Progress Reporting Conference, Kindergarten Registration : February 25, 2016

Professional Learning Day
Friday, February 26th
Noon dismissal for Gr. 1 to 6
No Kindergarten Classes

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.  

Parent Teacher Conference (Progress Reporting Conference)
Mar 9, 10 evening interviews - regular school day for students
Mar 11 morning interviews - no classes for students all day
An online system at will be used for booking appointment(s). Online bookings will be available from March 2 at 1:00pm to March 9 at noon. After the system is closed, parents will need to email their child’s homeroom teacher directly for changing/arranging an appointment. 
Please use your existing username and password from the last conference to log on.  Registration will be required for new students.  For information on this booking system, please click here.

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.

New Kindergarten Option for 2016-2017
For many years, there has been a strong interest expressed by Banff parents and community for a French education for their Kindergarten child, yet the commitment of accessing the immersion program in Canmore presents some limitations, such as the long bus ride for four and five-year olds. This year, BES offered French experience to K-3 students. Looking ahead to next year, a full day Kindergarten: half French immersion and half English program will be offered at BES  for the 2016-2017 school year, in addition to the full and half day English program. This will help inform parents’ decision of which program best fits the needs and interests of their Kindergarten child. This program must meet a minimum of 18 students to move ahead.  In the best interest of all Kindergarten students, the school reserves the right to balance classes.  A transition plan from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is in place for next April, for those students whose parents decide to continue with French immersion in Canmore.  For more information please attend the Kindergarten Open House.

Town of Banff Try It programs
The TRY IT series is back with Lacrosse and Table Tennis in March.  Please click here for more information.

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

CRPS Board Highlights
Please click here for the January 27, 2016 Board Highlights from CRPS.

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 provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers and Refugees with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Upcoming events include FREE DO-IT-YOURSELF INCOME TAX CLINIC and LIVING IN CANADA AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT INFORMATION SESSION.  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.