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Principal's Message

September 10, 2021


Dear Banff Trail School Families,
Thank you everyone for your role in making our school start-up a strong success.  We know how children can be extraordinarily adaptable, which has been evident as they learn new routines, expectations, and people in their lives.  We also appreciate how these are formative, impressionable years at Banff Trail School, and in tandem with keeping their safety and security as our top priority, we want everyone to sustain a love for learning and school, and excel to each individual's potential. 
As we welcome many new Grade 1 and Kindergarten students to our school, I am reminded of and encouraged by the excellent start that children can be given at home to prepare them for their schooling and lives.  Connected to this, ongoing educational experiences that you nurture outside of school hours will continue to support their literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, empathy and social skills.  COVID-19 has created barriers to some of these aspects of learning, and, as mentioned in a recent report for the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation, investing in early literacy positively affects children's physical and mental health, education, and future employment.  For example, it was found that children's verbal skills at 5 years old are associated with better mental health outcomes and reduced mental stress in their thirties and forties.  Whatever you encounter with your children, I encourage you to consider what you might ask them to broaden their experience…even if you don't have all the answers!  For example, discussions around the food you serve them for supper, the road and pathways in Calgary, the opportunities to visit our provincial and national parks, the technology around us, upcoming elections, and advertising on television or signage can all lead to greater critical thinking skills and depth of understanding about our world.  Make ongoing learning a regular routine in their lives, and they will be on the right path to success.
For your consideration:
Student enrollment:  We continue to accept school transfers and registrations into our school for Kindergarten and Grade 1.  I encourage you to spread the word about French Immersion at Banff Trail School to others in our community!
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:  The CBE has indicated that schools will be closed on September 30th, in recognition of the federal National Day for Truth and Reconciliation that was recently announced.  Since this was not foreseen when our school calendars were made in June, please be sure to note this day on any existing school calendar that you may have.  Also note that December 10th was to be a non-instructional day, but will now be a regular Friday school-day, with “AM Kindergarten" attending.  That will mean that in December, PM Kindergarten will attend on Dec 3, and AM Kindergarten will attend on both December 10 and Dec 17.
Bike to School Day:  Before the weather begins to turn, your School Council Executive is coordinating a Bike to School Day on Friday, September 17th.  As in June, each class will have a designated place to store their bicycles in the back compound, and parent volunteers will be supervising the bicycles for the entire morning.  We hope for both excellent weather and many pedalers!
Student Hug and Go Area: Thank you to all parents who are helping to sustain an efficient student drop-off area in front of our school.  A reminder that we ask you to pull as far forward as possible along Cochrane Road, to keep traffic moving smoothly, during both pickup and drop-off.  Also, vehicles should never be left unattended in this area.  Thank you!
Crosswalks: Our grade 5 students continue to eagerly await their crosswalk training; we anticipate this training to begin in late September, and hope to have the Patrols program set up some time in October.  In the meantime, we ask you to be mindful about modelling proper crosswalk usage with your child, including looking both ways, not jaywalking, etc.  Of course, please also obey all traffic laws, such as avoiding u-turns, etc.  Thank you for looking out for everyone's safety!
Forms: Last week, a package with many forms to review and sign was sent home.  Thank you to all families who completed these forms promptly, so that we can have the most current information for your child.  Any remaining forms should be returned to school as soon as possible.
Calling the Office: Thank you to all families who have been diligent in calling the office to inform us about absences and/or changes in routine pickup arrangements.  This has greatly assisted us in minimizing phone calls home.  A reminder that you can let us know about any upcoming absences 24 hours per day, at 403-777-6120 ext. 1. 
Have a great weekend, full of wonder and activity.
Ryan Turner
Principal, Banff Trail School

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Banff Trail School

3232 Cochrane Rd NW Calgary, AB, T2M 4J3
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School Contacts

Principal
Ryan Turner
Assistant Principal
Nancy Toy
Education Director
Chris Meaden
Trustee
Althea Adams

School Information

Grades
K-05
Enrolment
331
Programs
Early French Immersion
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School Hours

Morning Start
7:58 AM
Dismissal
2:30 PM
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