BISHOP ABRAHAM ELEMENTARY
November and October Newsletters
Welcome back to all as we start a new school year. For the information of families please see our September Newsletter for information.
Our open house is scheduled for Thursday, September 21 starting at 4 pm. We look forward to meeting you.
Kinderstart/ Kindergarten Registration
Black History Month
Kinderstart 2023 Sessions
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Our December Newsletter is here! Happy Holidays
Dates to Remember
First Reporting Session
PD Day Close-out
There will be full day close-outs on Friday, November 14 and Thursday, November 24 for students. Teachers will be attending PD for the full day.
Welcome back to another school year! We are so excited to start a new year. Please see our September newsletter for more information.
(PRMA) Provincial Reading and Mathematics Assessment
Masking Update (May 13, 2022)
Responsive Teaching and Learning
Bishop Abraham Elementary is involved in the 2020-21 phase-in of the Responsive Teaching and Learning [RTL] Policy currently being implemented by all schools with K-6 students throughout the province. This policy introduces new resources to schools and supports teachers in responding to students’ learning and social emotional needs. One of the key differences is the introduction of the Tiered Approach to Learning which focuses on teachers working collaboratively to meet the needs of all students. It is designed to enhance early identification of student needs and to provide appropriate support for as long as required. Within this model, there are three tiers or levels of instruction - Universal, Targeted and Intensive. Classroom teachers in collaboration with instructional resource teachers, reading specialists, teacher librarians, teaching and learning assistants and others [student assistants, etc.] may work with students both within and outside the classroom. They work together to regularly assess and monitor student work in an endeavor to design learning experiences to meet student needs. One key change is that students do not require an identified exceptionality to receive additional support or additional challenge. The Responsive Teaching and Learning policy ensures there will be a team deciding who will support the student, what needs to be worked on, and the best learning environment. The duration of time students stay in a given tier will depend on their progress. This will have an impact on report cards, in that many students who would have gotten inserts for alternate programs will no longer receive these. Instead, students who require additional support within the tiered approach to learning will have that communicated on their regular report card. There will be no name attached to the supports on the report cards as these are considered ‘best practice’ in teaching and learning. Students receiving alternate courses or alternate curriculum will continue to receive an insert. Recognizing that families have a very important role in the learning process, we commit to keeping you informed throughout the year as we implement these changes. Teachers will continue to communicate with you regarding your child’s progress and any supports provided within Tiered Approach to Learning. Thank you for your continued interest in your child’s learning.
NLESD Launches new Learning Site
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is launching a resource to assist and guide families with continued learning opportunities while in-school instruction remains suspended. The resource,
Learning at Home: Good at Learning-Good at Life (http://learningathome.nlesd.ca)
is a Google site, a platform familiar to our students and staff. The site will provide opportunities to foster a passion for learning through engaging online and offline adventures and activities.
Please be aware that for now, there is no expectation for families to be teachers and there is no expectation for teachers to assign grades or values to any work students complete while they are at home. However, students are encouraged to share their learning and routines with their teachers for feedback. This resource is in addition to the many rich opportunities teachers are already providing.
Kinderstart/ Kindergarten Online Registration
50/ 50 Winner
Thank-you to our school community for your support.
Education Week March 14-18, 2022
School Development Surveys
Ages 5-11 Mass Clinics
Public Health would like to advise additional ages 5-11 Mass Clinics will be held this week in the St. John’s Area at The Village Mall (YELLOW)
Family Literacy Day
January 27th is #FamilyLiteracyDay! This year, families across Canada are encouraged to learn in the great outdoors. Don't forget to tag us in all of your activities today, and be sure to visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca to access free learning resources.
In-class Instruction Resumes Tuesday, Jan. 25th
Second Dose Information
Rapid Test Kit Information
Virtual Library Learning Commons
Thanks to Ms. Currie for developing the Virtual Library Learning Commons. This site is designed to promote literacy beyond the four walls of our library and engage learners. We want to inspire creativity with makerspace activities, as well as continue and further your love of stories, reading, and writing. This Virtual Library Learning Commons is here to help students, teachers and families connect with quality literature and educational resources. We hope that you enjoy as you explore at your own pace.
Special Thanks to Mrs. Harris for her amazing help!
Jamarama is scheduled for Friday, October 22, however this is our picture day.
Mask Use Update
In accordance with Public Health recommendations announced today (Friday, September 17),
the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is amending its current masking
protocols in schools throughout the province. Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 18th, mask-use in
schools is reintroduced for the following:
● All students and staff (K-12), including contracted bus drivers, must wear a non-medical
mask while on school buses.
● All students and staff (K-12) must wear a non-medical mask in school corridors, and in
all common areas within the school (e.g., staff rooms, cafeterias, music rooms, learning
● All students and staff (Grades 4-12) must wear a non-medical mask at all times while in
the school environment, including while in the classroom. The exceptions are:
➢ Masking will not be required in school gymnasiums when physical activity is
➢ Music programs and instrumental activity, including the playing of wind
instruments, can continue.
● All visitors, volunteers and external presenters in schools are required to wear a
non-medical mask at all times.
Terry Fox Walk
Please see our September 2021-22 School Opening Update
Class Supply Lists 2021-2022
Congratulations to our lucky winner of the 50/50 ticket draw. The winner is Richard Allen with a winning ticket # 2516.
Congratulations also go out to our student Mary Allen who won the sellers prize.
Congratulations also to Isabella Bonnell who sold the most tickets.
Thank-you to our school community for your support.