Bear Blast

For the Week of Oct 30, 2023

Working together; succeeding together.

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As we are all Treaty people, we take time to honor the land of Treaty 6 and all that it offers for us and our families through many generations. This land has served as a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Dene, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibway People since time immemorial. We recognize this land as the homeland of Metis Nation Eastern Region II. We honor the ancestors and footsteps that have fallen in these lands. We also acknowledge that our use of this land has come at a cost, the cost of colonialism and the residential school system. We commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.

Meet Our Interns

We have been very lucky to have 2 teacher candidates joining us from the University of Saskatchewan since the beginning of the year. Miss Fendelet is working with Mrs. Patchin in grade 3 and Miss Sundelin is working with Mrs. Brezinski in grade 6. Both are fitting into the Bears family very well. I know that their future as educators is going to be very bright.

Hello all families,

This is Miss Fendelet (she/her). I want to introduce myself because I was placed for my 16-week internship in the Grade 3 classroom in Porcupine Plain. I grew up on a farm by Nokomis, Saskatchewan. I love working with children. I have been a Substitute Educational Assistant while attending university and I have learned a lot from being in that position. I enjoy the outdoors and being active. I used to take part in volleyball, basketball, badminton, yearbook, and SLC (Student Leadership Council) while in high school and I still enjoy participating in those sports when I get a chance. I am in my fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan. My major is English and my minor is Mathematics. I recently got engaged to my partner, and we are excited to be living in Porcupine Plain. I am fortunate to be working alongside the staff in Porcupine Plain and excited to continue to get to know all the wonderful students.

Miss Fendelet

I grew up on a farm north of Kinistino until I was 9 when my parents, younger brother, and I moved to Melfort. I graduated from MUCC and went to university in Saskatoon for business and later became a realtor. I loved helping people find their dream homes, but I have always loved learning and am passionate about education. I am enjoying the community of Porcupine Plain so much, but when I am not here, I am at my home in Brooksby. I have lived off and on in Saskatoon for school, but my heart is happiest living in rural Saskatchewan. In my downtime, I enjoy reading, going to the lake, and spending time with my family and friends.


Miss Sundelin

After School Events

We love to host events for our students after hours and on weekends. We also love the fact that so many of our families and students come out to enjoy these events and to cheer on our athletes. What we don't love is some of the behaviors we saw this last weekend at our volleyball tournament. These behaviors by some of our students resulted in the teachers at the event having to take time and manage the behavior and in some cases clean up a mess. The teachers supervising these events are very busy with the event and do not really have time to deal with behaviors. We want students to come and enjoy the events, but younger students should be supervised by parents. Going forward, students who are exhibiting behaviors that are disruptive, dangerous, or damaging (creating a mess) will be asked to leave the school for the remainder of the event. This will ensure that everyone can enjoy the event and do what they need to do to make the event a success. Thank you for your support in this.

K Halloween

Since Kindergarten won’t be at school on Halloween, Ks will be celebrating on Monday, October 30 instead. Kindergarten children are invited to wear their costume to school if they wish. If your child does not have a costume or they are not interested in wearing a costume they are welcome to wear orange/black instead.


Edsby is an online tool and our primary mode of communication with our families. All new families should receive an email with an invitation to join. You will receive a separate invitation for each child, please allow about 15 minutes between invitations to ensure that the system does not get overwhelmed.

Edsby allows you to check on your child's current progress in their classes. Check our family handbook (link below) for a key to the completion codes that you will see in Edsby.

If you are having trouble accessing Edsby for any reason, contact the school and we will do our best to problem-solve with you.

Bear Bites is Back!

We will once again be running Bear Bites hot lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and hopefully Mondays in the near future). We will start up hot lunches in late September so stay tuned.

Due to increases in grocery prices, we will have to increase the cost of our meals to $5.00 from $4.00, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

We will once again be running the punch card program but will be setting up a dollar-for-dollar card. You can load any amount (up to $100) that you want on a punch card. Anyone who has leftover punch cards will be notified and the value will be transferred to a new punch card. We also hope to have a digital portal set up where parents can check on how much money they have left on their child's card. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Seen Around PPCS

Chicken Noodle Bowl Recipe

At our sale on Thursday, I challenged the chefs (Gavin and Trinity) to make the sauce for the chicken noodle bowls. They were given a series of possible ingredients and came up with the following recipe.

Hoisin Sauce

About half as much soya sauce as Hoisin Sauce

Brown sugar, ground ginger, and garlic powder to taste.

It was delicious, which can be attested to by the number of requests we have had for the recipe.

Here is the full recipe.

1 pckg ichiban style noodles (we used coop) cooked.

3/4 cup of stir fried vegetables (we used the frozen thai style), add the flavor packet from the noodles.

3/4 cup of cooked chicken, seasoned with garlic and ginger to taste.

Pour the sauce (see above) over top.

For a spicy noodle bowl, drizzle 2tbsp of siracha sauce on top.

Grade 7 Chemists

Student Talent

I love it when students share their talents with me, especially when they share the amazing things that they do on their own time- their passions. Last week, Jayden in grade 10 shared some of his miniature photography with me. I was so impressed that I asked him if it would be okay if I shared some in the bear blast. He said sure and sent me a small collection of his work. Here is some of what he sent me.
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Next Staff vs. Student is

Family Calendar

Each month, we will be putting out a family calendar which will include major events for the month. We will do our best to be as comprehensive as possible, but please continue to check the Bear Blast for updates. This will include our home games and our practice times, as well as special events. We encourage families to print a copy (click the pdf file to download) of the calendar and keep it handy.
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Junior Girls Home Tourney

This past weekend, Miss Wallen and Mrs. Irving hosted a junior girls' volleyball tournament. The grade 7 team played on Friday and the 8s and 9s played on Saturday. They hosted a total of 16 teams over the 2 days. The tournament was a roaring success with some amazing volleyball and some equally amazing food (thanks to Mr. B and the Sr. Boys Bball team as well as all our parent volunteers for running the canteen). All our teams played hard with the following result...

Grade 7 - 2nd Place

Grade 8 - Just missed playoffs.

Grade 9 - 3rd Place.

It was a great weekend, thank you to all who attended and cheered on the athletes.

Huge shout out to several members of our Sr. Girls Volleyball team who helped with officiating, set up, and clean up. It was amazing to see our school community come together to put on a very successful event.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

Volunteer of the month.

Mrs Patchin gets the nod this month for holding down the fort in the canteen on Friday night. She often helps out by picking up supplies and serving food throughout our athletic events and her help is surely appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Bears Athletics.

Athlete of the month

Harley Holinaty has made a smooth transition to the high school sporting end. She has demonstrated a solid base of volleyball skills and an effort level that shows she is a gamer. She will be one to keep an eye on as she gains experience.

Athlete of the month

Marty Salmond has been ripping serves and making some good decisions while setting for her team. Marty appears very positive on the court and seems like she is having a lot of fun while playing which is the goal we have for all of our athletes. Great job in September Marty.

Community Events

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Hot Lunches

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Check Your Punch Card Balance

Please note, as we get used to this new system, please be aware that punch card balances may be up to 1 week behind.

You can click the button below to check on how much your child has left on his/her punch card. To help support privacy, we have developed account numbers for each student. The account number is their grade followed by the last 4 digits of the phone number we have on file. For example, my son Noah is in grade 5. His account number would be 059017.

Once you click the link below and find your child's account number, you will see a number to the left of their account number (i.e. 17). That number will not change, so you only have to remember that number going forward.

We hope that this will help our families.

Scan me to check your punch card balance.

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Jigs and Carolines are Back

Once again, Jigs and Carolines will be offering hot lunches on Wednesday and Friday. Please order directly from them. Stay tuned.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear