Weekend ... Virtual Backpack

St. Gabriel School ............. December 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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3rd Sunday of Advent

Sacred Scripture: Luke 3:11

“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”


How does my sharing with others show God’s love for me and for them?

NCEA Weekly Reflections, Praying with you and for you as we focus on family and mission in Catholic education.

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Dear Parents

God bless everyone as we move into this third week of advent preparation for the coming of our Lord. Amidst the destruction and pain and suffering that surrounds us too much in our world today, St. Gabriel students have been forging on in living out Christ-like kindness and service, truly preparing ye the way of the Lord. This past week especially with Christmas projects of heartfelt giving and service, students are truly showing how developing their God-given souls, minds, talents and gifts as servant leaders united in the community of the Body of Christ is truly the St. Gabriel advantage, and the advantage that will bring more Christ-like peace into our world.

And in the midst as we witness continually, we strive also to grow in ways to bring the best education possible that can be built on this faith foundation. An education that also will be an advantage that will enable our students to uniquely bring more Christ-like peace into our world.

Great peace and blessings in these spirit filled days to you and your families and loved ones always,

Mrs. Saladino

Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared a Holy Year of Mercy for the entire Catholic Church to begin on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pope has described this Jubilee Year of Mercy as a time to heal, to help, to forgive, and to be the mercy that we also seek.

Pope Francis utilizes the motto, "Merciful Like the Father," inviting us not to judge or condemn, but to give love and forgiveness without measure. He has also asked our Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, depicted so beautifully in Matthew 25:31-46.

Currently, in preparing for our Open House on January 31, which begins our Catholic Schools Week, we are integrating the theme of "Merciful Like the Father" into our annual arts and literacy activity for our students.

Principal Parent Circle - Meeting notes

Following are general meeting notes from the Principal Parent Circle that was held this past Thursday, December 10. Thanks to all who attended!

  • Prayer for Thursday, Second Week of Advent

  • General K-8 standards of Ohio for Reading, English Language Arts, and Math, and the general instructional and learning shifts in education today were presented and discussed. Parents commented that it might be beneficial to have one or several parent educational nights explaining these standards and shifts, especially the standards for Mathematics.

  • Initiatives that have been implemented for increasing Math learning reinforcement times for St. Gabriel were presented, including Math Wednesday which includes an extra Math period for all students for the day, and a "Mini Math half period for all students at the end of the day. It also included the small group "Sunshine Math" enrichment period added in all grades throughout the week.

  • It was also noted that in the new Science Fusion curriculum program, and the Go Math program, lessons to incorporate STEM skills are included. Discussion following addressed how focus is more and more on process, not content, in learning today, and how students need to learn for mastery of skills and knowledge as opposed to learning for grades.

  • Guest speaker, Dustin Pyles, from Columbus, working in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education, shared how the features of a STEM school environment are really about good instruction and teaching practices in which teaching and learning are driven by the students' needs and their abilities, and by the standards, skills, and authentic applications needed for success in today's secondary, alternative, and higher education and careers. And further they are about establishing strong and supportive partnerships with community businesses and industry and higher education institutions.

When the snow starts flying ....

Here are some notes and guidelines to help us all be prepared ahead of time for calamity day school closings!

General Procedure Info

  • Our public school superintendents (Mentor and Riverside) make the call as to whether or not to close and keep buses off the roads, after consultations with their transportation departments and weather information.
  • When either one closes, we close, as half our buses come from one or the other, plus we generally go by their assessment and judgment on the safety conditions for travel. Rarely do they not both close.
  • Their transportation directors call me -- the time can vary greatly as most of you know -- from as early as 4:30am, to as late as 6:00am -- or sometimes they can make the call the night before if there is enough reliable weather information.
  • I call and notify -- our maintenance, our assistant principal, the Loft Director (Ann Silvester), our office manager (Maggie), our parish, and our communications director (Michelle Clarke)
  • I post our closing on the TV stations 3, 5, 8 and 19.
  • Michelle writes an email blast and sends out to all families.
  • I record a phone blast and send out to all families and staff.

General expectations

  • All school activities after school are cancelled unless otherwise noted. Things such as CYO and parish activities make their own judgments and calls.
  • By noon, teachers post directions on their web pages for what to do about things that were planned that day, or assignments to be done, or other important information they may wish to convey to you
  • This year we will be striving to be consistent within grade groups (primary, middle, jr high), and very simplified in any required work.

JrK, K, 1st Grade Christmas Program, December 21, 6:30pm

We are pleased to announce that VMG (Viewpoint Media Group) will again be videotaping our 2015-16 St. Gabriel School performance and pro-gram events. The cost will remain $10/DVD. The Jr Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade Christmas Program will be held on December 21 at 6:30 pm. If you would like to order a DVD, please send in a check (made out to VMG) or cash to the School Office by December 22, along with the completed form below.

Orders will be distributed through school.

DVD Order Form

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December 14, 2015 through December 18, 2015

December 14

  • 7:00 pm Evening Parish Communal Celebration of Reconciliation
  • GBN Meeting 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Drama Club (Treasure Island) - Geauga Theater 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Play practice (Cinderella) Music Room 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

December 15

  • Mini Open House - NEW Families 9:00 am
  • Daisy Mtg. (Bender) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Church Basement) MR1
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 3rd grade basketball practice (Budrys)

December 16

  • 8:05 am ALL School Liturgy of the Word
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Growler (Press Club) 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm (Holiday Party)
  • Student Council Meeting 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

December 17

  • Family Prayer after 7:00 pm Mass, Chapel
  • 8th grade girls basketball practice (Simek)
  • Brownie Mtg (Malinas) Church Basement (MR1) rescheduled from 12/16 (2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
  • Daisy Mtg. (Coode) MPR 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

December 18

  • Gr. 7 Alter Care Visit 1:00 pm

December 20

  • 7:45-8:05 St. Gabriel Parish Night Prayer, Chapel
  • Sunday evenings from Advent to Easter

Looking Ahead ...

December 21

  • 6:30 JrK, K, 1 Christmas Program, Church

December 22

  • NO Cub Care
  • NO Grizzly Academy

December 23 -- January 5 -- NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break

January 6 -- Classes resume

January 7 - Principal Parent Circle

  • 5:00pm
  • Grizzly Learning Den (new school media center)

January 14

  • 4:30-5:30 pm - PTU meeting

January 31 -- February 6, 2016 -- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

January 31 -- Open House, 1:00--3:00pm

February 1 -- All School Career Day

February 3 -- Arts Day II

February 8 through February 19, 2016 (having an earlier time this year)

  • Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogATs) - Gr 3, 5, 7
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) -- Gr 1-8


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Christmas glow!

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Adopt a Family -- giving in service and heart

And so we finish up another year of our traditional school Christmas time giving and caring, with our students, families, and wonderful PTU room parents joining efforts and resources to adopt parish families in need. The enjoyment of shopping, the excitement of finding those just right gifts, the peace of knowing in heart the results of generosity, made us all grateful again that we belong to such a serving and outreaching community!

New Buddy Program creating 6th Grade partnerships with our JrK and Loft PreK

As our new Jr Kindergarten program has progressed through the year with such success, we realized something was missing! Becoming aware of the great model of our Grade 8 - First Grade, and Grade 7 - Kindergarten buddy programs, we realized we needed to start a Grade 6 - Jr K / Loft PreK program! With the Christmas season and spirit providing such a great background, we began the joining or our new St. Gabriel buddies with a special visit with Jr K to Santa Shop, and a special visit to bring a story reading and bookmaking activity to the Loft PreK! A most beautiful and enjoyable start to further our St. Gabriel students' experience of serving with care and kindness to each other!

Student Council Candy Gram Sale ... service and Christmas spirit

Another exciting week for Student Council as they lead our school in modeling service in such a fun and giving way! Selling oodles and oodles of 10c candygram orders will bring both joy to those sending out loving and caring greetings to others, and funds that will be dedicated to help a worthy cause of need in our community!

Santa Shop - A more wonderful year than ever!

A huge thank you to all the PTU officers and committee members and parents for all their time and efforts to create yet another awesome and enjoyable Christmas shopping day for our students! It is one of the top, if not the top, experiences that our students love and look forward to. It is also one of those special times that enable the precious caring that happens in our buddy programs! 8th Graders, 7th graders, and now this year 6th graders, all being so attentive and helpful and guiding to their little charges. So heartwarming, thank you all again so much!

St. Gabriel Band Christmas Concert uplifts all with awesome talents and spirit!

Performing on the stage in the theater of Lake Catholic High School, our 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th and 8th grade band students impressed all with their musical skills and presence! From those who performed for the first time in 4th grade, to those who performed amazingly nearing the end of their St. Gabriel band career, all reflected the beauty of their God given talents, and the teaching and coaching of their director Mrs. Gaeta. We are so proud of all!

Understanding Wind Farm Engineering Design Principles - Furthering STEM at St. Gabriel School

Jr Hi students in Stephanie Loncar's Science class experienced an authentic real life lesson focused on how wind farm engineers use design and problem solving skills to use wind and science for an alternate energy source.

After chromebook researching, group collaboration, and prototype building, students experimented out in the St. Gabriel fields to find the best location for a St. Gabriel wind turbine.

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Career Day - Monday, February 1, 2016

Catholic Schools Week will take place from January 31st, through February 6th. After Open House, on Sunday, January 31, we are creating another CAREER DAY on Monday, February 1st at the beginning of the school week.

Are you a parent, or a St. Gabriel Alumni, who has a career that you are passionate about? Would you like to offer your knowledge and experience with it as a worthy, fruitful, and fulfilling choice of career or study for our young people? Would you like to partner with us to help and guide our students to discover and take their God given talents and go forth and make a difference in our world? If so, we invite you to join us! Please let us know by signing up on the link below.

Monday, February 1, 2016. Presentations will be in the morning.

Click HERE to register


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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For the Burtch family, for prayers of healing, especially for grandpa Richard Farrell.

For Darin C, for prayers for healing and comfort in illness.

Healing prayers for Pop Pop Remchick.

For the Galeazzo family, especially Oliver and Evan, for prayers of comfort, strength and healing in the loss of their Dad Steve.

For the Pokersnik family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of their grandmother Helen.

For the Thornton family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of their grandmother, Roberta Thornton.

For Sebastian Venditti's Grandpa prayers for comfort in illness.

For Sue and Gary Betteley and family (parishioners who help coordinate our school Adopt a Family service project), for prayers of comfort, strength and healing in the loss of their son Jeffrey in a battle with brain cancer.

In Thanksgiving for the birth of new baby boys in both the Ferber and Pokersnik families!! Congratulations!

In Thanksgiving for Father Fred's tireless devotion to St. Gabriel Parish and School for the past 25 years!! And for God to continue to bless him.

Please keep in your prayers, general intercessions for all in our community, especially all of our students who have suffered losses of loves ones over the last few years. And 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

If you wish to have something included in the Weekend Virtual Back (VB) or the Weekday News and Notes, or any of our shorter email memos, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Michelle Clarke, at michelle.clarke@st-gabrielschool.org. All items must be approved by the principal and follow our policies. Thank you!!

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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