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E-NEWS: Grade 6 Student Newspaper, Important COVID Contact Information, 2021 Census Message, School Fees

Spotlight on Learning

Grade 4 students at BES are engaged in a scientific inquiry called Tomatosphere whereby they are trying to answer the question: "How does exposure to the space environment affect the number of tomato seeds that germinate?" Students are planting two sets of tomato seeds; one set that has been exposed to outer space conditions, and the other set are untreated tomato seeds. By planting and nurturing the two sets of tomato seeds through the germination and sprouting phases, they are learning how to conduct a fair scientific test, making predictions and recording scientific observations.

Grade 5 students had the opportunity to virtually attend a Google summit for kids, learning about various google extension apps to embed into their work.
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Here is the link to the second edition of the Grade 6 student newspaper! CRPS teachers and students were excited to work on this together during our time learning at home. Grade 6 Student Newspaper

Professional Development Day

Friday, June 4, 2021
12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8
No Kindergarten classes

Important COVID Contact Information

To report a COVID positive case in your household over the weekend that could impact the school, please email the principal and assistant principal immediately:

2021 Census Message

Message from the 2021 Census Communication Team:
“You may have heard that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for families, and the census might seem like another thing on your busy to-do list. However, we would like to encourage you to complete your census, if you haven’t already done so. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, libraries and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at using the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance, or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) questionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians.”

Next Year School Planning

Please help us in our planning for the 2021-2022 school year. Although we do not know exactly what the next school year will look like, we are asking you to inform the office if your child(ren) will NOT be attending Banff Elementary School (or Banff Community High School if your child is currently in Grade 8). Please email us at if you did not respond to our intent form in March or your plans have changed.

CRPS Homestay Program - Hosts needed 2021/2022 School Year

Our homestay families are an integral part of the International Student Program. CRPS is now accepting host applications for the Homestay Program for the 2021/2022 school year. Remuneration of $1,025 is paid monthly per student. CRPS has a rigorous COVID-19 readiness plan in place to keep our host families and communities safe. For more information please click here.

School Fees Now Due

2020-2021 School Fees (Lunch Supervision) are now due. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. You can find instructions here on how to make a payment. Please contact Joanne Geyer at to make payment arrangements if you are unable to pay in full at this time. Thank you if you have already made payment.

Important Dates

Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

June 4

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

June 11

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

June 16

School Council AGM 3:20 pm - virtual link

June 25

Last day of Kindergarten Classes

June 30

Grade 8 Farewell - Virtual celebration to be shared with families

June 30

Last of School (Gr 1-8) 12:00 pm dismissal

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. Parents/guardians, please let us know how we can best support you and your family: Here's a short survey. Thanks for your input! 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 May Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:

Please see the school website at for the Re-Entry Plan, additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! You can also check out our School Announcements here (this is updated frequently). 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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