November 23, 2018 : Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed, Banff Community Christmas Concert Tickets, Great Kids Award, TOB Homegrown Art Show

Spotlight on Learning
Honouring the work of our RFTS team (Right From the Start) this week!  Mrs. Van Impe and Ms. Kat do so much to make BES a warm and caring place to learn.  Below are photos of Mrs. Van Impe and the ‘Cooperation City’ group and Ms. Kat discussing anti-bullying strategies = KINDNESS.  

Half Day Friday
November 30th, 2018
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 to 8
No Kindergarten Classes

Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed at BES!
Anyone keen to share their love of the game? BES is looking for assistant coaches for the Grade 7 boys and Grade 8 girls basketball teams. Please contact the office if you or anyone you know is interested and available for this exciting opportunity to spend time with our awesome students.

Banff Community Christmas Concert Tickets
Wednesday, Dec 19@ 6 pm and Thursday, Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm
Complimentary Tickets available Wednesday, November 28th at 12 noon through the Banff Centre Box Office. To ensure everyone can get a seat ticket limits apply: 4 per student over both nights first come first serve.
Tickets are NOT available at the school.
Everyone REQUIRES A TICKET to watch the show (including performers and infants).
Tickets are free. Donations will be collected at the door to support Arts in the schools.
Box Office Hours:
Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre 403-762-6301
Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 5 pm
For more concert information please click here.

Great Kids Award
The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th annual Great Kids Award is now open. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying.
These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.  
Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Find the nomination form and more information at

Town of Banff Homegrown Art Show
The Homegrown Art show displays amateur art work at Banff Town Hall in March 2019.  All Bow Valley residents are invited to apply, regardless of age or skill level. Please click here for more information.

Important Upcoming Dates

November 28

 Family Lunch Day - International Children’s Day with HI Hostels

November 30

 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students
 (no Kindergarten classes)

December 14

 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students
 (no Kindergarten classes)

December 19 & 20

 Banff Community Christmas Concert, Banff Centre, 6:00pm

December 21

 12:01 pm dismissal for Gr 1-8 students (no Kindergarten classes)

Dec 23 - Jan 4

 School Closure - Winter Break

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.  Our doors are always open. Please click here for the Right from the Start Newsletter. 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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