Summer Message and Back to School Information
As the summer holiday draws near, I want to thank the staff, students and parents of the BES community for helping to make this a wonderful year. The incredible energy and dedication of so many people have enabled us to continue to provide our students with the best possible education in a safe and caring learning environment. Next year we are focused on making your child’s learning experience even richer and have a number of announcements and initiatives (see below).
It’s been a busy year. It is important to us that our students receive a well-rounded education with excellent programs encompassing academics, athletics, fine arts and social responsibility. This year, our School Council has supported many enhancements that enrich, engage and support student learning.
Thank you in particular, to our School Council Chairs, Cathy Geisler, Shawn Carr and past Chair Nancy DaDalt for all their extraordinary hard work this year. Their advocacy for your children has been foremost in every decision we have made together. Thank you also to all School Council members, the working groups, the lunch day program volunteers and the countless volunteers behind the scenes. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated group of parents at BES.
Thank you again, to our wonderful staff who are deeply committed to ensuring that our students enjoy coming to school each day to deepen their learning and who are forever seeking new ways to engage our young learners and help them shine.
We want to inform you of exciting news regarding our student enrollment and supports for student learning. Given a projected enrollment of 388, more students than BES has had in its history, Mr. MacPhee, Superintendent of schools has increased the number of classrooms at BES. This year we have 15 classes and next year we have been provided with 17. This is great news as it assists with reducing the overall number of students in each class, as well as supporting our diverse learning needs including ELL students. As well, BES and BCHS have been staffed with a full time (half time at BES) Educational Assistant to directly support our ELL student population. The hiring process will be finalize shortly and at that time I will communicate our new BES staff.
I’d like to thank and acknowledge the efforts and commitment of a number of staff who have dedicated much of themselves to improving student learning and making the BES community a better place. Mrs. Heath has taught many students over the years at BES and we’d like to wish her well in her new adventures during retirement. Mrs. Glowinski and Mrs. Kulmatycky have contributed greatly to the school and to student learning. We’d like to wish them all the best. We also want to thank all the staff for their endless efforts.
I hope you will be able to take the time to enjoy the long summer days with family and friends and have a break from the busy schedules that seem to take over our lives during the school year. See you in September!
Back to School Information Grades 1-6
Classes for 2014 - 2015 will begin on
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Opening Day – Welcome Back
Sept. 2 morning:
In an effort to ease into the new school year and to honour the class placement process for new students registered over the summer, we will have a different looking first day of school. Students will go to their existing classroom and to the teacher from this year (2103-14). Any new students will meet in the gym for an orientation and school tour. Students should enter the school from the same entrance they have used this year.
Sept. 2 afternoon:
After class selection and placements are finalized, students will then transition to their new class teacher.
School supplies that were ordered through School Council will be collected by students in the morning. Students who did not order through school council should bring all their school supplies on Sept. 3.
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. morning recess
10:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00pm - 12:30pm - Play first
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Lunch hour
12:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
*P.D. Day, Friday, 12:00 p.m. dismissal
Lunchtime Supervision Program
With a projected enrollment of 388 students next year and the limited number of people interested in the Lunch Supervisor postings, we have as a staff had to re-look at the structure and the supervision/safety of all students. The staff also learned from our Professional Development days this year about systems and their impact on how well students can self-regulate their behaviour. Based on the evidence we are looking at providing structures that include less transitions by having play first and lunch after. Lunches will be eaten in the classrooms with supervision. More details will be provided before school commences.
Students who have been attending Banff Elementary School, or who attended Kindergarten here during the 2013-2014 school year, do not need to re-register. Students moving into the Division will be required to register at the school office. The school office will be open beginning Monday, August 25.
School Bus Services
Kindergarten through Grade Six 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 with any other questions at 403-678-5545.
Students in Grades One to Six are required to purchase school supplies. A list of the school supplies was emailed to parents in June and is available on our school website as well. Please note that if you have ordered school supplies through the school council there are a few additional items that your child will require at school which are not available from the Bow Valley Basics. These additional items are listed at the bottom of the regular school supply list.
Student fees invoices will be sent home with your child during the first week of school and are due by September 25. This invoice is required when paying school fees. School fees will be $232.00 in total with lunchtime supervision program fee included. Breakdown of the fees will be shown on the invoice.
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.
Important Dates in September
September 2 First day of school for Grade One to Six students
September 5, 19 P.D. Day, no PM school for Gr. 1 to 6 students.
September 10 Open House – Grades K – 6, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 Dance in School program
October 1 Individual school photos & Grade 6 groups