BTPS Newsletter

October 24, 2022

Superintendent's Memo

Halloween is one week away. It has been exciting to visit schools and see all the spooky decorations. I hope the treats are plentiful this Halloween for you all. (FYI - I love rockets).

I want to thank you for continuing your commitment to truth and reconciliation which continues after the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As you continue to embed knowledge and learning into your classrooms, this Indigenous Education Resource Guide may help support you. Strengthening the Heartbeat of Reconciliation seems to be a fitting title for our work.

Our schools are fortunate to have dedicated School Councils. These strong partnerships support student learning and wellbeing within our schools. Here is a School Council Resource Guide; plus Alberta School Councils Association (ASCA) member School Councils have access online to additional resources. ASCA does a great job in supporting school councils’ roles within our schools.

Over the month of October and into November, Michelle, James and I have the opportunity to meet with principals and assistant principals in what we call Instructional Leadership visits. We are absolutely amazed to learn more about the student focused events, activities and learning that is occurring in our schools. We discuss school goals, including wellness, data, student events and also professional learning. Our visits align with the Leadership Quality Standard and I am so proud of your work! The common message we hear is that each school’s team approach contributes to supporting all students in our schools.

The most recent media releases that were sent out are BTPS is Thankful and BTPS Years of Service and Retirement Celebration. I am also pleased to share our next Remembrance Day radio ads from Hughenden students, Gage and Holly.

It is hard to believe that October has only a week left. I am crossing my fingers the snow holds off a bit longer around here! Enjoy the rest of the month and Happy Halloween everyone!

Take care,



Radio Ad - Remembrance Day

Gage from Hughenden Public School

Radio Ad - Remembrance Day

Holly from Hughenden Public School

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

Next upcoming date is Tuesday November 15 (online)

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

Teacher Retirement Transition Strategy

Please be aware that at the October Board meeting, the Teacher Retirement Transition Strategy was approved for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are thinking about retirement, this might be of interest to you. The TRTS is posted on our website.

Send Emails With Email Templates

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Staff can also make a copy of this Google Doc and save it as a favorite in Chrome. They can copy and paste the information into the body of the Tech Help email.

Convergence Conference 2022: ATLE

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BTPS Pink Shirt Day Official Shirts for 2023

Orders can be placed online at - 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

Additional Information

Visitor Sign In to our schools and training centres:

Bookmark it for your visits to our facilities.

Young Run Club:

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (free toothbrush for Grades 1 and 2 students):

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)

Click here for info regarding ASEBP!

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