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The Grade 5 ‘Mountain Musicians’ from BES love to arrange songs, from the instrumentation, choreographing dance and designing the performance set. Students chose their own sections within the performance based on their interests and even rewrote the chorus in the middle of the song as a shout-out to all the BES CUBS! 

As in the original Strumbella’s ‘Salvation’ music video, students had one music class to create a dance routine to this song. Please click this link to see what they came up with BES CBC Music Class Challenge 2021 Entry.

Here is the original Salvation Video.

Interested in watching our competition? Check out category 3 on this YouTube link


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Grade 8 students wrapped up their CTF course by making delicious pizzas.

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Grade 3s learning about the layers of soil as part of their science unit on Rocks and Minerals! 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday December 3 - Professional Development 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes
  • Tuesday December 14 - Grade 6 BC Floods Fundraiser Sale
  • Wednesday December 15 - School Council Meeting 3:20 pm
  • Friday December 17 - 12:02 pm dismissal for Winter Break No Kindergarten classes
  • December 20-31 - School Closed for Winter Break

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

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

Purdys Chocolate Orders - FINAL pickup date Monday December 6 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Thank you to all those that were able to support the School Council Purdys Chocolate fundraiser. We raised over $1400! The final pick up date is on Monday December 6 from 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Please be mindful of the parking restrictions on Squirrel Street.
Pick Up Location: BES Squirrel Street entrance
Pick Up Date: Monday, December 6
Pick Up Time: 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Grade 6 Student-led Fundraiser

We have a group of Grade 6 students organizing a fundraiser for those affected by the floods in BC. Students are invited to bring donations next week, such as used books and used toys, to school and drop them in the bin at the front entrance. The sale will take place for students on December 14th on a rotating schedule. If you think your child would like to purchase some items, please send money with them on that day.  We will also have some crafts such as bracelets and origamis. The money raised will be tripled by the Federal Government and the provincial Government. Thank you in advance for supporting this fundraiser! 

COVID Information

We continue to follow the directives outlined by Alberta Health Services on isolation and quarantine requirements. Please ensure to complete the updated COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist. A reminder to families as per our CRPS reentry plan - “​If a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, as per the Alberta Health Daily Checklist and as determined by school staff, parents must be contacted immediately to pick up their child.” As the holidays approach please ensure you are aware of the COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders information.

Lost and Found
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The amount of lost & found items is growing and growing. Please ask your child to check out the lost & found tables. All items remaining at the Winter Break will be donated.

Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass at Banff Mount Norquay

Yes! Banff school students will enjoy free (almost) skiing again this winter!!! In its 15th year, Banff Lodging Co and Banff Mount Norquay remain committed to offering the Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass program for students enrolled at Banff schools, even as we hope to rebound from recent challenging economic conditions. Please click here for more information and the Norquay form.

Banff School Kids Ski Equipment Rental Program

Please click here for more information from Snowtips/Bactrax on their ski equipment rental programs for BES students under 12 years of age.

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs

The Town of Banff offers a variety of programs for children and youth, including Out of School Care and the Stay Safe Program for kids aged 9-13. For more information or to register your child, please call 403 762-1251 or visit

News from the 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

Dec 3, 2021 

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

Dec 14, 2021

Grade 6 BC Floods Fundraiser Sale

Dec 15, 2021

School Council Meeting - Virtual Meeting

Dec 17, 2021

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

Dec 20-31, 2021

School Closed for Winter Break

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 Start provides mental wellbeing programming to all students at BES. We have some exciting things happening in the month of December that we can't wait to share with you! As always,  BES Success Coaches can be reached by emailing or You can 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 December 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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