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St. Gabriel School ............. January 24, 2016

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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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Scripture: Nehemiah 8:10

“Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”

Weekly Reflection:

Sometimes our initial impression is that having to include time for Mass on a Sunday is rather inconvenient. But if you make the effort, you realize that this is what gives a proper focus to your free time.

Do not be deterred from taking part in Sunday Mass, and help others discover it too. This is because the Eucharist releases the joy that we need so much, and we must learn to grasp it ever more deeply; we must learn to love it. Let us pledge ourselves to do this--it is worth the effort!

Pope Benedict XVI, (Coming Together in Joy), Living With Christ, The Word of God, Daily Prayer, & the Bread of Life, January 2016.

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Dear Parents,

Grand Opening of Grizzly Learning Den, St. Gabriel School new media center, and Learning Center, St. Gabriel auxiliary modular unit.

At next Sunday's Open House we cordially invite you to participate in a special blessing ceremony for the grand opening of our new school Grizzly Learning Den, and our new auxiliary Learning Center modular unit.

We are so excited, grateful, and proud to have this great new media center, constructed and equipped to enhance our students' learning and growth through tech and text media, research, hands on activities in our Maker Space, a collaborative environment, and more for all students in all subject areas.

We are also excited to have our new state of the art modular unit, constructed and equipped for our auxiliary staff to aid in enhancing learning and growth through services of intervention, differentiation, and support that will aid students to stretch in reaching their potential across all levels and skills of of learning!

Grand Opening of St. Gabriel School Twitter.

Yes, you are reading that correctly! We are excited to announce that starting today, Sunday, January 24, we are launching our St. Gabriel School Twitter account.

Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Throughout this year ...

St. Gabriel School Scholastic BOOK FAIR -- The best ever still in progress!

Students still visiting the huge selection of books, reading materials, and other engaging learning and fun kits!

If you haven't had a chance, parents are still invited also to come see the wide range of items available!

The annual St. Gabriel School Book Fair is open 2 more days!

  • Monday, Jan 25, before, during, and after school
  • Tuesday, Jan 26, during the school day for last minute return visits!
  • Entire Scholastic books and items and cases will be packed up Tuesday for Scholastic pickup Wednesday morning.
  • Check out the link below for more information, or contact Mrs. Trem with any questions aterin.trem@st-gabrielschool.org.

Scholastic Book Fair information link

Catholic Schools Week January 31-February 5, 2016

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January 31, 11:30 Mass, followed by Open House. How will we celebrate?

We are gearing up for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week! We will start the week on Sunday, with 11:30 Mass, followed by an exciting and rich afternoon school Open House!

Our plans include:

  • Mass at 11:30 in Church -- come worship and celebrate with our community and the children!
  • Classrooms will have wonderful work on display by YOUR amazing children--come over after Mass to continue the celebration!
  • Blessing, Ribbon Cutting ceremony about 1:15pm for the grand opening of our new St. Gabriel School Grizzly Learning Den media center, and our new St. Gabriel Auxiliary Learning Center modular unit!
  • Tour new Grizzly Learning Den media center, and walk over to tour our new Learning Center modular unit!
  • Performances by Band and Drama Club (Gr 4 & 5)
  • Art Show by Mrs. Chalhoub -- view the amazing talents of our students!
  • Display of Catholic Schools Week Contest Winners--view the beautiful images and writings of our students
  • View and read the profound and heart touching gratitude essays of our outgoing 8th graders
  • All St. Gabriel clubs and organizations on display--see all in one place all the ways our students engage in enriching extra-curricular activities.
  • Great opportunity to meet next year's teachers to preview what your child's next step in their Catholic education will look like.
  • Refreshments in the MPR -- join in fellowship with friends and members of our school and parish community
  • If you know someone interested in St. Gabriel, invite them to the Open House! There will be a new family welcome center offering tours by our student ambassadors.

As you probably know, Pope Francis has declared this year as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which we are using as our theme for Catholic Schools Week. Students are already reflecting on what this means in their families, school, and world. Join us as we give thanks to God for our St. Gabriel Community and especially you--our families!

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Open House Cookie Donation

Open House – Sunday, January 31st from 1-3 in the Multipurpose Room

We are again this year asking each family to bake/donate 2 dozen cookies (no nuts please!). After touring your children’s classrooms, come see their beautiful artwork displayed in the hallways and the Multipurpose room. We will have a cookie and punch reception in the Multi-purpose Room for all families. Donated baked goods can be dropped off beginning Thursday, January 28th in the school office. If questions, please contact Paula Haumesser at phaumesser@st-gabriel.org. Thanks and see you at the Open House!

Reminder--Enrollment for Grades K-8


Please return your 2016.17 enrollment forms to the School Office by March 1st. If you have NOT received your packet please contact the School Office.

Additionally 2016-17 PSAS forms are now available on-line on the school website

Please direct any questions to the School Office.

Thank you!

REMINDER - January 25th ROUNDUP Kindergarten Enrollment for Learning Loft

  • There is an important new one-stop Kindergarten "ROUNDUP" Process for Kindergarten enrollment to facilitate a simplified "one-stop Roundup" process for children in the Learning Loft pre-school and Learning Loft pre-K families.

  • Just bring all your Kindergarten registration materials to the Loft Great Room ROUNDUP

  • Monday January 25, between 11:00am--12:00noon - see flyer below!
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Reminder--Junior Kindergarten enrollment

  • The one-stop "jR kindergarten ROUNDUP" will be at the School Office,

  • February 8, from 5:00--7:00pm.

  • For all pre-school families

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Chess Club Registration Openings still available

Final Chess Club Winter Registration forms due January 25.

We are happy to announce the next session of the St. Gabriel School Chess Club! For the winter/spring session. We will be meeting in the new Grizzly Learning Den.

  • Started last Wednesday, January 20.
  • 2:30--4:00pm
  • 8 more Wednesdays through April 6.
  • In the new Grizzly Learning Den

Please complete the registration form below, and return it to the Office with fee

Registration Form

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January 25, 2016 - January 29, 2016

January 25
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Learning Loft Families Kindergarten enrollment RoundUP at Learning Loft
  • ALL School Spelling Bee
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Daisy Mtg. (McGinnis) Mtg Room 1 (Church) 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Drama Club (Treasure Island) 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Play Practice (Cinderella) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Power of the Pen 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

January 26

  • Report Cards go home
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Gr. 8 Science Fair Open House
  • 7:00 pm - Gr. 6 Called to Protect Parent meeting
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • K - 1st Grade Children's Liturgy of the Word 8:05 am
  • Brownie Mtg. (Wiertel) Church Basement 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Grade 8 Science Fair Open House (MPR) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

January 27

  • 8:05 am Gr. 2-8 Mass in the Church
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Drama Club (Gr. 4 & 5) Geauga Theater Dress Rehearsal at Geauga Theater 4:00 pm
  • Drama Club (Treasure Island) SHOW - 7:00 pm
  • Called to Protect Parent Mtg. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

January 28

  • PTU Skating Event- United Skates in Wickliffe 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Debate Club 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Grizzly Academy 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Play Practice 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Looking Ahead ...

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

Parish Mass, Open House, Career Day, Student Appreciation Day, Performing Arts and Catholic Identity Day, Staff Appreciation Day, All School Spirit Day

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

  • Come over to Open House after 11:30 Mass
  • Blessing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Grizzly Learning Den Media Center
  • "Paws-itive" features of St. Gabriel School displays
  • School Programs and Classroom work displays
  • Catholic Schools Week Student Contest Winners displays
  • Band and Play performances
  • Refreshments and Community Fellowship

February 1 -- All School Career Day

February 2 -- Student Appreciation Day

  • Donuts treat for all classes in am
  • Student Dress Down Day Theme "Crazy socks"

February 3 -- Arts Day II

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • "STEAM" Arts assemblies

February 4 -- Staff Appreciation day

February 5 -- All School Spirit Day

  • Dress Down for entire school in school colors
  • Student Faculty Basket Ball game and other gym activities

February 6

  • Power of the Pen District Competition
  • St. Gabriel Youth "Souper Bowl" project

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
  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open Enrollment "ROUNDUP"

February 10 -- Ash Wednesday

  • 8:05am -- All School & Parish Mass

February 12 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

February 13 -- Grade 2 First Reconciliation

  • 10:00am First Session
  • 12:00pm Second Session

February 15--Presidents Day


February 17

  • 8:05am All School Mass

February 18

  • Regional Spelling B at Auburn Career Center

February 19 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

February 21

  • Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 8th Grade Class Trip
  • School MPR
  • 7:30am--2:00pm

February 24

  • 8:05am All School Mass

February 26 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

February 27 -- Learning Loft Reverse Raffle Fundraiser

March 2

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 4 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 9

  • 8:05am All School Mas

March 11 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 12 -- St. Gabriel BOK Food Fast

March 16

  • 8:05am All School Mass

March 18 -- St. Gabriel Community Fish Fry

March 23

  • 8:05am All School Mass
  • 1:15pm Living Stations

March 24--April 1 -- Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 4 -- Classes Resume

April 6

  • 8:05am All School Mass

April 9 -- District Power of the Pen Regional Competition

April 13

  • 8:05am All School Mass

Aprl 14 -- PTU Spring Fling, Moms Night Out

  • Location off campus, TBA
  • Vendor items

April 15 and 16

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 7:00pm
  • Pahler Center

April 17

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 3:00pm
  • Pahler Center

May 2 & 3

  • Kindergarten Screening

May 9

  • May Crowning, church

May 16

  • 7:00pm Grades 4-5 Music Program

May 26

  • 6:30-8:00pm Young Authors Young Artists Night

April 16

  • Gr 2 First Eucharist Retreat
  • 9:00am

April 17

  • Performing Arts Group "Cinderella"
  • 3:00pm
  • Pahler Center

May 2 & 3

Kindergarten Screening

May 9

May Crowning

May 16

7:00pm Grades 4-5 Music Program

May 26

Young Authors, Young Artists Night


Career Day - Monday, February 1, 2016 - A few open spots left!

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, with presentations in the morning.

If you are a parent, or a St. Gabriel Alumni, or have a family member or friend who has a career that you are passionate about, and you would like to offer your knowledge and experience with it as a worthy, fruitful, and fulfilling choice of career or study for our young people, we invite you to join us on our Career Day!

Or, or if you have a family member or friend you know who would like to share their career and the passion and expertise they have for it, please let us know by signing up on the link below.

Click HERE to register

Donation Needed

We are in need of 1 pound (empty) spaghetti boxes for a 6th grade project. Please send to the school office. Thank you!


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Gr 8 Science Fair - January 26, 2016

  • The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) states that scientific inquiry reflects how scientists come to understand the natural world, and it is at the heart of how students learn. From a very early age, children interact with their environment, ask questions, investigate, hypothesize, and seek ways to answer those questions. Understanding science content is significantly enhanced when ideas are anchored to inquiry experiences.

  • In our Jr Hi Science classes, Mrs. Stephanie Loncar guides students in learning and frequently applying this important skill of scientific inquiry, and often uses problem based and project based learning instruction methods. For the past couple months she has been guiding 8th grade students in improving their skills of scientific inquiry, and in producing unique scientific experiments and research in the rigorous preparation and development of their Science Fair projects.

  • The St. Gabriel Science Fair is fast approaching as 8th grade students put final touches on their projects. On Tuesday, January 26, students will set up their displays in the MPR. ​This year we are welcoming Honors Chemistry students from Lake Catholic to judge our projects! Judging will take place during the school day, allowing students the opportunity to defend their research during judging!

  • Tuesday evening our Science Fair Open House, from 6:00-7:00pm in the MPR will provide the opportunity for students and families to come celebrate all projects and recognize the winning projects! A selection of our winning projects will be invited to enter their project into the prestigious Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF), March 14-17th, at Cleveland State University.

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The St. Gabriel Builders of the Kingdom youth ministry program will host its 9th annual youth-run hunger awareness event known as the Souper Bowl. The Souper Bowl is a unique service project run by sixth through twelfth grade students. The goal of the Souper Bowl is to give the youth of our parish the opportunity to participate in a service project and fundraiser that helps an important social issue: local hunger. The students serve a meal of soup, salad and bread to the community while increasing awareness of local hunger.

The St. Gabriel Food Pantry, an agency of the Cleveland Food Bank, has been in service for 37 years. Last year it served over 23,000 people in the Lake County area. The Food Pantry personnel provide educational presentations to the students in preparation for the Souper Bowl to help increase students’ awareness and understanding that hunger exists in their own communities. The Food Pantry relies on the generosity of the community and events like these to support their efforts in this worthwhile cause.

Please invite your family and friends to attend this valuable community event, share a meal and fellowship while working towards a common goal—to alleviate hunger in our community. Entertainment provided by the St. Gabriel Jazz Band and High School students. Students grades 6-12 interested in volunteering, please contact Paula Haumesser at 440-354-7551 or Phaumesser@st-gabriel.org or Mary vonCarlowitz at Mvoncarlowitz@st-gabriel.org.

~ Adults $10 Children (6-10) $5 Children 5 and under—Free ~

Pre sale tickets available in the Gathering Area and Parish Office beginning weekend of January 23rd or at the door Feb 6th

Souper Bowl Ticket Form

Snow Day reminders


  1. Students are expected to do work that was already assigned or regularly expected for the day that became a snow day(s). if a quiz or test was scheduled, it will be taken on the first day back after the snow day(s).
  2. No new instruction or new work or new assignments will be given. As with homework normally, if students have questions or problems, they can ask the teachers when they get back to school.
  3. Teachers will post on their web pages by noon on each snow day, any news, information, instructions or changes students and/or parents need to know about classwork, homework, or other assignments or events. Students and parents must check teacher web pages each snow day.
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Please make special places in your hearts and prayers for all persons in our St. Gabriel Community:

For the Gromack family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of Mrs. Gromack's brother, uncle to students Ava and Gianna.

For Mrs. Rita Citraro, for prayers of comfort in the loss of her father George.

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

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

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

For Ava and Gianna Gromack and their family, for prayers of comfort in the loss of their Uncle

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

For Mrs. Mann and her children, for prayers of comfort in the loss of Mrs. Mann's mother and the children's grandmother.

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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