Weekly E-blast: February 28, 2018

St. Gabriel the ARCHANGEL

Weekly E-blast

February 28, 2018


FEATURING · A Note from the Principal · Upcoming Events · Lunch Duty · Registration for Next Year · Principals for the Day · MOST Parent Information Session · Auction Parties & News · Student Raffle · Totus Tuus Dates · Last Day to Apply for Financial Aid Applications for 2018-2019 · Jazz Band at the Sheldon · Parish Picnic T-shirts · Cardinal’s Game Order Forms ·


Confidential student information is not reported on this web version of the e-Blast. See the parent email for the week for additional details.

A Note from the Principal

Dear families,

You may have heard that over the weekend there was a possible threat made by a student towards another archdiocesan school. Our school is NOT the affected school in this case.

Police were contacted immediately and are taking this alleged threat seriously. The affected school is cooperating fully in the investigation to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We do not anticipate any disruptions to school functions due to their investigation into this matter.  

Be assured that the safety of our students and staff in our school is our top priority.

Because of recent events, as well as incidents and threats of violence in schools in recent years, we want parents to know that any talk of threats of violence, especially involving references to firearms or explosives, will be taken seriously and reported to law enforcement for further action.

We encourage you to have a discussion with your child/ren to let them know that these are not matters for jokes or idle chatter on social media or any other medium.  For safety’s sake, we will treat any comment as a real threat.  We will err on the side of the safety of our students and school community.  Unfortunately, these are the times in which we live.

We are required to do a certain amount of safety drills each year, including tornado, earthquake, fire and intruder drills.  We practice these with each class individually and then have a drill as an entire school.  Next week we will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday.  This spring we will have an intruder drill, which will be supervised by local law enforcement, and we will notify you ahead of time that it is coming so you can support your students at home since we know this can cause some anxiety for some students. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. 


We are so proud of our students who performed at the Band Festival at DuBourg this past week.  They did an excellent job and should be proud of their efforts and performance!  Thank you also to all the parents who came and cheered them on.

Congratulations also to all of the students who performed at the Science Bowl at Washington University this past weekend!  They showed incredible growth over last year’s performance and all did a wonderful job!

Principal Search Committee:

Please read the attached letter from Monsignor and the Board of Education regarding Mrs. Slattery’s departure and the search for a new principal.

Letter to Parents Feb 2018.docx

Have a good afternoon,

Mrs. Slattery


Upcoming events

March 6th & 7th

Solo Ensembles for Band

March 10th

Bellarmine Speech Meet

March 26th & 27th

No School for Kindergarten Only/Incoming Kindergarten Screening

March 28th

No School Teacher Meeting

March 29th & 30th

No School for Holy Thursday and Good Friday



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, March 1st – Erin Murphy, Maria Nisbet

Friday, March 2nd – Bill Lepak, Mike Masters

Monday, March 5th – Debbie O’Connor, Kari Niermann

Tuesday, March 6th – Sarah Niemietz, Susan Nowak

Wednesday, March 7th  –  Joyce Ortwerth, Emily Pike


Registration is now open for ALL families. 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, which open on Friday, until your balance is paid.  Please contact Joan Miller in the rectory at 314-353-6303 ext. 121 if you have any questions.


Principals for the Day

Attention all students and teachers!

At the auction last year, the Ortwerth Family received one of the “Principal for the Day” packages.  The Ortwerth Family is giving students and teachers special privileges for the day on Friday, March 2nd, 2018.  The privileges are as follows:

  1. All students and teachers may dress down in pajamas!  Everyone can wear their favorite, school appropriate pj’s to school on Friday.  Onesies, shorts, and sandals/flip flops are not allowed.
  2. All students may bring a minimal amount of candy, i.e., candy bar, small bag or one piece of candy, etc. to eat during a time designated by the classroom teacher!
  3. All students can take off their shoes for one class period!
  4. (8R), (7K), (4S) and (KM) homerooms will get extra recess!

We send our best wishes to the Ortwerth’s as they get an insight into what it means to be a principal.

Good luck and enjoy the day!

Mrs. Slattery


MOST Parent Information Session



Auction Parties & News

April 14th is almost here! Tickets to the 25th Annual St. Gabriel Auction Dinner go on sale Thursday, March 1st.   Buy your tickets at https://one.bidpal.net/gabesgala .  10 seats per table, hurry to reserve your table and tickets before we sell out!  Tickets Flier.pdf

2nd & 3rd Grade Vetta Night

Saturday, March 24th

6:00-8:00 PM

Vetta Soccerdome

Tag you’re it! Join your friends for inflatables, soccer, lazer tag, pizza and drinks. 

4th & 5th Grade Pool Party

Friday, June 1st

8:30-10:30 PM

Shrewsbury Pool

Celebrate the end of the school year with your friends at Shrewsbury Pool! Pizza, snacks, drinks and plenty of splashes provided. 

 Purchase now at:  bidpal.net/gabesgala

Please send questions to andreasondermann@hotmail.com or briburcke@gmail.com.


Another fantastic pre-sale item is available NOW. This is your chance to win two tickets to Hamilton for TUESDAY, APRIL 3 at 7:30pm.  To round out the evening, enjoy dinner at Edibles and Essentials with a $50 gift card. Bidding closes on Thursday, 3/1 at 8pm.  Don’t miss it!


Student Raffle Next Week

Student Raffle will run March 5-9. There will be 3 prize baskets, one for each lunch period. Tickets will be sold everyday at lunch and the big drawing will take place Friday, March 9. We will have smaller daily drawings during the week. NEW THIS YEAR: Tickets will be $1.00 each!  All proceeds will be used to purchase an item for the Live section of the auction on behalf of the students. If you have any questions please contact Erin Murphy 369-3746 or schillhahn@gmail.com





Totus Tuus

 A yellow sheet is coming home today about Totus Tuus.  The dates are not on the sheet but are July 8-13.

LAST DAY – Financial Aid for 2018-2019 School Year

The deadline for Beyond Sunday, SOAR!, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance (CFTA), and the Parish Employees Endowment Fund (PEEF) is today, February 28th, 2018! 

Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if they are applying for requalification for one of these scholarships, must apply by this deadline.  Please note that the income a family has listed on the application must be supported by all required documentation and confirmed by the TTEF scholarship office as eligible in order for an application to be considered complete.

Students already receiving Alive! In Christ (AIC) or Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow (HTHT), are still eligible for requalification if the complete, eligible application is submitted after February 28th.  However, the family will not be considered for any of the scholarships listed above and funding for siblings in AIC and HTHT may be exhausted after the deadline.  The deadline for all requalification applications for AIC and HTHT is May 1st, 2018.

They are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, which they anticipate will continue through the months of February and March.  Please use the Forgot Password tool on the Family Log In page if you need yours reset and use the tutorials available on our website under Scholarships – Info for Parents. 


Jazz Band at the Sheldon



to perform at the


3648 Washington Avenue


Sunday, March 11, 1:30 PM

No advance ticket sales

Pay at the door – open seating.

$5.00 for adults

$2.00 for children 12 and under

Open seating


Parish Picnic T-shirts


Are you an artist or like to draw?

We need artist to help us design the picnic t-shirts for this year. 

What we are looking for

Fun drawings

NO color, outline only

All entries must be entered 3/19 to the office

The school will then vote on all the artwork

The winner not only gets their drawing on the t-shirts but will win a

FREE picnic package.

(Armband, t-shirt, food ticket, and drink ticket)

For questions please contact

Amanda DeGreeff



Cardinal’s Game Order Form

Cardinals_Order_Form_2018.pdf ​​​​​​​