2018 - 2019 Back to School Information Grades 1 - 8

First day of school - Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Welcome Back!
Welcome to a new school year!  We are very excited to be welcoming your child(ren) to Banff Elementary School.  Please come right into the school when you arrive on the first day. The front doors and the connector doors will be open at 8:15 am.  Staff will be on hand to help you and/or your child locate their new classroom. Class lists will be posted in the connector and the foyer of the new building.  You may also login to PowerSchool Parent Portal to see the name of your child’s teacher after August 29th. New students are invited to meet in the foyer of the new building and we will be happy to help you find your class.  

Welcome to our new staff!
We are pleased to welcome Mr. Stephane Vallee (Gr. 8), Ms. Alena Irvine (Gr. 8), Mr. Dean Conniff (Gr. 7), Mrs. Danelle Prescesky (Gr. 7), and Mme Isaline Sander (K).

Before School Care
Before School Care is being offered at no cost to families in need of childcare before school to enable parents to get to work on time. Before School Care will commence Wednesday, September 5 and registration is required. It is available between 7:30-8:30 am Please go to our website or click here to register your child.

School Hours
Monday to Friday*
8:25  First bell rings for all students to head to their class
8:30  am – 3:05 pm
9:45  am – 10:00 am morning recess (K-1) and Gr. 8 break
10:05 am – 10:20 am morning recess (Gr 2-6) and Gr. 7 break
12:01 pm – 12:54 pm Lunch hour
*Professional Learning Days (half-day Fridays), 12:01 pm dismissal (Grade 8's please see additional information)

Registration Information
Students who attended Banff Elementary School (including Kindergarten) during the 2017-2018 school year do not need to re-register. Students moving into the Division are asked to please register at the school office. The school office is open this week Monday, August 27 to Thursday, August 30, 8 am - 4 pm.

School Bus Services
Kindergarten through Grade 8 students may use the bus if they live close to a current CRPS school bus stop.  You must register for the bus and get a bus pass if you have not been on the bus before. Passes will automatically be mailed out to past school bus passengers. Please call the Transportation Department to register or with any other questions at 403-678-5545.

School Supplies
Students are required to purchase school supplies.  A list of the school supplies was emailed to parents in June. It is also available on our school website.  Please note that if you have pre-ordered school supplies through Bow Valley Basics there are a few additional items that your child will require at school which are not available from Bow Valley Basics. These additional items are listed at the bottom of the school supply list.  Please send all school supplies on the first day of school.  Pre-ordered school supplies will be distributed on September 4.

School Fees
In accordance to Bill 1, school fees have been reduced. Bill 1 amended the School Act and therefore there are no longer fees for instructional supplies and materials.  An invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision will be generated after school commences. Payment options and details will be provided at that time. School Fees will also be posted on our school website.

Food for Learning
Food for Learning is a program available to students at Banff Elementary School. The purpose of the program is to provide a nutritious snack and lunch to children of families requiring some assistance. Families do not need to qualify in any way; you simply request that your child be included in the program. This program is supported by our community, through corporate donations and dedicated volunteers.  It is a no fee initiative.  Interested families can pick up information and register at the school office.  This program will begin mid September.

Grade 8 Schedule
Please click here for more information for Grade 8 students.

Important Dates in September & October
September 3            Labour Day, no school
September 4            First day of school for Grade 1 to 8 students
September 13-14     Grade 7 Leadership Course
September 12          Open House & Family Potluck BBQ – Grades K – 8, 5:00 – 6:30 pm Mark your calendars!
September 19          School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm BES Staff Room
September 21          P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students
October 4                 Individual school photos
October 5, 19           P.D. Day - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students
October 8                 Thanksgiving Day, no school