For the Week of Dec 19, 2022
Working together; succeeding together.
We acknowledge the harm of colonialism and the residential school system and commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.
The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future
The Ghost of Christmas Past
I was just chatting with a fellow parent, at a hockey game, about how important it is that we learn traditions from the elders of our families while we still have time. Whether it be a canning recipe or just family stories. In an earlier Bear Blast, I spoke about how we often don't know when we are experiencing the last of something and we never know when our last Christmas with a loved one may be. This holiday season, take time to learn something from our elders. Make a family recipe with Gramma, go through an old photo album with an aunt, ask about family stories; spend some time in the past.
The Ghost of Christmas Present
I have spoken about this before many times. Too often we may be in a room, but we are not present. Devices, connectivity, and social media are the greatest barriers to being truly present. I have caught myself at many family functions getting caught up in work emails or just checking the latest Facebook updates; being quintessential, not present. This holiday, I will be and would invite you, to be more present. Make a pact as a family to put the phones away or do something that forces you away from the device like skating or skiing. Be fully present in the moments, fully enjoying each other's company.
The Ghost of Christmas Future
This was the scariest ghost in the movie as it showed Scrooge his dark future if he didn't change his ways. However, I believe that Christmas is a season of hope and so the Ghost of Christmas Future could and should bring feelings of excitement. Take time this holiday season to start some new traditions. Do something you have never done before. For some families, it will be the first without a loved one, and that one is hard. Honor the memory of a loved one by doing something they loved; make their cookies, watch their favorite movie, read their favorite story, make it a new tradition to honor them. Every tradition had a beginning, begin one this year.
No matter what you do this holiday season, it will be amazing if you are with the ones you love. For those celebrating the first Christmas after losing a loved one, I hope that you can find some joy or at least some comfort this holiday season. It is my deepest hope that all of our families will take some time, together, this holiday season to get some well-needed R and R.
On behalf of Leslie, Amanda, Noah, and myself, I hope that everyone has a most blessed Christmas and we wish you all the best in 2023.
Please submit food drive items by Dec 20.
Seen Around PPCS
Christmas Pageant 2022
Sausage Making in Outdoor Ed
Huge Thanks to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft
Deck the Doors 2022
New 2 U
To allow our K class to do some shopping, we brought New 2 U to them. Joanne and the crew set aside some items to make sure our Ks had lots to pick from. Santa made another appearance to help out the Ks. Then the grade 11s stepped up to help with wrapping. An awesome event, we hope that all our families enjoy their treasures.
Hot Lunch Punch Cards
Please allow 2 school days to process punch card purchases.
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
Next Staff vs. Student is Jan 27
Dec 12 - PJ Day and Hot Chocolate (at lunch) Please bring you own cup if you can.
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
Intramural Basketball Winners
Senior Boys in the Pas
Sr. Boys had a bit of a dissapointing weeekend with a second place finish at the Pas. They laid the boots to Thompson and Flin Flon but came up short against a very big, fast and athletic Moose Lake team that could run and gun. Hats off to that team who were last year's Manitoba silver winners. Home game on Monday vs Nisto then nothing until after the break.
LS was crowned 3-point champion.
Junior Girls Update
Jr. Girls have been coming along and have notched their first 2 W's of the year. The girls have some work to do but are an eager athletic bunch that wants to compete. The team will resume games after the break.
Senior Girls 3-on-3
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.
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.
Senior Boys Bball
Dec 19 @5:00 vs. Nisto
** Games may start earlier if teams arrive, our goal is to get them home as early as possible.