May 24 2019 : Recess & Lunch changes, Family Spring Fling, Playground Concept Reveal

Spotlight on Learning
As we bid farewell to the old building, we are reminded the essence of a school community is truly the people. This past Tuesday, staff pulled together to create welcoming, organized learning spaces for students in a single day! Our new, flexible learning spaces are designed to foster collaboration, creativity and access to technology as a learning tool. Thank you to Kindergarten for expressing our goodbyes so beautifully.

Professional Development
Friday, May 31, 2019
12:01 pm dismissal for Gr. 1 - 8
No Kindergarten Classes

Recess & Lunch
As deconstruction begins on the old building May 27, our play space will be impacted. The following plan will be in place on Monday, enabling children to enjoy outside play time. To facilitate offsite play time, lunch recess will begin at 11:55. To accommodate the additional minutes at lunch, morning recess/snack will be shortened to 10 minutes. Banff Bylaw and RCMP will support our crossing of Banff Ave. whenever they are available.  

Kindergarten students and supervisors will walk over to the Banff Child Care Centre (behind BES on Big Horn St.), who have graciously offered us the use of their outdoor play spaces. The Town of Banff has also given us access to the forest lands beside the Banff Child Care Centre. Kindergarten students and supervisors will prepare to walk back at 12:20.

Grades 1-6 students will walk over to the BCHS field with their teachers. Grade 1-6 students and supervisors will prepare to walk back in grade groups at 12:20. BCHS is sharing the storage box with us to store play equipment (soccer balls, pylons, skipping ropes). Students will use the BCHS washrooms/fountains and will be accompanied by an adult. They are not permitted to use the public washrooms. *If you are picking up/dropping off your child for any reason, please plan on picking up or dropping off before 11:55 or after 12:30. Drop-offs/pick-ups will not be permitted from the BCHS field. This will help us keep track off all students in our care. Intramurals in the gym will be offered from 12:00-12:30 for Gr. 4-6 on a rotating schedule.

Gr. 7 & 8 students will have access to the Ancillary room (across from the gym) from 12:00 to 12:54 to eat lunch and socialize. Gr. 7 & 8 intramurals will run daily from 12:30-12:54. *Please note students are permitted to purchase a (reasonably!) healthy lunch and return to school to enjoy it. If junk food and unhealthy beverages are purchased, students are asked to please consume offsite. Our rationale is twofold: we encourage students to make healthy choices, and we would like to minimize the recycling/garbage generated.  

Hot Lunch will be served at noon for Grades 7 & 8 and at 12:30 for Grades K-6 on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Family Spring Fling Dance
May 30 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the new BES Gym
All family members welcome!  
Bring/wear something that reminds you of spring.
Please click here for more details.

Playground Concept Reveal
May 30 (yes - the same night as the Spring Fling!)
5:30 - 6:30 pm BES
Please come and learn more about playgrounds and have input into the design.

Next Year: Moving?
Please help us in our planning for next year by informing the office if your child is NOT attending Banff Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.

HomeStay needed for International Students
Students come to CRPS from Brazil, Spain, Italy, France, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, Hong Kong and Germany. They stay for one semester, two semesters or for longer in order to earn their high school diploma while gaining fluency in English.
For host families, remuneration for the 2019-20 school year is $975.00 per month. Homestay families must have a separate, furnished bedroom for their student, and provide three generous, nutritious meals a day plus reasonable snacks and beverages.
How to Become a Host Family:
Email: – Homestay Coordinator or call: 403.609.6072 Ext. 6220
(Applications can also be obtained and dropped off at the Canmore Board office at 618 -7th Avenue, Canmore, or at

Technology & Today’s Youth
CRPS is pleased to have Dr. Andrea Halwas Larsen from Juno House Associate to come and provide a presentation on technology and today's youth at CCHS on May 27, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Please click here for more details. Here is a quote from what to expect during the evening:

"In this 1.5 hour presentation, we will discuss the role of technology and today’s youth. The message of this presentation is not only based on technology, but also about a child’s healthy brain development and the necessary parenting/caregiver role in creating healthy, emotional, regulated, and integrated brains."
We also encourage you to bring your children with you, especially if they are in grades 5 and up.
If you have any questions, please contact

Important Upcoming Dates

May 30

Family Spring Fling Dance 5:00 - 7:00 pm BES gym

May 30

Playground Concept Reveal 5:30 - 6:30 pm BES

May 31

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

June 3

BCHS Parent Council AGM 4:15 pm BCHS Library - any interested parents whose children will be moving to BCHS for Grade 9 are invited to attend

June 14

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

June 20

Grade 8 Farewell, BES Gym 1:30 pm

June 26

Kindergarten Last Day of School 12:01 pm dismissal

June 28

Gr 1 - 8 Last Day of School 12:01 pm dismissal

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
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