School Closure, Playground Items, Remembrance Day School Assembly, Time Change : November 3, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
There is lots of learning about positive mental health happening with Right from the Start (RFTS). For example, many BES students participated in "Crossing the Lava," a team building exercise that encourages students to work as a group, to try various strategies to succeed, and to find their inner leaders. RFTS is also sharing self-regulation strategies by helping students understand how they can get back to the "green zone," the best place to learn and have fun. Many students have taken a Walk of Wow, where they pay attention to the world around them with mindfulness and curiosity, and report on one thing they noticed that inspired them!  I’m certain you will agree our Right From the Start (RFTS) team is integral to BES!

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School Closure
Thursday, November 9th - in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences
Friday, November 10th - to recognize Remembrance Day

Playground - Items Needed
Our playground committee is looking for donations of items students could use to play with outside.  Suggestions include pots and pans (for the play kitchen), trucks, cars, pails, shovels, and dinosaurs.

Remembrance Day School Assembly
To mark Remembrance Day and honour the memory of all Canadians who have served their country in time of war.
Wednesday, November 8th, 9:30 am in the School gym. Parents and family members are welcome to join the assembly.  Please enter the gym from the back doors by the playground, which will open at 9:20 am.

Time Change
Sunday, November 5th 2:00 am - Daylight Savings ends - set your clocks back 1 hour.

School Council Meeting
November 15 3:30 BES Library.  Everyone is welcome!

Important Upcoming Dates
November 8              Remembrance Day Assembly 9:30 am BES Gym
November 9              School closure in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Child conferences - no classes
November 10            School closure to recognize Remembrance Day - no classes
November 15            School Council Meeting 3:30 pm BES Library
November 17            P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
November 22            School Board Public Meeting 7:00 pm Exshaw School
December 1              P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
December 13 & 14    Banff Community Christmas Concert, Banff Centre 6:00-9:00 pm
December 15            P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
December 22            12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes

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

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