Bear Blast

Week of Feb 7, 2022

Working together; succeeding together.

We are priviledged to share Treaty 6 Territory traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Saulteux, Ojibwaya and the Metis Nation.

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Casual Custodians Needed

Do you want to work with the best team in the world? Of you course you do, who wouldn't. Good news! We are looking for casual custodians to help out Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, and Mrs. Antazo when they need to be away. I hear it pays pretty good and the people you would work with are awesome. If you would like more information, please contact the school.
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Thank You to Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla and Mrs. Antazo

I am preaching to the choir when I say that I am pretty much done with shoveling snow. With that in mind, I want to dedicate this issue to the Bear Blast to our custodians; Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, and Mrs. Antazo. They work tirelessly to create a learning environment that is welcoming and safe for everyone. All of the regular duties have stayed the same throughout the pandemic, and the added work of cleaning and sanitizing was added on. This winter, excess snow removal has also been a constant for them. Even under all of this pressure they greet all staff and students with a smile and will often go the extra mile even when they are not asked. Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, and Mrs. Antazo are critical members of our learning team and we are so grateful to have such consummate professionals. Our school is spotless, our sidewalks are clean and ice-free and everything is kept in working order. It truly amazes me how they juggle everything they need to do. Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of substitute custodians and so when one of them is sick, the other two have to pick up that slack as well. They somehow manage to get it all done, but I don't think anyone can keep that up. If you know of anyone, or if you yourself are looking to be part of an amazing team, please contact the school.

If you see Mr. Rye, Mrs. Samalla, or Mrs. Antazo this week, please take a moment to stop and thank them for all that they do to make our school an awesome place to be.

Supporting Students Who Must Isolate

When students are required by health to isolate at home, PPCS will continue to support their learning at a distance.

  • The teacher will reach out to let you know the format of delivery (paper copies or digital).
  • The work provided may not match the work done in class, especially if the classwork is discussion-based.
  • TO avoid overwhelming you and your child, we will only send new work when completed work is sent back to the teacher.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school. It is very important that students learning continues during periods of mandatory isolation.

New Website

Stay up to date with our home game schedule, check out the school schedule section of our website.
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Healthy Snack Ideas

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Vaccine Requirement

As per NESD AP309, as of Dec 6, anyone entering the school, other than incidentally, will have to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test in the last 48h. This includes things such as volunteering for events, being a spectator at a sporting event or special event, or any other reason that would have you interacting with students or staff for 15 minutes or longer.

Incidental visits, such as dropping off or picking up students, dropping off lunches, etc do not require proof of vaccine or negative test. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Citrus Fundraiser Feb 7-17

Order forms will be coming home Monday. Please make cheques payable to NESD. Fruit will arrive in early March. Stay tuned for an online ordering option and instructions.
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School Clothing Error

We are very happy with our school clothing and have received lots of positive feedback. Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding with an outside printer, our retro clothing has a not so retro logo. If you ordered retro clothing and did not get the retro logo, please contact the school and we will make sure it gets fixed.

Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

5/6 PE Floor Hockey Playoffs

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Upcoming Events


Feb 7-Feb 17 - Citrus Sale (Oranges and Grapefruit)

Feb 10 - 100th Day of School

Feb 14 - Pink, White and Red Day

Feb 14 and 15 - Grades K-6 are going skating.

Feb 21-25 - February Break (No School)

March 4 - Jump Rope For Heart

100th Day of School

Thursday, Feb 10 is the 100th day of school. Stay tuned for pictures from the classroom celebrations.
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Jr. NBA Basketball

Practices will start this week.

Tuesdays practice will be from 3:30-4:45

Thursdays practice will be from 12:10-12:45

Participants need a pair of shoes and a water bottle.


Our Tournaments will be in Melfort on March 26 and 27. Stay tuned for more details.

We Want Fans in the Stands

We are so happy to be able to invite fans to our home games once again this year. We ask that...


  • You only come if you are feeling well.
  • Provide proof of vaccination or a negative test (48h).
  • You wear a mask at all times when in the building
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Complete our contact tracing list upon entry
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).

Hot Lunches are Back!!

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Youth Group is running Fridays at the youth room. Listen to morning announcements for more details.

Awana Kids Club

For Kindergarten-Grade 6!

Awana Kids Club will begin on Thursday, Sept 9.

It’ll run each Thursday from right after school gets out until 5:10pm.

Kids can come to the old elementary school (QCP) and enter through the back double doors!

Games, live music, and learning time every week!

Free to register!

Call Heidi at 306-278-7883 or Desi at 306-865-6350 if you have any questions!

New COVID Protocols

There has been some confusion regarding some of the new COVID protocols in the last few days. I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the points. Please always refer to the most recent communication from NESD or PPCS.

  • Students who are positive (PCR or Rapid Test) must isolate for 5 days or 48h after symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • Students who are exposed DO NOT have to isolate regardless of vaccination status unless they are symptomatic.
  • We continue to encourage families to use the rapid tests (we have lots), but you are no longer required to report the results to us.

Welcome back to #bestyearever