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E-NEWS Podcast & Spotlight on Learning

New to the BES E-News The Principal’s Podcast! Please click this link to see Mr. Kestle’s weekly message!

We hope everyone is settling in and is enjoying the start of the 2023-2024 school year. If you didn’t get a chance to read the 2023-2024 Back to School letter shared last week, please click here to review as there was lots of important information.
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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sep 1 - Full day of school
  • Sep 4 - Labour Day - School Closed
  • Sep 14 - BES Open House 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Sep 14 - School Picture Day

2023-2024 Annual Demographic Online Form
Thank you to those who have already completed the 2023-2024 Annual Demographic Online Form.  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. This is the place to give permission for walking field trips, which start immediately, along with permission for grades 7 & 8 students only to leave the school grounds at lunch. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Before School Care
Before School Care is being offered at no cost to families in need of childcare before school to enable parents to get to work on time. Before School Care will commence Tuesday, August 29 and registration is required each year. It is available between 7:45 - 8:15 am. Please click here to register your child. Students who arrive at 8:15 do not need to register for the Before School Care Program.

Picture Day
School picture day is on Thursday September 14, 2023.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Sep 1

Full Day of School

Sep 4

Labour Day - School Closed

Sep 14

BES Open House 3:30-4:30 pm

Sep 14

School Picture Day

Sep 20

School Council Meeting at ES 3:30 pm

Sep 22

Terry Fox Run

Sep 22

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

Sep 29

Orange Shirt Day

Sep 30

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

News from the Office
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.

School Fees
As part of the CRPS budgeting process for the 2023-2024 school year, the Board of Trustees has advised that it will remove the BES lunch supervision fee of $140, beginning next year. The decision to remove this fee reflects the Alberta government’s six percent increase in base funding to all school authorities for the upcoming school year, a revenue source the board would like to pass on to families. Incidental fees will be added to your Parent Portal account if required.

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
Welcome back, BES families! We are so excited to have you here! Ms. Jenniex, with Right from the Start, will start visiting all the classrooms next week. If you have any questions about Right from the Start, please feel free to reach out to Watch for monthly RFTS updates from your child(ren)s homeroom teachers starting at the end of September.

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 September 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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