Announcement Archive

This is an archive of announcements that have appeared on the main page.

May 2021


Parking Lot - Safety Concern

As you all know parking is limited at Larkhall Academy and at arrival and dismissal times there is a fair amount of congestion. We need you to strongly consider the following during arrival and dismissal times.


Morning Arrival

There is a 15 minute window from 8:30 - 8:45 where students can be dropped off. There is no requirement that says your child has to be at the school by 8:30. That is just when the doors open.


If you are parking and walking your younger child into the building you should use any empty parking spaces at LBJH or the bus lanes and walk your child across the road at the cross walk which is patrolled by a crossing guard.


If you are just dropping your child remember that the space immediately in front of the school on Larkhall is a NO PARKING ZONE and you may get ticketed if you stop there. Stopping there especially around 8:30 also interferes with our buses being able to safely park to unload.


Parking Spaces

Parking spaces next to the school on Vinnicombe Street are reserved for staff parking. We ask that you not park there or block the entrance or exit. District Policy requires all staff to back into the parking spaces so they can drive out in the evening. This is done for safety reasons.


Dismissal Safety Concern

We have noticed over the past few days that people are pulling front on into parking spaces that may be available at the end of the day. Children are picked up and then cars are backing out of the lot as children are leaving the building. This poses a serious safety concern. We ask again that you do not park in these spaces at the end of the day. We will have someone out monitoring the parking lot on Vinicombe Street during dismissal times going forward to ensure student safety.


We have consulted with the City of St. John’s on a “Kiss and Ride” drop off and pick up, however given the nature of the school and roads in the area this is not possible.


We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter. Should you have any questions please contact the school.


Virtual Library Learning Common
Our Virtual Learning Commons is now online. You can check it out here or by following the link to the right. Click here for a quick video tour of the features it has to offer. A big thank you to our Teacher Librarian, Ms. Harris, for putting this site together.

This site is designed to engage learners and to promote literacy beyond the four walls of our library. Our goal is to inspire creativity with makerspace activities, as well as further your love of stories, reading, and writing. This VLLC is a tool to help students, teachers and families connect with quality literature and educational resources. Explore, engage, and enjoy!

February 2021


February is Black History Month in Canada

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The 2021 theme for Black History Month is: "The Future is Now".

“The Future is Now” is a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.
To learn more click here.

February 3rd 2021 is Winter Walk Day across Canada. With much success over the years, the entire month of February is now recognized as Winter Walk Month! This is the perfect opportunity for everyone and their families to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walking is the simplest form of exercise and promotes daily physical activity keeping our community healthy and active.

December 2020

December 2

Term One Report Cards were sent home on Tuesday, December 1st.

Virtual Family-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday , December 3rd. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 on Thursday.

Students will be dismissed in the usual order with Walkers and Pick-ups being dismissed at 11:45.

Busing students will start dismissal at approximately 11:50 with all buses leaving the school by 12:00

Just a reminder, that if you have booked a video conference with your child’s teacher, please make sure to click on the link in your schedule at your assigned time.

If you requested a phone call, your child’s teacher will call you at your interview time. Please note, because they are using web based calling, “Unknown Caller” may appear in your caller display.

Please remember there will be no lunch served on Thursday.

Click Here To Book Your Family Teacher Interview

Click here for instructions on setting up your account.

November 2020

November 11

On Tuesday, the video below was shown to all grades in our school in place of our normal Remembrance Day Celebration. Despite Covid restrictions, such as singing out doors and not being able to gather together as a full school we were still able to celebrate Remembrance Day.


October 2020


Curriculum Night: Click here for Curriculum Night Message from Administration along with link to Google Meets

School Busing Update - Courtesy Seats
First of all, On behalf of the NLESD we want to extend our thanks for your patience to any family that was impacted by the changes to busing this year. As of last week, any student who is eligible for busing is now accommodated.

We are now in the process of determining any students who require a courtesy seat. The first step in this process is to see if there are any students with assigned seats who will not be using them this year. See note below. If you are rescinding your seat please complete the following form and submit it to the school, either by email to larkhallacad@nlesd.ca or send it along with your child to give to their teacher. All opting out forms need to be submitted by Friday, October 2nd.

Opting Out Procedure: Schools can accept written documentation from the parent/guardian of an eligible student rescinding (opting out) their seat on the bus to create an extra seat on the school bus that can be allocated by the School Administrator through the Courtesy Seating Protocol. Any such rescission would require the parent/guardian to rescind their seat in writing for the entire school year. The rescinding parent/guardian cannot give their seat to another student of their choosing.

If you are interested in applying for a Courtesy Seat you can complete the application found here.

Please be sure you are familiar with the courtesy seating protocol.

September 2020

September 29
Click here for a memo that was sent today concerning :

  • Orange Shirt Day

  • School Lunch Program

  • Student Volunteers for the Lunch Program

  • Busing Update (Courtesy Seating)

  • Class Size Update

  • Curriculum Night (Update)

  • Thanksgiving Day Food Drive


Busing Update - September 18:

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to inform you that service for all normally eligible students (according to Government policy) will start effective Wednesday morning, September 23. For a summary of how eligibility is determined, as well as how bus routes and bus stops are developed, please see the District’s Bus Route & Stop Design Guidelines. You will receive further information on this courtesy seating application process in the near future. Seating plans will be developed for the updated routes at a later date as the focus is on getting service in place for all schools. However, we ask that students continue to follow the general loading procedures as follows:

  • Load from back to front;

  • Siblings sitting together; and

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 students sitting up front as applicable

Please see below to locate your child's bus route, bus stop, and pickup/drop-off schedule.

IMPORTANT:

Even if a student was eligible for transportation on the first day of school and assigned a bus route, please review the updated routes on the website because the student’s bus route and/or pickup/drop off times may have changed with the redesign of bus routes and extra buses.

We ask for your patience as there may be delays to the pickup/dropoff times as we work out any issues that typically arise when new routes are implemented at the beginning of the school year.

September 14:

Please check with your child for a memo and forms that were sent home today. Please complete and return to your child's teacher at your earliest convenience.


September 10, 2020

Welcome Back: The staff of Larkhall Academy want to welcome all families back to the start of a new school year. Thanks to your support our first day back went very well. Please bear with us as we continue to sort out the logistics of a safe return to school.

If you have moved, changed your phone number or email please contact the office at 722-7012 to ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you. This simple task is now more important than ever.

March 2020

Covid-19 Resources for Families: These are difficult times and your child may be scared and confused with all the information about Covid-19 they encounter on a daily basis. To help you help your child navigate and understand some of this information please visit the Resources for Families section of the Common Sense Website.

September 2019

We regret to inform members of our school community that the Larkhall App we have used for several years is no longer available. This was one of many ways we shared information from the school. It was quick and easy and enjoyed by most of our families. Going forward information will be communicated by School Messenger (which can use, voice, email and text), as well as on our website, Twitter account as well as paper memos and newsletters. We apologize to those who used the app on a regular basis however this decision was out of our hands as the developer no longer supports the app.

To ensure you get all school messages it is important for the school to have your current contact information. If there have been changes to the information we have on file, please let us know.

June 2019

March 2019

Annual School Development Surveys -- Deadline Extended to March 29th

Each year the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development conduct online surveys to gather feedback from students, staff, and parents/guardians to inform the school development process. Click here for more information.

Click here to see some of Larkhall's results for the previous 2 years.

February 2019

February 4-8 is Canadian School Counselors Week. It’s set aside to recognize all the the things school counselors do to support students, families, teachers and support staff. There are many things that counselors do that are done behind the scenes that we often don’t know about. So on behalf of all the people you serve I want to wish Ms. Castella a Happy School Counselor’s Week.

January 2019

The Roar

The latest edition of the Roar is now available. Thanks to our Grade two teacher, Ms. Rose, and her grade 5 team of writers for putting this together. Click here to read about what has been happening at Larkhall in November and December. This and other editions of the Roar can be accessed on the "For Parents" navigation menu.

December 2018

Christmas Concert

Thanks to every one who came out to our Christmas concert, " On With the Snow" on Thursday evening featuring our grade one and two students. Thanks to Ms. Lee and all the staff who helped the students get ready for the show. There is still time to order your DVD copy of the show. Just drop by the school to fill out an order form before our Christmas Break.

Christmas Craft Fair

Thanks to all the vendors and customers who supported our first Christmas Craft Fair. A big thank you to parent volunteers Cindy Newell and Pam Mootrey who organized the fair. Click here to see a list of vendor prize table draws.

Website update

A section for school memos has been added to the "For Parents" drop down menu. Memos sent home from the office will be archived here.

Evening Parent / Guardian - Teacher Interviews rescheduled.

All evening parent/guardian - teacher meetings that were scheduled after 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 6th were cancelled. They are rescheduled for Tuesday, December. 11th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. There is no need to register again using OPTIS as your child’s teacher will be in touch to reschedule a new appointment time

School Announcements by Text

You can take advantage of our Text Messaging Service. Our school utilizes the School Messenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and etc. Click here to learn more.

November 2018

Drug Awareness Presentation Cancelled

The RNC Drug Awareness Presentation for families with children ages 6 - 16 scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 pm at Leary’s Brook Jr. High has been cancelled due to insufficient pre-registration numbers.


New School Website

Welcome to our new School Website. The intent is to make it a more streamlined viewing experience which displays equally well across devices and platforms. There will be more information and features added over the coming weeks. Our old website will remain active for the duration of this school year as we transition to the new site.

Fall Dance

We will be having a school dance for ALL students on Friday, November 23rd. The Kindergarten to Grade 2 dance will be from 6:00-7:00 and the Grades 3-5 dance will be 7:30-9:00. Tickets are $5 each and will go on sale Tuesday, November 13th. A memo will be sent home later this week highlighting important information.

On Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 pm there will be a presentation at Leary’s Brook Jr. High for parents and guardians of children ages 6-16.

A Parent's Guide To Prevention - Helping your children grow and develop.

  • Understand Your Role as Parent

  • Help Your Children Make the Right Decisions.

  • Learn How to Communicate so They Listen

  • Become Aware of the Dangerous Street Drugs

If you are interesting in attending you must pre-register by calling Leary’s Brook at 726-9889 to confirm your attendance. This presentation is being offered in partnership with Leary’s Brook Jr. High, Larkhall Academy, the RNC and Gary Summers.

First Term Report Cards

The first term of the 2018 - 2019 school year officially ends on Friday, November 23rd. Reports cards will be distributed on Thursday, November 29th and Family- Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, December 6th. Please note: Students will be dismissed at 12:00 on December 6th.

Families will be able to book a time meet with your child’s teacher using OPTIS (Online Parent-Teacher Interview System ) starting on Monday, November 26th.

Upcoming Professional Development Day

On Friday, December 7th staff will be participating in in a professional learning day. Please note: there will be no classes for Larkhall students on this day.

Christmas Craft Fair

Larkhall will be hosting its first ever Christmas Craft Fair with a variety of vendors. Save the date and do your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 8th.