St. Gabriel the ARCHANGEL
January 10, 2018
FEATURING · A Note from the Principal · Upcoming Events · Lunch Duty · Archangel Activities- Last Day to Register · Catholic Schools Week Order Forms · Parish Nursery Sign Up · SCRIP News · Middle School Auction Party · Counselor’s Corner · Hoops & Jump for Heart · Follies Tickets · Financial Aid Applications for 2018-2019 · Free SLU Women’s Basketball Tickets ·
A Note from the Principal
It is that time of year when weather conditions may affect our school schedule. Please remember to keep your phone numbers and emails updated in your EduConnect accounts so we have the correct contact information to notify you of any changes.
New Tax Benefit for Catholic School Parents-
As you may know, just before Christmas break Congress passed revisions to the federal tax code. These revisions will allow Catholic K-12 school parents to set up tax-deductible savings accounts to pay for their children’s school tuition. Money a parent deposits in one of these savings accounts is tax-deductible. For example, if a parent deposits $5,000 in an account, their taxable income is reduced by $5,000. Reducing taxable income reduces the parent’s tax liability. In the $5,000 example, a taxpayer could potentially pay $300 less in taxes, though other factors come into play in preparing one’s taxes.
Attached find a flier entitled “New Tax Benefit for Catholic School Parents”. It explains how parents can set up a tax-deductible Missouri 529 MOST account, thereby reducing the taxes they pay. Two links are provided in the flier so that families can determine what their tax benefit will be and then set up a 529 MOST account.
Please take time to read the attachments below and learn how to take advantage of this wonderful new benefit for our families!
St. Blaise Masses-
At all Masses on the weekend of February 3rd and 4th, the blessing of the throats will take place. Please be sure to attend one of the weekend Masses to receive the blessing.
Have a good afternoon,
January 14th –
7-9pm Follies Practice
January 15th –
No School- MLK Day
January 19th –
Spelling Bee at 2:05 in the gym
January 28th –
Open House 10:30am-1pm
January 28th – February 3rd –
Catholic Schools Week
Cafeteria duty is from 10:40 – 12:45 on Thursdays and from 11-12:45 on all other days of the week.
Please sign in at the office when you arrive.
The lunch schedule can be found at http://www.stgabschool.org/wp2_root/events/category/cafeteria-duty/.
If you can no longer make your scheduled date, it is your responsibility to find a substitute.
The following people have lunch duty this week:
Thursday, January 11th – Jessica Cochran, Michelle Colombini
Friday, January 12th – Kate Billings, Brianne Burcke
Monday, January 15th – No School MLK Day
Tuesday, January 16th – Laura DeVlieger, Annie Ghere
Wednesday, January 17th – Jill Chatman, Cara Christanell
Archangel Activities- Last Day to Register is Today
Archangel Activities – LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TODAY – 1/10!
*Chess, Yoga, Acting, Bricks for Kidz, Mad Science, Drawing, Dance & Balloons have spots available
*Register at www.bidpal.net/archangel – Register by end of day today – 1/10!
*All class descriptions, information and costs are on the Bidpal site.
*Classes begin the week of January 22nd
*If your child is taking a class, please complete this Google docs link:
*Thank you for supporting this after-school enrichment program!
Catholic Schools Week Order Forms
As part of Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 2), we have Student Appreciation Days. Lunch will be brought in on Monday, January 29 from Dairy Queen and LeGrand’s. Ice Cream will be brought in on Tuesday, January 30 from Dairy Queen. The order forms in this e-blast must be returned to school no later than Wednesday, January 17. Please send each child’s order in a separate envelope with their name, order and payment. Please DO NOT place all family members in the same envelope. Each student will need their own order form. Students in K-5 may order Dairy Queen lunch only. Students in 6-8 may order Dairy Queen or LeGrand’s or both if they choose.
PLEASE MARK “DQ/LEGRAND’S” ON THE ENVELOPE SO THESE DO NOT GET MIXED INTO THE REGULAR LUNCH ORDER FORMS.
Parish Nursery Sign Up
We are scheduling volunteers for the parish nursery from January through March. The commitment is minimal and allows the parents of young children to peacefully attend 9am Sunday Mass. If you use the nursery we ask that you be available to work at least once every six weeks. Our goal is to have 2-3 student volunteers to assist 1-2 parent volunteers each week. Parent volunteers: If your spouse works with you please include both of your names. Student volunteers: Please feel free to forward this link to your friends in 6th, 7th, 8th or high school. We can always use more help. Please take a minute to select a date as soon as possible. And thank you for your support of this free service. It provides a great benefit to many of our parish families. Thanks again!
More families have been participating in the SCRIP program by purchasing through ShopwithSCRIP.com and the Back Pack order form that comes through school; very few families have been purchasing Scrip after school. We have, therefore, decided to stop selling SCRIP after school in the meeting room.
SCRIP can still be purchased:
· Tuesdays and Thursdays at the rectory 8:00 am-Noon
· After the Masses on the weekend (Sat. 5:00 pm; Sun. 9:00 am and 11:00am
· Through Back Pack order form Monday – Thursday
· Online at ShopwithSCRIP.com
Thank you for purchasing SCRIP gift cards and supporting St. Gabriel the Archangel School.
If you have any questions or need help ordering SCRIP online at ShopWithScrip.com or in stock, please contact Margie Uxa at email@example.com.
Middle School Auction Party
I will be putting a brief monthly note in the newsletter to keep parents informed of the activities that are going on with the counselor.
- This month we will be focusing on goal setting in the classroom guidance lessons.
- We will also be starting a peer leadership group for students in grades 6-8. If your student would like more information, please have them contact me to obtain an application. Applications are due Monday, January 15. Ms. Kilian will be the co-leader with me for this group.
- We will be starting small groups including the lightbulb club and a girl’s empowerment group for 6th-grade girls.
- We will be starting a lunch book club meeting. Keep your eyes open for more information.
As always, feel free to contact me at any time with any concerns or questions you may have. I appreciate all the support and encouragement I have received the first half of the year and have lots of exciting plans for the second half of the year!
Hoops and Jump for Heart time at St. Gabriel!
It is Hoops and Jump for Heart time at St. Gabriel! Our school goal this year is to collect $20,000 for the American Heart Association! Wow, that is a huge goal! But remember, last year as a school we collected $19, 299!
Students can earn the Scare Squad this year. They are monsters that remind students about healthy habits to use everyday, like getting 60 minutes of activity in a day and drinking less sugary beverages. Other things students can earn besides those from the American Heart Association are
- an out-of -uniform pass with a $5 or more donation,
- be the PE teacher for the highest collector in each homeroom,
- earn a Subway lunch for highest collector in each grade, and
- $75 or more donation allows a student to “egg” a teacher at a school assembly.
Information was sent home before Christmas about the event, but here are some links to helpful videos to help you register online or use the Hoops/Jump app.
Our school link is http://www2.heart.org/goto/stgabschool
Need help registering online? Go to https://youtu.be/Yc9Yz4lNzLU !
Learn how to register online for Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops for Heart.
Need help with the app? Go to https://youtu.be/pWH5CHDdVHc !
Learn how how to use the app for Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops for Heart.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Voelpel.
Now is your opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2017 8th GRADE FOLLIES
Seating is limited. This event sells out!!
Do not wait to purchase your tickets!
Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Place: St. Gabriel Gym
Ticket Cost: $8.00 per seat
Financial Aid for 2018-2019 School Year
Financial aid applications for the 2018-2019 school year open January 29th and close on February 28th. One application is used to apply for all scholarships funded by the Catholic Education Office, the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri, and the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation. To apply, please visit www.ttef-stl.org and click Apply Here. The Scholarship Office at TTEF will review your family’s application and determine if your family is eligible for any awards offered based on each program’s guidelines and funding availability. The application is online only and is free of cost! Please be sure to apply by February 28th!
FREE SLU Women’s Basketball Tickets
The school has received complimentary tickets to SLU’s women’s basketball game on:
January 21st at 1pm Pink-Out Breast Cancer Awareness Game vs. Saint Josephs
Please contact the main office for free tickets to the games of your choice. They are available on a first come, first serve basis.