Bear Blast

Week of May 30, 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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For Gwen.

Last week, we were deeply saddened when we were informed that Gwen Levick had passed away. To say that Gwen worked at the school would grossly understate what she did for our building. Gwen Mrs. Levick, Mama Gwen was and always will be a pillar of our school community and our community as a whole. I use the term builder when I refer to someone who gives so much to our school culture that they are forever immortalized in what it has become. When someone is a builder, their very DNA is woven into the tapestry of our school's culture. It is difficult to highlight specifics of a builder's influence because their influence becomes such a critical part of the school that it is everywhere. Gwen was, without a doubt, one of the great builders of our school community. We are who we are because of what she gave to our school community.

Anyone who had the pleasure of working with Gwen either as a colleague or as a student will tell you that they are a better human being for having crossed paths with Gwen Levick. When you were with Gwen she made you feel like you were all that mattered in that moment. She helped students, who didn;t always feel like they had an ally, know that they had one in her. In all the years I worked with Gwen I never heard her complain about her work or about the students she worked with. Like all staff, she would mention the stressors of the day (which are occasionally our students) but would always end the conversation by affirming that no matter how frustrated she was, she loved and respected the student as a human being. Her students all knew this and were able to let their guard down and let Mama Gwen in. For that reason, she was able to reach and work with students on a level that I was and always will be in awe of, and truthfully there is a degree of envy for the relationships that she built with students, staff, and families.

Gwen was one in a million, but she was the one we should all strive to be. Throughout her own struggles with health, she never missed an opportunity to ask how my mom was doing, knowing my mom had some health struggles of her own. Gwen always put others first and never asked for anything in return. In fact, her only fault may have been that she struggled with accepting praise for the work she did. When I would point out something amazing she had done, she would just shrug and say, "that's my job.", even when what she had done went so far and above "her job".

Gwen was a fixer. If something or someone was broken, she was first in line to get it fixed up. Many times, she could tell when the staff needed a fix-up and she would bring food. SO MUCH FOOD and it was so delicious. If you walked in the staffroom and there was food on the table, 90% chance you had Gwen to thank for it. Even in that, her humility came first. She would say, "It's a new recipe, I'm not sure how it will taste." That's how you know you were in for something extra delicious.

Gwen was so much more than a colleague to me and to everyone she worked with. A couple of staff members and myself were lucky enough to spend some time with her, Dwight, and Rebecca a couple of weeks ago. We sat in her room and told so many stories and had so many laughs together. Even then Gwen made sure that we all had enough to eat and drink. When I left, I was struck by how, as her body began to fail, her spirit only grew stronger.

Gwen was, without question, one of the greatest, most loyal, most loving, most genuine, most generous human beings I will ever have the privilege of meeting. Gwen was everything that we should all strive to be. A world full of Gwen's would be a far better world. I am so very sad that our time with Gwen was so short, but my heart truly rejoices in having known her and having had the privilege of working with her. I want to thank Dwight, Trevor, and Rebecca for sharing her with us. Rest easy Gwen, yours was a life that was very well lived.

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)

PE 56 Kick Ball

With spring in the air, baseball is on our minds. In PE 56 we are playing some baseball-related games, including the blast from my past, California Kickball. Stay tuned as students will be asked to bring their gloves to school soon.

Paint Night Was Blast

Thank you to everyone who came out for paint night and thanks you to all of the volunteers, especially Ms. Palaniuk for hosting the event.

Upcoming Events

June 2 - Bike Rodeo

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 Thursday, June 2, 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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Male and Female Athlete of the Week

This week's female athlete of the week is Trinity Thorpe. Trinity is very creative and is not afraid to be herself. She is a great role model for all of our students and always takes time to interact with our elementary students.

This week's male athlete of the week is Cruz Reed. Cruz is a man of many talents, not the least of which is his incredible ability to solve Rubix cubes with unreal speed. Cruz is also a very talented baseball and hockey player.

Congratulations to both our winners, thank you for your contribution to our school community.

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 has wrapped up for the season. They look forward to connecting again in the fall.

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