Bear Blast

For the Week of Oct 31, 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.

Lest We Forget

I had to be in Prince Albert on Saturday for a meeting. As I drove there I had to pass through the usual towns such as Tisdale and Melfort. As I passed through a few communities I was struck by how many have started to, like our own community, honoring our veterans by displaying banners and signs. It was very touching to see how much communities are investing in keeping the memory of our veterans alive.

A few years ago at a school Remembrance Day service, I was sharing some thoughts. One of the thoughts that I shared was around the idea of "Lest We Forget". I shared that, although it is positive that our youth are so far removed from war that they struggle to even comprehend its horrors, it is also negative as they also struggle to connect with the need for remembering the sacrifice of our veterans. This is why Remembrance Day services and remembrance projects being undertaken by communities are so important. Although our world does find itself in a series of ongoing conflicts, our youth, thankfully, are largely shielded. This is why we must find ways to ensure that the sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten and that our gratitude never wavers.

To that end, I want to extend my appreciation for the town of Porcupine Plain as well as several other small (and larger) communities across Saskatchewan that have undertaken a variety of remembrance projects on top of community Remembrance Day services. We were driving through Niapwin the other day when we noticed that have renamed one of their streets "Veterans Way". It is simple, seemingly small, gestures like these that will help to embed the act of remembrance in our daily lives and our very subconscious. This, along with the more deliberate events, will ensure that our youth do not forget and that our collective gratitude never wanes. Thank you to the small communities and those who work tirelessly on remembrance projects, yours is an act of vital importance; Lest we forget.

Paper Report Card Request

Our method of delivery of report cards is through Edsby. However, if families would prefer a paper copy, please complete the request form below. You must complete a separate form for each child, thank you. Report cards will be released in November.

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.

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

SRC Halloween Event

Monday, October 31

Costume Parade - 10:00am

Noon "Just Dance" for K-6 in the gym.

Poppy Stories

This year, the Legion is proud to present “Poppy Stories”, a brand-new initiative that allows people to scan a lapel Poppy with a smartphone and be introduced to a fallen soldier with a story to remember.

Not only does each Veteran's story recognize their sacrifice, but it also honours their life. The short stories expand upon where and how soldiers grew up in Canada, their family history, pre-war careers, and even some of their passions. Through the experience, we hope to give many Canadians a special Veteran’s name to remember this year.

Click the button below on your smart device and be taken to the website so that you can scan a poppy.

GO Time Readers

We invite our grade 7-12 students to use some of their GO Time to read with our grade 1 and 2 students. This is a great opportunity for our senior students to mix without younger students and for our younger students to develop their literacy skills.
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Next Staff vs. Student is Nov 4

Music Lessons in Porcupine Plain

Parents have inquired every year for many years about the possibility of music instruction at PPCS. Our challenge was finding a teacher. As luck would have it, Mrs. Victoria Riley reached out to me late this summer about offering private lessons at the school. We have agreed to provide Mrs. Riley with a space to teach the lessons at PPCS in exchange for some classroom time for our art classes. To inquire about lessons, please see the contact information below.
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Upcoming Events

Oct 28 - Halloween Parade (Kindergarten Only)/ Staff vs. Student / Jr. G Vball Home Tournament

Oct 31 - Halloween Parade (Grades 1-12)

Nov 3 - Cadets Presentation for Grades 7-12

Nov 4 - Staff vs. Student

Nov 9 - Term 2 Begins

Nov 10 - School Remembrance Day Service

Nov 10 - SCC AGM (4:00pm)

Nov 10 - Paint Night

Nov 11 - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

Nov 12 - Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft

Nov 14 - Blue Day (Diabetes Awareness Day)

Nov 15-17 - Stack Up 2022 (Speed Stacking)

Nov 18 - Report Cards Released

Nov 18 - Community Dance for students grade 7-12

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

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SRC Candy Guess

Come to the office to pay and submit your guess until Oct 31.
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Junior Girls Tournament a Huge Success

This past Friday and Saturday the junior girls (both A and B) teams hosted a home volleyball tournament. The Junior B team came away with 1st place overall and the Junior A team came away with 3rd place overall.

We appreciate all of the fans that showed up to cheer on our Bears.

We want to send out some thanks.

Huge thanks to Miss Hoffus, Mrs. Irving, and Miss Wallen for all of the organizing of teams, rooms, and food. Planning an event like this takes a tremendous amount of prework, thank you for a job well done.

Huge thanks as well to our parent workers. We could not run a canteen without volunteer workers, thank you for giving of your time so we could run a successful canteen.

Huge thanks to the players, for playing awesome and representing your school well, but all so for volunteering your time to work lines, and score clock for the tournament.

Huge thanks to our custodians who came in to make sure the school looked amazing on both days.

Last, but not least, thank you to Macey T, Autum M, Sasha G, and Des B for officiating the tournament for us. Good officials are critical to a good tournament to make sure it runs smooth and that the girls learn as they play.

Team Schedules

Jr. Girls Vball

Practice Wednesday 3:30-4:45

Junior B League Finals on Thursday in Porcupine

Sr. Girls Vball

Practice Wednesday 4-6pm, Thurs 7-8:30am

Conference Playoffs Saturday in Porcupine.

Home Games

Nov 3

Junior B League Final

Nov 5

Sr. Girls Conference Playoffs

Hot Lunches

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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.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear