Bear Blast

For the Week of Sept 26, 2022

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.

How to Reconcile Our History

I am a farm kid. I spent the first 18 years of my life living on our family farm near Kindersley Saskatchewan, we lived 1 mile East of a small town called Loverna. We were a mixed farm with grain and cattle. I was blessed to be able to grow up on a farm and learned from a very early age the lessons of hard work and being a good steward of the land, which provided our sustenance.

What I did not learn, early in my life was the history of that land and the history that lead to my family being able to occupy and use the land. This is a history that is not a bright and shiny beacon, but rather a dark history that was, for many years, kept in the shadows. This history was one of dishonesty and hidden (and not-so-hidden agendas). These were agendas of assimilation and genocide. These were not my agendas or the agendas of my parents or grandparents, but they were the agendas of our forefathers, the founders of our nation. It was these dark agendas that allowed my family to occupy and use the land we did to feed ourselves and make a living.

This in no way degrades or diminishes the hard work of my family and the work of all the families of this province that broke the land worked the land and used the land (sometimes for many generations) to feed themselves and the world. Bringing up this history is not intended to lessen the value of the families that occupy this land and certainly not to paint them with the brush of evil. Rather, it is critical that we acknowledge this history for two reasons: we need to acknowledge it and learn from it. We need to feel a sense of regret that comes from not having committed the atrocities, but rather regret that we are only now learning about it and being given a chance to reconcile. Secondly, we need to acknowledge it so that we can begin a better path. We cannot, unfortunately, go back and undo the sins of the past. We can only begin a better path.

Reconciliation is a word that we often hear used in the media. Too often it is referenced as a state that we hope to reach. It is portrayed that eventually, we will reach a state of being reconciled. Unfortunately, this cheapens the word. Reconciliation is, I think, a journey. A journey that is not likely to have an end. It is a journey that begins with acknowledgment, continues with apologies, and then proceeds into a time of growth with and commitment to each other. We must be committed to never repeating the past, understanding the consequences of the past, and embracing the beauty of a truly shared culture.

Our history began with promises of sharing and acceptance (empty promises that were not intended to be kept). Now it continues into an era of returning to similar promises to allow for sharing and acceptance. This September 30, it is my hope that all of our families will take time to reflect on all that we have been blessed with living in the most amazing country in the world, but also ( and perhaps more importantly) reflect on the sacrifice and cost of this life. A cost that was hidden for far too long. As the truth is being revealed, it is so critical that we hear the truth, believe the truth, and act to reconcile.

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

Terry Fox

PPCS will once again be participating in the Terry Fox Walk. We will hold our school walk on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. We have set our school goal at $500 or approximately $2 per student. We would love to meet and beat this goal. If you wish to donate online, you can visit our school page by clicking the button below. Thank you to everyone who has donated. We will have a final total next week.

Terry Fox Pie in the Face

Thank you to everyone who donated to Pie in the Face. The pieing will happen this week.

Watch next week's Bear Blast for the total amount raised.

Grade 11 Field Trip

On Friday, September 23, 2022, the grade 11 class traveled to the University of Saskatchewan to visit Vetavision 2022. Vetavision 2022 is an open house put on by the College of Veterinary Medicine that showcases what the college has to offer. The students of the college hosted several stations, most of which had hands-on components for our students to experience. We spent just over 2 hours at the college and were only able to see half the displays. Our tour coordinator ensured that we were able to see the most interesting stations. The only station we were not able to experience, although our tour coordinator tried, was the fistulated cow. It was a great day enjoyed by all of the students.

Warning: some of the images may not be for everyone.

Milk Program

We will once again be running our milk program this year. We will be starting on Oct 3. Forms will go out on Monday and need to be back by Thursday (Monday for Kindergarten). The first day of delivery will be Monday, Oct 3. Thank you to Mrs. Brezinski and her grade 6 crew who will be delivering the milk every day just before lunch.

Milk will once again cost $1 per day, which will not quite cover the cost, but thanks to a grant from President's Choice for nutrition we are able to keep our prices at $1. Both chocolate and vanilla will be available.

Extra Curricular Fees

In an earlier newsletter, we laid out our plan for an extracurricular fee this year. Shortly after, we were contacted by a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who has agreed to donate $4500 per year for the next three years to cover this fee. We are incredibly grateful for this generosity and will be canceling the fee. The donor has asked that our students contribute at least 1 hour of their time volunteering in the community. We will work with our coaches and teachers to coordinate this. Thank you to our donor for supporting extracurricular programming at PPCS. We do ask that families continue to support our fundraising as more funds can now be channeled to field trips and elementary activities.
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The Next Staff vs. Students game is Sept 28!

SRC Members Needed!

PPCS SRC is looking for student members. We have a wide-open year and are super excited to do some awesome things, but we need students to make that happen. Talk to Miss Wallen or Mrs. Mielke if you are interested.

Music Lessons in Porcupine Plain

Parents have inquired every year for many years about the possibility of music instruction at PPCS. Our challenge was finding a teacher. As luck would have it, Mrs. Victoria Riley reached out to me late this summer about offering private lessons at the school. We have agreed to provide Mrs. Riley with a space to teach the lessons at PPCS in exchange for some classroom time for our art classes. To inquire about lessons, please see the contact information below.
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Upcoming Events

Sept 28 - Terry Fox Walk @2:15

Sept 28- Staff vs. Student Game

Sept 29 - Orange Shirt Day

Sept 30 - School Improvement Planning (NO SCHOOL)

Oct 12 - Retakes and Grad Photos ** Note this was changed from Oct 13 to align with kindergarten days.

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Apple Fundraiser a Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who sold apples. We sold just over 160 cases of apples, a 60 case increase from last year. These finds will be invested int field trips and playground equipment. Thank you.

Home Game on Wednesday

Our Jr. Girls Volleyball A team will be hosting home games on Wednesday, September 28. We would love to pack the stands. Come on out and cheer on your very own PPCS Bears.

Junior Girls B Team League Play in Melfort

The Junior Girls traveled to Melfort last Wednesday for league play. This was the first time most of the girls had played games. They did awesomely and won all of their sets except 3 against Naicam. They ended up going to a 3rd set. A great start to their season. If you watch the Junior B team play, you will likely notice that it looks a little different than volleyball. This is because all NESD junior B teams play Triple Ball, a variation of volleyball that helps them to better learn the game. Check out a link to the rules below.

Sr. Girls Vball Team Plays in Tisdale Tournament

The girls and Miss Wallen traveled to Tisdale on Friday and Saturday. The girls came home with a silver medal. Well done girls!!

Jr. Girsls A Play in Naicam Tournament

Mrs. Irving and the Junior Girls A team traveled to Naicam for a tournament on Saturday. They came away with a silver medal, great job Bears!!

Team Schedules

Jr. Girls Vball

Practice Monday & Thursday 3:30-5:30


A team @ home

B team @ Naicam

Sr. Girls Vball

Practice Monday 3:30-5:30, Thursday 7-8:30am

Games @ Melfort Tuesday

Tournament in St Brieux on Saturday

Flag Football

Tues and Wed practice 3:30-5:00

Cross Country

Practice Wed and Thurs 3:30-4:30

Tues meet at Nipawin

Jr. and Sr. Golf

Tues practice 3:30-6:30 @ Greenhills

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear