Bear Blast

For the Week of Oct 16, 2023

Working together; succeeding together.

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As we are all Treaty people, we take time to honor the land of Treaty 6 and all that it offers for us and our families through many generations. This land has served as a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Dene, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibway People since time immemorial. We recognize this land as the homeland of Metis Nation Eastern Region II. We honor the ancestors and footsteps that have fallen in these lands. We also acknowledge that our use of this land has come at a cost, the cost of colonialism and the residential school system. We commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.

Meet Edsby

Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing different parts of Edsby for our families. Edsby is about as complex as Facebook to operate and navigate within, so if you can do Facebook or Instagram, you can do Edsby. We will journey together to ensure that you are as up-to-date as possible on the progress of your child and the goings on at PPCS.

Episode 4: Gradebook

One of the biggest changes for educators, since I began my career, is the transparency of the gradebook. When I started teaching the gradebook was a closely guarded secret. 4 times a year, teachers would release a grade, often without much explanation. Early in my career, I started using an electronic gradebook which allowed me to print a breakdown of the students' grades by assignment. This caused quite a stir when I put it into te student report cards, giving students and families a clearer picture of how they were doing. I remember my principal commenting that I maybe shouldn't do that as not every teacher was comfortable sharing their gradebook. Although it was a bit unconventional at the time, it was still quite antiquated as the students and families only got a glimpse of the gradebook at report card time - an autopsy of sorts, coming at the end, with little ability to effect change.

Edsby, and Students Achieve before it, has allowed parents and students unobstructed access to the gradebook in real-time. No longer is it an autopsy, but rather a dipstick, where students and families can monitor progress and work together with the teacher to effect real change on the students' progress.

When you go into Edsby, scroll down the left-hand side to see each of your child's classes. Then select the mortarboard hat (my work) to see their grades. If you see the typical red notification circle with a number in it, that means that the teacher has entered an assessment that you have not yet viewed. You will also receive a notification (the bell icon) when a teacher enters a new assessment. Once you click the hat, you can see how they did and if the teacher has included any comments.

Although the staff at PPCS are vigilant in terms of contacting parents when a concern arises, it is critical that parents keep themselves up to date on their child's progress. Early interventions for concerns provide the best possibility of success for all students.


Edsby is an online tool and our primary mode of communication with our families. All new families should receive an email with an invitation to join. You will receive a separate invitation for each child, please allow about 15 minutes between invitations to ensure that the system does not get overwhelmed.

Edsby allows you to check on your child's current progress in their classes. Check our family handbook (link below) for a key to the completion codes that you will see in Edsby.

If you are having trouble accessing Edsby for any reason, contact the school and we will do our best to problem-solve with you.

Bear Bites is Back!

We will once again be running Bear Bites hot lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and hopefully Mondays in the near future). We will start up hot lunches in late September so stay tuned.

Due to increases in grocery prices, we will have to increase the cost of our meals to $5.00 from $4.00, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

We will once again be running the punch card program but will be setting up a dollar-for-dollar card. You can load any amount (up to $100) that you want on a punch card. Anyone who has leftover punch cards will be notified and the value will be transferred to a new punch card. We also hope to have a digital portal set up where parents can check on how much money they have left on their child's card. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Seen Around PPCS

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Grade 1s and 2s Visit the Nursing Home

The grade 1/2s made flower arrangements for Thanksgiving and delivered them to the residents of the Red Deer Nursing Home. They sang 2 songs and then gave out flowers and cards. It was a great way to spend the day.

Next Staff vs. Student is

Family Calendar

Each month, we will be putting out a family calendar which will include major events for the month. We will do our best to be as comprehensive as possible, but please continue to check the Bear Blast for updates. This will include our home games and our practice times, as well as special events. We encourage families to print a copy (click the pdf file to download) of the calendar and keep it handy.
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Grade 9 Volleyball In Wadena

The grade 9s were in Wadena for volleyball. The girls battled hard and played some awesome games. They are excited to practice this week and then off to a tournament in Foam Lake.

Senior Girls Volleyball in Wynyard

The senior girls had a slow start in Wynyard but got better as the weekend progressed. They played hard bt missed the playoffs. Great weekend against some tough competition.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

Volunteer of the month.

Mrs Patchin gets the nod this month for holding down the fort in the canteen on Friday night. She often helps out by picking up supplies and serving food throughout our athletic events and her help is surely appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Bears Athletics.

Athlete of the month

Harley Holinaty has made a smooth transition to the high school sporting end. She has demonstrated a solid base of volleyball skills and an effort level that shows she is a gamer. She will be one to keep an eye on as she gains experience.

Athlete of the month

Marty Salmond has been ripping serves and making some good decisions while setting for her team. Marty appears very positive on the court and seems like she is having a lot of fun while playing which is the goal we have for all of our athletes. Great job in September Marty.

Community Events

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Hot Lunches

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Check Your Punch Card Balance

You can click the button below to check on how much your child has left on his/her punch card. To help support privacy, we have developed account numbers for each student. The account number is their grade followed by the last 4 digits of the phone number we have on file. For example, my son Noah is in grade 5. His account number would be 059017.

Once you click the link below and find your child's account number, you will see a number to the left of their account number (i.e. 17). That number will not change, so you only have to remember that number going forward.

We hope that this will help our families.

Scan me to check your punch card balance.

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Jigs and Carolines are Back

Once again, Jigs and Carolines will be offering hot lunches on Wednesday and Friday. Please order directly from them. Stay tuned.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear