Weekday . . . News and Notes

St. Gabriel School ............February 4, 2016

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  • Frequent Grizzly Links

From the Office / School

  • Twitter - NEW
  • Catholic Schools Week - ALL School Spirit Day - NEW
  • Teacher Appreciation Day - NEW
  • 8th Grade pancake breakfast
  • Power of the Pen - NEW
  • Grizzly Gear Order Deadlines
  • Enrollment
  • Catholic Schools Week Thank you! - NEW
  • Scholarship Opportunity
  • Full Day Jr. K
  • Blog Information
  • Girl Scout Service Project - Help Needed ! - NEW


  • Birthday Book Club
  • Roller Skating
  • Grizzly Magnets
  • Win One FREE Year Tuition

From the Learning Loft

  • Reverse Raffle

From the Parish

  • BOK Souper Bowl - NEW
  • Five Guys Fundraiser - NEW
  • Congratulations ! - NEW
  • Track Registration - NEW
  • CYO Winter Suvery - NEW
  • Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
  • Fish Fry
  • VBS
  • Night Prayer
  • Electronic Giving

  • Submitting School News, Memos and Information


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Final day, Friday, February 5, All School Spirit Day!

Spirit Dress Down Day Friday - NEW

Because of the morning of gym activities, sweatpants are allowed tomorrow, Friday, February 5.

HOWEVER NO yoga pants or stretch pants or leggings.

Prayer Intention

For comfort and healing for the Keith Koenig and Bill Koenig families with the loss of their grandparent/great grandparent.

Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy & Social Teaching

Parents, today and tomorrow your children will be bringing home special small posters of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching,

  • Please have your children hang or place them in a special place in their rooms or other special place in your home.
  • In response to Pope Francis' call, St. Gabriel will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy in a special way through understanding and living these works of mercy and themes of social teaching.
  • Pope Francis explains, "There is an important relationship between justice and mercy. Encase mercy with justice. There are not two contradictory realities, but two dimensions of a single reality that unfolds progressively until it culminates in the fullness of love."
  • It is the goal of St. Gabriel School to more deeply instill these virtues of compassin and equality throughout the school year, into next fall. Each month our school will be focusing on one or more Corporal and Spiritual worksof Mercy, and one of more of the Catholic Social Teachings.
  • Stay tuned for notices and messages sent home from the school and your children's classes.

Blog Information

Come and check out the new events that have happened in our school. Check out the Updated Grizzly Blog

8th Grade Pancake Breakfast

All proceeds go to support St. Gabriel’s 8th grade class trip

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Serving breakfast from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

St. Gabriel School Multi-Purpose Room

Adults: $7

Children (10 & under): $5

Serving pancakes, sausage, cinnamon apples and beverages.

Pancakes are all-you-can-eat!

PLUS! 50/50 Raffle, Chinese Auction, and Bake Sale

Can’t attend the breakfast? No problem! Stop by and pick up a cup of coffee and some bake sale items to go.

Tickets are available at the door and after masses starting January 30.

For more information, please contact Lisa Petersen at: lisampetersen21@gmail.com

Power of the Pen Best Wishes! - NEW

Good luck to the junior high Power of the Pen teams who will be competing at University School this weekend in the district level competition.

8th grade team members are Luke Petersen, Jackie Nguyen, Sarah Mancari, and Katrina Kresock.

7th grade team members are Gwen Mascha, Christa Tirabassi, Sophia Kroto, Sadie Judd, Alley Cooney and Katelyn Zitnik.

Good luck to all writers!

St. Gabriel School on Twitter!

St Gabriel School @stgabrielschoo1 (please note that the last l of school is the number 1)

Donna Lee Saladino @PrincipalStGabe

If you have any questions about our school Twitter accounts, or need help setting up one for yourself to be able to access and follow our Twitter accounts, contact Mrs. Joyce Gravagna, our school Technology Integration Coordinator: joyce.gravagna@st-gabrielschool.org

Grizzly Gear

Grizzly Gear

Deadline for ordering Feb. 10th. Order Form

Gym Uniforms and School Sweatshirts

Deadline for ordering Feb. 10th. Order Form

2016-2017 School Year Enrollment ----- ALL

Puxatony Phil saw his shadow and you know what that means... only 3 more weeks till the 2016.17 enrollment form/fees deadline of March 1st.

Please return your 2016.17 enrollment forms/fees 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!

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Roses are red

Jazz bands are snappy

Our parent and student volunteers

Sure make us all happy

Cookies and punch

And hospitality abounded

Our guests and our families

Were truly astounded

Thank you for sharing your children

And thank you for sharing your time

Thanks to all the prayers and hard work

It all made Catholic Schools Week Open House sublime!

Special thank you to all the dedicated parent volunteers who helped with many needs ranging from hanging art work, judging contests and managing student raffle. These varied needs were championed by Mrs. Rozman and her team including Mrs. Snyder, Mrs. Koenig.

To all our hospitality helpers who were expertly guided by Paula Haumesser and her team including Ginny Gaskill, Allison Capella, Izzy Glauser, Kate Heublein, Caden Layer, Nick and Megan Haumesser.

Thank you to the team of outstanding student ambassadors who greeted, toured and represented the school so well.

Thank you to the devoted Barb Schauer and her parent and student volunteer team who managed the used uniform and sweatshirt ordering tables in the Pahler Center.

Thank you to Fr Fred, Maureen Dowd for working together with Andrea Karpuszka and the play cast for leading us in song at Sunday's 11:30AM Mass providing us with such a wonderful way to start our day!

And to the countless parents who brought in cookies in record numbers this year!

Thank you to all.

Scholarship Opportunity

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Full Day Junior Kindergarten

Spaces are filling up fast. Please contact Alicia Henrikson at 440-354-7858 or AHenrikson@st-gabriel.org
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Girl Scout Service Project - Help Needed - NEW

Boxes of Hope

Service Unit 767 Service Project

Recipient: Project Hope for the Homeless

25 Freedom Rd Painesville Twp., OH 44077
Phone: (440) 354-6417
Fax: (440) 392-0114

Website: www.projecthopeonline.org

The “Boxes of Hope” full of donations are given to families that are leaving the shelter as support while they start over in their new residence.

The “Boxes of Hope” full of donations are given to families that are leaving the shelter as support while they start over in their new residence. This can be as grand or as small of a project as your girls would like to make it. Let them discuss and decide with your help! It is SO easy to make a positive difference in someone’s life! All we need to do is….

1. Have the girls wrap each box in plain paper (top and bottom separately so the box can be filled and then covered). Decorate as many boxes as the girls would like with messages of hope, love, and any other positive message or artwork that your girls would like to share (no names on the boxes please).

2. Collect donations from the wish list below and fill your decorated boxes.

3. Contact Project Hope and arrange a drop off time (if you would like to take your girls, they will receive a wonderful “THANK YOU” and a free tour of the shelter if you would like), OR

Donations most needed include (Informational Flyer):


Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday with the gift of reading. Your seven dollar commemorative donation will be used to purchase a variety of books for the Birthday Book Club.

During your child's birthday month, your child will have the opportunity to select a book from the Club books. He/She will be the first student to check out the book from the library. A nameplate with his/her birthday will be placed inside the front cover.

Summer Birthdays will be celebrated on the half-birthday. We will begin with September Birthdays. (Example: June Birthdays will be celebrated in December)

Fill out the form below and return it to the school office NO later than January 30, 2016, c/o Birthday Book Club, with a donation of $7.00 per child. Please make checks payable to St. Gabriel PTU. Questions? Please contact Paula Haumesser at PHaumesser@st-gabriel.org.

Birthday Book Club Form

Roller Skating

Roller Skating Nights are:

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm-$3.00/person at door

  • May 3

From 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$3.00 / per person at the door

United Skates in Wickliffe

Grizzly Magnets

Grizzly Magnets available for $6

Send payment to Grizzly Den c/o PTU, enclose your students name and homeroom for magnet deliver.


ALL proceeds go to the PTU to help fund the many projects that support our school!

Buy a $10 raffle ticket, participants may buy as many as they like

Buy from the PTU at school gatherings, meetings or go to: http://www.st-gabrielschool.org/ptucraft-boutique-info.html

DRAWING WILL BE AT WALK A THON ON MAY 20, 2015 (Rain date May 27)

* Includes tuition for one child at St. Gabriel School. Non-parishioner, instructional and other fees not included. *

Flyer and Raffle Tickets


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Souper Bowl

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Five Guys Fundraiser

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Congratulations ! - NEW

Coach Linnert's 6th grade boys basketball team were the champions of the St. Gabriel tournament this past weekend, by defeating St. Mary Chardon 27-23. The coaches could not be prouder of this great group of boys.

Congratulations to the entire team for a well-deserved first place."

Track Registration - NEW


Track registration is open now thru February 23rd.
Track is offered to boys and girls grades 3 thru 8.
Practices will begin in early March.
You can register by going to www.st-gabrielcyo.org and clicking on the registration tab.

We are also looking for some coaches this year to help out. If you have any interest or questions please contact Michael Pecjak at grizzlycyoad@gmail.com

CYO Survey - NEW

Winter Season CYO Sports Survey

We encourage you to take a few minutes to share your experience with us. The St Gabriel CYO staff and Athletic Advisory Board review your feedback as we evaluate and improve CYO. Please click on the link below to complete your winter season evaluation! Our goal is to receive 100 surveys! It will only take a couple of minutes to complete, so please share your opinion. Please remember the survey should be answered as it relates to OUR CYO program specifically. Game sites, other teams and game officials are not related to this.

The survey can be found by clicking here:St Gabriel End of Season Survey

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

St. Gabriel's CYO consists of many sports programs. These include:

Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball, Track, Cheer.

Watch for announcements for sign-ups, or check out the CYO Grizzly website:

CYO GRIZZLY WEBSITE: www.st-gabrielcyo.org

For more information contact: Mike Pecjak, CYO Athletic Director, at grizzlycyoad@gmail.com.

Fish Fry

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Announcing: Vacation Bible School 2016

Announcing: Vacation Bible School 2016

JUNE 20-24, 2016

Registration and Information can be found HERE

VBS - St. Gabriel Church


Adults interested in Volunteering Various positions available. Please complete the form

Night Prayer

You are invited to join in Night Prayer on Sundays from Advent to Easter, at 7:45-8:05pm in the Church. This is a short, twenty minute prayer of Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours combined with Eucharistic Adoration. It's a beautiful, inspiring service that will help you get in the right frame of mind for the coming week.
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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 and follow our policies. Thank you!!

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

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