Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, January 2020

Dates to Remember

  • January 27 - Spelling Bee
  • January 29 - “Bell Let’s Talk Day”
  • February 4 - Term 2 begins
  • February 5 and 6 - RNC presentations for Grade 7
  • February 9-15 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • February 17 - Holiday - Monday
  • February 26 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 12 - 1-5:30pm - MDJH Science Fair
  • May 28 - Grade 9 Carnival

What's been going on...

Pictures with Saadi Claus

Student Council President Ahmad Saadi spearheaded a fundraiser for our Children’s Wish drive, obtaining a Santa suit and appearing every day during the week before Christmas as “Saadi Claus”. For a toonie, pictures could be taken with Saadi Claus. $120 was raised for Children’s WISH.

Math winner!

A big shout out to those students who were selected to participate in the 2019 Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest in November. Congratulations to Gianne Kim who received the highest mark of those who participated from MDJH. Gianne will receive a medal and a certificate of distinction for her efforts! Way to go Gianne!!

50-50 Winner!

The lucky winner was Mr. Freeman Hawco, who takes home a grand prize of $7157.00!

A very special Thank You! goes out to Mr. Matthew Smith, the principal of Macdonald Drive Elementary, for agreeing to draw the winning ticket!

Thank you to everyone who supported us through this fundraiser! The proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards the creation of an outdoor classroom here at MDJH.

Children's Miracle Network Champion

Quinn Schmiedendorf (Grade 7) was chosen this year as the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network Champion. She will join the other Champions from across Canada in Orlando later this year. Quinn will now be the face of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation until the telethon, which will be held June 6 and 7 of this year. Her classmates were very excited to watch Quinn at Walmart as she was presented with the Champions trophy. We are so proud of you, Quinn!

Coming up...

Bell Let's Talk Day

Bell Aliant and KES have come together for the “Bell Let’s Talk Day,” January 29, 2020. Our school is one of five that have been chosen for this special event. Students will be encouraged to chat or write about issues concerning mental health and awareness, while having breakfast together. We will be serving breakfast to the entire school (periods 1-3). More details and a schedule to follow.

We are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help serve breakfast from 7:30-11:21. If interested, please email

Spelling Bee

We are pleased to once again offer a spelling bee opportunity for MDJH students.

This month, all grade 7 and 8 students will take part in a classroom level bee to help choose two students from each homeroom to take part in a school-wide bee. The school spelling bee will take place in the library on Monday, January 27, during recess and period 3. Two students will be selected from our school to participate in the regional bee, which is sponsored by The Telegram.

Several MDJH students have previously won at this level, and were invited to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC! Our current champion is Maria Burton, a Grade 9 student, who won last year and was invited to go to Washington.

Other scoops!

WANTED: Science Fair Judges

The 2020 MDJH School Science Fair will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 1:30-5:30 pm.

All grade 7 science students are required to complete a science fair project, and are encouraged to present it at the School Science Fair. For grade 8 and 9 students, the project is optional for extra credit. Grade 7 science teachers will spend a few periods launching the project in class later this month. It is fun to design, problem-solve and perform experiments and our students always come up with many creative ideas. The MDJH School Science Fair is always a big event with a high degree of community involvement from parents and other scientists. We are proud of our high rate of student participation!

If you have a science background and want to talk science with young people, we want you! Judges visit individual projects and engage the students in conversation about their work, giving each participant the benefit of a supportive, enthusiastic, and thoughtful audience for their learning. Then the judges help select the Science Fair winners, who will have the option of going on to the Regional Science Fair or other event depending on their type of project.

If you are able to participate, please contact me at

If you have a child in our school, you will be asked to judge a different grade.

If you know someone else who would like to be involved, please forward this information.

Europe - April 2021

There are still spaces available for students currently in grade 7 or 8 to participate in the Europe trip in April, 2021. Students will be travelling over Easter break and will visit France and Italy. All information can be found in this brochure or by emailing Jodi Sauvé ( or Richard Engram ( Registration and payment will be completed online.

Grade 9 Students – Thinking About IB?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma, an internationally recognized university preparation program, educates students through a comprehensive curriculum to become creative, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and globally-aware citizens. Presented with close consideration of complying to provincial diploma requirements, IB is a challenging alternative for those who seek to expand their educational horizons. The Program offers high quality international education to a worldwide community of schools and is recognized as such by post-secondary institutions. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries. This NLESD sponsored program is hosted at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s.

Grade 9 students and parents will be invited to an information session hosted by NLESD (Date to be determined). Applications will be accepted from Grade 9 students for entry to the IB Programme for the beginning of Grade 10 at Holy Heart. Deadline for applications is Monday, February 10, 2020. Upon successful selection to the program, current schools will be notified prior to March 1, 2020.

There are 4 scholarships available for students to apply for assistance if they have a demonstrated financial need.

For detailed information, please visit:

For all inquiries related to the IB program, please contact Ms. Janet Toope, IB Coordinator.

Additional information about the International Baccalaureate Organization and the Diploma Program can be found at:

Wellness Room This Winter

Ms. Pickett’s room (room 118) will be open during lunch time to any student who would like an open, relaxed place to hangout. This room will be known as a “wellness room” and it will serve as a quiet, welcoming place for students to unwind during the cold winter months. Be sure to eat your lunch first in the cafeteria, and then come on in!

MDJH Music

Beginning String Program

MDJH Junior High is starting a beginning string program for any student interested in playing in an Orchestra. There are a limited number of violins, violas and cellos available. For more information about the program please see Ms. Comerford's website.

Wassailing for Wish

Students from the music program sang and played their instruments to entertain students during our pancake breakfast on the last day of school before Christmas. We helped raised $160.00 for the Children's Wish Foundation. Thank you to all the students who played and donated!

Valentine's Coffee House

The Macdonald Drive Music department is having a Valentine's Coffee House Fundraiser next month to raise money for the music program. This will include various performances by students in our school. We are really looking forward to putting off this event!

MDJH Sports

Rookie Rugby

Rookie Rugby starts up again Wednesday, January 15. Everyone is welcome to attend the lunch sessions in the gym. Sessions are every Wednesday at lunch. For more information, speak to Ms. Kelly.

Coach needed

The Grade 7 Boys Volleyball team is seeking a coach. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previous coach is unable to continue. If you are interested, please contact or

The practice times are as follows: Monday and Tuesday 2:30-4:00 pm at MDJH.

Tournament Wins

Student Council News

WE Care t-shirts

Student council members who ordered WE Care t-shirts this year are asked to please pay your $10 to Mme. Sauvé (room 222) ASAP in order to receive your shirts.

Pink Day T-Shirts

If anyone would like to purchase a pink day T-Shirt, please use the order form, circle the size and bring it back to Mme Quann before Tuesday, January 28.

Adopt a Senior Project

For the last 7 years, our school has adopted a senior from St. Pats Mercy Home and has delivered gifts to them during the week before Christmas break. Sometimes, our gift is the only one these seniors receive, so it is really appreciated. Gifts for 18 seniors were delivered on December 19.

Thank you for your continued support of our initiatives. We cannot do what we do without your support.

Yearbook 2019-2020

It is not too early to submit pictures for the 2019-2020 yearbook. If you have a team picture, please email to If sending from a cell phone, please select "actual size" when emailing. This ensures the quality is not compromised when uploading to the yearbook site.

Celebrate Student Success

We want to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of the students of MDJH. We have a wall of celebration where we will place a certificate of acknowledgement highlighting participation and success in a variety of activities.

We want to know if your child has participated in any plays, musicals or has been on a team that has won some title or has been recognized in any individual competition. We NEED YOUR HELP with this. Please let us know so we can proudly display this on our wall. Please email with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.

WE Create Change

MDJH is a WISH school. In the last year and a half, we have raised $8000 for WISH by collecting change and through various fundraisers. We are close to our goal of $10,000 - the amount needed to grant a wish for a child. If we are successful in reaching our goal, we will grant this wish for a child in our own school community. There are wish jars in every homeroom for students to put change left over from recess or lunch and for other donations. If every student donated $3 we would reach our goal and be able to grant a wish.

Kids Eat Smart NL - January Recipes

Macdonald Drive Junior High

We are a WE School.

Our background picture is by former student Silvi Ivardi