September 25, 2020: Virtual Open-House, Picture Day, Orange Shirt Day Nut Free School, Away for the Day, Attendance Messages

Spotlight on Learning
This school year has been like no other and we unfortunately will not be able to open our doors to families like we have in the past. As an alternative we have put together a slideshow that shows a photo of each staff member, a visual of the working space and the best way to contact the staff member. Please take a look at our Virtual Open-House!

Our students had so much fun during the Terry Fox Run and we wanted to share a picture!

Professional Development Day
Friday, October 2, 2020
Pyjama Day for Students & Staff!
12:00 pm dismissal for Gr 1 - 8
No Kindergarten classes

Picture Day is coming Thursday, October 1 for In-Class Learners
Lifetouch, our school photographers, are making every effort to keep students safe on picture day. For more information on their protocols please click here.
After Picture Day, order and pay for pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

Orange Shirt Day!!!
On Wednesday, September 30, our school is participating in Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day is here to educate and promote awareness about the Indigenous residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada. Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities. We encourage students and staff to wear an orange shirt to school on September 30, 2020.

Nut Free School
BES has students with a potentially life-threatening allergy to nuts (tree and ground). Prevention, of course, is the best approach for reducing the risk of a severe reaction; therefore we are requesting your cooperation in refraining from sending these food products to school with your child. We realize that this request may pose an inconvenience for you when preparing your student’s snack and lunch, and we want to express our appreciation for your support and understanding.

Away for the Day Policy
Cell phones, smart watches and any other communication devices are to be in student backpacks/lockers from the start of homeroom until after the last period of the day (this includes morning and lunch breaks while on school property). The district is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device. Devices such as tablets and personal laptops may be used as a learning tool during instructional hours, under the direct supervision of a teacher, but not during breaks.

Alberta Health Immunization Program
AHS is pleased to continue to provide immunization services to our school community as long as COVID-19 response measures allow. Due to the suspension in service, you will notice some changes to the Immunization program this year as we attempt to “catch-up”: Please click here for more information.

News from the Office
Attendance
Parents are asked to notify the office of all attendance matters for their child(ren) by using the telephone attendance line (403-762-4465 ext 1) or emailing bes.info@crps.ca. Please include a detailed reason, and if your child is ill please include their symptoms, in your message.  For further information, please refer to the Family Handbook on our website and the BES/CRPS Re-Entry plans.

School Fees
School fees are not yet finalized for 2020/2021; however they will start to appear on Parent Portal as we work on the fees. Payment is not due until you have been notified. Please note that an adjustment has been made to the 2019/2020 Lunch Supervision Fees and a credit will show on your Parent Portal account. This credit will be applied to any outstanding fees or held and applied to the 2020/2021 fees.

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. Walking Field Trip Consent and Lunch Hour Permission (to go home only for Grades 7&8) are included in this year’s Demographic Update (not a separate paper form). Please contact the school if you have any questions.

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

September 30

Orange Shirt Day - wear orange!

October 1

Picture Day

October 2

P.D. Day - 12:00 pm dismissal for Grades 1 - 8, no Kindergarten classes
Pyjama Day for students and staff!

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 is at BES this year. Your child will receive universal messaging about positive mental health and wellness virtually this autumn. RFTS will also be offering programming to students learning at home. We can be reached as always by emailing Success Coaches Megan.Jenniex@crps and Kathleen.Wiebe@crps.ca. You can check out our website for resources, and find us on social media!

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.

Please see the school web-site at http://bes.crps.ca/ for the Re-Entry Plan, additional information, updated calendar, stories and student work! Emails are also archived on the front page under E-NEWS. NEW: You can also check out our School Announcements here (this is updated frequently). Please like us on Facebook for news and reminders.

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