Monthly Archives: September 2019

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.


Congratulations Junior Soccer Team

Congratulations to our St. Gabriel Junior Soccer Team! The team was undefeated and finished 1st in their pool and went on to win the Championship Game. Our players are commended for their great sportsmanship they showed on and off the field. Thank you Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Paleczny for your leadership as the coaches of this incredible team. Way to go Wings! Thank you to our parent drivers for being part of our day.


Parking Lot: School Enforced Subsequent to By Law 62

For student/staff safety, our back parking lot is for staff, our 3 school buses, our 2 mini school transportation vans, and taxis only. A map of parking in the neighborhood can be found on our school website ( It really does take a village to raise a child. Please make a commitment to be part of the solution and not the problem. This will be enforced subsequent to By Law 62.

In a Toronto school, last  year, there was a tragic student death of a 5 year old as a result of a car pinning the student and father against another vehicle. We are not sheltered or exempted from such a potential tragedy, and are appreciative and thankful to those who have embraced the value and benefits of walking their children to and from school; for those who have partnered with other parents and take turns walking children to and from school; for those that park vehicles in designated, safe areas and walk their children onto school property.

We witness unsafe practices of drivers who are in a hurry, parking in the school parking lot and turning around. There have been times where students/staff have been nearly hit by a vehicle due to their disregard for the safety of our students/staff walking/to from the school yard, as well as our 3 buses, school transportation mini van. We don’t want to be the next school in Ontario reporting a tragic death because of a child /staff member being hit by a vehicle.

We understand that some of our families need to drive their children to school as they are off to work. We encourage parents/guardians to drop off their children a safe distance from school along Baldwin Drive and allow them to walk the rest of the way to school. If they feel the need to park and walk their child to the school, please ensure that you are parked legally to avoid ticketing.



Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. We are collecting non perishable food items for our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Items can be dropped off in front of our Altar.


Bingo Volunteers

If there are parents/guardians who wish to volunteer for BINGO, please let the office know. Sonia Fonseca is our Bingo Lead to which your name will be forwarded to her. Thank you for considering.


Back of School Pylons

There are pylons at the entrance of the back parking lot due to a ‘near miss’ this morning involving a student and a vehicle. We cannot have parents/guardians coming in/out of the back parking lot. This has been communicated several times. For the safety of students walking to/from the school building upon entry/dismissal, there will be pylons. Your support of this decision is appreciated  – we do not want a student nor anyone, get hit by a vehicle.


Dance A-thon Kick Off Assembly

Mrs. Buskirk and Mr. Heinemann are excited to lead our school community in our Halloween Dance A-thon Kick Off Assembly on Oct. 7th at 2:45. Following the Assembly, information will be sent home regarding the Dance A-thon. Donations towards the fundraiser will be made via Cash on Line.

Our Halloween Dance A-thon will be held on Oct. 31st – looking forward to a thrilling Halloween as we raise funds for our school community.

Thank you Mrs. Buskirk and Mr. Heinemann!


International Students

We welcome 2 students from Mexico who will be joining our school community for 4 weeks beginning Sept. 30th. We look forward to making new friendships and learning and growing from one another. Mrs. Laverty and Miss Sammut are excited to have the students join their classes at St. Gab’s.


Opening School Mass, Oct. 2

Our Opening School Mass is on Oct. 2nd at 10:00 in our School Gym. Father Love will lead us in our Opening Mass to celebrate our 2019-2020 school year. Parents/Guardians are most welcome to join us in celebration.


School Council Membership

Thank you to the parents who attended our first Council Meeting. Our next one is scheduled for Oct. 21st at 6:30 in our Learning Commons/Library.

The following parents represent our School Council Membership for 2019-2020:

Chair: Mark Heinemann

Treasurer: Sonia Fonseca

Secretary: Amie Quinless

Communications: Saira Kilubi

We look forward to another school year, “Guiding our children’s wings to soar in faith and personal growth.”