Juniper Ridge Intermediate School

Juniper Ridge is a Grade 5 - 8 Intermediate school located on the Northeast Avalon in Torbay, NL. Nestled at the foot of the Torbay ridge among a small forest of junipers, we service the communities of Torbay, Flatrock, Pouch Cove and Bauline.

Our approximately 720 students are very creative and energetic. They are taught by a staff of 64 teachers and support personnel who love working with this group of students. We are a very active school with many activities and events taking place throughout the year. You can try to keep up with everything we are doing by following our Twitter feed @JuniperRidgeNL

School Screening Questionnaire

Parents/guardians/students/staff must use this questionnaire daily to decide if the student or staff should attend school. Please note that this form has been updated as of November 9, 2020

If your child or if a staff member has answered “Yes” to any of the above questions in the pre-screening questionnaire, please DO NOT enter the school at this time. Your child or the staff member should stay home and use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine whether they need to be tested for COVID-19. If your child or if a staff member has answered “No” to all the above questions, your child or the staff member may attend school.

If your child is absent, please email the school at so that attendance can be kept up to date.


Please note that Eastern Health is currently offering the COVID Vaccine to all people 12 and up. The Covid vaccine will not be offered in the school setting in the Eastern Health region. This vaccine is being offered in mass clinics in communities throughout the region. To book an appointment please go to Please note children between 12 and 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and should book an appointment at a clinic offering this vaccine. If you have any questions regarding you child’s vaccine you can contact our local Public Health Nurse, Elizabeth Gruchy, RNBN, at 752-6877.

Thank you!

Mr. Don Emberley, Principal

(this information was emailed to parents/guardians on May 19, 2021)

JRI YEARBOOK 2020-2021


If you would like to help JRI out with raising some funds for activities and items in our school, please think about us when you are dropping off your recycling at local recycling depots. If you are dropping off 10 bags, consider donating ONE of them to our school. You only need to put in our school account number (437-3021) to get a sticker for your bag. Every bit helps!

Thank you so much in advance!!

Important Upcoming Dates from Administration

June 14 - 18 Spirit Week at JRI

June 24th Last day of school for students

June 25th Last day of school for staff


Town of Torbay/Flatrock - Chief McGrath Award

The towns of Torbay and Flatrock have released information about a youth leadership award in honour of former Fire Chief Mike McGrath. Residents are encouraged to read the information and offer nominations of youth who reside in the Torbay and Flatrock areas. Please see the link for more information about the Chief McGrath Award.

Student Attendance Notifications

Effective this week, nightly e-mail notifications for student absences will be emailed to parents/guardians via PowerSchool. Attendance is taken twice daily for Elementary students, at the start of the day in the morning and at the start of classes after lunch. In Junior High attendance is recorded for each class. If your child is absent from class you will receive an e-mail informing you. If you have any concerns regarding the absence please reach out to your child’s teacher.

District Chromebooks

We are pleased to report that most Junior High students who submitted loan agreements have received their District issued Chromebook, and the most recent shipment is being distributed this week.

If you have not completed the District-issued form for the Chromebooks, you can find one here.

Wifi Access

As a result of the demand that these devices have on our Wi-Fi network, Junior High students will no longer be able to connect their personal devices, such as cell phones, to our school's Wi-Fi. This will ensure that all devices required for program delivery, including the new Chromebooks, can connect successfully. We are very excited about this substantial addition of technology!

Physical Education Notice

See the Physical Education Page for an important announcement from the Town of Torbay !!

Project Positivity

New school-wide initiative started by Mr. McDonald. See our Special Events Page or our February Newsletter for more information on this wonderful new initiative here at JRI !!

Late French Immersion Video

Check out our Late French Immersion video! Registration for current Grade 6 students opens on February 8th! Click HERE to see the video!


This month, Juniper Ridge Intermediate is beginning a new monthly newsletter. Copies were sent home by email to parents, but a copy is posted here for general viewing. Enjoy!

School Lunch Reminders

Feb. 5th - A reminder that there is no School Lunch on Feb 5th so students will be required to bring their own lunch on this day.

Feb 9th - School Lunch Orders for March are due on this date. Ordering for next month is now open.

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you are aware, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be providing every Grade 7-12 student across the province with a Chromebook.

In anticipation for their arrival, kindly complete the Chromebook Loan Agreement and return it to Juniper Ridge Intermediate by Friday, January 29th.

Pandemic Preparedness Shoeboxes

Shoeboxes with some craft materials inside were sent home with our Grade 5 & 6 students this week. Parents/Guardians please see the note inside the box for storage and an explanation of the project. Many thanks to The Shoe Company for the boxes they saved for Mr. Hammond (in the LLC) and for the Local Torbay Allied Youth Post 1051 who bagged the modeling clay materials.

Curriculum Night Information

Due to COVID-19, our Curriculum Night Meeting with parents cannot take place at JRI. Instead, we are sharing information about our teachers and programs online. Please visit the Junior High link on this website in order to find information about the Junior High Curriculum and Programming.

Geo Caching Activity from School Sports NL

Check out the Geo-Caching Activity being hosted by School Sports NL !!


The Library Learning Commons, with Scholastic's help, will be hosting a Virtual Book Fair. Please take a moment to check it out!!

Bus Changes

There have been a couple of small changes to the bus routes at JRI. Please note:

Bus 4 - stop added Bauline Line & Mary Manning Pl

Bus 4 - stop reinstated Bauline Line & Patrick's Path

Bus 5 - stop added 1853 Torbay Rd

Bus 14 - stop added Indian Meal Line & Clements Lane

Remembrance Day Ceremony

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we hosted a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony for the students at Juniper Ridge Intermediate. With assistance from a committee headed by Ms. Deanne Coady, students were able to take the time to remember our veterans and to observe some time to reflect on their sacrifices which were made for our freedoms.

Many thanks to the students, teachers and community members who participated in our virtual event to make it a success and a proper memorial to our veterans.

Please feel free to view the video at this link.

NEW Bus Routes

With the addition of new busses for Juniper Ridge, the bus routes and schedules may have changed somewhat. Please check out the file with bus routes located HERE.

Bus numbers Associated with each route can be found on THIS LINK.

September 9 Opening Information

Please find information about our Sept. 9th opening here:

Memo from JRI Administration about school opening procedures

Letter from CMOH_NL concerning school opening

Welcome Video for our new Grade 5 students.

NLESD has a variety of resources available on their website for schools and families for more information visit:

Information for parents / students on returning to school:

(VIDEO) For Kids - How to Wear a Non-Medical Mask w/ Dr. Janice Fitzgerald

Get the Facts BACK TO CLASS FOR 2020-21

Parents' Guide 2020-21 School Year

Guidance on Cloth and Non-Medical Masks

Provincial Government - Newfoundland and Labrador Safe Schools

Provincial Government - Covid-19 Information and Updates

The Best Ways to Prevent the Spread of Infections


School Reopening Plan from NLESD

Please follow the link for information released by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District in relation to the back-to-school plan for the 2020-2021 School year.

Curriculum Night Alternate

Given the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we were unable to hold our Annual Curriculum Night. In lieu of our traditional in-person presentation, we are forwarding information about your child’s academic program for the 2020-21 school year that was compiled by your child’s grade level/subject area teachers.

Junior High Curriculum Information

Grade 6 Curriculum Information

Grade 5 Curriculum Information