For the Week of January 15, 2024
Working together; succeeding together.
OK Winter, We Get It
So, anyone who said that winter was too warm, this is on you! What a change in weather we have had. With temperatures nearing above 0 at Christmas to temperatures nearing the end of the world today. Don't like the weather in Sask, just wait a few days.
All jokes aside, the change in weather has brought up some topics that had been delayed this school year, such as indoor recess and appropriate seasonal dress. At PPCS we have a policy that says we don't send students outside when it is -30 or colder (with the wind chill). This last week that meant several days of indoor recess. However, it also means that at -29, we go outside. We have noticed, likely due to the mild weather we had, many students are coming less than adequately dressed, up to and including just a hoodie. For safety sake, please ensure that your children have a winter coat, hat and mitts at least. This will ensure that they are not hovering around the door waiting for the bell to ring with chattering teeth.
For bus students this is especially true. Our buses, as are all school buses, are essentially giant tin cans with little in the way of insulation. When running with the heaters on, they are usually a somewhat pleasant place to be on a cold winters eve. However, if they are stopped the temperature on board drops very quickly. In fact, they can become quite uncomfortable in a very short period of time, especially for students in a hoodie with flip flops on their feet. For this reason we ask that, at the very least, students have the proper attire with them when they get on the bus. Even if they choose not to wear it, at least they will have it with them. Bus drivers may even ask them to go back and get the proper attire if they don't feel they are dressed properly for the weather.
With the weather change it is also important that our parents are receiving Edsby calls. In the, hopefully, are event of a student getting stuck on the way to school, the Edsby message will go out at 9:15 and 1:15 letting you know your child is not at school. We always ask our students to let the office know if someone should be there but isn't. Edsby is just an added layer of protection.
One thing about winter in Sask, we have about 2.5 more months to get used to it. It is wonderful to see some snow on the ground, I am sure the farmers and lake goers will be happy to have spring runoff.
Finals Schedule for Semester 1
Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan Celebrating 50 Years - Winner
I was very impressed with how quickly we got a correct response, identifying all of the returned teachers. A true testament to the impact that they had on their students'' lives. For those who don't know they are (L to R) Mrs. Gudjonson, Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Duskavich, Mr. Hamelin, Mr. Ziola, and Mr. Yachnik. (Apologies if any are spelled wrong).
The winner was Teagan Ebbert, class of 2014.
Can You Guess What I Am
Each week, Mr. Mielke will post a pic of a strange object. Submit your answers of what you think it is to email@example.com. All the correct answers will be put into a draw for a weekly prize.
Last weeks item was a bread cutter, the winner was Danielle Cross.
Can you guess this weeks item?
Science 7, Roasting Marshmallows?
We have been studying heat in Science 7 for a while. Last week we finished up by looking at heat, by studying how heat can be transferred. How did we study this? We roasted marshmallows using conduction, convection, and radiation. It was yummy and educational.
Spirit Week Coming Up
We have a spirit week, the week of Jan 22.
Monday - PJ Day
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Snow Ball Day (dress in white, blue, or gray)
Thursday - Sign My Shirt Day
Friday - Tie Dye Friday
Next Staff vs. Student is
Volunteers and Athletes of the Month
Volunteer of the month.
Mr. Harbor gets the nod for this months helper. He is currently coaching jr and sr girls basketball and has been known to blow the odd whistle too. He is our go to for all things film, tech and trouble shooting. Thank you for all that you do for our Athletics and good luck with the remainder or your season.
Athletes of the Month
Luis Sabayton had a big December leading the Sr. Boys in scoring and most defensive categories. His hustle and focus is a deadly combination when added to his speed and high skill level. Luis has emerged as a strong leader for the team and simply says “I just want to win”. Luis knows the hard work that winning takes and isn’t afraid to do it. Awesome month Luis keep on cookin.
Earl Santiago is adjusting nicely to his role of a leader on the Jr. squad but a young pup on the Sr. end. Earl is very selfless and shows great understanding of our goals for each team to get better even if that means he isn’t on the floor. He positive, easy going attitude is infectious and he holds himself to a high standard. We have big expectations of Earl and sometimes we forget he is a grade 8 but if we didn’t think he could do it we wouldn’t ask. Great month Earl.
Check Your Punch Card Balance
Please note, as we get used to this new system, please be aware that punch card balances may be up to 1 week behind.
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.