Bear Blast

Week of November 16, 2020

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Thank you Ms. Palaniuk for a fun take on our logo given our current cirumstances.

Working together; succeeding together.

Daily Screening

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

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We Dodged the Bullet, but Barely

Friday was a very stressful day as we knew that an announcement was coming from the province regarding new COVID-19 regulations. To make matters worse we received info that part of the new regulations would have Sask schools move to phase 3 of the Reopen plan. Phase 3's goal is to reduce the number of students at school by having students attend every other day with online learning occurring when they are not at school. This is far from what we would consider ideal. It was with great relief that we were informed that only high schools of 600 or more students would move to this model. However, prior to the news conference, I had opened our phase 3 plan and began to plot out the possible next steps, thankfully work that I would not need to implement. We will remain at phase 2 with increased masking (students 4-12 must be masked in the building at all times, except when they are eating and athletes will be masked even when on the court). We remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment. To this end, teachers have been asked to ensure that mask breaks are built into their classes to allow students time to safely remove the mask for short periods. Thank you again to our families for their support and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.

Although we were spared from the new measures, I worry about numbers that are continually on the rise (300+ on Saturday). At PPCS we firmly believe that the best place for students to learn is in the classroom with the teacher and as such that is our first instructional choice. However, we are also prepared to support students at home, both short and longer-term. To date several of our families have not completed the sample assignments sent home by our 1-6 teachers Please take the time to complete these assignments if you are able to ensure that, if needed, your child would be able to continue their education at home. We don't have a lot of certainties right now, but we have been assured by the ministry that education will continue for all students, regardless of which phase of reopen we find ourselves in and that education will be mandatory for all students K-12. For this reason, we need to make sure that we are able to fully support you and your student regardless of the situation we may find ourselves in. All students have been exposed to Google Classroom and/or Moodle and should be able to guide you through accessing and submitting the practice assignment. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher at the school (306) 278 2288.

No matter what happens, know that your child's education is our first and foremost concern and that we will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you are fully supported throughout this time of craziness. The only way we can get through this is together, together we got this!

Block 2 Begins

In our new block structure, students will have wrapped up our block 1 classes on Friday and begin block 2 classes on Monday. Grade 7-9 students will continue math and ELA for one more block. Period 3 classes will also continue for a second block. Check with your child for their new schedule.

School Clothing

We are just finalizing our supplier for school clothing. Due to COVID, timelines are longer than normal and we will not be able to have clothing orders for Xmas. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information.

The Sleds and Shovels are Out

With the arrival of the snow, we have brought out the sleds and shovels and the students could not be more happy. As you can see, our students never cease to amaze me with their creativity. In this photo Mark and Fiel made their own snow plow. They are currently seeking work with the RM.

PPCS Virtual Remembrance Day Service 2020

PPCS Remembrance Day 2020

Block 1/Term 1 Report Cards

Parents and Guardians

The North East School Division is preparing for a transition to a new grade reporting program. Due to this preparation, we will not be emailing report cards. Instead, we direct you to view the parent portal to see your child's grades. While this process may be slightly different than past years, we are dedicated to keeping families up to date with continued access to your child's grades throughout the school year.

To see your child’s current grades:

Access Student Achieve. If you have forgotten your password, a new one will be emailed to you using this link (you must use the email address on record at your child's school).

We look forward to sharing our new grade and progress reporting system with you for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please note, the following classes have a course end grade... science 7, social studies 8, science 9, wellness 10, science 10, health science 20, PAA 20/30 (industrial arts).

Grades will be finalized and available for view on Nov 17, 2020. A message containing the above instructions as well as class-specific comments for your student will be emailed to you on Nov 17, 2020, as well.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the school at (306) 278 2288.

Snow Days

Snow days are just a fact of life for school families in Saskatchewan. At PPCS, we are committed to maximizing the time we have with our students. As such, snow days are treated like every other day, and instruction is provided to those who attend. It is our expectation that students who are away will get caught up once they return.

The way our attendance system works, on a snow day all bus students are automatically marked absent. The teacher will make a change if they are here. As they are marked absent because of the bus, you will not get a phone call if they are not here. For that reason, it is crucial that you are communicating with your student regarding their safe arrival at school should they decide to drive. We always ask our students to inform us if someone is not here who should be as an added level of certainty.

Bears on the Beach

If you are a listener of Melfort's 750 The Beach radio then you will be hearing about your very own PPCS Bears very soon. At the beginning of the year, one of our grade 10 students approached me about doing a weekly school report on the Beach. I was thrilled by the idea and we are almost ready to go. Stay tuned for our first broadcast.

PPCS Athletics Live Stream

We will be streaming our home games (as long as student permissions are in place). Games will be housed on our Youtube Channel until the end of the season. For reasons of privacy we would ask that parents are aware of who they are sharing the links with and try and avoid sharing them with a larger public audience, family and friends are OK. WEe apologize for the games we are unable to stream, but we must respect the privacy wishes of all our players and the players of other teams. Please be aware that if you are volunteering at a game or if your child is volunteering at a game they may appear in the stream. We will not be streaming spectators (when they are allowed).

All of streams will be hosted on the channel below.

Naicam Senior Girls Volleyball vs Porcupine Nov 10, 2020
LP Miller Bears vs Porcupine Sr. Girls Volleyball
Junior Girls Volleyball vs. Naicam
PPCS Senior Girls Vball vs. Naicam Oct 20, 2020

Upcoming Events

November 16 - Block 2 Begins

November 17 - Block 1 Marks Available

Dec 19-Jan 3 - Christmas Break

Jan 4 - Classes Resume

Join our Team

PPCS is an amazing place to work because of our great students and staff. We are looking for some casual workers to fill in for our caretakers and our educational associates (EAs) when they have to be away. Check out the links below if you are interested. You won't be sorry.

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery

Youth group is open to all students in grades 7-12.

Youth group is hosted Friday nights at the youth room at QCP.

Contact Heidi Leech or Mrs. Wasyliw if you have any questions.

What is different at PPCS?

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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