It is hard to imagine that we are in the final month of our 2018-2019 school year. Time certainly has a way of passing quickly. A lot of learning and growing have taken place over the past 10 months. We have so much to be thankful for at St. Gabriel…our staff, students, parents/guardians, volunteers, bus drivers, crossing guard, parish team. We have been blessed by the sharing of so many special gifts of many talented people that exemplify “People of Faith.”

Thank you to our parents/guardians who attended our “Family Math Night” at the end of May. The feedback was positive regarding the opportunity to participate in hands on learning opportunities.

To all of our parent/guardian volunteers who so generously gave of their time to our school community, a heartfelt thanks. You made a positive difference in the lives of our students, our learning community. Your assistance whether it was in the classroom, on excursions, or to help with sports and special events, your positive contributions were appreciated. Thank you for all that you willingly did.

Sincere congratulations are extended to our Grade 8 Graduates, and best wishes as they continue their journey into High School, and grow to exemplify the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. The presentation of diplomas and awards will take place at the school on June 27th  at 7:00 p.m. in our gymnasium.

The last day of school for our St. Gabriel students and staff is on Friday, June 28th, and our dismissal time is at the regular time, 3:40 p.m. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:10 a.m., to which we will gather into the school gym at the entry bell.

May you enjoy a peace filled, relaxing summer. It has been a sincere pleasure to work with you and your children. Continue to let your light shine bright.

Report Cards: June report cards will be distributed on Tuesday, June 25th. Kindly return the tear off page of the report card on/before Thursday, June 27th. Your prompt attention would be greatly appreciated, as this page is required to be placed in the OSR. Students who are not at school to receive report cards, theirs will be mailed to the home.

Moving: If  your family is expecting to move prior to September, we ask that you kindly notify our school office as soon as possible. Families moving in and out of our community over the next few months can influence class organization. This information will be especially helpful in planning for the next school year.

Lost and Found Items: When in the school, please take a moment to visit our “Lost and Found” as we continue to have many items that have not yet been claimed.

Photographs and Digital Memories: Parents/guardians are asked to be mindful when taking photos and/or videos of their children during school related events (i.e. assemblies, sports). As we are part of the digital age, we ask that photos and/or video clips not be posted on the internet (You Tube, Instagram) out of respect and privacy of other families within our school community.

Summer Math Activities: While at home, in the vehicle or out and about, ask your child what he/she wonders about that is specific to that experience. Model curiosity and involve him/her in math wonderings. For example, while cooking at home you may model a “wonder” by saying, “I wonder how long it will take us to prepare this meal.” Explore possible answers together and ask your child about his/her “wonders” that involve math. Go deeper with the conversation by asking questions throughout the exploration. Questions like, “What do you mean by that?” or “How did you come to that conclusion?” or “What if…?” will prompt further explanations of his/her thinking.

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hope in every learner to achieve their full potential to transform God’s world.