BTPS Newsletter

February 14, 2023

Superintendent's Memo

Hi BTPS Team!

It’s staff appreciation week! I can’t thank our amazing staff enough for all you do to support students and each other. BTPS has the most incredible staff. Students are very fortunate to have such dedicated staff working with them. Thank you.

The beautiful weather and sunshine has been amazing! I have attached my snow ice grips to my walking boots as the nice weather has made some very icy sidewalks. Be careful outside!

It was great to celebrate our BTPS partnership with Lakeland College at the beginning of the semester. Our students have the opportunity to take two dual credit courses this semester and we kicked off these new courses with a ribbon cutting at Lakeland. This year our grade 10s have the chance to participate in the Try-a-Trade hosted at Lakeland later this spring.

BTPS continues to show our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commision’s Calls to Action. You may have already heard some of our BTPS radio ads (What is a Treaty and What is a Land Acknowledgement) and earlier this month we distributed a media release to raise more awareness beyond National Indigenous Peoples Day or Indigenous People's Month. I appreciate that we remember to keep learning and take action all year long. That's why I want to bring attention to Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children. This day reminds us to incorporate the Calls to Action into our daily lives. Thank you for your leadership in promoting knowledge and understanding. Together, we can make a difference."

February 22nd, is Pink Shirt Day! Remember to wear your pink shirt to support our collective effort to promote healthy relationships, prevent bullying, and create safe environments. The bullying helpline is 310-1818. Send Bri your Pink Shirt Day pictures and activities.

I hope you all have a great week! You are my favourite valentines! To everyone who attends the convention, I hope you have great learning opportunities!

Take care,



All BTPS schools are closed Feb. 16-17 for Teachers’ Convention and Feb. 20 for Family Day.

Superintendent's Public Speaking Competition

To view the information for this years Superintendent's Public Speaking Competition, please visit here. Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2023.

International Women's Day Event 2023

Buffalo Trail Public Schools celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity. On March 9, 2023, we are hosting an in person event and Darci Lang will be engaging us in conversation during the evening. Darci has written four books and her book Embrace the 90% supports this year’s IWD theme.

This event on March 9 is for everyone. We will have an opportunity to hear Darci Lang speak and also have conversations with others on how we all are able to advocate and champion accelerating women's equality and support the development of an inclusive mindset.

Save the date on your calendars:

Date: March 9, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM Socializing - 6:00pm Supper

Location: Hall 1 & 2 at the Wainwright Communiplex

Meal Cost: $25.00/meal

We will have supper together, listen to Darci and celebrate IWD 2023. We will have limited seats available. Sign up here and contact Bri Blackie to pay for your meal ticket via e-transfer.

Learn more about Darci Lang on her website.

Join us for a book signing event!

Register and join us for our International Women's Day Event happening on March 9, 2023, and receive a copy of Darci's "Embrace the 90%" book! Darci will join us for a book signing prior to the event - Sign up here

Date: March 9, 2023

Where: Front Porch Mercantile

121 10 Street, Wainwright

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Media and Communication

Media Releases

Pink Shirt Day - BTPS and Lakeland Collaboration - Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

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

Radio Ads

Maizie from Dewberry School - What is a Land Acknowledgement?

Pyrrha from JR Robson School - What is a Treaty?

Emmit from Kitscoty Elementary School - Kindergarten Registration

Toree from Kitscoty High School - Pink Shirt Day

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

Learning Services


Elementary teachers, looking for something for Valentine's Day? Check out these free templates from Lumio & SMART. Choose from word scrambles, poems, math libs, and multiplication templates. Another great option for Valentine's Day templates is to check out Canva, where you can find hundreds of templates like these:

Storytelling cards - Code-breaker - Bingo - Valentine's Day Pattern (Cutting)

EdTech Tips with Stacy:

Need a Google Form alternative for quick feedback? Try Formative, an online assessment tool that allows you to continuously assess learning gaps and depth of knowledge, providing the data you need to guide classroom instruction.

Awesome Formative options:

  • Adding rubrics to each question or Formative (newly created or ones you've saved)

  • Each Formative can include audio, embedded code (or Google Drive share link), emoji, image, math formula, video, or file.

  • Students can "show their work"by drawing, using calculators, rulers or protractors, as well as text boxes, images, or files. This is one thing Google Forms doesn’t offer, and it’s a game changer.

  • Tag Alberta curriculum standards and outcomes to each question (you can search the Formative inventory or add the ones you need)

And, as always, check out the BTPS Resource Site for more EdTech tips!

Technology Department


If you set up 2FA on your BTPS Google account by the end of February you will be entered in a draw for some FREE SWAG from the Technology Department. All staff who have 2FA enabled on their accounts by 3:30 pm on February 28, 2023 will be eligible.

Secure your account for your chance to secure a prize!

Payroll Department

Teacher Payroll

Please be advised if you are due for a February increment it will be on your February statement of Earnings & Deductions. To check if you received your increment, compare your January statement to your February statement to see if there was an increase in the Step(years) on your statement. Individual notifications will not be sent to those teachers that receive an increment salary adjustment. - If you have any questions please email


Employee T4 Slips are now available on the Employee Self-Service site.

Please log in as per normal, and click the Pay Stubs/T4 link - The ESS Web link:

Finance Department

Financial Reporting Dashboard

Check out Financial Reporting Dashboard BTPS! We are increasing transparency of our financial reporting through the creation of a new financial reporting dashboard. It can be found on BTPS website in About > Reports > Financial Reporting Dashboard. Link: BTPS Budget & Finance Reporting

Inclusive Learning Department

Alberta Health - Pediatric Rehabilitation

Please see the link below to the Alberta Health list of webinars parents can sign up for.
Pediatric Rehabilitation (<> AHS would like to highlight a service that is once again offered to school-aged children. AHS is accepting referrals for children and youth with speech sound difficulties (unclear speech). If intervention is required, AHS speech-language pathologists' partner with families virtually or at Community Health Centres. AHS wants to help you help your child.
To find out more about speech services, or to make a referral, please call our Coordinated Intake line: 1-866-937-7476

Be Their Safety Net:

Wainwright FCSS is hosting a great learning opportunity called Be Their Safety Net which all about empowering parents, caregivers, professionals, and community workers to support youth as they traverse the landscape of relationships and technology. 12PM-1:30PM, on March 2nd - please see the poster for more information

RDC Library:

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.

For information on accessing resources, please reach out to Gayle Hedley at Central Office.


Alberta Rural Education Symposium -

Three R’s of Rural Education:

Resilience, Reconciliation, and Rejoicing.

March 5-7, 2023 @ Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton

Hotel reservations can be made by calling The Fantasyland Hotel reservations department at (780) 444-3000 or toll-free at 1-800-737-3783.

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

Alberta highway cleanup programs

The highway cleanup this year is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit this link: Alberta highway cleanup programs |

Black History Month

BTPS staff and students are proudly recognizing Black History Month, which is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the extraordinary contributions of Black Canadians in our communities and around the world. Resources:

Black history organizations and educational resources

About Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Black History Month toolkit

SafeGen - Building Safer Workplaces for Youth

Announced Feb. 9, 2023, SafeGen received an infusion of $150 thousand from the Alberta government to deliver workplace safety training for high school students – free of charge. Through its JobSafe education courses, SafeGen has assisted schools in preparing students for high-demand industries, such as the trades, throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Currently used by more than 200 schools, over 115,000 students have completed a JobSafe course – three of which are accredited, offering one credit each. View the announcement online!

TAVE Presents – Virtual Professional Learning Series!

CASS’ Trades and Vocational Education (TAVE) Committee invites you to a three-part professional learning series featuring Alberta stories of practice that enable K to 12 students to explore, engage, and experience skilled trades and technology. Designed to help participants “explore” the scope, the demand, and the value of skilled trades and technology, the first session features stories from High Prairie School Division, Parkland School Division, Prairie Rose Public Schools, and Skills Canada Try-A-Trade® - Alberta on February 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. The following two sessions in the series will be held on March 7 and 14. As a result of participating in these online sessions, system education leaders will have the opportunity to:
  • learn about TAVE’s Strategic Framework and the vision for collective impact.
  • listen to Alberta’s stories of trades and technologies practices and explore how their division might replicate, adapt, or partner.
  • share ideas and strategies with other system education leaders and TAVE members.
  • network to explore the possibilities for supporting students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.
Each session costs $40/person. These sessions are open to TAVE partners, school-based administrators, teachers, coordinators and other individuals in career-related positions. Share this session with your networks and register for the February 28 session today!

Registration Open for the 2023 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference

Registration is now open for the 2023 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference, happening April 14-15th at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, AB! **Discounted Early Bird ticket pricing in effect until February 28.**

The Conference is a time for families, allies, educators and service providers from all over the province to deepen their knowledge and commitment to assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities to live fully inclusive and meaningful lives in their community. The Conference is the largest and longest standing of its kind in the world and offers fully-inclusive onsite child and teen care so parents and guardians can enjoy the Conference worry-free.

Learn more about the 2023 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference on the website here.