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E-NEWS: Grade 8 “Be a Light” Video, Grade 3’s Performing an Indigenous Song, Important Upcoming Dates, Parent Workshops, School Fees, Demographic Update, School Absence

Spotlight on Learning

Please enjoy this performance of "Be a Light" by the Grade 8 drama class to honour Orange Shirt Day. The song was written by country artist Thomas Rhett and has a universal message of empathy, love, compassion, and peace. He says he wrote the song “as a way to process negativity and sadness (he) was seeing in the world.” When we listen to the song through the lens of Truth and Reconciliation, it reminds us to listen, learn, believe, and try to make a difference. The song's message reinforces that we are all alike, deserving the same dignity and respect. In this performance and in life, actions can sometimes speak louder than words. 

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All students have been rehearsing some indigenous songs since last week. Here are Ms. Roth’s Grade 3 students being featured in a video.
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When you want to know about how water quality is affected by human activities in the Bow River, you might just need to "jump in a creek". Today, the Grade 8's collected scientific data about nutrients, oxygen, pH, turbidity, and aquatic invertebrates at 2 different sites on the Bow River. They also explored how building design, recreation activities, and municipal water use can be done in a way to minimize effects on the Bow River. With blue skies and the trees turning yellow, we had a wonderful day learning outside and having a lot of fun.
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The annual Terry Fox run was a great success at BES last Friday! Donations can still be made online through this link to the Terry Fox Foundation.
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Check out the Grade 5’s studying ecosystems.
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Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 8, 2021
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:04) Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten Classes
Monday, October 11 - Thanksgiving Day - School Closed

Parent Workshops

Our School and Family Wellness Worker, Ashley Butenschon, will be offering workshops for parents of Banff Elementary School students. Please complete the survey and tell us what topics you would like to learn more about.

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs

The Town of Banff offers a variety of programs for children and youth, including out of school care. For more information or to register your child, please call 403 762-1251 or visit

Banff Curling Club Invitation

The Banff Curling Club would like to invite your child(ren) aged 6-18 years, to participate in their weekly Youth Club starting on Wednesday, October 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please click here for more information.

News from the Office

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 within 30 days.

2021-2022 Demographic Update

Thank you to those who have already completed the 2021-2022 Annual Demographic Update.  If you have not already completed the update, please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and click on SchoolEngage on the left side bar at the bottom. Once you have signed in to your SchoolEngage account, click on the bell at the top right hand corner. You will see the incomplete forms in blue. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

School Absence - Reminder

Regular attendance is the key to a child’s success at school. We do ask that parents keep their child at home if displaying any illness/COVID related symptoms to keep everyone safe and healthy. With regards to homework, as per our District-wide re-entry plan: ‘If a student is self-isolating or ill, teachers will support students to work from home as per typical practices when a student is ill and must remain at home, but is still able to complete school work. Learning will be provided asynchronously (not through real time/live classroom streaming).’ Basic literacy and numeracy tasks will be provided. The same applies for family holidays. 

School Events Calendar

Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Oct 1, 2021 

P.D. Day - 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

Oct 11, 2021

Thanksgiving Day - School Closed

Oct 15, 2021

P.D. Day - 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

Oct 20, 2021

School Council Meeting - Virtual Meeting

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 programming about positive mental health to all students at BES. September was a month of developing new relationships, exploring our mental health by learning about the wellness wheel, and enjoying the autumn colours with Walks of Wonder! We can be reached as always by emailing Success Coaches and You can check out our website for resources, and 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 October 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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