Bear Blast

For the Week of March 27, 2023

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.

Our Superheros

All of our PPCS students are amazing. That being said, there are some of our students who stand out as superheroes. These are our students who face adversities that the rest of us do not. Some of these students face adversities that are invisible to most of us. These students have personal battles, situations at home, or social challenges that we do not see. These students still show up every day (or when they can) and give us what they have.

For other superheroes in our school, their challenges are more visible. These super heroes share their superpowers with us every day and in doing so make us and PPCS as a whole better for having crossed paths with them.

Last week, we honored two of our superheroes when we observed Down Syndrome awareness day on March 21. (Down syndrome, also known as trisomy-21 results from 3 chromosomes being preset on the 21st pair rather than the typical 2. For this reason, 3/21 was chosen as Down Syndrome awareness day). On March 21, we honored CN and KF, two students in our kindergarten class. CN was with us last year and KF has joined us, part-time, this year. Both have become critical pieces of our Bears family. They have smiles and giggles that are infectious. If they are in the room, everyone notices and wants to interact with them. This is totally OK with CN and KF, in fact, they often have to be reminded to get back on task, rather than socializing. Beyond being social butterflies, both CN and KF are an inspiration to our students as they face adversity (both visible and not) head-on, with a smile on their faces.

Thank you to CN's and KF's families for sharing them with us as part of our Bears family. They love and are loved very much.

Seen Around PPCS


On Friday, March 24 in honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day we hosted Brainwalk. Our grade 8 class assisted as our K-6 students moved through 10 stations learning about how the brain works, how to protect our brain and the impact of brain injury. Thank you to our grade 8s who hosted over 120 students throughout the day.

Northern Lights

Last Thursday there was some magic in the sky. A solar storm lead to some beautiful Aurora Borealis. Hopefully, you had a chance to check them out. Thanks to Amanda for the pics.

Hot Lunch Punch Cards

Bear Bites is happy to introduce a punch card program for our hot lunches at the school. For $20, families can purchase a punch card good for 5 meals. They can be purchased online using the button below. If you would prefer to pay cash, please have your child bring the money to Mrs. Smith at the front office. We will keep the cards at the Bear Bites canteen and punch them when your child gets a meal.

Please allow 2 school days to process punch card purchases.

Bear Bites Punch Card Draw

Each month, we will put all of the finished punch cards into a draw for a free lunch.

The winner for the month of February if Asher Agrey

Next Staff vs. Student is

March 30

Upcoming Events

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Hoopla 2023

There is a saying that says that "the journey is the destination". I think that the Sr. Boys' journey to Hoopla is a great example of this. Right from the beginning of the season (and maybe even before), Mr. Bloski knew that we had lightning in a bottle. We had some of the best high school basketball players in the entire province, and combined with a team drive to better themselves and incredible coachability, we knew we had something special.

Right from the beginning the boys did not disappoint, easily dispatching everything that came at them throughout the season. Successfully placing or winning tournament after tournament, including their home tournament.

Most recently they successfully won Regionals, securing their place at Hoopla. Their first adversary in Prince Albert? Their nemesis, St. Brieux. They handled them with ease (or at least it looked that way) and moved on to the gold medal game. From the onset, the boys were fighting for survival. At one point down by almost 20 points. This was not a place that they had been used to throughout the season. LCA continued their attack, but our boys never gave up. No matter what LCA threw at them, they fought on. Throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters, they worked to close the gap. In the end, they lost the battle, taking home a silver medal.

We are so proud of what the boys have accomplished this year and just as importantly how they accomplished it. If you watch them practice or play, you will know what I mean. They are a team of deep, deep talent, but they are also a team of grace, class, and brotherhood. Every member of the team feels that they are part of something greater than themselves, which can be seen by how much they give to the team. Everyone feels valued and respected. Coaches Bloski and Morin have ensured that the boys represent themselves, their families, their community, and their school with the highest possible level of excellence. At the end of this amazing season, we have nothing but pride and admiration for the boys. They are not only amazing, dedicated athletes, but they are also all-around amazing human beings, worthy of being looked up to by all of our Bears students.

Thank you to Coach Bloski for the countless hours you put into the team. Thank you to Coach Morin for coming on board and sharing your talents. Thank you to Earl for being a trainer, second to none. Lastly, thank you boys for all that you gave. From what I saw, you left everything on the court; for that, you should be very proud, I know that we are.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

The volunteer for this month is none other than our very own PPCS Principal. Mr. Mielke has been a big contributor in organizing and running the kitchen canteen for our last couple of sporting events. Students enjoy being in there working along side him and picking up some life skills about cooking, prep and meal planning along the way. He is also now coaching Jr NBA which our younger students are excited about. Thank you for your leadership and support for Bears Athletics.

Athlete of the month is Kayden Wasylyk. He has shown a huge amount of growth and improvement over a season and a half in playing with the Sr. team. He asks questions, tries to do things correctly and is dedicated to improving his shooting and footwork. He wants to be a good player and works hard to be just that. Good job Kayden

Athlete of the month is Cruze Reed. Cruze is just coming into basketball but seems to be enjoying it to the point where he is found in the gym with a ball in his hands on most days that end in Y. His size, speed, and competitiveness make him an asset to his team. Congrats Cruze.

Team Schedules

Junior Badminton

Grade 7 - Mondays 4:30-5:30

Grade 8/9 - Mondays 5:30-6:30

Junior NBA (Grade 3456 Basketball)

Grade 3/4 Girls will practice Mondays at 3:30

Grade 3/4 Boys will practice Tuesdays at 3:30

Grade 5/6 Boys will practice Tuesdays at 3:30

Grade 5/6 Girls will practice Wednesdays at 3:30.

Home Games

** Games may start earlier if teams arrive, our goal is to get them home as early as possible.

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. Please note:



It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear