St. Gabriel Education Centre

September 2, 2022

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St Gabriel Education Centre is a safe and caring environment where students are given the differentiated, flexible, and engaging learning opportunities that will inspire them to be successful in learning and life.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back St. Gabe's students and families!


It's been so great to see so many of you this past week (in person and online)! We are so excited to be back working with you. We have a lot of new students this year which is so great to see! We're happy that the great work our teachers do with students is getting out into the community. Please continue to spread the good news about St. Gabes!


We are continuing to offer in-person, online and blended programming for our high school students. We also welcomed our online Junior High to St. Gabriel Education Centre this year. Our parents and students reported that online delivery for education worked so well that they wanted to continue with this mode of learning. The Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board listened and responded by supporting this program at St. Gabes. We are very grateful for their support.


We're excited to continue to work with you and your families this year. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our staff.


Many Blessings,


Mrs. Renee Trottier, principal

Connecting with our Staff

Please email our staff if you have any questions about your classes or programming at St. Gabes. We are here to serve you and to help you in any way we can.


Mrs. Trottier - principal - rtrottier@gsacrd.ab.ca

Mrs. Franklin - registrar - vfranklin@gsacrd.ab.ca

Mrs. Delhez - counsellor/teacher - tdelhez@gsacrd.ab.ca

Mrs. Lamoureux - Diverse Learning/teacher - jlamoureux@gsacrd.ab.ca

Mrs. Bedi - Math/Science - jbedi@gsacrd.ab.ca

Mr. Pagnani - English/Social - cpagnani@gsacrd.ab.ca

Ms. Rumbles - Math/Science - arumbles@gsacrd.ab.ca

Ms. Doehring - English/Social - cdoehring@gsacrd.ab.ca

September Calendar

September 5 - Labour Day - No School

September 8 - Welcome Back Celebration, hot dog BBQ and Terry Fox Walk and Roll

September 14 - School Council meeting at 6:30 online

September 23 - PD/Staff meeting day. No school for students

September 28 - St. Gabriel Feast Day - come for cake!

September 29 - Orange Shirt Day

September 30 - School closed in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Upcoming in October:

Thanksgiving celebration and lunch

Food Bank Drive

School Council

Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm for our first School Council meeting of the year. We meet once per month except for December and June. All of our meetings will be online until further notice. Being part of School Council is a great way to learn about your child's school and advise the administration about what parents want and need for their children at school. We also require one high school student to join us for these meetings. At our first meeting on Wednesday, we will establish our council and set dates for the remainder of the year so if Wednesday is not a good night for you, don't worry, we will discuss the schedule together and try to find a suitable night for everyone involved. Bonus - There's no fundraising on School Council! Please let me know if you would like to join us by emailing me at mailto:rtrottier@gsacrd.ab.ca. A school with a School Council is a strong, productive and viable school!

Meeting Link - https://meet.google.com/tzn-kcro-acs

Dual Credit Courses Available

Dual credit is optional career-based high school programming. It can assist students in making meaningful transitions to post-secondary education or the workplace. School authorities have the flexibility to develop and implement dual credit programming that provides students with relevant learning experiences.


We are in a position to offer a new opportunity for dual credit to our students due to the Government of Alberta Dual Credit Grant. For the 2022-23 school year, As part of our commitment to our students and their futures, our school division endeavours to offer programming that provides dual credit opportunities to our community’s high school students. Through Dual Credit experiences, students will earn college/ university credits from a post-secondary institution and high school credits from their school by completing this coursework. These programs are offered in partnership with St. Albert Public Schools, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, Elk Island Public Schools, Norquest College, Portage College and Alberta Education.


For further information, please click on the St.Albert Schools shared website page for dual credit which can be found here:

https://www.spschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=969799&pageId=30045243


If interested, please complete this google form indicating an "interest for registration".


Thank-you.

Saint Gabriel Saint's Day

On September 28, our school will recognize our patron Saint, Saint Gabriel the Archangel. Please stop by for a piece of cake and celebrate with us!

Welcome Back Celebration, Terry Fox Walk and Roll, and BBQ Lunch!

Join us on September 8 at 11:00 for our welcome-back celebration. Following the celebration, we will have a BBQ hotdog lunch and then go for a "walk and roll" for Terry Fox. Please remember to bring a "Toonie for Terry" during the next 2 weeks of school! You can also donate online using the following link https://schools.terryfox.ca/16304.


Thank you for supporting cancer research.

Catholic Corner

Saint Gabriel the Archangel - Patron Saint of messengers


Saint Gabriel serves as a messenger of God to the people. He is one of three Archangels whose feast day is celebrated on Sept. 29. Saint Gabriel shares his feast day with Saint Michael and St. Raphael. In the Old Testament, Saint Gabriel first appeared to Daniel to help him interpret his visions. In the New Testament, he appears again to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth, Zacharias' wife will give birth to a son called, John who will eventually go on to be called John the Baptist and he will baptize Jesus. In the gospel of Luke, Gabriel appears again to Mary to inform her that she will give birth to the Son of God and she will call him Jesus. Gabriel is considered to be the closest to God, to the point of being referred to as the "left hand of God". He brings God's messages to us in ways that we can understand so that we can listen with a pure heart and accept the will of God.


A Prayer to Saint Gabriel


O God,

who from among

all your angels chose

the Archangel Gabriel

to announce the mystery

of the Incarnation,

mercifully grant that

we who solemnly remember him

on earth may feel the benefit of

his patronage in heaven,

who lives and reigns

forever and ever.

Amen

Mental Health and Wellness

Don't forget to check out our "Mental Health and Wellness" section on our website for wellness ideas, tips, resources and sessions that are being offered. Click on "community supports" for information about services in St. Albert and area to support you or your family.

Counselling at SGEC

Our school counsellor at St. Gabriel Education Center is Mrs. Tracy Delhez. She is able to provide social and emotional support to students both online or at school. Mrs. Delhez is available at SGEC on Monday, Thursday and Fridays to meet with you. Counselling referrals can also be made by parents or teachers. Support is provided for individual or family concerns and referrals to outside agencies can be accessed through Mrs. Delhez. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Mrs. Delhez at mailto:tdelhez@gsacrd.ab.ca

Social Media

Have you checked out our social media yet? Check us out and follow us! Even better, please leave us a positive review! We love to hear from you!

Parking

Just a friendly reminder that we have a student parking lot down the hill from our school (down the back alley).


We kindly ask that you comply with the following:

1. Do not park in our staff parking which is located near our front door.

2. We also ask that you do not use the handicapped parking spot for drop off and pick up as we have students who need it.

3. Do not wait for your child for excessive amounts of time in the handicapped spot, even if you have a handicap placard, as other students will need to be able to use the spot.

4. Do not park in front of our garbage bin.

5. Do not park in the lot at the top of Seven Hills.


We have plenty of spaces in our student parking lot for you.


Thank you!

Our Hours

Monday to Wednesday
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday
8:00 am to Noon
All teachers are available

It's that time once again to listen to September by Earth, Wind and Fire!

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (Official HD Video)