Bear Blast

For the Week of Jan 16, 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.

Resolutions for 2023 Part 2

As a new year begins, it is a great time to better ourselves. Not to say that the current iteration of us is not sufficient, but like anything, there is always room for improvement. Over the next few Bear Blasts, I would like to suggest some general areas of our lives, where perhaps we could do some tweaking, some minor adjustments, and some fine tuning.


Be More Courageous

Very wise advice is to live your life in such a way that you look back with no regrets. Leave nothing left undone. This seems like great advice but is also very scary. In order to meet the things that scare us head-on, we need courage.

What is courage? To explain it, we must look at the root of the word which is cour, Latin for heart. Poets have referred to brave people as stout-hearted, but what do they mean? To be courageous is to love the good more than we fear the evil or the suffering. We are willing to endure in order to achieve.

Think about the things that you have always wanted to do, but have not. Things that you have put off. Most likely, you, like me, focus on the what if? or the potential pitfalls of doing the thing. For example, I have always wanted to get a tattoo. To date, I have not. Despite having a very talented artist in our community, I have and continue to put off getting a tattoo. I know I want something to represent, my faith and my family. So, why am I yet uninked? I get hung up on the what-ifs...what if it hurts too much? (half tattoos are embarrassing)... what if I regret it (harder to wash off) ... what if my wife doesn't like it?...what if, what if, what if. This focus on the evil and suffering prevents me from looking at the good that could, and most likely will, come from taking the plunge.

In 2023, I challenge you to be more courageous, and to focus on the good rather than dwell in the evil or suffering. Take the plunge and stop putting off for tomorrow what you can do today. Stay tuned for the tattoo ;)

Final Exam Schedule

Jan 24 9:00-11:30 ELA 30A (Departmental)


Jan 27 9:00 History 10

Physics 30


Jan 30 9:00 HSci 20, PreCalc 30


1:00 WAM 10

Seen Around PPCS

Fun Friday in PAA - Soft Pretzels

Huge Thanks to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft

Huge thank you to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft for their generous donation of $3500 to go towards funding our van for extracurricular travel.

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 December: Kayden Wasylyk

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Our Day

8:50 - warning bell rings - students line up and come inside.

8:55 - class bell rings.

9:00 - Oh Canada and morning announcements.

12:10 - lunch bell rings - grades K-3 eat and go outside at 12:30, grades 4-6 go outside and eat at 12:30

12:50 - lunch warning bell rings - students come inside

12:55 - class bell rings

3:05 - high school dismissal bell rings

3:25 - elementary dismissal bell rings

GO Time

For our high school students they may be released at 3:05 provided they are done all of their work. From 3:05-3:25 is called GO Time (Gift Of Time), which is time when students can work one on one with a teacher to get work done. It is our expectation that students are not planning anything (ie. work shifts) for the 3:05-3:25 time as teachers may request them to stay and complete unfinished work.

Next Staff vs. Student is Jan 27

Upcoming Events

Jan 31 - No School (SIP Day)

February 1 - Semester 2 begins.

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Pink shirt order forms went home Friday.

Junior NBA registration is open for grades 3-6.

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Sr. Boys Win Gold

Sr. Boys kicked off 2023 dropping Langham, Humboldt and finally home town Lake Lenore to come away with the Tourny Gold. The boys are in action Monday at Tisdale and the weekend at Melfort Tournament. The boys have St. Brieux @ 3 on Friday which may be a preview of a Hoopla match up, get your popcorn.

Sr. Girls 3-on-3

Sr Girls 3 on 3 saw first action of the season in Choiceland. The girls dropped their first match with the Choiceland boys then rallied the troops and went undefeated the remainder of the night. The girls are off to Carrot on Tuesday.

Jr. Girls Still Rolling

Jr. Girls continued rolling knocking off Hudson Bay this week and saw some of the younger players beginning to settle in and help with the cause. Girls are slated to also tangle with Tisdale on Wed.

Athletes and Volunteer of the Month

Mr. Riley


A big group bear hug to Mr. Riley for his volunteerism and leadership in our community and school. He was the troop leader behind the outdoor rink board project that will see many of our students get out in the fresh air. He is also willing to chip in by taking teams to basketball games when needed. He has helped out with conference volleyball, supervised practices and always asks if he can help during any major sport event. Thanks for all that you do for Athletics.


Athletes of the Month


Trayce Mathieu


Trayce earns the nod for this month for his great performance and teamwork through December. The fruits of his labor, coachability and hard work shows Trayces skill level continually improving to the point where he can dump 30 pts if teams don’t respect his craft. Trayce is a huge role player for the Sr. Boys as he sometimes waits to come in during tight games and contribute where he can. When not on the court Trayce leads team support by encouraging others and watching the scoreboard accuracy like a hawk. Keep doing the good things that make you an asset to our team.


Amitiel Samalla


Amitiel is becoming a dominant force on the court on both sides of the ball. She is quick to transition and push the ball down the floor as well as leads the Jr. Girls with blocks and possibly smiles. She is a tenacious smothering defender and is part of the Man D crew who held Melfort A scoreless in the first quarter. Keep on keepin’ on Amitiel.

Shirts Available

We still have very limited quantities of shirts available. Click the button below to order. We will take orders on a first come first serve basis. Note, they fit about 1 size bigger (i.e. if you would normally wear XL, you could order L).

Team Schedules

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Home Games

Senior Boys Bball

Jan 23 vs. Nipawin



** 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: ALL JIGS ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM BELOW.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear