Report Cards, Lunch Program, Kindergarten Open House & Registration, Digitial Citizenship, Screenagers : January 26, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
The size of a child’s vocabulary is an accurate predictor of academic achievement.  (Hirsch, 2013).  Learning to read well is worthwhile work.  Good readers read for meaning.  They make connections, ask questions, draw inferences, visualize. and synthesize information.  One of the best things about teaching children to read is how they continually surprise us with their thinking.   Teachers are always thinking about, talking about and learning about teaching reading.



Full Day Friday
Friday, January 27
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 6

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.  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.

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.

Digital Citizenship
How do parents and teachers work together to teach students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world? Digital Citizenship is a key strategy for responding to these challenges at home and at school. Please click here to check out resources which parallel the concepts addressed in our school digital citizenship units.

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.

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

Important Dates in January/February
January 26    Lunch Program order deadline
January 27    Report Cards will be available on Parent Portal
February 3    Professional Development Day 12:01 Dismissal, no Kindergarten Classes
February 10    Movie Night 6:00-7:45pm BES Gym Featuring the movie “Storks”
February 15    School Council Meeting 3:30pm BES Library
February 15    Kindergarten Open House & Registration 6:30pm BES Library
February 17    Professional Development Day  12:01 Dismissal, no Kindergarten Classes
February 20    Family Day - No School
February 21-22 School Closure
February 23-24 Teacher Convention - No classes for students
February 28    School Board of Trustees Meeting 7:00pm Exshaw School

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:


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.