Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have been very busy in kindergarten visiting with a wide array of guest speakers! Over the last few months we have visited with musicians (Yaki was in to sing with the children); firefighters (who went over fire safety tips in the home and the stop drop and roll technique); a police officer (who gave a grand tour of his equipment and patrol car, including a demonstration of flashing lights and siren)! We have had non human visitors as well. The children have been fascinated watching the development of live butterflies in the classroom. Recently we released the butterflies out into the yard. We are also visiting with live chicks. We have been busy planting our fairy gardens, vegetables and trees.

Please note that the last freezie sale is on Wednesday June 7th. Also, keep a close eye on the communication bag next week as we will be sending out an invitation home for the Father's Day visit  at the school (we alternate from one year to the next between a visit at Mother's Day and one for Father's Day and this year is the fathers' turn.

Please keep in mind that the weather is variable and that the children at times will dress for cold or warm, wet or dry weather in the same day. Also, sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses all help to protect the children and it is a good idea for them to bring these items to school.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ms Axford Couch
Mme Kelly

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello all,

Just a quick note to let you know that there will be a book sale tomorrow. The sale is a grade 5 fundraiser and the kindergarten children are welcome to bring in some change and buy a book or two.

Also, the weather is still cold: lets remember neck warmers and warm clothing.Anyone who has forgotten to send back a nap time blanket is welcome to send one in, the classroom can get chilly (sweaters are also handy to have in the classroom). Take care,
Ms. Couch/ Madame Kelly

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February news continued:

Hello again. Just to clarify, double lunch day was supposed to be today (Wednesday) but because the buses were cancelled it has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday). Thank you for your support for this February act of kindness.

Ms. Couch/Mme Kelly
Dear Parents,

We would like to share a few items to keep in mind for February.

There is a lot of glare from the sun on the ice and snow. Feel free to send the children with a pair of sunglasses to prevent damage to the eyes from the sun. A warm cozy sweater is always useful at school as it can, from time to time, get chilly during the day in the classroom.

The children in kindergarten are collecting second-hand shoes for an organization called Soles for Souls. The organization collects gently used shoes and re-distributes them to those in need. The kindergarten classes have selected this project of shoe collection as their social justice initiative this year. They have created posters to advertise for the collection and have made announcements in the morning over the intercom system. Please send in any shoes that you no longer need. We will be collecting throughout the month of February. Thank you for your support.

Valentine's Day is almost upon us. The educators would like to keep this celebration focused on the themes of friendship and kindness and stay away from the giving of candy and treats. The children are welcome to bring little cards. If you would like to put "from" with your child's name on each card (we have 27 children in the classroom) but NOT put "to" a given student. This way it is easier for the children to distribute one card to each student in the class without the confusion of everyone trying to read names and deliver cards all at once.

Thank you, have a wonderful month of February.

Ms. Couch and Madame Kelly

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 2017

January 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

Ms Couch and Madame Kelly hope that you have had a restful, safe and merry Christmas with your loved ones. We thank you so much for your kindness and support and for the lovely Christmas wishes, kind words, cards and gifts. We wish you all the best for 2017: Happy New Year.

The nice break from harsh weather seems to be over and just a reminder to dress children very warmly (layers work best to protect from the cold) and neck warmers are easier for children than scarves if they are very elastic neck warmers. Keep these items in mind: hats that cover ears, extra mittens and socks and a warm change of clothing for the children's cubicals should their clothing get soaked from a snow or puddle (long sleeved shirts and change of underwear should be included in their change of clothing ziplock bag). Also the classroom can get chilly at times so each child should have a sweater that fits them at school should they need it. The children are growing and some have grown out of their shoes. Check in with your child to see if they are still comfortable in their school shoes and if not, you may have your child bring home the outgrown shoes and bring in a pair that fit well (keeping in mind that the winter socks are bulkier).

As it is very chilly, keep in mind that the Kindergarten pick-up time is 3:20 at the gate at the back of the school. Picking the children up promptly will not only make them feel more comfortable but will also aid with the congestion as the large numbers of older students and their parents arrive at the gate for pick up.

God Bless you and take good care,


Ms. Couch and Madame Kelly

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Advent season has arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. Each of the classes at St. Gabriel School will be involved in our Advent project to help those in need. Each class, from Kindergarten through grade six, will contribute to allow us to prepare a “hamper” for 17 families from our sister school.

Each student is being asked to bring in a specific item for the food hamper. If you are able, a donation of $2.00 for the family would also be most appreciated. Monies collected will go towards the purchase of a grocery store gift card for each family, so the family can purchase a turkey and fresh fruit and vegetables. Should you still have any, we are also asking for donations of Canadian Tire money which will be used to purchase gifts for the families.

We encourage the students to complete a chore at home to earn their own money, so that they experience the gift of giving. Your child is invited to bring in 1 package razors. We will be collecting the hamper items and money from Monday, December 5th until Friday, December 16th.

** Please note we also welcome donations of hats and mittens to send to families in need in our school board.  

Thank you for your generosity and support during the Advent Season.

God Bless,

St. Gabriel Catholic School Staff

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Nov. 26, 2016

Dear Parents,

Just two items:

1) On Tuesday we will have a dental screening at St. Gabriel. If you do not want your child to participate please indicate this in the communication book. Thanks.

2) We are now entering the season of Advent. Keep an eye out for the Advent note that will come home tomorrow in the communication bag. The children will bring home a wreath (made from a paper plate) which they may bring home and keep taped to a special spot. The children will be making Advent candles and will bring these home and place them in the wreath as we move through the weeks ahead.

Take care and God bless,

Ms. Couch and Madame Murphy