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  • St. Gabriel Catholic School December 2014

    Dear Families:

    As we enter the season of Advent to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus,

    it is rather suitable that this month’s virtue is CHARITY. Many of us are already

    engaging in the mad rush to purchase gifts to put under the tree on the 25th, but

    let us be mindful of the fact that charity is not always about giving material things.

    Our quote for the month is, “Where charity and love are, God is there”. As St.

    Thomas Aquinas described it, “Charity is friendship first with God and secondly

    with all who belong to God." (2a2ae, 25,4). *

    This

    Christmas

    End a quarrel.

    Seek out a forgotten

    Friend. Dismiss suspicion,

    And replace it with trust…

    Write a love letter. Share some

    Treasure. Give a soft answer. En-

    Courage youth. Manifest your loyalty

    In word and deed. Keep a promise. Find the

    Time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen.

    Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand.

    Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone

    Else. Appreciate. Be kind; be gentle. Laugh a little. Laugh

    A little more. Deserve confidence. Take issue against malice.

    Express your gratitude. Go to church. Welcome a stranger. Gladden

    The heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

    Speak your love.

    Speak it again.

    Speak it still

    Once again.

    Peace and love begin With simple kindness,

    And joy to the world happens One heart at a time.

    Merry Christmas to you and your families.

    P. Greco W. Kwon

    Principal Vice Principal

    St. Gabriel Catholic School

    396 Spring Garden Ave. Toronto, Ontario

    M2N 3H5 416-393-5256

    FAX: 416 393-5199

    Principal P. Greco

    Vice Principal

    W. Kwon

    Secretary P. Monaco

    Head Caretaker

    S. Coulter

    Superintendent: J. Shain

    416-222-8282

    Trustee: M. Rizzo

    416-512-3405

    CSAC Chair: M. Sparkman 416-397-6800

    Mailbox #88256 [email protected]

    Parish:

    St. Gabriel Catholic Church 670 Sheppard Ave. E.

    416-221-8866 Pastor: Fr. Brando

    Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    ____________________________

  • STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

    The Student of the Month Award is to recognize

    students’ positive characteristics and actions towards

    other students, staff and parents in our school

    community. We would like to congratulate the following students who were chosen as recipients of the Virtue

    of the Month for November. The virtue was

    PEACEMAKING.

    Soo Park Andrei Ganon

    Elsa Ko Jackson Sparkman

    Jordyn Wheeler Therese Celis

    Keith Dayate Samantha Smith

    Denasia Evans Jullie Lee

    Maria Lopez-Bravo Seung Joo Oh

    Amy Pimentel Amelia D’Alessandro

    Josie Hanna Richard Antigua

    Andre Panganiban Reichman De Morgan

    Julian Sanchez

    ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WINTER

    CLOTHING DRIVE

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a

    charitable organization that works to

    relieve individuals of struggles with poverty, suffering,

    and loneliness. Each year, through generous donations,

    it provides countless individuals and families in need

    with free, clean and seasonable appropriate clothing.

    If you are looking for a way to help those who are

    homeless and vulnerable this holiday season, please

    consider making a donation to our St. Vincent de Paul

    winter clothing drive.

    In keeping with December’s virtue of the month,

    Charity, from December 1st until December 12th the

    grade 8 students will be collecting the following items:

    winter coats, jackets, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats.

    Items can be for men, women or children; however, we

    are kindly requesting that they be clean and gently

    used.

    WINTER CLOTHING Winter weather is upon us. Parents are reminded to

    ensure that their children have hats, gloves, boots,

    scarves and warm winter coats. We also ask that the

    students bring a pair of indoor shoes for school during

    the snowy days. A reminder that all students are required to be

    outdoors during morning, lunch and afternoon recess.

    The school’s policy maintains that students who are not

    well enough to go outdoors should be kept at home.

    Children will be kept indoors only during inclement

    weather or when the wind chill factor is high. We thank

    you in advance for your cooperation and support in this

    matter.

    HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN AND LOVE

    MATHEMATICS

    Parents, school and the local community have the shared task

    of nurturing our students' confidence in learning mathematics

    and in applying their mathematical knowledge to solve real-life

    problems. The disposition of appreciating and enjoying

    mathematics is necessary for our students to persevere in

    learning mathematics with depth and precision, and to

    continuously improve the clarity of their mathematical

    communication. It is common knowledge that parent's/

    guardian's attitudes toward mathematics has an impact on

    children's attitudes towards mathematics. In fact, students

    whose parents/guardians show an interest in and enthusiasm

    for mathematics around the home will be more likely to develop

    that enthusiasm themselves and persevere to learn and

    succeed in Mathematics.

    Participate in your child's learning of mathematics by:

    -demonstrating a positive attitude towards mathematics

    learning

    -expecting your child to do and solve mathematical activities

    and problems

    -encouraging your child to persevere when the mathematical

    work becomes difficult

    -appreciating different ways to calculate and solve math

    problems

    -listening carefully to your child’s explanation of a solution to

    a lesson problem

    -estimate and count everything and anything in different

    ways (forwards, backwards, by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, etc.)

    -playing board and card games

    -solving jigsaw puzzles, number puzzles and logic puzzles

    -building models with different materials (e.g. lego, stacking

    blocks, popsicle sticks)

    -involving your child in household activities that involve math

    (e.g. measuring in the kitchen, making patterns in the garden)

    -looking for and describing mathematics in the books you

    read with your child (e.g. find patterns, count objects, find

    shapes, identify probability)

    -support homework completion by being a co-learner and

    providing encouragement to persevere to think

    mathematically

    REPORTING OF CANCELLATIONS OR CLOSURES

    DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

    Winter weather arrived early this year. Please note that any

    cancellations or closures due to inclement weather will be

    reported before 7 a.m. Best place to get the info quickly is

    through Twitter @TCDSB (please follow us), the board’s

    website www.tcdsb.org and the 24-hour telephone

    information line 416-222-8282 ext. 2873.

    Angela Gauthier, Director of Education 80 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto, ON ∙ Website: www.tcdsb.org

    http://www.tcdsb.org/

  • KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

    Kindergarten Registrations will begin for all Elementary

    Schools on Thursday January 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

    Parents/guardians with children born in 2011 or earlier

    and who will be enrolling in Kindergarten, have the

    opportunity to apply on-line using the “Student On-line

    Admission and Registration” platform known as S.O.A.R.

    and found at the following link: http://soar.tcdsb.org.

    Parents will be able to complete an application for

    registration from the convenience of their own home,

    the office, a public library, or anywhere there is

    internet access, 24 hours a day. The on-line application

    also offers access to translations in different

    languages with built-in help functions and features.

    Alternately, families may choose to register in person

    at our school. We will begin to accept registrations at

    10:00 a.m. on January 8th.

    As part of the registration process, school staff will

    meet with parents. These meetings may be scheduled

    on the electronic application or in person at the school.

    During the meeting, school staff will verify the original

    documentation requires for registration. This consists

    of a Baptismal Certificate, Birth Certificate and/or

    Passport, Immunization record, proof of residence and

    Application for Direction of School support.

    Applications to register children in grades other than

    Kindergarten can also be done on the online S.O.A.R.

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