BTPS Newsletter

November 14, 2022

Superintendent's Memo

Hi BTPS Team,

So much has occurred in the month of November. It is tough to believe it is the middle of the month already. Winter definitely arrived and we have had our share of ice and snow already. Hopefully, this means “in like a lion, out like a lamb” and the end of the winter season will be mild.

We have had a very full month so far. Our schools had Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 4, 2022. I appreciate our staff and students planning and organizing these events to pay tribute to those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Many volleyball teams have had tournaments and will be attending zone playoffs. Good luck to all BTPS teams.

Grades 7-12 Teachers, don’t forget to Save the Date/Time on November 30th to have students hear Leah Goldstein. Bri will be sending out the link and schedule.

We are busy planning for our 2023-2027 Four Year Education Plan. I wonder if our current plan which ends in 2023 seemed far off when it was first created in 2019. You will see a letter from me tomorrow to staff and also to parents. I am hoping you will “save the date” for an engagement session to provide feedback.

As weather gets cold……Active For Life is a national not-for-profit initiative created

to help parents give their children the right start in life through development of physical literacy. With content for both parents and educators, Active for Life can help you help the kids in your care. Check out their free resources, including custom lesson plans for ages 3-12 based on the

fundamental skills you want to focus on.

As we continue our learning as a staff and in our classrooms about Treaties, here is a resource with some interactive information. Other information such as Empowering the Spirit is quite supportive for our learning.

Take care,



BTPS Media Release

Board of Trustees meet with MLA and Partners

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Read Aloud - "We Belong"

Superintendent Holoien reads the book "We Belong" by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aguilera

Read Aloud "Fast Friends"

Superintendent Holoien reads the book "Fast Friends" by Heather M. O'Connor and illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Test Alert across Alberta – November 16, 2022

As you know, Albertans can receive messages about life-threatening emergencies such as tornadoes, wildfires, floods or Amber Alerts directly to their cellphones. Wireless Public Alerting is a national initiative that works in unison with Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) to send life-saving emergency alert messages directly to compatible devices.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 1:55 p.m., Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) will send out a test to Albertans. During the test, an alert will sound on compatible devices, with a message letting the user know that the sound is part of a test, and that there is no need for concern.

As this test alert will take place during the school day, I encourage you to ensure your schools are made aware and, where possible, that they use this as an opportunity to test our readiness to respond to disruptions.

Attached is a suggested activity guide to use in your classrooms. Schools could consider practising one of their mandatory drills when the alert is issued. In addition, they could send students home with preparedness materials to encourage a conversation with their families about what they can do to be prepared. Visit for resources on how to be better prepared for emergencies.

Tracking the TRC's Calls to Action and "Legacy" of Residential Schools - Webinar Series

Next upcoming session is TOMORROW! November 15, 2022

All staff are invited to register! Staff will need to use the code LEGACY-BTPS when registering

Compression Socks - Get Measured on the Spot! You are invited!

HiTech Bracing Ltd. will be joining us in person at Vermilion Elementary School, Wainwright High School, and Central Office on Thursday December 15, 2022.

Join us and get measured on the spot by HiTech Bracing for compression socks! Book a time slot below:

Vermilion Elementary School

8:00am - 10:00am

Sign up here

Wainwright High School

11:30am - 1:30pm

Sign up here

Central Office

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sign up here

ASEBP covers $250 for compression socks. Make sure to check your coverage as this rolls over January 1st!

BTPS Staff Liaison Committee

October 24, 2022

Dear BTPS Educational Stakeholders,

The BTPS Staff Liaison Committee met for the first time this year on the afternoon of October 19th, 2022. BTPS Board representatives included; Jim King, Darla Yonkman and Tanya Ford. BTPS employee representatives included; Lara Ledger (absent), Chris Tuckey, and Melanie Stevenson. Deputy Superintendent Michelle Webb also sits on the committee as advisor and co-chair.

The purpose of this committee is to provide a conduit of communication between BTPS teachers and BTPS Board members. At this table, all matters outside of the collective agreement, and bargaining, are open for discussion.

Picking up from our previous meeting in May, the BTPS Staff Liaison Committee heard from Mr. James Trodden on how the new curriculum roll-out was going. The Committee was made aware that the shift has been made from an ‘advocacy mindset to an implementation mindset’ and that understanding the process of curriculum implementation (and not the event) is what is of the utmost importance at this stage.

The committee reviewed current, and continuing support for teachers including; a series of half-day information sessions (which are taped and available to all staff to view), the development of asynchronous tools in Hapara Workspace, Curriculum-at-a-Glance Dashboard, Backpack Resources, ‘Sounds Abound’ Kits, Mathology, Communities of Practice, Innovation Coaching, and literacy and numeracy development led by Lana Lane and Gerry Varty.

Throughout his presentation, Mr. Trodden spoke frequently and passionately about how impressed he has been with the way BTPS teachers have approached the implementation of the curriculum with rigor, vigor, and professionalism. BTPS teachers should be proud of the great work they have done, and will continue to do.

The Committee also discussed the challenges and opportunities presented to teachers in regard to extracurricular activities. All agreed that our extracurricular activities greatly enhance the educational experience of our students, but that the onus on teacher volunteers can become challenging when we look to continue providing the same opportunities for students with increasingly fewer teaching staff. The Committee deliberated at length on how we can continue to provide the highest quality extracurricular experiences for students whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance for teachers.


BTPS Staff Liaison Committee

RCMP Heritage Centre - Virtual Education Programs for Schools

The RCMP Heritage Centre (RCMPHC) would like to invite schools from across the country to participate in their virtual programs. They provide classes with unique programs from the Creation of the Force to forensics science to Indigenous Cultures. All virtual programs are live, so students and teachers will be able to ask questions and answer questions that staff ask.

Please see attached our Education Guide for more information about tours and programs. If you have any other questions or would like to book your class for a visit, please contact the RCMP Heritage Centre at or call 306.719.3016.

2022 Liquor Bag Campaign - SADD Alberta

2022 Liquor Bag Campaign


This is a great campaign, easy to administer for teachers or coordinators and it is FREE.

  • SADD Alberta’s liquor bag campaign provides an opportunity for Alberta students of all ages to add their personal message on the dangers of impaired driving to a paper liquor bag.
  • This activity assists educators in continuing the conversation about the dangers of driving while impaired.

How the project works:

1. To order FREE liquor bags for your school, complete the online order form. Bags are shipped to the school, at no cost.

2. Have the students decorate the bags with messages about the dangers of impaired driving and driving responsibly.

3. Prior to the holiday season, the teacher or project coordinator will deliver the completed liquor bags to their local store(s). These will then be used for the store’s customers, to package their liquor purchase.

4. We will also be running the contest! Stay tuned to our website for all the details!

Important: Click here to see if your school has already ordered!

The final day to order is December 13, 2022.

Upcoming Bus Driver Courses

Bringing Belonging into Schools & Classrooms

Join Helen Emeny for a session which will focus on the ways in which educators can empower students to make the world a kinder & more inclusive place.

Learn more/register:

Additional Information

Visitor Sign In to our schools and training centres:

Bookmark it for your visits to our facilities.

How to host a youth fun run or walk event:

Alberta Tomorrow Simulator - Educational Tool

Winter Walk Day 2023 - Register individually or as a class!

  • Winter Walk Day is February 1, 2022

Staying active and getting fresh air is as important as ever, so we're looking forward to a great Winter Walk Day in February!

Register here

Copyright and Royalty Free Stock Photo Websites:

All About ASEBP's New EFAP

ASEBP has a new Employee and Family Assistance Program we’re launching on December 1. Read about it here.