School Fees, Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences, Caribou Kids Season Ski Passes, Lost & Found, Halloween Parade, Usborne Book Fair : October 27, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
We all have a role to play in reconciliation, and it is critical students understand the histories and vibrant cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in our province.  Alberta Education has recently developed a series of cross-curricular lesson plans for Grades 1 to 9 as one step to addressing reconciliation within Alberta’s current programs of study.  A meaningful day of learning about culture and inclusivity was designed by the Grade 4 teachers from BES and Exshaw, in collaboration with Lynx (Nature Explorers).  Students spent the day together outside at the Recreation Grounds playing games such as ‘What is your culture?’ and learning from each other.

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Friday, November 3rd
No classes for students Grades K - 7
Parent / Teacher / Child Conferences in the morning
Professional Development in the afternoon for staff

School Fees
A reminder that school fees are due on October 31st.  A statement of your account is available on Parent Portal.  Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the school office or you can log on to Parent Portal to pay by credit or debit card.

Parent / Teacher / Child Conferences - Progress Reporting
November 1 & 2    Evening conferences - regular classes during the day 
November 3          Morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students
Online Appointments:
Click here  (must create a new account each year)
Booking Dates:
October 20th at 1:00 pm until November 1st at 12:00 pm  
After November 1st at 12:00 pm the booking system will be closed - parents will be required to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or book an appointment (please click here for staff directory).

Caribou Kids Season Ski Pass
Banff Lodging Company is once again supporting Banff kids & youth ski passes at Banff Mount Norquay.  Please click here for more information and the application forms.

Lost & Found
Lost & Found tables will be set up in the Learning Lab located in the new building from Monday, Oct 30 to Friday, Nov 3.

Halloween Parade
Tuesday, October 31st  at 1:15 pm in the school gym.
Grades 1 to 7 - 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 12:54 pm.  Kindergarten students can wear their costumes all day (see the K newsletter 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.

Usborne Book Fair
Please join us for the Usborne Book Fair!  Proceeds from the sale of books will be used to purchase more fabulous Usborne books for our school collection.  It  will be held in the library (in the old part of the school) during the parent/teacher/child conferences on Wednesday, Nov 1, 4:00-7:00pm; Thursday, Nov 2 4:00-8:00pm, and on Friday, Nov 3 from 8:30-11:30am.
Thank you for supporting literacy!!

Scare Hunger Away
This October for Halloween, Banff Elementary School is going to SCARE HUNGER AWAY.
Once again BES is collecting food for the Bow Valley food bank. We have boxes in the front foyer that say "We SCARE hunger" to place your food items in. Spirit council has set a goal this year to collect 200 food items by Halloween. Please help us out and send a non perishable food item to school with your child. Together we can make a difference.

BES CUBS T-Shirts For Sale
CUBS T-Shirts and toques are on sale for $15 at the office (cash or cheque to BES School Council).  Sales from the T-Shirts and Toques support School Council initiatives.

Important Upcoming Dates
October 31            School fees are due
October 31            Halloween Parade
November 1 & 2    Parent /Teacher /Child evening conferences - regular classes for students
November 3          Parent /Teacher /Child morning conferences, P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students
November 1 - 3     Usborne Book Fair - held during Parent/Teacher/Child conferences in the school library 
November 8          Remembrance Day Assembly 9:30 - 10:00 am School Gym
November 9          School closure in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Child conferences - no school
November 10        School closure to recognize Remembrance Day - no school
November 17        P.D. Day - 12:01 pm dismissal for Grade 1 to 7 students, no Kindergarten classes

Right from the Start
Right from the Start has some exciting October News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start October 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 the link for the Settlement Services November 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.