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E-NEWS Spotlight on Learning

Music to BES ears, all week long!
What a week of music, learning, wellness and celebrating the many talented students of BES. From class drumming with Right From the Start to the BES Musical Showcase, this was truly a week of rhythm and rhyme! Big Bear hugs to Ms. Jenniex and Fergus for bringing their musical dreams and inspiration to BES this week. We will all be singing into the summer break!
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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Jun 16 - PD afternoon - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 (no Kindergarten classes) 
  • Jun 21 - Grade 7 Marketplace at BES 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Jun 21 - BES Council Meeting 3:30 pm BES
  • Jun 21 - CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office

Lunch Program
Today (June 15) was the last Thursday Lunch Program date for this school year. Thank you to Susan, Chris and Satu and all the weekly volunteers for their hard work. In order to offer a lunch program again next year, we are in need of volunteers to serve lunch and pick up lunch items. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer when placing your order in the fall or contact Lily Reid at

Grade 7 BES Student Marketplace
On the afternoon of  Wednesday June 21 please help our Grade 7 students pay back their $20 small business start-up loan by having your child purchase their handmade products at our BES Student Marketplace. All items are cash only and are between $1 - $3. Our Marketplace features many kid-friendly products such as slime (of many different varieties), stress balls, bracelets, sugar scrubs, paper hats, and crocheted key chains. Please note that there is nothing edible for purchase. The Grade 7 students have worked really hard on this project and we are looking forward to having each class stop by to visit our Marketplace. Thank you for your support of our Career and Technology Foundation courses.

Grade 8 Farewell

Thursday June 29 - afternoon ceremony and celebration, finishing with the traditional parade for the school to wish them well as they move on to their next chapter. More details to follow.

2023-2024 School Supplies

BES and Bow Valley Basics are working together to offer you great savings and convenience for your child’s school supplies! This is an optional program. To place an order please visit or visit Bow Valley Basics (Canmore) in person by JULY 26 to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. Orders received after July 26 may be subject to a handling fee. No orders or payments will be taken at the school. Please click here for more information and the supply list for each grade. It is not necessary to purchase all new supplies, however all items are required. Please reuse/recycle.

Lost & Found

Our lost & found tables are overflowing. Please have your child(ren) check out the tables for their belongings or please stop by the school and have a look. Lots of winter items have been left behind. Items not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated.
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Important Dates
Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

Jun 16  

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

Jun 21 

1:00 - 3:00 pm Grade 7 Marketplace

Jun 21

BES Council Meeting 3:30 pm BES

Jun 21

CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office

Jun 27

Last Day of School for Kindergarten Students (Family Picnic/12:00 pm dismissal)

Jun 29 

Grade 8 Farewell afternoon ceremony and celebration, finishing with the traditional parade for the school to wish them well as they move on to their next chapter

Jun 30 

Last Day of School  - 12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 

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 Overdue
Banff Elementary School fees are available on PowerSchool Parent Portal and are now overdue. 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.

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 June 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 and follow BES on Instagram @banffelementaryschool for news and reminders.

Canadian Rockies Public Schools

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.

Do you have a spare bedroom? Become a host family for our International Student Program! We are looking for 5 or 10 month commitments. Remuneration is provided. Follow this link to find out more!

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