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E-NEWS: School Closed September 3 & 6, Before School Care, Picture Day, TOB Programs, Volleyball Coaches needed, Demographic Update


Spotlight on Learning

Mr. Mannix’s class engaged in a team building activity to problem solve as a group.

Ms. Amirault’s students spent time outdoors to choose a rock to identify their learning spot.

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Right From The Start (RFTS) spent time in gr. 2-3 and 6 classes to foster a sense of belonging for our students, given that many of our students are coming back from At-Home Learning and we want welcome everyone back to BES! Here is a picture where students played a game on belonging. RFTS is planning on going into all classes for this worthwhile activity. Ask your child about the details of the game on belonging:

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School Closed Friday, September 3
School Closed Monday, September 6 Labour Day
Full Day Friday Friday, September 10 Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 8 (No Kindergarten classes)

Parking and Drop Off Zones

Please take a close look at the map below regarding the recommended traffic flow and drop-off/pick-up locations for your children. We have been working closely with the Town of Banff to make getting to and from school a safe experience for all students. The Kiss N’Go area is intended as a quick doip off only and you must remain with your vehicle. If you intend to walk your child to the school doors you must find a parking space. Please feel free to use the Train Station Public parking area. Please teach your child to use the crosswalk at either corner (Moose & Big Horn or Elk & Big Horn), or better yet approach the Big Horn Kiss N’ Go area northbound so your child does not have to cross the street. When the ‘road closed’ signs are in place on Squirrel Street (8:00-8:40 am and 2:45-3:15 pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety.

We need your help! If you are going by and see the barricade should be out (8:00am or 2:45pm) or be returned to its spot by the fence (8:30 am or 3:15 pm), please feel comfortable moving it as needed. This would be greatly appreciated!! 

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Before School Care

Juggling work and family can be challenging. Banff Elementary School would like to support families by offering before school care.This program will start at 7:45 am beginning Tuesday, September 7. This is a free service for BES families and registration is required. Please click here to register if you will require before school care for the 2021-2022 school year. As part of our re-entry plan, this program will only be offered outside the school to start the year to limit cross-cohorting. Students who get dropped off starting at 8:15 do not need to register for the Before School Care Program. Please meet the supervisor on the Moose Field, which is a change of location from last year.

Picture Day

Individual picture day is now on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

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

Volleyball Coaches Needed

If you are interested in coaching a volleyball team this fall, please contact Mr. Weller at

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 3, 2021

School Closure - no classes

Sept 6, 2021

School Closure - Labour Day Holiday - no classes

Sept 8, 2021

First full day of Kindergarten classes

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

Sept 30, 2021

Orange Shirt Day

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

Welcome back to a new school year! 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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