Department of Education and Early Childhood Development School Development Surveys for 2019 - 2020

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 10, 2020. Please complete the survey by March 20, 2020 by clicking on the following link: If you do not have internet access, you may contact your school to arrange access to a school computer or mobile device for survey completion.

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.

*** The survey will not be available until Monday, February 10, 2020

*** Families with more than one child attending Bishop Abraham should complete the survey for the oldest child attending the school.

UPDATE: The school bus will go back to its regular route as of Friday, January 30, 2020.

NLESD News Release

Bishop Abraham will be reopening tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28. Please click on the following link to read the press release.


An adjustment to our bus route has been made. Please click the link below to view bus stops starting tomorrow, January 28th.

NLESD News Release regarding the opening of schools in the Metro Region

Please click on the link to read the Press Release.

Bishop Abraham will remain closed Monday, January 27. An update will be posted tomorrow.

Press Release Sunday, January 26th.

Upcoming Events

Bus Safety Information

Below are some links to Bus Safety information. We ask that you view this with your children and have a discussion about the importance of appropriate bus safety procedures. Thank-You

50/50 Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Peter Giovannini for winning the 50/50 ticket draw. The winning ticket number was 3502.

50/50 Tickets

50/50 tickets are now on sale. These have been going home with students. If you require more tickets please call the school and we will arrange to get you more. The draw date is December 11, 2019.

Student of the Month Assembly for November

The Assembly will be on Thursday, November 28 at 2:00 pm.

City of St. John’s National Child Day MOVE IT Family Event:

The City of St. John’s celebrates National Child Day/World Children’s Day* by hosting a FREE afternoon of activities for all ages, including games, bouncy castles and interactive displays.

A limited number of National Child Day t-shirts are available with a donation to the R.E.A.L. program. Don’t forget to wear BLUE! #GoBlue.

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: NL Sports Centre, 100 Crosbie Road

*For more information visit the Calendar of Events at , call 576-8631 or email Child Day

District Close-out for Bishop Abraham Elementary

School is closed Wednesday, October 9 for Students. It is a Professional Learning Day for all Staff. Thursday, October 10 will be Day 6.

Vegetable Fundraiser

The vegetables will be delivered to Bishop Abraham on the morning of Wednesday, October 10. The school will be closed for the students, but there will be staff at the school. If necessary, the vegetables may be picked up on the 9th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. On Thursday, October 10, the vegetables may be picked up after 9:00 am - after the school bus has left.

Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 School Year

Welcome back to our students and families who are returning this school year. We would like to welcome our new students and families to Bishop Abraham. We are looking forward to a great year!

School Picture Day

Lifetouch School Photography will be at the school on Monday, October 7th for student photographs.

School Lunch Program Important dates and information

  • Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. You can register at
  • Parents need to register each year, in order to participate in the School Lunch Program.
  • Paper registration forms are available on our website for anyone wanting to submit a paper registration. I have also attached a pdf of the paper registration form.

Meal service starts on Wednesday, Sept 25th.

  • Meal ordering for September/October will open on September 5th
  • First meal orders will be due on September 11th.
  • If parents have any questions please contact us at 754-5323 or via email at

First Day of School

The doors will be unlocked at 8:40 am for the students and parents/caregivers to enter the school. The Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2 students will go to the gym and wait in the designated areas. Grades 3 and 4 students will all meet in the Learning Resources Centre (Library). The Grades 5 and 6 students will go to the Elementary Common Room. The teachers will meet the students in the designated areas and will call out the names of the students in their classes. When the classes have been sorted, the students will line up with their teacher and proceed to the classrooms. We ask the parents and caregivers to not go to classrooms so that the teachers may settle their classes.

Lunch time is 12:10 - 12:35 for Kindergarten to Grade 3 to eat in the cafeteria; playtime is 12:35 to 1:00 pm. Elementary students will have their lunch playtime from 12:10 to 12:35 and go to the cafeteria to eat from 12:35 to 1:00 pm. All students need to bring a lunch from home every day until the Lunch Program begins service on Wednesday, September 25th. Please see the message above regarding the School Lunch Program. Students must be registered in order to receive lunches through the Program.

Dismissal is at 3:00 pm each day.

Parking for parents/caregivers, families and visitors

The Parking Lot by the Main Entrance to Bishop Abraham is for Staff and vehicles with Wheelchair Accessible permits ONLY. All other persons are asked to park in the back parking lot by the Elementary entrance or at the side along the driveway. There is no parking past the large sign in the Bus area. Students may be dropped off by the sidewalk just before the entrance to the Staff parking. We ask that everyone please be respectful of our protocols for the safety of all students who attend Bishop Abraham. Any vehicles, including taxis, without the appropriate permits which are parked in the Wheelchair Accessible areas will be reported to the RNC.

Grade 6 Farewell Slideshow

Click here to view the slideshow that the Grade 6 students created. It is awesome!

Class Supply Lists 2019-2020

Please click on the supply list below to view/download the list for next year.

Kindergarten Supply List 2019-2020

Grades 1-6 Supply List 2019-2020

Multicultural Fair Video

Click this link to view the video of our Multicultural Fair Day.

Multicultural Week Slideshow

Click this link to view the slideshow of pictures from our Multicultural Week. It was an awesome week during which students learned about different cultures. Many of our students presented at the Multicultural Fair last Friday. Enjoy!

School Closed Friday, June 14, 2019

The NLESD has directed, as required by the recent NLTA collective agreement, that all schools will close for 1 full day before the end of the school year to work on report cards. This full day is for the 2019-20 school year only. We will be closed on Friday, June 14th for all students.

School will reopen on Monday, June 17. It will be Day 7.

Last Day of School for 2018-19

School will close for the summer on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Dismissal is at 1:00 pm.

Lunch Program End Date

The last day for the Lunch Program is Friday, June 21st. All students are required to bring a packed lunch for the last week of school.

Final Student of the Month for 2018-19

The final Student of the Month Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 9:30 am.


We are a K-6 school located on 196 Pennywell Rd., St. John's. Our population is approximately 225 students. This our brand new website which is still undergoing changes. We hope you find it helpful as we will post important information here.

Sign Language Summer Program

NL Association of the Deaf has recently set up sign language a tween/teen program over the summer holidays for 8 weeks. The age group for the program is 10-18. Please click here to see the flyer.

Family Responsibility Zone Courtesy Stops

Please click on this link to view information about the new Family Responsibility Courtesy Stops.

Fishcake Sale

Our fishcake order forms are due next Friday, April 5. They are $7.00 a package and you choose with or without onions.

Our Spring Fair is Postponed!

Spring Fair Postponed.pdf

School Development Surveys

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s 2018-19 School Development Surveys will be available online beginning Monday, February 11th. All surveys are to be completed by Friday, March 15th. Please click on the relevant link below to access your survey.

Nominate your Favourite Crossing Guard

Do you know a crossing guard who has made an impact in your community?

Tell us about your favourite crossing guard:

  • How have they kept kids safe?
  • Why are they a good role model?
  • Does your crossing guard do other activities in your community to promote safety?
  • Remember to include photos or drawings, and letters from your students on why your crossing guard should be Canada's favourite!

Contest and Registration Details

  • From February 25 to April 19, 2019, Parachute and FedEx Express Canada will be accepting nominations for Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard.
  • We welcome students, educators, parents, and community leaders to recognize the contributions of those who play an important role in pedestrian safety by helping children make the safe journey to-and-from school. Encourage kids and schools you know to participate!
  • To nominate a crossing guard, click the link below and then download the nomination form to complete the submission.
  • Follow the hashtag #CANFavCrossGuard for updates throughout the contest and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Deadline for submissions: April 19, 2019

Student of the Month Assembly

January 31 at 2:00.

Celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27

We're counting down to the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day (FLD) on January 27! In celebration of this milestone, families are encouraged to "Take 20" minutes to make learning together part of their everyday.

We are pleased to provide free downloadable resources to promote your activities: