St. Gabriel Education Centre

September 27-October 31, 2021

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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.

Principal's Update

I want to start this newsletter with a heartfelt thank you to the students and families of St. Gabes. It's been a tough start with Mrs. Franklin being away coupled with this being my first start up in a high school. I appreciate your patience, thoughtfulness and support that you have given both myself and Mrs. Franklin, as well as the rest of our staff this year. I also want to say thank you to everyone for practicing COVID safety protocols at school. Everyone is wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing as much as possible, and being cognizant of being safe. We are all very grateful to all of you!


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.


Many Blessings!


Renee Trottier

principal

September/October Calendar

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!

Get your St. Gabes clothing and show your pride in your school! There are a lot of options and price points for you to choose from. You order from our online store and pay online. Your clothing will be shipped to St. Gabes for you to pick up at the school. The store closes September 30. All items will be shipped approximately 3 weeks after the store closes.


Click here to order https://stgabriel.orderpromos.com/

National Truth and Reconciliation Day - September 30

September 30 is National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day. Our schools will be closed.


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.

School Council

Please join us on Monday, October 4th at 6:30pm for our School Council meeting. We meet once per month except for December and June. All of our meetings are online. You can find the agenda and meeting link on our website under "About Us/School Council". Being part of School Council is a great way to learn about your child's school and advise the administration about what you want and need at school. 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!

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.

Thanksgiving Liturgy

Please join us on October 7 at 11:30 for our Thanksgiving liturgy of the word in Seminar Room #2 (back seminar room). Father Ignacy will be presiding. After our service, we will be offering soup and buns for lunch so please stay, visit a while, and enjoy a communal "breaking of bread".

Halloween at St. Gabes

We encourage all students to dress up for Halloween on October 29. Please remember that we are a school so costumes should be tasteful. Avoid excessively violent, gory, scary or culturally insensitive costumes or costumes that are overly revealing. Feel free to ask me if you're in doubt. There will be prizes for students who dress up!

Catholic Corner

ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!

"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen!"

(Acts 26:16)


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


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

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.”


https://www.thereligionteacher.com/the-month-of-the-rosary-is-october/

Meet our St. Gabes Staff!

Each month we will take some time to introduce one of our staff members to you. This month, we are introducing Mrs. Julie Bedi.


Hello,

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.


Please also check out our newsletter . I encourage you to sign up for our monthly eblast here.


Conference Info

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 trees@10peaks.ca 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.

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 Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons until 5:30. 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

Safety Protocols

Please remember to check your health using the COVID screening tool each day prior to coming to school. We also ask that you wear a mask while in our common areas or seminar rooms. Hand sanitizer is available in several locations at the school.

Social Media

Have you checked out our social media yet? We've revitalized our Facebook and Twitter accounts and created a new Instagram account. Check us out and follow us!

Parking Update!

Our parking lots are still under construction but they will soon be finished! I will send out a separate notice by email when they are completed and students can start parking in our lower lot (below our staff parking lot).

Let's Celebrate the end of September with a little Earth, Wind and Fire!

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

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