2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey: We Want to Hear from You
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is committed to ensuring all parents and guardians of students within the Division have a chance to share their thoughts on the overall performance of their school and the Division. One of the ways EIPS ensures its parents’ voices are heard is by conducting an annual parent survey.
James Mowat School encourages all parents and guardians to take a few minutes to complete the brief online survey. It will only take a few minutes and will help to supplement the Division’s Accountability Pillar Survey data. Plus, new this year, the survey includes questions about cellphones and personal devices. Your feedback will help the EIPS Board of Trustees develop a policy about cellphones and their use within the school.
Survey closes March 29
The feedback gathered will help the Division measure its progress towards meeting the goals and priorities outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve its students and the wider community.
NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.
Thank you for your participation.
When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?
To register for kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year, your child must be five years old on or before Dec. 31, 2019.
Monthly Newsletters - James Mowat School
Be sure to check out our monthly newsletters to stay up to date on all the events and activities happening at the school.
Alberta Health Services - Caregiver Education Sessions (January-April 2019)
These free sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with basic information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Presentations are hosted in schools but are open to all adults to attend.
For more information, please see the newsletter section of our website.
Seniors and Youth Networking Communities (SYNC)
The SYNC Program (Seniors and Youth Networking Communities) builds important links between elementary-aged children and senior citizens in Fort Saskatchewan. By taking part in joint visits and activities at Dr. Turner Lodge and Southfort Bend Gardens, students from James Mowat Elementary, Fort Saskatchewan Christian and SouthPointe School make connections with seniors in our community that foster greater understanding and empathy, and reduce isolation and loneliness.
Thank you to our 2018-19 sponsors for making this program possible:
- Ed Sperling
- The Elks Club
- Fort Saskatchewan Co-op
- Fort Saskatchewan Ladies Auxiliary - in memory of Alice Thomas
- The Rotary Club
- Straightline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
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 by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on "Student Fees." 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.
Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy:
As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again planning to administer two assessment tools during the 2018-19 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.
In September and May, EIPS students in grades 2 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. Grade 1 students will take the STAR 360 test. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematical screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results of each of the assessments provide the teacher with a clearer picture about a student’s learning needs and helps determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.
The scores of the assessments are not used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. They simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematical ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.
For more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, contact Deb Barron, the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports, at 780-464-3477.
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