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E-NEWS & Principal's Podcast

The Principal’s Podcast
Please click this link to see Mr. Kestle’s weekly video podcast. This week’s podcast highlights the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Tomorrow BES will commemorate this important national day of observance by wearing Orange!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sep 29 - Orange Shirt Day
  • Oct 2 - School Closure to recognize National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day
On Friday, September 29 we invite all our students and staff to wear an orange shirt to recognize Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which this year falls on Saturday, September 30. There is no school on Monday October 2 to mark this day.

Lunch Program/Volunteering
School Council has committed to running the Lunch Program on Thursdays again this school year starting mid to late October. To do this volunteers to serve lunch will be required from approximately 11:55 - 12:25 as all students eat at the same time this year. You will be able to sign up for the days you are available when placing your child’s order on the MunchaLunch system, and please reach out to Lily Reid at in advance to advise that you will be volunteering for planning purposes. Without enough volunteers this program cannot run. Continue to watch our weekly E-NEWS for ordering details and dates.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Sep 29

Orange Shirt Day

Sep 30

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Oct 2

School Closure to recognize National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Oct 9

School Closure - Thanksgiving Day

Oct 13

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

Oct 25 & 26

Evening Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Oct 27

No Classes for Students - Morning Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences / Afternoon Staff PD 

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, this 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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