Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, February 2022

Dates to Remember

  • January 31 - Term 2 starts
  • February 3 - Bell Let’s Talk Day
  • February 11 - Last day to submit outstanding Term 1 schoolwork
  • February 14, March 7, May 20 - PD days for the year
  • February 14-18 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • February 21-25 - Spirit Week
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 11 - Reporting period 2 ends

  • March 18 - OPTIS will open to Schedule Parent/Teacher Interviews

  • March 24 - Reporting period 2 Parent/Teacher Interviews

PowerSchool Login

Keep up to date with student attendance and marks! If you need your PowerSchool password, please contact the main office at 753-8240.

February is Black History Month

This year, our grade 7 and 8 music students engage in a deep dive into the hymn ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ during our Music and Civil Rights unit. This hymn, which was written in 1899, has been recognized since 1919 as the African American national anthem by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Our students have studied this hymn through musical, historical and social lenses while reflecting on how the lyrics have consistently spoken to the past, present, and future of the African American experience for over 120 years.

The culmination of this unit offers students multiple options to present an assignment that will address the overall meaning of the hymn. As we enter Black History Month, we feel this would be a good opportunity to highlight two outstanding visual art assignments that were submitted during the first term this year.

Please take a moment to listen to the song and consider the powerful artwork and messages that were submitted by Grade 8 student Therese Laurel and Grade 7 student Olwyn Mirchandani.

Link to a presentation of this hymn -

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Reflections of the Past

Submitted by Grade 8 student Therese Laurel

In the reflection is a woman with a blindfold covering her eyes and a hand, specifically a white hand, around her throat. The blindfold represents control and blindness. Black people were controlled by the white people and treated poorly, as well as blinded from the tears that they’ve wept for so long.

The butterflies circling the mirror represent change and hope. We can hope that things will change over time, as racism has not completely disappeared. It’s not so easy to change people’s mindsets, especially since there are a variety of things, such as nursery rhymes or common phrases that are rooted in racism. I call this drawing, “Reflections of The Past.”

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Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

Submitted by Grade 7 student Olwyn Mirchandani

“Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing” is the song that my painting represents. In this painting, there are two black hands lifting the world. This represents the strength needed to lift the entire united world so that we can hopefully bring freedom to the people on this globe.

My painting symbolizes the strength, resistance, and solidarity needed to lift and enlighten the future for not only black people, but for all people around the globe.

It also represents the hope in the song even though the song has a lot of sad, miserable feelings, my piece is about the light in the song.

Important Information

Masking Guidelines

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To download a copy of this letter in PDF form, please click here.

For up-to-date information on COVID protocols, please refer to the following links:


Masks play a critical role for student safety while in-school learning. All students must wear masks at all times.

The only time students are permitted to remove their masks is:

  • When students are eating/drinking. Masks can be off for a MAXIMUM of 15 minutes, and students must be socially distanced.
  • While students are doing vigorous physical activity in gym class.

To prevent transmission, students should limit time spent with other students while not wearing a mask. As soon as the students have finished eating, or have stopped moving during gym class, they should put their mask back on.

The only students who do not have to wear a mask must have medical documentation stating they cannot wear one.

Masks with three layers are recommended. This could be a three-layer cloth mask or a three-ply disposable nonmedical mask. Whichever mask you choose should be comfortable and completely cover your mouth and nose with no gaps. Here is a video suggestion to help make your child’s mask fit better, especially if it gapes along the sides.

Please remind students to have extra masks in their bookbag.

It is very important that the mask protocol is followed. A non-compliant student will first receive a warning, but if the non-compliance continues to not follow the masking rules, the home will be contacted.

Other Expectations and COVID-19 Protocol


  • The cafeteria has moved to online ordering only – click here to visit the Chartwells site.
  • When students are eating/drinking, masks can be off for a MAXIMUM of 15 minutes, and students must keep a 2 m distance while eating. Unless actively eating, masks need to be on.

Bus Expectations

  • Students will be required to wear masks properly on the school bus.
  • Students will not be permitted to eat or drink on the bus.
  • Students that break these rules will be removed from the bus for a period of time and parents/guardians will be contacted.


  • In order to make sure students stay seated while they are eating recess with masks off, they will be given the last 5 minutes of period 2 (10:03) to eat at their desk.
  • During recess, students can put their masks back on to move around, stretch their legs, or use the bathroom.

Library at Lunch

  • The school library will be open during the 2nd half of lunch. Students MUST wear their mask at all times while in the Library.

Extracurricular Activities/Sports Teams

  • There will be no extracurricular activities or sport activities until further notice.

Translations of Covid-19 Resources

The provincial government hosts a page with links to translated resources for Covid-19.

Click here to visit the page.

Languages available include:

  • Amharic (አማርኛ)
  • Arabic (باللغة العربية)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Simplified Chinese (中文 (简体))
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Tigrigna (ትግርኛ)

What's Been Going On

Return of the Virtual Museum

In Grade 8 Social Studies, we are studying the history of our province. As a part of that study, we are learning that history is the “Collective Story” of a region, a nation, or the world, and is made up of the individual stories of people that lived in various places over time. It is their personal stories and the connections between them that make our collective history.

In this virtual museum, you will discover artifacts from our students that allow us to learn a little about their family and their history, and perhaps give us a window into the future of who they and we, as a people, might become.

Click here to access the museum.

Coming Up...

IB Session – Monday, February 7

There will be a virtual information session on the IB (International Baccalaureate) program for Grade 9 parents/guardians on Monday, February 7, at 7:30pm. Please see below for the information you will need to join.

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Interested in Late French Immersion?

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Other Info

WorkplaceNL's Student Safety Video/Radio Contest

Please see the following promotional information for WorkplaceNL's Student Safety Video/Radio contest. This opportunity is open to all students in NL in grades 7-12, with as much as $2,000 on the line! The deadline for entries is March 11.

Full details can be found on their website:

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Sharing our Culture Contest

Sharing our Cultures Inc. is offering a new project called 'Diversity and Inclusion' open to all K-12 students in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Last year we proposed an Anti-Racism Poster Campaign; this year we want to give students the opportunity to question themselves and share on the theme of diversity and inclusion through the artistic discipline of their choice.

You will find attached all the information you need to participate in this project: poster, rules, forms, and information.

The deadline for submission is Monday, February 28.

Your support and encouragement of students are essential. Let's all work together to build a welcoming, inclusive and cohesive society in Newfoundland and Labrador!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Student Council News

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is February 14-18. Our student council would like to ask our school community to show appreciation for the staff of MDJH by providing treats at lunch. As in past years, we would like to have grade levels provide treats on different days:

  • Tuesday, February 15 - Grade 7
  • Wednesday, February 16 - Grade 8
  • Thursday, February 17 - Grade 9

If you are able to send along a treat, please email All treats must be individually packaged to adhere to Public Health regulations and must be school-safe.

Second Chance School Clothing Order

Looking to show your school pride? We are accepting orders for MDJH branded clothing.

Payments should be by cash or a cheque made payable to MDJH. All sections of the order form must be completed. If you wish to add an embroidered name, please be careful to print the name very clearly on the form. Embroidery fees are for one name only.

Unfortunately, no sample sizes are available due to public health safety measures.

Here is the order form. Printed copies are available at the office.

The deadline for orders is Wednesday, February 16.

Spirit Week

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Grade 9 Baby Picture Slideshow

As part of our grade 9 leaving celebrations, we would like to show a slideshow of all of our grade 9 students and how much they have grown. We will display each student’s grade 9 school picture (we have copies of them) and a picture from you that shows each as a baby, toddler or student in the early school years. Please select one picture only to email to

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 23, is National Pink Shirt Day. Students and staff are asked to wear pink. Students will be taking part in activities promoting the anti- bullying message.

Extra 2020-2021 Yearbooks Available

We have received an extra shipment of 2020-2021 yearbooks. If you did not order but are interested in purchasing one, please contact

Attention: Coaches and Parents Yearbook Photos

Any student, parent, or coach from our school can submit group photos for the yearbook. Please email a picture to If you send a picture from your phone, please be sure to select the option “actual size” to ensure good quality 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 place a certificate of acknowledgement highlighting participation and success in a variety of activities.

Please let us know if your child has participated in any plays, musicals or has been on a team that has won a 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.

MDJH Music

February Band Schedule

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