Welcome Back

September 5, 2022

Hello CHE Families

The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time for students, teachers and families. While students are eager to return to renew old friendships and begin new ones, our teachers have been preparing to engage your child(ren) with a variety of strategies which will guide them through the learning process. Our staff are committed to unlocking the potential in every student to help them be successful. As we put together our final preparations, we do so with the vision of CHE in mind, "Learning and Growing Together".

We are ready to welcome back all of our students, teachers and staff for what, I believe, will be a fantastic school year!!!

Please take a few moments to look through this newsletter to familiarize yourself with our school and upcoming events.

Once again, welcome back! We have missed everyone and are ready for the new school year!

Let's Have a Great Year!

Sherry Maher



7:55 a.m. - Doors open for all students


8:05 a.m. - ALL students should be in their homerooms

8:10 a.m. - Classes begin

10:10 - 10:25 a.m. Recess

12:25 p.m. - 1:13 p.m. Lunch

1:15 - - Classes continue

2:15 p.m. - Dismissal


Cowan Heights Elementary was very fortunate to have Mrs. Debbie Howse as our Director of Schools last year. We would like to thank her for her support and guidance and congratulate her on her retirement. Our new Director of Schools is Mr. Mike Tobin. We would like to extend a huge CHE welcome to Mike and wish him all the best in this school year. We are happy to have him as part of our Cowan Heights Family.


We realize the significance of the first day of school, especially kindergarten.

Our MEET & GREET for our all Kindergarten students/families, for September 7, 2022, will take place in your child's classroom 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

We request that a maximum of 2 family members be present for this.

The Meet & Greet will allow families an opportunity to see their child's teacher, have photo opportunities, and a chance for students to meet their classmates in a welcoming, safe environment. Please keep in mind that some families will not want their child(ren) in pictures.

By 8:45 a.m. we kindly ask all family members to exit the building through the staff entrance (see picture below). Students will be dismissed at 2:10 p.m. Teachers will lead students outside for pick up.

*Busing will start for Kindergarten Students on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

*Busing will not be available on September 7th for Kindergarten students.

KinderStart Dates

November 4, 2022

January 15, 2023

February 3, 2023

March 24, 2023

May 23, 2023

*All KinderStart Sessions will take place during the morning.

*There will be no Kindergarten classes during the above dates.

Assemblies/Concerts for 2022-23

Please note that ALL assemblies and concerts will take place at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving - Performed by Grade 1 - October 6

Remembrance Day - Performed by Grade 5 - November 10

Christmas - Performed by Grade 2 - December 15

Kindness - Performed by Grade 3 - February 22

Music Month - Performed by Grade 4 - May 1

Kindergarten Rocks -June 20

DARE Graduation - Grade 6 - TBD

Grade 7 Leaving Celebration - TBD

If you would like more details regrading these performances, please contact our Music Teacher arlenegosse@nlesd.ca


We are a scent-free school. Please be mindful when using hair products, hand sanitizer, perfumes etc.

We have many students with severe, life-threatening allergies and we must ensure our school is free of:

Nuts (including peanuts, tree nuts and nut products)




Sesame Seeds (including Hummus)

*Please alert your child’s teacher as soon as possible if your child has any serious medical conditions or life threatening allergies. There is also a place for this data on the student data sheet.

We ask that parents refrain from sending in food items which contain any of these products. The district has determined that given the similarities in appearance, texture and taste of Soy Butter products, they are also restricted in our schools where a student has a peanut allergy. Please help keep everyone safe by following this policy.


Please see Special Rules of the Bus and Student and Parent Expectations document for complete school busing guidelines.

We advise that parents register for the Parent Bus Portal https://nlesd.mybusplanner.ca/ This allows parents to have access to busing including routes, runs, and schedules for Cowan Heights Elementary. For current students who will be attending a new school in the fall you will be able to update your profile for your new school.


If you wish to apply for courtesy seating, please complete the application (See PDF below) and return to school NO LATER than September, 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Families will be notified if they were a successful applicant.

If you have any busing questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Cassell wandacassell@nlesd.ca

Visiting the School

The office is a very busy place and we ask families for their cooperation when visiting CHE.

All visitors must page into the office:

- from the main foyer.

- if picking up/dropping off students and/or items (students will be paged to the foyer to meet you).

- if they have an appointment/meeting or an urgent concern.

*Some times students innocently open the door for visitors. In order to keep everyone safe at CHE we ask you NOT to enter the building unless you have gained access from the office. Simply buzz in and we will direct you of what to do next. There are many privacy and safety measures we have to take to ensure all 450 people in this building are safe.

School Lunch Association (SLA)

If you wish to have your child(ren) participate in school lunch please complete the registration form at https://orders.schoollunch.ca/SchoolLunchAssociation/#register

Registration will open on Monday, September 12, 2022

Menu and ordering will open on Monday, September 12, 2022

Menu and ordering will close on Monday, September 19, 2022

September 28, 2022 School Lunch Program will start

Breakfast Program

Our breakfast program will begin Monday, September 19, 2022 as a Grab & Go program. Breakfast will be available to all students on the first and second floor.

A HUGE thank you Mrs. Lannon and our breakfast program volunteers for helping put together grab and go breakfast options for all of our students.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact kerrilynnlannon@nlesd.ca

All volunteers must have a current certificate of conduct and a vulnerable sector.


Please contact Ms. Dunn for a volunteer letter to avoid the $30.00 fee.


WE NEED YOU! This year we would like to give our students the opportunity to join an afterschool or evening club. For this to occur we will require support from our parent community. There are many benefits to encouraging your child to join clubs, including:

  • They are social - students can make new friends, spend time with their group of friends and learn team skills

  • They are active - pupils are doing something they enjoy

  • They are practical for working parents

  • They boost students’ confidence

  • They can learn a new skill or improve an existing one

We would like to have clubs in the following areas: Lego Club, Art Club, Animation Club, Coding Club, Dance Club, Remote Controlled Car Club, Science Club, Drama Club, Learning a Foreign Language Club, etc. Any other suggestions are welcome.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact wandacassell@nlesd.ca

All volunteers must have a current certificate of conduct and a vulnerable sector.


Please contact Ms. Dunn for a volunteer letter to avoid the $30.00 fee.

More information to follow….


If you interested in coaching a sports team or an afterschool athletics group, please contact Ms. Careen meagancareen@nlesd.ca

Feeling Sick?

If a student is not feeling well they should stay home.

Why You Should Stay Home When You're Sick

1. Stop the Spread of Illness

2. Protect Vulnerable People

3. Rest and Recover Properly

If a student becomes ill during the day and/or they exhibit signs of illness, the office will contact families.

Student Lockers

Grade 1 - 6 will have their own or share a locker with a classmate. Teachers will assign lockers the first week of class. Please note that locks are not permitted on lockers.

Grade 7 - will have their own lockers and a combination lock will be provided for usage this year. Students should keep their personal items (coats, cellphones etc.) in their lockers. No outside locks are permitted. Please note cellphones are NOT permitted during class time. All locks must be returned before the last day of school.

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September 6, 2022 - Staff back at CHE

September 7, 2022 - Students back at CHE

September 19, 2022 - Grab & Go Breakfast

September 22, 2022 - Curriculum Night ( 6:00 -6:30 p.m. Gr. K-3 & 6:30-7:00 p.m. for Gr. 4-7)

September 30, 2022 - Truth & Reconciliation Holiday

October 19, 2022 - Picture Day

Obey the Signs

Our parking lot has been recently painted and clearly marked.

It is important for everyone to follow the same guidelines so that each driver and child knows what to expect.

Drivers who park and leave their cars unattended in a Kiss & Ride Lane not only pose a safety hazard, but also stops the flow of traffic. If you need to park and leave your car, please park in an appropriate spot and back in for everyone's safety.

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The start of the school year is a busy time for families. We appreciate your patience with all the paperwork we send home during the first of September. Please complete and send it along with your child during the first week of school.

Meet the Staff

In case you miss our MEET THE STAFF MEMO, please click the link below


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