Progress Reporting Conference, Kindergarten Registration : March 3, 2016

Full Day Friday
March 4, 2016
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Kindergarten to Gr. 6

Parent Teacher Conference (Progress Reporting Conference)
March 9, 10 evening interviews - regular school day for students
March 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.

BES CUBS T-Shirts and Toques For Sale
Go green for St. Patrick's day - get your green BES CUBS T-Shirt at the School Office along with Toques for $15 each (cash or cheque to BES School Council).  Sales from the T-Shirts and Toques will support School Council initiatives.  

Bridging Community with Food Bank Donations - by Grade 3
As part of our Science curriculum in Grade 3, students are exploring a unit on "Strength of Materials and Testing".  The students brainstormed and came up with an idea to build a bridge with food bank donations.  We are asking for your help to collect as many non-perishable items as possible by March 10th.  Items that could be donated are: cans, dry food products in boxes, dishwashing liquid, toiletry items such as paper towel, toilet paper and soap.  We are calling our project, "Bridging Community".  If you are able to help out the Grade 3 students, please send items with your child.  They can bring them to their own class and we will have the Grade 3 students collect from the classrooms each day.  During the two weeks prior to Spring Break they will be constructing a bridge out of recyclable materials.  We will take a picture to share of the final project.  After the unveiling, we will take apart the bridge and deliver the donations to the Food Bank in Banff.  Thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make.

March is Nutrition Month
The Alberta Health Services theme this year is Make a Change: One Meal at a Time.  Please click here for more information.

Out of School Club Spring Break and Specialty Camp Registration
Registration for Town of Banff’s Out of School Club Spring Break and Specialty Camps is now underway.  For more info, visit or call 403-762-1251.

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.

School Fees Receipts
Receipts will only be available on Parent Portal. If parents have not created a Parent Portal account, please use the instructions and secure username and password previously supplied to you by the office. If you have not yet picked up your Parent Portal letter, it is available at the School office.

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:


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