Banff Elementary School Email Updates en-us Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:55:32 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://bes.crps.ca April 24, 2020 Update We hope everyone had a good week and are back into their distance learning routine. Please know you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher, Mr. Shoemaker or Ms. McKibbin via email if you are in need of any learning tools or assistance.  We are happy to call you back! Spotlight on Learning Teachers are creative folks. They have found a wide variety of ways to make this distance teaching and learning thing work! Check out below the Grade 6 ‘Tub Talks’ and ‘Bath Math’!  You will also find examples on Twitter @Banff_El_School and @MountainEdu. RFTS also has been creating different ways to support everyone’s Mental Health (check out their awesome website).   Town of Banff Come hang-out with Pete on Zoom. Every Monday / Wednesday / Friday – 3pm. Let’s stay connected and keep active at home. Share your videos, ideas, challenges with Pete on Instagram @BanffRecreation. Check out banff.ca/active for Zoom links to join the fun. Calling all Kids and Parents! Lip Sync Video Submissions Juno Award Nominee, Canadian Children’s Recording Artist, Mary Lambert, is looking for video clip submissions from families to create her next music video. During this time when we are in our homes A LOT, we thought this would be a great project for families to take part in and create a little excitement. Please click here for more information on how to submit a clip.   CRPS Board Meeting Please follow the link to view the agenda for the Public School Board meeting scheduled for April 29, 2020. This meeting will be a virtual meeting, recorded and closed for in-person public attendance to help prevent the community spread of the COVID-19 virus. School and Family Wellness Worker During these uncertain times it can be helpful for students and families to have someone they can connect with to talk about their fears and emotions. Please know that you can access Ms. Van Impe via phone and email. She is available too through google hangouts to meet face to face with you or your children. Reach out; together we can support each other with effective new ways to address social emotional supports.  Allyson Van Impe (she/her) School and Family Wellness Worker Canadian Rockies Public Schools allyson.vanimpe@crps.ca 403-762-4465 ex.6089 Right from the Start Hello BES families! Just a reminder that Right from the Start is here. We create weekly programming that teachers can include with your child(ren)'s educational materials. RFTS would love to hear from you; please take 5 minutes to fill out this brief Right from the Start Parent Survey and be entered into a draw for a $25 gift card to Edible Life. You can also have a look at our Newsletter for more good mental health resources. As always, we look forward to connecting with you via our website and social media: Right From The Start @RightFromTheStartMH @MHStartRight Settlement Services in the Bow Valley Provides free and confidential services to Permanent Residents, Live-In Caregivers, and Refugees living in the Bow Valley. An in-school support worker provides ongoing support to students and families (planning before family arrival, school registration and orientation, school programming, parent information sessions, new student orientation program, etc.). Interpretation services may be available as needed. Please click here for the link to the newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/ for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5506&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5506&stream=Email Updates April 9, 2020 Update Spotlight on Learning Be a historian and join many of our students in their quest to keep a record of their daily lives during these unprecedented times. We are living history! We encourage each family to keep a record – in one or more different forms of your own choosing, a journal, a blog, an e-portfolio, a film, a series of artworks, a short story, poems, a series of haikus – of your life in these unprecedented days. Get the whole family involved! Here are some questions to get you started: -How are you and your family spending your time?   -What are your hopes and dreams?  -What have you learned about staying healthy?   -What is a goal you have set for yourself? -What are you grateful for? Reading some of the student writing has been heartwarming and heartbreaking.  Here are some excerpts that made me smile and brought tears to my eyes: “I’m grateful for my family and friends and not getting sick and keeping alive” “My family is feeling worried for the people dying and getting sick.” “I hope the virus will be gone so we can go back to normal.” “I am grateful for spending time with my family.” “I want to learn some new songs and learn some magic tricks.” “I want to try and make a lava lamp. I am grateful for lots of time to sled and play.” “I think I might finish my puzzle tomorrow because my Mom is home tomorrow.” “I would prefer to be at school.” Spring Break (including Good Friday) April 10 - 19 School including online learning is closed for Spring Break You Can Count on BES Staff Thinking of all our students and families. We hope you are staying healthy in every way. Please click here for our staff video and spread the love! CUBS Chronicles Please click here to read the student written school newsletter called the CUBS CHRONICLES!   Town of Banff Join Pete every week on Monday / Wednesday / Friday at 3pm for a chat, connect with friends, and discuss and practice all things sport!  Geared to Grades 5-8.  Link at Banff.ca/active Monday Madness (3:00pm Zoom gathering).  Keep your mind and body active. Goal setting, creative activities at home, sports chat and conversation.   Community Connections (3pm Zoom gathering).  Today is Today… Let’s make the most of it. Invite your friends to our family-style gathering. Show us what you’ve been up to. All welcome.  First Try Fridays (3pm Zoom gathering).  All things sport! Bring “something to the table”, share your tricks, success and failure is warmly welcomed. Connect online with your friends and community and this free-spirited gathering. As we are facing challenging times, we must continue to set challenges for ourselves. Be creative and resourceful, join our online network and stay connected. Pete would love to see your faces and reconnect with some fun and games! CRPS Board Meeting Highlights Please follow the link to view the highlights from the March 25, 2020 Public School Board Meeting. Right from the Start Are you looking for something to do over Spring Break? Right from the Start has put together a Wellness Wheel Activity for your family! Here's an introductory video to the Wellness Wheel. To play along, print and cut out this dice. Each day during the break, have someone in your family roll the dice and choose an idea from the wellness wheel activity sheet that takes care of that area of health. If you don't have access to a printer, that's okay! Choose one area from the wellness wheel to focus on each day or use a regular dice and number each area of the Wellness Wheel. We would love to hear what your family does to promote positive mental health! Parents, feel free to share on our Facebook page. You can also have a look at our Newsletter and website Right from the Start for more good mental health resources. As always, we look forward to connecting with you via social media: Right From The Start @RightFromTheStartMH @MHStartRight 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 April Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/ for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5505&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5505&stream=Email Updates April 3, 2020 Update Spotlight on Learning This week, our Spotlight on Learning focuses on YOU!  Parents have been essential learning coaches as every one of us navigates this unprecedented teaching and learning online. You are doing an amazing job!  We recognize there have been frustrating and challenging moments, and your persistence is to be commended. If you are looking for additional resources, please check out the new RFTS website or for quick tips on getting started, here are a few suggestions: Learning at Home.   P.S.  Please model good digital citizenship, and refrain from posting on social media photos of your child's screen when other children's faces are visible. Thank you. Spring Break (including Good Friday) April 10 - 17 School including online learning is closed for Spring Break Expectations for Students Online Students are expected to practice good digital citizenship by behaving in a respectful manner in the online environment. Inappropriate behaviour, comments in the chat or gestures on video or audio will not be tolerated and can result in a temporary loss of access to online learning. ie: Chat conversation must be appropriate and it is not a time to chat with friends! Any inappropriate behaviour online will result in students being removed from the lesson and their parents contacted by the teacher. A second offence will result in administration contacting home and the loss of student access to their CRPS account for a period of time. A loss of access would mean no access to Google Meet, Docs, Mail or Classroom. Teachers may choose to record online sessions so that students may revisit for learning. Online Safety Due to the FBI investigation into Zoom security and “zoom-bombing” incidents, all CRPS classes have been directed to use the encrypted Google Meet as our video conferencing platform.  The office staff (Joanne, Jodi, Debbie & Mike), as well as your child’s teacher, are happy to help anyone needing assistance with this transition. School Council Message Draft Minutes from the last meeting on March 25th can be found on the School Council tab of the BES website: https://bes.crps.ca/Meetings.php. Please keep in touch on the new Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Banff.Elementary.School.Council/   Lunch Program The lunch program has been cancelled for the remainder of the school year. Orders from March 17 to June 18 have been removed from your MunchaLunch account. This will create a credit on your account which can be used for next year’s lunch program. To see your current balance, please log into your MunchaLunch account (munchalunch.com). If you require a refund, School Council is working on how to support this request. More information will follow after spring break. Town of Banff Join Pete every week on Monday / Wednesday / Friday at 3pm for a chat, connect with friends, and discuss and practice all things sport!  Geared to Grades 5-8.  Link at Banff.ca/active Monday Madness (3:00pm Zoom gathering).  Keep your mind and body active. Goal setting, creative activities at home, sports chat and conversation.   Community Connections (3pm Zoom gathering).  Today is Today… Let’s make the most of it. Invite your friends to our family-style gathering. Show us what you’ve been up to. All welcome.  First Try Fridays (3pm Zoom gathering).  All things sport! Bring “something to the table”, share your tricks, success and failure is warmly welcomed. Connect online with your friends and community and this free-spirited gathering. As we are facing challenging times, we must continue to set challenges for ourselves. Be creative and resourceful, join our online network and stay connected. Pete would love to see your faces and reconnect with some fun and games! Hockey Fans? The Flames@School is offering students and parents a new educational booklet ready to download and learn. During these exceptional times, the Flames@School program is allowing parents to register on the “Teachers” side of the site so they can access all lesson plans directly. When creating their new enrolment, parents should select “home school” for “School System”. Click here for the link. School and Family Wellness Worker During these uncertain times it can be helpful for students and families to have someone they can connect with to talk about their fears and emotions. Please know that you can access Ms. Van Impe via phone and email. She is available too through google hangouts to meet face to face with you or your children. Reach out; together we can support each other with effective new ways to address social emotional supports.  Allyson Van Impe (she/her) School and Family Wellness Worker Canadian Rockies Public Schools allyson.vanimpe@crps.ca 403-762-4465 ex.6089 Right from the Start Hello BES families! Just a reminder that Right from the Start is here, ready to share mental health support activities with all of our students. During this time, we're trying to find new ways to connect with you. Our activities come to students via the teachers' educational slides, and on our new website Right from the Start. You can also have a look at our Newsletter for more good mental health resources. And as always, we look forward to connecting with you via social media: Right From The Start @RightFromTheStartMH @MHStartRight 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 April Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/ for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5507&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5507&stream=Email Updates March 13 2020: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences, Science Fair Cancelled, Hoodies/T-Shirt Orders, School Council Spotlight on Learning Handwashing is a hot topic for everyone, and this includes BES. Teachers have been emphasizing its importance with all classes. Ms. Jenniex (RFTS) has been visiting classes to review key points: ‘When do we need to wash hands?’, remember to wash between fingers, fingernails (scrub fingertips on palms to clean), thumbs, and to lather for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday twice).   Friday, March 20, 2020 No Classes for Students all day AM - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences PM - Professional Development for Teachers Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences March 18 & 19 Evening conferences - regular classes during the day March 20 Morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students Appointments must be booked online at https://banff.schoolappointments.com (not Parent Portal) by March 18 12:00 pm. Please click here for instructions (your account from the fall is still active - there is a “forgot password” link if required). After March 18 at noon the online booking system will be closed. Parents will then be required to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or book an appointment (please click here for staff directory). The Grade 7 & 8 March Conferences will be student-led. Please sign-up for one of the time slots. During this time, your child will share their learning and you will have a chance to connect with all Div 3 teachers. Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair As per today’s CRPS COVID-19 update, the Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair has been cancelled. Hoodies & T-Shirts Sales Back by popular demand are our BES hoodies and t-shirts. These shirts celebrate our new school logo created by Jason Carter. Our school has worked with the celebrated Canadian artist to redesign our school bear in order to represent a school with students aged Kindergarten to grade 8. We believe that our logo continues to represent the beliefs held in our “CUBS” code, while adjusting to the needs of our older students. Hoodies are $40 and T-Shirts are $15 and they can be ordered in the following sizes: Youth Medium / Youth Large / Youth XLarge / Adult Small / Adult Medium / Adult Large If you are interested in purchasing a hoodie and/or a t-shirt, please complete the order form and send exact cash or a cheque payable to Banff Elementary School by Monday March 16, 2020.  Order forms can be printed from this link, or hard copies can be picked up at the office. School Council Come one come all! Child care will be provided. We are meeting March 18 at 3:30 pm in the staff room. Parents play an important role in student success. School councils allow parents to participate in decisions that impact student learning. By contributing knowledge, perspective and ideas at school council meetings, parents are actively contributing to the success of our school community. News from the Office School Fees are now overdue. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay in full at this time. As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503 unpaid account may be sent to a private collections agency.  Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar March 16 Hoodie & T-Shirt order forms/payment due March 18 - 19 Parent/Student/Teacher evening conferences - regular classes March 18 School Council Meeting 3:30 pm BES March 20 Parent/Student/Teacher morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students April 3 P.D. Day - 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes April 6 - 17 Spring Break - School is closed School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS March Newsletter. 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 March Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5464&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5464&stream=Email Updates March 6, 2020: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences, Hoodies & T-Shirt Sales, Parking and Drop Off Zones, Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair - Judges Needed Spotlight on Learning Through CTF, students may plan, design, create, and implement solutions for relevant real-life problems. As students engage in hands-on challenges, they develop social, interpersonal, life, and work skills as well as practical knowledge about various industries, issues and technologies. Our students are enjoying coding, drama, photography, outdoor education, art, French, instrumental music, and entrepreneurship. Full Day Friday Friday, March 13, 2020 Full day of School (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 8 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences March 18 & 19 Evening conferences - regular classes during the day March 20 Morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students Appointments must be booked online at https://banff.schoolappointments.com (not Parent Portal) from March 6 12:00 pm until March 18 12:00 pm. Please click here for instructions (your account from the fall is still active - there is a “forgot password” link if required). After March 18 at noon the online booking system will be closed. Parents will then be required to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or book an appointment (please click here for staff directory). The Grade 7 & 8 March Conferences will be student-led. Please sign-up for one of the time slots. During this time, your child will share their learning and you will have a chance to connect with all Div 3 teachers. Hoodies & T-Shirts Sales Back by popular demand are our BES hoodies and t-shirts. These shirts celebrate our new school logo created by Jason Carter. Our school has worked with the celebrated Canadian artist to redesign our school bear in order to represent a school with students aged Kindergarten to grade 8. We believe that our logo continues to represent the beliefs held in our “CUBS” code, while adjusting to the needs of our older students. Hoodies are $40 and T-Shirts are $15 and they can be ordered in the following sizes: Youth Medium / Youth Large / Youth XLarge / Adult Small / Adult Medium / Adult Large If you are interested in purchasing a hoodie and/or a t-shirt, please complete the order form and send exact cash or a cheque payable to Banff Elementary School by Friday March 13, 2020.  Order forms can be printed from this link, or hard copies can be picked up at the office. 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. ***Note there is NO stopping southbound on Big Horn - we have had several near-misses with cars having to brake suddenly to avoid hitting children running across the street to their parent’s vehicles who are stopped across the street. 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 am - 8:40 am and 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety. The main entrance on Squirrel Street is open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, the Big Horn Street entrance is open from 8:00 - 8:40 am and 2:45 - 3:15 pm. Thank you for your help in this matter.   Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair Judges Needed! The Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair is looking for judges. We have 116 projects in grades 4-8. Science Fair Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 Judging Time: 8:30 AM (Judging Information Session) to NOON Location: Banff Elementary School Gymnasium Please contact natalie.major@crps.ca if you are interested! News from the Office School Fees: are now overdue. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay in full at this time. As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503 unpaid account may be sent to a private collections agency.  Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar March 6 P.D. Day - 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes March 6 - 7 Grade 8 Girls Basketball Tournament at BES March 6 - 7 Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament at LGMS March 13 Hoodie & T-Shirt order forms due March 18 - 19 Parent/Student/Teacher evening conferences - regular classes March 20 Parent/Student/Teacher morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students March 31 13th Annual Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair 11:15 - 11:45 am Public Viewing; 1:30 - 2:20 pm Awards Ceremony April 3 P.D. Day - 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes April 6 - 17 Spring Break - School is closed School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS March Newsletter. 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 March Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5460&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5460&stream=Email Updates February 28, 2020: Hoodies & T-Shirt Sales, News from the Office, Important Dates February 28, 2020: Hoodies & T-Shirt Sales, News from the Office, Important Dates   Spotlight on Learning Grade 8 students were the leaders and teachers on Wednesday for our Pink Shirt Day assembly. Two groups presented their lessons, including amazing videos on anti-bullying; reminding us how to prevent bullying and what to do if you are the bully, bullied or the bystander. Following the CUBS code is expected by all students. We want our school to feel safe and comfortable. Professional Development Day Friday, March 6, 2020 12:02 dismissal for Gr 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes Hoodies & T-Shirts Sales Back by popular demand are our BES hoodies and t-shirts. These shirts celebrate our new school logo created by Jason Carter. Our school has worked with the celebrated Canadian artist to redesign our school bear in order to represent a school with students aged Kindergarten to grade 8. We believe that our logo continues to represent the beliefs held in our “CUBS” code, while adjusting to the needs of our older students. Hoodies are $40 and T-Shirts are $15 and they can be ordered in the following sizes: Youth Medium / Youth Large / Youth XLarge / Adult Small / Adult Medium / Adult Large If you are interested in purchasing a hoodie and/or a t-shirt, please complete the order form and send exact cash or a cheque payable to Banff Elementary School by Friday March 13th, 2020.  Order forms can be printed from this link, or hard copies can be picked up at the office. News from the Office School Fees: are now overdue. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay in full at this time. As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503 unpaid account may be sent to a private collections agency.  Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences: March 18-20 - watch for an email in early March with the booking details. Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar February 28 Full day of School (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 8 March 6 P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes March 6 - 7 Grade 8 Girls Basketball Tournament at BES March 6 - 7 Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament at LGMS March 18 - 19 Parent/Student/Teacher evening conferences - regular classes March 20 Parent/Student/Teacher morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students March 31 13th Annual Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair 11:15-11:45 am Public Viewing; 1:30 - 2:20 pm Awards Ceremony April 3 P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes April 6 - 17 Spring Break - School is closed School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter. 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 February Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5450&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5450&stream=Email Updates February 14, 2020: Family Day Break, New Books, Pink Shirt Day Spotlight on Learning On Wednesday, Grade 5 students, Erin, J.B., Grace, Ericka, Caden, Yunseo, Mariel, Claire and Alexis, organized and held an origami fundraiser to raise money for cancer research. They created over 200 different types of origami which they sold to BES students, staff and families. They created announcements and advertising, managed the money and tallied the amount all on their own. We are happy to announce that they raised $107.37!  Mrs. Gadon will be delivering the funds raised to the Tom Baker Cancer Research centre on behalf of BES this weekend. Family Day Break Family Day / School Closure February 17-19 - no classes for students Teacher Convention February 20-21 - no classes for students Please check out our Facebook page, the Town of Banff website and the Banff Library website for activities and events during the break. See you on Monday, February 24. Books for our Learning Commons! A big ‘shout out’ to Indigo Books in Cascade Mall for adopting our school last year. Through the Adopt-A-School grant, they raised $2200! Four students who are young adult literature experts chose 12 bags of books for Ms. Fumie to catalogue. Pink Shirt Day Wear your Pink Shirt on February 26 to show your support to take a stand to STOP BULLYING! School Council Meeting Come one come all! Child care will be provided. We are meeting Wednesday, February 26 at 3:20 pm. Parents play an important role in student success. School councils allow parents to participate in decisions that impact student learning. By contributing knowledge, perspective and ideas at school council meetings, parents are actively contributing to the success of our school community. CRPS Public Board Meeting The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 26 7:00 pm at Canmore Collegiate High School. Please follow the link to view the Board Highlights from the January 23, 2020 Public School Board Meeting. Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar February 14 Full Day of School Grades K - 8, 8:30 am - 3:05 pm February 17 Family Day - School Closure February 18-21 School Closure (in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences and Teachers’ Convention) February 26 Pink Shirt Day February 26 CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm at CCHS February 26 School Council Meeting 3:20 pm at BES School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter. 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 February Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5445&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5445&stream=Email Updates February 7, 2020: Report Cards, Kindergarten Open House, Annual Accountability Survey, Community Lantern Event Spotlight on Learning Did you know every parent is a member of School Council? School Council plays an integral role in the school. They advise the principal on a range of issues, consult with the principal to ensure students have opportunities to meet Ministry standards, etc., and one of our favourites: organize and run hot lunch!  The next School Council meeting at BES is Wednesday, February 12 at 3:20pm - child care available. Thank you School Council; we appreciate all you do!   Full Day Friday Friday, February 14, 2020  Full day of School (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 8 Family Day / School Closure February 17-19 - no classes for students Teacher Convention February 20-21 - no classes for students Report Cards Report Cards can be accessed digitally through Parent Portal. If you require assistance logging in please contact the school office. PLEASE take the time to read your child’s report card. Kindergarten Registration & Open House We are now accepting Kindergarten online registrations for 2020-2021 school year! Please share with any families you know with soon to be Kindergarten-aged children. Registration is only online and the link can be found on our school website, Facebook page, and on Twitter. BES will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on February 12 at 6:30 pm at BES. Annual Accountability Survey - Calling Grade 4 & 7 Parents! Grade 4 & 7 parents should have received an invitation from Alberta Education to participate in an annual survey called the Accountability Pillar mid January. We really hope that our Grade 4 & 7 parents can find the time to complete the survey by February 28 as your  feedback helps us to continue to improve the learning and school environment for students at BES. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Dene, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you wish to receive the survey in one of these languages please contact the school office as soon as possible.  In February, all students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school. It is an annual check-up on the education system and it provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. Community Lantern Event Right from the Start is thrilled to invite your family to our community event tonight (February 7)! Right from the Start and the Bow Valley Primary Care Network have teamed up to present "What Lights You Up?". We are inviting everyone to celebrate community and connection by joining us for a lantern-lit walk. Students will bring their lanterns home to show you. Please fill their lanterns with a light, flashlight, headlamp or whatever else is available so they are lit for the walk! There will also be free hot chocolate provided, so please bring your favourite mug. This free event will be happening in Banff tonight (February 7) at the Central Park Gazebo at 6:30 pm. Please come dressed for the weather, and prepared for a short walk. This event is open to the entire community, so please bring friends and family along! We hope you can join us for our walk. Schoolyard Trees BES students have created a video encouraging respect for our schoolyard trees. Please click here to view the video. Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar February 7 P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr. 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes February 7 Community Lantern Event, Central Park Gazebo 6:30 pm February 12 School Council Meeting 3:20 pm at BES February 12 Kindergarten Open House 6:30 pm at BES February 17 Family Day - School Closure February 18-21 School Closure (in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Conference and Teachers Convention) February 26 CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm at CCHS School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter. 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 February Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube   https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5436&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5436&stream=Email Updates January 31, 2020: Report Cards, Kindergarten Open House, Parking and Drop Off Zones, Annual Accountability Survey, Basketball, Lantern Event Spotlight on Learning Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Our Grade 8’s will be featured in the Rocky Mountain Outlook next week for two of their initiatives: the fundraiser lunch they made in Foods class for staff and the anti-bullying lessons they created and taught to every class in the school. A Grade 8 student told me the purpose of the anti-bullying presentations was “to help create a safe [school] community….a safe place for everyone”.   Professional Development Day Friday, February 7, 2020 12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8 No Kindergarten classes Report Cards Report Cards can be accessed digitally through Parent Portal. If you require assistance logging in please contact the school office. PLEASE take the time to read your child’s report card. Kindergarten Registration & Open House We are now accepting Kindergarten online registrations for 2020-2021 school year! Please share with any families you know with soon to be Kindergarten-aged children. Registration is only online and the link can be found on our school website, Facebook page, and on Twitter. BES will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on February 12 at 6:30 pm at BES. CUBS Chronicles Please click here to read the student written school newsletter, called the CUBS CHRONICLES! 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. ***Note there is NO stopping southbound on Big Horn - we have had several near-misses with cars having to brake suddenly to avoid hitting children running across the street to their parent’s vehicles who are stopped across the street. 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 am - 8:40 am and 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety. Thank you for your help in this matter.   Annual Accountability Survey - Calling Grade 4 & 7 Parents! Grade 4 & 7 parents should have received an invitation from Alberta Education to participate in an annual survey called the Accountability Pillar mid January. We really hope that our Grade 4 & 7 parents can find the time to complete the survey by February 28 as your  feedback helps us to continue to improve the learning and school environment for students at BES. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Dene, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you wish to receive the survey in one of these languages please contact the school office as soon as possible.  In February, all students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school. It is an annual check-up on the education system and it provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. Basketball Basketball season is coming to an end. Next week Grade 7 boys are playing on Monday both here and at LGMS. Grade 8 girls are playing at BES on Tuesday and Grade 8 boys are at LGMS on Wednesday. These will be the final games of the Bow Valley Basketball League. To conclude the season, tournaments are scheduled for February 28-29 (Grade 7 boys, Location TBD). March 6 & 7 the Grade 8 girls are hosting at BES and the Grade 8 boys are at LGMS. Community Lantern Event Right from the Start is thrilled to invite your family to our upcoming community event! Right from the Start and the Bow Valley Primary Care Network have teamed up to present "What Lights You Up?". We are inviting everyone to celebrate community and connection by joining us for a lantern-lit walk. Students will bring their lanterns home to show you. Please fill their lanterns with a light, flashlight, headlamp or whatever else is available so they are lit for the walk! There will also be free hot chocolate provided, so please bring your favourite mug. This free event will be happening in both communities: Canmore: January 31, 2020, at Riverside Park Banff: February 7, 2020, at the Central Park Gazebo Both events start at 6:30 pm on their respective days. Please come dressed for the weather, and prepared for a short walk. This event is open to the entire community, so please bring friends and family along! We hope you can join us for our walk. Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar February 7 P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr. 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes February 7 Community Lantern Event, Central Park Gazebo 6:30 pm February 12 School Council Meeting 3:20 pm at BES February 12 Kindergarten Open House 6:30 pm February 17 Family Day - School Closure February 18-21 School Closure (in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Conference and Teachers Convention) School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter. 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 January Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5426&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5426&stream=Email Updates January 24, 2020: Parking & Drop Off Zones, Barricades, Lunch Program, Report Cards, Kindergarten Registration, Lantern Walk, artsPlace Programs January 24, 2020: Parking & Drop Off Zones, Barricades, Lunch Program, Report Cards, Kindergarten Registration, Lantern Walk, artsPlace Programs   Spotlight on Learning Grade 3 science curriculum includes learning about hearing and sound. Students have been exploring the nature of sound, its sources, its qualities and what it is. They learn about sound travel by studying what things carry sound, what things make it louder or softer, and what happens to sound when it reaches their ears. Our Grade 3 students have been learning about the safe use of this valuable sense.   Full Day Friday Friday, January 31, 2020  Full day of School (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 8 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. ***Note there is NO stopping southbound on Big Horn - we have had several near-misses with cars having to brake suddenly to avoid hitting children running across the street to their parent’s vehicles who are stopped across the street. 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 (8am - 8:40am and 2:45pm - 3:15pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety. Thank you for your help in this matter.   Barricades Help! We are looking for parents to help put out the barricades on Squirrel Street Wednesdays around 2:45pm. Please contact the office if you are able to assist us with this. After buses pull out at 8:30am and 3:15pm, assistance putting them to the side would be much appreciated too! Lunch Program School Council is thrilled to continue our lunch days program. The second lunch session will run from February 4 - June 18. The order system will open today and the order deadline is Sunday, January 26. Please click here for more information and the links to the order system. This program is a fundraiser for School Council and provides the opportunity for parents to buy nutritious and appetizing lunches for their children on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Gabby DeBaie at gdebaie@gmail.com to volunteer. You can also sign up on the MunchaLunch website when completing your child's order. We cannot run the program without the help of volunteers. Report Cards Teachers are busy writing report cards. Parents/Guardians will be able to see marks/comments in Parent Portal as these are added over the coming days. **Please note these marks/comments are not final until January 31** All Report Cards will be accessed digitally through Parent Portal. If you require assistance logging in please contact the school office. PLEASE take the time to read your child’s report card. Kindergarten Registration We are now accepting Kindergarten online registrations for 2020-2021 school year! Please share with any families you know with soon to be Kindergarten-aged children. Registration is only online and the link can be found on our school website, Facebook page, and on Twitter. BES will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on February 12 at 6:30pm at BES.  Community Lantern Event Right from the Start is thrilled to invite your family to our upcoming community event! Right from the Start and the Bow Valley Primary Care Network have teamed up to present "What Lights You Up?". We are inviting everyone to celebrate community and connection by joining us for a lantern-lit walk. Right from the Start will be coming to your child's classroom to talk to them about what lights them up. Our focus will be encouraging students to reflect on a time that made them happy and how a happy memory still positively impacts them. Afterwards, we will make a lantern with every student from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in Banff and Canmore for them to bring on the walk! So please send a clean jar to school with your child. Students will then bring their lanterns home to show you. Please fill their lanterns with a light, flashlight, headlamp or whatever else is available so they are lit for the walk! There will also be free hot chocolate provided, so please bring your favourite mug. This free event will be happening in both communities: Canmore: January 31, 2020, at Riverside Park Banff: February 7, 2020, at the Central Park Gazebo Both events start at 6:30 pm on their respective days. Please come dressed for the weather, and prepared for a short walk. This event is open to the entire community, so please bring friends and family along! Please see the attached poster for more details.  We hope you can join us for our walk. We can't wait to see you! artsPlace Programs In partnership with the Town of Banff, artsPlace is offering programs in Banff starting this month. Some programs are free and for other programs the Access discount applies. Please click here for more information.   Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar January 26 Hot Lunch ordering closes for session #2 February 7 P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes February 12 School Council Meeting 3:20 pm at BES February 12 Kindergarten Open House 6:30pm February 17 Family Day - School Closure February 18-21 School Closure (in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Conference and Teachers Convention) School and Family Wellness Worker Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / 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 supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter. 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 January Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley. Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS.   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. CANADIAN ROCKIES PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD BANFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOUNTAIN LEARNING CRPS YouTube https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5427&stream=Email Updates https://bes.crps.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5427&stream=Email Updates