March 1, 2019 : BES Hoodies, Ecosonic Playground Project - Donations Needed, Camera Club

Spotlight on Learning
Our new habit of mind for March is Listening and Understanding with Empathy. Student council inspired all classes to complete a "sticking with empathy" challenge where each class writes short, kind messages for BES students on a sticky note for a class in the grade level above. Student council wrote messages for the Kindergarten classes which were put on their desks this past week. Kindergarten then wrote empathy notes for both Grade 1 classes (I saw Kindergarten quietly slipping out of a Gr. 1 class while they were in gym!).  The plan is for this to continue to work its way up to Grade 8 by the end of March. Here is one for you parents: You are amazing!

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

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 by March 8, 2019.

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/Student/Teacher conferences this 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!

News from the Office
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

Mar 8

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

Mar 19

CRPS Board Meeting, Exshaw School 7:00 pm

Mar 20

School Council Meeting, BES Conference Room 3:30 pm

Mar 20&21

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews in the evening (booking system will open Mar 11)

Mar 22

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews (am) and Professional Learning (pm) - no classes for students

Mar 26

CRPS Science Fair hosted by BES

Apr 6-21

School Closed for Spring Break


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