Kindergarten Open House, CRPS 3 Year Plan, Report Cards, Accountability Pillar Survey, TOB Rainbows Program : January 26, 2018

Spotlight on Learning
BES’ Reading Buddies program boosts children’s love of reading, fosters cross-grade relationships and provides time for teachers to collaborate. Younger students deepen their comprehension of texts through talking about books and hearing others’ ideas.  Buddy reading gives confidence to older students, as they practice reading with expression to engage their younger reading buddy.


Full Day Friday
Friday, February 2, 2018
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 7

2018-19 Kindergarten Registration and Open House
Banff Elementary School 2018-19 Kindergarten Registration in now open. You are invited to our Open House on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Please click here for more information and the registration package. The registration package is also available at the school office.

CRPS 2017-2020 Three Year Education Plan and AERR
Please click here to review the CRPS Three Year Education Plan and AERR

Report Cards
In lieu of paper copies, report cards will now be accessed electronically through Parent Portal (please note report cards are not final until Wednesday, January 31). The link to Parent Portal can also be found on our website. Please click here for instructions on how to access report cards in Parent Portal.  If you require help to access Parent Portal please contact the school office.  If you would like a paper copy, we would be happy to accommodate your request. Please notify your child’s teacher by Tuesday, January 30 and a paper copy will be sent home on January 31.

Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey
From January to March, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.   Feedback from this survey provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.
•     In January/February parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive an English survey from Alberta Education in the mail - please contact the school if you do not receive a copy in the mail.
•     In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.
All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school.  In addition to English, the parent survey is available in French, Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.   Please contact the school office if you would like the survey in one of these other languages.

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving.  As the sample size in our area is quite small your feedback is valuable.  It is very important to have as many surveys returned as possible, so we encourage you to promptly return your survey to Alberta Education.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2018, and will be reported publicly as part of the 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.  Details about the Accountability Pillar and how to obtain results are available at

Town of Banff Rainbows Program
In February, the Town of Banff will begin offering the Rainbows Program at Banff Elementary School. Rainbows is a program for children and youth that helps them to cope with significant losses in their life, such as separation or divorce of parents, or the loss of a loved one.  The goal of the group is to assist children in expressing and understanding their feelings, accepting what has happened, normalizing grief and loss, and experiencing a sense of belonging in an accepting, non-judgmental environment.  Please click here for more information and the consent form.

Important Upcoming Dates
January 26          P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
February 7          School Assembly 2:00 pm BES Gym, Families are welcome to join us
February 8          Kindergarten Open House, BES 6:30 pm
February 9          P.D. Day-12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-7 students, no Kindergarten classes
February 13        CRPS Public School Board Meeting, Canmore Board Office 7:00 pm
February 14        School Council Meeting, BES Staff Room 3:30 pm
February 19        School Closure - Family Day
February 20        School Closure
February 21        School Closure - in lieu of Parent, Student, Teacher Conferences
February 22-23   Teacher Convention - no classes for students

Right from the Start
Right from the Start has some exciting January News to share. Please click the link for events and updates!  Right from the Start January 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 January Newsletter.  More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: or follow on Facebook:

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