Weekly E-blast: April 11, 2018

St. Gabriel the ARCHANGEL

Weekly E-blast

April 11, 2018


FEATURING · A Note from the Principal · Upcoming Events · Lunch Duty · Auction Parties & News · BOE Election for 2018 · Part Time Job Opening in the School Kitchen · Final Reminder Summer Program · Book Fair · PFA Spring Updates· All About Books · Grandparent’s Day · SLHNA Scholarship · St. Gabe’s Robotics Program · Cardinal’s Game Order Forms ·


A Note from the Principal


Dear families,

Welcome back from Spring Break!  We are excited about all of the exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, especially our auction this Saturday.  Special thanks to Julie Devoti, Stephanie Dolan, and Alicia Zamminer for the wonderful work they have done as co-chairs of the auction.  We also appreciate all of the volunteers, donors, sponsors, and attendees who make this event such a success.  This year’s Fund-A-Need is a cause that will affect our entire community.  Mark Miller has outdone himself once again by putting together a delightful video that outlines the importance of the cause.  Please take a few minutes to watch his video- you will not be disappointed!



2018/2019 School Year Calendar:

Attached is the 2018/2019 school year calendar.  Some event dates will be set as the new school year gets closer, but we wanted to provide you all with the days off and big events so you can plan accordingly. 

Calendar Year Long Parent 2018.2019 DRAFT.docx


Spring Pictures:

Spring Pictures went home today.  If you are not ordering pictures, please return them so you will not be charged.


Have a great afternoon!

Mrs. Slattery


Upcoming events

April 13th

Jazz Band Trip

April 14th


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 League



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, April 12th – Kelli Uxa, Kate Wacker

Friday, April 13th – Mary Beth Stevens, Jane Stromberg

Monday, April 16th – Meghan Vaninger, Kathy Vodicka

Tuesday, April 17th – Sara Weller, Amy Weston

Wednesday, April 18th  –  Molly Roell, Toni Zychinski

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.  


Fundraising Powered by OneCause, creator of BidPalFramed #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. 


St. Gabriel Board Of Education Election for 2018

Our community is fortunate to have seven applicants for open positions on the Board of Education.  The Board wishes to thank all applicants for their interest in the Board and willingness to serve in this capacity.  There are three elected positions open each year.  Msgr. Shamleffer appoints a fourth person to the board each year.

Please take the time to review the candidates, learn about their reasons for interest and how they can contribute to the Board of Education.

You may vote for three candidates.  Please only vote ONE time – either online (see link in eblast/below) OR on a paper ballot (see attached.)  Paper copies will also be available in the church bulletin and sent home in the Wednesday folder on April 18.  Paper ballots can be submitted in the weekend offertory, the rectory, or to the school office (in an envelope labeled “Board of Education Ballot”.)

Online voting Link:


Voting closes on Monday, May 7.

Please contact Kristin Busch at 314.699.0590 or busch.kristi@gmail.com with any questions.


Part Time Job Opening In The School Kitchen

Are you interested in a Part-Time job that will work around your child’s school hours and their days off?  Hours are 9:30 – 1:30 Mon-Friday.  You can even come work a day or two to see if it is a good fit for you.  If you are interested in more information please contact Jill at 314-578-0157 or email at stgablunch@gmail.com


Final Reminder Summer Program

Summer program registration was Sunday, April 8th

If you missed registration, there is still limited capacity but you must mail or deliver completed registration and health forms with a deposit check by Wednesday, April 18th to:

Erin Grady

7604 Mission Valley Dr. 

St. Louis, MO 63123


Lisa Grimm

5717 Itaska St.

St. Louis, MO 63109

Below are the forms that need to be completed:

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

The deposit will be $25/per week per child with a maximum of $450 per family.  Checks should be made out to St. Gabriel the Archangel.  The deposit is deducted from the total cost of the summer program.  

If you’ve been spring breaking so long that this is all new to you, the details of the program are here:  Information Sheet

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 are still needed to make our Book Fair a success! 

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 3-4:15pm

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 or janebene75@gmail.com

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 at caroline.wegman@gmail.com. We will provide questions to jump start your conversation.

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!!!

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that we are halfway through All About Books week where we try to raise as much money as we can to put more books in our classrooms.  You can send any denomination of money that is easiest for you.

The homeroom at each grade level who brings in the most will get to decide what book character their teacher dresses as for a day!

The homeroom that brings in the most money overall will get an extra 15-minute recess to enjoy!

Thanks for all you do to support literacy at St. Gabriel School!


Mrs. Jennifer Ronshausen



Grandparent’s Day

We are excited to celebrate our grandparents on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 for GrandparentsDay.  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.

9:00-9:30            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.

9:30-10:00          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.


10:00                    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.
  2. The applicant may apply on his/her own behalf or be nominated.
  3. The application must be postmarked by the deadline noted on the application.  The deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018.
  4. 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



St. Gabe’s Robotics Program

Is your kiddo interested in robotics? Are they interested, but not too sure what it’s all about? Well, join us for a short (6 lesson) introductory course with Mr. B and Ms. McKinlay!

Beginning Tuesday, April 17, we are excited to offer a short, introductory Robotics program for students in grades 5-7. We will meet in the Computer Lab on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-3:45. The program will run until May 03, to give those students who are interested in joining our robotics team next year an idea on what robotics is all about! If your kiddo is interested, please contact Ms. McKinlay at nmckinlay@stgabschool.org


Cardinal’s Game Order Form