“May we daily live the peace we pray and hope for in our world.”
As the first term continues to move along, it is quite apparent that St. Gabriel Catholic School is a dynamic place to be. Students are actively engaged in their learning and model the Image of Jesus through their interactions with one another in the classroom and out on the yard. Students most definitely demonstrate their gift of self to each other, as was evident in their generous contributions to our Terry Fox Campaign ($400.00), our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and our Collection of Hard Candy to send overseas.
Our school wide Remembrance Day Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. All are most welcome to join us.
As we celebrate the month of November, let us remember the individuals who have died in war, and for the families who suffer the loss of their loved ones. Let us also remember in our prayers, our own family members and friends who have gone before us, and ask all those in heaven to pray for us.
Professional Activity Day
Friday, November 16th is a PA Day. There will be no classes for students on this day. Staff will be involved in professional development activities.
Progress Reports: Grades JK/SK to 8
Progress Reports are being distributed on Tuesday, November 6th, and this is the home copy. Kindly ensure that the envelope is returned to your child’s classroom teacher. Parents/guardians are asked to sign the original copy of the progress report at the interview. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the interview with their parents/guardians.
Parent/Teacher Interviews: Grades SK to 8
Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 8th. The Interview time assigned for each student in SK to Grade 8 is sent home with the progress report – 1 per family. Please contact the office or your child(ren)’s classroom teacher, if you are unsure of the interview time assigned. Please note that interviews are welcome at anytime throughout the school year to discuss progress, next steps and celebrate student achievement.
Safety of Our Students
On occasion, your child(ren) may indicate that a “Lockdown Practice” or a “Tornado Drill” was called at school. Please be assured that the safety of all students is paramount, therefore, we have these practices/drills, similar to a “Fire Drill” to ensure that as a school community we can respond quickly. Please feel free to contact the school office if you have any questions. We will continue to practise with our students throughout the year. Again, we have these practices so to ensure the safety of our school community.
Medication at School
If you will require your child(ren) to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you require an “Administration of Oral Medication Form” for your child(ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication. The medication is to be kept in the Health Room, and must be administered by one of the staff.
A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused from a fall or blow to the body. It is extremely important to seek medical attention if signs or symptoms of a concussion are present: ringing in ears, headache, fatigue, irritability, vision imbalance, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, nausea, vomiting. For more information on concussion and injury prevention, please visit, www.ontario.ca/concussions.
If a student happens to get a bump, blow or jolt to the head at school, a phone call will be made to parents/guardians to determine one of the response options:
- Come to the school and assess student
- Pick up student
- Provide permission for student to remain at school.
A copy of the Symptoms/Sign Form and Parent Handout will be sent home to all students if there is a bump, blow or jolt to the head while at school.
Visitors and Volunteers
Parents/guardians who wish to speak with a staff member during the day, including before school begins in the morning, are asked to wait until the office has notified the staff member. We respectfully ask that you please do not go directly to the classroom.
Similarly, parents/guardians are asked to not go onto the school yard while students are outside. Students and staff may not know you; for the safety of all, please check in at the office.
Throughout the day, schools often have many volunteers/visitors who enter the school. The Board policy is that all volunteers/visitors to a school must sign in at the main office when they arrive, and sign out when they leave the school building. A name tag is also to be worn so that school personnel and students can identify the volunteer/visitor as someone who is “safe”. This policy is designed to protect children from coming into contact with a stranger, and your understanding is most appreciated.
Our students and staff enjoy opportunities to share some of their activities with parents/guardians, and the school community through teams, clubs, and special events. Many of these are “memory making” for families and as such photographs are often taken. We ask that families exercise their discretion when taking photographs or videos at school events and consider the privacy of other students who may also be present in those pictures. We would appreciate if families not upload images of students other than their own to the Internet (e.g. YouTube; Facebook). Your cooperation is appreciated.
Our Catholic schools…heart of the community, success for each, a place for all.
The call of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is to educate and to nurture
hope in every learner to achieve their full potential to transform God’s world.