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For the Week of Oct 17, 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 Mr. and Mrs. Digness

Last week, we received the sad news that Mr. Wilfred Digness had passed away. Mr. Digness, along with Mrs. Digness were the caretakers at the school in Porcupine Plain for almost as long as there have been schools in Porcupine Plain. They had retired a few years ago after many, many years of faithful service.

Mr. Digness was one of the most genuine, gentle people that I have ever worked with. He approached his work with a great sense of pride and humility. Pride in a job well done, in that he always made sure that we had an amazing place in which to work and learn, and humility in that he always said that the school was the student's second home. He understood that students make messes, especially when they are excited and learning. He never complained about his work and always went the extra mile for students, especially those who found school challenging. In fact, over the years, Mr. And Mrs. Digness employed a variety of students who may have otherwise found it difficult to find work. Mr. Digness was very patient but held people to a high standard of integrity and loyalty, both of which he adhered to in his relationships with others. In fact, Mr. Digness was viciously loyal and would not stand for anyone bad-mouthing the school or anyone in it (staff and students alike).

Both Mr. and Mrs. Digness were so very proud of their family and would often chat about their accomplishments. They were especially proud, one Remembrance Day, when we were able to display the service uniform of their son Clinton. Wilfred hung it with great care in a place of high traffic and was more than willing to chat with anyone about it. This was true of all their children and grandchildren, they loved them dearly and loved to tell stories about them.

It was this genuine kindness and love that Mr. and Mrs. Digness extended to all of the students at PPCS that earned them the respect of the students. If a mess was made that was out of line, all I had to do was mention that it meant more work for Mr. and Mrs. Digness and it would, more than likely, never happen again. Mr. and Mrs. Digness loved the students, and the students loved them.

We refer to the people who helped build our school culture as builders and Mr. and Mrs. Digness were certainly builders. They helped to build an environment of mutual respect and respect for a hard day's work. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Digness, thank you for your years of service, and most importantly thank you for sharing and caring so genuinely, you will forever be remembered.

Paper Report Card Request

Our method of delivery of report cards is through Edsby. However, if families would prefer a paper copy, please complete the request form below. You must complete a separate form for each child, thank you. Report cards will be released in November.

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

PAA 30 - Shed Building

Once again this year, our PAA 30 class will be building sheds for Parkland Co-op. This is a great partnership that provides our students with real-world industry experience, but also a way to give back to our community.

The SRC is Supporting Cancer Awareness in October

Every Friday in October, the SRC will be selling chocolate bars for $2.00 with all proceeds going to help fund the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Screening Bus. Click the button below to find out more.

Every Friday we are also asking all staff and students to wear pink in support of all those who have or are battling cancer.

Health Science - Pickle Dissections

In Health Science 20, the students will learn about human anatomy. In order to study this properly, we have to first learn our anatomical directions such as proximal, medial, lateral etc. The students showed what they know about this topic as they performed pickle autopsies. Their goal was to, through autopsy, determine the cause of death. All cases were solved by the end of class.

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.

Next Staff vs. Student is Oct 28

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

Oct 17- Retakes, Grad Photos and Grade 11 pics.

Oct 17 - RCMP doing a CyberSafety talk for grades 7-12

Oct 28 - Halloween Parade (Kindergarten Only)/ Staff vs. Student / Jr. G Vball Home Tournament

Oct 31 - Halloween Parade (Grades 1-12)

Nov 9 - Term 2 Begins

Nov 10 - School Remembrance Day Service

Nov 11 - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

Nov 15-17 - Stack Up 2022 (Speed Stacking)

Nov 18 - Report Cards Released

Team Schedules

Jr. Girls Vball

Practice Thursday 3:30-5:30

Junior A @ Naicam on Wednesday

Junior B @ Home on Wednesday.

Sr. Girls Vball

Practice Monday 6-8pm, Thurs 7-8:30am

Game @ Hudson Bay on Tuesday

Tournament @ Naicam Friday and Saturday

Flag Football

Tues and Wed practice 3:30-5:00

Home Games

October 19

Junior Girls (B) Vball

Hot Lunches

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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.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear