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2023-2024 BES Staff Announcement

June 23, 2023


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we near the end of a wonderful school year we would like to thank all our families for their contributions and continued support in making BES an amazing place to learn and play! Looking ahead, we would like to announce the BES team for the 2023-2024 school year. Please note that fluctuating student enrollment over the summer may result in some changes to staff placement and grade assignments.

Kindergarten: Deb Cavanaugh and Teresa Daffern
Grade 1: Christine Cherrett and Caleigh Dobie
Grade 2: Erin Emro, Melissa Grant (joining us from Exshaw), Erica Roth (returning to BES from Alpenglow)
Grade 3: Ralene Anderson and Amanda Horsley
Grade 4: David Mannix and Alysa Amirault
Grade 5: Christy Bennett and Kristen Reed
Grade 6: Stephanie Wilkinson and Sharlyn Kelly
Grade 7: Dean Conniff and Nikki Thomson
Grade 8: Callahan Weller and Courtney Reinhart (joining us from Canmore Collegiate)
Music: Nicole Kowalewski
French as a Second Language: Jacqueline Robertson
Learning Support Teacher: Natalie Major (returning to BES from Lawrence Grassi Middle School) and Valerie Chisholm (joining BES from Elizabeth Rummel School)
English Language Learner Support: Valerie Chisholm
Literacy & Numeracy Support: Jennifer Beecroft and Joanne Indovina-Duncan
Educational Assistants: Rosemarie Layug, Robyn Schebek, Tricia Tiesmaki, Richard Ivkovic, John Burgener, Lu Ann Ramos, Victoria Pagador
Administrative Assistants: Jodi McKenna and Joanne Geyer
Librarian and Food for Learning Coordinator: Fumie Craven
Food For Learning Facilitator: Etsuko Morikawa
Nature Explorers: Cristin (Lynx) Geestman
Recess and Lunch Supervisors: Emiko Kitayama, Etsuko Morikawa, Ineerose Calizo
Housekeeper: Janna Palma-Bunao
Custodians: Janna Palma-Bunao, Elly Buano and JC Reyes
School and Family Wellness Worker: Deanne Arada (joining BES from AHS)
Right From the Start: Megan Jenniex
Principal: Craig Kestle
Assistant Principal: Valerie Chisholm 

We would like to wish good luck and farewell to the following staff:

Cori Fraser, retiring after 37 years with Canadian Rockies School Division
Nathalie Poulin, transferring to Elizabeth Rummel School
Grace Gadon, transferring to Elizabeth Rummel School
Ashley Butenschon, transferring to Lawrence Grassi Middle School 
Stephanie Kish, transferring to Exshaw School
Tate Thornton, moving on to new adventures

Please note that we will not be accepting teacher requests as this can create unbalanced classrooms. Teachers invest a lot of time and effort to consider criteria such as academic successes and challenges, social and emotional needs and friendships.

On August 26, families with students in Grades 1-8 will be able to view their child’s homeroom teacher on Parent Portal. Families of registered Kindergarten students will be receiving further information about the staggered entry week in the middle of August.

We look forward to greeting our students at 8:25 am on the Elk Field on Monday, August 28. Teachers will have signs to indicate the correct place for students to line up.  

We would like to share how much of an honour and a pleasure it has been to work with the students, families and staff of Banff Elementary School this year and we look forward to seeing everyone next school year.  


Craig Kestle - Principal
Jennifer Beecroft - Assistant Principal

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