Bear Blast

Week of Jan 17, 2022

Working together; succeeding together.

We are priviledged to share Treaty 6 Territory traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Saulteux, Ojibwaya and the Metis Nation.

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Casual Custodians Needed

Do you want to work with the best team in the world? Of you course you do, who wouldn't. Good news! We are looking for casual custodians to help out Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, and Mrs. Antazo when they need to be away. I hear it pays pretty good and the people you would work with are awesome. If you would like more information, please contact the school.
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A Different Persepective on An Old Enemy

It's hard to believe that COVID-19 became a very real part of our world almost 2 years ago. Even harder to believe is that it is still very much front and center. I remember shortly after the school closed, I told a parent that I thought it would be 6-8 weeks at most. Man, was I wrong! As we find ourselves deep in this newest wave of Omicron I think that it is critical that we look at how our perspective has shifted.

2 years ago we found ourselves battling an unknown enemy without any weapons. Now we find ourselves much more knowledgeable about the virus and armed with a largely vaccinated population. Our fear of the virus has changed from life and death to the inconvenience of ever-changing isolation rules and flow charts. Although there still remains the lingering unknown of health impacts and the stress on our heavily burdened healthcare system, largely now, we are now battling a far milder virus that moves with break-kneck speed through our homes and communities. I have had so many phone calls in the last week of families who had found positives in their homes (thanks largely to the use of rapid testing) and have great feelings of guilt. This is the last thing that our families need as they battle the virus in their homes. Omicron is far more contagious and finds ways to get past even the most vigilant precautions. None of our families should ever feel shame or guilt as we battle this virus. We know that you are doing what you can (and more) to live a normal life while still safeguarding our kids and families members and there is no shame in that.

In closing, I want to thank our community for the tremendous level of understanding and grace you have shown us as we navigate these, still, tumultuous waters. From the beginning, I have attested, and remain committed to my conviction that together, we got this!

Unified Sport

Mr. Bloski has been working very hard at introducing Unified Sport into our school and the entirety of the NESD. Unified Sport is supported and promoted by Special Olympics Saskatchewan and sees athletes with cognitive and learning disabilities working alongside neurotypical athletes on a team. The events are 3-on-3 Basketball, Baggo (bean bag toss), and Bocce Ball. We had a mini-event last Thursday (stay tuned for pics) and it was a huge success. We hope very soon to be able to invite other schools for a division-wide event. Thank you to Mr. Bloski for all of your work on this. Check out the video below for more information.
Unified Sports Inclusion Recruitment

Supporting Students Who Must Isolate

When students are required by health to isolate at home, PPCS will continue to support their learning at a distance.

  • The teacher will reach out to let you know the format of delivery (paper copies or digital).
  • The work provided may not match the work done in class, especially if the classwork is discussion-based.
  • TO avoid overwhelming you and your child, we will only send new work when completed work is sent back to the teacher.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school. It is very important that students learning continues during periods of mandatory isolation.

New Website

We will try and keep our calendar of events updated with our home games schedule, check it often.

Please check out our Partners page. It highlights all of our community partnerships, which we could not operate without.

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Healthy Snack Ideas

Hiding Carrots in Plain Site

I am sure like me, you have trouble convincing your kids to make veggies a regular part of their meal plan. One trick that we have found that ended up having a double win was putting carrots into our pasta sauce. Anytime we cook a meat sauce or even a tomato sauce, we include finely minced carrots. At first, our kids didn't even notice them and now they ask for them. The taste blends seamlessly into the sauce and adds a great thick texture which our kids love. When we forget to add them they will tell us that the sauce seems too watery.

With the absence of microwaves, we invested in some thermoses and our kids love them.. No more having to wait in line at the microwave. We find that we actually have to let the food cool before putting it in the thermos or it is still too hot to eat even by lunchtime. Check out Slobodians and the Co-op for selections of thermoses.

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Vaccine Requirement

As per NESD AP309, as of Dec 6, anyone entering the school, other than incidentally, will have to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test in the last 48h. This includes things such as volunteering for events, being a spectator at a sporting event or special event, or any other reason that would have you interacting with students or staff for 15 minutes or longer.

Incidental visits, such as dropping off or picking up students, dropping off lunches, etc do not require proof of vaccine or negative test. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

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Make it Sow Fundraiser

Do you plan on planting a garden? Of course you do. We can help! Well, we can at least help with seeds.

PPCS is partnering with Make It Sow Inc. to provide an opportunity for our families to get the jump on spring and buy their garden and flower seeds.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will help to support extracurricular travel and field trips.

Visit (or click the button below).

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Thank you in advance for your support.

Orders are due Jan 24th.

Citrus Fundraiser is Coming

We have just completed our registration for the Fersters Citrus fundraiser. Fresh oranged and grapefruits will very soon be ready to order. Stay tuned!

Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

Anything But a Backpack Day

Grade 5/6 Sledding

Last Thursday our gym was being used by Unified Sport. We decided that with that in mind and the much warmer weather we would take the 5 and 6s sledding at the sled hill in town. Miss Hoffus also decided to take her phys ed 2/3 class. Everyone had an amazing time, huge shout-out to the town of Porcupine Plain for building and maintaining the sledding hill, another great recreational opportunity in our community.

Foyer Furniture is Back

Mr. Riley's History Classroom

History really does come alive in Mr. Riley's classroom. Mr. RIley has graciously brought some authentic WWII furniture into his classroom. Originally its home was an air force base in Edmonton. It then made its way into Mr. Riley's grandmother's possession and eventually his possession. It now resides in his classroom and allows the students to see era, authentic furnishings. Thank you to Mr. Riley and Mrs. Irving who has lent us a photo to make it even more authentic. It is a beautiful (and educational) addition to the learning space.
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Upcoming Events

Jan 28 - Term 2 ends

Jan 31 and Feb 1 - No School (SIP DAY)

Feb 2 - Term 3 Begins

Feb 11 - Jump Rope for Heart Event

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Extra Curr Travel

As most of you know, the NESD put a pause on all out of community travel for extra curr. This was done in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. We should hear on Tuesday the status of this. It is our hope that it will be safe enough to resume travel and get our athletes back in action.

Athletes of the Week

This week we wanted to highlight all of our unified sport athletes. Last Thursday they had their first event, but they have been practicing and playing over the last several weeks. They have done a great job at developing their skills and more importantly at developing relationships with each other. Great ambassadors for our school and great ambassadors for the program.

We Want Fans in the Stands

We are so happy to be able to invite fans to our home games once again this year. We ask that...

  • You only come if you are feeling well.
  • Provide proof of vaccination or a negative test (48h).
  • You wear a mask at all times when in the building
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Complete our contact tracing list upon entry
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).

Hot Lunches are Back!!

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Youth Group is running Fridays at 8:00pm at the youth room. Listen to morning announcements for more details.

Awana Kids Club

For Kindergarten-Grade 6!

Awana Kids Club will begin on Thursday, Sept 9.

It’ll run each Thursday from right after school gets out until 5:10pm.

Kids can come to the old elementary school (QCP) and enter through the back double doors!

Games, live music, and learning time every week!

Free to register!

Call Heidi at 306-278-7883 or Desi at 306-865-6350 if you have any questions!

New COVID Protocols

There has been some confusion regarding some of the new COVID protocols in the last few days. I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the points. Please always refer to the most recent communication from NESD or PPCS.

If you receive a letter from the school or health explaining that your child has been close contact...

  • If your child is fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks from their 2nd dose). They can attend school and all activities as long as they are symptom-free.
  • If your child is not or is unable to be fully vaccinated, they can attend school as long as they are symptom-free but must isolate from all extracurricular (school and non) activities for a period of 10 days from exposure.
  • We strongly recommend using rapid testing to monitor status, regardless of symptoms.
  • If your child becomes symptomatic, regardless fo vaccine status, you should contact 811 and follow their instructions.

A Letter From NESD

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