Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, November, 2020

Dates to Remember

  • November 11 - Remembrance Day Holiday
  • November 13 - Picture Day
  • November 16 - Staff Professional Learning Day - No school for students
  • November 27 - Report Cards released and OPTIS open for booking online appointments with teachers
  • December 2 - Last day to book online appointments with teachers for Parent Teacher Night
  • December 7, 8, and 9 - Flu Vaccines for all students and staff
  • December 10 - Parent Teacher Interviews using Google Meet

Scent Free School

A gentle reminder that MDJH is a scent-free School. There are people in our building who have scent allergies. PLEASE do not wear perfume / cologne / body spray.

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The Student Council would like to thank everyone for their generosity again this year during Jamarama. All donations were dropped off to the Janeway Foundation on Monday, October 26.

Waste Reduction Week

Students and staff wore blue and green on Wednesday, October 21, to raise awareness for the importance of waste reduction.

Coats for kids

Coats For Kids is up and running! We are asking for students and staff to drop off gently used coats and/or snowpants to school with the student's name on the item(s). There will be prizes!

Donations will be accepted from Monday, October 19, to Thursday, November 5.

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...

Flu Vaccines

The Public Health Program at Eastern Health is offering flu vaccines to MDJH students and teachers on December 7, 8, and 9. Flu vaccine consent forms were sent home with students on October 30. These forms must be completed in full, signed by a parent or legal guardian, and returned to school by Friday, November 6, if you wish to have the student receive a free flu vaccine at school. Additional information is available on the school website and Eastern Health’s Flu web page.

Picture Day - Friday, November 13

Picture Day is coming Friday, November 13. After Picture Day, you can order pictures on using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

Another scoop!

Heritage Places Poster Contest

The 2020-2021 school year marks the 16th anniversary of Heritage NL's "Heritage Places Poster Contest." (Note: Heritage NL is a Crown Agency of the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation.)

Student prizes include:

  • 5 Regional Prizes of a $50 Chapters-Indigo card and Provincial Historic Sites season pass
  • 4 Grade Level Prizes of a $100 Chapters-Indigo card, Provincial Historic Sites season pass and an invite to our Heritage Week ceremony in February 2021
  • An Overall Prize of an iPad and winning artwork featured on our Heritage Day Poster

Along with student prizes, the overall winner’s school will receive $500 and the 3 runners-up’s schools will receive $250 each.

Check out our promotional video at for an introduction to the contest.

You can find all contest details at


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Celebration Wall

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, 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 Celebration Wall. Please email with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.

Google Family Resource

Not sure what Google resources are available for students, or even what they are about? NLESD has prepared a handout for families to help answer your questions.

Click here to read it!

Revised School Calendar

Here is the revised school calendar for 2020-2021. Please note that December 18 is now the last day before the Christmas Holidays, and that March 15 (St. Patrick’s Day) has been added as a school holiday.

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Mr. Walsh's English Language Arts students working on an assignment in the computer lab
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Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starts next month and is going virtual! 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.

Plan to participate in our Virtual Family Event on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 where you will get free shipping from 6-8pm on everything purchased. Under $35 shipping is a flat fee of $6. Over $35, shipping is free.

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!

Happy reading!


2020-2021 Yearbook

We are hoping to produce a yearbook again this year at MDJH. Any student, parent, or coach with a group photo of any group in grades 7-9 are asked to please email a picture to 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.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

The 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived and have been distributed to our grade 8 and 9 students who ordered one. They have also been dropped off at Gonzaga for distribution to our former grade 9 students. There are a small number still available for purchase. Please contact Mme Quann at if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook from last year.

MDJH Music

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MDJH School Band taking it outside for rehearsal

MDJH Sports

Volleyball Schedule



Grade 8 Boys Volleyball

Grade 7 Boys Volleyball



Grade 9 Boys Volleyball

Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Team Walsh)


Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Team Keough)

Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Team Hassan)



Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Team Hassan)

Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Team House)


Grade 7 Girls Volleyball (Team Foley)

Grade 7 GIrls Volleyball (Team Goldsworthy)



Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Team Walsh)

Grade 9 Girls Volleyball (Team House)



Grade 9 Boys Volleyball

Grade 8 Girls Volleyball (Team Keough)

Kids Eat Smart NL - April Recipes

Kids Eat Smart

The Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL province-wide Radiothon will be held on Wednesday, November 4. You can support MDJH's Breakfast Club by designating your gift for our school.

Donate online today at or by phone at 1-877-722-1996.