Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Back to all posts
Posted on

E-NEWS: Important Upcoming Dates, Parent Workshops, Town of Banff Programs, School Fees, Annual Demographic Update, School Absence Reminder


Spotlight on Learning

Our Grade 8’s had a lovely morning on the Bow River learning about water skills.


Grade 2 students conducting some science experiments: how many drops of water can fit on a coin before spilling over. This helps students learn about surface tension.
Click to view larger

During Nature Explorers, Gr. 2-3 built models of the water cycle using rocks.
Click to view larger 

Our Grade 8 students have weekly book talks to promote the books they are excited to read and share. Our principal came in to take part in these reading conferences.
Click to view larger


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, October 11 - Thanksgiving Day - School Closed
  • Friday, October 15 - Professional Development, 12:02 dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes
  • 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.


Parent Workshops

Our School and Family Wellness Worker, Ashley Butenschon, will be offering workshops for parents of Banff Elementary School students. Please complete the survey and tell us what topics you would like to learn more about. Last day to submit your response (October 8, 2021). Parent Workshop Survey


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.

School Absence - Reminder

Regular attendance is the key to a child’s success at school. We do ask that parents keep their child at home if displaying any illness/COVID related symptoms to keep everyone safe and healthy. With regards to homework, as per our District-wide re-entry plan: ‘If a student is self-isolating or ill, teachers will support students to work from home as per typical practices when a student is ill and must remain at home, but is still able to complete school work. Learning will be provided asynchronously (not through real time/live classroom streaming).’ Basic literacy and numeracy tasks will be provided. The same applies for family holidays. 


School Events Calendar

Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Oct 11, 2021

Thanksgiving Day - School Closed

Oct 15, 2021

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

Oct 20, 2021

School Council Meeting - Virtual Meeting

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)

November 11

Remembrance Day - School Closed

November 12

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. September was a month of developing new relationships, exploring our mental health by learning about the wellness wheel, and enjoying the autumn colours with Walks of Wonder! 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.

Prev Post Next Post