September 3, 2020: School Closure, Re-Entry Plans, Lunch Supervisors Needed, Parking & Drop Off Zones, Student Entrances, Hot Lunch Program, TOB Programs, News from the Office

Spotlight on Learning
Welcome back to BES! We are so thrilled to be starting another exciting year with your children.  We want to thank families for your cooperation as we navigate the changes that are required to support our staff and students during these unprecedented times. We just received exciting news that the Elk Field will be open on September 8th! This will provide more outdoor space for our students. As well, we will be sharing more information in the coming weeks on our virtual Open House plans.



School Closed Friday, September 4
School Closed Monday, September 7 Labour Day

Full Day Friday
Friday, September 11, 2020
Full day of school (8:30 - 3:05) Grades 1 - 8 (No Kindergarten classes)

BES & CRPS Re-Entry Plans
The BES and CRPS Re-Entry Plans can be found on our website. These plans contain important information that we ask you to read and refer back to in order to ensure the safety of your children while at school.

Lunch Supervisors Needed
Banff Elementary School (BES) is now accepting applications for Lunch Supervisors.
The term of this position is immediate for the 2020-2021 school year.
Rate of pay is $16.47 per hour plus 4% vacation pay.  

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with young children 
  • Energetic and caring 
  • Enjoy working with children 
  • Able to listen to children’s concerns and needs
  • Able to provide appropriate supervision to assist students in meeting school behaviour expectations
  • Able to communicate and work well in a team setting
  • First Aid will be considered an asset

Interested applicants please send your resume via email to jody.keon@crps.ca. This position will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

Dressing for Outdoor PhysEd & Recess
As fall is starting to set in, it is important to ensure your child(ren) comes to school prepared to go outside for PhysEd and recess. Please ensure to send extra layers each day.

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. 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 (8:00-8:40 am and 2:45-3:15 pm), please do not drive around them. These are in place for students’ safety.

We need your help! If you are going by and see the barricade should be out (8:00am or 2:45pm) or be returned to its spot by the fence (8:30 am or 3:15 pm), please feel comfortable moving it as needed. This would be greatly appreciated!! 


School Entrances/Exits for Students
Students have been practicing going in and out of their designated grade doors. Starting Tuesday (Sept 8) at 8:15 am Grade 1 - 8 teachers will meet their students on the new Elk field to guide them into the school. Kindergarten students will meet their teachers in the Moose field. Any students that arrive after 8:30 am must enter through the main entrance on Squirrel Street and check in with the office. At the end of the day bussed students will be dismissed first and go directly to their bus on Squirrel Street (Kindergarten bussed students will be escorted by a staff member to their busses). Lake Louise bussed students will wait for their bus with a supervisor. Next, the remaining students will be dismissed through their designated grade door and escorted to their field. Please make an end of day plan with your child to meet either in their field or on the sidewalk along the perimeter of the school. Please do not congregate at the doors to maintain physical distancing. We would like to request that parents/guardians wear a mask as physical distancing may not be possible during pickup/dropoff.

Before School Care
Juggling work and family can be challenging. We at Banff Elementary School would like to support families by offering before school care starting at 7:45 am on Tuesday, September 8. This is a free service for BES families. If your child requires before school care (7:45-8:15 am), please register using the google form on the BES website or click here for the link. 

Hot Lunch Program
The School Council Hot Lunch Program has been suspended at this time. School Administration and School Council will revisit the possibility of providing this much loved program. School Council credited each family's account in the spring for lunches not received. This will be revisited at the next School Council meeting on September 16 3:30 pm and families will be advised.

Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs
Please click the link for information on the Town of Banff programs for out of school care for children in Grades K - 6. For more information or to register your child, please call 403 762-1251 or visit https://banff.ca/195/Children-Youth.

Youth Programs (Grades 7 - 10)

  • The Basement opens September 8, 2020 for students in Grades 5 - 8.

The Basement is a youth drop-in space where students can hang out, play games, create music, art, do homework, etc. This is a free program.

Monday and Wednesday: Grade 5 & 6, 3-6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: Grade 7 & 8, 3-6 p.m.

Pete will meet students outside at the Bear Den courtyard between 3:02-3:15 pm.

This program will be run out of Fenlands for the fall.

  • Get Out begins September 11, 2020 for students in Grades 7 - 10.

Get Out is a drop-in program, free of charge, for Grades 7-10 on Friday nights from 7-10 pm. They decide the agenda and pick the activities and sports to play. Snacks, beverages and small giveaways each week.

This program will be run out of Fenlands for the fall.

News from the Office
School Fees
School fees are not yet finalized; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees. Payment is not due until an invoice for extra curricular fees and lunch supervision is sent home later this month. Payment options and details will be provided at that time. 

2020-2021 Demographic Update
Thank you to those who have already completed the 2020-2021 Annual Demographic Update.  If you have not already completed the update, please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and click on SchoolEngage on the left side bar at the bottom.
Once you have signed in to your SchoolEngage account, click on the bell at the top right hand corner. You will see the incomplete forms in blue. Please contact your school if you have any questions.

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

Sept 4 & 7

School Closure - No classes

September 16

School Council Virtual Meeting 3:30 pm

September 18

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

September 30

Orange Shirt Day - wear orange!

October 2

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

October 12

Thanksgiving Day - School Closed

October 16

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes

School and Family Wellness Worker
Allyson Van Impe is here 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. For more information please visit the Right from the Start page on the CRPS website Right from the Start.

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 September 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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