Bear Blast

Week of March 28, 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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Slava Ukraini! Слава Україні! Героям слава!

All of the PPCS school community wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the people of Ukraine and especially their families here in our communities, our province, and our country.

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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Family Doesn't Forget

It is easy to think about all of the things that we lost during COVID. It is very easy to focus on the big things we lost; trips, money, time. However, as things have (slowly) returned to normal, more and more I am beginning to realize how much trauma came from the little things we lost. On Friday, I was given a stark reminder of a seemingly little thing that we lost that was actually a big thing. This is in no way intended to downplay the tangible, financial and human toll of the virus, but rather to highlight the magnitude of what we lost.

On Friday, we once again got to hold our annual Cordwood curling bonspiel. This is an event that brings together our grade 4-8 students for an entire day of cordwood curling. As I watched the day unfold, I was struck by the sense of family that naturally arises. The students are placed on teams, often with other students they may not know and that they may not have a daily relationship. Very quickly the teams gel into a mini family. The skips look after the younger students, getting them to and from games. The students help and encourage each other as they learn the game (if anyone can truly ever learn cordwood) and most importantly they interact. They laugh and joke and argue and encourage. The teachers look after some organizational details and help to get things started, but then it is the students who take over and make an event that everyone loves. No amount of planning can create the atmosphere of pure joy and comradery that exists on the ice.

The cohorting of students over the last couple of years, although needed for safety, made it impossible for these events and the resulting atmosphere to exist; and that is no small loss. That being said, I am so happy to report that although these events and opportunities may not have occurred the students quickly remembered, embraced and exuded a sense of school community and togetherness. It was an amazing day that served to recharge my batteries (which I can admit COVID had drained). It gave me a sense of hope and a great, great sense of anticipation of what is yet to come. I have said from the beginning that we would get through this together and now I realize that getting through it was being able to be together. It creates a cosmic circle of sorts. Togetherness allowed us to get through, even when we couldn't be together and in getting through it, togetherness is once again our reward.

Huge, huge thanks to the rink board, the parent volunteers and Chantel Norum for helping to make this happen.

Thank You Thomasgard Drilling

Huge thanks to Erik Thomasgard and Thomasgard drilling for their generous donation of a spindle sander for our woodshop program. Support like this allows us to further enhance the learning experience for all students at PPCS.

Thank You SGEU Hudson Bay Local 107

Thank you to SGEU Hudson Bay Local 107 for their generous donation to our canoe club project. We look forward to warmer weather when we can get the canoes in the water.

PAA Seeking Projects

Is there anyone in town wanting to build a detached garage this summer / fall? Would you be interested in having the senior Industrial Arts class build it or be involved in some capacity? We are always looking for authentic ways to involve our kids in learning and in the community. If you are interested, please call the school, and ask for Mr. Riley.

Healthy Snack Ideas

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Stay tuned for ideas from our Grade 89 Home Ec class.
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Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

Chem 30 can get a little slimy.

The chemistry 30 students have been studying organic chemistry and most recently they have been exploring the process of polymerization. To assess their knowledge of the topic we made slime and will subject it to a series of tests. The finished product was donated to the grade 1 classroom.

Upcoming Events

March 28 - Grade 9-12 Cordwood Curling - please bring money for lunch.

April 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 - SRC Spirit Week -- Stay tuned!

April 9 - Porcupine School of Dance Recital at PPCS

April 14 - SIP Day

April 15-22 - Easter Break - NO SCHOOL

April 25 - Term 4 Begins

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Jr. NBA Basketball

Jr. NBA Basketball was a huge success. PPCS had 4 teams compete. Two teams of grade 3/4 boys competed on Saturday at the Kerry Vickar Center and the 3/4 Girls and 5/6 mixed teams on Sunday at MUCC. All of the athletes did amazing and showed tremendous growth throughout the season and the tournament. Everyone had a blast and represented our school and community so well. Huge thanks to all of the spectators who came out to cheer us on.

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.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).
  • Be considerate of the choices of others.

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!

Welcome back to #bestyearever