Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences, Movie Night, Pictures and Retake Day : October 20, 2016

Grade 6 Spirit Council met this week with Ms. McKibbin and Mrs. VanImpe.  Wow!  They were logical, persuasive and genuine. Students gave feedback on how dance could be infused into our phys. ed program this year, shared their expertise and ideas about Gr. 7 at the new school, and asked many thoughtful questions.  We were duly impressed!

Here are a few photos of our crosswalk safety and bus safety days this week.

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Friday, October 21
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 6
No Kindergarten classes

Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences - Progress Reporting
October 26 & 27    Parent / Teacher / Child evening conferences - regular classes for students
October 28        Parent / Teacher / Child morning conferences, P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students
Appointments for the Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences are made online at  Please click here for instructions on how to register and book an appointment.  You will need to set up a new username and password as all accounts are deleted each year.  The online booking system will be available until October 26 at 12:00 pm.  After October 26th 12 pm, parents will need to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or book an appointment

Movie Night

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School Council is hosting a movie night on Friday, October 21 at the BES Gym 6:00-7:45pm.

  • The feature film is Angry Birds.
  • Drop off and pick up at the back doors of the gym.
  • Grades K-6 (Kindergarten age children must have a parent stay with them during the movie)
  • Cost:  $4.00 a student, $7 with 1 sibling, $10 for a family of 3 or more
  • $2.50 for Popcorn, $1.00 for Juice
  • Bring something comfortable to sit on (i.e. blanket, pillow).

CRPS - Feedback
CRPS is inviting community feedback in relation to your vision for improving and aligning the high schools within our district to ensure that students continue to have a rich educational program.  We would encourage you to please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the survey provided. Please click here for survey

Healthy & Safe Community Month (October)
We are focussing on many aspects of Comprehensive School Health and Safety in which every student will be involved. Students will practice safety expectations and be taught through various learning activities by guest speakers from our community. This includes conducting a “lockdown” practice drill that will involve the participation of all students, staff and the RCMP.  In partnership with the RCMP our drill is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 11:20am  Please click here for more information on the Hold & Secure and Lockdown practices and procedures.

Usborne Book Fair
Usborne Literacy Fair & Book Sale is coming to the Banff Elementary School during the Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences (October 26, 27 and 28).  Please click here for more information.
Ms. Kujawa, our Librarian, is looking for two or three volunteers to help at the end of the Book Sale. If you are available on Friday, October 28th at 11:30am for approximately 30 minutes, please contact Mandi Kujawa or the school office.

Scare Hunger Away


This October for Halloween, Banff Elementary School is going to SCARE HUNGER AWAY.
We are collecting food for the local food bank . Please help us stop hunger in its tracks by bringing a nonperishable food item to school. There is a donation box in the main office. With your help we will make a difference because no one should go hungry.

Lunchtime Safety
Due to safety and supervision concerns, microwaves and hot water are not available during lunch hours.  We encourage you to use a thermos for any hot items.

Photos & Retake day
Picture Day portrait proofs have been sent home.  Please follow the instructions included in the package to order online or send your order back to your child’s homeroom teacher by October 26th.  Retakes are on Thursday, October 27, in the morning only. Retakes require your child to bring their proof package back to the photographer. If you have lost the proof package, please send a note to request a retake. If your child missed the original picture day they can have their picture taken on retake day.

Halloween Parade
Monday, October 31st at 1:15 pm in the school gym.
Grades 1 to 6 - costumes may only be worn in the afternoon and students will be given time to change into their costumes at the end of lunch break at 12:55 pm.  Kindergarten students can wear their costumes all day (see K teachers for more details). No offensive costumes are permitted and all toy/replica weapons on costumes must be left at home. Parents and family members are welcome to join the parade. Please enter the gym from the doors by the playground, which will open at 1:05 pm.

Important Dates in October & November
October 21        Movie Night at BES Gym
October 27        Picture retake day (or if absent October 4th or new to the school)
October 26 & 27    Parent / Teacher / Child evening conferences - regular classes for students
October 28        Parent / Teacher / Child morning conferences (am), Staff Professional Development in the afternoon - No school for students
October 31        School fees are due
November 10        School Closure in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Child conferences
November 11        School closure to recognize Remembrance Day
November 16        BES School Council Meeting 3:30pm BES Library        

Raising Resilient Children​ Workshop
CRPS presents INSPIRING COMMUNITY LEARNING:  Raising Resilient Children​ Workshop Thursday November 3, 6:30-8:30 pm Elizabeth Rummel School Library, Canmore. Everyone invited to attend (geared for parents with children K-3). Please contact for more info and to RSVP by October 31.  Click here for more information.

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 follow the link for Right from the Start October News.  Meet the team, get workshop updates and find out more information on how best to support your children's mental health.  

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.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:


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