BISHOP ABRAHAM ELEMENTARY
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.
Registration for Kindergarten for September 2022 (Kinderstart for September 2021)
School PD Day Close-outs:
School Survey 2020-21
Avalon Region School Update
Renew. Refresh. Reconnect. This year’s theme is about renewing our focus on mental health, taking time to refresh after a very stressful year and reconnecting not only with yourself, but also finding new ways to connect with peers. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone but we are finding new ways to learn, new ways to connect and new ways to ground ourselves and focus on what is important. Education Week can be an enriching experience for students, teachers and parents.
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: https://9643.thankyou4caring.org/
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: http://www.terryfox.ca/BishopAbrahamElementary. 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (updated frequently)
Please click on the link below for more important September opening information for BAE.
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
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.
Kindergarten 2020 Year End Video
What an adventurous and fun filled year they have had. Enjoy the video!
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 bae.nlesd.ca
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.