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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

Kindergarten and Grade 1 students learned about fire prevention from the Banff Fire Department and Sparky.

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Our Grade 6 students had the pleasure of virtually meeting Mayor DiManno this afternoon. She supported students’ learning on municipal government by sharing details about her role as mayor and formerly Town Councillor. She also shared information about the organization of Banff´s municipal government along with how as grade 6 students they could participate in democracy with our municipal government. Students also had the chance to ask her questions such as what are the challenges of being Mayor.

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Birch Trees in the Fall, by our Grade 1 students

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Students this week were very excited to start using the Learning Commons!

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Grade 8 students showing their understanding of text in various formats.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, October 15 - Professional Development, 12:02 dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes
  • Wednesday, October 20 - BES Council Meeting 3:20 pm 
  • Wednesday, October 20 - CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm 
  • 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.


BES Council Meeting Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, October 20 3:20 pm - click here for the meeting link
Involvement in School Council is a meaningful, hands-on way to have a direct, positive impact on your child’s educational experience. We invite everyone to have a voice. We welcome all parents to join our Council virtual meetings to learn, observe, and have a voice. Whether you can join for one meeting, or every meeting, for 30 minutes or the full meeting, your involvement is welcome.


CRPS Public Board Meeting

Please click here to view the agenda and the virtual meeting link for the Public School Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


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 22nd.


Banff Curling Club Invitation

The Banff Curling Club would like to invite your child(ren) aged 6-18 years, to participate in their weekly Youth Club starting on Wednesday, October 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please click here for more information.


News from the Office

School Fees

Banff Elementary School fees are now available on PowerSchool Parent Portal. 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 within 30 days.

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 15, 2021

P.D. 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

Oct 20, 2021

School Council Meeting 3:20 pm - Virtual Meeting

Oct 20, 2021

CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm - Agenda/Meeting Link

Oct 29, 2021

Halloween Celebration in the afternoon Grades 1 - 8

Nov 3 & 4, 2021

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Evening only (watch for booking details by October 22)

Nov 5, 2021

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Morning only (watch for booking details by October 22)
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 month we're running programming on learning to pay attention to our thoughts by focusing on red thoughts and green thoughts, as well as talking about expected and unexpected behaviours -- for all kinds of situations. 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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