I’m Mindy Poland, this year’s Chair of the St. Gabriel Parent Organization. I want to welcome all returning families and our new families to the 2017-2018 school year! This is my 9th year as a St. Gabriel parent and 6th year on the Parent Board.
The Parent Board sponsors the many fundraisers and family events throughout the school year. The board is the liaison between the event chairpersons, school and parish.
We start this year with the first day of school “Welcome Back Breakfast” and keep on going with many fun events, such as the International Food Faire, Santa’s Breakfast, Crab Dinner and the Carnival, just to name a few. As many of you know, we have a very enthusiastic parent community at St. Gabriel and for that we say, THANK YOU! These events could not be successful without you. If you are new to the school, it is a fantastic way to get to know your St. Gabriel community even better!
The money raised throughout the school year from these events all goes back into the school. Last school year we helped purchase new chromebooks for all of 7th and 8th grade. This is a great accomplishment! And one we plan to continue this year. Our parent involvement is what keeps our school at the top of its game – and just as important, it keeps our tuition down, our classrooms updated and our school grounds clean and safe. There will be many opportunities for volunteering this year – and truly, it sets a great example for our children to see so many parent volunteers. Being part of a larger community in order to make it a better place, makes us better people. We are lucky to have each other.
And with that, I wish you a wonderful school year ahead! I look forward to meeting our new families and to catching up with old friends. Please feel free to contact any member of the parent board or me if you have any questions or ideas you would like to share.
All the best for a fantastic year,