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St. Gabriel E-Waste Collection Extended

Dear Families,

Great news!! Our GREENTEC recycling bin in our Guelph Street parking lot will be here for an additional week! Please remember to bring your old electronics, batteries, phones, cords, etc. for recycling. You can bring them today (9 AM to 3 PM), tomorrow (9 AM to 11 AM) and all week next week (Monday, April 23rd to Friday, April 27th from 9 AM to 3 PM). Thank you for helping us keep God’s Earth clean!


Lockdown Practice

Today we had our First Lockdown practice, as mentioned in the April Newsletter.  The students did an awesome job.  We will continue to practice this procedure.


April Newsletter

    St. Gabriel Newsletter April 2018


From the Principal’s Desk-

 St. Gabriel School Community,

As a community we continue to show our support and pray for those affected by the ‘Humboldt Saskatchewan Broncos’ tragedy! We honoured the victims with jersey/ green days last week. We also continue to display hockey sticks at the front of the school!

Here are just a few updates and reminders:

Earth Week

-April 16th to 20th our EnviroKids Team has organized and planned a variety of activities. More information about the disposal of electronics bin in the parking lot was sent on Newswire.

-Saturday April 21st will be our Catholic School Council / SNA community garbage pick-up.

-Sunday April 22nd is official Earth Day!!


-We will be formally practicing ‘Lockdowns’ in the school.

-As the weather gets a little nicer we will continue with 3 scheduled Fire Drills.

-We will continue to review and reinforce our Yard Behavior Rules and Safe Play Zones!

Catholic Education Week:

-May 6th to 11th we will celebrate the unique identity and distinct contributions of Catholic Education. This year’s week is entitled “Catholic Education: Renewing the Promise”.

Healthy Schools Initiatives:

-April 25th will be the We Walk for Water campaign and the Region’s Community Walk to School Day!

 Upcoming testing dates:

-April 23-27 is Grade 4 CCAT testing

-April 30-May 6 is Grade 7 CAT-4 testing

-May 22-June 4 is Grade 3 (Primary) and Grade 6 (Junior) EQAO testing


Our Monday, April 16th meeting was cancelled due to the Spring weather.

When rescheduled, minutes will be posted on our school website.

THANK YOU to all parent volunteers!


I trust you are having a great “after-Easter” time. Easter was a great time of blessing for us as a parish family. It was wonderful to see so many of you. I was very proud of our children and teens who participate in so many activities during our Holy Week – from our Good Friday Children’s Service, to ushering on Easter Sunday, to our very powerful Good Friday Passion Play – wow! I am also so proud of the children in our Children’s Ministry and in our Kids Klub. Their fundraising for the less fortunate during Lent was wonderful. So too was all your assistance to our St Vincent de Paul Society. It was great to see so much activity and the signs of life around our community.

For many of us, it seems that life is getting faster and faster all the time.  I guess during times like these – busy times that is – we can give in to everything and accomplish nothing – except exhaustion – or we can pick and choose those things that matter, and do them well. How blessed we are to be people of faith!

Our faith helps us to put into perspective, and gives us a sense of priority, to what is important and what really matters. It comes down to a relationship. Are we focusing our lives on our relationship with the Lord? Is He first? Is His day central? Is worshipping God as a family a priority. It is amazing that when we put God first, the rest seems to find not only room to get done, but it gets down with a greater sense of peace. If you don’t believe me – try it for 30 days – put God first into your day, your week, your Sunday – and watch the change – it will be more powerful than the signs of spring after a long winter.

Please know that at St Mary’s there is something for everyone. I truly pray for you each day, and look forward to helping you find your place at St Mary’s.

Together in the Lord’s Service

Father F. Freitas


 Catholic Virtues

Each month we have a Recognition Assembly to celebrate the Virtue of the Month. Each class will also present the next month’s virtue, so classes can refer to it on a regular basis. At our assembly individual students from each class are recognized for modelling the characteristics of:

April: Justice—Friday April 6th, at 2:30 p.m.

May: Compassion—Friday May 11th, at 2:30 p.m.

June: Faithfulness—Monday June 4th, at 2:30 p.m.



St. Gabriel Weekly Updates

Here are our Updates for this week.

  • 1st Communion retreat – Saturday, April 21 @ St. Mary of the Visitation
  • St. Gabriel E-Waste Collection









  • Pitch in and Clean Up flyer – Saturday , April 21. This will be weather dependant.  Please watch for updates.  Please consider volunteering. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time.
    9:30 to 10:45 – need 3 volunteers
    10:45 to noon- need 3 volunteers
    These volunteers will be posted along the corner of Guelph Avenue and Guelph Avenue to ensure safety.
  • A Walk in their Sneakers Event – Wednesday, April 25.

WCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan Survey

The WCDSB Multi Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) 2015-2018 was approved by the Board of Trustees in December, 2015.

We are currently in the process of gathering input to assist with an updated evaluation of the current MYSP as well as to help lay the foundation for the creation of our new MYSP. We are inviting all staff, students, parents and community members to complete the MYSP Survey (one per family). Your input is important, valued and appreciated.

Please consider the survey from the perspective from the role that you have identified for yourself in the first question (some questions may not apply to every individual). In some cases, questions may not seem applicable to you based on your role or experience. In those cases, please select “Does not apply/Don’t know”.

You are free to complete the survey another time if you wish to answer from the perspective of another role (for example, you are both a staff member AND a parent of a WCDSB student).

Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses are anonymous. None of the responses will be connected to identifying information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the collection of this information, please contact the Board’s Research Coordinator at

Click here to complete the survey


Tomorrow is St. Gabriel Wings Wednesday.  Please wear your jersey or green tomorrow and again on Thursday.

Message from Director of Education, Loretta Notten…

 As many of you are already aware, Canadians from coast, to coast to coast will join together on Thursday, April 12th for a special “Jersey Day” to honour the victims of last Friday’s tragedy involving the Humboldt Saskatchewan Broncos hockey team.









We have flown our flags at half-mast yesterday and today as a sign of solidarity with the victims and their families. We now invite all students and staff to offer a further sign of support by wearing a sports jersey to school (or to your board admin facility) on Thursday. We further encourage you to share your photos on social media so that all affected by the tragedy will know the entire WCDSB community is thinking of them, and praying for them. You may wish to include the hashtags #humboldtstrong and #humboldtbroncos.









St. Gabriel Weekly Updates

Here are our Updates for this week.

As a sign of respect and support for the community of Humboldt Saskatchewan we have our flag at half mast.  We also ask everyone wear a sports jersey or green on Wednesday, April 11th, to show support and respect for Humboldt.

Just a reminder that Friday, April 13th is a P.D. Day – No School for students.


St. Gabriel Wednesday Updates

Here are this week’s updates:

Saturday, April 7th – SNA Summer CAMP 2018 Registration – 9:30 am – 12 pm
Friday, April 13th – PD Day – No School
Saturday, April 14th – Confirmation Retreat @ Camp Brebeuf
Tuesday, April 16th – School Council Meeting
Saturday, April 21st – First Communion Retreat @ St. Mary of the Visitation
Saturday, April 21st – St. Gabriel & Silverheights Neighbourhood Association – Pitch in and Clean Up Morning – 9:30 am – 12 pm


St. Gabriel Weekly Updates

Here are our Updates for this week.

  • Holy Thursday – Stations of the Cross, 1 pm in the Gym.
  • Good Friday – No School
  • Easter Monday – No School
  • P.D. Day -Friday, April 13th

Have a Happy Easter!