February 15, 2019 : BES Hoodies, Ecosonic Playground Project, Camera Club, Alberta Education Accountability Survey

Spotlight on Learning
BES students were treated to the musical, Pier 21 on Thursday. Pier 21 played an important role in Canadian history, and connects to Social Studies outcomes. The Halifax warehouse welcomed over a million immigrants to Canada, including newcomers, refugees, war-brides, orphans, and Canadian soldiers returning from World War 2. Did you know long time resident, Dorothy Carleton, was a war bride who came through Pier 21? Thank you to our Gr. 7 photography students for the photos.

School Closed
February 18-20 Family Day Holiday / School Closure
February 21-22 Teacher Convention - no classes for students

BES Hoodies
We are excited to introduce our new school logo that has been created by Jason Carter. Our school has worked with the celebrated Canadian artist to redesign our school bear in order to represent a school with students aged Kindergarten to Grade 8. We believe that our logo continues to represent the beliefs held in our “CUBS” code, while adjusting to the needs of our older students.
In order to celebrate our school culture, we are now selling hoodies with our new logo. Hoodies will be sold for $40. If you are interested in purchasing a hoodie for your child, please click here for the order form and send it along with cash or a cheque payable to Banff Elementary School to the office by Friday March 8, 2019. If required, paper copies are available at the office. Please note, BES must place an order for a minimum of 40 hoodies.

Ecosonic Playground Project - Donations Needed
The Grade 5's will be beginning a very special STEAM pilot project called the Ecosonic Playground Project in conjunction with Exshaw school and a professor of music from U. of Massachusetts Lowell in March. As this project highlights the use of recyclable materials in its focus and design, we are asking the community (and you!) to donate reusable items for our structure. The items we are asking for need to be weatherproof, durable, have the potential to create pitch and must be sized to fit on or in the PVC piping structure dimensions. Items such as plastic buckets, metal items such as chains, baking pans and grates (kitchen items), bungee cords, rubber tubing and bands (fitness bands), broken instruments or pieces that are weatherproof (metal or wood), and sports items like rackets, poles. Recyclable materials that can be used to create mallet-type objects or to attach or secure objects to the structure are also welcomed. Please click here for more information about this project. Any materials you are willing to donate can be dropped off at the BES music room over the next few weeks.

Camera Club - Invitation for a Family Portrait

Our Camera Club students would like to invite you to our first annual Family Portrait fundraiser. The event will take place during our Parent-Teacher conferences next month in the Learning Commons. This fundraiser will allow us to purchase more gear to enrich our program. There is no set fee, by donation only. No bookings needed, just drop in with your family!

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

             Text Alerts: School Messenger is used to notify parents of emergencies as well as attendance alerts. If you would like to opt in for the optional text alerts for the School Messenger system, you must opt in directly from your cell phone by texting "Y" or                      "Yes" to 978338. For more information on this please contact the school 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 18-20          Family Day / School Closure
Feb 21-22          Teacher Convention - no classes for students
Feb 27               Pink Shirt Day
Mar 8                 Professional Learning pm - 12:01 pm dismissal for Grade 1 to 8 students (no Kindergarten classes)
Mar 20               School Council Meeting 3:30 pm
Mar 20-21          Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews in the evening
Mar 22               Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews (am) and Professional Learning (pm) - no classes for students
Mar 27               CRPS Science Fair hosted by BES

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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