September 27, 2022
With the first month of school behind us and students actively engaged in learning, the countdown to our second annual BTPS Student Day to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one day away! For those of you who are new to BTPS, the day enables students to access speakers, sessions, resources and workshops to learn about residential schools, Indigenous peoples, and how we all need to be part of reconciliation.
I encourage you to grow your understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing by engaging with the College of Alberta School Superintendent’s (CASS) newly updated “Guide to Relationships and Learning with the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta,” and Alberta’s “Empowering the Spirit: Orange Shirt Day and Beyond.”
CASS’ interactive guide is organized into eight sections and focuses on relationships, identity, teachings, language, learning from the land, treaties and agreements, laws and policies, and reconciliation. After reading an introduction and learning from Elder videos, visitors can interact with a wide number of resources curated from Indigenous collections across Alberta and Canada. Alberta’s Empowering the Spirit site was specifically designed for the September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offering information on upcoming events, programming supports for schools, professional learning playlists, and teacher tools. It also offers sections on foundational knowledge, leading for learning, and classroom supports.
A highlight for me this month was learning alongside our administrative assistants. We had 38 people in the room for learning, laughs and networking a couple weeks ago.
I want to congratulate the new Chair of our Board, Kara Jackson and our new Vice Chair, Barry Livingston. The BTPS Board welcomed our newest trustee, Arthur Block from the Kitscoty/Paradise Valley area at their September 21st meeting.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend a huge thank you to our staff for organizing such wonderful back-to-school activities. Between all the back-to-school messages, pancake breakfasts, muffin mornings and extra-curricular activities, our staff has ensured that BTPS students and families are welcomed, supported, and will continue to thrive in our learning environments!
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend. We come back on October 3rd, to a four day week with our Support Staff conference and School Based Professional Learning Day on October 7th!
I hope that Thanksgiving is filled with joy, happiness, and all the things that you are grateful for. I am thankful to have such an amazing staff in BTPS who focus on the success of all students. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Meet the BTPS Board of Trustees
Arthur Block was elected. Mr. Block is a local retired teacher and BTPS is excited to have him as part of our Board team. Welcome Arthur!
BTPS Pink Shirt Day Official Shirts for 2023
Click here for T Shirt Order Information
Orders can be placed online at www.12thirtyfour.ca/campaigns - Pink Shirt Day. All T-Shirts are $20.00. Payment options are Credit Card or E-Transfer. Youth and Adult Sizing available!
All orders will be sent to 12 Thirty Four Marketing in Wainwright, AB. The shirts will then be sent to the necessary school via the van run. BTPS family orders will then be sent home via students. Community members who order will need to make arrangements to pick up their orders at 12 Thirty Four Marketing in Wainwright.
In the Order Notes section, please make sure to indicate your school.
PINK SHIRT DAY 2023 is Wednesday, February 22, 2023
BTPS Celebration and Retirement Event
Please see attached formal invitation to our Celebration and Retirement Event happening the evening of Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the Wainwright Communiplex.
This is an open invitation to all staff to come and celebrate our long service employees and retirees for the 2021-2022 school year.
Supper is being provided by the Board of Trustees and there will be a cash bar.
Each school has their own sign up sheet. Please RSVP with your admin assistant by tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, 2022 so we have a final count for our caterer.
We hope to see you there :)
Outstanding Support Staff Award
We are seeking nominations for this year's Outstanding Support Staff Award. It is the time of year for you to identify all of the excellent contributions your support staff make for your students, families, staff, schools, and the division.
Here is a link to the Administrative Procedure that has the criteria and nomination form that you may share with staff. Forward all nomination packages to Michelle Webb prior to September 29, 2022.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize these valuable members of our team!
Learning Services Curriculum Corner!
Over the summer months, a number of Alberta teachers developed Hapara Workspaces with lessons to align with the K-6 Physical Education and Wellness curriculum. Here is a link to the Google Sheet with the direct links to each of the Workspaces by grade level. Our BTPS Physical Education & Wellness Curriculum Support Workspace has also been updated with various materials to support teaching the Financial Literacy components of the curriculum.
All of our curriculum support resources are located in Hapara Workspace. To access them, visit app.hapara.com/workspace → click the Our Library tab → on the left, and scroll all the way down to the folder called Teacher Resources for Curriculum.
Check it out here: https://edtechtips.ca/
Reading, Give it a Shot! Program Information
Reading, Give it a Shot! is a literacy program available for students from grade 1-9 that aims to boost classroom literacy rates by rewarding students for reading. In partnership with local businesses, this program links literacy in a child's most formative years to the reward of having the opportunity to attend a live hockey game at Rogers Place.
Registering for Reading, Give it a Shot is easy!
All teachers and students have to do is start reading. Once every student in a classroom completes their required reading in one month’s time, they can submit an entry form online for their chance to win tickets to an Oilers or Oil Kings game!
For more information, please see the attached documents:
BTPS Resource Distribution Center
The BTPS RDC library has a number of resources to support your role as a teacher. From novel collections, Indigenous kits, to a host of professional learning books and resources.
Here is a sample of the Music & Celebration Kit available.
For information on accessing resources, please reach out to Gayle Hedley at Central Office.
Diploma Exams in the 2022/23 School Year
BTPS Learning on the Trail Podcast
Darci received rave reviews from BTPS staff in August as our keynote speaker to help kick-off the new school year. "Canadian bestselling author Darci Lang believes each of us can hold a magnifying glass in front of our lives and choose to either focus it on the negative 10% – those things and people that bother us and drag us down – or we can choose to focus on the 90% in our lives that is positive and beneficial."
In this podcast Darci gives us further insight about her message and shares her anticipation for her return visits with our Support Staff in October and BTPS teachers in March and the annual celebration for Women in Leadership, also in March.
She will continue her message with what it can mean to our individual growth by focusing on a positive attitude as the foundation of our successes and she wants others to benefit by the stories and experiences she shares.
BTPS Admin Assistants Session
ASEBP Compression Socks:
Do I have coverage under ASEBP for Compression Socks?
We encourage you to check into your personal coverage with ASEBP and any other co-insurance that you may have.
Our experience with ASEBP is that they realize the benefits of keeping your feet/legs healthy. Therefore ASEBP has historically allocated $250/year towards compression garments of proper medical grade (20-30mmHg) every calendar year (as of Jan 1st)
What style of compression socks are available?
HiTech Bracing Ltd. offers a wide selection of compression socks from Sports Performance to Casual Dress socks. Our socks come in a variety of materials, colors and patterns.
Check out some of the most common styles below, or go to the new online sock page to see what's available at http://hitechbracing.com/compression-socks-4/