St. Gabriel Education Centre
September 27-October 31, 2021
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.
I also want to thank the parents who came out to our first school council meeting. We didn't have enough parents to establish a school council, but we are going to try again on October 4 at 6:30pm via Google Meet. Please let me know if you'd like to join us. The agenda, including the google meet link, will be posted on our website under "About Us/School Council".
Our students are working hard to complete assignments, write exams, and meet with their teachers. It's so good to see them coming into the centre or joining us online for our seminars and small group meetings. We are still taking registrations up until September 29th. After that (for any new courses for semester 1), registration will be on a case-by-case basis depending on the course and student's ability to catch up. Please contact me should you wish to change a class or if you know someone who is still thinking of registering.
We will be starting to practice our safety drills in October so please be aware that if you are in the centre during a drill, you will have to comply with our drill procedures. Staff will help direct you.
As we round out September and move into October, we have several events coming up. They are on our website calendar which you can download to your own Google or iCal calendar for easy reference. I've also listed them below for you.
I look forward to seeing all of you, online or in person.
September 27-October 8 - Food Drive.
September 29 - St. Gabriel Feast Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation service at 11:30.
September 30 - Clothing orders due
September 30 - School closed in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 4 - School Council meeting 6:30 via Google Meet
October 7 - Thanksgiving liturgy at 11:30. Lunch will be provided after the liturgy.
October 8 - Last day to donate to the food drive
October 11 - Thanksgiving Monday - School is closed.
October 22 - PD Day - School is closed
October 29 - Halloween Dress Up Day!
November 4 - Remembrance Day liturgy
November 4 - Parent Teacher Interviews 3:30-6:30
New St. Gabes School Clothing!
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National Truth and Reconciliation Day - September 30
On September 29, our St. Gabriel Education Centre will recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day with a service that will start at 11:30 and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students are encouraged to wear orange on this day.
The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.
Food Drive - September 27-October 8
"A portion of the harvest is set aside for the poor and the stranger" (Leviticus 19:9-10).
Please bring in non-perishable food items or grocery gift cards for our food drive. All items will be going to support the people of several Indigenous communities that the Lac St. Anne parish serves.
Halloween at St. Gabes
ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!
"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen!"
Our GSACRD Faith theme is in its second year of, "Arise! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!"
This year, we are focusing on the "Get Going!" part of our theme. How do students, staff and parents know, model and witness Jesus Christ?
Saint Gabriel the Archangel
Saint Gabriel the Archangel - Patron Saint of messengers
Feast Day - September 29
On September 29, we will be recognizing our Patron Saint by offering a prayer card and treat for each student.
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
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.
October - The Month of the Rosary
WHY IS OCTOBER THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY?
October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, sometimes referred to as the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The day was dedicated by St. Pius V who credited a victory over the invading Turks to the intercession of Mary through the rosary. Pope Benedict XVI described the image of Our Lady of the Rosary in a 2007 Angelus:
“The traditional image of Our Lady of the Rosary portrays Mary who with one arm supports the Child Jesus and with the other is offering the rosary beads to St Dominic. This important iconography shows that the Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus and, in meditating on his life, to love him and follow him ever more faithfully. It is this message that Our Lady has also bequeathed to us in her various apparitions.”
Meet our St. Gabes Staff!
My name is Julie Bedi and I teach Science and Math at St.Gabriel Education Centre. As a secondary Science and Math teacher for more than twenty years, I’ve dedicated my career to helping students master scientific skills and concepts they need to prepare for life beyond high school and guide them into post-secondary education.
Besides teaching, I am a married mom of 3, and my personal interests are spending time with my family, playing sports, reading, and watching movies.
I am excited to start this new year with you all.
10 Peaks Innovation Xchange One Day Workshop
10PIX is a free, one day, virtual conference connecting Alberta high school (grade 9 – 12) students and teachers with industry, government, education, non-government organizations and the scientific community to help students learn about around energy, environment and climate – and related jobs and careers.
This year’s conference theme is Our Energy Transition. Our program has 5 concurrent tracks: Carbon and Climate, Alternative Energy, Environment Thought Leaders, Inspiring Innovation, and Transforming Technology.
Check out our 36+ speaker list, program and FAQ on Ten Peaks’ registration page. 10PIX Registration Our program page is under construction but will be live within the week.
Keynote Speakers and their related speaking topics are:
· Susannah Pierce - Shell Canada President and country chair GM, renewables and energy solutions - Shell's Energy Transition Strategy
· Peter Tertzakian, creator Energyphile
· Chelsea Donelon, snr policy advisor, Climate policy and Technology, TransAlta - Carving a Career in Climate
· David Dodge - Producer at greenenergyfutures.ca - Insights into the AB Clean Energy Revolution
· Adrita Haque - Election node chair at Calgary Climate Hub - Making Individual Actions Count in the Energy Transition
We also have a lunch time speaker sponsored by CAOEC, Kevin Krausert, President and CEO, Avatar Innovations - Energy: The Apollo Project of our Time
· Avatar is partnering with the University of Calgary and XPRIZE who partnered with Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation for a XPRIZE competition - the Avatar Carbon Removal Accelerator.
Please register soon! Registration closes on 8 October, and is limited to the first 10,000 registrants. Please note that students and teachers must register using their school domain email address.
Conversations inspire change and Ten Peaks Innovation Xchange (10PIX) will provide dynamic, insightful and thought-provoking discussions between experts, teachers and high school students about the transition to a more inclusive, sustainable future. We look forward to connecting with you and your students there.
GreenShows is the virtual platform, a safe, secure and sustainable conference platform
· Supporting Alberta’s net zero transition
· Opportunity for attendees to plant trees
o Speakers will ask a question and the first correct answer emailed to email@example.com is the winner to plant 10 trees in the virtual GreenShows forest and help employ local people to plant 10 trees on their behalf.
The goal of the conference is to spark two-way discussions about Alberta’s energy transition, so we encourage everyone to join presentations that inspire you, bring your questions and have one-on-one conversations with the speakers.
· Two way engagement opportunities
o Students and teachers can engage with our speakers by asking questions of the moderator, up voting questions, responding with emoji’s, and participating in Kahoot! or menti.com activities
o Optional networking tables of 8 post session, for an additional 30 minutes for one on one interaction, with or without camera
o Women Building Futures and Next Generation Careers are each at a networking table all day
o Education Lab pre recorded videos and virtual exhibit booths of our sponsors with booth attendees present to answer questions
o Sponsors are also manning networking tables
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.