Kindergarten Open House, Movie Night, School Council Meeting, Accountability Pillar Survey : February 9, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
Learning opportunities are not limited to class time!  In addition to free play at recess, other extra-curricular activities include Lego club, early morning gym, physical literacy activities in the gym at recess and lunch hour, Gr. 6 Spirit Council, Math Clubs, Games Club, Soulwarmers, and Girls Club (see below for the T-shirt bags they are making to fundraise for the SPCA).  A Monday Maker’s Club will be starting up soon and Gr. 5 & 6 Running Clubs will begin in the spring.  If you have any ideas, or interest in supporting a lunch hour activity please let us know!

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Full Day Friday
Friday, February 10th
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 6
(It’s Dance Day in gym class!)

Movie Night
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School Council is hosting a movie night this Friday, February 10th in the BES Gym 6:00-7:45pm.

  • The feature film is “Storks”
  • Drop off and pick up at the back doors of the gym
  • Grades K-6 (Kindergarten age children must have an adult 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)

2017-2018 Kindergarten Open House & Registration
Please invite friends with Kindergarten aged children
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.

School Council Meeting
Every parent is a member!
Wednesday, February 15th 3:30pm at BES
As a parent or a guardian with a child in the school, you are considered a member of School Council.  Whether you can come for one meeting, or every meeting, for 30 minutes or the full hour and a half, your involvement is welcome.

No School - Family Day week
February 20 Family Day, School Closed
February 21 & 22 School Closed
February 23 & 24 Teachers' Convention, no school for students

Accountability Pillar Survey
From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.   Feedback from this survey provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.
          •  In January/February parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive an English survey from Alberta Education in the mail.
          •  In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school.  In addition to English, the parent survey is available in French, Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.  Please contact the school office if you would like the survey in one of these other languages.

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving.  As the sample size in our area is quite small your feedback is valuable.  It is very important to have as many surveys returned as possible, so we encourage you to promptly return your survey to Alberta Education.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2017, and will be reported publicly as part of the 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.

It is requested that you contact the school office within 48 hours of receiving the survey, so we can confirm all our families have the opportunity to complete it.
Banff Elementary School            403-762-4465
Banff Community High School    403-762-4411

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


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