Bear Blast

Week of May 16, 2022

Working together; succeeding together.

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

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Slava Ukraini! Слава Україні! Героям слава!

All of the PPCS school community wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the people of Ukraine and especially their families here in our communities, our province, and our country.

Casual Custodians Needed Starting Pay $17.38/hr

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.
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Our Students Have Shown Us the Way

A little while ago, Amanda said to me, "Dad, we (the students) are living through history." What she meant, of course, was that they had lived through a pandemic and were headed into a world conflict. This made me reflect on my own life and the words of Winston Churchill, "If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.".

I thought back to what I had lived through and realized that it was not completely different from what our youth have been through. I lived through the war in Iraq, the Oklahoma City bombing, the attack on the World Trade Center, the attack on Parliament Hill (which to be fair our kids lived through as well). None of these had the magnitude of impact that the pandemic did (and continues to have), but they were historical events nonetheless. They also had a similar effect on society in that they caused a polarization of society, in that people took sides. All of these events, as do most historical events create division. Ironically, almost universally, they only way to get through many of these events is together.

Once again, we find ourselves polarized by the events of the last 2 years. In fact, we may be more polarized than we have ever been (although it is likely that everyone feels the situation they are in is the most drastic, so I may be incorrect). However, I think that we are lucky in that we have a group of people who have shown us the answer, our students.

Very early on, I began my mantra that the only way through all of this was together. Although I fully believed (and still do believe) that this is true, it was not clear to me how it would all work out. Over the last 2 years, our students have shown me how and solidified my belief that together is how we get through anything, no matter how hard. When things were at their worst at school, when we had to keep grades completely separate and there could be no mixing, our students reacted by renewing and reinvigorating their relationships within their classes. When they were confined to classrooms for the entire day, they found activities that they could do in the classroom and during the body breaks. In short, they reacted to being forced apart by finding ways to be together.

I think that this is precisely the challenge that we must meet as adults. Every day, it seems, that forces are at play to deepen the divides within our society; whether they be political, geographical, economic, etc. We need to, like our students, dig deep within ourselves and find ways to come together. We need to stand up to the forces (whatever they might be) who seek to polarize for their own purposes and show them, like we have so many times historically, that together we got this.

Thank You Lynne Thorpe

Huge thanks to Lynne Thorpe for crocheting and donating a variety of fidgets for our students to use. We find that, for some students, having something to keep their hands busy helps them to focus. Any of you fellow doodlers can relate, I'm sure. Thanks to Lynne, the students love them.

In Search of Old Hockey Sticks

We have been gifted 2 box hockey setups (Thank you Amanda U) and would love to get our kids playing. All we need is some old hockey sticks that need a second life. We will just cut the blades off the sticks and use them for box hockey. If you have any that the school could have, please contact us at the school (306) 278 2288 or send them with your child. Thank you in advance.

PAA Seeking Projects

Is there anyone in town wanting to build a detached garage this summer / fall? Would you be interested in having the senior Industrial Arts class build it or be involved in some capacity? We are always looking for authentic ways to involve our kids in learning and in the community. If you are interested, please call the school, and ask for Mr. Riley.

Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

Junction Review Writing Contest Winners

The Hudson Bay Junction Review held a writing contest for all students in grades 7-12. We are very proud to announce that two students from PPCS were chosen as winners. Hana T in grade 7 and Marcus N in grade 10 won first place in their respective categories. Congratulations to Hana and Marcus. Parkland Co-op sponsored a prize of a $50 gift card for both winners. Pictured is Cory Leichert, general manager of Parkland Coop handing out the cards.

Student Lounge Update

So far, the student lounge project is going very well. The students are doing a great job of keeping the space clean and well maintained. Most recently we added a ping pong table to the lounge and it has been very well used. We will continue to update you on the progress of the lounge as our SRC looks at some furniture purchases.

Upcoming Events

May 20 - Bike Rodeo

May 26 - PPCS Paint Night

June 3 - Bike Rodeo (Alternate Date)

June 16-17 - Greenwater Days (tentatively)

June 22 - Celebration of Learning (tentatively)

June 23 - Awards Night (tentatively)

June 28 - Last Day of Classes

June 29 - Grad 2022

Bike Rodeo 2022

On Friday, May 20, we are planning to host our annual Bike Rodeo (hopefully the weather cooperates). Once again our grade 6 class will be hosting the stations; thank you to them and Mrs. Brezinski in advance.

On the day of the bike rodeo please ensure that:

  • You put sunscreen on your child.
  • Your child brings a water bottle.
  • Your child has a bike and helmet (all riders require a helmet to participate).
  • Your child is wearing closed-toed shoes (preferable running shoes).

We are looking forward to much more normal look to our bike rodeo.

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Thank You Miss Stevely

Over the past couple of weeks, Brooklyn Stevely has been observing our classrooms as a second-year teacher candidate. She spent some time with Mr. Bloski and Mr. Mielke. Miss Stevely was a great help in the classroom, I am confident that she will go on to be an amazing teacher.

Welcome Mrs. Lechler

I am happy to announce that Gina Lechler will be joining our staff in the fall. Gina will be transferring in from Hudson Bay Community School and working primarily in the Grade 5 room. Please join us in welcoming Gina.

Thanks to Thomasgard Drilling

Huge thanks to Eric Thomasgard and Thomasgard Drilling for their generous donation of a spindle sander to our PAA program. It has already been put to good use by our students.
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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.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).
  • Be considerate of the choices of others.

Lost and Found is Growing

We have a substantial amount of stuff in our lost and found again. Please have a look and have your child pick up what belongs to them. We will take it all to New 2 U on Friday, May 27.

Hot Lunches are Back!!

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Youth Group is running Fridays 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!

Welcome back to #bestyearever