BTPS Newsletter

October 13, 2022

Superintendent's Memo

Happy Post Thanksgiving Weekend,

I hope you all enjoyed a weekend full of things that made you grateful.

October is a beautiful month and I hope you’ve taken some moments to enjoy the colours of the season. Some October quotes:

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery

“October is a symphony of permanence and change”. – Bonaro W. Overstreet

“October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.” - unknown

The highlight of October was definitely the Years of Service and Retirement Event. I enjoyed celebrating all the Years of Service Award recipients and retirees. What an amazing evening! Thank you to our Board of Trustees for hosting the event. Here is the media release about the event.

October is National Principal and Assistant Principal Month! I want to give a huge shout out to our school leaders who are so dedicated to staff and students. BTPS is fortunate to have an amazing leadership team!

Take care,




On behalf of the BTPS Joint Health & Safety Committee, I would like to welcome our newest members. Representing our ATA Members, we have; from Vermilion Elementary School, Tracy Long and from Amisk School, Maegan Philp.

Buffalo Trail Public Schools has a safety committee whose purpose is to promote health and safety and enable workers’ voices to be heard on this subject matter.

The committee meets 4 times a year and reviews site inspection findings, Incident and Near Miss Investigations and engages in discussions on how to improve overall health and safety efforts in the Division.

Committee Members

Vince Saretsky - Committee Co-Chair, Worker Rep. -

Curt Orbeck - Committee Co-Chair, Employer Rep. -

Don Doherty - OHS Coordinator, Central Services Rep. -

Chris Miller - Maintenance, CUPE Rep. Maintenance -

Joyce Baker - Educational Assistant, CUPE Rep. Denorte School -

Maegan Philp - Teacher, ATA Rep, Amisk School -

Tracy Long – Teacher, ATA Rep, VES -

If you have any concerns regarding health and safety at your worksite, you can direct your concern to your; Supervisor, your Site Safety Representative, the OHS Coordinator or any Committee Member

- Don Doherty

Outstanding Support Staff Award

Each year BTPS honours an Outstanding Support Staff member. This award is presented in honor of Amy Rodgers and highlights a nominated staff member who

  • Provides exceptional service to students, staff, parents and the school community

  • Shows creativity, innovation, stick-to-itiveness and generosity

  • Demonstrates passion for students and commitment to the school community

  • Exemplifies fairness, empathy, respect, caring and a positive attitude

This year’s Outstanding Support Staff Award goes to….

Educational Assistant, Tara Davis, from Provost Public School.

Congratulations Tara!

October 2nd, 2022

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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:

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BTPS Central Office Display

Artwork submitted by Provost Public School Students
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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.

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

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National School Bus Safety Week

October 16-22, 2022

National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, staff, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. Student safety is a our priority.

School Bus Safety Week is held the third full week of October each year

Thank you BTPS Bus Contractors and Bus Drivers!

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