Weekly E-blast: March 28, 2018

St. Gabriel the ARCHANGEL

Weekly E-blast

March 28, 2018


from the Principal · 
Upcoming Events · Lunch Duty · Registration for Next Year · Fund a Need · SGYG 8th Grade Retreat · Auction Parties & News · Parish BOE Applications · SLHNA Easter Egg Hunt · Summer Program ·  Book Fair Volunteers · BOE Thank You · PFA Spring Updates· All About Books · Grandparent’s Day · SLHNA Scholarship · Parish Health Fair· Cardinal’s Game Order Forms ·


A Note from the Principal


Dear families,


We are pleased to announce that tuition for the 2018-2019 school year has been set.  Please see the attached letter from Monsignor for details.  This letter also came home in the Wednesday envelopes yesterday.

St Gabriel Tuition 2018-19 letter from Monsignor.docx 


A few reminders for when we return from break:

Uniform Shorts Reminder

Shorts may be worn from April 1 through October 31.  Navy shorts are for students in grades K-5 and students in grades 6-8 may also wear khaki shorts.


High School Shadow Policy Reminder

Seventh Graders are to shadow a high school second semester (March –May).  This day is to be  scheduled when St. Gabriel School is not in session, such as teacher meeting days.

Students will be marked absent for the day they shadow and will be expected to make up any missed worked.


Counselor’s Corner:

I received information about a Reading Skills & Speed Reading Program for Children that is offered through St. Louis University. There are programs for students aged 4 and above. For more information or to register, their website is www.slu.readingprograms.org and their phone number is 1-800-903-0162. I have fliers if anybody is interested.

Thank you!
Michelle Keim


Have a Happy Easter!

Mrs. Slattery




Upcoming events

March 28th –

No School Teacher Meeting

March 29th &
30th –

No School for Holy Thursday
and Good Friday

April 9th –

School back in session

April 13th –

Jazz Band Trip

April 16th-22nd

Scholastic Book Fair

April 17th –

Grandparent’s Day

April 18th –

Confirmation Day of Prayer

April 19th –

Confirmation at 7pm

April 20th –

No School for 8th Grade

April 28th –

Final Bellarmine Speech





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:

Monday, April 9th – Molly Spowal, Amy Sweitzer

Tuesday, April 10th – Abby Sharamitaro, Maggie Unger

Wednesday, April 11th  –  Jenn Sheehan, Kristin Solovtiz





As a final reminder, today is the last day for the registration fee of $50 per student.  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.




This Year’s Fund A Need

Fund a Need SAFE Donate Now.pdf 




SGYG 8th Grade Retreat

2018 Retreat.pdf 




Auction Parties & News

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.



Commemorative 25th Anniversary Auction Poster!

The Auction Committee is excited to offer a commemorative 25th anniversary auction
poster!  Limited quantity of 100. The poster depicts the night sky the night of the auction. This 11X14 navy blue and gold print would look fantastic in your home.  It’s also a fantastic keepsake of the auction.  There are two options to purchase Framed or Unframed.  



Framed #103: $50

Select the best frame to match your home decor: Brown, Black, White and Gold.  The framed poster will be delivered to your home within 2 weeks of order OR available for pick up
at the auction. 


Unframed #104: $20

The unframed poster will be delivered to your home within 2 weeks of order OR available for pick up at the auction. 



Volunteers Needed! 
We are looking for some volunteers to help the night of the auction. Find
out more by either contacting Julie Devoti at jdevoti25@yahoo.com OR
attending the volunteer meeting on April 10th 7pm at Gabs House. Thanks for
considering donating your time.





BOE Applications

The Parish Board of Education is now Accepting Applications.

Please consider applying for a position.  See attachments for details.  

Boe Application.docx 

boe nomination announcement (1).pdf 





SLHNA Easter Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt Flyer 2018.pdf 




Summer Program

We’re excited to offer the first ever summer program at St. Gabriel the Archangel to further meet the needs of parents and provide a safe, fun, affordable and local place for summer enrichment of the kids.   

  • Ages: Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall (7th and 8th graders welcome in a volunteer capacity)
  • Dates: Monday, 6/4 through Friday, 8/10 (excluding week of 7/9 which is a separate Totus Tuus program)
  • Cost: $160 per week and each sibling $150 per week (choose your weeks – full summer not required). Part time (3 days) $120 per week
  • Hours: 7:30am-6pm (before and after care included)  
  • For details on the team structure, core team, training provided, weekly themes and activities, tentative daily schedule and what to bring click the link: Information Sheet 

Registration will be held in the meeting room starting at 10:15am on Sunday, April 8th.  

Follow the links below, to download and complete three forms: 

  1. SGA Summer Program Registration Form (2 pages)
  2. Totus  Tuus Week of July 9 Registration Form (Optional) (2 pages)
  3. SGA Summer Program Health Form (4 pages)

Bring your completed registration and medical forms along with a deposit check to secure your
The deposit will be $25/per week per child with a maximum of $450 for per family.  The deposit
is deducted from the total cost of the program.  
Once your deposit is made, you will receive a link to the FACTS online payment system to set up your ongoing payment instructions (options are monthly or weekly).  Payments
will be automatically deducted from your checking account. 
Spaces are limited so this is a first come / first serve sign up.  If you are unable to attend, you can send a proxy to submit your paperwork and a signed check.


Also, if you plan to participate in the Totus Tuus program the week of July 9th, there’s a separate registration form for that and $30 will be due at time of registration or you can submit a check to Joan Miller at the rectory prior to April 30th.


Below is the amazing core team that will be leading the charge this summer:

Senior Full Time Directors (7:30am-3pm)

  • Nicolle McKinlay
    – St Gabriel’s own technology teacher straight out of Australia, also
    holds a Master of Education from Charles Stuart University.
  • Amy Vilimek
    – Former member of St. Gabriel choir and Young Adults Group, also
    holds a BA in Education from Fontbonne

Afternoon Leaders

  • Cindy Capriglione
    – Currently works with the Gabriel Club.
  • Lexy Hohn –
    Alumni and Parishoner of St. Gabriel.  

In addition to the core team there will be a larger group of college and high school Parishioner
support staff. 
Any questions should be directed to Erin Grady (emg1175@hotmail.com) and Lisa Grimm (grimmlisa2@gmail.com).  Please do not contact the school office.




Book Fair * Paws for Books * Book Fair


The Spring Book Fair is April 17-22

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers will work the registers at check-out and help students, teachers and parents find what they need at the fair. This year we are using Sign-Up Genius to coordinate volunteers. Click the link below for specific dates, times and to officially sign-up. Thank you in advance for your help!



Following is a quick look at the Book Fair schedule:

4/17: 6D, KC, Grandparents Day visitors, 4G, 6P, KM, 5S, KS with
buddies, 8R, 2O

4/18: 4S, 7K, 1K, 7T, 1C, 5P, 7B, 1M, 4M, 5F, open after school

4/19: 3S, 3B, 3P, 8S, 2G, 8K, 2M, open after school 3-4:15pm

4/20: Open 2:00-3:00pm for Adults only shopping time and open
after-school 3-4:15pm

4/22: Last day of the Book Fair – open 10am-12:30pm for the school
and  parish community

(Schedule is subject to change)


Please contact Jane Bene’ with volunteer questions at 314-229-1929





BOE Thank You

BOE Thank you for SIP.pdf 




PFA Spring Updates

PFA Updates

Spring 2018


  1.  The PFA invites you to participate in our book discussion of Grit, by Angela Duckworth on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.  We will be discussing the first two chapters. During our meeting, we would like to break up into small groups to discuss to elements of grit
    and how an understanding of this concept affects our families, school, and community.

If anyone would like to volunteer to moderate a group discussion, please contact Carrie Wegman atcaroline.wegman@gmail.com. We will provide questions to jump start your

Below is a brief introduction.

Angela Duckworth’s Grit, a longtime New York Times bestseller, is a master class in the components of grit: the combination of passion and perseverance that can take a life from good to great to exceptional. From studies of spelling bee champions to Olympic athletes to her own life as a researcher and mother, Duckworth takes the reader through a fascinating
landscape of experiments and experiences, unlocking the psychological secrets of success. At once a primer in what makes a person gritty and a toolkit for cultivating that complex of skills, Grit is essential reading for any student, professional, or parent—or anyone who strives for a more demanding, fulfilling, and rewarding life.

Source:  Simon and Shuster Reading Guide

  1. Spirit Wear Updates

Unfortunately, some of the Spirit Wear is cracking and peeling. If you ordered Spirit Wear this December and your t-shirt is cracking or peeling please contact Staci Turner (stacifinn@yahoo.com); I am working with the company on a solution.


  1.  PFA Board Openings 2018/2019

Are you interested in volunteering with PFA?
The following positions are available for next year:

Home and School Co-chair (2-year commitment)

Meet and Greet committee chair

Vice-President (2-year commitment)

Please contact Carrie Wegman (caroline.wegman@gmail.com) or Staci Turner (stacifinn@yahoo.com) for more information.




All About Books!!!


During the week of April 9th-13th, our school will be preparing for the Spring Scholastic Book Fair, open Tuesday, April 17th – Friday, April 20th. The theme of the book fair is PAWS FOR BOOKS –  a fun play on words.  Students will be asked to bring in pictures of their pets or a pet they wish they had.  They are welcome to draw a pet, as well.  Your child’s teacher will tell them when to bring in their pictures.

In order to help make this Fair successful, and bring as many books into our classrooms as possible, we have a fun incentive to inspire the kiddos to bring in some money that will
buy books for the homerooms that they can then borrow from their teachers.

For each grade level, whichever homeroom brings in the most money by Friday, April 13th, that
homeroom teacher will dress as the homeroom’s favorite book character for a day!  So, we will have at least nine teachers (and any co-curricular teacher or member of the administration interested) dressing up as book characters on a specified date.

The homeroom that brings in the most money overall will earn a 15-minute extra recess, too!

The money does not need to be in specific denominations – change or paper money works!

Please see the brochures that will be sent home in the Wednesday, March 21st envelopes to browse just some of the incredible books that will be offered at our Spring Book Fair!!!

                                           Paws for Books!!!





Grandparent’s Day

We are excited to celebrate our grandparents on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 for Grandparents’ Day.  This celebration is just for students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.

We will begin with 8:00 a.m. Mass. We ask that grandparents meet their grandchildren in church. Please find a seat in the specific seating area and the students will find their special guests.

When facing the altar:

1st Grade will be sitting in pews to the left of the main aisle (Mary’s Side)

3rd Grade will be sitting in the pews to the right of the main aisle (Joseph’s Side)

5th Grade will be sitting in the pews on either side of the main aisle


After Mass, directions will be given inviting everyone over to school.

Students’ Last Name Beginning from A-M will visit 
student classrooms and participate in classroom activities.

Students’ Last Name Beginning from N-Z will go to the cafeteria and enjoy donuts and drinks, photo opportunities, and have the chance to visit the Scholastic Book Fair.


Students’ Last Name Beginning from N-Z will visit 
student classrooms and participate in classroom activities.

Students’ Last Name Beginning from A-M will go to the cafeteria
and enjoy cookies and drinks, photo opportunities, and have the chance to visit
the Scholastic Book Fair.


Students will say goodbye to the grandparents and will 
return to their homerooms to resume class.






SLHNA Scholarship

The St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association will be accepting applications for the 2018 SLHNA Student Award for scholarship, leadership and service in school, church and community.  Three one-time scholarships in the amount of $600 will be awarded. 


The eligibility rules are: 

  1. The applicant must be an 8th Grade student. The scholarship award is for the freshman year of high school only; it is non-renewable.
  1. The applicant may apply on his/her own behalf or be nominated.
  1. The application must be postmarked by the deadline noted on the application.  The deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018.
  1. The applicant must be the daughter / son / legal dependent of a St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association member living within the boundaries of St. Louis Hills.  The applicant’s family must have a current history of membership in SLHNA including 2018.


Chairman of the Scholarship Committee is Joyce Bytnar at jebytnar@gmail.com or
314-481-5550. Contact Joyce if you have any questions.

SLHNA Scholarship application 2018.docx 



Parish Health Fair

Parish Health Fair on Saturday April 7 – 10:00-noon.  The St. Gabriel Cancer Companions Group will host a health fair in the cafeteria on 4/7 from 10:00 am to Noon.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  Please contact Judy Hunter, the parish nurse, with any questions or if you’d like to participate with a booth.



Cardinal’s Game Order Form