Job well done! to our Mission students who represented the elementary school at a Veterans Recognition luncheon hosted by San Gabriel's Rotary International Club and the City of San Gabriel. At an event attended by over one hundred community members, our scouts from troops including Mission Troop 261, presented the Color Guard at the opening ceremonies for the event. In addition, hand written "Thank You" cards were made and presented to veterans who attended the event, active military members, and the families who represented veterans who have passed. We are so proud of our scouts as they represented our school honorably!
We would like to share a special message from Sister Carolyn Marie Monahan, O.P. (past Principal at Mission Elementary) to our teachers and staff.
Dear Friends - as we pray together for peace in our communities, our country and our world, know that I am so very grateful to each of you for the many ways you are teaching peace as a living reality in your schools. You encounter so many challenges throughout the days and seek ways to model peace and teach peace as a how we can best live together. May the children you teach today be the peacemakers of the future!
As I was going through files, I found the attached sheet of quotes - Children thinking about peace. Perhaps it can spark some thoughts among your own children. My favorite comes from Robert Fulghum . . . remember the fellow who reminded us that all we really need to know we learned in kindergarten!! I cannot read it without a smile and hope that peace could be this contagious!
Special gratitude and prayer for each of you today - Sister Carolyn Marie
Below please find scheduled VIRTUS training sessions in the San Gabriel Valley Region. If you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, or relative and would like to participate in field trips, yard duty, or other student related activities, you must attend one of these sessions and provide the school with a certificate of completion. Seating is limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible.
Students enjoyed ice cream sandwiches today as we celebrated the founding and "birthday" of our school. Over 100 years ago, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose came to Mission San Gabriel Arcangel to open a school for the families living around the Mission. Today, 105 years later, the Dominican Sisters are still serving their community through our school. San Gabriel Mission Elementary has had over 11,000 students walk through our school halls since 1912. We are grateful for our students, our families, our parish supporters, our alumni, and the community for allowing us to bring our academic program to the San Gabriel Valley.
San Gabriel Mission Elementary loves our grandparents...and all the special people in the lives of our students. Today we celebrated our Grandparents and all of our special relatives with a Mass celebrated by Father Ray. We are most appreciative of our Grandparents because they enrich the lives of our students, our families, and our school community.
Our upper junior high classes had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and experience the Vatican Splendors Exhibit before it journeys on to its next location. The exhibition had many works of art and other significant objects that have never left the Vatican. It illustrated the evolution of the Church and its papacy starting with Saint Peter all the way through the papacy of Pope Francis. Students also toured the Library exhibits and went aboard the same Air Force One that flew President Reagan over 600,000 miles.
We kicked off the school year with our first Mass celebrated by our new Claretian priests, Father Ray Smith and Father Paulus Marandi. Celebrating Mass as a student body is a gift for our families, staff, and students and we are most grateful for the opportunity to live our faith. In the words of Pope Francis, "Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life."
Always one of the best days of the school year, Mission Day was a great success! The star attraction was the jail, where many faculty, staff, and students spent time....even our very own Principal, Sister Sharon. Thank you to our students and families for supporting this enjoyable event.
San Gabriel Mission Elementary School gratefully announces receipt of a "C3 Ignite" Grant from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Department of Catholic Schools. The C3: Ignite Grant will provide Mission Elementary with Sprint connected Apple iPad air devices to accelerate the learning and growth of all our students starting in the new school year. The grant further provides educational content resources and training and support for our teachers. Archbishop José H. Gomez remarked, “C3: Ignite will enable our schools to utilize the power of technology with their compelling focus on faith formation, academic excellence and improved opportunities for the students and their families.” We are both excited and thankful to embark on this new program that will help us focus on personalized learning for our students.
On Tuesday, May 10th, San Gabriel Mission Church will be offering fingerprinting for those parents or relatives who are interested in participating in any school-related events. Please call the Rectory Office at (626) 457-3035 to make an appointment.