Banff Elementary School Email Updates en-us Mon, 15 Oct 2018 22:10:55 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://bes.crps.ca October 12, 2018 : Hot Lunch Volunteers needed, Science Fair, Scare Hunger Away, Community Concert, Caribou Ski Pass Spotlight on Learning Our division 3 athletics are an important part of students’ sense of belonging, skill development and exercising sportsmanship.  Photos above are from the Gr. 7 girls volleyball game with OLS last evening. There was great spirit in our gym! The cross-country running team participated in zones in Okotoks and were excellent representatives for our community.  The third photo is our hard-working staff learning more about formative assessment strategies on Friday, October 5th. Professional Development Day Friday, October 19th, 2018 12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8 No Kindergarten Classes Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed Hot lunch has been in full swing since late September, but our volunteer numbers are short this year - this program cannot run without volunteers. First off the team truly appreciates all the returning hot lunch servers and we are happy to see some new faces! We all have work, volunteer and family commitments, but we are still actively looking for servers to make the service run smoothly. If you can even help with one service during this first session it would be greatly appreciated. You do not have to commit to multiple days! I am also still looking for a couple parents to help pick up the Nesters donation for Thursdays. If you can't help with food service, but you have time to pick up the donation either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning and prep the fruit or veg (an hour at the most of your time) it will help us! Please email Gabby DeBaie, Volunteer Coordinator, at gdebaie@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.  A big thanks to all that are helping out with this valuable program!!! The Canadian Rockies 12th Annual Regional Science Fair Celebrate Science in the Rockies! The Twelfth annual Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair will be held Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 in the Banff Elementary School gymnasium, in BANFF.  Students who attend school in the Bow Valley and are enrolled in grades 4-12 are invited to compete. This is an exciting opportunity in the Bow Valley for students to explore and discuss science in a different light...outside of the classroom!  Please click here for more information. Scare Hunger Away This October for Halloween, Banff Elementary School is going to SCARE HUNGER AWAY. Once again BES is collecting food for the Bow Valley food bank. We have boxes in the front foyer that say "We SCARE hunger" to place your food items in. Spirit council has set a goal this year to collect 200 food items by Halloween. Please help us out and send a non perishable food item to school with your child. Together we can make a difference! Banff Community Christmas Concert The Christmas Concert Committee needs new members.  Volunteers are required for the advanced planning and organizing of this truly amazing community event.  Without volunteers the show cannot go on! Please contact Sharon Fish at banffcommunitychristmasconcert@yahoo.ca for more information. School Council Meeting Come one come all!  Child care will be provided.  We are meeting October 17th 3:15pm in the staff room. Parents play an important role in student success. School councils allow parents to participate in decisions that impact student learning. By contributing knowledge, perspective and ideas at school council meetings, parents are actively contributing to the success of our school community. Caribou Kids and Youth Ski Pass Banff Lodging Company is once again supporting Banff kids & youth ski passes at Banff Mount Norquay.  Please click here for more information and the application forms.  Applications and payments are sent to Banff Mount Norquay and will not be accepted at BES. Important Upcoming Dates October 17 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) October 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students November 7 Photo Retake Day November 9 School Closure in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews November 12 School Closure in recognition of Remembrance Day November 14 - 16 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews November 21 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School.  Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click here for the Settlement Services Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.   Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4849&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4849&stream=Email Updates October 5, 2018 : Thanksgiving Monday, School Fees, Caribou Ski Pass Spotlight on Learning Grade 6 students are learning about the elements of story.  This week they focussed on using descriptive language to describe the characters and setting of their story.  To visualize the setting for their stories, students had 20 minutes to create it in the Makerspace. It was amazing how the descriptive words flowed onto their planning page afterwards! Who knew the Makerspace could support Language Arts outcomes too? Thanksgiving Monday Monday, October 8th - School Closure Full Day Friday Friday, October 12th Full day of school Grades 1 - 8 (No Kindergarten this day) School Fees School fees are now finalized and available on Parent Portal https://powerschool.crps.ca/public/.  No paper copy will be sent home. Payment is due in full by October 31, 2018. Caribou Kids and Youth Ski Pass Banff Lodging Company is once again supporting Banff kids & youth ski passes at Banff Mount Norquay.  Please click here for more information and the application forms.  Applications and payments are sent to Banff Mount Norquay and will not be accepted at BES. Important Upcoming Dates October 8 Thanksgiving Day, no school October 17 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) October 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students November 9 School Closure in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews November 12 School Closure in recognition of Remembrance Day November 14 - 16 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews November 21 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School.  October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Starting on Oct 9, grade 3 and 4 Soulwarmers will start to meet once a week on Tuesdays.  Could Soulwarmers please bring the following (used/recycled) items to school next week (Tuesday) so that we can begin making crafts:     -  Empty and washed plastic beverage (pop or water) containers with a star shape on the bottom     -  Bottle caps, metal or plastic     -  A few “old” small plastic figurines/action figures (small enough to fit in the bottom of a small water bottle, for example) Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click here for the Settlement Services Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD  BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING   CRPS YouTube http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4841&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4841&stream=Email Updates September 28, 2018 : Volunteers, Picture Day, Kids Plus Accident Insurance Spotlight on Learning Grade 7 & 8 CTF courses (Career Technology Foundations) are in full swing!  Students are currently taking photography, art, digital communications (and developing a yearbook), and Outdoor Education (this week has been using coordinates). Our Terry Fox runs were a great success.  We certainly felt like Terry when he started his run in the rain and snow of Newfoundland!   Professional Development Day Friday, October 5th, 2018 12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8 No Kindergarten Classes Volunteers - Vulnerable Sector Check and Confidentiality Contract We love and greatly appreciate our volunteers!  We are required to have all volunteers complete a vulnerable sector check and confidentiality contract annually as per Administrative Procedure 490 “School Volunteers” and the FOIP Act.  A letter will be emailed to each family outlining the procedures for volunteers, along with the Confidentiality Contract you will be asked to sign and a letter to take to the RCMP station to waive the fees required for volunteers to obtain a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check.  Thank for your assistance as this is an extra step, but one that we are obligated to take. Picture Day is Coming Thursday, October 4, 2018 at BES Cannabis 101 for Parents - Information Sessions In anticipation of cannabis legislation changes, Bow Valley PCN, in partnership with AHS Bow Valley Addiction and Mental Health and Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is organizing two free parent information sessions – Cannabis 101 for Parents - in Banff (Oct 4th) and Canmore (Oct 3rd).  Please click here for more details or visit http://bowvalleypcn.ca/Features/Pages/Cannabis-101-for-Parents.aspx. Kids Plus Accident Insurance If your child is injured in an accident, and requires medical attention, Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance reimburses for expenses not covered by provincial or employer extended health or dental plans. Please click here for more information. School Fees School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees.  Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time.   Important Upcoming Dates October 4 Individual school photos October 5, 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 8 Thanksgiving Day, no school October 17 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) November 14 - 16 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews November 21 School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!) Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Please click here for this month’s RFTS Newsletter. Our doors are always open.  For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click here for the Settlement Services Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.   Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4837&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4837&stream=Email Updates September 21, 2018 : Lunch Program Volunteers, Parking, Calendar Spotlight on Learning Students chose canoeing for the Grade 8 Outdoor Pursuits.  Many thanks to the PAUW Foundation, Mactaggart Third Fund, and School Council Lunch Program fundraising for their support of these curriculum enhancing programs. Students worked very hard together learning basic strokes. We look forward to two more weeks of putting these skills to use! Full Day Friday Friday, September 28th Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 8 (No Kindergarten this day) Lunch Program Thank you This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers to ensure this program can run.  We need volunteers to serve lunch and to pick up orders from the vendors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Gaby DeBaie at gdebaie@gmail.com to volunteer or log into the MunchaLunch system to select dates.  We cannot run the program without the help of volunteers.   Parent Parking, Pick-up and Drop-off There are three sections for parking/drop off on Squirrel Street: a 5 minute drop-off zone, a bus zone, and a parking zone.  The drop off zone is intended for strictly that: dropping off/picking up your child. Please do not park your car in that zone. The bus zone is for buses. Please no parking or dropping off in this zone!  Parking is available on Elk, Moose and Big Horn Streets. Students are welcome to exit the connector to the rear and meet you on Big Horn, as parking may be easier for you on Big Horn. These parking areas are monitored by the RCMP/By-Law and tickets are being issued. Volleyball The boys Grade 7&8 volleyball team needs 1-2 parent volunteers to help their coach. No volleyball experience necessary! The practices are Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00. There are two tournaments they hope to go to: Friday October 5th in Canmore from 1-5pm and Saturday Nov 3rd in Calgary all day. If you can help chaperone and/or coach these events please let Ms. Irvine know asap (alena.irvine@crps.ca). School Learning Calendar Please click here for a link to the Grade 1 - 8 Learning Calendar. Please click here for a link to the Kindergarten Learning Calendar. Cannabis 101 for Parents - Information Sessions In anticipation of cannabis legislation changes, Bow Valley PCN, in partnership with AHS Bow Valley Addiction and Mental Health and Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is organizing two free parent information sessions – Cannabis 101 for Parents - in Banff and Canmore in October.  Please click here for more details or visit http://bowvalleypcn.ca/Features/Pages/Cannabis-101-for-Parents.aspx. Kids Plus Accident Insurance If your child is injured in an accident, and requires medical attention, Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance reimburses for expenses not covered by provincial or employer extended health or dental plans. Please click here for more information. School Fees School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees.  Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time.   Important Dates in September & October September 21 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students September 24 CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office September 27 Terry Fox Run, BCHS Field October 4 Individual school photos October 5, 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 8 Thanksgiving Day, no school October 17 School Council Meeting, BES 3:30 pm Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Please click here for this month’s RFTS Newsletter. Our doors are always open.  For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click here for the Settlement Services Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.   Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders.   CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4829&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4829&stream=Email Updates September 14, 2018 : School Fees, Nature Explorers, School Council, Lunch Program, Town of Banff Programs Spotlight on Learning What a fun and delicious Meet the Staff BBQ and Potluck!  Thank you to all who were able to attend and share their special dishes.  This school community knows how to cook! Please note the Events trailer is available for community use.  Start planning your next BBQ! Grade 7 classes spent two days at the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre for a Leadership Course.  The purpose of this trip was to develop leadership as students enter division 3 (Gr. 7-9). Together we braved some interested weather to learn about ourselves, personal safety, community service and effective teamwork.      Professional Development Day Friday, September 21, 2018 12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8 No Kindergarten Classes School Fees School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees.  Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time.   Nature Explorers It has been a fantastic start to the year.  Thank you to all volunteers! It’s not too late to volunteer - please click here to sign up.  Please note there was a date error on the recent Nature Explorers permission form sent home; although the form reads for the 2017/18 school year it will be used for the 2018/19 school year. School Council Meeting Come one come all!  Child care will be provided.  We are meeting September 19 3:30 pm in the staff room.   Lunch Program Ordering is now closed for the first session. This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers to ensure this program can run.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator Gaby DeBaie at gdebaie@gmail.com to volunteer or log into the MunchaLunch system to select dates.   We cannot run the program without the help of volunteers.   Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs Please click the links for information on the Mountain Adventurers and Into the Wild programs. The Town of Banff, in partnership with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, offers a youth drop in this school year for grade 7-10’s on Monday – Thursdays from 3-6:30 pm. Students can come to do homework, hang out with friends, do art projects, play games, etc. There will be a Town of Banff youth worker supervising every day to help support the program.  Please check out their Facebook page for more information. Please Remove your Shoes Students, Parents and Staff:  please help us keep our school clean and beautiful by removing outdoor footwear.  You will notice our signs in the main entrance and at the connector doors. Important Dates in September & October September 19 School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm BES Staff Room September 21 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students September 24 CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office October 4 Individual school photos October 5, 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 8 Thanksgiving Day, no school Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Please click here for this month’s RFTS Newsletter. Our doors are always open.  For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click here for the Settlement Services Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.   Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4817&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4817&stream=Email Updates September 7, 2018 : Lunch Program, School Fees, Parking, Before School Care, Meet the Staff & Family Potluck BBQ, Grade 7 / 8 Volleyball Spotlight on Learning Can you see the excitement of beginning a new year in this photo?  Welcome back from all the staff! It is our mission to make you and your family feel welcome and cared for (this includes learning) at BES. Full Day Friday Friday, September 14th Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 8 (No Kindergarten this day) Lunch Program School Council is thrilled to continue our lunch days program using the MunchaLunch online ordering system. The first lunch session will run from September 18 - January 31. This program is a fundraiser for School Council and provides the opportunity for parents to buy nutritious and appetizing lunches for their children on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator Gabby DeBaie at gdebaie@gmail.com to volunteer.  You can also sign up on the MunchaLunch website when completing your child's order.  We cannot run the program without the help of volunteers.  The order system is now open and will close September 13.  Please click here for further information and ordering details. School Fees School fees are not yet finalized; however they are starting to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees.  Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time.  In accordance to Bill 1, school fees have been reduced. Bill 1 amended the School Act and therefore there are no longer fees for instructional supplies and materials. Parent Parking, Pick-up and Drop-off There are three sections for parking/drop off on Squirrel Street: a 5 minute drop-off zone, a bus zone, and a parking zone.  The drop off zone is intended for strictly that: dropping off/picking up your child. Please do not park your car in that zone. The bus zone is for buses. Please no parking or dropping off in this zone!  Parking is available on Elk, Moose and Big Horn Streets. Students are welcome to exit the connector to the rear and meet you on Big Horn, as parking may be easier for you on Big Horn. Good Morning! Doors are opened at 8:20 am (the front door at 8:00 am).  There is staff on supervision both inside and outside the school.  Students may go to their classroom anytime between 8:20 and 8:30 (please not before 8:20 as teachers are preparing for the day).  Please help your child find a routine that works best for them; some children benefit from being active outside until the bell rings, others benefit from a calming break and may wish to come inside to sit quietly.  Note: the first bell rings at 8:25 am and classes start promptly at 8:30 am. After School Pick-up Please wait for your child at 3:05 pm outside, in the front foyer, upstairs in the original building, or in the connector.  Students will be needing space to put on their outdoor boots/shoes. Please remove your footwear when entering the school to help students keep their socks clean and dry and our school looking its finest. Before School Care Juggling work and family can be challenging. We at Banff Elementary School would like to support families by offering before school care starting at 7:30 am. This is a free service for BES families. If your child requires before school care (7:30-8:25 am), please register using the google form on the BES website or click here for the link.   Meet the Staff & Family Potluck BBQ, September 12 BES Staff would like to invite families to join us for a BBQ and potluck the evening of Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00-6:30 pm.  We will provide hot dogs and veggie dogs and are asking families to bring one dish to share to round out the meal. Please bring plates, cutlery and something to drink (non-alcoholic) for your family.  We will be setting up BBQs on the tarmac (at the back of the school) and the gym doors will be open. It is expected to rain, so please dress for the weather! We will enjoy our meal together from 5:00-5:50 pm.  Meet the teacher will be from 5:50-6:30 pm. Grade 7 Leadership Course Our grade seven students will be participating in an overnight leadership course next week at the Outdoor Learning Centre.  Stay tuned for highlights! Gr. 7/8 Volleyball Volleyball season begins next week!  A big thank you to Ms. Van Impe and Mr. Andronyk for volunteering to coach the Gr. 8 Girls team, and to Mr. Rutley for coaching the boys Gr. 7 & 8 team. The Gr. 7 girls volleyball team is in need of a Coach!  Please contact the office or Ms. Irvine at alena.irvine@crps.ca if you are interested in supporting this wonderful team. Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs Please click the links for information on the Mountain Adventurers and Into the Wild programs. Take 5 Thank you to Right from the Start (RFTS) for hosting our first ‘Take 5’ of the year.  It is a wonderful way to start the day. Important Dates in September & October   September 12 Open house/Family Potluck and BBQ Grades K-8, 5:00-6:30 pm September 13-14 Grade 7 Leadership Course September 19 School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm BES Staff Room September 21 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students September 24 CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office October 4 Individual school photos October 5, 19 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 8 Thanksgiving Day, no school   Right from the Start Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Our doors are always open.  For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page.   Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click the link for the Settlement Services September Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.   Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4819&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4819&stream=Email Updates 2018 - 2019 Back to School Information Grades 1 - 8 First day of school - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Welcome Back! Welcome to a new school year!  We are very excited to be welcoming your child(ren) to Banff Elementary School.  Please come right into the school when you arrive on the first day. The front doors and the connector doors will be open at 8:15 am.  Staff will be on hand to help you and/or your child locate their new classroom. Class lists will be posted in the connector and the foyer of the new building.  You may also login to PowerSchool Parent Portal to see the name of your child’s teacher after August 29th. New students are invited to meet in the foyer of the new building and we will be happy to help you find your class.   Welcome to our new staff! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Stephane Vallee (Gr. 8), Ms. Alena Irvine (Gr. 8), Mr. Dean Conniff (Gr. 7), Mrs. Danelle Prescesky (Gr. 7), and Mme Isaline Sander (K). Before School Care Before School Care is being offered at no cost to families in need of childcare before school to enable parents to get to work on time. Before School Care will commence Wednesday, September 5 and registration is required. It is available between 7:30-8:30 am Please go to our website or click here to register your child. School Hours Monday to Friday* 8:25  First bell rings for all students to head to their class 8:30  am – 3:05 pm 9:45  am – 10:00 am morning recess (K-1) and Gr. 8 break 10:05 am – 10:20 am morning recess (Gr 2-6) and Gr. 7 break 12:01 pm – 12:54 pm Lunch hour *Professional Learning Days (half-day Fridays), 12:01 pm dismissal (Grade 8's please see additional information) Registration Information Students who attended Banff Elementary School (including Kindergarten) during the 2017-2018 school year do not need to re-register. Students moving into the Division are asked to please register at the school office. The school office is open this week Monday, August 27 to Thursday, August 30, 8 am - 4 pm. School Bus Services Kindergarten through Grade 8 students may use the bus if they live close to a current CRPS school bus stop.  You must register for the bus and get a bus pass if you have not been on the bus before. Passes will automatically be mailed out to past school bus passengers. Please call the Transportation Department to register or with any other questions at 403-678-5545. School Supplies Students are required to purchase school supplies.  A list of the school supplies was emailed to parents in June. It is also available on our school website.  Please note that if you have pre-ordered school supplies through Bow Valley Basics there are a few additional items that your child will require at school which are not available from Bow Valley Basics. These additional items are listed at the bottom of the school supply list.  Please send all school supplies on the first day of school.  Pre-ordered school supplies will be distributed on September 4. School Fees In accordance to Bill 1, school fees have been reduced. Bill 1 amended the School Act and therefore there are no longer fees for instructional supplies and materials.  An invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision will be generated after school commences. Payment options and details will be provided at that time. School Fees will also be posted on our school website. Food for Learning Food for Learning is a program available to students at Banff Elementary School. The purpose of the program is to provide a nutritious snack and lunch to children of families requiring some assistance. Families do not need to qualify in any way; you simply request that your child be included in the program. This program is supported by our community, through corporate donations and dedicated volunteers.  It is a no fee initiative.  Interested families can pick up information and register at the school office.  This program will begin mid September. Grade 8 Schedule Please click here for more information for Grade 8 students. Important Dates in September & October September 3            Labour Day, no school September 4            First day of school for Grade 1 to 8 students September 13-14     Grade 7 Leadership Course September 12          Open House & Family Potluck BBQ – Grades K – 8, 5:00 – 6:30 pm Mark your calendars! September 19          School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm BES Staff Room September 21          P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 4                 Individual school photos October 5, 19           P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students October 8                 Thanksgiving Day, no school http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4805&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4805&stream=Email Updates Report Cards, School Supplies, Back to School Information : June 29, 2018 Spotlight on Learning The Grade 7 band treated us to a most enjoyable performance this morning at our final assembly.  What they learned in 10 months under the guidance of Mr. N. is truly impressive. Check out our Twitter feed for a sound clip!   BES staff would like to wish you all a wonderful, safe summer.  Staff shared their wishes for students this morning at the assembly including: read lots of great books, play outside, go for bike rides, learn something new, and eats lots of ice cream! Report Cards Report cards will again be accessed electronically through Parent Portal. Access to report cards is only available until July 31st. If you’d like a copy to keep, please print before the end of July. Pre-Order 2018-2019 School Supplies BES School Council and Bow Valley Basics are working together to offer you great savings and convenience for your child’s school supplies! This is an optional program. To place an order please visit www.bvbasics.net or visit Bow Valley Basics in person by JULY 15th to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. Orders received after July 15th will be subject to a handling fee. No orders or payments will be taken at the school. Please click here for more information and the supply list for each grade. Back to School Information First day back to school for Grades 1 - 8 is Tuesday, September 4th!  School hours remain the same: 8:30-3:05 (Gr. 8’s will receive additional information).  The first bell rings at 8:25. Parents may login to Powerschool to see the name of your child’s teacher after August 30, 2018.  Additional details will be emailed at the end of August and this information will also be available on the BES website. The school office will reopen on August 28th.   Nature Explorers Feedback Please take a few short minutes to provide us with feedback for the Nature Explorers Program by clicking here. Your feedback is important to us! Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wDIT-ClccfaTjXsnmLB7o3yJzbju8jWAl9H8xbJhaI8/edit Please see the school website at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4799&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4799&stream=Email Updates Lost and Found, Report Cards, Locker/Cubbie Clean Up, School Supplies : June 22, 2018 Spotlight on Learning Gr. 6 students are developing their scientific observation skills through the Crime and Investigation unit. Students created their own escape rooms (with a non-violent crime) complete with props, evidence and a back story. Mr. Shoemaker and Ms. McKibbin tested their problem solving skills in Tia, Georgia, Erin and Darby’s escape room. Fortunately we were able to solve the mystery in under the 7 minute time limit! Lost and Found Last chance - please check out (or have your child check) the Lost and Found tables in the Learning Commons. All items will be donated to charity on June 25th. Report Cards Report cards will again be accessed electronically through Parent Portal. Access to report cards is only available until July 31st. If you’d like a copy to keep please print before the end of July. If you require a paper copy, we would be happy to accommodate your request. Please notify your child’s teacher by Friday, June 22 and a paper copy will be sent home on June 29th (June 26 for Kindergarten). *Please​ ​note​ ​​report cards​ ​are​ ​not final​ ​until​ Friday, ​June 29 (June 26 for Kindergarten). Locker/Cubbie Clean Up Students may want to get a head start on cleaning out their cubbies/lockers.  Please ensure to send an extra bag with your child on the last day of school to bring home all items from their locker/cubbie. Pre-Order 2018-2019 School Supplies BES School Council and Bow Valley Basics are working together to offer you great savings and convenience for your child’s school supplies! This is an optional program. To place an order please visit www.bvbasics.net or visit Bow Valley Basics in person by JULY 15th to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. Orders received after July 15th will be subject to a handling fee. No orders or payments will be taken at the school. Please click here for more information and the supply list for each grade. Important Upcoming Dates June 22     Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 7 June 25     Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies June 27     Last Day of School for Kindergarten 3:05 dismissal     June 29     Last Day of School Grades 1 - 7 12:01 pm dismissal Right from the Start Right from the Start has some exciting June News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start June News. RFTS supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Our doors are always open. Please click here to visit the RFTS website or follow on Facebook. Settlement Services Settlement Services provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Please click the link for the Settlement Services June Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook.   Please see the school website at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4791&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4791&stream=Email Updates 2018-2019 Pre-Order School Supplies BES School Council and Bow Valley Basics are working together to offer you great savings and convenience for your child’s school supplies!  Online and in person ordering will commence June 18th. This is an optional program designed to save parents time and money over the summer. Bulk purchasing means we get excellent discounts and these savings are passed directly onto you – this is not a fundraiser.   Please click here for a list of supplies your child will need for his/her grade in September. By pre-ordering supplies now for the 2018-2019 school year, your child will receive a package with all of the required supplies on the first day of school. Some items are not available for pre-order - please refer to the supply lists. If you choose not to pre-order, all items on the supply list are to be provided by you on the first day of school. To place an order please visit www.bvbasics.net or visit Bow Valley Basics in person by JULY 15th to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. Orders received after July 15th will be subject to a handling fee. No orders or payments will be taken at the school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions about school supplies. http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3307&stream=Email Updates http://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3307&stream=Email Updates