Bear Blast

Week of September 14, 2020

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Working together; succeeding together.

Thank You For Making the Best of it

"Being positive in the face of a negative situation is not naive, its leadership".

I came across this quote just before school resumed and immediately connected with it. In chatting with my brother in law, he had seen it on my Facebook feed and also connected with it. That got me thinking. My brother in law and I work in very different fields, yet both had the same connection to the quote, could this quote have a much more universal application than I first considered. After observing startup 2020, I am in fact convinced that this quote has a broad application to all of us during this "Normal for Now". During startup 2020, I saw the true leadership of our community and was blown away by the level of support we received from parents, students, and the community in general. We were faced with what could be considered a negative situation in that everything was different and, as one staff member put it, COVID protocols sucked all the fun out of the first days of school. It would have been easy for the students, staff, and community to wallow in this, but instead, we chose to be true leaders and remain positive, even amidst the negativity that this virus has brought. The students, staff, and community truly have made the best of what we have and for that, we are so grateful. In response, this has ignited a fire within the staff and me to do more than just make the best of a bad situation. More than ever, we are committed to making this the best year ever, even amid all the restrictions. We promise to find ways to make "new normal" seem as much like "real normal" as possible. In the meantime, thank you in advance for your understanding and patience during this time. We are all learning together and building proverbial ship as we sail it.

EDS "Airplane"

Upcoming Events

September 23 - 40th Annual Terry Fox Run

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day

October 8&9 - Virtual 3Way Conferences (Stay tuned for more information)

October 12 - No School (Thanksgiving)

October 26 - No School (School Improvement Planning Day)

What do I do if my child is sick?

The two most common questions we get are:

  • Can my child come to school, they are not feeling well?
  • Can my child come to school, their sibling is not feeling well?

The answer to these and many questions regarding attendance as it related COVID-19 is to call 811 (the Health Line). Due to the medical knowledge required to properly answer these questions, we are asking families to contact 811 and seek their advice when questions around whether or not to send a student arises.

This protocol is also being used by staff when they have questions about whether they should be coming to school or not.

If your child or one of their siblings has symptoms that cannot be explained by a preexisting condition (i.e. allergies), it is best to call 811 and seek their advice. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

What will happen if my child gets sick at school?

First and foremost, I promise that we will treat your child with the same care and compassion we would if they were our own.

We will take them to the isolation room and a staff member will stay with them all the time. The staff member is required to wear PPE (personal protective equipment), but we will take the time to explain each piece to them so it is less scary for them.

We will remain with them until you arrive to pick them up. Please let us know when you are at school and we will meet you at the front door.

We will ask that you call 811 and seek their guidance prior to the student returning to school.

We are still developing our full protocol for when we will take a student to the isolation room. As the year progresses and more information becomes available these protocols are very likely to change and become more refined. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate the unknowns of the situation.

Reminder: No Microwaves!

Due to the high touch nature of the microwaves, they have been removed for now. Please ensure that student lunches do not require heating, Sorry for the inconvenience.

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery) Starting at the End of the Month

Cindy and Reg and their crew are hoping to start up the Beyond Discovery Youth Group at the end of the month. Stay tuned for updates and listen for more information during morning announcements.

School Messenger App

Please download and register for the school messenger app. It is available on both the Apple app store and the android store. This will be our primary method of communication throughout the school year. This will be the method that all classroom teachers use to communicate with families. Please download and register so that you can stay up to date on everything that is going on.

Bears Athletics

We are currently in the early planning stages for intramurals at PPCS. We hope to have something in place this week so that students can safely use the gym at lunch hour.

Registration Forms

Forms are coming home for you to verify. Please return the form, even if everything is ok. This helps us to ensure that our record are as accurate as possible. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

What is different at PPCS?

Daily Screening

Please use the following tool to screen your child, every morning.

PPCS COVID-19 Parent Guide

Please read the attached document which outlines the start-up and safety plans for PPCS (and all NESD schools). There is some school-specific information at the end of the document.

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