St. Gabriel Catholic School December 2014
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). *
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
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
Secretary P. Monaco
Superintendent: J. Shain
Trustee: M. Rizzo
CSAC Chair: M. Sparkman 416-397-6800
Mailbox #88256 [email protected]
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
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
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WINTER
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
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
HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN AND LOVE
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
-expecting your child to do and solve mathematical activities
-encouraging your child to persevere when the mathematical
work becomes difficult
-appreciating different ways to calculate and solve math
-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
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
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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