As summer winds down, we are excited to start another incredible year of learning. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 – which marks the inaugural school year for MESC schools. Below please find frequently asked questions that have been prepared to assist our Maskwacîs families through this school authority transition. If you have any further questions, please contact our Administration office directly at 780-585-3333 or by email at”

Brian Wildcat
MESC Superintendent, Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission

1. When is the deadline for school registration?
The deadline for MESC school registration is August 31, 2018.

2. When is the first day of school?

For Grades 1 to 12, the first day of of school will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
For K5, the first day of school will begin on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
For K4, the first day of school will begin on Monday, September 10, 2018.

3. What are the important dates for the 2018-2019 school year?

Below please find the following important dates for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Aug. 31, 2018
    New student registration deadline
  • Sept. 4, 2018
    First school day for Grades 1-12
  • Sept. 5, 2018
    K5 starts
  • Sept. 10, 2018
    K4 starts
  • Sept. 13, 2018
    Meet the staff (4:00-7:00 PM)
  • Nov. 8-12, 2018
    takwakin (Fall break)
  • Nov. 21, 2018
    Parent-teacher night
  • Dec. 21, 2018
    Early dismissal (12:00 PM)
  • Jan. 14-30, 2019
    Diploma exams
  • Mar. 20, 2019
    Parent-teacher night
  • Mar. 22-29, 2019
    miyoskamin (Spring break)
  • Jun. 13, 2019
    Last day for K4
  • Jun. 14, 2019
    Last day for K5
  • Jun. 21, 2019
    Last day of classes for Grades 1-12
  • Jun. 12-27, 2019
    Diploma exams

4. What is ‘Meet the staff’?
Parents and guardians meet MESC school staff, tour student classrooms, and have the opportunity to see what their child(ren) will be learning over the course of the academic year.

5. Where can I find a school calendar?

MESC School calendars will be sent home with each student or they can be found online here.

6. Where do I register my children for back to school? 

Student registrations forms can be downloaded from or filled out in paper copy at the MESC Administration office until Friday, August 24, 2018 (located in the Nipisihkopahk Education Authority building). After August  27, 2018, student registration forms can be completed at each school’s individual administration office.

7. What is the MESC school intake process for new student registrations?

The MESC school intake process will be the same as previous years under the former education authorities. Each individual school within MESC will make their own decisions on student admittance.

8. What supplies do students need?

MESC will be providing students who attend MESC schools with all necessary school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year on the first day of school including school lockers.

9. How do I register for bussing with Maskwacis Transport?

Please call Maskwacis Transport at 780-585-2424.

10. What assistance will students (who reside on reserve) going to school off-reserve receive for school supplies?
Maskwacîs students who reside on reserve and attend schools off-reserve will be issued gift cards for school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year. The gift cards will be distributed from the MESC Administration office, pending student confirmation of off-reserve registration starting on Friday, August 31, 2018.  Gift cards will be distributed until the end of September.

If you require further information, please contact Trina Vy at MESC Finance Services Branch  at 780-585-3333 or by email at

11. Who will be responsible for off-reserve student fees?
MESC currently has interim education service agreements with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools, Wolf Creek Public Schools, and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools to pay for tuition, andnon-refundable school fees directly for Maskwacîs students who reside on reserve and attend schools off-reserve. Parents will not be required to pay out of pocket for these fees. Parents are responsible for all extracurricular and refundable fees.

If you have any questions regarding student fees for Maskwacîs students residing off-reserve and attending school off-reserve, please contact your First Nation’s Band Administration.

12. Will MESC provide breakfast and lunch for students?

MESC will provide nutritious, delicious, creative and attractive food (breakfast, lunch and snacks) to every student attending MESC schools on every school day for students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

13. What if I have questions about my child(ren)’s schedule?

Please contact the school’s individual administration office for more information.

14. Where is the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission office located?

The MESC Administration  office is currently located in the Nipisihkopahk Education Authority building. MESC Learning Services and Student Services branches are located at the Alex Rain Memorial Building.

MESC Administration Office Address
Hwy 2A & Hwy 611 East
Box 58
Maskwacis, AB
T0C 1N0

MESC Learning and Student Services
1st St. & Samson Ave.
Box 58
Maskwacis, AB
T0C 1N0


15. How do I find out about weather transportation delays and school closures?
Changes in transportation route closures will be announced through MESC’s Facebook page (

16. How can I be a volunteer to support my child’s education?

If you’re interested in volunteering at your child’s school, please contact your school’s Principal directly.