When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?
To register for kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year, your child must be five years old on or before Dec. 31, 2019.
Monthly Newsletters - James Mowat School
Be sure to check out our monthly newsletters to stay up to date on all the events and activities happening at the school.
Parents/Guardians: Have You Subscribed?
Ongoing communication with our families is important to us. Elk Island Public Schools uses School Messenger as one way of sharing information directly with our families by phone and email. Messages may include bus cancellations or delays, inclement weather, upcoming events, last-minute cancellations, parental engagement opportunities, emergency notices and more.
In order to ensure we comply with federal anti-spam legislation, parents/guardians are required to subscribe in order to receive routine emails from schools and the Division. Please note: Those who are not subscribed risk missing important information on activities and projects including school-based events, fundraising activities, musical or theatre productions, school photos, graduations, dances, etc.
Regardless of whether you subscribe or not, you will continue to receive emergency messages, information about the online posting of school fees and, where applicable, high school student attendance notifications.
Manage your subscription preferences online or through the School Messenger app, available through the App Store or Google Play.
- The first time you log in, select Sign Up in the top, right corner and create your account using the same email address on file with your child's school
If you have questions about School Messenger or need help creating your account and managing your preferences, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or through our online contact form.
Seniors and Youth Networking Communities (SYNC)
The SYNC Program (Seniors and Youth Networking Communities) builds important links between elementary-aged children and senior citizens in Fort Saskatchewan. By taking part in joint visits and activities at Dr. Turner Lodge and Southfort Bend Gardens, students from James Mowat Elementary, Fort Saskatchewan Christian and SouthPointe School make connections with seniors in our community that foster greater understanding and empathy, and reduce isolation and loneliness.
Thank you to our 2018-19 sponsors for making this program possible:
- Ed Sperling
- The Elks Club
- Fort Saskatchewan Co-op
- Fort Saskatchewan Ladies Auxiliary - in memory of Alice Thomas
- The Rotary Club
- Straightline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Families are invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30 days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay schools fees is by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on "Student Fees." If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your students fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees.
Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy:
As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again planning to administer two assessment tools during the 2018-19 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.
In September and May, EIPS students in grades 2 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. Grade 1 students will take the STAR 360 test. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematical screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results of each of the assessments provide the teacher with a clearer picture about a student’s learning needs and helps determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.
The scores of the assessments are not used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. They simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematical ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.
For more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, contact Deb Barron, the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports, at 780-464-3477.
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Posted on Oct 22 2018
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Posted on Oct 18 2018
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Plan to Attend Future Fair 2018: Opportunities and supports for teens and adults with disabilities
Posted on Oct 17 2018
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