BTPS Newsletter

December 6, 2022

Superintendent's Memo

Welcome to December, Team!

I had the opportunity last week to listen to Leah Goldstein share her experiences and advice to our grade 7-12 students. I hope those of you that attended her presentation enjoyed the session as much as I did. I want to thank Kira Jaremco (JR Robson) and Danica Tennant (Provost) for introducing Leah and and Harlee Bensmiller (Dewberry), Ethan Kipps (Dewberry), and Ava White (Provost) for giving the thank you to her. Our students always do such a great job of public speaking. I also want to thank staff who gave up instructional time to participate in this event with their students. The news release about this event is here. She has a documentary coming out in a month and I am looking forward to seeing that. Her messages to us resonate with me: “Never give up.” “Work hard, people are watching.” “You don’t need a special gift in order to excel as we all have the gift of hard work.”

Bri and I also had opportunities to meet with our Learning Commons Facilitators and Admin Assistants. We appreciate being able to network with our staff in our schools and share learning with each other. We are fortunate to have amazing staff supporting our schools.

Bri, Linda Koskie and I also had a fantastic interview with Savio Joseph who participated in our BTPS podcast. You can listen here. He is a magician, mentalist and hypnotist which is a job that we do not encounter very often. It was a very fun conversation. I hope you share our podcast episodes with our students.

Our schools are busy with activities, events and celebrations for the holiday season. I am looking forward to attending some of the concerts and festivities in the schools.I see many of our schools who donate to food banks, adopt a family or children’s gift programs as we know that this time of year is challenging for many people. Thank you for all you do to make this time of year merry for all your students and families.

Kade George from Marwayne Jubilee School is doing our Christmas message radio ad. You can listen here and hopefully you catch him on the radio. Our students do an amazing job representing BTPS and sharing messages for us.

I hope December goes well for you all! My goal is to hold off on Christmas goodies as long as possible. Once I start, it seems not to stop until we return in January!!

This or That - Christmas Songs.

Take care,


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BTPS Interview with Prime Time Local News

Superintendent, Rhae-Ann Holoien, speaks with Prime Time Local News on our latest news release: BTPS Receives Mental Health Funding. You can watch the interview here.

Media Releases

BTPS Hosts Leah Goldstein for Students

BTPS Receives Mental Health Funding

You can view all of our news releases on our website here.

Read Alouds

Superintendent Holoien reads "No One But You" by Douglas Wood, Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

You can view all of our Read Alouds on our BTPS YouTube here.

Radio Ads

Kade from Marwayne Jubilee School shares a special Christmas Message here

You can listen to all of our Radio Ads on our website here.

BTPS Learning on the Trail Podcast

New episode: Learn about Psychological Illusionists with special guest, Savio Joseph.

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Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. If you’re looking for more online read-aloud options, check out the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®. Storyline streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, Betty White and dozens more.


Did you know each Mathology Little Book has an interactive math activity that accompanies it?

Find a Little Book that you would like to use → from the Lesson Tab → click the italicized text under the book picture to access the read-aloud, activity, and PDF. The links to the read-aloud and/or activity can be opened on student Chromebooks using Hapara Highlights or they can be shared with students and families in your Seesaw class.

EdTech Tips with Stacy:

Did you know that Hapara has an in-app Learning Hub? With the Learning Hub, you can learn all about Hapara’s tools and features while you’re using them! Just click on the purple question mark anywhere in Hapara to access click-through guides, video tutorials, and support articles. You can even open a ticket with the Support Team right from the Hub.

Hapara also has self-paced courses for those who want to dive deeper into how to use Hapara in the classroom. With courses like How to Hapara Highlights, How to Hapara Workspace, and Giving Formative Feedback, you’re bound to find something that can help level-up your use of Hapara. All of the self-paced courses can be found in the community by clicking Courses in the left side panel.

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Criterion-on-Demand enables professors, teachers, researcher and students to access a large variety of features films on-line, at the click-of-a-button.

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password: Bufftr

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


More information on the series and FAQ

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

Bus Status App

Download the Bus Status App from Box Clever in the APP store! Select BTPS, then favourite your bus routes and get instant notifications when busses are cancelled. Our website will always be updated with the status of every bus route.

The Cobblestone Collective

For schools and teachers (grades 4-12) who are interested in Google, innovative teaching, Coding, Artificial Intelligence, teaching using Minecraft, etc and the ability to access free workshops and resources to help with all of that, here is a federally funded group called The Cobblestone Collective who focus on out-of-the box supports for teachers to teach across subjects using these resources.

The Cobblestone Collective creates learning experiences, for both students and teachers, aligned with the Alberta Curriculum. And due to the federal money, schools can access all of their events and resources for free.

They have... virtual co-taught lessons, 'Cobblestone Collective Crates' (boxed units), lesson plans and other resources based on innovation, cross-curricular activities and computer science (all free) which might benefit some BTPS teachers who have this interest. This week and next, they are hosting a 'Teaching with Minecraft' series online (or access recordings) for Alberta Educators (focus: gr4-6 Science and Social) and it is open to the public. (

Cobblestone Crates:

What are Co-taught lessons:

Freebie (Numerous ways to use Google for Education & Chromebooks) from D Maltais (Blackgold): slide-deck

Thank you to Linda Koskie for the information.

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!

Have your say on career education programming

The Career Education Task Force is listening to Albertans across the province to determine how to innovate and strengthen career education programming for students and employers. The task force would like to hear from students in grades 7 to 12, parents, teachers, career counsellors, post-secondary educators, employers and young adults through in-person and online engagement sessions and online surveys.

To register, visit:

PSBAA Photo Contest

PSBAA photo contest is open to all residents of Alberta – including students, teachers, parents and school community members. Photos must relate to people or subjects connected with K-12 public school education in Alberta.

Please note the deadline for submissions is May 1, 2023. Just a reminder there are three prizes up for grabs: $300 (1st place); $200 (2nd place), and $100 (3rd place).

If you have any questions, please email Troy Tait at

Please see attached information below for additional information.

If you prefer, you may also submit your photos to Bri at Central Office and she can submit them to PSBAA on you/your school's behalf!

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Welcome to BTPS Kanae!

Greetings! My name is Kanae Nobori. I was born in Mie, Japan. I had worked as an English high school teacher for 6 years in both Mie and Osaka. I came to Canada to improve my English skills but also to expand my horizons by learning more about other cultures and understanding other peoples' way of life. I hope it enriches my life as well as others that I teach.

I am sharing my knowledge of my culture and learning more about the Canadian way of life at E.H. Walter School until March. Kerri Nutbrown connected with the International Internship Programs to bring me to their school and has set up a schedule for me to work in K -12. I also recently taught at J.R. Robson School for two days. I really enjoyed their hospitality! By sharing my experiences of Japanese culture , I would like to expand students' worlds. I am teaching Japanese language, calligraphy, foods and origami. Through these experiences, I would like to share the differences and similarities between Canada and Japan. I expect it would be helpful to them and my own professional development.

I would like to thank the Buffalo Trail Public School Division for welcoming me and especially Mr.Saretsky and Mrs. Nutbrown for welcoming me so warmly at E.H. Walter School. - Kanae

University of Lethbridge Convocation - Master of Educational Leadership

A huge congratulations to Lori Meili, Chris Demeule and Michelle Dunwoody on their convocation from the University of Lethbridge for Masters of Educational Leadership. Way to go!

WHS Student Parking Lot

Wainwright High School Student Council held a Grand Reopening of the WHS Student Parking Lot on November 17.

Thank you to WHS, BTPS Maintenance and the Town of Wainwright for all the time and resources that were put into upgrading our Student Parking Lot.

Photo courtesy of Star News.

Thank You Irma School!

Thank you to the Irma School Grade 7 & 9 Home Ec students for the delicious goodies they made for our staff here at Central Office for our November birthday treats. Such a special treat!

Congratulations Bruce!

Congratulations to Bruce Pugh on being a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal!

Administrative Professionals Diploma

Congratulations to Bri who received her diploma from the College of Admin Professionals at the 49th Annual Administration Professionals Course!