BTPS Weekly Update

January 10-12, 2022

Superintendent's Memo - Monday, January 10, 2022

Hi Team,

WELCOME BACK! HAPPY 2022! Although, you were back to school last week, this is the first official BTPS Weekly Update of the new year.

I hope you all had an amazing break. The cold weather and abundance of food over the holidays have made me play this song over and over in my head! Speaking of songs, "Have Yourself a very Merry Christmas" won for the favourite BTPS Christmas carol.

I want to thank all staff for working through planning and processes last week to ensure the safe return of our students today! I am excited to have our students back in school. I recognize the challenges that our pandemic has and appreciate all that you are doing for students and each other. Your support, efforts, and dedication are very much appreciated. Here is an interview about returning to school.

Friday, Alberta Education updated the following:

· COVID-19 Information for K-12 Schools and School Buses

· Alberta Health Daily Checklist

Our December News from the Board is posted online. We post this after our Board meetings and can be shared with families.

Continue to share pictures from your school to Bri. We want to have so many amazing back to school photos in our future updates to remind us of the great things happening for our students.

Take care and enjoy the week,



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Indigenous Sports Heroes Education Experience

The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame has launched a repository of lesson plans, educational activities, and profiles of Indigenous athletes through a "new chapter" entitled “Indigenous Sports Heroes Education Experience." Organized under the titles of land, air, water, and fire, the resources aim to foster a holistic approach to teaching Indigenous histories, cultures, pedagogies, traditional languages, and traditional knowledge systems. Lesson plans can be downloaded by grade. Check it out!

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Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

Do you know of an Indigenous youth who has modelled strength and commitment in pursuing their personal, educational goals? If so, consider nominating them for an Alberta School Boards Association “Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award” (English / French).

Held annually, the awards celebrate the attitudes, actions, and characteristics of nominees from four categories: K to Gr. 3, Gr. 4 to 6, Gr. 7 to 9, and Gr. 10 to 12. Students may be nominated by their peers, teachers, principals, system leaders, or other education community members. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, 2022.

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Provincial Draft K to 6 Curriculum Update

Responding to feedback received by elected officials, educators, parents, and the community, the Honourable Adriana LaGrange announced, Dec. 13, 2021, changes to the roll-out and content of Alberta’s draft K to Gr. 6 curriculum. Major revisions include:
  • adjusting curriculum implementation timelines based on recommendations from a new implementation advisory group that will be established in early 2022
  • introducing a new draft K-6 social studies design blueprint that lays out a plan to make future curriculum content changes
  • updating 4 subjects including English language arts and literature, fine arts (music), physical education and wellness, and science
  • providing new engagement opportunities on the draft K-6 social studies design blueprint and draft K-6 curriculum

Alberta Education Curriculum Virtual Engagement Sessions

Attend a virtual session

You are invited to attend a virtual information session hosted by Alberta Education staff. Sessions with low registration may be cancelled. Registrants will be notified in advance.

Register now:

Anyone is able to provide feedback on the new draft K-6 curriculum directly to Alberta Education using the Have Your Say Alberta Education Survey.

ASEBP covers Compression Socks

The ASEBP coverage for compression socks starts new in January every year. With ASEBP coverage you can treat yourself to some socks. These are great. They will ship to your home (or school).
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