Bear Blast

For the Week of Feb 6, 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.

You Might Be Right

I have said it before and I will likely say it many times again, we have the best kids and families in the world. When I talk to other principals from across the division and even the province, I am always reminded of how lucky we are to have the amazing kids we do and then by extension the amazing families that we have. I know this, and the staff knows this, but you always wonder if we are just biased, because they are our kids. This week, we had a sub, Mr. Christenson, in the building. Mr. Christenson comes from Niapwin and just recently started subbing at PPCS. Mr. Christenson made a point at least 3 times in the day to stop me and tell me how great our kids are and how great our school is. This dialogue has played out many times over the last few years, with many subs, whether they be teachers, educational associates, or custodians, we always get the same message; "I can't believe how amazing your kids and the school are." What I think is interesting is that the two and one and the same. We do have an awesome school, but it is not some magic thing that we do, it is the people. The students, staff, and families of our school are what make it amazing. I am humbled at how often I am stopped in the community so that someone can tell me what a good job I am doing with the school. I promise that I am very quick to correct them. I agree that we have a great school, but I make sure that I let them know, that the amazing things that we do are only possible because of the amazing staff we have, the amazing family and community support, and most importantly, the amazing students we have to work with. Thank you for being such an amazing school and community, my family and I feel truly blessed to be able to be part of it.

Seen Around PPCS

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 January: Cruz Reed

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Next Staff vs. Student is Feb 17

Upcoming Events

February 13 - Jump Rope For Heart

February 14 - Steal a Heart Day

February 15 - Pink Shirt Day

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Busy Weekend in Estevan for the Senior Boys

Sr Boys were in Estevan first taking on Warman who never led the Bears all game but managed to tie with a fluke buzzer beater 3. Warman went on to win in a 5min OT. The boys then rolled Melville and lost a close one vs a great shooting Regina Hudda. Boys are home to Melfort on Monday and taking on Paradise Hill Friday at LCA in Saskatoon.


3 on 3 will resume play this week tipping off in Bjorkdale on Tuesday.

Jr. Girls Wins in Carrot River

Jr. Girls survived a game vs Ministik who's high pressure play caused our team some grief and errors. The girls have officialy locked up first place. The team travels to Nipawin this week and we will host the final the following week.

Athletes and Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month

Earl Santiago

To be blunt Earl Santiago is a beauty. He can be found on days that end in Y loitering in the gym shooting a ball and looking for ways to help. Earl is a huge component of his Jr boys team but also is at most all home games working the table duties. Although still a year too young to play with the big dogs Earl attends Sr boys practice to give us 10 guys so we can roll with 5 on 5 concepts. Earl makes our teams better by bringing his positive energy to the court, score table and school. Thanks for all your work Earl.

Athletes of the Month

Luis Sabayton is well known across the province as perhaps one of the best outside shooters in high school basketball. His defensive capabilities have improved immensely this year and are also known to go end to end on a fast break and slice through a defense while making it look effortless. He usually ends up bleeding from the mouth at some point in the game but if he’s on, we’re on. Good job Luis.

Harleigh Pohl just added basketball to her schedule this year but has shown no rust or inexperience on the defensive side of the ball. She defines the motto everyone can work hard and play great defense. I have seen very few players learn and execute new to them man and rebounding concepts this quickly. Hopefully her successes on D and transfer some confidence to her O game and she will be a great complete player to watch coming up. Way to keep learning Harleigh.

Team Schedules

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Home Games

Senior Boys Bball

Feb 6 vs. Melfort

Junior Boys Bball

Feb 9 vs. Melfort 2

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

Hot Lunches

Bear Bites Under New Management

With the new semester starting on Wednesday, Bear Bites says goodbye to JR, Marek, Carter, Jace, Dysen, Jacob, Lexi, and Macey. These students have done an amazing job of getting Bear Bites back up and running and have grown so much in their understanding of food prep and working as a team to run a business. Marcus and Natasha will remain on board to complete Foods credits and to ensure that the new management gets off to the best start. We will do our best to continue serving as the new crew is brought up to speed in terms of their safe food handling and preparing food for large crowds. Natasha and myself are certified in safe food handling and will ensure that our meals continue to be safe and of the highest quality. I look forward to working with the new crew but want to extend a note of extreme gratitude to the outgoing students. They helped to rebuild Bear Bites and should be very proud of what they have achieved. If you see them out and about, please thank them for their service to the school community.
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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: ALL JIGS ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM BELOW.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear