September 14, 2018 : School Fees, Nature Explorers, School Council, Lunch Program, Town of Banff Programs

Spotlight on Learning
What a fun and delicious Meet the Staff BBQ and Potluck!  Thank you to all who were able to attend and share their special dishes.  This school community knows how to cook! Please note the Events trailer is available for community use.  Start planning your next BBQ!

Grade 7 classes spent two days at the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre for a Leadership Course.  The purpose of this trip was to develop leadership as students enter division 3 (Gr. 7-9). Together we braved some interested weather to learn about ourselves, personal safety, community service and effective teamwork.  


Professional Development Day
Friday, September 21, 2018
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8
No Kindergarten Classes

School Fees
School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees.  Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time.  

Nature Explorers
It has been a fantastic start to the year.  Thank you to all volunteers! It’s not too late to volunteer - please click here to sign up.  Please note there was a date error on the recent Nature Explorers permission form sent home; although the form reads for the 2017/18 school year it will be used for the 2018/19 school year.

School Council Meeting
Come one come all!  Child care will be provided.  We are meeting September 19 3:30 pm in the staff room.  

Lunch Program
Ordering is now closed for the first session. This is a purely volunteer run program.  We are in need of volunteers to ensure this program can run.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator Gaby DeBaie at to volunteer or log into the MunchaLunch system to select dates.   We cannot run the program without the help of volunteers.  

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs
Please click the links for information on the Mountain Adventurers and Into the Wild programs.
The Town of Banff, in partnership with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, offers a youth drop in this school year for grade 7-10’s on Monday – Thursdays from 3-6:30 pm. Students can come to do homework, hang out with friends, do art projects, play games, etc. There will be a Town of Banff youth worker supervising every day to help support the program.  Please check out their Facebook page for more information.

Please Remove your Shoes
Students, Parents and Staff:  please help us keep our school clean and beautiful by removing outdoor footwear.  You will notice our signs in the main entrance and at the connector doors.

Important Dates in September & October

September 19

School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm BES Staff Room

September 21

Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students

September 24

CRPS Public Board Meeting 7:00 pm Canmore Board Office

October 4

Individual school photos

October 5, 19

Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students

October 8

Thanksgiving Day, no school

Right from the Start
Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Wellness Mentors and Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School. Please click here for this month’s RFTS Newsletter. Our doors are always open.  For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page.

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


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