March 6, 2020: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences, Hoodies & T-Shirt Sales, Parking and Drop Off Zones, Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair - Judges Needed

Spotlight on Learning
Through CTF, students may plan, design, create, and implement solutions for relevant real-life problems. As students engage in hands-on challenges, they develop social, interpersonal, life, and work skills as well as practical knowledge about various industries, issues and technologies. Our students are enjoying coding, drama, photography, outdoor education, art, French, instrumental music, and entrepreneurship.



Full Day Friday

Friday, March 13, 2020
Full day of School (8:30 - 3:05) Grades K - 8

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
March 18 & 19 Evening conferences - regular classes during the day
March 20 Morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students

Appointments must be booked online at https://banff.schoolappointments.com (not Parent Portal) from March 6 12:00 pm until March 18 12:00 pm. Please click here for instructions (your account from the fall is still active - there is a “forgot password” link if required). After March 18 at noon the online booking system will be closed. Parents will then be required to email their child's homeroom teacher directly to change or book an appointment (please click here for staff directory). The Grade 7 & 8 March Conferences will be student-led. Please sign-up for one of the time slots. During this time, your child will share their learning and you will have a chance to connect with all Div 3 teachers.


Hoodies & T-Shirts Sales
Back by popular demand are our BES hoodies and t-shirts. These shirts celebrate our new school logo 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.
Hoodies are $40 and T-Shirts are $15 and they can be ordered in the following sizes:
Youth Medium / Youth Large / Youth XLarge / Adult Small / Adult Medium / Adult Large

If you are interested in purchasing a hoodie and/or a t-shirt, please complete the order form and send exact cash or a cheque payable to Banff Elementary School by Friday March 13, 2020.  Order forms can be printed from this link, or hard copies can be picked up at the office.

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. The main entrance on Squirrel Street is open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, the Big Horn Street entrance is open from 8:00 - 8:40 am and 2:45 - 3:15 pm. Thank you for your help in this matter.  

Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair
Judges Needed!

The Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair is looking for judges. We have 116 projects in grades 4-8.
Science Fair Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Judging Time: 8:30 AM (Judging Information Session) to NOON
Location: Banff Elementary School Gymnasium
Please contact natalie.major@crps.ca if you are interested!

News from the Office
School Fees: are now overdue. Debit or credit card payments can be made online through your Parent Portal. Please contact the school office to make payment arrangements if unable to pay in full at this time. As per Canadian Rockies School Division’s Administrative Procedure 503 unpaid account may be sent to a private collections agency. 

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

March 6

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

March 6 - 7

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Tournament at BES

March 6 - 7

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament at LGMS

March 13

Hoodie & T-Shirt order forms due

March 18 - 19

Parent/Student/Teacher evening conferences - regular classes

March 20

Parent/Student/Teacher morning conferences and P.D. in the afternoon - no school for students

March 31

13th Annual Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair 11:15 - 11:45 am Public Viewing; 1:30 - 2:20 pm Awards Ceremony

April 3

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

April 6 - 17

Spring Break - School is closed


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 March 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 March Newsletter. More information about Settlement Services and a calendar of events is available at: https://banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settlement.services.in.the.bow.valley/.

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