Bear Blast

Week of June 7, 2021

Working together; succeeding together.

We are honoured to share Treaty 6 territory; traditional lands of the Cree, Dene , Nakota, Salteaux and Ojibway, homeland of the Metis Nation.

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Daily Screening

Please use the following tool to screen your child, every morning.

Hot Weather and Masks...Not a Great Combo

It is wonderful to see the sun out and the warm (and sometimes hot!) weather returning. With the change in weather has come some slight changes to our masking protocols. To date, the health officer continues to recommend that masks be worn by students in school any time that physical distancing, of at least 6 feet, is not possible. This includes both indoors and outside. However, as could be imagined we are finding that wearing the masks continuously in hot weather is not particularly comfortable. Since April, when we made masks outside a requirement, we have always encouraged students to tae masks breaks as needed and our students have become experts at creating space so that they can lower their mask and have a break. This will continue, as will encouraging students to play games and participation activities that allow for distancing so that masks can be taken off safely. These include games and activities where the students are in motion and close contact is incidental (tag, soccer, etc) or where they can space themselves out (jackpot, hopscotch). That being said, some games and activities do not lend themselves to distancing (playing in the sand, basketball), for that reason, if students are participating in these activities, they are required to be masked. Students will also be required to wear there masks when entering and leaving the school and who lining up at the stakes to go inside. We feel that this balance will ensure the safety of everyone at school, while at the same time providing comfort.


We have been lucky enough to remain in full face-to-face instruction since September and have had a variety of extracurricular and student activities throughout the year. We are planing some of our usual year end events. All of this hinges on maintaining a safe environment and adhering to the requirements put forth by health. We want to thank all of our families for their support and encouragement throughout the year. It has been a very strange and, at times, difficult year, and we could not have done it without your support. It is our sincere hope that the fall will look a lot more normal than this fall did, together we can make that happen.

Bike Rodeo was a Huge Success!

Thursday and Friday of last week the bike rack was more full than usual (although it always pretty full), in fact we brought in two extra bike racks to hold all of the spares. It was our annual Bike Rodeo, and after having to miss last year, we were super excited to have it happen again. There were some minor changes this year; most notably, the grades when through independently and we had only 6 stations (we usually have 9). Another difference was that our grade 6s hosted rather than our grades 8s, in an attempt to avoid crossing high school and elementary cohorts.


It was a roaring success ad everyone had an amazing time. This was largely due to the amazing job that our grade 6s did in leading the teams and the stations. They made the days amazing for everyone who participated. We are so thankful to have such an amazing group of students who made the event so enjoyable for everyone involved. All of the participants were amazing as well. It is very clear that most of our students spend a great deal of time on their bikes. This group was one of the strongest groups we have ever had participate in bike rodeo. I hope that everyone learned a lot about bike safety, but also had a great time. We can't wait for next year!

Dissections in Biology

We completed the anatomy and physiology outcome in Biology 30 last week. It asks students to compare a variety of organisms in terms of their anatomy and physiology. We accomplished this through a series of dissections including:


  • Earthworms
  • Star Fish
  • Squid
  • Perch
  • Grass Frogs
  • Rats

The students did a lot of learning and developed their dissections skills at the same time.


WARNING: Pictures are a little bit graphic.

SRC Spirit Week June 14-18

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Extra Curricular Drop In Games

As badminton season draws to a close we don't want to leave our students with nothing to do, so we will be hosting extracurricular drop-in games. This will occur after school at times agreed upon by the classes. Students will be cohorted by their class and will choose the game they play at each session. Physical distancing and masking will be in effect. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 278 2288.
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Slip, Slap and Slop

With the sun out comes the need to protect ourselves. Please make sure that students are ready for the sunny weather by

  • Slip on a shirt (Covering up as much as possible).
  • Slopping on some sunscreen.
  • Slapping on a hat.
  • Seeking shade on a regular basis.
  • Sliding on some shades.

Shoes

Please ensure that grade 1, 2 and 3 students have a pair of running shoes with them. We are taking advantage of the amazing weather and having our Phys Ed classes outside. Many students are wearing flip-flops and sandals (as per the beautiful weather), but they are not great for running in PE. Thanks for your help with this.

Porcupine Plain ParticipAction

Porcupine Plain has entered the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge! The challenge starts JUNE 1 and runs until JUNE 30, ultimately recognizing the community with the most tracked minutes (based on its population size) as Canada’s Most Active Community and awarding it with $100,000 to support local physical activity initiatives! Help Porcupine Plain earn the big prize by tracking your activity on the free ParticipACTION app or on their website https://bit.ly/3sXd1g2 AND also be entered into weekly draws for individual & team prizes!
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Ball Gloves

If you have old ball gloves collecting dust in the garage or basement, please consider donating them to the school. Ball season is upon us and we would love to make sure that all students have a chance to at least be exposed to baseball or even just playing catch. Contact the school mielke.dan@nesd.ca to arrange delivery or pick up. Thank you in advance.

PPCS Canoe Club Project

It has been said that we live in God's country. Many guests that visit our school comment on how lucky we are to live where we do and they are right. We live just a few kilometers away from beautiful lakes and we want to be able to utilize them more. Currently, the NESD has a set of canoes that are available to all schools, but with 20+ schools, securing them can occasionally be challenging and we find that we can't have them as often as we would like. For that reason, PPCS is developing a canoe club plan which would see us have our own set of canoes (and hopefully someday kayaks) and a trailer to transport them, that could be used by our students to explore our lakes, both local and beyond. We are currently looking into some grants that are available and hope to have the project off the ground in the very near future. If you are interested in more information or to support the project in any way, contact the school at 278 2288.

Upcoming Events

June 14, 15, 16 - Elementary Greenwater Days (stay tuned for details).

June 17 - Virtual Awards Day (stay tuned)

June 21, 22, 23- High School Greenwater Days (stay tuned for details).

June 24 and 25 - Final Exams (Stay Tuned for a Schedule)

June 25 - Grad (Stay Tuned)

June 28 - Last Day of Classes

June 29/30 - No Classes

Caroline's Hot Lunch

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we had to make the difficult decision to shut down our Bear Bites (hot lunch) program for now. We know that this was an inconvenience for many families. This is why we are so excited to let you know about a program that Caroline's restaurant is starting. Many of you may have read about it on Facebook. Please see below for more information. All orders must be placed directly with Carolines.
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Youth Group (Beyond Discovery

Youth group is open to all students in grades 7-12.

Youth group is hosted Friday nights at the youth room at QCP.

Contact Heidi Leech or Mrs. Wasyliw if you have any questions.

What is different at PPCS?

PPCS COVID-19 Parent Guide

Please read the attached document which outlines the start-up and safety plans for PPCS (and all NESD schools). There is some school-specific information at the end of the document.

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