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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

The World's Biggest Map! Classes across the school are heading up to the Grade 7 and 8 Learning Lab to learn more about Indigenous Peoples of Canada.Through an interactive lesson, students experience a powerful visual learning experience that helps them further understand the unique history and development of Canada.
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Story time in the Learning Commons! Kindy students enjoy listening to Ms Daffern read a heartwarming story about a boy and his balloon. The main idea of the story is about caring, understanding, belonging and safety…the CUBS code!!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 25 - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes) Afternoon Staff Professional Development (PD)
  • Nov 30 - CRPS 2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration opens at 5:00 pm
  • Nov 30 - Celebration of Learning & Open House on November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Canmore Collegiate High School
  • Dec 1 - Jersey Day for students and staff - wear your favourite jersey in support of our Canadian soccer team and their effort in the World Cup
  • Dec 9 - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes) Afternoon Staff Professional Development (PD)

Family Lunch Sponsored by Hostelling International - Banff Alpine Centre
Thank you to the HI-Banff Alpine Centre and their staff for serving a wonderful lunch and to all the families that were able to join us - another way to promote community and family connections.

CRPS 2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration
CRPS Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens on Wednesday November 30 at 5:00 pm. Please visit for more information. Registration is online only.

CRPS Celebration of Learning and Open House
On behalf of Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS), we would like to invite all CRPS families to our Celebration of Learning & Open House on November 30 from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm at Canmore Collegiate High School. Please join us as we celebrate learning and the unique interests of students served at Banff Community High School and Canmore Collegiate High School. Please follow this link for more information about the night. For a detailed program guide please follow this link. Information can also be found on the main page of the CCHS website.We look forward to you joining us.

Banff Holiday Concert at the Banff Centre
The 2022 Banff Holiday Concert is back on after a 4 year hiatus to the brand new Jenny Belzberg Theatre at the Banff Centre! With seating limitations and a smaller organizing committee, the format of our show has changed slightly. Please click here for all the details from Mrs. G. As well, please refer to the email sent home by your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher for those classes that are performing. Ticket requests are due on Friday November 25.

Parent Session: Suicide Awareness for Caregivers
December 13th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at  Banff Elementary School
Open to ALL parents and caregivers 
REGISTRATION is required
As follow up to Suicide Awareness Sessions with our Div. 3 students, we would like to invite parents and caregivers to attend this session. We will discuss:

- causes and warning signs of suicide

- how to respond if someone discloses thoughts of suicide

- Q & A

For more information or to register, please contact our School and Family Wellness Worker, Ashley Butenschon or Right From the Start Success Coach, Megan Jenniex

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 Now 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 25  

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

November 30  

CRPS 2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration opens at 5:00 pm

December 9 

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

December 14 - 15

Banff Holiday Concert at the Jenny Belzberg Theatre at the Banff Centre

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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