The Raven Newsletter


April 29, 2019

Frank Roberts Junior High will be closed on Friday, May 17th, 2019 for Staff Professional Development.

6th Annual S.O.A.R. Birthday Celebration and Memorial Food Drive - May 9, 2019

May 9th marks a special day for Louise and Bernie Mercer. Alex and Riley, beloved children of Louise and Bernie, shared the same birthday, May 9th. Louise and Bernie want to honor both of their children’s memory on that special day by asking residents and schools in Conception Bay South and Paradise to participate in the 6th Annual S.O.A.R. (Spirit of Alex and Riley) Birthday Celebration and Memorial Food Drive.

In remembrance of Riley and Alex, They invite you to help give back to the community. On Thursday, May 9th, everyone is invited to The Salvation Army Conception Bay South Corps, 331 Conception Bay Highway, between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of birthday cake with Louise and Bernie. During the birthday celebrations, they will be gratefully accepting donations of non-perishable food items along with monetary donations for the CBS/Paradise Community Food Bank.

Frank Roberts Junior High will also be participating this year and will be asking all students to donate a non-perishable food item from April 29th - May 9th, if possible to this wonderful cause. For every homeroom class that participates, the class name will be entered in for a chance to win a pizza party. On May 9th, arrangements have been made with the Conception Bay South Fire Department and the Paradise Fire Department to pick up food donations at participating schools. All donations to the Food Bank will be brought to The Salvation Army CBS Corps. It is our hope that once again this year, a huge donation will be made to the CBS/Paradise Community Food Bank in memory of Alex and Riley.


Together we can make a difference in our communities! Thank you in advance for your support!

April 17th, 2019

Here are some important reminders heading into Easter Break:

Thursday April 18th, 2019 will be a regular day for all students. Students will return from Easter Break on Monday April 29th, 2019

At this point in the year many students are running out of school supplies. Please ask your child over Easter Break if any of their school supplies need Replenishment to help get them through up to the end of the school year.

Our Annual Grade 9 Carnival is scheduled for the Evening of May 16th, 2019. Please make sure that permission slips are signed and returned with the fee as soon as possible. The Permission Slip can be located on our website under documents or see attached.

Spirit Week 2.0 - April 29th - May 3rd, Activities Include:

Monday: Wear your pyjamas or comfy clothes!

Tuesday: Dress your best- suits, dresses, ties, etc

Wednesday: Wear your crazy socks!

Thursday:  Wear school colors and come prepared to cheer on the hockey team as they attempt to defeat the Villanova Vipers!

Friday: Be funky! Wear neon or multiple coloured clothes!

Our hockey team is participating in the Annual Frank Roberts Junior High hockey tournament from April 29 – May 9.  As part of this tradition, the two Junior High Schools in CBS will face off against each other. Our Roberts Ravens will be playing against the Villanova Vipers at the CBS Arena on Thursday, May 2nd, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  We are offering all our students the opportunity to go to the arena to cheer on our team. The Permission Slip can be located on our website under documents or see attached and will need to be returned promptly after Easter Break.

Mini Enrichment Courses will be starting April 29th, 2019 (first day back after easter). Please make sure that you child knows the dates and times for the courses they are registered for and that they bring their waiver and acceptance letter to the first day of their course.

Frank Roberts has registered a Grade 8/9 team in the St. John's Minor Baseball 2019 Old Town Pizza School Classic Baseball Series. The grade 8/9 tournament is a competitive tournament and is a fun way to kick off the baseball season. The tournament will take place May 30- June 2. The team will also be competing in the Mental Health Matter series vs Villa Nova starting June 4/5 and 6th in necessary. Todd Powell and Chris Cole will be organizing tryouts and coaching the team. If your child is interested, please contact Todd Powell by email (todd.powell@bellaliant.ca) by May 12th and provide the following details: Parent’s Name,Phone Number, Child’s Name, Child’s Grade and Teacher. Further details (location, schedule, rules etc.) will be distributed as it becomes available and after the team has been established. There may be a cost for each student to cover the team registration.  This will be confirmed once we know the number of players.

All the staff at Frank Roberts Junior High would like to wish all the students and their families within our school community a safe, rejuvenating and relaxing Easter Break.

April 1st, 2019

Frank Roberts Junior High, let's show our support by WEARING GREEN on Friday, April 5th to remember the Humboldt Bus Tragedy and in honour of the Logan Boulet Effect. Green is the official colour of organ/tissue donation, symbolizing the hope organ donors provide to patients in need. Green Shirt Day is an activity of the Canadian Transplant Association and the Boulet family, in partnership with Canadian Blood Services and Global News.The Kidney Foundation of Canada is officially a supporting partner of Green Shirt Day and it is further supported by all provincial organ donation agencies. The goal of the campaign is to encourage registration and to ask families to have this all important discussion. So let's WEAR GREEN to help raise awareness and SAVE LIVES!! #GreenShirtDay

Attention all parents/guardians of students who registered for NLESD Mini Enrichment Courses, your child's Acceptance letter and Mun waiver forms were sent home today. These forms do not get returned to Frank Roberts Junior High, these forms have to be brought with the student to the first day of their course for admittance.

Tomorrow, April 2, is World Autism Day. We are asking individuals to wear their sunglasses, make a donation if they wish and share their best selfie or group photo with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #BeCoolForAutism and tagging @AutismSocietyNL.

Thank you to our Kids Eat Smart Club Volunteers!  On April 8-14, 2019, we celebrate Volunteer Week and we want to say thank you to entire school community, parents, student volunteers and anyone who gives of their time at our KES Clubs.  We would not be able to operate without your dedicated support, and proud to share with you, that you are part of over 6200 volunteers who help KES Clubs every school day; so for everything you do, Thank You! Together we are making a difference.

March 27th, 2019

Our grade 7 students have an opportunity to attend Holy Heart High School’s performance of The Little Mermaid at Holy Heart Theater, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. This is a exciting opportunity for our students to experience the classic, enchanting tale by Hans Christian Anderson, and adapted to music by Disney. The cost of this outing is $15.00. *Please note that we have a limited number of seats available, so attendance will be based on a “first come, first serve” basis. Permission Forms will be accepted until the morning of March 28th

March 25th, 2019

Good Afternoon Grade 9 parents,
School Immunizations are fast approaching and are scheduled to take Place at Frank Roberts Junior High on Monday, April 1st. If you have sent your signed consent for your child to the school we thank you. If you HAVE NOT already completed a school immunization from & would like for your child to have this immunization please complete the attached form & return to us ASAP. 
Here are the 4 ways to return to us once completely filled out:
1) Sign & Return to the school...Do not email it to the school. Hard copy please.
2) Sign & fax to us at 834-7918
3) Sign & scan back to us via email  (shelley.goulding@easternhealth.ca) or Tracy Kean (tracy.kean@easternhealth.ca)
4) Sign & drop off to the Eastern Health office in Villa Nova Plaza.
Shelley Goulding BN.RN & Tracy Kean BN.RN

FRJH 50/50 "Pot of Gold" Ticket draw was completed on Friday March 15th  and the prize was $4539.00. The winner is Renee Rowsell! The seller was Jonah Rowsell who will be provided with $100 for his efforts. Thank you so much to everyone in our wonderful school community for your continued support. It is the community , staff , students, and local organizations that make Frank Roberts Junior High an amazing School.

March 19th, 2019

Report Cards will be released on Friday, March 22nd at the end of the day.We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews at the school on Thursday, March 28th from 12:30 - 4:00 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 am. This term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child's teachers, please follow the instructions written on the insert with your child’s report card or see the information emailed home to all parents/guardians.

March 11th, 2019

Lifetouch will be coming out to Frank Roberts Junior High to photograph the grade nine students in a gown with our schools crest. Lifetouch then offers the composite to the students to purchase. This day is scheduled for Thursday march 21st, 2019, picking a date so early in the year allows time for the composites to be back before school ends. Orders will be done directly with Lifetouch. There was also a form sent home with all grade 9 students today containing information regarding pictures.

March 10th, 2019

All “Pot of Gold” 50/50 tickets need to be returned to the school as soon as possible.The draw date is Friday March 15th, 2019.

Monday March 18th, 2019 School is closed for district wide school holiday.

NLESD Mini Enrichment Course Registrations are due on Tuesday March 12th, 2019. Please email helensimmons@nlesd.ca with any questions or concerns.

Reminder -  Family Survey

Your input is valuable to your school, your district, and the provincial government. We would like to thank those who have already completed the Family Survey. For those who have not yet completed the survey, we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey before the deadline of Friday, March 15, 2019. Directions for Survey-Taking: You may access and complete the anonymous survey online - from a computer or mobile device - by visiting the website below:

https://www.research.net/r/SDFamily1819EN

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

Report cards will go home for all students on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at the end of the day.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday March 28th, 2019. All students will be dismissed at 11:15am. Parent teacher Conferences will be from 12:30pm - 4:00pm & 5:00pm - 7:00pm. There will be more information sent out at a later date regarding booking your Parent Teacher appointment using “Parent Interview” portal.

There will be No School for students on Friday March 29th, 2019 due to Staff Professional Development.

Please check out our school Newsletter for  these regular updates and more. https://www.frankrobertsjh.com/newsletter

March 7th, 2019

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, like many districts across Canada, uses the Google for Education Suite as its primary web platform for educational and productivity services. As you are aware, this suite of applications provides access to dozens of tools including Google’s video streaming and uploading service, YouTube. The content on YouTube is user-generated with over 400 minutes of new video uploaded every minute. The application (app) incorporates machine learning tools to filter inappropriate content and also relies on viewers to flag videos that may violate the terms of service. Despite these measures, inappropriate content is still available to users.

As per YouTube’s Terms of Service, the website is not intended for individuals under the age of 13. The app has an option of adjusting settings for each user to restricted mode. In restricted mode, the app “hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but this will help you avoid most inappropriate content.”

The District recognizes the value of the amazing amount of educational information that exists on YouTube. With the guidance and assistance of educational professionals throughout the province, we are empowering students to make responsible choices as digital citizens.

In light of this information, please note YouTube Restricted Mode will be enabled for all K-8 student user accounts as of Monday, March 11, 2019. This will only apply to students in K-8 and restrictions will apply when students are signed into their Google accounts. Signing into Google is a best practice for all student users on any District or school device. A user is automatically signed into their Google account when using a Chromebook or any application in G Suite. As a Result, searching in YouTube will be restricted and students may see the message “Some results have been removed because restricted mode is enabled.” also, The YouTube comments feature will not be available.

As always, we will continue highlighting the importance of digital citizenship and online safety with our students. Thank you for your continued support.

February 22, 2019

The Provincial Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Blitz will be going ahead from Monday February 25th to Friday March 1st. Please feel free to drop off one of the following non-perishable food items to help support our Breakfast program for the remainder of the year! Please ensure all items are peanut free!

Items include: Bear Paws, Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran (no Honey Nut), Granola Bars  , Nutri-grain Bars, Apple juice, Orange juice

Our Spirit Week Winter Concert on Wednesday , February 27th at 7:30 will Highlight many of the musically talented students we have here at Frank Roberts Junior High. Performers need to arrive by 7pm. Doors will open at 7:15pm. Cost of entry will be $5, students are free. Come Check It Out!

50/50 “Pot of Gold” Tickets: Please return all sold tickets and money to the main office as soon as possible. If you have unsold tickets and are unable to sell them, please return them to the main office as well, as we have families requesting more tickets. Thank you again for your continued support with this fundraising event and remember that the student who sells the winning ticket will win $100.


There will be No Cafeteria Services on Friday, March 1st due to the various School outing scheduled for that day.

2 Slices of Pizza and a Drink will be sold for $5 on Friday, March 1st for students who would like to purchase Lunch that day.

Grade 9 Course Selection Session for all students will be held on Wednesday February 27th during period 1 or period 2

Grade 9 Course Selection  Parent Meeting will be held On Thursday February 28th at 7pm at Queen Elizabeth High School

Our Annual Spirit Week is Next Week February 25- March 1st. Please see Parent Information to see calendar, permission Forms and Waiver

Junior High Dance at Frank Roberts Junior High on Thursday, February 28th from 7-9pm. Guests from other school are permitted , but only with prior approval from their school administration. There will also be a canteen available for the evening.

Friday, March 1st Spirit Week Field Trips :Frank Roberts Junior High will be holding our annual Spirit Week event from February 25- March 1. Activities have been arranged by our Student Leadership Team and will include daily theme days, lunchtime activities, an outing, our Deal or No Deal game show and the ever-popular Pie the Teacher contest.The available outing options have been outlined on the permission form below. The associated fee includes the cost of bus transportation and admission to the venue.To participate, your child must return the attached permission slip, waiver (if applicable) and fee by Monday, February 25.  Please note that venues have limited spaces available and activities will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Axtion ($25) Waiver required (available at the office OR can be printed from Axtion’s website).

Includes 2 hours of unlimited access to all attractions, including the Skywalk, bumper boats, Axtionator, Drop Tower, climbing walls, indoor snow tubing and inflatables. Students should dress appropriately (no jeans;socks are required). Indoor sneakers must be worn on Skywalk.

Paint Party ($16)

A paint instructor will visit the school and guide students in creating their very own one-of-a-kind painting. The painting is yours to bring home. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun here- suitable for all ability levels!

Skating at CBS. arena ($8)

Includes 2 hours skating and access to the walking track. All skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet.

G-Force Funderdome ($25)2 Waivers required. Must complete an online waiver from Funderdome.ca (scroll to bottom of page; quote waiver ID 7935) AND a printed waiver (available at the office).Includes 2.5 hours of unlimited arcade play, go-kart rides, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and access to the virtual reality room.

December 7, 2018

We have our 12 Days of Christmas Activities going on from now until Christmas, I have attached a Calendar outlining these events. This weeks events are:

Ongoing - Riley Mercy Toy Drive  * Don’t forget to donate a toy

Monday -Candy Cane Day  - Wear red and white & Guess that gift Starts today

Tuesday -  Christmas Character Day - Dress up Like your Favorite Christmas Character

Wednesday- Christmas - tize Yourself - Make yourself into walking version of Christmas

Thursday -Cheesy Christmas Sweater - Wear that Crazy Cheesy Christmas sweater

Friday -Christmas PJ’s - Wear your Christmas PJ’s & Guess that gift ends today


Our “Share for Cheer” Food Drive is on all week , Let's try to help fill the bellies of those in need this Christmas.

“No Time For That” presentation on Tuesday december 11th will be for grade 7 & 8 students at 8:30am. We are asking that all students bring in $1 to their homeroom teacher for this presentation. Elsie Morden is a 23 year old country singer, songwriter, and motivational speaker. She has performed a Canadian Country Music Week. Elsie Morden is the founder and CEO of No Time for That  Anti-Bullying Society. She has visited over 500 schools across Canada speaking about bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and youth empowerment.

As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Activities we Kicked off our Riley Mercer Toy Drive on Wednesday December 5th and that will run until Monday December 17th. We will be accepting unwrapped toys or donations to be given to local children for Christmas.

November 30, 2018

There will be No School for students on Friday December 7th, 2018 due to Staff Professional Development.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday December 6th, 2018. All students will be dismissed at 11:15am.

“No Time For That” presentation on Tuesday december 11th will be for grade 7 & 8 students at 8:30am. We are asking that all students bring in $1 to their homeroom teacher for this presentation. Elsie Morden is a 23 year old country singer, songwriter, and motivational speaker. She has performed a Canadian Country Music Week. Elsie Morden is the founder and CEO of No Time for That  Anti-Bullying Society. She has visited over 500 schools across Canada speaking about bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and youth empowerment.

Frank Roberts Junior High will be hosting its annual Scholastic Book Fair from December 3rd - 6th.  All students will have an opportunity to visit the learning resources center to view and purchase books during this time period.  Parents can view/purchase books during the Parent -Teacher interview scheduled for Thursday December 6th.  This is a good opportunity to get some great reading materials for your child and yourself and/or to purchase Christmas gifts.  The books are well priced and there is a great selection available. It is a great opportunity to support Frank Roberts Junior high at the same time.

For the week of Dec.10th-14th, classes 9-7 and 9-8 are holding a ‘Share for Cheer’ Drive.  During this time, students are asked to donate non-perishable food items, toiletries, and gift cards.  The classes have decided that Christmas isn’t always an easy time of year for everyone so we are hoping our Frank Roberts Community can Share The Cheer.  Each class will receive a milk crate that will be collected every morning by the 9-7/9-8 crew. The crew will tally the points that each homeroom brings in every morning and add these to the master points list.  The homeroom that accumulates the most points, at the end of the week, will win a 'surprise reward’. A list of some possible items that people can donate are : Sweet Cookies, Pasta Noodles, Tin Fruit, any Tin Soups or Stews, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Sanitary Napkins, Razors, Shampoo, Soap, or Gift cards(Sobeys, Lawtons, Dominion, Pipers, Shopper's, Walmart)

This year we have decided to do a Winter Concert instead of a Christmas Concert which will highlight our talented Band and Choir. More information will be available in the new year.

Also, as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Activities we Kicked off our Riley Mercer Toy Drive on Wednesday December 5th and that will run until Monday December 17th. We will be accepting unwrapped toys or donations to be given to local children for Christmas.