Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, June 2020

Dates to Remember

  • June 5 – Last day of online classes
  • June 15-19 – Families will drop off Chromebooks and textbooks/library books/school materials at prearranged times
  • June 17 – Last day to submit outstanding work
  • June 22– Report cards released

Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, there will be no summer school this summer.

MDJH Condolences

Dear Macdonald Drive Junior High School Community:

It is with deepest regret that we share with you news of the passing of our dear student Ethan Paul on June 1, 2020.

We were extremely saddened to learn of this news, as Ethan (of homeroom 9-5) was a treasured member of our school community. He was the older brother to Grant in grade 7 and William in grade 3 at Macdonald Drive Elementary.

Ethan was a shining light in the hearts of all students and staff at our school. He always had a smile and enthusiastic greeting for anyone he met. The look of warmth in his deep brown eyes made all who knew him realize that his greeting was genuine. We feel this loss today and extend our deepest condolences, love and support to the Paul family.

If you have any concerns regarding your child's reaction to this loss, we urge you to contact your child's teacher, the school counsellor, or the administrative staff. Counselling services will be available to students and families upon request. Our two Guidance Counsellors are Deana Ward ( and Christina Watton (

If families would like to send messages of condolence to the Paul family and/or our Macdonald Drive Junior High community, please pass them along to your child’s teacher so that we can compile these messages.

We will communicate news of any and all outreach activities or support initiatives for the family as they are being organized at a later time.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of Ethan’s loved ones.

Paint a rock for Ethan

In celebration of the life of Ethan Paul, we would like to invite our students or anyone from the broader school community to paint a rock for a “Kindness Garden” that will be created in our future outdoor classroom. These rocks can be painted with a memory, a wish, a thought, or a picture, and will serve as a tribute to Ethan. We are asking students to paint the rock and lay it outside the student entrance at MDJH. These rocks will be collected at the end of the school year and kept safe until they can be relocated to the outdoor classroom.

What's been going on...

School supply list for 2020-2021

  • Loose leaf paper
  • Duotangs – different colours
  • HB pencils
  • Pens
  • Exercise books, preferably without coil
  • Liquid paper
  • Scissors
  • Coloured leads
  • Graphing paper
  • Erasers
  • Math set
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • 1-inch binders for the 5 core subjects
  • French-English dictionary
  • 555 French Verbs or Bescherelle (French Immersion students)
  • Dividers for binders
  • Highlighter(s)
  • A positive attitude!

Please note that individual teachers may also add to this list.

MDJH Duke of Edinburgh Students

Students have been asked to complete a Google Form to indicate if they are still interested in continuing the Bronze Award Program. We are committed to supporting students and there are ways to continue all sections of the program virtually, including the Adventurous Journey (hikes). The Form can be found on our Duke of Edinburgh Google Classroom. Please complete as soon as possible so we can develop a plan to move forward. The information attached below will help guide you.

If you have any questions, please contact: or

Roots of Empathy

This year the 7-2 and 7-3 classes participated in the Roots of Empathy program. The students investigated human development, learning, and infant safety. Even though the program was cut short, students still benefited from an increased understanding of emotional literacy and empathy. The 7-2s all had an amazing experience learning from Baby Elliot and his mom, Nici, while the 7-3s learned so much from Evelyn and her mother Meghan. We’d like to send a big thank you to Elliot, Evelyn and their moms, as well as to Ms. Riggs for being our host classroom teacher and Ms. Reardon for her organizational prowess. Ms. Watton is very excited to be the instructor for another Roots of Empathy program next year!
Roots of Empathy MDJH 2020

School Messenger Text

Did you recently receive a text message from NLESD? This was a message seeking your permission for the school to send you further messages via text. This offer was something that was scheduled to go out on March 13 but it was delayed due to the pandemic. It is completely voluntary. We will still continue to send out school-wide messages via phone, email, website and social media!
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Lost and found

Did you lose these glasses? They were found at the school during an outside clean up. If they are yours, please contact Ms. Pike at

Kids Help Phone for Arabic-Speaking Youth

Kids Help Phone has launched a phone counselling service in Arabic, facilitated by Arabic-speaking interpreters. For more information, visit their website at
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Student Council News


The 2019-2020 yearbook is complete. MDJH is a very busy school, and the 750 pictures included in the yearbook reflect this! There are many moments and memories captured in this book in spite of our school’s early closure.

ALL MDJH STUDENTS from every homeroom (7-9) are included in the yearbook. It is not a book for grade 9 students only. The grade 9 students do get to include a bio with their Lifetouch picture which includes a quote, a favourite memory and what their "Claim to Fame." It is a nice keepsake that highlights school events and memories.

Order Deadline: Monday, June 15. We will be submitting the order to Lifetouch on June 16.

You can now place your order online at and the school code is 11573720.

If you have any questions or problems ordering online, please contact Ms. Colette Quann at

Outside info

La Liberté Sciences Mag Junior – No Mercy for the Coronas

BAM is excited and proud to partner with La Liberté Sciences Mag Junior No Mercy for the Coronas, their first children’s science magazine! What makes this magazine even more special is that the two writers are researchers from Manitoba!

“No Mercy for the Coronas” is an illustrated magazine aimed at children and their families to help explain how our bodies work in response to viruses, and ease anxiety about COVID-19.

We wish to have this magazine distributed to as many people as possible so that children and their families can benefit from it. As a bonus, it is free and comes in English and French!

To distribute digitally, I have included the link to the website, where you can download and read the magazine.

French Language Learning Websites

Some websites to help you with your French learning.

Macdonald Drive Junior High

We are a WE School.

Our background picture is by Silvi Ivardi.