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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

Grade 3 students are learning all about Peru as part of their Social Studies curriculum and have created these beautiful alpacas.

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Guess who these Grade 1 students are? They have been working really hard on their writing skills for their little autobiographies!

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We are so thrilled to have reading buddies again at BES. Our Grade 2/3 class and Kindergarten students have been working together on their literacy skills.

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As part of their Grade 3 Science unit on bridges, students learned about bridges in Banff from an engineer: Students were able to see how the pedestrian bridge was built, ask the engineer questions, and view the new pedestrian bridge being installed! Students then directly applied their learning and created their own bridges. 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 20 - Full Day P.D., no classes for students Grades K - 8
  • May 23 - Victoria Day, school is closed
  • May 25 - CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm at BES

CRPS Board Highlights and Next Meeting Date
The next Public School Board meeting is on Wednesday May 25 7:00 pm at BES - please click here for the agenda. Please follow the link to view the Board Highlights from the April 20, 2022 Public School Board Meeting.

Lost and Found
The number of items in our Lost & Found has been growing again. Please ask your child to check out the lost & found tables or feel free to come by and check for lost items.

2022-2023 School Year
Children already attending Banff Elementary School do not need to complete a new registration, even if your child is in Grade 8 and going to Banff Community High School or Canmore Collegiate High School next school year. If your plans change and your child(ren) will not be attending BES in the fall, please let the school office know as soon as possible. Please click here for the 2022-2023 School Calendar.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration
Please follow this link to view important information regarding 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration. Don’t delay, register today!

Right from the Start 2022 Survey
Please take a moment to fill out the Right from the Start Survey by May 25, 2022. Your feedback helps us understand student needs and guide our programming for the future.

Save the Date for our Grade 8 Farewell
Thursday June 30 9:00  to 10:00 am in the BES gym - details to follow.

Become a Host Family for CRPS International Students in 2022-23!
CRPS is looking for Canmore & Banff families to host our next incredible cohort of 50 international students arriving in August 2022! Make meaningful connections, share your different cultures, learn a new language, 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.

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs
The Town of Banff offers a variety of programs for children and youth, including Out of School Care programs. For more information or to register your child, please call 403 762-1251 or visit

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 Now Due
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 or have any questions, please contact Joanne Geyer at 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.

May 20, 2022

Full Day P.D. - no classes for students Grades K - 8

May 23, 2022

Victoria Day - School is closed

May 25, 2022

CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm at BES

June 3, 2022

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

June 10, 2022

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

June 15, 2022

BES Council Meeting 3:30 pm

June 24, 2022

Kindergarten last day of school (family picnic - noon dismissal)

June 30, 2022

Grade 8 Farewell BES Gym 9:00 - 10:00 am

June 30, 2022

Grade 1 - 8 last day of school 12:02 pm dismissal

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
Please take a moment to fill out our survey. Your feedback helps us understand student needs and guide our programming for the future. 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 May 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 for more information - including information on Banff Springs Tennis Lessons & Camps, Banff Minor Soccer Registration and Rundle Riders. 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 related issues, updates and information.

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