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From the Principal's Desk

 

November 1, 2014

Dear Parents and Friends,

November is here!  This is one of my favorite times of the year because I love the Thanksgiving season.  I feel that it is often overlooked because the stores move directly from Halloween to Christmas in their marketing.  I hate this because we need to have a time to express gratitude to those who have helped us along life’s path.  Gratitude means counting your blessings, noticing the simple pleasures in life and acknowledging the goodness in our lives.  Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25 percent.  It maintains a hopeful personality, helps people feel more positive emotions, allows us to relish good experiences and improves our health by building stronger relation- ships.  By cultivating and actually stating appreciation for all that is good and wonderful, we can experience more joy in our lives.  By noticing and appreciating the good in our lives, we enjoy these blessings rather than taking them for granted.  Saying “thank you” allows us to acknowledge the many blessings that are around us. 

Expressing gratitude needs to be more than just an occasional activity; we need it to become a constant in our lives.  It doesn’t have to always be a verbal expression.  We can hold inside a deep inner feeling of thankfulness which increases our connection to Jesus.  Expressing gratefulness helps us to value our- selves and recognize that the source of all goodness lies outside ourselves, connecting us to something larger.  We gain inner peace and know that Christ is there with love and support surrounding us always.

This holiday season, rather than letting life’s challenges burden you, practice gratitude and appreciate the abundance that is present in your life.   Why not try one of the following with your children this month?

  • Write a thank you note to someone expressing your appreciation of that person’s impact on your life.
  • Keep a journal to write down everything you are grateful for on each day.
  • Reflect daily on what was good about the day.  Try to identify 4-5 items.
  • Use prayer to nurture gratitude

Whatever activity you choose to do, I hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I am thankful that I get to work for such wonderful families.  Thank you for the many blessings you have given me.

Sincerely,

Pam Huelsman
Principal
St. Gabriel the Archangel

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November

"News You Can Use"


Rosetta Stone . . .
Click here to access the Rosetta Stone program

For anyone interested in purchasing headsets to use with the program at home on your PC, these are the headphones we use with Rosetta Stone at school. They sell for around $20 each. Rosetta Stone recommends USB style headsets for PC use.

CONFIRMATION . . .

Congratulations to our 8th grade students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.

PTSO CHILI SUPPER . . .

The PTSO would like to thank all the families that supported the Chili Supper.  It was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

Shadowing . . .
Attention 7th and 8th graders. Attached are the rules and forms needed to shadow a high school student at one of the many local catholic high schools.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council Events 2014-2015

  • November 11-25: Canned Food Drive
    Bring in 10 cans and receive a uniform break!  All items are donated to Fern Creek United Ministries to help people in our area.  Canned meat, fish and peanut butter are the most needed items.  The homeroom who brings in the most cans will receive a prize!
  • November 14: $1 Mix Match Day Uniform Break
    Students may wear jeans and crazy shirts, socks, shoes and hats.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • December 2: Uniform Break for Canned Food  
    Wear a favorite shirt with jeans or uniform pants or skirts.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • December 18: $1 Red/Green/Ugly Sweater Day (teacher contest)  
    Wear a red or green shirt and/or Christmas hat with jeans, uniform pants or uniform skirt.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • January 13-14: Lollipop Sale   
    $0.50 each   Limit 4 the first day. 
  • January 30: Pep Rally and Uniform Break   
    Student appreciation day!  Wear a favorite shirt and jeans or uniform pants or skirt.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • February 13: $1 Pink/Red/Purple Day  
    Wear a red, pink or purple shirt with jeans, uniform  skirts or pants.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • March 20: $1 Sports Dress Down  
    Support your favorite team.  Wear a team shirt or jersey with jeans or uniform pants or skirt.   All uniform break policies must be followed.
  • March 25-26: Bake Sale 
    Bring in 1 dozen individually wrapped cookies, brownies or other baked good and receive a uniform break.  Students will shop during recess.  Items are $0.50
  • March 30: Uniform Break for Bake Sale   
    Wear a favorite shirt with jeans or uniform pants or skirts.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • April 17: $1 Disney/Marvel Uniform Break  
    Dress as your favorite Disney or Marvel character. Do you love Cinderella, Doc McStuffins, or Pocahontas?  Maybe you like Prince Charming, Power Rangers, Captain America or Iron Man.  Come dressed appropriately for school as your favorite character.   No hair color, make-up etc.
  • April 24: Beach Day   
    Wear a favorite top with jeans, capris or uniform shorts.  Bring a  beach towel, sunglasses and hat for lunch outside.  Students can wear sandals or flip-flops but remember to wear tennis shoes for PE.  All other uniform break policies must be followed.
  • April 30: Walk-a-thon Snow Cone 
    Student Council will provide all students with a snow cone after their walk.   Additional snow cones for siblings or parents can be purchased for $1.
  • May 13: $1 Popsicle Sale  
    Students can purchase a giant freeze pop at recess.  Limit


LIBRARY NEWS

Thank you to all who supported our Fall Scholastic book fair.  We had a profit of $1,600.  We also received $450 in books from the fair. Students may still sign up to participate in the Outstanding Catholic Reader program.  Students read 8 to 10 book titles from the OCR list and receive a certificate at the end of the school year for participating.

SCHOOL LITURGY CHOIR
Choir is available to students in grades 3-8.  Practice will be on Tuesdays from 2:45 until 3:45 p.m. in the Church.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tipton at mtipton@stgabriel.net.

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSING SCHEDULE . . .

When weather conditions cause school openings to be questionable, one of the following announcements will be made for the Catholic Elementary Schools in Jefferson County.

  1. “All Catholic Elementary Schools in Jefferson County are open” – St. Gabriel is open
  2. “Catholic Elementary Schools in Jefferson County will be open, but on a delayed schedule.”  St. Gabriel will be on a two-hour delay.  Buses will run two hours late.  Gym will open at 9:25 a.m. for student arrival.  Classes will start at 10:00 a.m.  Dismissal will be at regular time.
  3. “All Catholic Schools in Jefferson County are closed.” – St. Gabriel is closed.

We will contact parents through our notification system if conditions dictate a change.  For additional information, refer to the handbook (pgs. 25 & 26).

ABSENTEE REPORTING . . .

If a student is unable to come to school because of illness or will be late because of an appointment, the parent is expected to notify the school office by either calling 239-5535 and selecting option 1 before 8:30 a.m. or sending an email to absentee@stgabriel.net.  If you are sending an email to your child’s teacher, please copy absentee@stgabriel.net

PULL TABS

Thank you to all those that continue saving and turning in the pulls tabs for the summer cancer camp for kids.  Melanie (5-SC) and Daniel Sherrard (1-SH) brought in over 11 pounds!

BOX TOPS
Please continue saving Box Tops for our school and enjoy the monthly uniform break.  Please trim them and check the expiration date.

FACEBOOK . . .

The school’s official Facebook account has been set up. Join St. Gabriel the Archangel School! Come visit us!!!!

Congratulations to . . .

Those students who made our most recent Honor Roll

Grant a Wish. . .

Want to help a teacher with a classroom want or need. Check out the Grant a Wish page.

Yearly Calendar for 2014-2015 . . .

Raffle Winners . . .
Raffle Tickets are still available for the daily drawing. Don't be left out. Contact the school office for information.

August
Date
September
Date
October Date November December
8/14
Eleanor Montgomery $100
9/1
Labor Day
10-1
Brandy Crush $25
11-3
Craig Valente $250
   
8/15
Marcia Brey $25
9/2
Don Valente $25
10-2
Kathy Jarvi $25
11-4
Dina Elmore $25
   
8/18
Shaun Kennedy $25
9/3
Jennifer Carson $25
10-3
Jennifer Kavanagh $50
11-5
Theresa Warman $25
   
8/19
Noah Milliner $25
9/4
Dana Sinkhorn $25
10-6
Roni Hester $250
11-6
Leslie Moore $25
   
8/20
Selana Hayes $25
9/5
No Name
10-7
Katie Talheimer $25
11-7
Nancy Akers $50
   
8/21
Stacey Maxwell $25
9/8
Teara Osterhage $250
10-8
Sherry Neat $25
11-10
Karla Murphy $25    
8/22
Jim Patton $50
9/9
Rebecca Glasser $25
10-14
Paula Elder $25
11-11
Jamie Harris $25
   
8/25
Jennifer Carson $25
9/10
Lena Perry $25
10-15
Stephanie Kaufman $25
11-12
Patricia Walker $25
   
8/26
Baxter Moore $25
9/11
Stephanie Jarboe $25
10-16
Sheryl Kremer $25
11-13

Becky Woodrow $25

   
8/27
Denise Chancellor $25
9/12
Steve Burmester $50
10-17
Donnie Sjmpson $50
11-14
Pam Huelsman $50
   
8/28
Jenny Murphy $25
9/15
Melissa Engler $25
10-20
Susan Engel $25
11-17
SNOW DAY
   
8/29
Carol Ray $50
9/16
Rosetta Hammond $25
10-21 Rhonda Corrigan $25
11-18
Whitney Stephens $25
   
    9/17
Suzanne Layman $25
10-22 Pam Huelsman $25
11-19
Fred Oechslin $25
   
    9/18
Donna Chamberlain $25
10-23 Whitney Stephens $25
11-20
Mike Bullock $25
   
    9/19
Brian Schroll $50
10-24 Angie Kordis $50
11-21
     
    9/22
Tom Corrigan $25
10-27 Whitney Stevens $25        
    9/23
Christi Schroll $25
10-28 Karen Bullock $25        
    9/24
Tracy Freville $25
10-29 Melissa Taylor $25        
    9/25
Matt Sutton $25
10-30
terri Embry $25
       
    9/26
Lena Perry $50
10-31
Matt Bowen $25
       
    9/29
Kim Page $25
           
    9/30
Gayle Moore $25
           


 

 

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Prayer of St. Gabriel

(Written by St. Gabriel Student Council Members)

O heavenly Father, please bless the students, staff and faculty of St. Gabriel. Please grant the children of our school the gift of spiritual, academic, social and emotional education. Please help us to continue to work together as a Christian family. Please allow us to build our Catholic identity, and continue the rich history and heritage of our Catholic Education. May we accept the differences of everyone's unique needs, talents and abilities. May we reflect the images of Jesus by living the "Spirit of St. Gabriel" In your name, our Lord, we pray. Amen

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Theme for 2014-2015

"How Full is Your Bucket?"

 

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS- Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

Print Friendly Versions of Monthly Updates

Cafeteria Menu
newsletter Newsletter

Catholic Schools' Week
January 25-31, 2015

Monthly School Calendar

Monthly Tips from the Counselor's Office

 

Archdiocesan Monthly Cafeteria Menu - with nutrition information

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St. Gabriel has been distinguished as a

SMART Showcase School

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St. Gabriel the Archangel School   |   5503 Bardstown Rd.   |   Louisville, Kentucky 40291-1909   |   (502) 239-5535   |   skremer@stgabriel.net