Monthly Archives: January 2020

JK Registrations

We are excited to receive many calls for JK Registrations for Sept. 2020. If your child is attending JK in Sept. (born in 2016) and are within the school boundaries, please call Mrs. Keais to arrange a time to come in to complete the registration. We look forward to welcoming you to St. Gabriel’s.



Bell Let’s Talk

Don’t forget – tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day!   This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.  What can you take time to do tomorrow that will help boost someone who is in your school or community?  Is there something that has been really meaningful that someone else has done for you? Tweet it!  We want to celebrate the things that can make a difference in the lives of others.


Has your classroom been planning something for Bell Let’s Talk Day? Be sure to tweet it out to  and @WCDSBWellness.  For every correctly addressed tweet (# not @, follow the capitalizations/spaces/no apostrophe, be sure it’s the one with the emoji as shown above), Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.  There will be a small prize for the tweet @WCDSBWellness that best captures the spirit of our theme. If I haven’t “liked” your tweet to me you can DM me, as sometimes the notifications don’t make it through.


Looking for a few extra ideas that you can add into your school’s Bell Let’s Talk initiatives? Check out , and take a look at .


Thank you for your commitment to building positive mental health in the WCDSB community!


WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.


Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

Ministry of Health

Office of Chief Medical of Health

Public Health

393 University Ave 21st Floor

Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M2

Tel: 416 212-3831

Fax: 416 325-8412

January 27, 2020
Dear school community members: Re: Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) As you will likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Today, January 27, 2020, Ontario has confirmed that the wife of the first case has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory.
The health and well-being of Ontarians, including and especially our students and school staff, is Ontario’s top priority. Students, parents and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff.
These presumptive confirmed cases were not unexpected and the health system’s response has ensured that the risk to the general public from these cases has been minimized. The first patient was promptly identified prior to transport to the local hospital, health care workers wore appropriate personal protective equipment, and the patient was immediately placed in isolation, where they have remained. The second case has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto. These presumptive positive cases do not change the overall risk to Ontario, which is still considered low.
While this issue continues to emerge, we anticipate in the coming weeks that there may be additional cases identified in Ontario, other parts of Canada, and other countries who have individuals with travel history to the impacted area or other significant epidemiological links.
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and include a range of illnesses from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can cause mild, moderate or severe respiratory illness in some people. Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, cough and difficulty breathing and studies are underway to try and understand this virus better. As of today, cases of this new disease have been identified in other areas of China, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and in the United States, among others. We continue to monitor this situation closely along with our local and federal public health colleagues. The 2019-nCoV virus has been identified at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. The precautions to protect yourself against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV.
Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which include:
• get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only);
• wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
• if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and
• if you or your family members are ill, stay home.
Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected area and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as cough and fever should report their travel history to any health professional, or emergency department staff, when they visit. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, recently expanded monitoring protocols by making this novel coronavirus reportable to public health by a health professional so that if potential cases are identified in your area, the relevant local public health unit can quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection.. Information has also been provided to hospitals to increase their screening processes for individuals who present with signs and symptoms of this new virus and have travelled to Wuhan, China. This will help ensure cases are identified promptly and actions taken to prevent its spread.
More Information can be found on the following websites:
Ontario Ministry of Health:
Find your Local Public Health Unit:
Public Health Agency of Canada:
Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory:
Dr. David Williams
Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health


Partnership with SNA

We are very fortunate to have a partnership with SNA. A special thank you is extended to Lori for her work with our Girls Group on Tuesday’s during lunch. For the past eight weeks, our grade 3 girls had the opportunity to work with Lori,  and beginning in February, our grade 4 girls are welcome to attend with parent permission. Information has been sent home regarding the program with SNA.

We also thank CJ for his leadership with grade 1 and 2 intramurals on Tuesday’s at lunch. We have a lot of excitement and student engagement in the gym with cooperative games. Thank you Xavier for lending a helping hand as well.

We are truly blessed by this partnership – thank you Lori for working with us to make this happen at St. Gabriel’s. Together we make a difference.


Report Cards, Feb. 13

First Term Report Cards will be distributed on Feb. 13th.

Earlier this month, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards

You will notice that the report card your child will bring home on Feb. 13 will reflect these directives.

Along with your child, please review the report card marks and discuss how they might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses for Term 2. If there are questions regarding the February Report Card, please don’t hesitate to contact the teacher.


Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25

Tuesday, Feb. 25th is Shrove Tuesday. School Council will provide pancakes to our school community. If you wish to volunteer with the making of pancakes and serving them on this day, please let the office know. Your contact info will be forwarded to Mark.


Thank You

Thank you to our coaches: Mrs. Wade and Madame Belanger for coaching girls volleyball and Ms. Sammut and Mr. Lacasse for coaching boys basketball. Thank you to our parent drivers as well as our students for their school spirit.


Confirmation, Jan. 29

On Jan. 29 many of our Grade 7 students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary’s of the Visitation Parish at 7:00 pm. Special thank you to Mrs. Esmaili for her leadership in preparing our students for this special and sacred evening.