Cowan Heights Elementary

100 Canada Drive, St. John's, NL, A1E 2M8

Telephone Number: (709) 745-1700 Fax Number: (709) 745-2694

Hats For The Holidays

Over the past number of years our staff has donated to families in need at Christmas. This year our students would also like to contribute to this worthwhile cause and they are busy making plans for Hats for the Holidays. Wear your favourite hat to school on Friday, December 13 and donate a loonie or toonie to help support families in our school community. Families are certainly welcome to donate more if they wish. All money raised will help our school sponsor local families during the holiday season.

Christmas Concert

Our Grade 2 & 3 students will have their concert on Wednesday, Dec 11 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket envelopes will be going home on Tuesday. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, December 9. Extra tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 10. Please note that there will be no tickets sold at the door. Doors will open on the evening of the concert at 6:00 p.m. The concert will be videotaped and orders will be taken that evening by Bob Tracey Video. Payment must be made when you order that night (cash or cheque to Bob Tracey Video). The cost is $25.00. Please note, if our concert is postponed the alternate date is Thursday, December 12 at 6:30.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Just a reminder that parent teacher interviews are being held on Thursday, Nov 28. Students in grades K through 7 will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. on this day. Please notify all caregivers of the early dismissal. Our school bus will do its regular run from school at 11:15 a.m. Please send in a recess snack for your child; SLA will not be available for recess orders.

Appointments can be set up using OPTIS. You can access OPTIS from our school’s web page or directly at OPTIS will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 27 so please ensure to book your interview time before then. Appointments cannot be booked or changed on interview day but if you need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, please email your child’s teacher or call the school office and leave a message.

Sweat-a-thon Fundraiser

Thanks to all who made our Sweat-a-thon a great success! Prize assemblies will be held on Friday. Good luck to all!

Remembrance Day

Grade 6 students will host our Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday,November 7 at 9:00 a.m. Parents and families are welcome to attend. Students who are part of an organization that wear a uniform (e.g, CLB, Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, etc.) may wear their uniform on this day.

Jamarama for the Janeway- Friday, October 25

Students across the province will be wearing their PJ’s to school to support the Janeway. Our students will participate and wear their PJ’s to school on Friday, October 25. They are asked to donate a loonie or toonie to this worthwhile cause.

Thanksgiving Assembly

Our Grade 1 students and teachers will be hosting our Thanksgiving Assembly on Wednesday, October 9 at 9:00 am. CHE has partnered with the Community Food Sharing Association and Metrobus for this important event. We are asking our school community for food donations and these will be collected over the next week. On Thursday, October 10 donations will be picked up at the school by Metrobus.

Kids Eat Smart/ Walk to Breakfast

On Wednesday, October 2 students will be participating in a short walk on school grounds to promote Kids Eat Smart. Walks will be staggered throughout the day to avoid overcrowding. Since the walks will be on school property, permission slips are not necessary.

VOCM Cares/ Coats for Kids

As part of the annual VOCM Cares campaign we will be collecting new and gently used winter wear from September 13 to October 3.

LIFT-NL Family Literacy Night

LIFT-NL is offering a FREE Family Literacy Night Thursday, September 26 from 6-8:30 pm. During Family Literacy Night, families will gather to listen to Don Sawyer, author of The Lunchbag Chronicles as well as engage in literacy-rich activities. Families will also hear from local authors such as Lori Doody, Susan Chalker-Browne and Gina Noordhof. There will also be loot bags for each child with a little snack as well as a book and other take aways.

Families can register by clicking this link: There is only room for 100 people, so register now!!

Curriculum Evening for Parents

Our curriculum night has been scheduled for Thursday, September 12. Please note the different start times to allow parents to attend more than one session, if necessary. Classroom teachers will offer 2 sessions (7:00 and 7:30 pm). This night provides you the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn more about classroom routines and expectations. We look forward to seeing you at this very important event. Please remember we are a scent free school.

September 2019

School opens on Friday, September 6 for all students at Cowan Heights Elementary School.

Our doors will open at 7:50 a.m., classes begin at 8:10 a.m. and dismiss at 2:15 p.m.


  • 7:50 am – Doors open
  • 8:10 am – Instruction begins
  • 10:10 – 10:25 – Recess
  • 11:25 – 12:15 – Lunch
  • 2:15 pm – Dismissal


November 8 Mid fall break- no school

November 11 Remembrance Day Holiday

November 12 PD Day- no school for students

November 26 Term 1 Reports released

November 28 Parent-teacher Interviews- early dismissal at 11 a.m.

November 28 Kids Eat Smart Food Drive - Cram the Fire Van!

December 11 Grade 2 and 3 Christmas Concert at 6:30 pm (If bad weather Dec.12th)

December 16 at 6:30 p.m. Family Movie Night

December 20 Last day prior to Christmas Break