For the Week of May 22, 2023
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.
It Takes a Village...But the Village Needs You
Dr. Shanker lists lack of community as a major stressor in the lives of youth today. It is based on that, that the staff at PPCS have worked and will continue to work on helping the students at PPCS feel a sense of belonging and a sense of ownership. We encourage students' involvement in decision-making as often as we can. Our SRC does a great job of planning events for the school including pep rallies and buddy activities. We seek feedback from the students on events and work hard to actualize that feedback to increase the sense of ownership and control for the students over their learning environment. Most recently we have held a series of focus groups with students in grades 7-11, to gather some first-hand information on how we can make PPCS a place that is better suited to the student's needs so that they will feel that PPCS is more like a second home than just school.
This should not be isolated to the school community, but also the greater communities within which our students live, grow, develop, and hopefully participate. Students should be encouraged and welcomed into our communities to play an active role through volunteering, both informally and through a variety of clubs and committees. We often lament that we don't have enough help on the various boards, groups, clubs, and committees. Perhaps our youth are an untapped resource that we should consider. Stephen Covey refers to win-win situations as the best outcome in any scenario. This would be a win-win. Research shows that active engagement within a community is good for the overall wellness of youth and we know that more hands making lighter work would be better for the health of our communities.
At PPCS we have built volunteerism into our Phys Ed and Wellness classes and encourage our athletes to help out, especially in light of the generous donation from an anonymous donor. Our students are very good at completing their required hours but struggle to continue the momentum once their hours are complete. We grapple with trying to figure out how to embed the sense of volunteerism into our students. However, in the age of extreme schedules, it can be hard to find the time, let alone the motivation. Kids are busy, families are busy, and getting involved in the community is not as easy as it once was. However, it is critical that we try. Research is clear on the benefits of being part of a team on youth wellness, but it is also clear that not having a sense of community involvement can cause stressors in their lives. My challenge is to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Let's give our kids some ownership of their community, through engagement and at the same time give our grievously overworked volunteers a bit of a break. It really is a win-win.
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Seen Around PPCS
Mini Indy Team
Pep Rally on Friday
BM Making Snacks
Next Staff vs. Student is
Thursday, May 25, 2023
- Bike Rodeo (K-6)
- PE 20/30 Camping Trip to Clearwater Lake, MB
Monday, May 22, 2023
- NO SCHOOL (Victoria Day)
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
- Grade 4-6 Track Day
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Volunteers and Athletes of the Month
The volunteer for this month is Ely Campos. Ely is in her final year with us and has worked the score table at more basketball games than most people have played. She brings a ton of support to our teams and can be found hitting the road following our away games to cheer us on. Sometimes she even lets Miel come with her. Thank you for your help and support for Bears Athletics. Good luck in your future Ely.
Ava Tiedjens is this month's pick. She is a well-rounded multisport athlete who had a great showing in her badminton season. She is a smart aggressive player who is an asset to any team she is on. She is ready to put down the racquet and pick up the bat for her next sport season. Good job Ava.
Hana Teale is another multisport athlete who seems to excel at each sport she tries. She showed great improvement in basketball with a money baseline jump shot and some lockdown D. She carried her work ethic into badminton season and did a great job in girls' doubles. Keep it up, Hana.
** Games may start earlier if teams arrive, our goal is to get them home as early as possible.
There are 9 lunches left in the school year.
The Cove is Offering Hot Lunches
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Jigs and Carolines are Back
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CAROLINES ORDERS MUST NOW BE PLACED ONLINE AS WELL.