Accountability Survey, School Council Meeting, Family Day Week : February 11, 2016

Professional Learning Day
Friday, February 12th
Noon dismissal for Gr. 1 to 6
No Kindergarten Classes

No School - Family Day week
Feb 15 to 19
Feb 15 Family Day, School Closed
Feb 16, 17 School Closed
Feb 18, 19 Teachers' Convention, no school for students

Accountability Survey
Alberta Education is conducting the annual Accountability Pillar survey. Click here for more information.
Parents of students in Grade 4, 7 and 10 should have received this survey by mail last month. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey by February 26th. Results are used by schools, school authorities and government to see what’s working and what needs to be improved. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Tagalog, Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Urdu.  Please contact the school office if you require a copy of the survey in one of these languages.  

Report Cards available on Parent Portal
A printed copy of Report Cards for the first semester was sent home on January 29th.   Reports Cards are also available on Parent Portal.  The link to log on to POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL can be found on our BES website home page under QUICKLINKS -  Please note, future Report Cards will be available on Parent Portal only, along with other items such as School Fee invoices and receipts. If you require any assistance with Parent Portal, please contact the school office.

Town of Banff - Family Day Events
Celebrate Family Day at The Fenlands and the Banff Centre on Monday, February 15th.  Free skating, curling and other activities for kids from 11 am to 3 pm at The Fenlands.  There will be free public swimming for families from 1 pm - 8 pm at the Sally Borden Recreation Centre.  Families can also book a 45 minute belay session at the climbing gym at the Sally Borden by contacting the Recreation Desk at 403.762.6450.

Walk to School Weekdays
Banff Elementary students are walking to the Grand Canyon! Not literally of course, but starting this week, we are promoting active transportation - having students walk, bike or scooter to school. Classes will be tracked with the help of some Grade 6’s and collectively will be charted on a map that is up in the school. We realize that due to various circumstances, some students have to take the bus or sometimes get a drive. If this is the case, we’re encouraging students to walk or run two laps of the field when they get dropped off, which will count towards having “walked” to school. Research has shown numerous benefits - physically, emotionally, mentally and academically, when students are outside and active before the school day starts. We are fortunate to live in a safe and walkable community. If you’re able to support your children in this initiative, it would be appreciated.

2016-2017 Kindergarten Open House and Registration
Kindergarten Open House
Thursday, March 17th 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Banff Elementary School Library
Please click here for 2016 - 17 Kindergarten Registration Information and Package.

Out of School Club Spring Break Registration
Registration for Town of Banff’s Out of School Club Spring Break starts on February 16. Activities will include the Calgary Zoo, the Science Centre, Dance for Joy, tubing, pottery and more! For more info, visit or call 403-762-1251.

School Council Meeting
We welcome all parents to join our Council meetings to learn, observe, and have a voice. Whether you can come for one meeting, or every meeting, for 30 minutes or the full hour and a half, your involvement is welcome.  The next meeting is Wednesday, February 24th at 3:30 in the BES Library.

BES CUBS T-Shirts and Toques For Sale
CUBS T-Shirts and Toques are on sale for $15 each at the office on Thursdays while supplies last (cash or cheque to BES School Council).  Sales from the T-Shirts and Toques will support School Council initiatives.

Right from the Start
RFTS supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Our doors are always open. Please click here for news and upcoming events.

Settlement Services
Settlement Services in the Bow Valley provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley. Upcoming workshops/information sessions include Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident and Money Management. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:

Please see the school web-site at  for additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under Email Updates.