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PARENT FEEDBACK NEEDED!, Casual Lunch Supervisors Needed, Holiday Campaign, Caribou Kids Norquay Season Pass Program

The Principal’s Podcast
Please click this link to see Mr. Kestle’s weekly video podcast. This week's Podcast is extremely important to all BES families as it’s all about changes to our Drop Off Zones/Kiss and Go, Bus Zones and Short Term and Longer Term Parking spots. Parents and families this podcast is a must watch to help with the safety of your child and our students and making getting to and from school smoother for us all!

Last week on the Podcast we talked about the importance of Parent and Family voice in helping schools understand and continue to improve upon the educational journey of their child. BES needs your feedback - please click the links below to share your feedback by November 28:

Question 1: Can you share some thoughts on your child's education?

Question 2: How do you feel about YOUR involvement in your child’s school?  

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 24 - Full Day Friday - Kindergarten classes are in session
  • Nov 29 - School Council Meeting at BES 3:30 pm
  • Nov 30 - 2024/2025 Kindergarten Online Registration Opens at 5:00 pm
  • Dec 1 -  Staff PD pm - students dismissed at 12:05 pm (no Kindergarten classes)
  • Dec 13 - Banff Schools Holiday Evening Concert at the Banff Centre (more info to come)

Casual Lunch Supervisors Needed
Are you available on a casual basis to supervise students over the lunch hour? We are in need of subs to call in the event that we are short staffed. This is a paid position and you are required to obtain an RCMP Vulnerable Sector check (unless we already have one on file). Please contact the office for more information. 

Give What You Can, If You Can Holiday Campaign/Supports
As the heart of the community, Banff Elementary School is always looking for ways to support our families and our community. As we are aware that community support is limited this year, BES is working to support as many of our families as we can this holiday season. From now until December 15th, we are holding a “Give What You Can, if You Can” Campaign. We are looking for donations of:

  • Grocery gift cards 
  • Monetary donations (cash, cheque made out to Banff Elementary School)
  • New, unwrapped family board games (e.g. Uno, Snakes and Ladders, etc.)

Donations can be dropped off at the BES main office.

Could Your Family Benefit from Support this Holiday Season?
If you or someone you know may benefit from additional support this holiday season, please let us know by filling out this (confidential) form by December 18 BES Holiday Support Request Form. Support is not guaranteed, and is dependent upon donations received. For a list of community supports available this holiday season, please click here

HI-Banff Alpine Centre Family Lunch
Thank you to Remi and his team at the HI-Banff Alpine Centre for the wonder family lunch. It’s always great to have families in the school. And thank you to those that were able to contribute to our Holiday Campaign.
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2023-2024 Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass Program
Banff school students will enjoy free skiing again this winter. Now in its 17th year, Banff Lodging Co and Banff Mount Norquay are happy to offer the Caribou Kids Season Pass program for students enrolled at Banff schools. Please click here for more information and the registration form. All payments and inquiries should be directed to Banff Mount Norquay.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar and click here for the 2023-2024 Learning Calendars.

Nov 24

Full Day Friday - Kindergarten Classes in Session

Nov 29

School Council Meeting at BES 3:30 pm

Nov 30

2024-2025 Kindergarten Online Registration Opens at 5:00 pm

Dec 1

Staff PD pm - students dismissed at 12:05 pm (no Kindergarten classes

Dec 13

Banff Schools Holiday Evening Concert at the Banff Centre

Dec 15

Staff PD pm - students dismissed at 12:05 pm (no Kindergarten classes

Dec 20

School Council Meeting 3:30 pm

Dec 22 12:05 pm - Jan 7

Winter Break - School Closed

Banff Elementary School loves and greatly appreciates our volunteers! We require all volunteers who help in the school or on field trips to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check through the RCMP and sign a Confidentiality Contract as per Canadian Rockies Public Schools’ Administrative Procedure 490 - School Volunteers and FOIPP. Prior to volunteering, please email your legal name to the school office at to request an RCMP Fee Waiver Letter and we will email you back the letter, required forms and instructions. Often Vulnerable Sector Checks can be completed by the RCMP within 24 hours. Please click here for more information on volunteering opportunities.

Before School Care
Juggling work and family can be challenging. Banff Elementary School would like to support families by offering before school care. This program starts at 7:45 am and students will play in the gym until 8:15 am - students please enter through the Den doors off of the Elk playground. This is a free service for BES families and registration is required - please click here.

School and Family Wellness Worker
Deanne Arada, our new School and Family Wellness Worker, is here to help support families and students with their social and emotional well-being. Please contact her at 403-762-4465 ext 6089. This is one more way Canadian Rockies School Division is here to help support not only your child, but also your family.

Right From The Start
Interested in what’s going on at BES with Right from the Start? Ms. Jenniex has monthly newsletters for every grade! You can check them out here, BES RFTS Monthly Newsletter 23/24Ms. Jenniex can also be contacted at if you have any questions or want to learn more about the program!

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs
The Out-of-School Club (OSC) is a licensed childcare program offering care for school aged children, September to June. With a focus on child-led play, exploration and natural curiosity, OSC aims to connect children through indoor and outdoor programming. The OSC program hours compliment the Canadian Rockies Public School calendar- providing care during the after school hours, PD days, parent/teacher interviews, the staggered kindergarten entry and school breaks. For details and how to register, visit

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 November Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:

You can also check out our School Announcements here (this is updated frequently) for more information. Please like us on Facebook and follow BES on Instagram @banffelementaryschool for news and reminders.

Canadian Rockies Public Schools
Please follow CRPS on Facebook, Follow/Tag us on Twitter and on Instagram so you can stay up-to-date on all CRPS school related issues, updates and information. Please click here for the CRPS Board Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Highlights.

Do you have a spare bedroom? Become a host family for our International Student Program! We are looking for 5 or 10 month commitments. Remuneration is provided. Follow this link to find out more!

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Banff , Alberta T1L 1K1

Phone: 403-762-4465

Fax: 403-762-4036