Cowan Heights Elementary

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

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

Parking Lot Reminders

A reminder…...parking on the right, as you drive up the main entrance, causes congestion problems and creates an unsafe environment.

U-turns in front of the staff/bus parking area is unsafe.

  • When cars are parking on our lot please ensure you are backed into a parking spot. This is especially important in the afternoon as student safety is a priority.
  • We encourage all parents to use our Kiss and Ride for morning drop off as students are dropped at the main door. Students should be ready to exit quickly. Please note our Kindergarten door is not a drop off. Please pull up to the main entrance where our staff and volunteers are located. It is important to keep traffic flowing in Kiss and Ride.
  • When you are exiting our Kiss and Ride, please note you should follow the arrows around the parking spaces. Please do not take a short cut through a parking space as this is not safe. Also, if you are in the Kiss and Ride lane, please wait until traffic moves - do not pull out to pass a car in front of you.
  • Students should not cross our upper parking lot next to Kiss and Ride on their own due to traffic. Our crosswalk is located adjacent to the lower parking lot. Thank you to families who are using this daily.
  • Drivers MUST watch for students and parents on our crosswalk. In the winter the crosswalk is often difficult to see because of snow. Please demonstrate caution when entering and leaving our lot, especially in the area of our crosswalk.

Thank you for your cooperation.

LATE FRENCH IMMERSION (for current Gr 6 parents)

Revised registration dates for Late French Immersion: February 10-14th, 2020

In addition, Late French Immersion Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians/Families are scheduled for:

NEW DATE Wednesday, February 5th - District Conference Center, 40 Strawberry Marsh Rd., St. John's at 7:00 pm

The registration link is:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week - Feb. 9-15

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (TSAW) was initiated by the Canadian Home and School Federation in 1988. The purpose of this week is to encourage parents and the wider community to recognize the personal and professional contributions that our teachers and school staff make to children and their education. Every school has dedicated staff members. TSAW lets them know they are appreciated and that parents want to work with them on the same team! Thanks for all you do to make Cowan Heights a wonderful school.

World Read Aloud Day 2020

Wednesday, February 5th is World Read Aloud Day! To celebrate, we have invited a few guest readers from our community to come into our classrooms to read to our students. We are looking forward to a great day!

Spelling Bee Update

Due to the recent snow storm and State of Emergency, the date of our School Spelling Bee has been moved to Tuesday, February 4, 2020. We will start at 8:30 am in the school gym. Parents and family members are welcome to join us to cheer on our Spellers! There are extra copies of the study list - if anyone needs one, please let Ms. Ransome know.

Two finalists from our school will then compete in February 2020 at Holy Heart Theatre. The winner of that Bee will represent our province at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.

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


Monday, February 17 - Winter Break - NLESD - No School

Thursday, February 27 Kindness/Pink Shirt Day (CHE celebration date)

Friday, February 28 Kinderstart Session - no school for Kindergarten students

Monday, March 2 Kindergarten Graduation photos

Monday, March 9 Full day PD for teachers - no school for students

Monday, March 16 St. Patrick's Day - No School