Christmas Concert, Lost & Found, School Travel Planning : December 8, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
Gr. 2 Shipwrights (boat builders) are thoughtfully designing and building boats to meet the following criteria:

  • Carry a load (the principals!)
  • Stable (the principals don’t tip)
  • Able to propel (we can move it through the water)

The Boat Inspectors (the principals) will be wearing lifejackets as they test the boats next week!  Evidence will be posted on the BES Facebook page and the @Banff_El_School twitter feed.

Professional Development Day
Friday, December 15, 2017
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 7
No Kindergarten Classes

Banff Community Christmas Concert
Our Gr. 1 to 6 students are very excited to perform our ‘A Nutcracker Spectacular’ at the Banff Community Concert.
Date:       Wednesday, December 13
               Thursday, December 14
Location: Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre
Time:       6:00 pm sharp on both nights
Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5S perform in the first hour
Grades 5T & 6 perform in the second hour

Complimentary tickets are available at the Banff Centre Box office while supplies last. Everyone REQUIRES A TICKET to watch the show (including infants and participants). Tickets are not available at the school.  Donations will be collected at the door to support ‘Arts in the Schools’.
Technical Rehearsals will be on Monday, December 11, please click here for rehearsal schedule and details. If your child is going to be late or needs to leave early during rehearsal, please arrange drop off or pick up at the Eric Harvie Theatre.

Lost and Found
Tables with lost and found items have been set up in the Learning Lab. Please come check for lost items. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after December 21.

School Travel Planning
Banff Elementary School is partnering with Town of Banff and Canmore Community Cruisers in a School Travel Planning project that will help more students safely walk, cycle or otherwise use active transportation for the school journey whenever possible.
The first step is collecting data; how are students currently travelling to school and are there safety challenges?  Each class will complete a quick survey and a Family Survey is also being conducted.  Our goal is for more than 60% of our families to complete the survey.  Incentive?  If we can achieve more than 60% participation, we will build a scooter rack!  Please click here for more details and to take the 8 to 10 minutes survey with the eldest child who attends BES.  Every single family’s input is important to the success of this project.  Thank you!

Important Upcoming Dates
December 8            Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 7
December 11          Christmas Concert Technical Rehearsal
December 13 & 14  Banff Community Christmas Concert, Banff Centre 6:00 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 9:30 am
December 20          Christmas Carolling 2:15 pm
December 21          Christmas Carolling 1:15 pm
December 22          Christmas Carolling 10:30 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 December News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start December 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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