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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

A book called Memory Jars inspired kindy students to draw their own memory jar and include their own keepsake. They have a magical fairy kept in their classes’s memory jar.


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Grade 4s tested their cars as part of their Science unit on Vehicles that Move.

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Grade 5s experimented with solids and liquids as part of their Science unit on Chemistry.

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Right from the Start and students learned about proper hand hygiene! Students were given hand lotion that glowed under the light, practiced their hand washing skills, then checked again to see how they did. Students were taught to wash their hands for the length of singing Happy Birthday twice!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 26 - CRPS Public Board Virtual Meeting 7:00 pm 
  • January 28 - Full Day of School 8:30 am - 3:04 pm Grades K - 8

COVID Information
We continue to follow the directives outlined in the CRPS Re-Entry Plan and by Alberta Health Services on isolation and quarantine requirements. Please ensure to complete and follow the updated COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist. To report a COVID positive case in your household over the weekend that could impact the school, please email the principal and assistant principal immediately:
When notifying the school of an absence please ensure to provide a detailed reason. If the absence is illness related, please indicate the symptoms. 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration
Please follow this link to view important information regarding 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration.

CRPS Public Board Meeting
Please follow this link to view the agenda for the January 26, 2022 Public School Board Meeting.

Bow Valley Family Resource Network in Canmore
The Bow Valley Family Resource Network delivers free prevention and early intervention services and supports for children aged 0 - 18, through a provincial network of community-based service providers. Please click here for information on their programs, including Talking About Suicide, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Body Image, Sport, and Teen Girls, and many more. Here is their link for registration: or you can also contact Beth Castellano at 403-678-2529 or

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

Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass at Banff Mount Norquay
Yes! Banff school students will enjoy free (almost) skiing again this winter!!! In its 15th year, Banff Lodging Co and Banff Mount Norquay remain committed to offering the Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass program for students enrolled at Banff schools, even as we hope to rebound from recent challenging economic conditions. Please click here for more information and the Norquay form.

News from the Office
School Fees
Banff Elementary School fees are available on PowerSchool Parent Portal and are now due. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal. If you are unable to make full payment at this time please contact Joanne Geyer at to make payment arrangements. Please click here for instructions on how to make a payment using PowerSchool Parent Portal.

School Events Calendar
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Jan 26, 2022

CRPS Public Board Virtual Meeting 7:00 pm 

Jan 28, 2022

Full Day of School 8:30 am - 3:04 pm Grades K - 8

Feb 11, 2022

Professional Development, 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes

Feb 16, 2022 

School Council Meeting 3:20 pm 

Feb 21, 2022

Family Day - School Closed

Feb 22-25, 2022

School Closure / Teacher Convention - no school for students

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 spent the week talking about handwashing! Success Coaches were in every classroom reviewing hand washing techniques, and why it's important. BES Success Coaches can be reached by emailing or You can also check out our website for resources or 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 January 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.

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