Bear Blast

For the Week of March 13, 2023

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.


I often say that we are a Bears family, which is not just words that make us feel good. We are truly a family, we laugh together, cry together, celebrate and mourn. We fight like family and most importantly, forgive like family. Also, like a family we accept each other for who we are and often try and celebrate who we are. Last week a family arrived as part of our Bears family from Ukraine (via Ireland). Our new Bears AP and IP are fitting in very nicely. However, the language barrier poses significant challenges for us on many levels. That being said, our students have found ways to get past those challenges. Last week I was walking down the hallway when I saw some of our grade 5 students sittinghwith AP (the new student in grade 5). They were using an ipad and Google translate to have a conversation. Although it wasn't easy they were laughing and getting to know each other, despite the barrier. Family sees a challenge (such as language) as something to be overcome, not a barrier.

This weekend we also learned that some members of our Bears family are grieving; we will grieve with them, we will support them and we will be there, when they are ready, to welcome them back. No Bear is ever alone, we are here, we are your family.

Seen Around PPCS

Basketball Pep Rally

On Friday we held a pep rally for our basketball teams. This was to celebrate some amazing seasons and to send the boys off to conference playoffs in Preeceville. Huge shout out to Mrs. Mielke, Miss Wallen and our PPCS SCC for planning an amazing event to end our week.

Book Fair a Huge Success

This years book fair raised almost $4000, which equates to a lot of free books for our library. Thank you to everyone who supported our bookfair. Huge shout out to Mrs. Christianson, Mrs. Binkley, Heather Douglas and all the student helpers who made decorations, manned the book fair and covered the library. We could not do it without you.

Bear Bites Prepares 3 Way Conference Meal

The SCC sponsored a meal for the teachers on the Wednesday night of 3 way conferences. Bear Bites prepared chicken caesar wraps and baked potato. It was delicious.

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.

Bear Bites Punch Card Draw

Each month, we will put all of the finished punch cards into a draw for a free lunch.

The winner for the month of January: Cruz Reed

Next Staff vs. Student is

March 30

Upcoming Events

Sock Drive a Huge Success

Kalli and her team would like to extend a huge thanks to the families of PPCS for supporting their project. Together we brought in 297 pairs of socks, which will be donated to Family Services Saskatoon. By my math that's 2970 warm toes.

Junior Girls End A Great Season

Jr Girls basketball went out with the teams firs loss of the year to Melfort in the league final. They team did great this year showing growth from the previous year. The team looks to play more and become more competitive in the upcoming years.

3 on 3 Bball

3v3 basketball ended with the last segment of games played at PPCS. Thank you to those athletes for participating although it was at times not the most competitive environment it was a lot of fun. We got to meet new people a learn as new format to basketball.

Senior Boys - Big Win in Preeceville

Sr. Boys were cookin' on the weekend with big wins over Norquay and Preeceville in the first round of Provincials. A total team effort and everyone stepped it up with 2 regular starters being out. We came away cramping, bleeding and tired but mission accomplished. The team played in the most competitive conference in 2A and took home the gold which will solidify us as #2 out of 50 teams in the 2A Provincial bracket.

PPCS will host a regional playoff this coming weekend where the boys will play Fri 6pm and then 1pm Saturday.

PACK THE GYM, bring a friend and a neighbor. Our team is perhaps the best in the province so please please please come out and watch and support us in our efforts, these guys are talented bring your popcorn. Admission will be charged through SHSAA which pays for officials, fees and kicks some of the gate back to our school so your attendance and support is appreciated. Official draw will get sent out on Monday.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

The volunteer for this month is none other than our very own PPCS Principal. Mr. Mielke has been a big contributor in organizing and running the kitchen canteen for our last couple of sporting events. Students enjoy being in there working along side him and picking up some life skills about cooking, prep and meal planning along the way. He is also now coaching Jr NBA which our younger students are excited about. Thank you for your leadership and support for Bears Athletics.

Athlete of the month is Kayden Wasylyk. He has shown a huge amount of growth and improvement over a season and a half in playing with the Sr. team. He asks questions, tries to do things correctly and is dedicated to improving his shooting and footwork. He wants to be a good player and works hard to be just that. Good job Kayden

Athlete of the month is Cruze Reed. Cruze is just coming into basketball but seems to be enjoying it to the point where he is found in the gym with a ball in his hands on most days that end in Y. His size, speed, and competitiveness make him an asset to his team. Congrats Cruze.

Team Schedules

Junior Badminton

Grade 7 - Mondays 4:30-5:30

Grade 8/9 - Mondays 5:30-6:30

Junior NBA (Grade 3456 Basketball)

Grade 3/4 Girls will practice Mondays at 3:30

Grade 3/4 Boys will practice Tuesdays at 3:30

Grade 5/6 Boys will practice Tuesdays at 3:30

Grade 5/6 Girls will practice Wednesdays at 3:30.

Home Games

Junior Badminton

Tuesday, March 14 4:30, hosting Arborfield and Bjorkdale

Sr. Boys Bball Regional Playoffs

Friday, March 17

6pm (Bears Playing) and 8pm

Saturday, March 18

11am and 1pm (Bears Playing)

** Games may start earlier if teams arrive, our goal is to get them home as early as possible.

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. Please note:



It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear