Classroom News

Grade 3 – Mrs. Campbell

The grade three class has been working on descriptive writing. Each student has drawn an Elf. After drawing their Elf they have written a description
of their elf with enough detail so another student could try drawing it from the description they have given them. They will then compare both, their drawing and the other students, to see if they have enough detail in their description. Now parents it is your turn to draw some elves. Below are some of the descriptions that the students have written.

“My elf has brown boots. Green pants. a black belt with a golden square buckle. has a brown mustache. Black sunglasses pontey ears a green hat with white ball on the end. Right arm 3 cm. Left arm 3 cm. Right leg 3 cm. Left leg 3 cm. Green shirt with 5 buttons and brown gloves.” By Rogan

“My elf Bob is the most toughest elf I’ve ever seen in the world!!!!!!!!!! My elf has a lot of muscles. My elf has popping vains. My elf has No shirt and a black mustache. He has green pants With Dark red candy cane Design. Red hat with pom pom. Tan skin and Yellow eyes! I can’t wait to draw.” By Holden

“Hi! I’m going to tell you my elf swap description. Here it is. The paper should be Portrait. The outline is black. My elf has brown shoes. Both his feet are facing left, while his arms are facing right. He takes up about 3/4 portrait. He is pretty skinny, so he takes up about 1⁄4 wideness. He has a yellow suit, orange eyes and orange pants. He has two pointy ears, which have a brown cowboy hat behind them. He has a bow and arrow in his hand and they are brown. He has peach- colored skin. His name is Arconn.” Sincerely, Rhys

“My elf is so cute. He is as big as a pointing finger. He has a head that is Medium size and is face is peach coloured. He has blue eyes and he has a mouth that is a circle and his mouth is red. He also has a neck that is peach colored. He also has a hat that is red and green and a grey circle at the end. He has a shirt that has red and green stripes. He also has green pants. He has peach coloured hands too. He is holding a BIG candy cane. The candy cane has red and green and blue stripes. Also he has tiny tiny shoes. And finally he has bangs that cover his fore head.” By Max

Grade 7-9

The Junior High Science classes have been having fun with the new breakout kit the school purchased! This game has students working together to solve clues and break into the locked boxes. It mimics an escape room and students must work together to get out.

Grade 8/9 – Miss Owens

Students in grades 8 and 9 have one 80 minute block every week called “Careers”. In this block they are creating a product and business plan to sell their product. Katherine Cissell has been coming in every week to help our students with their projects and implement some of the junior achievement program.

At the end of this project, students should have a good idea about how setting up a business works, what profits and losses are, as well as develop some public speaking skills.

In January, we will be getting a panel of judges into the school and students will present their idea and business plan in the hopes of getting investors interested. This will look very much like an episode of Dragon’s Den where students are making pitches to judges. We will call it the Bulldog Pen instead of the Dragon’s Den.

Happy December!

Dates to remember

It’s hard to believe we are already in December and nearly a third through the school year! We will be having a busy three weeks until Christmas break, with Christmas Concert practices soon running full-tilt, and bake/craft sales, a Burger Bash, and a visit to the movies for Grades 4-9 rounding out our time.

We will also have three students heading to JSET (Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team) with Ms. Galbraith in early December, and Grade 8-9 students working on preparing their product pitches for the Bulldog Pen, coming up in January (more details below). Grade 9 students will have tickets for sale later this week to see Hypnotist Sebastian Steel (PG- 13) at the school on January 13, as a fundraiser for their Quebec Trip happening in 2018. There will also be a silent auction that evening that students will be seeking donations for. Tickets are $35 and are available from Grade 9 students going to Quebec, or at the school office. They will make great stocking stuffers!

Thank you to everyone who ordered poinsettias from our Grade 5/6 students. All funds raised from that fundraiser go to the Grade 5/6 Edmonton Trip in June 2018. There are still some red and white poinsettias available for sale. They are $13 each, and are lovely healthy plants! Feel free to visit the school office if you would like to purchase a poinsettia.

We are also looking forward to the Craft Sale the Grade 5/6 students are holding on Thursday, December 7, in the school to raise money for their Edmonton Trip. That same day, the Grade 7 class will be selling cookies for our cookie sale. Cookies will be selling for 50 cents and up, and craft sale items will start at $1.

New Season, New Role


Photo by Randy Vanderveen

Coming into the 2017-2018 ACAC season, Bezanson-alumni Evan Lloyd has stepped up into a new role as the head coach of the Grande Prairie Regional College’s Wolves Men’s Basketball team.

Evan attended Bezanson school from 1993-2003 and Peace Wapiti Academy from 2004-2007. His coaching career began at Peace Wapiti Academy in 2007 and continued at the high-school until 2015 where he stepped down and began his new journey. Evan received a Titan of Today award at Peace Wapiti Academy around 2010-2011. “It was a great honour to win that,” says Evan. Evan also coached the first boy’s basketball team at Peace Wapiti Academy to make provincials which was only the start of his appearances at provincials. Evan ended up going to provincials the 5 out of the 8 years of coaching. Alongside Evan’s high-school coaching role was also head-coaching and assistant-coaching Junior Wolves Basketball for the past 5 summers. He first joined the GPRC basketball program as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program under Jonathan Verhesen in 2015. The following year was when he stepped down from coaching at the high-school level and joined Thomas Slifka as a full-time assistant coach as well as taking on a new role as the lead-assistant coach. Evan had this role for 2 years and has now stepped up as the Interim Head Coach of the GPRC Wolves men’s basketball program this 2017-2018 season.

Coaching at the ACAC level is much different from coaching at the high-school level. Evan says the athletes are “much more fundamentally skilled, more athletic, bigger, and stronger” and the opposing coaches have “very basketball-savvy minds” who are “very skilled at exploiting what your team isn’t very good at.”

Another huge difference from the high-school level to the ACAC level is the time commitment.

“Coaching at this level is essentially a full-time job, with practice everyday of the week, breaking down our film, opponent film, doing scouts, having study halls, and doing mental skill sessions. Where as a high school coach you may have 3 practices a week, and don’t have to do film every week on the teams you face.

-Evan Lloyd

Photo by Randy Vanderveen

Each coach has a different skillset and personality. Coaches develop these two things through experience and through how their coaches had coached them.

“I think the best skillset I bring to coaching is the knowledge of the game from a strategic level, along with that I think another great skillset to have is the ability to create positive relationship with players. After it is all said and done, when ever I decide to hang up the clipboard, I want to be remembered as a great coach, a winner, and a friend to anyone involved in my programs.”

-Evan Lloyd

Thomas Slifka, former head coach of the GPRC Wolves Men’s basketball team, head-coached in Evan’s first year of being a full-time, lead, assistant coach. After asking Thomas to give us some feedback on Evan, he only had good things to say.

“Evan was my lead assistant for two years and I am very happy he has the opportunity to show he can lead Wolves Men’s Basketball.  Evan is incredibly passionate about the game of basketball and he absolutely will use that passion to drive him to success at the post-secondary level. He is such a great asset for GPRC and I have no doubt he will lead the team to success in the classroom, on-court, and in the community.””

-Thomas Slifka

Evan says that he had many obstacles to face, such as the “growing pains of being a young coach and finding the right methods to coach athletes.” Young coaches must grow and develop through learning as well and they start off with what they know. Evan says, “we ran a lot on my high school teams, so in my first couple years of coaching we would spend so much time running instead of working on fundamentals, or skill development. But as you grow as a coach, you find the best methods to convey messages and ideas to athletes.”

“I think a big influence on me to coach was having my dad as a coach in grade’s 10 & 11 at Peace Wapiti Academy. Although our teams weren’t the greatest or he wasn’t the most technically sound coach he still had passion, and inspired us to be better basketball players and individuals. I also knew the game pretty well from a strategic stand-point, so I had a knack for understanding the game. Another influence on me was one of my basketball coaches back in Bezanson, Dennis Maxwell. He coached me when I was younger, and I remember him helping me fix my shot one practice when I was just starting to get into basketball. But the way he was able to teach and help young athletes develop always stuck with me, especially at a young age. If I maybe had a bad experience with a coach at that age, I might not have gotten in to basketball.”

-Evan Lloyd

Photo by @gprcwolves

Coaching is an incredible way to give back to the community. Evan has been giving back to the community since 2005 and continues to, to this day.

There is nothing better than the feeling of giving back to the community that you live in or the community you come from. That community helped shaped you to the individual you are today. When you’re older, and in a position of influence you can provide so much to young students/athletes. My advice to young students would be start giving back now, older students give back to younger ones, whether it is with advice, knowledge, guidance, or just being a positive role model. Doing this at a young age prepares kids for a lifetime of giving back.”

-Evan Lloyd

Coming from a small school/community has its positives and negatives. The positives outweigh the negatives in Evan’s case as he talks about the joys of living in Bezanson and attending Bezanson School.

“There are so many positives about going to Bezanson school and living in the community. Majority of my family grew up/ went to school in Bezanson. The smaller class sizes allow for a closer relationship with the teachers, and creates a better learning environment. Also having a community that provides a lot of opportunities for it’s residences/students some examples are the new improved hockey arena, the incoming community center, baseball tournaments, curling bonspiels, and a FANTASTIC Lefty’s restaurant. The Bezanson community is great, close nit and relaxed.”

-Evan Lloyd

We wish Evan and his GPRC Wolves the best in this 2017-2018 ACAC season!

By Ally Pilgrim

100 People Challenge

Introducing the Capital Campaign Team’s “100 People Challenge”

We need 100 people to help us fund the construction of our new center!!

There are 31 days left in 2017, and we want you to be able to take advantage of the tax benefits available while helping your community. Did you know that if you make a $500 donation, that you would get half of it back if you completed your tax return by the end of April 2018?? Donate before December 31st!

Calling 100 people to fill the following spots!!
• 4 x $10,000 = $40,000
• 4 x $7,500 = $30,000
• 10 x $5,000 = $50,000
• 12 x 2,500 = $30,000
• 30 x $1000 = $30,000
• 40 x $500 = $20,000

100 people can raise $200,000 in a very short time and help our community! All donors will be recognized on the Community Builders’ Wall inside the Centre.

Please contact any of the following people if you would like to be one our “100 People”. We are ready to answer questions and make this happen! Contact us today…

Laura LaValley