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E-NEWS: New Dismissal Time, Picture Day, National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Settlement Services Workshop, School Council Meeting, Demographic Update

Spotlight on Learning

Our Kindy students were so excited to start their full-days this week, ready to have fun learning!

Our Grade 4s acknowledge the beautiful land we live in, honouring past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuut'ina Nations.

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Grade 5s using picture prompts as sentence starters.

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Professional Development Day
Friday, September 17, 2021
12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8
No Kindergarten classes


New Bell Time for Dismissal

Due to adding the new statutory holiday on Sept. 30th, we had to adjust our instructional hours.  Our new dismissal time will be 3:04 pm and 12:02 pm on P.D. Fridays (two minutes later) effective Monday, September 13, 2021.


Picture Day
Individual picture day is on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.


National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 will be a day of observance for the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.  Note there will be no school on this day.

TRC #80 states:

“We call upon the federal government in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples to establish as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communitie, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”  

Please see the letter sent from our district that outlines this change to our calendar.  Our school is also planning a learning opportunity on September 29, 2021 to learn together about Truth and Reconciliation.


Settlement Services Workshop for Newcomers with Children Starting Kindergarten or Grade 1

This workshop is designed for any newcomer families with children just starting Kindergarten or Grade 1. In this session, we cover important issues about cross-cultural differences when children start school, healthy relationships and boundaries, importance of routine, how to help children build skills of independence and much more. Please click here for more information.


Food for Learning

Food for Learning is a program that is available to BES families requiring assistance providing a daily nutritious snack and lunch at school. For more information on this program please contact the school office. This program is generously supported through the Nutrition Grant and community donations. For those students already registered for this school year this program will start on Monday, September 13, 2021. Please make sure to send cutlery and an empty lunch bag for any leftovers.


School Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 3:20 pm Google Hangout Meeting
Involvement in School Council is a meaningful, hands-on way to have a direct, positive impact on your child’s educational experience. We invite everyone to have a voice. We welcome all parents to join our Council virtual meetings to learn, observe, and have a voice. Whether you can join for one meeting, or every meeting, for 30 minutes or the full meeting, your involvement is welcome. Please click here for meeting details and the agenda.


CRPS Public School Board Meeting Highlights

Please follow this link to view the Board Highlights from the August 23, 2021 Public School Board Meeting.


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


News from the Office

School Fees

School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees. Payment options and details will be provided when invoiced.

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 Calendar

Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Sept 15, 2021

Picture Day

Sept 15, 2021

School Council Virtual Meeting 3:30 pm Virtual Link

Sept 17, 2021

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

Sept 24, 2021

Terry Fox Run (Bring a Toonie for Terry)

Sept 29, 2021

Orange Shirt Day in honour of Truth & Reconciliation

Sept 30, 2021

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation - School Closed


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. We'll start the year by identifying how we can take care of our wellbeing and mental health - by addressing our body, mind, spirit and feelings. 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 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.

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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