Winter Break, Carolling, Looking for Used Sweaters, Lost and Found : December 15, 2017

Spotlight on Learning
What is a Makerspace?  Makerspaces are learning environments in which students can construct and build ideas using physical and digital tools and materials. The focus is to provide students with opportunities to develop competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, creativity, innovation, communication, digital and technological fluency.  Here are a few photos of our fledgling Makerspace.


Winter Break
December 22 12:01pm* - January 7 (inclusive)    
*December 22 12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 7 (no Kindergarten Classes)
School resumes Monday, January 8, 2018

Ho Ho Ho ‘tis the season to be Jolly!
Monday December 18 - Wear red
Tuesday December 19 - Plaid shirt day
Wednesday December 20 - Santa hat day
Thursday December 21 - Ugly Christmas sweater day or silly Christmas outfit
Friday December 22 - Wear green and maybe add a bit of Christmas tinsel

Carolling at BES
Wednesday, December 20 2:15 pm
Thursday, December 21 1:15 pm
Friday, December 22 10:30 am
Families are welcome to join us in the gym.

Looking for Used Sweaters
Have you got any used sweaters (youth or adult sizes) that you're not wearing any more? Please send them our way! Right from the Start and 7T are making leg warmers from the sleeves of old sweaters. Please bring your sweaters to the RFTS offices (in the old school where the main office used to be).

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.

Important Upcoming Dates
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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