Bear Blast

For the Week of Dec 19, 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.

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future

One of the most classic Christmas stories is Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". It has been made in many forms, including Mickey Mouse, the Muppets, and even modern retellings like Bill Murray's Scrooged. No matter the form that we have seen (or read) there is a common structure. A greedy, miserly businessman, Scrooge, is visited by 3 spirits; the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Throughout the night, they take Scrooge on a journey and show him the error of his ways. This Christmas I think that these 3 ghosts may still have something to teach us.

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

Buddy Craft

Christmas Pageant 2022

We were very excited to hold our first in-person Christmas Pageant in 3 years. That evening, we seated over 350 people, so we think that the community was excited as well. This year we were excited to have Debbie Gibson back to accompany us on piano and we were especially excited to welcome the Porcupine Plain School of Dance to the pageant. I had the idea several years ago to include the school of dance, but it wasn't until this year that we were actually able to make it happen. The grade 6s did an amazing job as did all of the students who took part. Huge thanks to all of the teachers for the work that they put in. We ended the evening with a visit from Santa Clause who handed out some treat bags to the students.

Sausage Making in Outdoor Ed

Mr. Bloski, Mr. Morin, and the Outdoor Ed class have been studying sausage making and making sausage as part of their Outdoor Ed class. Mr. B had to sneak in and gets some help from the Foods 10 class to finish some sausage up.

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.

Deck the Doors 2022

New 2 U

Once again this year, our grade 1-5 students traveled to QCP to do some Christmas shopping. The ladies at New 2 U had saved up some goodies so that the students could shop for their families. Huge thanks to Joanne and her crew for once again making this event a huge success. Santa even made a surprise visit to help the shoppers.

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.

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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

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 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

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Intramural Basketball Winners

"The Gang" was crowned the intramural basketabll champs..


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

The 3 on 3 crew had to cancel last week and wil see thier first action the first Tuesday back after the break.

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

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.

Hot Lunches

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Huge thanks to Lutz Logging for sponsoring our Christmas dinner.

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