As we celebrate the month of May, may we give thanks to the mothers within our school community, and let us also remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who was totally receptive to the Word of God. She knew the great love of God, the one who watched over her and her son. May Mary continue to be an inspiration to us in our daily lives.

It is truly evident that St. Gabriel School is a proud place to be. The students are actively engaged in their learning, model the example of Jesus through their acts of service and kindness towards all others, and many learning opportunities are available to them under the leadership of our dedicated staff. We have many reasons to thank our loving God…St. Gabriel School Community is one of those many reasons.

Victoria Day Monday: Students are not at school on the Victoria Day Monday, May 20th.

PA Day: Friday, May 31st is our last PA Day for this school year. There will be no classes for students on this day.

Concussion Awareness: “A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s. It affects the way a person may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.” (Think First Canada Concussion Resource). Please see below some of the signs and symptoms of a concussion as referenced/adapted from OPHEA (Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, 2012). For more information, visit www.thinkfirst.ca and/or http://safety.ophea.net.

Signs Observed:

  • vomiting, slurred speech, slowed reaction time, poor coordination or balance, blank stare/glass-eyed, decreased play ability, loss of consciousness, difficulty concentrating, cannot remember things that happened before/after injury

Symptoms Reported:

  • headache, neck pain, feeling off/not right, ringing in ears, seeing double or blurry/loss of vision, pain at physical site of injury, nausea/stomach ache/pain, balance problems or dizziness, sensitivity to light or noise, having difficulty concentrating or remembering, feeling slowed down, drowsiness

A copy of the Symptoms/Sign form and Parent Handout is sent home to all students if there is a bump, blow or jolt to the head while at school.

Moving: If your family is expecting to move prior to the Fall, we ask that you kindly notify the 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 as we plan for the next school year.