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​​Grade 1's are writing "Valentines" to our Prime Minister with messages for "Have a Heart Day" on February 14th. They are demanding that First Nations children deserve a fair chance to grow up with their families, get a good education, be healthy and proud of who they are! Grade 1 students want our government to know "we are allies with all First Nations people and will be agents of change!"

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Some classes have signed up to participate in a dance program called GROOVE, which is facilitated by Adrienne Lawlor. Groove incorporates aspects from yoga, dance, fitness to create music-driven movements for cardio, strength and flexibility. Students learned simple and easy moves from a variety of different dance styles. The program nurtures creativity and connections. 

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Our Grade 5 students are learning about facts from all Canadian Regions as part of their Social Studies, using an engaging online program called the Amazing Race.

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Students have swiftly learned this composition to celebrate the Chinese New Year and presented their performance to our principal, Mme Trottier.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 11 - Professional Development, 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes
  • February 14 - Valentine’s Day - wear your favourite Valentine colours
  • February 16 - School Council Virtual Meeting 3:20 pm Click Here for the meeting link
  • February 18 - Pink Shirt Day - please wear pink #BeKindAB
  • February 21-25 - Family Day/School Closure/Teacher Convention - no classes for students

Alberta Education Assurance Survey
In the coming weeks, you may receive information from Alberta Education regarding an annual Education Survey. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey, it helps us in our ongoing effort to plan, design and implement strategies to make our school community better. If you need the survey to be translated in another language or have any questions, please contact our principal at

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. As outlined in the recent CRPS letter effective Monday February 14, masks for students (K-12) are no longer required while at school. Students may choose to continue to wear masks and will be supported with that decision.  

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. 

Pink Shirt Day
This year’s theme, #BeKindAB, encourages us to be intentionally inclusive, welcoming and supportive with our friends and family. Showing kindness can be as simple as asking someone to play with you at lunch and as profound as standing up for someone in moments that matter. On Friday February 18 our school is recognizing Pink Shirt Day -  wear a pink shirt to support kindness at BES.

2022-2023 Learning Calendar
Please click here to view the approved 2022-2023 Learning Calendar for Grades 1-8.

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

Family Week / Teacher Professional Learning
As a reminder, there is no school for students Monday February 21 to Friday February 25. Monday February 21, 2022 is family day, with system closures on the 22nd and 23rd. On Thursday February 24 and 25, teachers will be participating in professional development online at the Alberta Teacher Convention. This year teachers will attend sessions on topics that include traditional knowledge keepers, differentiation in the classroom, assessment practices, and subject specific pedagogy. Keynote speakers this year at the Teacher Convention include Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe - discussing Wellness, Sarah Watson and Michael Ungar discussing resilience and Lindsey Fagan and Michelle Good discussing the impact of Residential Schools.

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

News from the Office
Report Cards
A reminder that January report cards are now available to view/print on PowerSchool Parent Portal. You can find instructions here on how to view report cards. If you require assistance logging into PowerSchool Parent Portal please contact the school 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

Feb 11, 2022

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

Feb 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day - Wear your favourite Valentine colours

Feb 16, 2022 

School Council Virtual Meeting 3:20 pm Click Here for the meeting link

Feb 18, 2022

Pink Shirt Day - Wear a pink shirt to support kindness at BES

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 Starts' February newsletter is ready for you! Follow this link for information on things happening in our community, and a resource for navigating technology! As always, 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 February 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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