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Bezanson Community Marks Locations of Historical One-Room Schools

In 2018, a local researcher embarked upon a project to mark the historical one-room school sites in the Bezanson District. The Kleskun Hill Museum Society applied for and received a Community Initiatives Program Grant administered by Alberta Culture and Tourism to fund the project and with the assistance of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 to install the signs, all the sites were marked by October 2019.

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Fenton’s Greenhouse

Fenton’s Greenhouse is more than just a place to buy your flowers in this community. It is a plant nursery full of self-less, kind staff who continue to voluntarily contribute to this community. Fenton’s has been in business for 35+ years and continues to grow. Helen Fenton began this business with just two or three small wood-framed greenhouses. It has grown into a very well-known business that people all over the county make the journey to come and visit.

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Junior Forest Wardens: Bezanson Brown Bears

Three years ago, Erika Backmeyer was looking for something for her kids to be able to
attend and decided to attend a meeting in Grande Prairie about restarting the
Grande Prairie’s Junior Forest Warden club. Unfortunately, Erika was the only
one who showed up, so she decided to avoid the inconvenient driving that a
Grande Prairie club would entail. She decided to begin her own club in
Bezanson. She says, “I was a tree-planter
for many years, so the forestry part resonated with me, plus the camping and
hiking. It seemed like really great stuff to do with kids and other families!”
And so, the Bezanson Brown Bears Junior Forest Wardens began.

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No Stone Left Alone

By: Mia and Chloe

On November 6 the Junior Highs went to the Glen Leslie Cemetery and laid poppies on all the veterans graves. Wanda Zenner gave us a brief description on all the different veterans who lay in Glen Leslie Cemetery. Everyone was given the name of a soldier. The Junior High students would search for their soldier, once they found their veteran they would lay a poppy on their grave, then respect them with a minute of silence. Chloe and I felt that this expanded our understanding of the effect the war had on our little community. We all enjoyed No Stone Left Alone because it felt as if we were honoring their legacy and remembering the soldiers’ sacrifice. The contrast of red poppy on the white snow will probably draw people to the cemetery to the veterans’ graves. Thus allowing the soldiers to not be forgotten. Overall this was a very heartwarming and a great experience. Chloe and I feel that this should become a Bezanson School Remembrance Day tradition for the many years to come.

Welcome Back Students!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. If you are returning, welcome back. If you are new to our school, we are glad to have you join us, and we know that you are going to enjoy being part of this vibrant school community. Your participation and encouragement is most welcome. Parents must truly be partners in their children’s education! If at any time you have questions or concerns, please talk to the teacher and/or the school administrators.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year at Bezanson School!

A big welcome goes out to Bezanson’s new teachers!

Chantel Matlock – Grade 4

Antoinette Shulur – JH Language Arts/Social Studies, 4 Social Studies, 5/6 French

Stacy Hanna – 4-9 PE, 7/8 Science, 6 Math

Also a warm welcome back to Lisa Cairns who is returning after a year’s leave and Kim Living who will be our ECS teacher!

Our Staff looks forward to seeing you at our Meet the Teacher/Community night BBQ on September 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

I always enjoy the positive energy that fills our hallways on the first days of school. The excitement of reconnecting with friends, getting a new classroom and teacher and the comfort of the familiar routine is projected in all of the smiling faces of both the students and teachers.

Junior High option forms were send home with students yesterday. It is very important that we get those back as soon as possible so that we can get the class lists and classes ready for this coming Friday.

Bezanson School Council needs you!

Additionally, we encourage you to become active in our Bezanson School Council, which you will hear more about in the coming days. The school council is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and support the mission of the school. Our Bezanson School Council Chair is Pam Rintoul and she would love to share details of how parents can become more involved and support our school. There will be an information booth at the Meet the Teacher night, so be sure to visit her there to find out more!

2018-2019 will be a great year at Bezanson School!

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you for all that you do to make us great!

Elizabeth Linfield, Principle






Bezanson Playschool Registration

Phone in Registration Only
Wednesday September 5, 2018
9 am – 11 am

Call Theresa McLeod @ 780-518-0981

Must be 4 by December 31, 2018
Calls will be answered in sequence, DO NOT leave a message, calls will be answered or returned in the order calls are received. First come, first served.

10 Questions with Les Sonnenberg

Photo Credit: Les Sonnenburg

1. What brought you to Bezanson?
At the time I was working as an elementary teacher in Spirit River at P.A.V.E.  During the spring, I went golfing with John Young who was the phys. ed teacher at Bezanson.  He mentioned that he was transferring to Harry Balfour the following year. I inquired about the position.   Hearing lots of good things about the school and community, I decided to make the move. Best decision I ever made!

 2. How long have you been with Bezanson School?
17 years.

3. What have the students in Bezanson shown you during your career here?
The students of Bezanson have shown me that there is a lot of hope for our World.  Every time I turn on the news, I am witness to some worrisome events. From what I have seen of the youth here in our school, there is a tremendous amount of potential.  I’ve seen unbelievable kindness, compassion and friendship. The students from this school have and will continue to make a positive impact in the world.

4. What do you like the most about the community?
I like how quiet this community is.  Grande Prairie is so busy, people tend to have less patience, my anxiety goes through the roof every time I have to drive or do business in the city.  It is so nice to come to work where vehicles don’t clog the streets and people have time to still have a conversation.

5. What is your favorite memories from being at Bezanson?
Unwrapping a gift at Christmas time and out from the box pops the head of a live 40 lb. turkey!  I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the bird! I kindly gave the bird back to its owners…I think the turkey was grateful.  I loved the underdog role our basketball team had all those years. Going up against the big schools whether it be from G.P or within our district, I always enjoyed watching our kids take on the challenge.  The players learned so much about themselves in those games. Realizing that we could compete with these large school teams, it was fun to watch their confidence grow.  I’m going to miss the noon hour floor hockey games, random high-fives in the hallway, and all those toothless grade 1 smiles.

6. As your future continues what are your plans?
My hope is to slow life down a little.  Spend more time with my son and wife. I will be working with my wife at her Kumon math and reading center in Grande Prairie.  I will also be very active in the curling scene in the Peace Country. My time will be mainly spent on coaching my son’s team and running clinics for youth in the area.  If the opportunity presents itself, maybe even help to bring back the GPRC curling program. And of course, I plan to sub a couple of days here at the school just to say hi.

Photo Credit: Les Sonnenburg

7. What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Fly fishing, fly fishing and a little more fly fishing!  I also enjoy puttering around my acreage and of course watching Bruins hockey…Go Bruins!

8. What do you enjoy the most with your family?
As a family we spend a lot of time at curling clubs.  We enjoy both the competitive and social aspects that the game offers us.  Who knew that throwing rocks at houses could be so much fun.

9. Where is your favorite spot to spend time with family?
Pierre Grey’s Lakes…a little piece of heaven just outside of Grande Cache.  We have camped there for over 16 years with friends, a lot of great memories.

10. What do you hope for in the future of Bezanson?
I hope Bezanson keeps their small town feel.  People still greet you with a smile and they call you by your name.  With the expansion of the hall, I know that this community is in good hands because what a great place to have community events.  The kids in this community are blessed to have such a great place to grow.



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Last Newsletter!!!

I can hardly believe we are in the last month of school for the 2017-18 year! You don’t even need all your fingers and toes to count the number of days until summer holidays!

We will have a busy last month, so I’m sure it will fly by! Our Kindergarten cookie sale ($0.50/cookie) and Library Readers Pizza Day are happening on June 7. Those students who have filled out all 5 pages of their library reading passport will be able to order a (free) pizza and will receive an ice cream treat of some sort from Mrs. Matlock. That evening we will be celebrating our Grade 9 students and their years at our school.

Our Awards Ceremony is June 14 at 1:00pm. We hope you will join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our lovely students over this last year!

Grade 6 students will write their PATs June 20-25, and Junior High students will write their finals (including Grade 9 PATs) June 22-27. Grade 5/6 students head to Edmonton for their year-end trip June 26-28, and final report cards will go home on June 28. (If your child(ren) are not able to be here June 28, their report card will be forwarded to you by mail.)

On the Home Stretch

Welcome, May! I am so happy to see the sun shining (at last!), and the snow piles disappeared very quickly in the warmth last week (also, at last!!). The days are getting so long, all the snow is off the garden, and the tulips in front of the school are going to start blooming any day now. I feel like I have run a months- long marathon and have emerged victorious on the other side of the finish line!

We hope you will be able to join us Wednesday, May 2, at the school from 5:00-7:00pm for our Family Games Night. We will be serving supper at 5:30pm, and would like to thank our Grade 5/6 students and their parents for providing cookies for dessert!! Please bring a favourite family board or card game to play in our gym/hallway, and enjoy the evening with your family; our teachers will take care of the cooking and cleaning up!

Our Grade 9 students return from Quebec on Saturday, May 5, and we can hardly wait to hear their stories and see the pictures of their adventure!

It is looking like there is a chance Track Meet could actually happen on May 11 (I

wouldn’t have guessed that a couple of weeks ago). Assuming the weather continues to cooperate, they will be headed to Grande Prairie that morning to represent our school at Legion Field for the day.

The SAC Meeting was rescheduled to May 14 at 7:00pm; please make an effort to be there! Babysitting will be provided for those that need it.

Author Marty Chan will be here May 15 for presentations for our Grades 1-6 students (Teepee Creek School will be coming to join us for the morning as well).

We are very excited to have the County of Grande Prairie here May 23-24 for the Bezanson Streetscape Project! They will be unveiling the winner of the Grade 4-7 Streetscape Contest and painting two designs on the pavement in Bezanson. Congratulations and good luck to the finalists: Kara Radomske, Hannah Wiens, Alandra Humbke, a collaborative work by Laurel van der Giessen/ Mackenzie Ewert/Hannah McRae, Taryn Cissell, and Katie Ewert.