Weather/Early Dismissal – Jan. 21st

Good morning,

Schools in the metro St. John’s area are open this morning, Thursday, Jan. 21. 

In anticipation of stormy weather, schools will close and bus runs will return students home this afternoon three (3) hours earlier than the regularly scheduled time

For SJB this means we will dismiss at 11:40am.

Stay safe! Happy Shovelling!

Linda and Lionel

Kinderstart Update

Great news! We are ready to meet our new students. The planned dates for Kinderstart are Feb. 19th, Mar. 26th, May 7th and June 4th. We will send out further information in the next week.

Memo Re: IB Program

Please see the memo below from the NLESD regarding the IB Program at Holy Heart. Students in Grade 9 can apply to do this program next year.

Holy Heart IB Information Session

A virtual meeting will be held on Monday, February 8th at 7:45pm for all parents/guardians of grade 9 students who are interested in Holy Heart’s International Baccalaureate (IB)  Programme for the 2021-2022 calendar year. 
The link will be posted in advance on the Holy Heart Website. 

Chromebook Distribution Memo and Agreement Form

Dear Families of St. John Bosco,

The District is pleased to inform us that the first shipment of Chromebooks ordered for our Grades 7-12 students has arrived in our Labrador region. They anticipate delivery of the Chromebooks for the remaining regions early in the new year. 

This is an exciting time for the District, as these devices will allow for new ways to enhance in-class teaching and learning; provide continuity of learning in the event in-class instruction is interrupted, and generally reinforce quality education by enabling learning opportunities and access to online educational resources from home. 

This is also a great life learning opportunity for our Grades 7-12 students. Technology is embedded in the very fabric of almost all aspects of today’s society. Accepting responsibility for both the care of the physical device, and its appropriate use, creates a foundation for your remaining secondary education and your future. 

To that end, there is a detailed agreement attached for signature by parents/guardians and the student accepting responsibility for the device entrusted to you by the District for the duration of your secondary education. While formal in appearance, the agreement is standard and simply ensures everyone is aware of the equipment provided to the student; the expectation of care and appropriate use, along with what costs the District – and potentially parents – may incur in the event of abuse or misplacement of the device. Please return the signed Chromebook Loan Agreement Form (See attached) to your child’s Homeroom teacher. These forms are due by January 29, 2021

The Chromebook is to be returned to the school upon graduation/school-leaving, much like a textbook provided by the school. As you can appreciate, it is important that our future Grades 7-12 students are able to avail of these devices to enhance their education experience as well. 

We hope you will embrace this exciting opportunity.

Happy Computing!

Take care,

Linda and Lionel

Kinderstart Update

It is so wonderful to see the excitement from families regarding our Kinderstart program. We can’t wait to start a learning journey with you all. As of right now, our Kinderstart plans are on hold. There will be further information about the Kinderstart program provided to you later in January. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Happy New Year 2021

We are excited to see all our students and staff again tomorrow, Monday, January 4th. It will be Day 4 on the schedule. Students are asked to please bring in with them the learning materials they took home over Christmas break. If a student borrowed a Chromebook over the break, that needs to be returned to school tomorrow as well. Thanks for your cooperation. We hope you all had a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

Chromebook Distribution

Chromebooks went home today with students who identified as needing access to technology. We had enough to accommodate Grades 3-9. We remind families that these Chromebooks were passed out for academic use only should we need to move to an online learning situation after Christmas. Again this distribution was done out of an abundance of caution. Our plan is to return to school on January 4th. These Chromebooks will need to be returned to school at that time, in the same condition they were given out to students. Unfortunately we have no more Chromebooks to pass out right now. If our situation changes, we will be sure to let you know. Thanks for your cooperation!

School Clothing Update – December 16th

Ms. Williams has been in contact with the company and they have advised her that the school clothing order won’t be in before Christmas. They noted with school now closing on the 18th and lengthy shipping times related to the weather and the pandemic, that production and distribution has slowed down. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Dec. 15th Admin Memo

Dear Families of St. John Bosco,

Just a few important reminders as we get ready for our Christmas break.

1. The last day before Christmas holidays is Friday, December 18th. Dismissal time is 1 pm. There will be no school lunch service on this day. Students will have an extended recess and are encouraged to bring an extra snack. We will be serving a pancake breakfast to all students first thing in the morning. 

2. Students are scheduled to return to school for Monday, January 4th. This will be Day 4 on the schedule. 

3. Out of an abundance of caution, should we need to move to a different model of learning after Christmas, students must bring home any personal items before they leave on December 18th. Students in Grades 7-9 should also take home any instructional material they may need if we move to a different model of teaching and learning. 

4. Chromebooks from the Dept. of Education for students have not yet arrived to the school. In the interim, the school will be lending devices to students who have been identified as needing technology should we move to an online learning situation. We will be starting with Grade 9 students first and working our way back through the grade levels as per district direction. Again, out of an abundance of caution, we will be passing these chrome books out on Thursday and Friday. Please note that the chrome books are loaners only and must be returned to the school when the students return after Christmas. Please see the attached NLESD Acceptable Use of Technology Regulations attached below.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Take some time to relax and make memories with your families and friends. We are looking forward to working with you in the new year.

Stay safe!

Linda and Lionel