BTPS Newsletter

February 28, 2022

BTPS Women in Leadership Live Event 2022

BTPS is hosting a live virtual Women in Leadership Event on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 which is International Women's Day 2022. With special guest speaker: Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, President and CEO of Lakeland College. Please join us to mentor, inspire, celebrate, support and increase representation of female leaders.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98594866575?pwd=ZEV4aUMvTFM3OG1CZC8vdC9maG9XQT09
Meeting ID: 985 9486 6575
Passcode: fNr692


#BTPSTOGETHER #IWD2022 #INSPIRATIONALWOMEN

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10th Annual Superintendent's Public Speaking Competition

We are excited to share the information about the 10th Annual Superintendent's Speaking Contest!


Elementary Division (open to students currently enrolled in Grades 4, 5 or 6)

Junior High Division (open to students currently enrolled in Grades 7, 8 or 9)

Senior High Division (open to students currently enrolled in Grades 10, 11 or 12)


The full instructions sheet and the submission form were sent out to your school's principal. Submissions are due by 4:30pm on April 18, 2022.


Thank you for supporting public speaking!

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Believe Leadership Club


@believeleadershipJRR


BTPS STUDENTS - LOOKING TO BECOME A LEADER?


Why the Believe Leadership Course?

  • Develop crucial leadership skills
  • Create a passion project with tangible impact
  • Earn volunteer hours and a certificate of completion
  • Gain tools and skills in creativity, collaboration, confidence, discipline, resilience and leadership
  • Access exclusive BLC events and opportunities
  • Meet and network with other student leaders


INFO SESSION: SAVE THE DATE


  • Thursday March 3 at 12:00pm via zoom


Zoom Link

https://zoom.us/j/91618023017?pwd=cXhvcVFaZUVXcnJhOTRtSjVPdXExZz09
Meeting ID: 916 1802 3017
Passcode: 70YduY

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Technology

BTPS users please be digitally diligent. HACKERS NEVER TAKE A DAY OFF. It is not a question if you will be a target but when you will be a target. They can and will target you through company email, personal email, social media, websites, text messages or any other sort of electronic communication. If it looks suspicious do not tap, swipe or click it. WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT!
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Pink Shirt Day 2022

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Wellness Days

In recognition of the many challenges our staff have faced over the last 2 years, BTPS has designated two Wellness Days for all staff on Friday, March 4 and Monday, March 7, 2022. We appreciate everything you do to support our students, staff and each other.


REMINDER: Please make sure to share with your parents/guardians and staff members.

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Stakeholder Engagements

BTPS is hosting online Stakeholder Engagement Sessions during the month of March. All sessions will be held online from 7:00-7:30pm. To join a session, scan the QR code below!

Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 1
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • Thursday, March 24

The purpose of this engagement is to:

  • share with stakeholders the highlights of the Year Two Report.
  • check in on direction around strengths and challenges moving forward.
  • identify a priority domain to direct planning for 2022/2023.


We hope to see you online and share the exciting work of BTPS's staff and students!

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News from the OHS Department

We have replaced our aging set of CPR Manikins. I wasn’t able to get new parts for the old manikins as they were discontinued. Unfortunately, they were getting to the point they were no longer safe to train with. Our new Manikins are the Prestan Professional Series manikins. These manikins provide instant feedback to the users. These have a small computer built in to let the user know if they are performing CPR correctly or not. February 17th & 18th, the grade 10’s in Hughenden had the honor of being the first class I’ve taught with them.

- Don Doherty

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Local Authorities Buy Back Information

Within the next couple of weeks, some members of the Local Authorities Pension Plan will be receiving packages with information regarding the availability of service to purchase for the 2021 year. If you are one of those members and wish to purchase that service, please follow these guidelines.


  1. You must indicate your decision to LAPP that you wish to make the purchase. This is the employee’s responsibility. Fill out the “Buyback Election” form. You can either fax the form (1-780-421-1652), mail it in, or go to the employee pension website at www.mypensionplan.ca. A copy of this MUST be sent to Support Staff Payroll as well.

  2. A copy of the “Buyback Proposalmust be sent to Support Staff Payroll. The buyback details are only sent to the employee and without this information BTPS cannot process the buyback of service.

  3. If you wish the amounts to be deducted from your pay and forwarded to LAPP, please send an e-mail authorizing the deduction to donna.rozka@btps.ca. or you can forward a written note. If you would rather send a check made out to BTPS for the amount, you must allow enough time to process the payment and it will be forwarded with the next monthly remittance. Please note, all payments must meet APS deadlines.


If you still have further specific questions, please forward them to donna.rozka@btps.ca. We will try to answer them as quickly as possible.

Exciting News from WES


Colouring Contest

Exciting day in Grade 4Valleau at WES. 3 of their students won a colouring contest for era.ca. (The contest they entered, creating a poster for the Electronic Recycling Association, in the fall). They were presented with their prizes which were, fittingly, Chromebooks! Congratulations!!
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Resources

Pink Shirt Day 2022

This year’s theme, #BeKindAB, encourages Albertans to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive with colleagues, clients, friends and family. Building healthy relationships is one of the best ways to prevent bullying and create safe environments. Posters, social media graphics and other resources are available at Pink Shirt Day Alberta.


By promoting the day, you show your commitment and understanding of the importance of promoting healthy relationships and creating environments that are welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and free of bullying behaviours.


As a further demonstration of commitment to supporting safe schools, I would like to remind you about the Respect in School and Respect in the Workplace online training programs, which are available in English and French. All school authority staff are encouraged to complete both programs.


I encourage you to build these programs into your 2022 professional development plans at both the school and school authority levels. Student leaders and parent volunteers are also eligible to take the Respect in School training. If you have questions or require assistance, please contact Kathy Theberge, Respect Group’s dedicated project manager, at ktheberge@respectgroupinc.com.


You can also access information on promoting healthy relationships in schools and on how to identify, prevent and respond to bullying. The Bullying Helpline (1‑888‑456‑2323) is available 24 hours, 7 days a week in more than 170 languages, and the Bullying Online Chat is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Bullying ‑ Find supports. Both are confidential. Additional resources are available through the Alberta COVID‑19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub, a partnership between the Alberta government, jack.org and the Kids Help phone line. The 2021-22 School Year Plan also outlines valuable resources for universal, targeted, and individual supports to assist school and school authorities in meeting the mental health needs of children, students and school communities.


Indigenous students and staff may also wish to contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). This line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada in Cree, Ojibwe and Inuktitut.

Please share these resources. I appreciate your support in raising awareness about healthy relationships and bullying prevention.