Start Up Information - Septermber 2019










You should have received (or soon will receive) this by mail... if not, here is the information that was sent.


Below please find some information that may answer some of your questions about the upcoming school start up.



Tuesday, September 3rd is the first day back for students.  All students are to report to the New Gym first for an assembly.  Homeroom will follow afterwards. 

  • Grade 8                     9:30 – 11:30 AM 
  • Grade 9&10           12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Grade 11&12           1:30 – 2:30 PM


Regular classes begin September 4th for Grades 8-12, after a short homeroom each day beginning at 8:30 AM.


Homeroom lists will be posted on the windows near the front door (along with being posted on our school’s website) by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 30.  Please bring a pen or pencil to school on September 3rd.




During the week of August 26th your son/daughter will receive a phone call from a McRoberts Mentor, a Grade 11 or 12 student who has volunteered to help our newest students transition to high school.  The mentor will welcome your child and answer any questions he/she may have about the first day of school.  New Grade 8 students and mentors will meet on September 3rd during the Grade 8 homeroom.  Students will also receive more information about school startup and Grade 8 Camp. If you have questions regarding our mentors, please contact Ms. Stone-Charlton, our Vice Principal. 



Students will receive their schedules during homeroom on September 3rd.  The school timetable was built based on students' choices made last Spring, so we expect there to be few changes.  With some growth in our student population, we anticipate some timetable adjustments may be necessary.  We will manage these with the least disruption to students and staff so that we can get settled quickly.  Student requests for course changes will be considered for strong educational reasons.  Counsellors will assist students during the first week of school by appointment only (priority to incomplete schedules, of course).  



Please complete the two forms enclosed and return to the homeroom teacher on September 3rd


(1)  Personal Information Release Form

Please note, these forms are needed to include students' names or photos in the yearbook, newsletters, or the school website.


(2)  Blue Medical Information

In case of an emergency we need to know who to call.  Any changes during the year should be given to the office staff.  Please make sure that any serious allergies are indicated on the form or you may call the office staff to provide any imperative information regarding your child’s health/safety. 



Most communication from the school will be emailed.  To receive information in a timely manner, it is extremely important that a parent email address be provided to the school.  You may do so by completing a webform on our website and ensuring that an email address has been put on your son/daughter’s Blue Medical Sheet and the sheet is returned to the school.


To receive the latest information about McRoberts, you may also:

  • visit our website at
  • use Twitter: McRoberts  (Follow McRoberts Secondary (@Hugh_McRoberts)



Attendance is crucial.  We want students to succeed.  If your son/daughter is absent or late, parents, please send a note to the office or phone us. You may phone the school any time before 9:00 AM, as there is an answering machine.   We also have an automated call-out system to notify parents about students’ afternoon absences.  A student needing an early dismissal for any reason must sign out from the Office with a note or a phone call from their parent/guardian. 



We are in need of parent volunteers to help with the early warning morning phone calls, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM daily.   If you are available to assist, please let Ms. Naidu know in the Office.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.



We encourage all students to walk or cycle to school as often as possible.  Not only is this healthy and environmentally friendly, it reduces traffic around the school each morning and afternoon and ultimately makes our parking lot safer.  If you live a longer distance away, please check the bus schedules.  If you must drive to drop-off or pick-up students, please enter our parking lot from the driveway closest to South Arm Community Centre (West part of our lot) and drive slowly and carefully (exiting from the Eastern exit).  Please give yourself enough time to avoid the rush just before the bell.  Williams Road continues to be challenging as more new homes are built.  Please remember, traffic is significantly slower in the rain so budget extra time. 



All students will receive a McRoberts agenda book during homeroom the first day of school.  This is a great source of information about our school rules and policies.  It's also a great place to record homework, marks, and upcoming due dates.  We strongly recommend both students and parents read through the information at the front of the book to begin a successful year.



Each student will have his or her own locker assigned to them.  It's where you'll store your coat, lunch, PE strip, school supplies and books.  Locks are provided for all grades.  Students must use the lock and locker assigned to them.  Students should not leave money or valuables in their lockers.  Please keep your combination private so that your things stay secure. 



Please be respectful of our diverse community and remember we are a place of learning.  School is not the beach.  Of course shorts and T-shirts are perfectly fine for school, but they do need to be appropriate.  For example, tops that don't fully cover midriffs or that leave underwear exposed are not suitable for school.



Secondary schools have standardized the costs of general school fees (i.e. student council/activity fees, student agenda books, communication fee) at a total of $28.00 per student.  Students are not charged basic course fees; however, there are still charges for some optional activities and enrichment projects.  There may also be charges for athletic teams, clubs or graduation events. Enrichment fees may apply in a course in which a student wishes to undertake an optional project that is beyond the core requirements of the course and which s/he will keep.  Examples at McRoberts include costs for more elaborate projects and materials in courses such as Woodworking, Textiles and Fine Arts.  In addition, students may be charged a fee to participate in an optional field trip.  Students who are unable to pay such a fee due to financial hardship should speak to a counsellor or one of the administrators.  An individualized fee statement will come home with each student later in September.  Thank you.



In support of our literacy goals, McRoberts devotes 120 minutes/week to engaged reading.  This occurs in 30 minute segments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, attached to last period.  Students are responsible for bringing reading materials on these days. 



While we recognize that cell phones and personal music devices are very much a part of our lives today, and cells have useful applications which can support learning, they can also be very disruptive to learning.  We remind students and parents that cell phones and personal music devices are not permitted during class time unless specifically requested by the teacher for an educational purpose.   Please note that staff may temporarily confiscate these devices should they find them disruptive to learning.


Also, we remind parents and students that, sadly, the theft of cell phones and personal music devices sometimes happens.  The school is not responsible for the theft of cell phones and personal music devices.  We advise students and parents that these devices should be either left at home, kept locked in lockers or kept in students' possession at all times, but off during class time.



Photo day is on Thursday, September 12th (SORRY... this was incorrect in the letter sent out).  All students will have their photos taken for their Go-Card and Yearbook.  Should you wish to order photos, the order form will be distributed in homeroom and order forms must accompany your son/daughter on photo day.  Photo Retake Day is Wednesday, October 10th.



A complete school calendar for your home has will be distributed to students (one per family) at Homeroom in September.


To get a good start to the school year, please make note of the following dates:  

Thursday, September 12                                  Photo Day 

Thursday, September 19 @ 3:15 PM                 Grade 12 Post Secondary Information Meeting  (Parents are welcome.)

Thursday, September 19 @ 6:00 PM                 Grade 12 Parent Information Night

Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 PM                 Meet the Teacher Night  (Please meet in the gym.)

Mon – Wed, Sept. 23th – 25th                           Grade 8 Camp

Wednesday, October 9                                     Photo Retake Day