Bear Blast

Week of Nov 22, 2021

Working together; succeeding together.

We are priviledged to share Treaty 6 Territory traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Saulteux, Ojibwaya and the Metis Nation.

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Our School Clothing Store is Open

Check it out!

In honor of our 10 year anniversary, we are offering a limited-time RETRO logo option.

Orders are due Dec 1.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

Click the button below to visit our store.

We Are Looking for a Junior Basketball Coach

If you are interested in coaching a dynamic group of junior boys, then we have just the job for you. We are looking for a community basketball coach for our Junior Boys' team. You will require a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check as well as respect in sport and concussion protocol (we can hook you up with these). If you are interested, contact Dan Bloski at the school (306) 278 2288 or bloski.daniel@nesd.ca. Thank you in advance.

This would entail:

- 1 game and 2 practices per week

- it would run from mid-December until mid-February

We are looking for Basketball Officials

- training provided

- $36/game

- safe environment to learn and develop your skills.

Contact Dan Bloski at the school (306) 278 2288 or bloski.daniel@nesd.ca

Casual Custodians Needed

Do you want to work with the best team in the world? Of you course you do, who wouldn't. Good news! We are looking for casual custodians to help out Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, and Mrs. Antazo when they need to be away. I hear it pays pretty good and the people you would work with are awesome. If you would like more information, please contact the school.

Casual EAs Needed

Do you want to work with some of the best students in the world? We are looking for casual EAs to join our team. When days come up, you are given the choice to accept or not, so you can work as often as you like. For more information contact the school or click the button below.
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Why I Don't Like Report Cards

Report cards are a long standard of public education. The arrival of the report card usually signals a great celebration or perhaps a stern discussion. Report cards have undergone many changes, even in my short career (because, contrary to what my kids tell me, I am not old). When I started, I hand-wrote all of my report cards on carbon copies. We would tear off the top copy and send it home and then continue on the next one until at the end of the year we were left with a cardstock carbon copy of all 4 terms, which we placed in the PERMANENT RECORD. I remember in my first year of teaching I rocked the boat by using an electronic grade book and had the audacity to send home a printout of all the students' grades, broken down by assignment for the parents to see. At the time, this was unheard of, the grade book was the worst kept secret in all of education. There was no nefarious reason that we didn't share the grade book, we simply didn't and when I did, it caused quite a stir. Fast forward a few years (the number isn't important) and we have open grade books. This means that parents have 24/7 365 access to the grade books (well ok 305). This also means that the report card has lost its lustre, so to speak. What was once a 4 times per year glimpse into how your child is doing has not become a constant conduit of information. With the implementation of programs like Edsby, this flow of information has become 2 way. I fact, Edsby has moved the grade book into the Web 3.0 era, whereby parents are not only interacting in real-time, but we are at a point where parents and students can create content within the grade book. This is not to say that parents and students can create or alter the grades, but rather that they can contribute to the reflective portion of the learning. It is this constant and open access to progress and open, two-way communication that, in my opinion, has rendered the report card obsolete. Now, when you receive a report card (real or virtual) it is outdated (especially paper copies). Often we see, that by the time the parent receives the report card the student has completed more work or redone some work and the mark has changed. We are likely going to be compelled to produce a report card of sorts for the foreseeable future, but I think as our parents become more familiar with Edsby, it will be less of an event than ever before. The only risk, as one SCC member pointed out, was that you can become obsessed, like checking facebook. Hopefully, Edsby becomes a great tool of communication and not a Facebook-like obsession.

Healthy Snack Ideas

If your kids are like mine they always want Lunchables, or at least they think they do. On occasion when we give in and buy them, they often complain that the cheese tastes funny or that the meat is a weird texture. In the end, they eat the kit kat and the crackers. This week our Healthy Snack idea is homemade Lunchables.

Edsby Report Cards

Report cards were published on Nov 17. If you are having trouble viewing them, please contact the school.

SRC Corner

Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

Spirit Week

The SLeds and Shovels are Still a Hit

PAA 7 Started in Term 2

Edsby

It is very important that parents have activated their Edsby accounts and connected their students. If you need help with this, please contact the school.


As of Dec 1, Edsby will be our primary tool for communication, including the Bear Blast (the Bear Blast will continue to be posted on Facebook and on our website.


Currently, Edsby does not send a notification if a message is sent, so it is strongly recommended that parents check the app once per day for any important messages. If you set notifications through your email, you will be notified when a message is sent. Contact the school or refer to the Edsby help documents for assistance with this.


Emergent messages will continue to be sent via messenger.

Staff Communication

We live in a world of instant connectedness which has a great many benefits. One of the great drawbacks is that it can lead us to not being able to disconnect and get the much-needed rest we all need to perform at our peak. We are finding that this is the case with the school staff as well. In an effort to serve our community as best we can, staff was taking calls and messages at all hours. In some cases, parents were communicating late into the evening. In an effort to support our staff in creating a healthy work-life balance, Stacey and myself have developed the following expectations of our staff when it comes to parent communication.

If staff receive a message in any format after 4:30 pm, it is not expected that they will answer until after 8:30 the following morning.

We recognize that some parents may message in the evening when the topic is fresh in their mind; all that we ask is for your understanding in that staff may not answer until the following day. As always, we will deal with emergent situations as expediently as possible. In an emergent situation, please contact me at mielke.dan@nesd.ca or feel free to call or text.

Thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring that our staff is able to rest and recharge..

Upcoming Events

Dec 1 - New2U Christmas Shopping

Dec 9 - Christmas Concert

Dec 17 - Last Day of Classes

Dec 20-Jan 2 - Christmas Break

Jan 3 - First Day of Classes

Jan 28 - Term 2 ends

Jan 31 and Feb 1 - No School (SIP DAY)

Feb 2 - Term 3 Begins

Feb 11 - Jump Rope for Heart Event

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Athletes of the Week

This week's Female Athlete of the Week is Autum Sikora. Autum played on our senior Girls Volleyball team and is all around amazing athlete and student. Autum was one of the students who took the lead in planning and designing our school clothing. If there is a job to be done, Autum was likely involved in getting it done. Autum is a great leader on and off the court and a wonderful role model for our younger athletes.

This week's Male Athlete of the Week is Zack Kirkland. Zack is a consistent player at our intramurals and is a great leader, no matter what he is doing. Zack always has time to stop and talk to the younger students who look up to him. Although his choice in hockey teams is questionable (Bruins) his character and commitment are not. Zach is a great athlete and an all-around great leader in our school.


Congratulations to both our athletes and thank you for being an awesome part of the Bears family!

Volunteer Spotlight

This week we would like highlight Amia Kirkland and Saige Althouse. There are very few events at our school that Amia and Saige do not help out with. You may not know that because they are more than happy to be working in the background ensuring that everyone can enjoy the event while taking none of the limelight for themselves. Amia and Siage, your contributions are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for all that you do as part of ur SRC, our teams, and as members of the Bears family.,

We Want Fans in the Stands

We are so happy to be able to invite fans to our home games once again this year. We ask that...


  • You only come if you are feeling well.
  • You wear a mask at all times when in the building
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Complete our contact tracing list upon entry
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).

Hot Lunches are Back!!

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Youth Group is running Fridays at 8:00pm at the youth room. Listen to morning announcements for more details.

Awana Kids Club

For Kindergarten-Grade 6!

Awana Kids Club will begin on Thursday, Sept 9.

It’ll run each Thursday from right after school gets out until 5:10pm.

Kids can come to the old elementary school (QCP) and enter through the back double doors!

Games, live music, and learning time every week!

Free to register!

Call Heidi at 306-278-7883 or Desi at 306-865-6350 if you have any questions!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

With the new orders released last week, exempting school-age students from the mandatory self-isolation (to attend school only) we want to reiterate the importance of students staying home when they are not well. We understand that child care can be an issue for some of our families (especially short notice), but for the safety of all of our students, staff, and families we would ask that you not send your child to school (regardless of cause) if they...


  • Have a fever.
  • Are coughing (more than just occasional)
  • Sneezing (more than just occasional)
  • Have an excessively runny nose (have to blow their nose multiple times a day).
  • Vomiting (outside of motion sickness)

The principle that we use is that if a student is expelling something from their body, they should likely stay at home until it stops.


Our teachers are fully prepared to support students at home who are required to isolate or who are sick for extended periods of time.

If students are at school and displaying any of the above symptoms or any other COVID symptoms, parents will be asked to come and get them and take them home. We will then work with the families to determine when it will be safe for the child to return to school (in many cases, it is when the symptoms have stopped).


We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our families, but feel that in light of the new health orders, it is needed to ensure that all students, staff, and families are safe and that face to face learning can continue at PPCS.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us at the school at any time.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new health orders, we would encourage you to contact the Saskatchewan Health Authority or your local MLA.


We recognize the challenges of the ever changing situation, but remain committed to the idea that...together, we got this

Information on the Use of Rapid Testing Kits

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