Macdonald Drive Junior High, December 2020
Dates to Remember
- November 30 to December 4 - Virtual Book Fair
- December 3 - Virtual Christmas Concert
- December 7, 8 and 9 - Nurses will be at MDJH to administer vaccines to staff and students
- December 10, 12:30-6:30 - Virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews
- December 18 - Last day of school before Christmas break
- January 4 - First day back after Christmas break
What's been going on...
Roots of Empathy
This year, Ms. Donna Mills's 7-6 class is doing the program with our guidance counsellor, Ms. Christin Watton. Right now, we are completing the virtual Recovery Program where we discuss the effects that COVID-19 has had on us, the baby, and the baby's parents.
This year's Roots of Empathy baby is Baby Emily. Her mom, Cheryl, is one of our IRTs and is on maternity leave this year. Emily is 5 months old and is super cute! We love learning about how she is doing and what it's like to grow and develop as a baby during COVID-19. Even though Baby Emily does not come into our class, we love getting picture updates and videos from her mom. We are looking forward to seeing Baby Emily on a Google Meet after Christmas!
Progress on our outdoor classroom
Things are starting to shape up! Thanks to Treena Boyde and the School Council for all their hard work.
Report Cards / Parent-Teacher Conferences
- If you need access to PowerSchool, please contact email@example.com
- PowerSchool provides the most up to date marks information for students. By clicking on the overall mark, you will even get a breakdown of all your child’s individual assessments.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on December 10. We will be using OPTIS to arrange these conferences.
Keep up to date with student attendance and marks! If you need your PowerSchool password, please contact the main office at 753-8240.
MDJH Virtual Scholastic Book Fair
Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starts next week! It will be open from NOVEMBER 30 to DECEMBER 4.
Let’s continue to give our students access to the books they want to read! We are excited to provide this opportunity for families to shop together from the comfort of home.
For orders under $35, shipping is a flat fee of $6. Over $35, shipping is always free. BUT! If you participate in our Virtual Family Event on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, you will get free shipping from 6-8pm on everything purchased!
Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school. All purchases earn rewards that can be redeemed for books and education resources for our school’s classrooms and library.
When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:
NOTE: Please be advised that the link will not be active for shopping until the Fair start date, Monday, November 30.
Before our Fair begins, click the link to:
– SAVE it to your browser
– WATCH videos of popular new titles
– PREVIEW our Featured Books
Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
Adopt a Senior Christmas Project
Each year the student council organizes an “Adopt a Senior for Christmas” project. There are seniors in our community's nursing homes with no family nearby and the holidays can be a very lonely time for them. During this particularly challenging year, Christmas might be even more challenging.
For the past few years, we have partnered with St. Pat’s Mercy Home to adopt 25-30 seniors. Each homeroom will be given a Christmas wish list for a senior. Class reps will organize the signing of a card for their senior and collect monetary donations for the purchase of larger items on the list. Each student in the homeroom will sign a card for a senior, after which the gift is wrapped and delivered to St. Pats.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity in support of this worthwhile cause.
NLESD Guide to Google Resources
Google for Education is the main platform used by NLESD school communities. Looking for more information on what it is, or a better understanding of the tools it provides? NLESD has provided a handy document to help answer your questions.
Use of masks
Non-medical masks are required on school buses. Our grades 7-9 students will be required to wear masks in all common areas of the school (including hallways), and if seated in their classroom if a one-metre physical distance (face to face) cannot be achieved. No student is required to wear a mask if they cannot tolerate it. Masks must be worn properly and fully cover the mouth and nose.
MDJH Sports Practice Schedule
2:30-4:00pm - Grade 8 Boys Basketball (Moores/Oliver)
4:30-6:00pm - Grade 8 Boys Volleyball (Biddiscombe), Grade 7 Boys Volleyball (Douglas)
2:30-4:00pm - Grade 9 Boys Volleyball (Kipnis), Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Walsh)
4:30-6:00pm - Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Keough), Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Hassan)
2:30-4:00pm - Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Hassan), Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (House)
4:30-6:00pm - Grade 7 Girls Volleyball (Foley), Grade 7 Girls Volleyball (Goldsworthy)
2:30-4:00 pm - Grade 7 Girls Basketball (Budgell)
4:30-6:00pm - Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Walsh), Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (House)
2:30-4:00pm - Grade 9 Boys Basketball (Guerra)
4:30-6:00pm - Grade 9 Boys Volleyball (Kipnis), Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Keough)
9:00-10:30am - Grade 9 Girls Basketball (Ausum)
11:00-12:30pm - Grade 7 Boys Basketball (Slaney/Barbour)
1:00-2:30pm - Grade 8 Girls Basketball (Reid)
Student Council News
We are hoping to produce a yearbook again this year at MDJH. Any student, parent or coach with a photo of any group in grades 7-9 are asked to please email a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If sending a picture from your phone please be sure to select the option actual size to ensure good quality when uploading to the yearbook site.
The 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived and have been distributed to all our current Grade 8 and 9 students who ordered one. They have also been dropped off at Gonzaga for distribution to our former Grade 9 students who are currently in Grade 10. There are a small number available for purchase. Please contact Mme Quann at email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook from last year.
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 performed in any plays or musicals, been on a team that has won a title or been recognized in any individual competition. We need your help with this. Please let us know so we can proudly display this on our Celebration Wall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.