Back to School 2016-2017

Classes resume Tuesday, August 30

We are looking forward to welcoming all returning and new students in the 2016–2017 school year.

James Mowat School is now closed for the summer break. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, August 23 from 8:30 AM to 4 p.m.

Below you will find answers to many of your back-to-school questions.


Kindergarten classes begin on Friday, September 2 with orientation days on Tuesday, August 30, Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1. If you have not yet signed up for an orientation date, please contact the school at 780-992-1272 after Tuesday, August 23 to sign up for a time.

New Student Registration

If you have a child starting at James Mowat School for the first time in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year and haven’t yet registered them, there’s still time. Simply, fill out the Student Registration Form and drop it off at the school office at the times noted below:

  • Date: August 23-29
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
  • Location: 9625-82 St.

*Be sure to bring with you the following: proof of residency and the student’s birth certificate.

Important Dates and Times

For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2016–2017 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar; school-specific dates and activities are available on our School Calendar. Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you with future planning.

School Supply Lists

To assist with the purchasing of school materials, we have compiled a School Supply List.  

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James Mowat Elementary School - Class/Grade Kindergarten

Tools for School
If you are a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies this year, we can help. Elk Island Public Schools has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2016–2017 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. When classes resume, we will respectfully distribute the backpack to your child. To place an order, contact EIPS’ Central Office at 780-464-3477.

School Fees

Families will be 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 school fees is by using ACORN. Simply login to PowerSchool and go to “Student Fees,” there you will be able to view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard, or INTERAC—when available from your financial institution.

You can find more information about school fees at

Student Transportation

All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2016–2017 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule. Those required to pay applicable transportation fees should have also received a separate invoice outlining payment information—we encourage parents to pay fees online. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2016.

If you haven’t received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

NOTE: Bus passes and any updated route information will be mailed to families in August.

Questions and Concerns about the Start of School?

If you have any questions we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school office at 780-992-1272 after August 23.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 23 at 8:3 a.m.

For more information about back-to-school visit:

We look forward to a great year ahead!

Information Regarding Acorn and Student Fees

Thank you for another great year using the Acorn Online QuickPay system.  For outstanding fees for 2015 – 2016, online payments for students returning to an Elk Island Public School for 2016 – 2017 may be made throughout the summer, using the PowerSchool parent portal.  After August 4, 2016, online payments for students who are graduating or leaving Elk Island Public Schools will need to be made through the Student Quick Pay link  Parents will then create a new account and link their student with the student ID.

All fees for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be available at the beginning of September.  PLEASE NOTE that Junior High and Senior High fees may change as courses are added and deleted.  The course change deadline is September 12, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding your students’ fees, please contact Karen Bidniak at 780-992-1272.

Welcome to James Mowat Elementary School

Welcome to James Mowat School, “A Caring School”.  Our mandate is to look after the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of our students during the school day.  James Mowat is an elementary school serving students from ECS to grade 6.  The school day is broken into 30 minute periods.  We offer the regular elementary program with French as a Second Language for 4 periods a week starting in grade 4.

At James Mowat we have started to incorporate the principles of restorative practice in our everyday life.  We will be using the principles of restorative practice when dealing with discipline issues as well as incorporating it into our character education program.  Our Character Education Program focuses on helping students learn characteristics that will help them to succeed both academically and socially.  It also gives a common focus and a common language within the school which is used by the staff and students when discussing school behaviour expectations.

A wide variety of extra-curricular activities are available for students who choose to participate (examples include choir, safety patrols, school council, track team, intramurals, hand chimes, newspaper club, badminton club, SYNC, adopt-a-shelf, basketball team, and chess club).  Information on these activities and events can be found in the monthly newsletters which are posted on our school website.

Please take some time to browse our site to see for yourself all of the great things that happen at our school.


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