Bear Blast

For the Week of Nov 21, 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 Good Old Days

I am a fan of a good TV show. I don't watch a ton of television, but when I find a show I like, I am happy to be able to binge it on Netflix. I appreciate a show with good writing and great characters. The Office (the American version) is one of my all-time favorites. It is one of those shows that people can quote on command. This is because it has so many great episodes with so many great characters, and so so many great pieces of dialogue. The dialogue is both hilarious and at times poignant. A great example of this comes in the series finale when Andy Bernard, a character played by Ed Helms is talking with the ever-present documentary film crew when he says, "I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them." A great quote that hits you right in the feels.

So, what made me think of this? It was the community dance. Huge shout our to Duane and Wade Thorpe and their crew for hosting an amazing event. As my daughter began planning for the dance (and it started weeks in advance) I was taken back to my time as a teenager (or tweenager) and remembered getting excited about dances. That got me thinking about my last high school dance. What I realized is that I don't actually remember much about it. I should have tried to take in every second, to remember every detail, but I didn't. I didn't because I didn't necessarily think about it being my last.

That got me thinking about things, "the good old days". I tried to remember the last time I went to my friend's house to watch a movie or play games (an almost weekly occurrence for most of my high school life). I can't remember, because I didn't know it was my last. I tried to think about my last high school party, my last night hanging out with my friends in dorm. I could only vaguely recall (and it's not because it was so long ago, as Mrs. Mielke would lead me to believe). It was because I didn't always know when it would be the last time.

I can clearly remember walking across the academic green at the University of Regina (a space now occupied by dormitory towers) and thinking how lucky I was and how much I would miss these days when they were over. I remember telling myself to soak it in, to experience it fully. Yet, I can't tell you anything about the last time I crossed the green. I can't even remember the last exam I took (it would have been Native Studies 100).

Too often, we are not given the privilege of knowing when the last of anything in our lives will occur. For that reason, I encourage everyone, including myself to live fully in every moment, even the seemingly mundane, because the truth is, we don't know they are the good old days until they are gone. Imagine if we treated every day as if it were going to be the good old days.

Seen Around PPCS

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Shout Out to Thomasgard Lumber

Huge thanks to Eric Thomasgard and Thomasgard Lumber for donating a lift of lumber. WIth prices the way they are, this will greatly help our program.

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.

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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.
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Name the Bear Contest

Thank you to everyone who came up with possible names for our Bear mascot. Click the link below to vote on which name you would like. The win winning name will be announced next Friday.

Next Staff vs. Student is Nov 25

Upcoming Events

Nov 21 - NO SCHOOL

Dec 7 - 12 Days of Christmas Begins

Dec 13 - Christmas Pageant

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

Dec 21 - Skating and Sledding Day

Dec 22 - Christmas Dinner / Last Day of Classes

Meet Your 2022 2023 SCC

The 2022 2023 SCC was chosen at the Annual General Meeting on Nov 10, 2022.

President: Blaire Kirkland

Secretary: Stacey Irving

Treasurer: Alicia Curle

Members At Large: Melissa Christianson, Kendra Smith, Megan Hoffus, Jayme Musikov

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Athletes of the Month

Brynlee Smith

Brynlee is a dominant multisport grade 8. Her drive and effort level are infectious which her teammates cannot help but follow. She offers an honest and constructive insight as to what her and her team does well and what they need to improve. She displays great skills as her volleyball passing is second to none. She is one of many gym rats popping in frequent to snag a ball to go outside or joining in a game of half court with the Sr. Boys. Keep up the great work Brynlee.

Desirae Burghardt

Desirae is in her final year of Athletics at PPCS. She is a rounded athlete with a presence on and off the court. She is no stranger to the gym and is always up for intramurals or just a quick rally with the volleyball. Desirae’s strongest contribution is perhaps her mentorship and work with our younger teams. She officiates many of our Jr. games and volunteers to help out running drills when required. Great job Desirae.

Ms. Hoffus - Volunteer of the Month

Ms. Hoffus is a sure go to for anytime we require assistance with our Athletic events. She chips in with her canteen expertise and her legendary culinary skills. She has a keen eye and not afraid to make an appearance on the volleyball officials stand. She is always down to take teams for away games if coaches are committed elsewhere. Thank you. Ms. Hoffus for all that you do for Bears Athletics and PPCS.

Team Schedules

Sr. Boys Bball - Practice Mon 7-9pm, Tues 7-9pm, Wed 7:30-9pm, Thurs 7-9pm

Sr. Girls Bball - Practice Tues 7-9pm, Wed 6-7:30pm, Thurs 7am

Jr. Boys Bball- Practice Tues 3:30-5pm, Wed 3:30,

Jr. Girls Bball - Practice Tues 3:30-5pm, Thurs 3:30-5pm

Home Games

Hot Lunches

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Bear Bites Punch Card Draw

Each month, we will put all of the finished punch cards into a draw for a free lunch. Stay tuned for Novembers winner.

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