Winter Walk Day, Kindergarten Open House, TOB Rainbows Program, Accountability Pillar Survey : February 2, 2018

Winter Walk Day, Kindergarten Open House, TOB Rainbows Program, Accountability Pillar Survey : February 2, 2018

Spotlight on Learning
The student council has challenged us all to be caring cubs and have created a kindness calendar this month.  These challenges are clear examples of the CUBS Code (Caring, Understanding, Belonging, Safety)! Examples include read to someone, make 20 people laugh, compliment people today and write a nice note to a student and a teacher.


Professional Development Day

Friday, February 9, 2018
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 7
No Kindergarten Classes

Winter Walk Day
Join us Wednesday, February 7 for Winter Walk Day!  We understand not all students will be able to walk to school (especially those from Lake Louise), so staff, students and and families will be walking around the old school as they arrive.  We will continue walking until 8:40am.  Thank you to the Community Cruisers who are providing special BES Cub stickers for the event.  

School Assembly
Wednesday, February 7th 2:00 pm BES Gym. Families are welcome to join us.

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.

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.

Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey
Alberta Education is currently 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.
Students in Grades 4-7 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.
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 (see our website for the 2017-2020 BES Three Year Plan).
Details about the Accountability Pillar and how to obtain results are available at

Important Upcoming Dates

February 2        Full Day Friday 8:30 - 3:05 Grades K - 7

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 16        Full Day Friday 8:30 - 3:05 Grades K - 7

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

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