Friday Assembly 8:30 a.m., Nature Explorers Volunteering: September 8, 2016

What a great first week!  The excitement was tangible.  We are so happy to welcome you all back to school.

Full Day Friday
Friday, September 9th, Assembly 8:30 a.m. Everyone welcome!
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 6

Thank You and Hello
Thank you for the great welcome I have had at BES this week. As the new assistant principal at BES (and BCHS) it has been great to meet students, staff and parents and everyone has been very welcoming. I look forward to the year ahead and hope that I can truly be of assistance to you all - Ms Natasha Miles

School Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. morning recess (Grades 1 - 6)
10:20 a.m. – 12:01 p.m.
12:01 p.m. – 12:54 p.m. Lunch hour
12:54 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Professional Learning Days (Half-day Fridays), 12:01 p.m. dismissal

Lunch Time
Due to our limited playground space, students in grades K-3 will play first and then eat lunch in their class.  Grades 4-6 students will eat lunch first in their class and then go outside to play.
Kindergarten to Grade 3: play outside from 12:01 - 12:27; then eat lunch until 12:54
Grades 4 to 6: will eat lunch from 12:01 - 12:27, then outside play until 12:54

Lunch Program
You will receive an email in the next few days with all the Lunch Program (Hot Lunch) details.  This program will run again on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we are hoping to get started September 20th.

Volunteering for Nature Explorers
Nature Explorer field trips begin September 12th!  We invite you to volunteer whenever you can.  We will need at least one parent from each class to help with small group work and group management.  All volunteers are greatly appreciated and field trips are a fun way to get involved at school. The Fall sign up options are now available online.  For a simple sign up form, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

For your Child’s Safety
1. Scooters - we are asking students to please store their scooters in their lockers (for those that fold) or outside at the bike racks.  We are required to keep the boot rooms clear for fire safety.  

2. The office doors are open from 8-4. Please remind your children if they are arriving after the bell and the door they usually enter through is locked, to come through the office doors.  

3. Children are asked to please walk their bikes and scooters across crosswalks, especially with the construction traffic.

4. Please avoid picking up or dropping off your child on Big Horn Street.  Parking has now been restricted on this street.

Peaks Basketball
A great basketball league for Elementary aged boys and girls (Grades 1 - 6). Peaks Basketball Fall Session is now taking registrations (pre-registration is now required).  Peaks takes place Monday nights in the gym at Banff Elementary School from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The fall session runs for 6 weeks (Sep 19-Nov 7).   Please visit for more information & registration forms.  Registration forms may also be picked up at the school office.

School Fees
School fees invoices will be sent home with your child in September.  School fees will be $253.00 in total with the lunchtime supervision program fee included (the supervision portion is tax deductible). Breakdown of the fees will be shown on the invoice.

Important Dates in September & October
September 9             Assembly 8:30 a.m. Everyone welcome!
September 14          Open House 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars!
September 16, 30    P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade One to Six students
October 4                 Individual school photos & Grade Six class photos
October 10               Thanksgiving Day, no school
October 14               P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade One to Six students
October 26, 27         Parent / Teacher evening interviews
October 28               Parent / Teacher morning interviews, P.D. Day, no school

Flag at half mast
For the passing of the Honourable Norman L. Kwong, CM, AOE, LLD, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Right from the Start
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Settlement Services
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