School Notice

School Closed for Summer

Our office will reopen on August 23. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact the Central Office at Elk Island Public Schools at 780-464-3477—the office is open all summer.

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Thank you for a wonderful year!

Thank you to all of our students, parents and staff for another wonderful year at James Mowat School! It has been a year of growth and incredible learning and we are so proud of all our students' accomplishments.

It is with heavy hearts that we will be saying goodbye to some of our students and families over the summer as they transition to new schools. We have enjoyed every moment of working with you and we wish you much success at your new schools. Remember, you will always be a James Mowat Jay!

Have a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer! Don't forget to take some time to read a good book:)

Kindergarten classes begin on Aug. 30, 2017

Aug. 30, 31 & Sept. 1. Staggered entry. Program starts Sept. 5.

New Students

Is your child is starting at our school for the first time in the fall? If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time—simply fill out the Student Registration Form and drop it off at the school when the office reopens on August 23 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Don't forget to bring with you: proof of residency and the student’s birth certificate.

All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2017-18 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 pay fees online.

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.

Look for bus passes and any updated route information in your mail in August.

Important Dates and Times

For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2017-18 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar.

School Fees

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 using ACORN by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 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.

For more information:
EIPS fees and waivers
James Mowat Elementary fees and waivers
Student Transportation fees

Tools for School

If you’re a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies this year, we can help. EIPS has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2017-18 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 respectfully distribute these backpacks to students who’ve order them. To place an order, contact the EIPS Central Office at 780-464-3477.

Welcome to James Mowat Elementary School

Welcome to James Mowat School, “A Caring School”. Our goal 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 Kindergarten 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 incorporate the principles of restorative practice in our everyday life. We use the principles of restorative practice when dealing with discipline issues as well as incorporating it into our weekly circles. Our Character Education Program focuses on helping students learn characteristics that will help them to succeed both academically and socially throughout their school career and someday when they are in the work force. It also gives us a common focus and language within the school which is used by the staff and students when discussing school behaviour and 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, 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.

Summer Reading!

How the year has flown by and here we are with summer minutes to fill! For those rainy days and quiet evenings, here are some sites that might make it easier to fit in some reading.


This is a free site that you have to sign-up for. You can make individual accounts for each child and customize the books to age appropriate interests. It’s also available as an APP for your phone or tablet. All bases are covered. Books at your fingertips without having to keep track of them on your summer travels.

Summer Reading Lists For Kids Ages 6 – 14

This is a great site with lists of age appropriate titles to help steer their search in the right direction when you are at the library or they are bored with everything and need some new ideas for books. 


At James Mowat, we love volunteers!  For the safety of our students, staff and volunteers, please always sign in at the office. Thank you!

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