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St. Gabriel's Catholic School

The Journey Ahead

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

 

Dear St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Community,
 
We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. It is with sincere gratitude that we extend our appreciation to all of you who have been so supportive and patient in these times.

In the last week of May a Task Force was formed to determine the path forward for providing our children with the exceptional educational experience they deserve while maintaining a safe and healthy on-campus environment for all of the stakeholders within our community. In addition to the work and analysis performed by the Task Force, an incredible amount of preparation and planning has been undertaken by our faculty, staff and administration with the support of our Board of Trustees. The tireless effort and unselfish leadership of our faculty and staff in these times has been truly impressive to witness!

St. Gabriel’s plan for returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year is outlined below. This plan was developed to allow for family choice, with a principal focus on the wellbeing of our community while remaining mindful of our mission to deliver the extraordinary St. Gabriel’s experience.

Tuesday, August 18

  • School begins with distance learning for ALL students; Staggered supply and technology pickup for designated grade levels (pickup schedule will be shared soon)

Monday, August 24:

  • Pre-K - 1st students return to campus; families in this group electing the remote learning option continue remote learning

  • All 2nd - 4th students participate in remote learning  

  • All 5th - 8th students participate in remote learning

 

Monday, August 31:

  • Pre-K - 1st students continue on campus / remote as previously elected

  • 2nd - 4th students return to campus / continue remote learning as previously elected 

  • All 5th - 8th students participate in remote learning

 

Tuesday, September 8:

  • Pre-K - 1st students continue on campus / remote as previously elected

  • 2nd - 4th students continue on campus / remote as previously elected

  • 5th - 8th students return to campus / continue remote learning as previously elected

 

In addition to this timeline, there are several important steps for you as a family:

 

  • Please review the Re-Entry Website which provides important information with regards to protocols for the fall and the various plans we will use for On-Campus and Remote Learning.

  • Read the Messenger.  This week you will be provided information about your Grade Level Parent Information Sessions.

  • An election form regarding your choice of on-campus or remote learning has been provided for you on the mySGCS platform.  This form is due to be completed no later than August 10, 2020.

 

Finally, in addition to serving as good examples to our children and caring for our faculty by following the recommended health and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must lead our children through these difficult times by displaying the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance.  This fall there will be many questions to answer, frustrations might arise and seemingly insurmountable obstacles may present themselves.  As a community working together we will persevere and flourish, providing a superior educational experience in a loving Catholic environment that calls forth excellence in the lives of our students.

God Bless,

Ron Zboril                                                    Colleen Lynch
Board of Trustees Chairman                    Head of School

Colossians 3:14

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The Journey Ahead

Return to Learning

   ISSION STATEMENT:  St. Gabriel’s Catholic School educates children in a Christ-centered environment that fosters character formation through scholastic excellence and physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.

VISION STATEMENT:  The St. Gabriel’s community will flourish by providing a superior educational experience in a loving Catholic environment that calls forth excellence in the lives of our students.

Reopening Plan Priorities:

St. Gabriel’s will make all decisions and modifications in regard to reopening plans in alignment with the Mission and Vision of the School.

 

St. Gabriel’s reopening plans will prioritize the physical, spiritual, and emotional health and safety of our students, their families, and our faculty and staff.

 

St. Gabriel’s will consistently communicate reopening plans as they evolve to continue the strong partnership between home and school that is an essential tenet of our community.

 

St. Gabriel’s will provide an educational experience that is exceptional, dynamic, interactive, and intentional regardless of learning format. 

 

St. Gabriel’s will leverage technology and instructional resources to support all aspects of a superior educational experience.

 

St. Gabriel’s will ensure that our culture of integrity, caring, and excellence is delivered regardless of learning format.

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THE JOURNEY AHEAD

Re-Entry Plan

Re-Entry Options
 

The St. Gabriel’s Task Force is diligently planning for every possibility for the 2020-21 school year. SGCS will provide On-campus, Distance, Synchronous Remote, and Hybrid Learning Plans to be ready should the need arise. Click below to learn more!

Health Procedures
 

St. Gabriel’s is following CDC and TEA health guidelines closely as we implement health procedures for our community. These procedures will be updated in accordance with updates in CDC and TEA guidance over time. Click below to learn more!

 

Facilities Procedures

Our beautiful campus facilities have been updated in accordance with CDC and TEA guidelines. Click below to also learn more about carpool procedures, lunch procedures, and policies for campus visitors.

 

Lower School
Education Plans
 

St. Gabriel’s Lower School remains committed to providing exceptional, dynamic, interactive, and intentional educational experiences for our students. We will continue our commitment to educating the whole child (physical, emotional and spiritual) and believe that the personal interactions between students and faculty are critical to this holistic and responsive approach to education. 

Middle School
Education Plans
 

Through creative and innovative application of the most engaging state-of-the-art technological tools and platforms, St. Gabriel’s Middle School is designing instructional strategies to deepen the learning experience, empowering students with the proficiencies to comfortably navigate any academic environment. Join us as we delve into the future of education together!

 

Innovative Learning & STEAM Plans

The faculty of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School will continue to provide a dynamic, engaging, and progressive form of learning that incorporates Project-Based Learning (or PBL), STEAM, and other methods of inquiry and discovery of grade-level content through high-yield strategies. Click below to learn more!

 

Campus
Technology
 

St. Gabriel’s remains committed to leveraging best-in-class technology and outstanding support for students, parents, and faculty to enhance the student learning experience regardless of format.

SGCS August
Re-Entry Plan
 

Last Updated August 7th, 2020

Athletics
& After School Plans

Athletics and Enrichment Activities will continue to play a huge role in fulfilling St. Gabriel’s commitment to providing exceptional, dynamic, interactive, and intentional educational experiences while also caring for our students’ emotional and physical health.

 

SGCS Task Force

Coni Butler, Controller

Jacqui Glenn, Head of Lower School

Farah Golab, Director of Enrollment Mgt. and Financial Aid

Riley Litherland, Director of Student Activities

Colleen Lynch, Head of School

Linda Matyas, Director of Facilities

Audra McCleary, Director of Technology

Tracy Robson, Nurse

Koy Severino, Head of Middle School

Allison Starling, Director of Innovation

St. Gabriel's Catholic School

2500 Wimberly Lane | Austin, TX 78735

512.327.7755 | www.sgs-austin.org

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