Banff Elementary School Stories Homepage en-us Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:57:20 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://bes.crps.ca Minister of Education visits the new Banff Elementary School Student-led tour of our new school with David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Education and Cam Westhead, MLA Banff-Cochrane. http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4347&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4347&stream=Stories Homepage Earth Day Poems Please click here to read all the Earth Day Poems by BES Students. http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4253&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4253&stream=Stories Homepage Spotlight on Learning - Bison Grade 4 students from Morley to Lake Louise were fortunate to have been invited to participate in Bringing Back the Bison program on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum here in Banff.  Students learned about the cultural and ecological importance of the bison reintroduction. The program included a series of activities to connect youth with the reintroduction, including first-hand stories, an elder’s talk about their relationship to the bison, and a bison craft. This learning experience aligns with the Social Studies and Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences unit in Grade 4.     http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4191&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4191&stream=Stories Homepage Spotlight on Learning - Reading The size of a child’s vocabulary is an accurate predictor of academic achievement.  (Hirsch, 2013)  Learning to read well is worthwhile work.  Good readers read for meaning.  They make connections, ask questions, draw inferences, visualize and synthesize information.  One of the best things about teaching children to read is how they continually surprise us with their thinking.   Teachers are always thinking about, talking about and learning about teaching reading. http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4097&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4097&stream=Stories Homepage Spotlight on Learning - Writing This photo shows some Grade 1 students rereading a class book.  Writing skills (along with many other skills) progress very quickly in grade one.  The improvement was so significant for some, they didn’t even recognize their own writing!   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4091&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4091&stream=Stories Homepage Nature Explorers                     Outdoor, Experiential, Place-Based, Curriculum Enhancing Field Trips Grades K-6   Photo on top of Tunnel Mountain: Grade 2, June 2015   This year’s program covers several core curriculum topics: Fall Science 1 Deeper into Science 2 Math in Nature Wildlife Safety and Respect Winter Skills and Teamwork Cultural and Natural History - Museum Visits Earth Day Art and Language Arts Spring Explorers 1 - Science and Social Spring Explorers 2 - Mountain Living   A Huge and Heartfelt Thank You to our Partners and Sponsors: BES School Council Mactaggart III Fund Banff Community Foundation Improvement District #9 Edmonton Community Foundation Banff Springs Golf Course Town of Banff The Banff Centre Brewster Banff Gondola The Biosphere Institute Bow Valley Waste Management Commission Parks Canada Parks Kananaskis Banff Wastewater Treatment Facility The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum The Whyte Museum The Canmore Geoscience Museum   Links: Click the following links for more information. 2017/2018 Permission Form and Waiver Nature Explorers Calendar We would also invite you to consider volunteering during any of the outings. You can sign up for one or many. The Fall sign up options are now available online. We will be relying on volunteers to ensure we are able to meet the field trip requirement per CRPS Procedures. For a simple sign up form, please click the link below. Click here to volunteer. A Huge and Heartfelt Thank You to All of the Parent and Grandparent Volunteers!!!  We can’t go on our field trips without YOU!!!     http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=327&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=327&stream=Stories Homepage Earth Day Celebration On April 22, 2016, the Banff Elementary School celebrated Earth Day with an amazing hour long assembly.  Students showcased what they learn each year about the Earth, why we care, and how we can help take care of our planet.  This year we had a gorgeous poster mural and individual artwork, two songs (one was an original "CUBS Care"), a 12 minute iMovie featuring all of the students, and class pledges to help the Earth.  Thank you to all of the family and community members who joined us as we shared and celebrated our love for Nature! Please click here to view the iMovie. http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=1557&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=1557&stream=Stories Homepage Lego Club Gr.4 and 5 students have been busy building Lego structures during lunch. Space shuttles, houses, firefighters and other creative pieces have been developed by our young engineers. We would like to expand the Lego Club to other grades; however, we are short of material.  If you would like to donate Lego, please drop off at the school office.  http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=2913&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=2913&stream=Stories Homepage Healthy and Safe Community Week During Healthy and Safe Community Week. We had focus on many aspects of Comprehensive health and safety in which every student had involved. Topics include:  Rethink Your Drink (sugary drinks) Bus Safety Crosswalk/Street Safety Wild Life Safety and Respect Mindfulness/Self Regualation  Helmet Safety Students were taught through various learning activities by many guest speakers from our community.  http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=1073&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=1073&stream=Stories Homepage Annual Jump Rope for Heart Event On Wednesday, June 4, over 40 children from grades 1-4 children from grades 1-4 gathered in our school gym for our Annual Jump Rope for Heart event. They skipped, long rope, double dutched and footsied for over an hour, keeping their hearts healthy and their bodies fit. Not only that, but many of these same kids took time out of their busy day to collect sponsor for the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Money raised for this goes to support babies, children and adults who have heart issues or who have suffered from a stroke. Together, our school raised: $3135.00 !!! That is yet another school record and an unbelievable amount of money raised by 6 - 10 year olds! You need to know that a percentage of this money will come back to our school to allow us to purchase gym equipment to keep our bodies and hearts fit and healthy.      http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=951&stream=Stories Homepage http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=951&stream=Stories Homepage