For the information of visitors, please be aware that Bishop Abraham Elementary has a video/ electronic security system.

New Screening Questionnaire

Here is the link to the NEW SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE (November 2020)

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.

World Kindness Day 2020

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.

We have some wonderful activities planned for Bishop Abraham Elementary to promote Kindness on Friday, November 13. To celebrate, the students have picked essential workers (and all those who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe during the pandemic) to recognize. We have classes writing cards of “thanks” to Dr. Fitzgerald, Janeway staff, police officers, sanitation workers…. just to name a few. We are delighted to celebrate this and we are giving our students the opportunity to dress as their favorite worker on Friday, November 13. This is optional for students but we feel it will help make the activity more memorable for them.

Janeway Jamarama Day Friday, October 23, 2020

Jamarama is happening at Bishop Abraham on Friday, October 23!

Parents/Guardians can donate online:

We kindly ask that cash donations not be sent in to the school at this time.

Terry Fox Walk

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Bishop Abraham Elementary is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: Together, we can all make a difference! #terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation. We plan to do our walk on Friday, October 2, 2020 weather permitting. In the past we would accept money donations. Given the current circumstances with Covid-19 we ask that donations be on-line. Thank you again for all of your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

School Lunch


Lunch ordering for the month of October has been extended until the end of the day on Tuesday, September 29th. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate orders beyond this date. Our first day of lunch service will be Thursday, October 1st! As a result of our program having to remove the traditional envelope payment system and move to an online ordering system, we are extending the deadline to order lunches to allow extra time for our program participants to adjust to this new process. If any family has trouble with our online ordering system and or does not have access to the internet, please call our office to speak with one of our team members for assistance 754-5353 ext. 221

Parent/ Guardian September Opening Information

Over the last number of weeks, much planning and hard work has taken place to ensure we have solid plans in place for this school year. As things arise and/or change, I want to assure you that we will do our very best to keep you informed and up to date on school events/news and support all our families.

As announced, school will reopen earlier for staff on September 2, 2020. The earlier reopening will provide staff additional time to receive orientation on health and safety-related procedures and protocols for the operation of our school and to prepare for the arrival of our students. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 will be the first day of school for students, as originally planned.

In order for us to reopen safely, every school must implement guidelines. As soon as these guidelines become finalized next week, we will send them along. We are excited to see students return. We thank you all in advance for your support and cooperation! We are in this together and we will get through this together!

Below are some links to the NLESD website for your information. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions.

Information for School Reopening

Frequently Asked Questions (updated frequently)

Please click on the link below for more important September opening information for BAE.

September 4 School Opening Newsletter

Kindergarten Opening Newsletter

Screening Questionnaire

Staff and students must use this questionnaire daily to decide if they should attend school. Parents should complete the screening on behalf of their school-aged child.

Covid Self-Assessment Link

Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

School Re-Entry Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic Information for Parents

Class Supply Lists 2020-21

Please click on these links to view the class supply lists.


Grades 1 - 6

Retirement Announcement

It is with very mixed emotions that I wish to let you all know that I have decided to retire at the end of June this year. This COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our families and society at large, has helped me come to the decision to retire. I feel it is time to focus on my immediate family, as we never know how much time we have to spend with them.

I have been teaching at Bishop Abraham for 26 years and many have heard me say that I began my career here and will finish my career here. The Bishop Abraham school community is my second family and so many of you I hold dear to my heart. When the school environment moves closer to a sense of normalcy, I plan to return for visits.

I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr. Pat Kennedy and Mrs. Madeline Squires who are also retiring at the end of this school year. All three of us have been here at Bishop Abraham for 20 or more years. This is quite a testament to how great a school Bishop Abraham is and how much we value our students and their families.

I thank each and everyone of you who have supported me in my role as teacher and administrator. It has been a wonderful journey, one that has shaped me to be the person I am today. I wish you all the best of health, happiness and success as I move on to a different journey in my retirement.

Mrs. Butland

Kinderstart/Kindergarten Registration Reopens

Please click the link below to read a memo sent from NLESD.

Kinderstart/Kindergarten Registration Reopen

Kindergarten 2020 Year End Video

What an adventurous and fun filled year they have had. Enjoy the video!

Copy of Kindergarten Memories.mp4

To: Parents/Guardians

From: Newfoundland & Labrador English School District

Date: May 8, 2020

Re: Social & Emotional Learning Sessions (SEL)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

During these unprecedented times the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has continued to provide services and resources that assist students in managing their mental health and wellness while classes are suspended.

On April 7th, NLESD launched the telephone counselling component of its Volunteer Guidance Services Initiative. This service has seen both parents and students reach out to our team for support in navigating through these challenging times.

To expand upon this initiative, our team of volunteer school guidance counselors will be providing further support through online Social Emotional Learning Sessions. These will be facilitated using Google Meet. The sessions will be live events open to all students. To access these SEL sessions, students must log in to their NLESD Google account.

These Social and Emotional Learning events are not counselling sessions rather they are live group gatherings for the purpose of promoting positive mental health and well being.

A schedule of upcoming fun/helpful sessions will be posted on the Well-Being section of the Learning at Home website at so that users can easily view presentation times, obtain session information, and join as they wish.

★ First live session is Tuesday May 12th, 11:00 am (NST)

IMPORTANT - Pick up of Student Belongings

We have been given approval to set up a day for parents/guardians to drop by our school to pick up any student belongings that have not been picked up already. We have designated next Friday, May 15 as the pick up day.

What you need to do:

  1. Please send an email to either or only if you need to pick up belongings next Friday. If you do not need to pick up any student belongings then do nothing.

What to expect next week:

  1. An appointment time will be emailed to you early to mid next week. We are only allowed to admit 7 people per 10 minute time frame. Therefore, your appointed time will reflect that time period. Ex. 9:00-9:10

  2. On the day and time of pick up you will enter the gymnasium door (closest to the front of the building), proceed into the gym, pick up belongings and exit through the other door (closest to the playground).

Student belongings will be arranged on tables according to grade level and class. Please realize that we have to abide by the social distancing guidelines already established by the chief medical officer. This is a time for you to ONLY pick up student belongings.

Please have a discussion with your child to determine what belongings need to be picked up, if any.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Ms. Butland or Mr. King.


SMS Text Messaging Opt-in

Parents/Guardians, you may have received an sms or text message from our school about opting in to this feature. Below is a letter explaining this. Thank-You

Parents/Guardians SMS Letter

URGENT! Survey for Technology Access from Home

Our school and the school district are working on ways to assist students who are having difficulty connecting with teachers and classmates in an online learning environment. We are assessing the level of access that students have to electronic devices or the internet in their home. To determine the level of need, the district has created a survey using Google Forms. The following link will take you to the form. We kindly ask if you could complete this form as soon as possible so we can proceed with getting access to devices for you as soon as possible.

Google Form - Technology Devices/Internet

The results of this survey will allow us to best determine how to support our students. Thank you for taking the time to complete this.

Message from our staff to our school community

Please click on the link below to view a message from our school staff to all of our school community. We miss you so much and thought it would be nice to send along our thoughts to you. Please take care of yourselves, stay safe and please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or the school administration if you have any questions or concerns.

Kinderstart Registration (Kindergarten for September 2021 (Kinderstart for September 2020)

If you know of any family that has a child who will need to register for Kinderstart, please let them know about the following information. This information will also be posted to our school website at

Online Registration for Kindergarten for September 2021 (Kinderstart for September 2020) will begin in May. Please visit the following address for information regarding this online registration.

Launch of NL Guidance Services

Tuesday, April 7, the District will be launching NL Guidance Services in an effort to ensure that all students have access to a qualified School Counsellor during this time. Please click on the link below to read further information about how to access this service.

NLESD Memo to Parents - Next Steps April 2, 2020

Please click on the link below to view the latest memo regarding next steps for our schools.

Parenting in a Pandemic: Eastern Health Webinar (Update)

The Parenting in a Pandemic Webinar is available as a video to watch. Below is the link to the video.

Parenting in a Pandemic Video

Eastern Health is offering a Webinar today titled: Parenting in a Pandemic. The registration information is below. Please utilize this valuable resource if you feel the need to do so. The webinar is from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm today, Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Register using link below:

Upcoming Events

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 (

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.

URGENT UPDATE March 22, 2020

Based on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the NLESD has sent out an urgent memo to all administrators letting us know that public access to the school has been suspended.

Dear Families,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 update from the Provincial Government and the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is further limiting access to school facilities, effective immediately.

This means:

There will be no public access to our school whatsoever - including any pre-arranged drive-through pickup of students’ personal items.

Access to our school will be limited to the principal, as necessary, and facilities staff (i.e., custodial and maintenance staff), as directed/required by the District.

Any personal items which have not been collected at this point will be stored at the school until further notice.

The District acknowledges this represents a change to many previously arranged pick-up schedules. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this may cause students and families. We are, however, determined to keep our staff, students, families and communities as safe as possible during this rapidly evolving situation.

Please follow all directives and guidelines issued by the Provincial Government and public health authorities to keep your families and community safe during this difficult time. We will continue to be in contact in the days ahead.

UPDATE FROM NLESD, March 19, 2020

Please see the memo below for important information from the school district.

Message to Families 03/19/2020

URGENT UPDATE, March 19, 2020:

Dear Students and Parents/Caregivers,

We have been asked to remove all items from lockers and classrooms.

We understand that many of our students do not need to get anything from their lockers or classrooms and therefore do not need to come to the school. Lockers that have not been cleaned out by March 27th will be cleaned out by staff. All personal items will be placed with Lost and Found.


To ensure students have an opportunity to collect any personal items and to ensure the safety of all involved we are limiting the number of parents/caregivers or students in the school in the following manner.

Parents/caregivers or students are asked to come in during their designated time, arranged alphabetically by last name.

Please avoid interacting with others, proceed to your locker and or classroom and remove all personal items.

PLEASE DO NOT RETURN any LIBRARY or other school books AT THIS TIME.

Remember social distancing should be maintained and parents/caregivers or students are to leave the school immediately after collecting their belongings.


9:00 am - 11:30 am

For all students whose last name begins with the letters A to C

12:30 - 3:00

For all students whose last name begins with the letters D to I



9:00 am - 11:30 am

For all students whose last name begins with the letters J to O

12:30 - 3:00

For all students whose last name begins with the letters P to Z

If you cannot make it at your assigned time please contact the Office so that an alternate time can be arranged.

This is not an opportunity for meeting with teachers, support staff or administration.

We realize that this is a very stressful and uncertain time for all students and their families. We thank you all for your cooperation and support. We will keep you posted as we receive information.

UPDATE! Important Parent Memo, March 17, 2020

Please see the memo below regarding the Retrieval of Student Items - Change of Plans

Memo to Parents from NLESD

Eastern Health Launches new Website

Earlier this Fall, Eastern Health launched its brand new website – Health Information, known as “Hi”. The Hi website is our go-to place for health and wellness resources for individuals, families, and communities.

We encourage you to check out the website at or click the picture below.

School reopening at 10:40 am

Bishop Abraham Elementary will reopen at 10:40 am for the students. School Lunch will be served.

School Development Review

Our school will be involved in a 2 day internal review for our School Growth and Development. This will be facilitated by a representative from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and personnel from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. The first of the 2 days had originally been scheduled for February 3rd but was postponed due to the school closures during the state of emergency. Our Day 1 of the internal review will be Monday, March 2. There will be no school for the students. We will notify our school community of the date of the second close-out day fore the internal review when we are given the date from the NLESD.

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.

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: