January 31, 2020: Report Cards, Kindergarten Open House, Parking and Drop Off Zones, Annual Accountability Survey, Basketball, Lantern Event

Spotlight on Learning
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Our Grade 8’s will be featured in the Rocky Mountain Outlook next week for two of their initiatives: the fundraiser lunch they made in Foods class for staff and the anti-bullying lessons they created and taught to every class in the school. A Grade 8 student told me the purpose of the anti-bullying presentations was “to help create a safe [school] community….a safe place for everyone”.  

Professional Development Day
Friday, February 7, 2020
12:02 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8
No Kindergarten classes

Report Cards
Report Cards can be accessed digitally through Parent Portal. If you require assistance logging in please contact the school office. PLEASE take the time to read your child’s report card.

Kindergarten Registration & Open House
We are now accepting Kindergarten online registrations for 2020-2021 school year! Please share with any families you know with soon to be Kindergarten-aged children. Registration is only online and the link can be found on our school website, Facebook page, and on Twitter. BES will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on February 12 at 6:30 pm at BES.

CUBS Chronicles
Please click here to read the student written school newsletter, called the CUBS CHRONICLES!

Parking and Drop Off Zones
Please take a close look at the map below regarding the recommended traffic flow and drop-off/pick-up locations for your children. We have been working closely with the Town of Banff to make getting to and from school a safe experience for all students. ***Note there is NO stopping southbound on Big Horn - we have had several near-misses with cars having to brake suddenly to avoid hitting children running across the street to their parent’s vehicles who are stopped across the street. Please teach your child to use the crosswalk at either corner (Moose & Big Horn or Elk & Big Horn), or better yet approach the Big Horn Kiss N’ Go area northbound so your child does not have to cross the street. When the ‘road closed’ signs are in place on Squirrel Street (8:00 am - 8:40 am and 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety. Thank you for your help in this matter.  

Annual Accountability Survey - Calling Grade 4 & 7 Parents!

Grade 4 & 7 parents should have received an invitation from Alberta Education to participate in an annual survey called the Accountability Pillar mid January. We really hope that our Grade 4 & 7 parents can find the time to complete the survey by February 28 as your  feedback helps us to continue to improve the learning and school environment for students at BES. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Dene, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you wish to receive the survey in one of these languages please contact the school office as soon as possible. 
In February, all students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school. It is an annual check-up on the education system and it provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.

Basketball season is coming to an end. Next week Grade 7 boys are playing on Monday both here and at LGMS. Grade 8 girls are playing at BES on Tuesday and Grade 8 boys are at LGMS on Wednesday. These will be the final games of the Bow Valley Basketball League. To conclude the season, tournaments are scheduled for February 28-29 (Grade 7 boys, Location TBD). March 6 & 7 the Grade 8 girls are hosting at BES and the Grade 8 boys are at LGMS.

Community Lantern Event
Right from the Start is thrilled to invite your family to our upcoming community event! Right from the Start and the Bow Valley Primary Care Network have teamed up to present "What Lights You Up?". We are inviting everyone to celebrate community and connection by joining us for a lantern-lit walk.
Students will bring their lanterns home to show you. Please fill their lanterns with a light, flashlight, headlamp or whatever else is available so they are lit for the walk! There will also be free hot chocolate provided, so please bring your favourite mug.
This free event will be happening in both communities:
Canmore: January 31, 2020, at Riverside Park
Banff: February 7, 2020, at the Central Park Gazebo
Both events start at 6:30 pm on their respective days. Please come dressed for the weather, and prepared for a short walk. This event is open to the entire community, so please bring friends and family along! We hope you can join us for our walk.

Important Dates - Please click here to view the BES Community Calendar

February 7

P.D. Day - 12:02 dismissal for Gr. 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

February 7

Community Lantern Event, Central Park Gazebo 6:30 pm

February 12

School Council Meeting 3:20 pm at BES

February 12

Kindergarten Open House 6:30 pm

February 17

Family Day - School Closure

February 18-21

School Closure (in lieu of Parent/Student/Teacher Conference and Teachers Convention)

School and Family Wellness Worker
Allyson Van Impe is in our school every day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to help support families and students with their social / emotional well being. Please contact her at 403-762-4465 ext 6089. One more way Canadian Rockies School Division is here to help support not only your child, but also your family.

Right from the Start
Right from the Start supports mental health in schools, with families, and within the community. Success Coaches are in Banff Elementary School Monday through Friday. Our doors are always open. For more information please visit the RFTS Facebook page. Or visit the CRPS website Right from the Start. Here is a link to the RFTS January Newsletter.

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 the link for the Settlement Services January 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.

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