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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

Today we recognized the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation with an assembly to honour children, both past and present. We were pleased to welcome over 60 parents and family members who joined us in our orange shirts as students led and presented through spoken word, song and dance. Thank you to our grade 4’s for opening the assembly with a land acknowledgement and to our MC’s Elizabeth and Mitchell for a great job! Lastly, to our Grade 8 Tech Team for setting up and running a smooth show! 

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sept 30 - National Day for Truth & Reconciliation - School Closed
  • Oct 7 - Order deadline for the Lunch Program
  • Oct 7 - School photo order deadline to take advantage of free shipping
  • Oct 7 - PD 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes)
  • Oct 10 - Thanksgiving - School Closed

National Truth & Reconciliation Day
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30 - BES will be closed on this day.

Lunch Program
School Council is thrilled to announce that our Lunch Program will run again on Thursdays - our first lunch will be served on October 13. This is a purely volunteer run program and provides the opportunity for parents to buy nutritious and appetizing lunches for their children at a low cost. Volunteers are needed - please sign up at time of ordering or contact Susan Hughes at All funds raised go directly back to support Banff Elementary School programs such as Nature Explorers and Outdoor Pursuits (swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, curling, etc). The Old Spaghetti Factory, Rimrock Resort, Subway, Patty's Pantry, Wild Flour and Aardvark Pizza will carefully prepare lunches for our children. Thank you to these local vendors for their continued support for this very important program! 

This lunch session will run from October 13 - January 26 on Thursdays. The MunchaLunch ordering system is now open and the order deadline for the entire lunch session is Friday October 7, 2022. Once the system is closed we cannot add additional orders. You will need to create a new account even if you used this system in the past. The MunchaLunch system offers a secure credit card payment option. Once you have placed your order please click on the PAY NOW button and make your credit card payment. Unpaid orders will not be processed. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/ORDER 

An automated reminder email will be sent to you from the MunchaLunch system on Wednesdays if you ordered lunch for the next day. Please remember to send your child(ren) with additional healthy snacks, a container with a lid and cutlery. No plates or cutlery will be available. Please click here for more information.

Picture Day Proofs & Ordering

Picture Day proofs have been sent home for those students that had their pictures taken on September 14. We are requesting that families place their picture orders online at There are more choices and savings online, and this reduces paper handling. Place your orders by October 7, 2022 to take advantage of free shipping. Picture retakes will be on November 2, 2022. Students that missed picture day can also have their picture taken this day. 

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 an annual 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
Banff Elementary School fees are now available on PowerSchool Parent Portal. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503, payment for school fees is due 30 days after invoicing. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay by October 31, 2022.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

September 30 

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation - School Closed

October 7

Order deadline for the Lunch Program

October 7  

School photo order deadline to take advantage of free shipping

October 7  

PD - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes)

October 10  

Thanksgiving - School Closed

October 19  

CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm at BES

October 21

PD - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes)

October 31  

Payment for School Fees is due

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. 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

This week, Right from the Start visited every classroom to talk about "The Dot", by Peter H. Reynolds. Ask your child what dot-inspired activity they did this week! Right from the Start is looking forward to another year of connecting with you and your children. For information on Right from the Start at Banff Elementary School, please contact

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 September 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.

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