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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

Kindergarten students counting and sorting the seeds from the pumpkin they carved.


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Right From the Start Team teaching Kindergarten students a lesson on our feelings and emotions.

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As part of a science unit on building, Grade 4 students designed some arcade games.

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Grade 4 students virtually attended the landfill in Exshaw to learn more about their unit on Waste in our World.

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Grade 3 students in Social Studies are learning about artifacts from around the world and making predictions on what they are made of, used for and the importance of the object.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, October 29 - Halloween Celebration in the afternoon Grades 1 - 8. Your child is invited to come to school in an easy-to-wear-not-too-scary costume. Please do not bring accessories (weapons, badges, walkie-talkies, wands, etc). You may want to include a fun nut-free “treat” in your child’s snack bag.
  • October 29 - School Fees are due
  • November 3 - Photo Retake Day
  • November 3 - 5 - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
  • November 5 - No school for students

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

November 3 Evening conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm - regular classes during the day 
November 4 Evening conferences 5:00 - 8:00 pm - regular classes during the day
November 5 Morning conferences 8:30 - 11:45 am and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students

For our November P/T/S Conferences, you will have a choice of a 15 minute telephone meeting or Google Meet virtual meeting. At this time we are unable to offer in-person conferences. Appointments for parents and students to meet with teachers can be booked online at (not Parent Portal). You can also book appointments with our French teacher, Ms Fraser, and our Music teacher, Ms. Gadon, using this system. You will need to create a new account, even if you have used this system in the past, by clicking the REGISTER tab on the menu bar.

This system is now open and appointments can be booked until noon on Friday, October 29. After October 29 the online booking system will be closed - parents will be required to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or cancel an appointment.

For an appointment with our Principal, Nadine Trottier, please email her directly at You can also make appointments with our School and Family Wellness Worker, Ashley Butenschon, by emailing her at
Please click here for School Appointments - Parent Instructions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Frosty Bite Kits - Sock-tober

Right from the Start and some grade six students are supporting the Sock-tober drive to collect *new adult sized* items (gloves, wool socks, toques, scarves, hand warmers and lip balm/hand cream) for the Calgary Drop-In Centre's Frosty Bite Kits to help homeless adults stay warmer this winter. Donations can be dropped off in the donation boxes near the BES front office until October 29.

Mason Jar Drive

Grade 8 students need your help! We are looking for donations of glass mason jars, either 250ml or 500ml. No lids required. We will be using the mason jars as candle holders to be placed on the graves of fallen soldiers who are buried in the Old Banff Cemetery. On the evening of November 10, the candles will be lit and the community will be invited to pay their respects. Students should wrap the jars in a newspaper to avoid breaking upon transport and should give their jars to their teachers. We would like the jars by Monday, November 1. Thank you in advance for supporting this wonderful cause.

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs

The Town of Banff offers a variety of programs for children and youth, including Out of School Care. For more information or to register your child, please call 403 762-1251 or visit

Town of Banff Rainbows Program

Do you have a child who is experiencing grief due to divorce, separation, death or other loss? The Rainbows program provides support to children and youth in Kindergarten to Grade 8 - connecting with a trained Rainbows facilitator and other peers in a small, intimate group setting. Confidentiality and safety of all participants is priority. If you feel your child could benefit from Rainbows, please contact or call 403-762-1229 by October 22.

News from the Office

School Fees

Banff Elementary School fees are now available on PowerSchool Parent Portal and are due by October 29, 2021. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503, payment for school fees is due 30 days after invoicing. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay by October 29, 2021.

2021-2022 Demographic Update

Thank you to those who have already completed the 2021-2022 Annual Demographic Update.  If you have not already completed the update, please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and click on SchoolEngage on the left side bar at the bottom. Once you have signed in to your SchoolEngage account, click on the bell at the top right hand corner. You will see the incomplete forms in blue. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Important COVID Contact Information

The BES Principals, Mme Trottier and Ms. Keon will continue to check emails during the weekend for any reported positive COVID-19 cases. Please email us directly at and in order for us to follow-up as needed.  

School Events Calendar

Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Oct 29, 2021

Halloween Celebration in the afternoon Grades 1 - 8

Nov 3 & 4, 2021

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Evening only

Nov 5, 2021

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Morning only - P.D. Afternoon (no classes for students)

Nov 11, 2021

Remembrance Day - School Closed

Nov 12, 2021

School Closure in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

School and Family Wellness Worker

Ashley Butenschon is here to help support families and students with their social and emotional well-being. Please contact her at 403-762-4465 ext 6089. One more way Canadian Rockies School Division is here to help support not only your child, but also your family.

Right from the Start

Right from the Start provides programming about positive mental health to all students at BES. This week we are supporting the Sock-tober drive to collect these *new adult items* (gloves, wool socks, toques, scarves, hand warmers and lip balm/hand cream) for the Calgary Drop-In Centre's Frosty Bite Kits to help homeless people stay warmer this winter. Donations can be dropped off in donation boxes near the BES front office until October 29. We can be reached as always by emailing Success Coaches and You can check out our website for resources, and find us on social media!

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 October 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 for news and reminders.

Please follow CRPS on Facebook, and Follow/Tag us on Twitter, so you can stay up-to-date on all CRPS school related issues, updates and information.


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