: Cafeteria Volunteer

St. Teresa Beads- 4th Grade

As a child, St. Theresa used a string of beads to count her sacrifices and love done for God. We too made St. Theresa beads in 4th grade. Every time the students complete an act of kindness towards others, they move one bead closer to the cross. We are moving closer to Jesus each day.

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. We have a few coming up in September. All sessions will be held in the cafeteria.

Thursday, September 1 - Learning Differences Parent Simulation - As part of our focus on supporting our students with learning differences, parents can participate in this simulation to better understand what it is like as a student who may have a learning difference. Staff members will participate in the simulation on Friday, September 2.

September 20 - Scaffolding for Success

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.

Cub scout information

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Lunch Orders Are Being Taken

Lunch service will start on September 6th. The link to order is below and orders are due by Noon on Monday, August 29th. There will be No late orders allowed after the due date, so please don't wait until the last minute. The google form has not changed much from last year but we did have to lessen our food option for the time being. We do hope to bring those items back eventually.

Due to the increases to food costs, as you are all aware of when you go to the grocery store, we did have to increase our prices. A lunch will be $5.00 for the entree', side, fruit and a drink and drink only orders are .60 cents each. Unfortunately, we do not offer online payments. Payments by check can be sent to the school office in a marked envelope. The menu and link will also be on the school website. Any questions, please email

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 Carrie at

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Dear Parents,

We are off to a great start. It is a blessing to pray with your children and to watch them take leadership roles as we celebrate Mass. I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Nights next week. Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Family Life Information:

As part of the Archdiocese Religion curriculum, each school is required to teach the Family Life series to students in Grades K-8 throughout the school year. The Family Life series is published by Benziger Publishers. Parents are the primary educators of their children but with the assistance of elementary schools and parish schools of religion, together we can help and guide our students to understanding the moral teachings of the Church.

There are five themes that are covered in each grade of the entire series.

· God’s Gift of Family

· God’s Gift of Self

· God’s Gift of Life

· God’s Gift of Love

· God’s Gift of Community

At our Curriculum Night, you will be invited to look at a copy of the book from the Family Life series. Here is a link to the Scope and Sequence of the Family Life series.

You may also choose to “Opt Out” your child if you prefer they receive the information at home from you. In order to “Opt Out”, please email me by September 6th with your request to opt out. Materials will be provided for you to use at home with your child.

You may just copy and paste the following in your email.

I prefer to “Opt Out” of the Family Life instruction provided at school and will present the materials at home instead.

Student Name: __________________________________ Homeroom: ______

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Date: __________

Here are some simple prayer resources:

Tuesday Masses

8/30 4M

9/6 3P

9/13 3B

Wednesday Masses

8/31 7A

9/7 7D

9/14 6B

Thursday Masses

8/25 8R

9/1 8M

9/8 8S

9/15 7M

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.

August 30 - K-4 Curriculum Night

August 31 - 5-8 Curriculum Night

September 2- Staff Planning and Collaboration- Noon Dismissal

September 5- Labor Day- NO SCHOOL.

September 16 - Picture Day

September 19-23- ITBS/CogAT Testing

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 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

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

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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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 from 7-9pm in the Gabriel House Chapel. No sign-up necessary! Teens can attend on a regular basis or drop-in as it fits their schedule!

Youth Group is a way for teens to not only grow in their faith, but also build relationships and community with other teens by taking part in various activities. Our weekly meetings include socializing, game-playing, snacks, and a lesson with time for self-process and/or discussion by rotating through various topics pertaining to Faith, Teen Issues, Prayer & Spirituality, etc.

There are opportunities to take part in service projects, attend retreats, participate in the Steubenville Conference, Generation Life, etc.

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

August 31st - SGYG Night!
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Notes from Monsignor

Dear Parishioners:

As the All Things New Process continues each parish was asked to answer two

questions concerning Evangelization and Social Outreach. Approximately 130

parishioners including more than 100 written responses to these questions.


1. What do you think are the top priorities for evangelization in your

parish that should be invested in moving forward? (i.e. youth ministry,

family ministry, young adult ministry, marriage ministry etc...)


  • Youth ministry with a focus on service projects and education on Catholic teaching
  • Adult ministry with focus on encouraging further participation in retreats, small prayer group communities and service projects
  • Music ministry that connects with parishioners and encourages participation with youth and adults

2. What do you think are the top priorities/opportunities for your parish

to provide outreach in your community? (i.e. food pantry, service

projects, St. Vincent de Paul etc...)


  • Continued support of our St. Vincent de Paul outreach
  • Opportunities to support food pantries (i.e. Food and Fuel)
  • Growing community service project opportunities

Beginning this Fall St Gabriel parish will also partake in a twelve-week

Discipleship program to help us as we endeavor to be Missionary Disciples and

Evangelize our community. More information on this coming soon.

God Bless!

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.

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Ursuline Academy- All Girls School Alliance High School Fair

The Ursuline Academy community is proud to host the second annual All Girls School Alliance High School Fair on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Each of the nine all-girls schools in the St. Louis area will be represented, allowing families to learn more about the benefits of single-gender Catholic education. Students in 6th - 8th grades and parents will have the opportunity to meet our Student Ambassadors and Admission Staff and receive information about our wonderful schools. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome!
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