School Assembly, Take Five and Soulwarmers Christmas Sale, Outdoor Pursuits: Dec 1, 2017

Spotlight on Learning

Journalism Club

Each Tuesday for the past month a group of Division 2 students have gathered in Ms. Skwara’s classroom over the lunch hour to collaborate on a monthly newsletter that will feature articles written by and for BES students.
In addition to the articles written by club members, the newsletter will also be showcasing some creative writing produced by the Grades 2&3 Creative Writing Club, facilitated by Ms. Daffern.
New members are always welcome to join both clubs.
Please follow this link to read the first edition of: CUBS Chronicles!

Full Friday
December 1 (today) -  12:01 dismissal (professional learning for teachers)
Friday, December 8, 2017
Full Day for Kindergarten to Gr. 7

School Assembly
Monday, Dec 4. Charlie Brown Christmas Choir will be performing at the assembly on Monday, Dec 4 at 1:30pm. Let’s get into the Christmas Spirit by seeing our choir’s hard work over the past two months. All BES families are welcome.

Take Five and Soulwarmers Christmas Sale
BES Parents are invited to BES’s Take 5 and the fourth annual Soulwarmers Christmas Sale on Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 from 8:15 - 8:30 am. Take 5 with your child. Enjoy a coffee or herbal tea and healthy snacks before going your separate ways.
All items at the Christmas Sale have been handcrafted by BES Soulwarmers and will be sold between $1.00 to $5.00, except for few special items. Gr. 7 girls club will be selling the decorative jars that they made as well. All proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation and Bow Valley SPCA.

Outdoor Pursuits

BES Outdoor Pursuits kicked off this month with our Grade 6’s curling at the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.  They learned how to curl while having a “rocking and sweeping” good time.  Thank you to the Banff Curling Club for the excellent instruction. Our Outdoor Pursuits are supported by School Council through grants and donations generously provided by the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation, Mactaggart Third Fund, the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, ID9 and other fundraising efforts.

Banff Community Christmas Concert
Technical Rehearsals
Technical Rehearsals will be on Monday, December 11 morning at the Eric Harvie Theatre. Students who are participating in the concert will be transported from school by bus. Arrangements will be made for those students who are not participating.
Technical Rehearsals schedule:
Gr. 1 and 2        9:00 am to 9:45 am
Gr. 3, 4 and 5S    9:45 am to 10:15 am
Gr. 6 and 5T        10:15 am to 11:00 am
If your child is going to be late at school or need to leave early during rehearsal, please arrange drop off or pick up at the Eric Harvie Theatre.
Concert Nights
Date:       Wednesday, December 13
               Thursday, December 14
Location: Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre
Time:       6:00 pm sharp on both nights.

  • Tickets are available at the Banff Centre Box Office (Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm 403-762-6301)
  • Tickets are NOT available at the school
  • Ticket limits apply: 4 per order, first come first served
  • Tickets are free, everyone REQUIRES A TICKET to watch the show (including infants and participants)

Family Lunch - Thank you
It was great to see so many BES Families at the Family Lunch ! An incredible $1103.65 was raised for the Food For Learning Program. Thank you for your support! Also a big thank you to Hostelling International - Banff Alpine Centre for sponsoring this fun and meaningful event!

Before School Care
Please click here to sign up for Before School Care , 7:30 am to 8:30 am in the gym.

Important Upcoming Dates

December 1        P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
December 6        Take 5 & Christmas sale 8:15 - 8:30 am BES
December 6        SCREENAGERS, Lux Theatre 5:45 - 7:00 pm Free
December 8        Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 7
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 20        Kindergarten Christmas party at the Fairmont Banff Springs 8:30 am
December 22        12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
Dec 25 - Jan 5        School Closure - Winter Break
January 8        School Resumes

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 December Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:

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