Bear Blast

For the Week of Sept 12, 2022

Working together; succeeding together.

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As treaty people, we acknowledge the privilege and honor of sharing Treaty 6 territory with the traditional inhabitants; the Cree, Dene, Nakota, Sauteaux, Ojibway, and Metis Nation, Eastern Region II. We are thankful that we can use this land and all that it offers for our sustenance and the sustenance of our families.

We acknowledge the harm of colonialism and the residential school system and commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.

Remembering the Queen

The death of Elizabeth II, Canada's Queen has put our nation into a period of formal mourning. However, for many of us it goes beyond formalities. For most of us Queen Elizabeth has been a fixture in our government for our entire lives. There would be a small handful who would remember the reign of her father George VI. For the last 70 years, our Queen has stood as the guardian of our constitutional (albeit, largely as a figurehead); a foundational component of Canada's Constitutional Monarchy.

I was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh when I was still in elementary school. It was part of a Royal tour of Canada that included a stop in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. I can remember weeks of preparation, learning the proper protocols (bowing and curtsying), how to address the Queen and Prince, and a great deal of learning about the Monarchy and their role in Canada's government. I remember vividly, the day of the event and how large the crowds were. I was lucky enough to find myself in the front row, right along the walkway. My most vivid memory was, upon seeing Her Majesty and the Duke, realizing that they were just people, like the rest of us. No ermine furred capes or jewel-encrusted crowns. They were just a Grandma and Grandpa, wearing winter coats like the rest of us, standing in the cool late autumn air. The Queen waved as she went past, but the Duke actually stopped. In front of where we stood was a sign indicating that we were from Marengo. He stopped and shook our hands, and told us he had been part of a battle in Marengo; we were elated. He went on to say it was Marengo, France, but we were no less excited. I remember that beyond his accent, he seemed like someone you might meet on the street.

This began a personal, lifelong interest in the Monarchy, at least our Monarchy. I have spent the rest of my life trying to reconcile the events of that day with what we had been taught about the importance and pomp and circumstance that accompanies the monarchy. Since that day, I have had the pleasure of meeting His Majesty King Charles III, then he was Prince Charles, as well as seeing Prince Edward, unfortunately not able to meet him. I share this, not to brag (I was often in the right place at the right time), but to illustrate that on every occasion I was struck with the commonness of, by definition, truly not common people. Beyond their accents and throng of security, they were like you and me. They shook hands up and down and said thank you when welcomed and answered questions when asked.

As we move through the time of the mourning to the state funeral on Sept 19 and as we transition to a new Head of State; changes to currency, anthems, etc, I think that it is important to remember two things. There is value in tradition and in respecting our history, albeit equally if not far more important to learn from it and avoid the mistakes of the past. Also, to remember that when placing people on pedestals, whether it be politically or celebrity, we remember that first and foremost they are people, who deserve our inherent respect because of our shared humanity. We, as a nation, lost our Queen, but King Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne lost their mother, their children lost their grandmother and their children lost their great-grandmother. As a nation we thank Elizabeth II for her service and dedication to her role, we also offer our condolences to her family and friends.

God Save the King.

Our Day

8:50 - warning bell rings - students line up and come inside.

8:55 - class bell rings.

9:00 - Oh Canada and morning announcements.

12:10 - lunch bell rings - grades K-3 eat and go outside at 12:30, grades 4-6 go outside and eat at 12:30

12:50 - lunch warning bell rings - students come inside

12:55 - class bell rings

3:05 - high school dismissal bell rings

3:25 - elementary dismissal bell rings

Terry Fox

PPCS will once again be participating in the Terry Fox Walk. We will hold our school walk on Tuesday, Sept 20. We have set our school goal at $500 or approximately $2 per student. We would love to meet and beat this goal. If you wish to donate online, you can visit our school page by clicking the button below.

Extra Curricular Fees

In an earlier newsletter, we laid out our plan for an extracurricular fee this year. Shortly after, we were contacted by a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who has agreed to donate $4500 per year for the next three years to cover this fee. We are incredibly grateful for this generosity and will be canceling the fee. The donor has asked that our students contribute at least 1 hour of their time volunteering in the community. We will work with our coaches and teachers to coordinate this. Thank you to our donor for supporting extracurricular programming at PPCS. We do ask that families continue to support our fundraising as more funds can now be channeled to field trips and elementary activities.

Canoeing at Gem Lakes

This past week (Wed-Sat), Mr. Bloski, Miss Hoffus, Mr. Morin and the 20/30 Outdoor Ed class traveled to Gem lakes for canoeing and camping. Huge shout out to Affinity Credit Union for their generous donation that allowed us to purchase the canoe trailer and canoeing equipment and to PP Wildlife Club for helping with food.

Mr. B said it was very windy and cool, but the students were prepared and had a great time. Lots of good food and good laughs.

Bear Bites Getting Ready

We have started practicing some of the items that we will serve at Bear Bites starting in October. On Friday they may sub buns which we will use for subs or soup and sandwich days.

150lbs of Pop Tabs

The Kirkland family took in 150lb of pop tabs this weekend. Thank you to everyone who brought tabs to the school and helped contribute to their total.

Welcome Week

We were over the moon excited to be able to host our welcome week. This year we had: SINGO on Tuesday (like BINGO, but with songs), Minute to Win It (like the gameshow), and a 2-day buddy activity, where buddy classes made inspirational posters and hung them up around town. Thank you to all of the staff who helped plan the events and to the students who made them awesome.
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The Next Staff vs. Students game is Sept 28!

SRC Members Needed!

PPCS SRC is looking for student members. We have a wide-open year and are super excited to do some awesome things, but we need students to make that happen. Talk to Miss Wallen or Mrs. Mielke if you are interested.

Music Lessons in Porcupine Plain

Parents have inquired every year for many years about the possibility of music instruction at PPCS. Our challenge was finding a teacher. As luck would have it, Mrs. Victoria Riley reached out to me late this summer about offering private lessons at the school. We have agreed to provide Mrs. Riley with a space to teach the lessons at PPCS in exchange for some classroom time for our art classes. To inquire about lessons, please see the contact information below.
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Upcoming Events

Sept 12 - Apple Fundraiser begins

Sept 19 - Blanket Exercise at PPCS (grades 7-12)

Sept 20 - School Terry Fox Walk

Sept 23 - Grade 11 field trip to the college of veterinary medicine

Sept 28- Staff vs. Student Game

Sept 29 - Orange Shirt Day

Sept 30 - School Improvement Planning (NO SCHOOL)

Oct 12 - Retakes and Grad Photos ** Note this was changed from Oct 13 to align with kindergarten days.

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Apple Fundraiser Starts Monday

We will be once again partnering with Ferster's Market to bring you our annual apple fundraiser. Students will be receiving their fundraising packages on Monday. We are once again asking each student to sell 2 cases of fruit. These funds will be used to support field trips and elementary equipment. Thank you in advance for your support. Our fundraiser will run from Sept 12-16.

Team Schedules

Jr. Girls Vball

Mon, Thurs practice 3:30-5:30

Wed Games (stay tuned for home games)

Sr. Girls Vball

Mon practice 6-8pm

Thurs practice 7-8:30am

Fri and Sat tournament in Kinistino.

Flag Football

Tues and Wed practice 3:30-5:00

Cross Country

Tues, Wed, Fri practice 3:30-4:30

First meet with Thursday (Sept 15) in Tisdale

Jr. and Sr. Golf

Mon, Tues practice 3:30-6:00 @ Greenghills

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear