Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, October, 2021

Dates to remember

  • October 4-8 - Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • October 11 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day Holiday
  • December 3 - Picture Retakes

What's Been Going On

Orange Shirt Day - September 30

Truth and Reconciliation Day (September 30) is a day set aside to learn about the history of residential schools in Canada and to recognize and honour indigenous children who were taken from their families and sent away to these schools. Students and staff wore orange t-shirts for Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 28.

Second Outdoor Classroom!

Late June in the last school year, a call was put out to the school community looking for parents/guardians to step up and sponsor a boulder for our second outdoor classroom, which was in the process of being funded and created. Over the summer the classroom was laid out.


Two parents, Treena Boyde and Deanna Knee, designed the classroom and then supervised the placement of the boulders. Small plaques will be installed on each boulder recognizing the contributions of families, if the families so chose. Our students are enjoying the classroom. Thank you, MDJH school community!!!!

School Council Members

Please join the MDJH community in welcoming the following to our School Council:


Returning members:

  • David Pine - Chair
  • John Sandlos
  • Daryll Budgell
  • Treena Boyde
  • Colette Quann
  • Jennifer Riggs
  • Daisy Hardy


New members:

  • Jason Hussey
  • Lindsay Boland
  • Susan LeDrew

Our first meeting was Monday, October 4. During this meeting we elected David Pine as our Chair.


Thank you for your interest and dedication!

Student Vote

On September 20, some of our students participated in a federal "Student Vote." It happened all across the country as well. It is a great way to learn about democracy in Canada! Who will students across Canada elect??

Bus Safety Information

All of our students participated in a bus safety program on Friday, October 1. Plese take some time to review the Bus Safety Pamphlet put together by the English School District.
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.

Coming Up...

Jamarama is Back on Friday, October 22!

It’s the 10th year!! So let’s have the biggest, coolest, pajama party ever across Newfoundland and Labrador! Staff and students are encouraged to wear pajamas to school in support of the Janeway.


Taking part in Jamarama is easy! Simply bring in a monetary donation by October 22, and wear your pajamas to school! Wearing pajamas is a sign of solidarity and support for the brave kids at the Janeway Hospital who don’t get to change out of their pajamas. It lets them know that we are thinking of them and are fighting for them.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

MDJH is participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items Monday through Friday (October 4-8). Food items should be labeled with your child’s homeroom number and can be dropped off to room 108. The 3 homerooms bringing in the most items will be awarded an ice cream party. Please help us make a great donation to a worthy cause. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Other Info

Rock Painting Club

Rock Painting Club is underway!! We are seeing some great artwork. Each Day 7, we meet in the Art Room (227), and there will be different themes throughout the year. We usually have extra rocks, but could use more! If you’re at the beach, choose some smooth, flat rocks to bring along! See you there!

After School STEAM

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is pleased to report that we will be offering our virtual Afterschool STEAM sessions again this fall. They have been rather popular over the past year, and we are delighted to be able to keep them going. Sessions are designed for students ages 8-11, and are set for October 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3:45pm – 4:45pm. A device with an internet connection and the ability to join our live WebEx calls will be required.


Although there will be some materials required from home, our team is preparing some kits for participants that will help with some of the supplies needed. Registration is free but spaces are limited. We will be opening our online registration on Friday, September 24 at 12:00pm. The registration link is currently under construction, but will be available from our Upcoming Events page…


https://www.mun.ca/engineering/community/outreach/upcomingevents.php


If you have any questions, please contact:

Kathryn Hong (she / her)

  • Coordinator for Outreach Activities
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • T 709 864-3108
  • EN3011

Student Council News

MDJH 2021-2022 Student Council Elections

Student council elections for President and Vice-President were held Friday, September 17. Congratulations to Lucas Osbourne, our student council President, and Brian Wang, our vice president. Class rep elections were held Monday, September 20. Student council meetings are held at 11:40 on Day 5.

Photography Club Volunteer Needed

MDJH is looking for a community volunteer with an interest in photography to lead our Photography Club. Our school has had a Photography Club for many years. However, our volunteer who had led this group is no longer able to continue due to work commitments. If you have an interest in and would like to lead our Photography Club this year, please contact Ms. Colette Quann at colettequann@nlesd.ca for details.

Canadian Student Leadership Conference 2021

Five students from MDJH will be attending a virtual Canadian Student Leadership Conference for grade 9-12 students from October 21-October 23. This is a wonderful experience and provides opportunities for students to participate in leadership workshops and activities. The theme this year is Unmuting Generation Z. Students will participate in various leadership activities such as keynote speeches, leadership workshops, volunteer opportunities and cultural experiences.

2020-2021 Yearbooks Distribution Update

The 2020-2021 yearbooks have arrived. However, a box was returned to the company due to water damage. Lifetouch is printing replacements for the damaged books and will send them to the school once reprinted. As we have not received yearbooks for every student who ordered, we will wait until we receive them all to begin distribution. Once they arrive, we will distribute them to our current students first, and then they will be dropped off at Gonzaga and Holy Heart.

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.


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 colettequann@nlesd.ca with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.

MDJH Music

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Band Day Mini Retreat

Our first Grade 7 Band Day since 2019! What a day we had! Thanks to all who came out!

MDJH Sports

Cross Country Running

Students at MDJH walked away ranked #1 in grade 7 and in grades 8/9 in the Cross Country Running Series over the September 25 weekend. Allison Duffet placed first in the grade 7 girls while Matthew Earle took second for the grade 7 boys. Sawyer LeBlanc and Aiden Douglas stole the show for the grade 8/9 boys, placing 1st and 2nd. All runners who took part in the series finished strong and were superb representatives of MDJH.

Rookie Rugby Club

Ms. Kelly is starting a Rookie Rugby program with Morgan Lovell from Swilers Rugby Club. Starting on October 20, it will run in the gym every Wednesday during the entire lunch period. ALL welcome!

MDJH Science

Lego Robotics

The MDJH Lego Robotics Club will be starting soon for the 2021-2022 season. Space is very limited and there is an associated cost to cover the materials kit and First Lego League registration fees. There will be a meeting held during lunch on Tuesday, October 5, in Rm. 123 (Mr. Thorne) to gauge interest. Students will need to fill out a form and the team will be picked across all three grade levels. This year's competition may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid version of the two and is projected to be held in late February or early March, with an exact date TBA.