Bear Blast

For the Week of Dec 5, 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.

Stressed Out

One of the things that we have been working on in helping our students with mental wellness is identifying and reducing stressors. The first step for us was differentiating between stress and stressors. We may be quick to assume that kids should not have stress in their life or, perhaps even worse, downplay their stress as not significant. The fact is, we all have stressors in our lives. The degree to which these affect our lives varies greatly as does our ability to deal with these stressors. For students, dealing with stressors is something that must be taught, reinforced, and modeled.

Stressors come in a variety of forms but can be broadly classified as:

Biological - screen time, being hungry/thirsty, illness, discomfort (cold, hot, etc), poor sleep patterns, bright lights, smells, sounds.

Cognitive - trying to organize thoughts, boredom, being interrupted, overwhelming work, an overwhelming schedule, no access to a device, being confused, attempting to multitask.

Emotional - grief or loss, conflict (peer or family), nightmares, poverty, deadlines, fear of punishment, loneliness, change of routine, divorce and family issues, feeling unwelcome.

Social - moving to a new school, being in a room of people (familiar or not), jealousy, exclusion, answering in class, public reading/speaking, attending events

ProSocial - giving gifts, moral dilemmas, volunteering, sharing, watching the news/social media, telling the truth, supporting friends who are struggling, feeling guilty, and being late.

As you can see some stressors arise from negative things that we can attempt to reduce or remove, while others arise from necessities and even positive situations. In these cases removing the stressor may not be possible or even desirable (i.e. deadlines are often needed). When this is the case, we work with the teacher to find ways to reduce the impact of the stressor through mindfulness and/or breathing techniques and through self-talk and preparation.

When we notice that a student is struggling with regulation, we may first look at the stressors in their life, this is largely a series of hypothesis forming, discussions with students and parents, and observation. One of the challenges that we face is that occasionally the student is unable to identify the stressors in their life as they may not yet be at a place to even recognize the disregulation. Once we have identified some potential stressors then we will try and present the student with a variety of possible strategies to reduce and/or remove stressors. Stay tuned for a discussion of how to help students reduce and/or remove stressors.

Grona Beef Served at Bear Bites

Bear Bites loves to support local businesses. When we were looking for ground beef a student suggested Grona Farms. We reached out to Dale and Dallas and were able to make a deal for 50lbs of farm-raised ground beef which will be served through our hot lunches.

Seen Around PPCS

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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 November: Harlyn Norum

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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

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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

Dec 7 - 12 Days of Christmas Begins

Dec 13 - Christmas Pageant

Dec 14 - New 2U Christmas Shopping (grades 1-5)

Dec 15 - New 2U Christmas Shopping (K)

Dec 20 - High School Bonspiel and Skating

Dec 21 - Skating Day

Dec 22 - Christmas Dinner / Last Day of Classes

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Great Showing at Senior Boys Bball Tourney

Our Senior Boys Bball Team was off to PA for a tournament this weekend.

Sr. Boys walked out of PA Carlton A Final in a heartbreaking OT loss to Moose Jaw Peacock 74-72. Good enough for second after easily defeating Meadow Lake and PA Carlton B. MJ had downed Battleford and Warman before meeting the boys in the final.

Senior Girls Bball Update

Due to low participation, the Sr. girls will be combining with the boys to play on Mondays as well as have entered a 3 on 3 league that will run on Tuesdays.

Not many but these athletes can play.

Jr. Girls Bball

The Jr. Girls will see their first action this week and have a ton of new faces which is great to see. We have had many players in and out due to weather and illness so can't wait to see the product on the floor this Wednesday, looking to have some fun.

Athletes and Voluteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month - Mrs. Steiestol

Mrs. Steiestol brings a positive vibe and an eagerness to help out with several of our Athletic events at the school. If she cannot be there in person she does a great deal of behind-the-scenes work before events. She specializes in hunting down and organizing the canteen grub. She takes an interest and can be found regularly asking coaches and students young or old about the results of their hockey or volleyball game the evening prior. Thank you Mrs. Steiestol for all that you do for Bears Athletics and PPCS.

Athletes of the Month


If the Sr Boy Bears are a topic of discussion then J.B will be the first player other teams are talking about. Many teams have tried but few have been successful to change his game which is quite simple but effective. Work harder, smarter, and faster than the opponent. He defines leading by example and is very humble in his efforts by putting others before himself. J.B looks after the team captain duties such as jersey laundry, room, and van checks. If you have not seen him play, get here and get your popcorn.

Ferdinand Fransisco

If teams can weather the scoring of J.B they cannot escape the defensive lockdown of Ferdinand. He is a nightmare come true for the opposition’s top player often taking that player out of any meaningful contribution. It is questionable if we have ever had a player work as hard as him as his hustle and drive are unmatched on the floor. About 71% of the Earth is covered by water the other 29% is covered by Ferdinand.

Team Schedules

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Home Games

Junior Girls Bball

Dec 7 @5:00 vs. Melfort

Junior Boys Bball

Dec 8 @5:00 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