February 1, 2019 : Report Cards, Kindergarten Open House/Registration, Winter Walk Day, Traffic Safety, Word Smash, AB Education Accountability Pillar

Spotlight on Learning
Grade 8 Construction wrapped up this week. Thanks to the kind offer to use the woodworking shop at BCHS, Grade 8 students completed their second quarter of Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), designing and producing functional model CO2 powered dragsters. The students learnt the basic steps of engineering design and safe use of woodworking equipment to bring their ideas to fruition. The course concluded with head to head racing to test the performance of their final project! Grade 8's will now expand on design with Art as their third quarter CTF course.

Professional Development Day
February 8, 2019
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 - 8
No Kindergarten Classes

Report Cards
Report Cards are available to view and print on PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please click here for instructions on how to view report cards.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Open House / Registration
Banff Elementary School is now accepting Kindergarten registrations for 2019-2020. New this year, online registration will be available starting in February - watch our website for more details. You are invited to our Open House on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Please click here for more information.

Lunch Program
Thank you to all those that placed a lunch order online. Payment is now due for all orders. You can log back into the order system (MunchaLunch) to make a payment by credit card or if paying by cash or cheque (payable to BES School Council) please drop off in the office. Please take advantage of MunchaLunch`s email reminders to confirm your child(ren)`s lunch and remember to send utensils, a container and a nutritious snack. It’s not too late to volunteer - log back in to MunchaLunch or email Gabby DeBaie at gdebaie@gmail.com to signup.

Winter Walk Day - Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. BES was one of 800 organizations (over 100,00 individuals) in Alberta that took part last year!  We will be walking around the old building between 8:25am and 8:35am on Wednesday, Feb 6th. Please come and join us!

Traffic Safety
Student safety to and from school is equal to safety at school. We hope we can all agree as a community that close calls require a sense of urgency to ensuring the safest environment for our children and community members. Some reminders:

  • Big Horn Street:
    • Big Horn is the main access route for the construction vehicles.  Parking is restricted on this street. Please ensure your child is safe when picking up or dropping off on this road.Squirrel Street:

Drop off and pick up only in designated areas (no parking in the bus zone). Children are expected to use the crosswalk in front of the main entrance or at a street corner.

Blocking traffic by double parking and turning around using driveways causes congestion and a safety issue. Always pick up and drop off your children in designated areas and please respect our neighbours’ driveways.


Word Smash Conference

The Word Smash - Inspiring Young Writers Conference is a full day conference being held on May 21, 2019 that calls on local authors and illustrators to present their craft while inspiring our young writers to develop their own skills and abilities. The Banff Centre has generously provided us with the Kinnear Centre for our venue which will host all 8 of our local authors. Students rotate through 5 workshops that vary between different styles of writing and illustrating. The directive of the Conference is to provide Division 2-4 students at CRPS expert exposure to local authors and illustrators in a professional world class facility and the opportunity to write. Click here to register.


Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey

From January to March, Alberta Education will be 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.

•     In January/February parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive an English survey from Alberta Education in the mail - please contact the school if you do not receive a copy in the mail or if you would like the survey in one of the other seven languages available.

•     In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 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.


Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. As the sample size in our area is quite small your feedback is valuable. It is very important to have as many surveys returned as possible, so we encourage you to promptly return your survey to Alberta Education.


Survey results will be available to school authorities in May, and will be reported publicly as part of the 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.


Details about the Accountability Pillar and how to obtain results are available at www.education.alberta.ca/accountability.


News from the Office

Parent Portal: Parents please ensure you can log on to Parent Portal. Look for the PowerSchool Parent Portal link on our school website. This is where you will access daily updates on your student’s marks and attendance, pay school fees and more. Report cards are also shared with you through Parent Portal - no paper copies are sent home. Please contact the school office if you are unable to login.


School Fees: Payment for School Fees is now overdue. Please pay School fees by Debit or Credit Card online through Powerschool Parent Portal. Payment can also be

made by cash or cheque (made payable to Banff Elementary School) at the school office.

Important Upcoming Dates

Feb 1

Report Cards now available on Parent Portal

Feb 6

Winter Walk Day

Feb 8

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

Feb 13

School Council Meeting BES 3:30 pm

Feb 18-20

Family Day / School Closure

Feb 21-22

Teacher Convention - no classes for students

Feb 27

Pink Shirt Day


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 the 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: www.banff.ca/settlement or follow on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley.


Please see the school website at http://bes.crps.ca/ for additional information including AB Education Online Learning programs, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS. Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders.



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