Bear Blast

Week of Oct 11, 2021

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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Full Time Permanent Educational Associate Needed

Are you interested in working with the most amazing students in the world (the staff is pretty ok too). You should contact the school for more information or head over to nesd.ca. We would love to have you on our team.

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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So Much to Be Thankful For

Throughout my career, I have always felt the need to get involved with the teaching profession at the local, division, and provincial levels. This has afforded me the opportunities to talk and work with principals and teachers from across the division, province, country, continent, and beyond. I have learned a great deal from those experiences, but I have also developed a great sense of gratitude for the community where I live and work.


I can say, with a sense of certainty, that we have one of the best school communities I have ever had the privilege to work with. Recently, at our 3-way conferences (thank you to all who participated) I realise just how much I missed the contact with our school community and community as a whole. It was beyond energizing to have families back in our school and to hear the excited voices of students sharing their learning spaces and learning journeys with their families. It was wonderful to see teachers chatting with parents, sharing information, and reconnecting on a level that we had lost in the last 18 months. I hope that the experience was as exhilarating for our families as it was for the staff. We missed you!


Friday, I was honored to be asked to be a judge for the community scarecrow contest and traveled with Mayor Wood, Marilyn from POP and Tina from POP to each of the scarecrows. Our conversation, although mostly focused on scarecrows also delved into the community and all of the treasures we have within it. Whether it be the Haunted Halls, POP programming, our amazing group homes, or our families; it was amazing to reflect on how lucky we are. We didn't talk about crime rates or graffiti or how run-down things are; because we don't have that. Not that we are without problems, but by and large we are a community that is just that, a truly functioning community; a family of families, and that is a great place to live and work.


In closing and in the theme of thanksgiving, I want to extend my thanks to our students, staff, and community. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, we live in one of the safest places you could ask for and we live in one of the friendliest and most caring places I have ever had the privilege of calling home.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Seen Around PPCS (and Beyond)

Student Volunteers

At our 3-way conferences, we held an information session for families about Edsby. To facilitate this and make it easier for families, we offered childcare for the time of the meeting. 6 students, Emma B, Ava B, Des B, Saige A, Amia K and Madison T volunteered their time to hang out with the younger students so the parents could attend their session. Thanks to the generosity of these girls with their time, we were able to have a very focused session for families to build their confidence with Edsby. It was greatly appreciated, thank you, girls.

Welding at PPCS

We are always thankful for our educators that bring their personal passions to the classroom. When that passion allows our students to experience industry-standard training that is a win win. That is exactly the situation we have with our welding program. When Mr. Riley approached me over a year ago to look at welding at PPCS, we were met with a lot of hurdles, not the least of which was the lack of a welding shop. We found that it would be nearly impossible to convert our shop into a welding shop. At that point we, and by we I mean mostly Mr. Riley got creative and eventually were able to overcome all of the hurdles. Through tremendous support from the community, especially Parkland Co-op, Mr. Riley and Alshaym Agro we are able to offer PPCS students a robust, industry-aligned welding program. Our students learn to cut, grind and weld. After showing proficiency they re invited to complete their own projects as an enrichment experience. Our students will leave their PAA program with skills and experience that will set them apart in the job market.
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Haunted Halls needs your help...

If you are interested in acting or helping out with the set as part of the Haunted Halls, Oct 15 and 16, contact Koral at (306) 292 8901

Edsby

Parent accounts should be working now. Please contact the school if you have any troubles.

Please note:

  • when signing in for more than 1 child, please wait 30 minutes between children to allow the system to register.
  • by default, we give Mom's first access. If Dad's are wanting access, please make sure you get your registration forms in and we will get you connected.

Upcoming Events

Oct 11 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)

Oct 13 - SCC Meeting (Open to Everyone) - 7:30pm at the School

Oct 14 - Retakes / Grad Photos / Kindergarten Class Photo

Oct 15-16 - Junior Girls Volleyball Home Tournament

Gym Night

We are happy to be able to host an open gym night at PPCS this Tuesday (Oct 12) from 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. For now, it will only be open to PPCS students in grades 7-12, but very soon we hope to be able to safely invite the community in as well. This week we will be playing volleyball, come on out for some fun and physical activity.
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PPCS Athletics

Jr. Girls Volleyball

Practice Thursday 3:30

Junior B home games on Wednesday (Oct 13)

Junior As in Nipawin on Wednesday (Oct 13)

Junior Home Tournaments this weekend...

Junior B on Friday

Junior A o Saturday

Sr. Girls Volleyball

- Practice Friday 7-8:30am

Our seniors are at home on Tuesday (Oct 12)

Flag Football

Tues and Wed 3:30-4:45

Volunteer Spotlight

We want to acknowledge Miss Wallen for all that she does for sports programming at PPCS. Miss Wallen coaches both junior and senior volleyball and puts a tremendous amount of time into practices, games, and tournaments.


We also want to acknowledge Mrs. Irving. Mrs. Irving also coaches our junior girls' volleyball and puts a lot of time into home games and tournaments; both as a coach and an organizer.


I think that our season record speaks for itself and the amazing work that both of these coaches do in developing our athletes' skills, confidence and citizenship.

Athletes of The Week

Each week we will honor some of our student-athletes for their commitment, leadership, sportsmanship, and skill.

This week we want to honor; Hana Teale and Caden Brezinski


  • Hana plays a variety of sports at PPCS including volleyball, cross country, and golf. Like everything she does, Hana strives for excellence and growth in all of the sports that she plays.
  • Caden Caden played on our golf team this year and worked very hard at improving his game. Caden is a great leader on the course, showing great focus in all of his shots whether they be drives, approaches or putts.

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.
  • You wear a mask at all times when in the building
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and frequently while in the building
  • Complete our contact tracing list upon entry
  • Show our Bears how awesome they are by cheering loudly (albeit through a mask).
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Cross Country Athletes Perform Well At NESSAC

4 cross country runners travelled to NEASSAC in Melfort on October 5th. Hana Teale got first, Harleigh Pohl got second, Cruz Reed got fifth and Kruze Boyko got seventh. Way to go Bears! Huge thanks to Coach Irving.

Senior Girls Continue to Dominate in League Play

Last week the Senior Girls Volleyball tea defeated Melfort and Niaowin in league play. Way to go girls!

Junior Girls Performed Well at Home

Last __ we hosted Junior A volleyball games at the school with Naicam and Melfort visiting. The girls split sets with Melfort and then won the third and defeated Naicam in two sets. Way to go coach Wallen and the junior A girls. Huge thanks as well to our volunteers and an extra big thanks to our fans in stands, your support was greatly appreciated.

PPCS Halloween Chip Sale

Thank you to everyone who purchased chips, we had a very successful fundraiser. Stay tuned for delivery dates.

PPCS / Fersters Apples

Apple orders will be in Tuesday (Oct 12). Please arrange to pick up as soon as possible. Thank you again to everyone who supported our fundraiser.

Hot Lunch

We are not sure what is happening with hot lunches this year. Stay tuned.

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Youth Group is running Fridays at 8:00pm 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!

Structure of Our Day

8:50 = warning bell telling students to line up to come inside.

8:55 = morning classes begin.

9:00 = Land acknowledgement, Oh Canada and morning announcements.

10:25 = K, 1, 2, 3 Recess

10:45 = 4, 5, 6 Recess

12:10 = Lunch (K, 1, 2, 3 eat then go outside at 12:30, 4, 5, 6 go outside and then eat at 12:30).

12:50 = warning bell

12:55 = afternoon classes begin

1:55 = K, 1, 2, 3 Recess

2:10 = 4, 5, 6 Recess

3:05 = High School released (if all work is complete, GO Time is 3:05-3:25)

3:25 = Elementary released.


GO Time (Gift Of Time)

Our high school students are released at 3:05. This was done partly to help avoid congestion in our parking lot. However, the primary reason that it was implemented was to create time in the day when students could meet with teachers to work on incomplete work or to get help when needed. Students are not formally released until 3:25, and it is our expectation that students with work that needs to be completed are staying for GO Time to get the work completed. We ask that families do their best to avoid scheduling things during this time (unless the students have completed all their work). We also ask that students are not scheduling work during this time as it is part of the school day (unless, of course, all of their work is completed). For those students who have completed all of their work and do not require extra support, we welcome them to depart at 3:05.

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

With the new orders released last week, exempting school-age students from the mandatory self-isolation (to attend school only) we want to reiterate the importance of students staying home when they are not well. We understand that child care can be an issue for some of our families (especially short notice), but for the safety of all of our students, staff, and families we would ask that you not send your child to school (regardless of cause) if they...


  • Have a fever.
  • Are coughing (more than just occasional)
  • Sneezing (more than just occasional)
  • Have an excessively runny nose (have to blow their nose multiple times a day).
  • Vomiting (outside of motion sickness)

The principle that we use is that if a student is expelling something from their body, they should likely stay at home until it stops.


Our teachers are fully prepared to support students at home who are required to isolate or who are sick for extended periods of time.

If students are at school and displaying any of the above symptoms or any other COVID symptoms, parents will be asked to come and get them and take them home. We will then work with the families to determine when it will be safe for the child to return to school (in many cases, it is when the symptoms have stopped).


We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our families, but feel that in light of the new health orders, it is needed to ensure that all students, staff, and families are safe and that face to face learning can continue at PPCS.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us at the school at any time.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new health orders, we would encourage you to contact the Saskatchewan Health Authority or your local MLA.


We recognize the challenges of the ever changing situation, but remain committed to the idea that...together, we got this

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