Bear Blast

For the Week of Jan 23, 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.

Resolutions for 2023 Part 3

As a new year begins, it is a great time to better ourselves. Not to say that the current iteration of us is not sufficient, but like anything, there is always room for improvement. Over the next few Bear Blasts, I would like to suggest some general areas of our lives, where perhaps we could do some tweaking, some minor adjustments, and some fine-tuning.


Comfort Others

We live in a world where suffering seems to be part of our reality. Whether it be our own suffering or that of others. Whether it be great suffering or minor discomforts. We have gotten very good at turning a blind eye to the suffering of others. It is very easy and to some extent, forgivable, given that many of us have our varying degrees of suffering in our lives. However, if the last few years have taught us nothing it is that to get through suffering we need to rely on, lean on and conversely, support each other. For that reason, and especially as we arise from the ashes of the pandemic, it is imperative that we find ways to comfort others. How do we comfort others? This can be difficult and uncomfortable for us to consider, for many it would lie outside their comfort zone. The best way to address this is to find ways to lessen the burden on others. By giving as you can, especially of your time, you can lessen the suffering of others. How and what you do is up to you, simply see others through an empathetic eye and use that to use your talents to make the lives of others better. In doing so, you will find that you often decrease your own suffering as well.

Final Exam Schedule

Jan 24 9:00-11:30 ELA 30A (Departmental)


Jan 27 9:00 History 10

Physics 30


Jan 30 9:00 HSci 20, PreCalc 30


1:00 WAM 10

Seen Around PPCS

PAA Spotlight

Our mission at PPCS is...

To inspire lifelong learning and strengthen our communities.

To achieve this, we hope to produce citizens which can contribute to their communities using their own personal strengths and passions. To help our students develop their strengths and passions we offer a variety of classes both academic and practical. This week in the Bear Blast, we would like to highlight the work that occurs in our practical and applied arts classes.


Students at PPCS are required to take Practical and Applied Arts starting in grade 7 until grade 10. We continue to offer PAA to all students in grades 11 and 12 as well. Through our practical arts programming, we offer; woodworking, auto mechanics, residential wiring and electrical, welding, computer-aided design and 3D printing, outdoor education, agriculture, financial literacy, food preparation, sewing, as well as business and entrepreneurship. Through our offerings, we hope to expose our students to a variety of areas as well as give them (when possible) industry-standard experiences.


Through our practical programming, we are able to offer some services to our community such as the construction of the outdoor rink boards, shed and cabin construction for the co-op, fire pit cover construction, hot lunch 2 days a week, food for our breakfast program, Christmas Dinner for the entire school, Thanksgiving Soup for the entire school, as well as a variety of custom orders both through the shop program and on our 3D printers. We hope to show our students that high standards and expectations of excellence can help to build citizens which are not just participants in their communities, but builders.


We would like to send a shout-out to the teachers of our practical classes: Mr. Riley, Mrs. Mielke, Mrs. Brezinski, Mr. Bloski and Mr. Mielke. As educators, we use our curriculums as the foundation from which we can help to develop not just industry-specific skills, but rather life skills that students will carry with them beyond the walls of PPCS.

Bear Bites Makes Bannock

Earlier in the year, Bear Bites served soup and bannock. One of the chefs (CL) let us know that our bannock was awful. He said it was more like crackers. I asked if he knew anyone who could help us. Luckily he did, his mom. On Friday of last week, Rachel Lupuliak shared her bannock-making wisdom with us. The product was much better and made me realize that we had in fact not made bannock before. I am not sure what it was, but I now know it was not bannock. Stay tuned this week as we try out our new knowledge. Huge thanks to Rachel for sharing her knowledge with us.

Huge Thanks to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft

Huge thank you to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft for their generous donation of $3500 to go towards funding our van for extracurricular travel.

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 December: Kayden Wasylyk

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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

GO Time

For our high school students they may be released at 3:05 provided they are done all of their work. From 3:05-3:25 is called GO Time (Gift Of Time), which is time when students can work one on one with a teacher to get work done. It is our expectation that students are not planning anything (ie. work shifts) for the 3:05-3:25 time as teachers may request them to stay and complete unfinished work.

Next Staff vs. Student is Jan 27

Upcoming Events

Jan 27 - Staff vs. Student

Jan 31 - No School (SIP Day)

February 1 - Semester 2 begins.

SRC Spirit Week

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Junior NBA registration is open for grades 3-6.

** Registrations due Monday! **

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Sr. Boys Win Gold

Sr. Boys took 3rd place in the Melfort tournament knocking off rivals St. Brieux in a 99-93 shootout. The crew was pretty gassed but hung with PA Carlton for the first half of the game at which point they had seen enough and snuffed us out. Later met and defeated Meadow Lake in the 3/4 game. Boys are at home Monday to Nipawin and have #1 in 3A Osler first game Friday night at the Norquay Tournament.

Sr. Girls 3-on-3

3v3 took a skeleton crew to Carrot River this week where once again the Choiceland boys gave the team a few issues however they proceeded to pull out W's on everyone else. The team is not scheduled to play this week.

Jr. Girls Still Rolling

Jr Girls were in a defensive battle with Tisdale but pulled out a 27-25 win to remain undefeated. It was not one of our better-played games so we have to get back in the lab and do some work. The girls are off to Carrot River this week.

Athletes and Volunteer of the Month

Mr. Riley


A big group bear hug to Mr. Riley for his volunteerism and leadership in our community and school. He was the troop leader behind the outdoor rink board project that will see many of our students get out in the fresh air. He is also willing to chip in by taking teams to basketball games when needed. He has helped out with conference volleyball, supervised practices and always asks if he can help during any major sport event. Thanks for all that you do for Athletics.


Athletes of the Month


Trayce Mathieu


Trayce earns the nod for this month for his great performance and teamwork through December. The fruits of his labor, coachability and hard work shows Trayces skill level continually improving to the point where he can dump 30 pts if teams don’t respect his craft. Trayce is a huge role player for the Sr. Boys as he sometimes waits to come in during tight games and contribute where he can. When not on the court Trayce leads team support by encouraging others and watching the scoreboard accuracy like a hawk. Keep doing the good things that make you an asset to our team.


Amitiel Samalla


Amitiel is becoming a dominant force on the court on both sides of the ball. She is quick to transition and push the ball down the floor as well as leads the Jr. Girls with blocks and possibly smiles. She is a tenacious smothering defender and is part of the Man D crew who held Melfort A scoreless in the first quarter. Keep on keepin’ on Amitiel.

Shirts Available

We still have very limited quantities of shirts available. Click the button below to order. We will take orders on a first come first serve basis. Note, they fit about 1 size bigger (i.e. if you would normally wear XL, you could order L).

Team Schedules

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Home Games

Senior Boys Bball

Jan 23 vs. Nipawin



** 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: ALL JIGS ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM BELOW.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear