Staffing Update

We welcome Miss Bartlett to our St. Gabriel School Community who officially begins with on June 1st. Mrs. Esmaili’s last day is May 29th. We wish Mrs. Esmaili all the very best during her maternity leave and look forward to hearing about the little one. Miss Bartlett is excited to work with our Grade 6/7 students in June via Distance Learning.


Special Message from the Minister of Education


Special Message from the Minister of Education

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that schools will remain closed under emergency order until September, 2020 (Announcement).

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday, the Minister of Education released this SPECIAL MESSAGE to parents.

As we move forward, please remember that on our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WCDSBLearn@Home, where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to visit our WCDSBPray@Home webpage, as well as our FAQ page.  You can also follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.

May 20th, 2020

May News

We received the announcement from Education Minister Stephen Lecce that schools remain closed until the Fall. It is hard to believe we have not been together as a school community since March 13th.

Staff meet weekly to review Ministry and Board expectations, and in our conversations, we miss our school community. We miss  you, “Wings“. We await information/direction regarding Graduation, the content of student desks, and the distribution of the June Report Card. As information/direction is provided, it will be shared with our St. Gab’s Community. Similarly, we await direction in terms of what our 2020-2021 school year will look like. We appreciate your patience and support during this very different time.

Our Early Years Team will put together a Power point Presentation for our next year’s JK registrations to be uploaded for viewing on our School Website in June.

If you are planning to move out of the St. Gabriel area or considering a move, please inform the school if you have not already done so as enrollment numbers affect class configurations and staffing. The form was uploaded onto Cash on Line in April.

A big shout out to our parents/guardians for your ongoing support as well as to our incredible St. Gab’s students for their perseverance as they work through Distance Learning. To our dedicated committed staff, thank you for all you are doing for our students and families. I truly believe we have a dynamic school community because of ALL of YOU.

A special thank you to Karen Kovats for her work and hours spent in putting together our Yearbook for 2019-2020. Yearbooks are for purchase through School Cash on Line.

Be well as we continue Distance Learning until the end of this school year. Together we can do this.

“Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.” Ashleigh Brilliant








Year Book Submission #3 – Theme of Hope and Thanks

Hi St. Gabriel Parents and Guardians!. I hope that everyone is still safe and healthy. I was totally blown away by your response to the “First Day” theme.  It was so nice to see all their happy, smiling faces. I’m praying for a joyful start to September this year as well.  This is going to be my last call for submissions for the Yearbook.  We are quickly coming to the end of the school year, and I want to make sure I have everything collected before June. So our deadline for this theme and any of the others if you’d still like to submit something will be May 31st. This LAST theme is based around Hope and Thanks.  I myself find art to be therapeutic and writing can be as well.  Have your kids been drawing or writing while they’ve been away from their classmates and school community? Feel free to send a photo of your child’s artwork.  It could be a picture on paper, or a sidewalk chalk message.  Maybe they’ve painted your front window, or created something on their computer.  Art comes in many forms, so let them be as creative as they’d like. 


I’d also like to offer the chance for them to say “Thank You” or “Miss You” to their friends/classmates/teachers that they might not have had the chance to in person.  If they’d like to write a message, please have them keep it to a maximum of 3 sentences so you can get a great photograph of it (and I can make sure it’s visible in the Yearbook).  If some of the photos are hard to read, I may put the text in myself (so make sure I know their name and class please).


Reminder:  If you do send a photo, please send ONLY ONE for each of the themes/weeks that I ask.  There are a lot of families in our school and I am organizing this on my laptop from home.  I will be doing my best to include at least one photo from each family that submits them.  You may submit for multiple themes, but they might not all make it into the book. I also want to remind you that this is totally optional; do not feel like you have to participate if you are uncomfortable with sharing photos from home.  Your child will still be included in their class photos, so don’t worry that they won’t see themselves in the pages of the Yearbook.


You can send your ONE photo to: If you’d like to include their name(s)/grade/teacher or none of those things, feel free. Thanks again for your continued support (and don’t forget to go to School Cash Online to order your copy of the Yearbook).  Karen 


School Closure Update

School Closure Announcement

Learn at Home MainPage
The Government of Ontario has announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this current school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please visit for all the most
up-to-date information.
The official government announcement is available here:

Mr. Burton’s Grade 3 Storybook

The Grade 3 students in Mr. Burton’s class have been hard at work writing their own creative narratives during distance learning. They are very proud of their writing and wanted to share their stories with you as some extra reading material during our time at home. We hope these narratives inspire you to try writing a story of your own!

please click here – Mr. Burton’s Grade 3 Storybook


Virtual Workshop for Grades 7-12, May 27

Get ready to explore new career pathways with the Build a Dream “From Home” Edition on Wed. May 27th at 5:00 pm. For girls in grades 7-12, and their parents/guardians, to learn more about skilled trades, science, technology, engineering, math, emergency services and entrepreneurship.

A Virtual Workshop on Wed. May 27.

Register at: