Report Cards, Lunch Program, Early Morning Gym, Kindergarten Open House & Registration: January 19, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
The photo below shows some Grade 1 students rereading a class book.  Writing skills (along with many other skills) progress very quickly in grade one.  The improvement was so significant for some, they didn’t even recognize their own writing!


Professional Development Day
Friday, January 20
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 6
No Kindergarten Classes

Report Cards
Important:  In lieu of paper copies, report cards will now be accessed electronically through Parent Portal (please​ ​note​ ​​report cards​ ​are​ ​not final​ ​until​ Friday, ​January​ ​27). The link to Parent Portal can also be found on our website.  If you require help to access Parent Portal please contact the School office.  If you require a paper copy, we would be happy to accommodate your request.  Please notify your child’s teacher by Monday, January 30 and a paper copy will be sent home on January 31.  

Lunch Program
Order deadline is January 26, 2017.  Don't delay… order today!  Once the system is closed we cannot add additional orders. This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers to serve lunch. Please contact Kelsie Fodor at to volunteer.  You can also sign up on the MunchaLunch website when completing your child's order.  Please click here for more information and the links to place your online order.

Early Morning Gym
Mr. Stewart (an Educational Assistant at BES) is offering an early morning gym program 8:00am for Division 2 students beginning January 23
Gr. 4:  Wednesdays, Gr. 5: Mondays and Thursdays, Gr. 6: Tuesdays and Fridays

2017-2018 Kindergarten Open House & Registration
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Open House 6:30pm  Banff Elementary School Library
The school office will be open at 6:00pm for registration.
Please click here for more information.

Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age

A special screening of the Movie Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age
When:  Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Max Bell Theatre, Banff Centre
Tickets: $10 (free for children/youth 10-18yrs) - available online at, Banff/Canmore FCSS offices, and at the door.

Tips for a Waste-Free Lunch
It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school.  If you're like us, you're always on the lookout for small changes that make a real difference in the world, and packing a waste-free lunch is once such change that's easy to make.

Understanding the Problem
The Typical Lunch:
If you walk around at lunchtime and take a good look at the lunches our children bring to school, here's what the typical lunch will look like:
·  sandwiches in disposable plastic bags
·  fruits and vegetables in plastic bags
·  prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit  leathers
·  single-use yogurts, applesauce, and puddings
·  crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags
·  disposable juice boxes, juice pouches, juice cans, water bottles, and milk cartons
·  plastic forks and spoons
·  paper napkins
                 ·  reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags

A Waste-free Lunch:
·  sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables, and treats in reusable containers
                  ·  cloth napkins
·  stainless-steel forks and spoons
·  reusable drink containers
·  reusable lunchboxes
In this scenario very little trash is generated because foods are bought in bulk or in larger packages. The packaging is left at home for reuse or recycling. Food waste also decreases because with a reusable lunch container, children can re-pack uneaten food instead of throwing it, packaging and all, into the school trash can.

Important Dates in January
January 20    12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 6 (No Kindergarten Classes)
January 26    Lunch Program order deadline
January 27    Report Cards will be available on Parent Portal

Right from the Start
Right from the Start has some exciting January News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start January 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 January newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:


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