Cold Weather, Christmas Concert, Coffee Orders, Santa’s Anonymous, Canada 150 Project : December 8, 2016

Spotlight on Learning
Grade 2s have been conducting a wide variety of experiments, constructing new knowledge about water and boats.  As boat engineers, they successfully designed and built boats that could float, carry a (heavy) load, move through the water and were stable.  The Boat Inspectors determined that all boats successfully met the criteria!  Thank you to the Rundlestone Lodge for hosting our boat inspection.

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Full Day Friday
Friday, December 9
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 6

Cold Weather Safety
Consistent with BES policy, we begin to monitor the local weather conditions on our school yard very carefully when temperatures are nearing -20°C.  On these days, we may:
  • shorten the length of time students are outdoors, particularly over the lunch hour

  • make announcements to remind students about appropriate cold weather dress

  • monitor as students are getting ready to go outside to ensure that they are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather

In the event that temperatures drop below -20°C we will shorten, modify or cancel all outdoor recesses and field trips, including Nature Explorers. When field trips/Nature Explorers are modified, students will go a shorter distance, staying near the school and students will be monitored and asked to communicate when they are cold.  Caring for your children is a top priority for our staff.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe in Cold Weather
As indicated above, on most cold winter days students will continue to have regularly scheduled outdoor play time at school.  Students will be safe and have fun outdoors if they:

  • dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer

  • wear snowpants

  • wear a hat and hood

  • have waterproof mittens or insulated gloves (thin fabric gloves are not good enough)

  • have something to cover their face, such as a scarf, neck tube or facemask

  • wear warm and waterproof footwear

Banff Community Christmas Concert
*Volunteers are still required for decorating and clean up.  Please contact the BES office if you are able to spare some time.
Monday, December 12 Technical rehearsals (morning only). Students who are participating or watching the dress rehearsal will be transported from school by bus to the Banff Centre. Students who are not participating in the dress rehearsal will remain at school for alternate school work.
Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15  Concert starts at 6:00 sharp! Grades 1, 2 and 3 are in the first hour of the show. Grades 4, 5 and 6 are in the second hour. Concert dress is clean, neat and semi-formal. Indoor shoes only. No gum. Please turn off all electronics.
Families with tickets​ - ​students must sit with parents/family members in the theatre until they are called to the meeting place and return to their seats after performance.
Families without tickets - ​ students​ must be supervised by their parents in the lobby​ until they are called to the meeting place. Students may leave with their parents immediately after their performance.

  • Tickets are only available at the Banff Centre Box Office (Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm 403-762-6301)

  • Tickets are free

  • Everyone REQUIRES A TICKET to watch the show (including infants and participants)

Please click here for a copy of the permission letter and more information.

Coffee Orders
Coffee orders will be ready for sellers to pick-up starting Monday, December 12 in the school office. 

Canadian Rockies 10th annual Science Fair
The tenth annual Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in the Banff Community High School gymnasium. Students who attend school in the Bow Valley and are enrolled in Grades 4 to 12 are invited to compete. This is an exciting opportunity in the Bow Valley for students to explore and discuss science in a different light...outside of the classroom!  Registration deadline is December 16th 4pm.  Please click here for more information and the registration package.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In the spirit of giving BES would like to support the Santa’s Anonymous Christmas Hamper drive. This year Santa’s Anonymous has identified the need for toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. You can simply purchase an item and bring it unwrapped to the school office before December 15th and place it under our tree. We have received donated backpacks and we will fill them with the donated items.  Let’s help make sure everyone has a lovely Christmas and remember that the biggest gift you can give someone is your love and time.  For other ways to help Santa’s Anonymous, please click here.

Please click here for the Bow Valley Young Children’s Calendar of Free Events and Activities for  Children aged 0-6.  

BES CUBS T-Shirts & Toques


Are you looking for a stocking stuffer?  CUBS T-Shirts and toques are available at the school office for $15 each (cash or cheque to BES School Council).  Sales from the T-Shirts and Toques support School Council initiatives.

Banff Commonwealth Walkways and Canada 150 project
BES students and their families are invited to be part of the Banff Commonwealth Walkways and Canada 150 project, organized by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation in honour of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and 150 years of Confederation of Canada.  The goals of the project are:
  • go outside

  • go for a walk to a special place of your choice

  • write about what makes your place special in 100 words or less

  • share your story

You may write your own story, a family story, or a story with a partner or friend. Join our community and the Commonwealth of Nations to be part of this special event. Please click here for more information.
Tell your friends, and your family from near and from away about this project. We hope you will share a story, no matter who you are!   Stories are due by Jan. 2, 2017. You can submit them digitally to or in person at 214 Banff Avenue.

Call for Lego and other building materials!
If you have any Lego, K’nex, etc. not being used, or know where we might find some, please let us know.  We would like to offer noon hour clubs focussed on creating with building materials. 

Important Dates in December
December 14&15    Banff Community Christmas Concert, Banff Centre 6:00 pm        
December 16        Professional Development Day, 12:01 pm Dismissal (No Kindergarten)
December 23              12:01 pm Dismissal (No Kindergarten)
Dec. 26-Jan. 6        School Closure - Christmas Break
January 9        School Resumes

Right from the Start
Right from the Start has some exciting December News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start December News  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.

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.  Please click here for the Settlement Services December newsletter. 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 E-NEWS.   Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders.