NLESD Memo May 6th for our Junior High Families

Please see the following memo from the NLESD for our junior high families.

School Memo – April 19th, 2021

Dear Families of St. John Bosco,

Here are a few important messages:

1. We are collecting non-perishable food items this week to support the Shea Heights Little Free Pantry. If each student brings in one item that equals 195 items for this worthwhile service. ( Ex. canned food, peanut butter, pasta etc…)

2. School Development Surveys are due by Friday, April 23rd. Please see the following link to access the survey 

3. There is no school for Kindergarten students on Friday, April 23rd, Friday, May 7th, Friday, May 21st and Friday, June 7th  due to Kinderstart. Please keep this in mind when ordering from school lunch for May and June. 

4. There is no school for students on Tuesday, May 11th and Monday, May 31st due to staff professional learning. Please keep this in mind when ordering from school lunch for May. 

5. School Lunch Orders are due tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20th. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Linda and Lionel

SJB Supports Shea Heights Little Free Pantry

SJB Food Drive for Little Free Pantry

Each month, SJB promotes a different positive characteristic with our students. We call it Virtue of the Month. This month our virtue is “Helpfulness”.

As a school, we feel lucky to be located in Shea Heights – such a beautiful and supportive community. People look out for one another! The Little Free Pantry located in here in Shea Heights is a fine example of that.

SJB wants our students to help out their community as well. For the week of April 19th – April 23rd, we will holding a non-perishable food drive to help out the Shea Heights Little Free Pantry.

We are asking our students to bring in items such as:                            



Pasta & pasta sauces

Canned food

Peanut butter

We thank you all in advance for your cooperation as we work together with our students to build character and citizenship as well as support the community of Shea Heights!

Brilliant Labs – Easter Coding Camps

Brilliant Labs Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that we will be offering Easter Coding camps during the Easter Break. Some of these camps will be virtual dealing with 3D design/printing and scratch coding. Space is limited so please register soon.All of our camps are appropriate for ages 8-14.

We also are holding in-person camps in St. John’s, Grand Falls and Stephenville. Once again these camps are appropriate for ages 8-14.Due to COVID 19 rules we are limiting these camps to 15 students per session, students have to be masked, and physical distancing requirements will be adhered to.

We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Keyin College. It is their campus classrooms we will be using for the in-person camps.
If you want any further information please contact me via email

Memo to Families March 29th

Dear Families of St. John Bosco,

It’s hard to believe that we are gearing up for Easter break. It’s amazing how fast this school year has gone!

There are three messages for today

1. There will be no school lunch program on Thursday, April 1st. Students will need to bring their own lunch for that day.

2. School dismisses for Easter Break on Thursday, April 1st at 2:40 pm. We will return after Easter on Monday, April 12th. This will be Day 5 on the schedule.

3. Please see the attached memo for families from the NLESD regarding extra curricular activities.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our families for all your support this year.

We wish you a very safe and Happy Easter.

Linda and Lionel

School Development Surveys

March 25th

Subject: Request for Feedback – Family Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

School Development Surveys are conducted annually to gather feedback from students, staff, and parents/guardians to inform the school development process. The survey results will be provided to your child’s school and used with other data to identify the school’s strengths and challenges. Your child’s school will then create and implement a plan to build on successes and address areas of challenge.

The survey is anonymous, which means that we cannot connect your survey responses to you. We encourage everyone to participate so that we have the most accurate representation of family perceptions at your school.

The Family Survey will be available on February 8, 2021. Please complete the survey by April 23, 2021 by clicking on the following link:

If you do not have internet access contact your school.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the school development surveys, please contact: Allan Johnson at 709-729-7831 or or Patricia Emberley at 709-729-6850 or

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.

Grade 9 Course Selection

Dear Families of Grade 9 Students at St. John Bosco,

Course selection information for Level 1 at Waterford Valley High is going home with the Grade 9 students today. Please note that course selections must be done online through Powerschool. We have also included in this package each student’s username and password for Powerschool. The information is also located on the WVH website at 

There is also a wonderful video on that page to help the students with their course selections. Ms. Walsh, their Grade 9 homeroom teacher, will be showing this video to the class tomorrow. Ms. Hart will review the package with the students today. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we ask that you fill out the worksheet and bring it in to school and administration can work with your child to input their selections.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the administration or Grade 9 subject teachers if you have any questions. 

Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation. We sure are going to miss this group next year. 

Take care,

Linda and Lionel

March 18th Memo- Welcome Back and Some Reminders

Dear Families of St. John Bosco,

It was so wonderful to see all our students back in our building today. They all seemed to be having a great day.

Report Cards went home today and OPTIS ( Online Parent Teacher Interview Booking System) went online at 3pm. The instructions to use this system are attached to this email.

Some friendly reminders as we move through the rest of the school year:

  1. Importance of being on time for school especially in the morning session .Doors open at 8:20am and close at 8:40 am. For those arriving late, it can mean the crossing through different cohorted areas to get to their classroom.
  2. Staff are encouraged to bring the students outside at least once a day. With the latest protocols and students required to wear masks for extended periods of time, it’s important now more than ever that students get outside. Please be sure they come prepared to go out in all sorts of weather.
  3. All students in Grades 4-9 must wear masks all day long.
  4. Students should be hand sanitizing upon entering and exiting building and rooms they may visit ( ex. Learning Commons, Gym etc…) . Hand-washing is extremely important.
  5. Students are asked to please return any classroom materials they may have borrowed. ( ex. Textbooks, exercise books, folders etc…)
  6. Chromebooks should be returned starting Monday, March 22nd

We thank you all for your continued support. We make a great team!

Take care of yourselves and others,

Linda and Lionel

OPTIS – Parent/Teacher Interviews March 25th

Report Cards will be going home today, March 18th. Our parent/teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, March 25th from 1:15pm – 6:15 pm. School will dismiss at 12pm for students on that day.

Based on Covid regulations, there will be no in person interviews this year. Parents/guardians will have a choice of doing a phone interview or a video interview through Google Meet. Attached below are the instructions as to how you set up an interview time. If you opt for the Google Meet session, the teacher will send you out a google meet link. In K-6, parents/guardians are encouraged to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher. In 7-9, parents/guardians are encouraged to meet with the specific subject teacher. Of course, you may set up a meeting with any teacher you would like. You may book up to three meetings with teachers per child.

Our parent/teacher interview system is called OPTIS and it will open up for bookings today, March 18th at 3pm. It will close again on March 24th at 3pm. Please see the instructions below on how to set up an account and use the OPTIS system. Should you have any trouble, please call the school and we can set up a meeting for you.


Updated Safe Return to School Document – March 2021

Please see the attached recently updated Safe Return to School Document. There have been a couple of changes and some fine tuning. These sections will be highlighted in yellow for your convenience. Please take some time over the next couple of days to review this document and discuss with your children. Our teachers will be reviewing this with our students as well on Tuesday and Wednesday during our online sessions. If you have any questions, please email or call Linda or Lionel at the school.