November 6, 2020: No Classes on November 11 & 13, Indoor Shoes, Parking and Drop Off Zones, School Council Fundraiser

Spotlight on Learning
Grade 3 students sharing their beautiful descriptive texts on haunted houses!

Grade 2 students learning about layering during cold weather. Special thanks to the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation for their generous donation in making this wonderful program happen at BES!

No Classes on November 11 & 13
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Remembrance Day
Friday, November 13, 2020 - in lieu of Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Please note: Thursday, November 12 is a full day of school Grade K - 8.

Indoor Shoes
With the change in weather comes the need for indoor shoes. Please make sure you send indoor shoes with your children. They cannot participate in phys.ed activities wearing boots both for cleaning issues and safety hazards.

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 (8:00-8:35 am and 2:45-3:25 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 (8:35 am or 3:25 pm), please feel comfortable moving it as needed. This would be greatly appreciated!! 



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.

Banff Elementary School Council Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser
Banff Elementary School Council is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for the Holidays. Thank you to all those that have already placed orders. If you would like to support us through purchasing some very sweet gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click the link below and register an account. https://fundraising.purdys.com/1210391-79014 After you’ve signed in, you can purchase Purdys amazing chocolates (Shop Online) or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign. Order deadline is November 15, 2020 (11:59pm). Orders will be ready for pick up at BES on Wednesday, November 25. Outside pick-up times will be starting at 11am. If you are able to volunteer to assist with the pick-up process, please contact Anne-Marie at am.puccini@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

News from the Office
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.

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

November 11

Remembrance Day - School Closed

November 12

Full Day of School 8:30 - 3:02 (Grades K-8)

November 13

School Closure in lieu of P/T/S Conferences

November 18

School Council Virtual Meeting 3:20 pm 

November 20

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

November 24

CRPS Public Board Virtual Meeting 

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
Tune in to The Morning Tea on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:30 am, for a Facebook Live event where RFTS facilitates a conversation about anxiety with local experts, who will be offering information, strategies and resources. Join us! Or check our page later for the recorded session. Right from the Start is at BES this year. Here is our November Newsletter. Your child receives universal messaging about positive mental health and wellness virtually this autumn. RFTS also offers programming to students learning at home. We can be reached as always by emailing Success Coaches Megan.Jenniex@crps.ca and Kathleen.Wiebe@crps.ca. You can check out our website for resources, and find us on social media! Tune in to The Morning Tea on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:30 am, a Facebook Live event where RFTS facilitates a conversation.

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 November 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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