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Spotlight on Reconnecting the Heart of the Community 
What a treat! We celebrated Halloween with students, staff and families by parading around the gym and halls. It was nice to see so many families in the school sharing in the fun! 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 4 - No classes for students PTS conferences in the morning and staff P.D. in the afternoon 
  • Nov 8 - Picture Retake Day (rescheduled from Nov 2)
  • Nov 9 - School Based Remembrance Day Assembly 9:30 am
  • Nov 10 & 11 - School Closure
  • Nov 16 - School Council meeting at BES 3:30 pm

School Based Remembrance Day Assembly

Students, staff and special guests will be attending our Remembrance Day assembly on Wednesday November 9 at 9:30 am. We wish we could include all families, however we are limited by the Alberta Fire Code Occupant Load. Limited seating is available in the gymnasium along with viewing from the hallway. 

School Council
School Council is a liaison group between parents/guardians, teachers, administration, community and School Board to encourage communication, involvement and cooperation with the goal of maximizing individual student learning and enhancing school life. As a parent or a guardian with a child in the school, you are considered a member of School Council. We welcome all parents to join our Council meetings to learn, observe, and have a voice. School Council generally meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm. Whether you can join for one meeting, or every meeting, for 30 minutes or the full hour and a half, your involvement is welcome. The next meeting is Wednesday November 16 3:30 pm.

2022-2023 Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass Program

Banff school students will enjoy free skiing again this winter. Now in its 16th year, Banff Lodging Co and Banff Mount Norquay are happy to offer the Caribou Kids Season Pass program for students enrolled at Banff schools. Please click here for more information and the registration form. All payments and inquiries should be directed to Banff Mount Norquay.

Lost & Found
Many items are starting to accumulate in our Lost & Found; including several jackets. Please ensure to have your child check for lost items, or please stop by the school to have a look.

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 are Due
Banff Elementary School fees are available on PowerSchool Parent Portal and are now due. 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 payment has not been made at this time.

Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

November 4  

No classes for students (K-8) Morning Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Afternoon Staff PD 

November 8

Picture Retake Day (rescheduled from Nov 2)

November 9 

Remembrance Day Assembly 9:30 am

November 10 & 11

School Closure

November 16 

School Council Meeting at BES 3:30 pm

November 18 

First full day Friday for Kindergarten students

November 25  

12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes) Afternoon Staff Professional Development

December 9 

12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes) Afternoon Staff Professional Development

December 14 - 15

Community Concert at the Banff Centre - more details to follow next week

December 23 

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

December 26 - January 6  

Winter Break - see you back at school on Monday January 9

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
Ms. Jenniex is now sending home monthly updates for each classroom! To check out what other classes are doing, or to read prior months' updates, go here: BES RFTS Monthly Updates. For information on Right from the Start at Banff Elementary School or to contact me directly, please email

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 November 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. Please click here for the CRPS Board Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Highlights.


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