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May Newsletter

St. Gabriel Newsletter May 2018

From the Principal’s Desk:

 St. Gabriel School Community,

This month we celebrate Catholic Education Week (May 6 to 11).

This year’s theme is “Renewing the Promise.”

 The theme for CEW 2018 draws upon previous documents on Ontario Catholic education, namely, “This Moment of Promise” (1989), “Fulfilling the Promise” (1993) and “Our Catholic Schools” (2006-2007). These three documents, while several years apart from each other, all speak of the unique mission of Ontario Catholic education, the importance of its shared leadership by all those involved in Catholic education and the critical role of Catholic education in contemporary society.

Catholic Education Week 2018 combines the themes of reconciliation, solidarity, love, justice and ecology.

A schedule of themes and activities was sent home to all families!

Here are just a few updates and reminders (also found on our school calendar):

  • The Sacrament of Confirmation for Grade 7 is Sunday May 6th. It is at St. Mary’s Church beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist) for Grade 2 is Sunday May 12th. It is at St. Mary’s Church beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • Our School Track meet is Friday May 18th at St. Benedict SS for Grades 4 to 8.
  • No School Monday May 21st
  • WELCOME to Kindergarten for Parents of newly enrolled Junior and Senior Kindergarten students for September 2018 Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the school gym.

-Upcoming testing dates:

*April 30th to May 6th is Grade 7 CAT-4 testing

* EQAO testing:

-May 22nd to May 25th for Grade 6 (Junior) students

-May 28th to June 1st for Grade 3 (Primary) students

-PD DAY NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS Friday June 1st

Mr. J. Schnarr




May 2018

The month of May is traditionally a month in which we honour in a special way – Mary the Mother of God. Her important role as the perfect disciple, who always pointed the way to her Son, is a model and inspiration for all of us. May we seek her special prayers for us, and in particular, for the children of our parish schools, that she may protect, watch over and continue to guide each of them toward Her Son.

We also this month offer our congratulations to many of our young people who will receive their First Holy Communion and who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We pray that the Lord will truly be their invited and familiar friend as they continue to journey in faith. My thanks to our parish schools for their collaboration in helping to prepare them.

Finally, this month is also the month we pause during Catholic Education Week to give thanks for the gift of Catholic Education. I know I feel very blessed with our three parish elementary schools and one secondary school and pray that the Lord will continue His work in the midst of our school communities and bring parish, home and school ever closer together in His name.

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:

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

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



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  The NEW Protein Alternative?

Amy Skeoch MHSc, RD

Move over Greek yogurt, there’s a new protein powerhouse in town…who knew it would be an insect! Yes, you read that correctly – insects, and more specifically crickets.  As we move towards more sustainable food sources, one option to look to are these little critters.  In fact, mainstream grocery stores have started carrying cricket based protein products, so now you can bump up the protein in everything from smoothies to baked goods.

Why Crickets?

Crickets provide a host of nutrients (complete protein, vitamin B12), they are relatively easy to farm, and are considered as a food source that’s easy on our environment (less water and feed for production). While the idea of eating insects (entomophagy) might seem odd, people have been consuming crickets and other insects around the world for centuries.

Where to get it?

One of the easiest ways to consume crickets as part of your diet is in a powder form.  Presidents Choice provides a cricket powder (made in Canada) that can be added to your favorite meal or beverage.

2.5 tbsp (19g) of the powder provides 13 grams of protein (similar to 2 eggs).

There are also many online companies that sell crickets and cricket powder or flour.

Allergy Alert!

Crickets, like shellfish, shrimp and lobster are arthropods (grow their skeleton outside their body) so they may cause a similar allergic reaction. If you have a shellfish allergy, stay clear of cricket products.