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Picture Retake Day, Remembrance Day Assembly, Caribou Kids Norquay Season Pass Program, HI-Banff Alpine Centre Family Lunch, School Fees, Dressing for the Weather, Lost and Found

The Principal’s Podcast 
Please click this link to see Mr. Kestle’s weekly video podcast. Today's podcast focuses on Remembrance Day and the importance of recognizing and understanding its significance in relation to the past, present and future. The theme for remembrance this year is "In the service of peace". Watch this week's podcast for more information and the 'joke of the week'!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 3 - Staff PD pm - students dismissed at 12:05 pm (no Kindergarten classes)
  • Nov 7 - Picture Retake Day (please advise your child’s teacher if you would like to request a retake - students that missed picture day can also have their picture taken)
  • Nov 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly 9:00 am
  • Nov 10 - School Closure

2023-2024 Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass Program
Banff school students will enjoy free skiing again this winter. Now in its 17th year, Banff Lodging Co and Banff Mount Norquay are happy to offer the Caribou Kids Season Pass program for students enrolled at Banff schools. Please click here for more information and the registration form. All payments and inquiries should be directed to Banff Mount Norquay.

HI-Banff Alpine Centre sponsored Family Lunch on Tuesday November 21, 2023
HI-Banff Alpine Centre are sponsoring and serving a free family lunch at BES to promote community connections. Please come join your child for lunch (12:05 - 12:55 pm) on Tuesday November 21. Please sign up by completing this FORM by Tuesday November 14 9:00 am. You can also indicate on this form if you do not wish to have your child(ren) participate in this event. This is an optional lunch at no cost to students and families; however to ensure we have enough food for everyone please complete this form by Tuesday November 14 9:00 am. All family members are welcome to join us for this meaningful event but even if parents are unable to attend, you can still order a free lunch for your child(ren). Please complete one form per family providing the oldest student's name and homeroom.

School Fees
Based on the wishes of our Board of Trustees to see families benefit from the government’s six percent increase in base funding, we have removed the $140 cost of lunchroom supervision from School Fees for this school year. With the generous donation from the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation our students will continue to enjoy mountain living experiences, including Nature Explorers and Outdoor Pursuits at no cost this school year. There are no 2023/2024 school fees for students in Grades K - 6. Grade 7 and 8 CTF Complementary Course (Foods, etc) and Band fees have now been added to PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please click here for a listing of school fees. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay by November 30, 2023.

Dressing for Outdoor Recess and Indoor Shoes
As it appears winter is upon us, it is important that children come to school prepared to go outside with proper winter boots and jacket, snow pants and hat and mitts. As well, please ensure your child(ren) has indoor shoes at school each day that are also appropriate for gym. 

Lost & Found
Many items are starting to accumulate in our Lost & Found. Please ensure to have your child check for lost items, or please stop by the school to have a look.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar and click here for the 2023-2024 Learning Calendars.

Nov 3

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

Nov 7

Picture Retake Day

Nov 9

Remembrance Day Assembly 9:00 am

Nov 10

School Closure in lieu of P/T/S Conferences

Nov 15

School Council Meeting 3:30 pm

Nov 17

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

Nov 21

HI-Banff Alpine Centre sponsored Family Lunch 

Nov 24

Friday Kindergarten Classes Start

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.

Before School Care
Juggling work and family can be challenging. Banff Elementary School would like to support families by offering before school care. This program starts at 7:45 am and students will play in the gym until 8:15 am - students please enter through the Den doors off of the Elk playground. This is a free service for BES families and registration is required - please click here.

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
Interested in what’s going on at BES with Right from the Start? Ms. Jenniex has monthly newsletters for every grade! You can check them out here, BES RFTS Monthly Newsletter 23/24Ms. Jenniex can also be contacted at if you have any questions or want to learn more about the program!

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 November 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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