Cowan Heights Elementary
100 Canada Drive, St. John's, NL, A1E 2M8
Tel Number: (709) 745-1700 Fax Number: (709) 745-2694
Classes will be suspended at all NL schools effective Tuesday, March 17 as part of province-wide efforts to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Update as of March 22, 2020
Based on the most recent COVID-19 update from the Provincial Government and the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is further limiting access to school facilities, effective immediately.
There will be no public access to schools whatsoever - including any pre-arranged drive-through pickup of students’ personal items. Any personal items which have not been collected by teachers, staff, students or families at this point will be stored at the school until further notice.
We regret the inconvenience this causes. We are, however, determined to keep staff, students, families and school communities as safe as possible during this time.
Learning at Home: Good at Learning-Good at Life
http://learningathome.nlesd.ca is a Google site, a platform familiar to our students and staff. The site will provide opportunities to foster a passion for learning through engaging online and offline adventures and activities. For now, there is no expectation for families to be teachers and there is no expectation for teachers to assign grades or values to any work students complete while they are at home. However, students are encouraged to share their learning and routines with their teachers for feedback.
World Awareness for Trisomy 9
Monday, March 9 is World Awareness Day for Trisomy 9. Students and staff and encouraged to wear purple to show support on Tuesday, March 10 as we have a school closure for teacher PL on March 9.
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.
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.
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 https://secure.parentinterviews.com/ches. 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.
Thanks to all who made our Sweat-a-thon a great success! Prize assemblies will be held on Friday. Good luck to all!
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.
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: https://liftnl.ca/literacy-night/ 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.
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
Tuesday, March 3 - April SLA menus released
Monday, March 9 - Teacher PL - No school for students K-7
Monday, March 9 - World Awareness for Trisomy 9
Tuesday, March 10 - Wear purple in support of World Awareness for Trisomy 9
Tuesday, March 10 - Deadline to return April SLA orders
Monday, March 16 - No school - Winter Holiday
Tuesday, March 17 - OPTIS opens at 8:00 am/ Band Concert at 12:45 pm
Monday, March 23 - Book Fair opens (Ends Friday, March 27)
Tuesday, March 24 - Report Cards Released
Wednesday, March 25 - OPTIS closes at 11:59 pm
Thursday, March 26 - Parent Teacher Interviews - Students dismissed at 11:00 am. (No SLA
Friday, March 27 - Field Trip to Holy Heart - Peter Pan 9:00 am (for all students, K-7)
Tuesday, March 31 - Family Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 am
Wednesday, April 1 - Pizza Day - No SLA service
Thursday, April 2 - Grade 4 Spring Concert
Friday, April 3 - Kinderstart Session 2 - No school for Kindergarten students only