Grade 9 Immunization Forms

The immunization days we had originally scheduled for March 1 & 2 for the Grade 9 students will be rescheduled in the coming months. Plans are underway to resume mass immunizations as of April 12, 2021. The Public Health nurse will return to the school tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23) to collect any consents that have been returned. If you have not already done so, please return asap.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Public Health Nurse:

Trina Walsh, BNRN
Public Health Nurse, Zone 4
Charles R. Bell Building
81 Kenmount Road
(709) 752-4234
trinam.walsh@easternhealth.ca

MDJH Reminders

  1. Term II Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 25, from 12:30-6:30pm. If you would like to make an appointment please use OPTIS. Parents/guardians have the option of doing a telephone conference or video conference. OPTIS is now open to schedule interviews.  
  2. Students will be dismissed at 11:21 on March 25, to accommodate the parent teacher interviews. Busses will bring the children home at that time. 
  3. We received calls today from community and Circle K employees who were  concerned about students forming large groups in the park area and Circle K Burger King at lunch time. These groups were not wearing masks, nor were they socially distancing. Can you please remind your child/ren about how important it is to wear a mask and distance at lunch time. It is only by abiding by the CHMO and Dr. Fitzgerald’s orders, that we can contain this virus. As was pointed out in the live briefing today, the latest variant spreads at a rapid rate and we all have to do our part. 
  4. Cafeteria service is available, but their online ordering system is down. Students are asked to write their order, name, and homeroom teacher on a piece of paper and provide correct change, it will be collected during homeroom.  Debit is not accepted at this time. Students will not be able to get food from the cafeteria if they do not place an order during homeroom.

Reminders for Thursday

We are looking forward to seeing our students face-to-face tomorrow!

Just a few gentle reminders that we would like you to review with your child/ren before tomorrow:

  • In-class instruction will begin Thursday, March 18. It will be Day 1. All students are expected to come to school and attend class for face-to-face instruction.
  • Bussing – Bus runs will start their normal run at normal time. ALL students will be required to wear masks over their mouth and nose while travelling on the bus to and from school.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times while in school (with the exception when eating and in gym). Please pack 2 -3 extra masks in case one should be misplaced. We will NOT be providing masks to students to replace lost ones. If a student does not have a mask, we will make a call home.
  • Cohorts – Students cannot wander the halls or go from one class to another visiting friends. They have to remain in their class with their cohort. They are permitted to leave the school at lunch.
  • Lockers – students may access their lockers only to drop off their coats and boots when they are entering and exiting the building. Their supplies will remain in their class so they will not be permitted to access their lockers at any other time during the school day.
  • Cafeteria service is available tomorrow but their online ordering system is down. So students are asked to write their order on a piece of paper and it will be collected with their money during homeroom.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

MDJH Virtual Museum

The 8-9 Virtual Museum was a project that was designed to connect the pieces of our current reality, in a Covid-19 lockdown at home, in a virtual classroom, with the history curriculum that we are studying in Grade 8. The students were tasked with asking members of their family about artifacts they might have at home and to gather information and pictures that they could then present virtually as a part of our MDJH virtual museum. With our classes being virtual and the students being home, it was the perfect time and place to bring everything together. The variety of artifacts that they found and the stories they told are incredible.

The result is a fantastic collection of artifacts from around the world that highlight our history and who we are as a society. The project has allowed students to connect with their families, their community, and each other. They became the teachers of history, and they have done their job exceptionally well.

To visit the Virtual Museum, click here.

Family Survey – Reminder

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your input is valuable to your school, your district, and the provincial government. We would like to thank those who have already completed the Family Survey. For those who have not yet completed the survey, we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey before the deadline of Friday, March 19, 2021.

Directions for Survey-Taking:

You may access and complete the anonymous survey online – from a computer or mobile device – by visiting the website below:

https://www.research.net/r/SDFamily2021EN

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.

Q and A Update

Question & Answers about the return to school on Thursday, March 18, Day 1:

    1. Busing – ALL students will be required to wear masks over their mouth and nose while travelling on the bus to and from school. Period 5 teachers will be asked to ensure students have their masks on when they leave the classroom and building.
    2. Online instruction will continue on Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17.
    3. In-class instruction will begin Thursday, March 18. It will be Day 1. All students are expected to come to school and attend class for face-to-face instruction. Online instruction will stop with in-class instruction on Thursday, March 18.
    4. Breakfast Club will start on Thursday, with a grab and go breakfast.
    5. Cafeteria Service – For Thursday, March 18, and Friday, March 19, online orders ONLY will be accepted for the Cafeteria. Please go to https://mdjh.info/2020/08/31/cafeteria-update/ for further direction.
    6. Lockers – students can drop off their coats and boots at their lockers.
    7. Takeout food/beverages – As per restrictions, no takeout food or beverages are permitted into the building. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle or reusable cup for their beverages.
    8. Gym and Library – Cohorts can go into the Gym/Library at their designated time at lunch.
    9. Masks – As set by the Special Measures Order of the Chief Medical Officer, students will be expected to wear masks at all times, properly covering their mouth and nose, except while eating. This is a change from previous rules when they were allowed to remove their masks while they were in class with their cohort. This is not the case any more. The only time students can lower their mask is during recess and lunch while eating and drinking when they will also be required to be seated at their desk. Students will also wear their mask while travelling on the bus to and from school, while walking throughout the building and during all classes, even when seated. More information can be found at NLESD: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17nP6QoPkDaIvWsm2XtP2u3r6alYhINIqSpas3V5QPXw/edit
    10. Sharing of materials – Students need to ensure that they have all of the supplies they need as they cannot share supplies with a classmate.
    11. Food Establishments – Under alert level 4, students are not allowed to eat in restaurants. Food may only be taken out.
    12. Chromebooks – The District has said that the Chromebooks for students will be arriving in March and April. ONLY those students and families that have returned their Agreement Form will be allocated a Chromebook. If you would like to have a Chromebook and have not already done so, please sign and return the form.

Reminders from MDJH

Good afternoon,

  1. There will be no school on Monday, March 15, as it is a district holiday.
  2. Tuesday, March 16, will be Day 6. (We lose day 5)
  3. We will continue with online learning next week for Tuesday and Wednesday only. Students will come back to school for in-school learning on Thursday, March 18, which will be Day 1.
  4. A detailed memo about the return to school protocols will be sent out on Tuesday.

Thanks and have an enjoyable weekend.

Important Dates (updated)

Online instruction will continue for:

  • Friday March 12 (Day 4)
  • Tuesday March 16 (Day 6)
  • Wednesday March 17 (Day 7)
In-class instruction (face to face) will begin Thursday March 18, 2021.
St. Patrick’s Day Holiday – Monday, March 15 (no classes)
Last day before Easter Break – Thursday, April 1
First day back after Easter Break – Monday, April 12

School Operations in Avalon During Public Health Level 4

In consultation with the Department of Education and Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) is preparing to resume full-time in-school instruction for all K-9 schools in the Avalon region. Meanwhile, high schools which cannot operate in Scenario 1, due to an inability to cohort and recently revised Public Health protocols, will all operate under the Scenario 3 (full-time online instruction) model.

These models will remain in effect until at least Thursday, April 1, and will be re-evaluated at the end of the scheduled Easter Break on April 9.

Please note, in Avalon Region:

● All K-9 students will begin full-time in-school instruction under Scenario 1 (near normal) on Thursday, March 18, with recently-updated health and safety protocols in place. These students will remain within their class cohorts throughout the school day.

● All high schools will continue to operate under Scenario 3 (full-time online instruction), with the exception of a small number which can operate under Scenario 1 due to an ability to cohort within a small school population.

Please note: In schools where in-school instruction has resumed, teachers will be engaged in face-to-face instruction, and online classes will not be available.

The District will continue to work closely with the Department of Education, educational partners, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health officials in the various regions of the province, to adhere to the recommendations and advice provided as the school year continues.

Avalon Region School Scenarios The following schools, or grades within schools, in the Avalon region will be operating under a Scenario 1 or 3 model. See: Protocols for Online Learning (Scenario 3). Specific start times for schools will be communicated to staff and families by the school administration.

Scenario 1 – In-school Instruction (66 Schools) – Effective March 18

  • All Primary/Elementary/Intermediate schools
  • Dunne Memorial (K-12)
  • Fatima Academy (K-12)
  • Horizon Academy
  • Hospital Schools
  • St. Catherine’s Academy (K-12)
  • Stella Maris Academy (K-12)

Scenario 3 – Online Instruction (19 schools) – Continuation. Effective Immediately

  • Ascension Collegiate
  • Baccalieu Collegiate (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Baltimore School (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Carbonear Collegiate (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Crescent Collegiate (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Gonzaga Regional High
  • Holy Heart Regional
  • High Holy Spirit High (Grades 9-12)
  • Holy Trinity High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Laval High School (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Mobile Central High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Mount Pearl Senior High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • O’Donel High School
  • Prince of Wales Collegiate
  • Queen Elizabeth Regional High
  • Roncalli Central High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • St. Kevin’s High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • St. Michael’s Regional High (Grades 10-12 only)
  • Waterford Valley High