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Principal’s Post
As we move through spring and into summer, we would like to remind families of the importance of travelling safely to and from school. Students and families biking or scootering should all be wearing helmets, stopping and walking across all crosswalks and four way stops, and if travelling on E-bikes and electric scooters be extra cautious about your speed around the school area. Students travelling by car should be dropped off and picked up at the ‘Kiss and Go’ drop off zone on Big Horn Street to keep the bus zone clear and to keep the many students who are biking and walking safe. June is ‘Banff Bike Month’ - please check out the Town of Banff link here for more information about upcoming events!

Spotlight on Learning
Grade 5s have transformed a section of the library into a museum that showcases the many different and unique Indigenous dwellings and shelters from across Canada. In Grade 5 Social Studies, students learn the natural environment and geography of each region of Canada and the diversity of cultures and ways of life among Indigenous groups.  Students choose a traditional dwelling or shelter and researched how the design and materials of these structures were influenced by the land and climate of each Indigenous group. The museum is open to students, staff and the school community and the Grade 5s will be giving tours over the course of the next few weeks!
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Grade 7 & 8 Try-A-Trade Day
Our Grade 7 & 8 students had the chance to check out trades careers and learn new skills during Try-A-Trade Day last week.
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Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar and click here for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Learning Calendars.

May 31

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

Jun 14 

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

Jun 21

Gr 7 Leadership led Fun Day

Jun 24

Div 2 Track and Field Day

Jun 25 

Kindergarten Last Day of School - Family Picnic noon dismissal

Jun 27 

Grade 8 Farewell - afternoon (more details to follow)

Jun 28 

Last Day of School (Gr 1-8) 12:05 dismissal

Town of Banff Commuter Challenge
Join the National Commuter Challenge from June 2 - 8, 2024 for your chance to win some great prizes! This week is intended to celebrate active and sustainable transportation in our community. You can join the challenge as an individual, with your registered workplace or school. This Unique URL is an excellent shortcut that will take a participant of Banff Elementary School directly to our custom registration page. Participants can log trips and distances for travel to and from work that are taken by transit, cycling, walking, rolling or carpooling. Prizing will be awarded in the following categories for Banff and Canmore residents commuting in or to Banff for work or school: 

Elementary Student
High School Student
Local Active Champion
Local Transit/Carpool Champion

Please click here for more information.

CRPS International Student Homestay Hosts Needed
CRPS is looking for Canmore & Banff families to host our next incredible cohort of 50 international students arriving in August 2024! Make meaningful connections, share your different cultures, learn a new language, and build life-long memories & friendships! Commitments of 5 months and 10 months are available, with monthly remuneration provided. For more information and to apply, contact or 403-609-6072. Please click here for more information.
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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 for the 2023-2024 school year.

School and Family Wellness Worker
Deanne Arada, our 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 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.

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