Banff Elementary School Sharing en-us Tue, 02 Jun 2020 23:26:54 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 E-NEWS Please click here for our E-NEWS link.  The most recent E-NEWS is at the top. Gr. 7 Hot Cross Buns   Please click here for the iMovie of our Grade 7 students learning Hot Cross Buns (it may take a few moments to load). Minister of Education visits the new Banff Elementary School Student-led tour of our new school with David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Education and Cam Westhead, MLA Banff-Cochrane. Earth Day Poems Please click here to read all the Earth Day Poems by BES Students. Spotlight on Learning - Bison Grade 4 students from Morley to Lake Louise were fortunate to have been invited to participate in Bringing Back the Bison program on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum here in Banff.  Students learned about the cultural and ecological importance of the bison reintroduction. The program included a series of activities to connect youth with the reintroduction, including first-hand stories, an elder’s talk about their relationship to the bison, and a bison craft. This learning experience aligns with the Social Studies and Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences unit in Grade 4. Spotlight on Learning - Reading The size of a child’s vocabulary is an accurate predictor of academic achievement.  (Hirsch, 2013)  Learning to read well is worthwhile work.  Good readers read for meaning.  They make connections, ask questions, draw inferences, visualize and synthesize information.  One of the best things about teaching children to read is how they continually surprise us with their thinking.   Teachers are always thinking about, talking about and learning about teaching reading. Spotlight on Learning - Writing This photo shows some Grade 1 students rereading a class book.  Writing skills (along with many other skills) progress very quickly in grade one.  The improvement was so significant for some, they didn’t even recognize their own writing! Grade 4 "Architects" Earth Day Celebration On April 22, 2016, the Banff Elementary School celebrated Earth Day with an amazing hour long assembly.  Students showcased what they learn each year about the Earth, why we care, and how we can help take care of our planet.  This year we had a gorgeous poster mural and individual artwork, two songs (one was an original "CUBS Care"), a 12 minute iMovie featuring all of the students, and class pledges to help the Earth.  Thank you to all of the family and community members who joined us as we shared and celebrated our love for Nature! Please click here to view the iMovie. Lego Club Gr.4 and 5 students have been busy building Lego structures during lunch. Space shuttles, houses, firefighters and other creative pieces have been developed by our young engineers. We would like to expand the Lego Club to other grades; however, we are short of material.  If you would like to donate Lego, please drop off at the school office.