September 28, 2018 : Volunteers, Picture Day, Kids Plus Accident Insurance

Spotlight on Learning
Grade 7 & 8 CTF courses (Career Technology Foundations) are in full swing!  Students are currently taking photography, art, digital communications (and developing a yearbook), and Outdoor Education (this week has been using coordinates).

Our Terry Fox runs were a great success.  We certainly felt like Terry when he started his run in the rain and snow of Newfoundland!  

Professional Development Day
Friday, October 5th, 2018
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8
No Kindergarten Classes

Volunteers - Vulnerable Sector Check and Confidentiality Contract
We love and greatly appreciate our volunteers!  We are required to have all volunteers complete a vulnerable sector check and confidentiality contract annually as per Administrative Procedure 490 “School Volunteers” and the FOIP Act.  A letter will be emailed to each family outlining the procedures for volunteers, along with the Confidentiality Contract you will be asked to sign and a letter to take to the RCMP station to waive the fees required for volunteers to obtain a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check.  Thank for your assistance as this is an extra step, but one that we are obligated to take.

Picture Day is Coming
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at BES

Cannabis 101 for Parents - Information Sessions
In anticipation of cannabis legislation changes, Bow Valley PCN, in partnership with AHS Bow Valley Addiction and Mental Health and Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is organizing two free parent information sessions – Cannabis 101 for Parents - in Banff (Oct 4th) and Canmore (Oct 3rd).  Please click here for more details or visit

Kids Plus Accident Insurance
If your child is injured in an accident, and requires medical attention, Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance reimburses for expenses not covered by provincial or employer extended health or dental plans. Please click here for more information.

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.  

Important Upcoming Dates

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

October 17

School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!)

November 14 - 16

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

November 21

School Council Meeting, BES 3:15 pm (childcare provided!)

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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