St. Gabriel the ARCHANGEL
January 31, 2018
FEATURING · A Note from the Principal · Upcoming Events · Lunch Duty · Registration for Next Year · Catholic Schools Week Schedule · Parish Nursery Sign Up · Auction Parties · Yearbook Orders · HopeMark Preschool Open House · Cancer Companions · Follies Tickets · Financial Aid Applications for 2018-2019 · St. Blaise Masses · Missing Forks · SGAA Registration · PFA Meeting · Teacher Gift of Time · Band Night at the Cardinal’s Game ·
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A Note from the Principal
Thank you to all of our Open House volunteers, Board of Education members, PFA members, and the committee of teachers who planned a fabulous Catholic Schools Week for us! From competing in “Archangel Feud” to making sandwiches for the St. Vincent de Paul and Karen House, students have had wonderful opportunities to Learn, Serve, Lead and Succeed this week. It has been a great week and we are only halfway through. Additional details on the rest of the week are included later in the e-blast.
SGAA has requested that SGAA-issued uniforms not be worn on dress down days at school, as doing so causes more wear on these items and they are not easily replaced. Because the uniforms are SGAA property, we have amended the Out of Uniform policy to respect their wishes. Additionally, smart watches and the ability to text, watch videos, and play games on them have become an issue in classrooms. We have updated the list of electronic devices that are not allowed to include smart watches. The updated language is in red below and will be included in the Parent Handbook.
AMENDMENTS TO PARENT HANDBOOK:
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices (for example, smart watches, i-Pods or other handhelds) by students on St. Gabriel the Archangel School premises during school hours is prohibited.
If a student must carry a cell phone or other electronic device for use outside of school hours the device must be kept in the student’s backpack in the off position. The school is not responsible for any damage to the device or loss of the device.
If a student is using a cell phone or other device during the school or it rings in his or her backpack disrupting class, the phone or device will be given to the Principal and kept in the office. To receive it back, a parent must pick up the phone or device from the main office.
OUT OF UNIFORM DAYS
Out of uniform days may, at the administration’s discretion, be any of the following. Please pay attention to the out of uniform date announcement for the correct type of out of uniform day:
· FULL DRESS DOWN DAYS
The uniform is not required, but the criteria below for tops, bottoms, socks and shoes must be
· ADD-ON DAYS
Students must wear uniform bottoms (pants, shorts, skirt or jumper), but non-uniform tops may be
worn instead of (or over) uniform tops, following the criteria for tops below.
Certain out of uniform days may be themed (for a holiday, to celebrate the Cardinals or Blues, etc), and
on those days there may be additional criteria relating to that theme, so please pay attention to the
announcements of those days.
The administration may, in its discretion, announce “St. Gabe’s Spirit” Add-On days. On these days,
students may wear tops
(a) related to any St. Gabriel the Archangel team or other school-sponsored club such as Chess Club, Robotics Team, Scouts, Band and SGAA sports teams (but not other teams such as AJAX) or
(b) with any St. Gabriel the Archangel school or parish logo or design, including Spirit Wear
items available from our supplier.
St. Gabe’s teams and clubs may request permission to have a special Add-On day on which only their
student-members may be allowed to wear a team or club jacket, shirt or other item as a way to celebrate a particular accomplishment.
SGAA-issued uniforms are SGAA property and are not permitted to be worn for any out of uniform day.
Parent Appreciation Day-
Parent Appreciation Day is tomorrow! We want to recognize and thank all of our St. Gabriel parents for everything they do for their children, the teachers, and the school. Be ready for a little surprise at morning drop off. Whether you drive your children to school or walk them to school, we will be there waiting for you with a little treat before you start your day. In addition, the 8am Mass is dedicated to our wonderful parents so please come join us if you can. We cannot thank you all enough!
– St. Gabriel the Archangel teachers
Morning Drop Off Procedures-
Please take a minute to read the morning drop off procedures. To ensure we move efficiently and keep all students safe, we ask that you commit to the following:
The process of parents in cars dropping off students is the following. You may:
- Drive east on Murdoch and drop students off at the east gate. Please be mindful of students crossing Murdoch and keep the flow of traffic moving.
- Students may be dropped off in front of the school on Tamm. There is no entrance to the alley for cars. Please be mindful of students crossing Tamm especially near the convent where band classes are held before school.
- Drivers may enter the church driveway on Nottingham, drop off students, and exit the driveway via the alley that leads to Childress. Please remain in a single file line in the driveway and do not park in the handicap spots by the church doors. Students should exit the car on the right, when between the “drop-off zone” signs. Usually, 4 cars can be in this section at a time. Please do not get out of your vehicle to open the doors or help your student(s). If students need additional assistance getting out of the vehicle, we ask that you find a place to park and then help them out of the vehicle.
Have a good afternoon,
January 29th – February 3rd –
Catholic Schools Week (see the schedule listed below)
February 1st –
7-9pm Follies Practice
February 2nd –
12:30 dismissal for all students (no lunch)
2pm Follies Practice in the Gym
February 3rd –
Bellarmine Speech Meet
Follies at 7pm
February 7th –
E. Des Lee Honor Band Field Trip
Focus 11 Field Trip for 6th Grade
February 13th –
Valentine’s Day Parties, Mardi Gras Mission Carnival
February 14th –
February 16th –
No School- Teacher Meeting Day
February 19th –
No School- President’s Day
February 23rd –
End of Trimester 2
February 27th –
First Communion Parent Meeting 7pm in the Café
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, February 1st – Mark Giles, Seth Goldkamp
Friday, February 2nd – 12:30 dismissal, no lunch
Monday, February 5th – Lisa Grimm, Maria Batan
Tuesday, February 6th – Julie Gianino, Kathy Hahnel
Wednesday, February 7th – Sarah Harvie, Angela Heffernan
Registration packets were sent home in a white envelope with the youngest or only child in your family on Friday afternoon, January 26th. Registration for current families will be open between January 28th and February 19th. Open enrollment for new families will begin on February 20th. Please fill out and return your registration forms and fees by February 20th so you are guaranteed a spot for your child(ren).
When you return the form, please include the full registration fee. If you register by March 27th (before Spring Break), the registration fee is $50 per student. Ensuring all students are registered in the spring helps us make important staffing and other financial decisions, therefore as of April 9th (after Spring Break), the registration fee is $100 per student. Again, the increase in April is to encourage families to register in a timely manner so we can base numerous decisions on accurate numbers. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
If you have an outstanding balance on your tuition for the current year, your registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be held until your balance is paid. Additionally, you will not be able to view second trimester report cards until your balance is paid. Please contact Joan Miller in the rectory at 314-353-6303 ext. 121 if you have any questions.
Catholic Schools Week Schedule
Below are the activities planned for the remainder of the week:
Wednesday, January 31st – Lead
-We will being our morning announcements by defining what a leader is and looking at examples of Church leaders.
-In their homerooms, students will participate in an activity focused on recognizing ways that their classmates have demonstrated leadership so far this year.
Thursday, February 1st – Succeed
-Students will continue the activity from the day before and set goals of their own that they want to accomplish.
-Please join us at morning drop off for a special treat and for Parent Appreciation Mass at 8am
Friday, February 2nd – Teacher Appreciation Day
-We will dismiss all students at 12:30 so the faculty and staff can attend a lunch given by the PFA. There will be no lunch today, so please pack a larger snack for your student.
-Today will be a regular dress down day for all. Please follow the guidelines in the handbook.
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!
Daddy Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 10th
7 – 9 PM
St. Gabriel Gym
A night of dancing, refreshments, and photos with your special date!
Kindergarten & First Grade Sock Hop
Saturday, February 17th
St. Gabriel Cafeteria
Let’s rock around the clock! Join us for a fun night of music, games, and snacks as we shake, rattle, and roll at the Sock Hop!
Dress up in your 50’s attire and join the party.
Purchase now at: bidpal.net/gabesgala
Yearbook order forms went home last week in the Wednesday envelopes. Orders are online only and due March 26th
HopeMark Preschool Open House
Have you been affected by cancer through diagnosis or by caring for a loved one or friend with cancer? St. Gabriel sponsors a Cancer Companions ministry. New sessions will be starting in April. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Follies is sold out! Thank you to everyone who purchased reservations!
Financial Aid for 2018-2019 School Year
The online application is now open for all families, new and re-applying. Alive! In Christ is first-come, first-served for any siblings that may be eligible, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Approximately 500 new awards will be available.
The application deadline for Beyond Sunday, SOAR!, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance (CFTA), and the Parish Employees Endowment Fund (PEEF) is February 28th, 2018. Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if they are applying for requalification, must apply between January 29th and February 28th, 2018. Up to 60 new elementary school awards will be available in Beyond Sunday. It is important to remember that siblings attending the same school are not eligible in this program.
They are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, which they anticipate will continue through the month of February and March. Please use the Forgot Password tool on the Family Log In page if you need yours reset. Families from all schools and parishes who need technical support to apply or do not have access to the internet are welcome to attend one of the Parent Support Sessions listed below. An RSVP is not required to attend and each session will be held from 3:30-6:30 PM.
- Our Lady of Guadalupe (Ferguson): February 1st, 2018
- Sacred Heart School (Florissant): February 6th, 2018
- Seton Regional Catholic (St. Elizabeth/St. Robert – St. Charles): February 7th, 2018
- Our Lady School (Festus): February 8th, 2018
- South City Catholic Academy (St. Louis City): February 13th, 2018
For any non-urgent questions, please email the Scholarship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will return your email within two business days. For urgent questions, please contact their office by phone at 314-792-7777.
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.
The cafeteria is missing many forks. Please check your silverware drawer and send any school forks back with your child. We appreciate it!
Registration for baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, t-ball, and track is now open. Registration will remain open until February 3rd.
Reminder: Golf, Lacrosse, and Track registration fees are not covered by the Family fee.
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
All the Things You Wanted to Know About Social Media But Were Afraid to Ask
Please join us in the cafeteria on Thursday, February 22nd to welcome Ms. Julie Smith. Julie Smith is a media professor, author and speaker who has studied social media for ten years. Please join her in this fun, fast-paced talk where you will learn ways to help your child navigate this world. Come and learn all the things you didn’t know you didn’t know!
Teacher Gift of Time
Don’t forget to make your final bids to spend time with your favorite teachers! The Teacher Gift of Time section to support the Saint Gabriel Auction will end at 8pm on February 2nd.
Band Night at the Cardinal’s Game