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Saint Marie Among the Hurons Trip & Cancellation of Regional Track & Field Meet

June 13, 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you already know, our Regional Track and Field Meet was cancelled today due to the rain. The only rain date available is Friday June 14, which coincidentally is the day of our 5 ,7 and 8 trip to St. Marie Among the Hurons.

We have tried to make alternate arrangements for both the Regional Meet as well as St. Marie. Laurier Stadium is only booked for this week as the Public Board has booked it for next week. St. Marie is booked up and the date and buses can not be changed. Arrangements for the St. Marie trip started back in October. We were fortunate to get funding through the FMNI department at the school board to help with the cost of our buses. We want to honour their generosity as this is the third time that we have gone to St. Marie and they have helped cover the cost of the buses. As well, St. Marie is expecting us and has prepared programs to enhance our learning in History and Social Studies.

As a school team we realize that our decision affects a large number of students as 35 of our Regional athletes had committed to the trip. We have decided to honour our original commitment and go to St. Marie Among the Hurons. We understand the disappointment of not going to Regionals and look forward to enjoying our day tomorrow.  

Thank you for your understanding,

Carolle Belanger                   Ashley Barry     Lei Ann Wade                        RomaLee Sodaro


Donuts for Dad – Friday June 14th






All St. Gabriel fathers/guardians are invited to drop by the school on June 14th from 7:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. for a donut to celebrate Father’s Day. You are appreciated and valued. On behalf of St. Gabriel Staff,  we celebrate YOU!


Sun Safety

Did you know? The sun’s rays are strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Planning on enjoying the outdoors with your students? Whether it is outdoor breaks, sports activities, outdoor classes or events, it is important to plan for sun protection when the UV Index is three or higher.

Here are some ideas to help promote sun safety:

  • Notify students and parents ahead of time that you are planning on being outdoors and remind them of key sun protection steps including:
    • Wearing protective clothing to cover skin.
    • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
    • Applying a water-resistant, UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to uncovered skin.
    • Applying lip balm with SPF protection.
    • Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
  • Find a space with shade or bring your own.
  • Lead by example by taking steps to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Teach students about the importance of sun protection.

Learn more about Shade and Sun Protection.


Kindergarten First Rider Program

If your child is starting Kindergarten in September and is eligible for transportation, join Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) – click here on June 5, 2019.

The First Rider Program introduces new riders to the school bus and teaches them how to be a safe and responsible rider. Families will learn how to board, ride, and get off the bus safely and become familiar with transportation procedures for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students.

Register for this free event on the STSWR website – click here.