Bear Blast

For the Week of Sept 4, 2023

Working together; succeeding together.

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As we are all Treaty people, we take time to honor the land of Treaty 6 and all that it offers for us and our families through many generations. This land has served as a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Dene, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibway People since time immemorial. We recognize this land as the homeland of Metis Nation Eastern Region II. We honor the ancestors and footsteps that have fallen in these lands. We also acknowledge that our use of this land has come at a cost, the cost of colonialism and the residential school system. We commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, wonderful families, to another exciting school year! We are thrilled to have you back with us, partnering in the education of your amazing children. As we begin this journey together, let’s work hand in hand to nurture curiosity, foster creativity, and inspire a love for learning in our young minds. Here’s to a year of growth, exploration, and cherished moments that we’ll create together.

These are great words of welcome to a new school year, but they are not mine. This was generated by artificial intelligence (AI). I simply asked ChatGPT, a popular AI platform, to generate a welcome back-to-school message for families. It produced the above in less than 5s. Although I agree with the words, and they are nice words, they are not mine. This is one of the many new adventures we will face in the coming months at PPCS and we are so excited to get started. As ChatGPT so eloquently put it, we are excited for a year of growth with #ppcsevolution. Last spring we asked the students how to make their experience at PPCS even better and they gave us some great advice. Advice that we will actualize in the coming weeks and months. We have renewed both our staff and family handbooks, using the feedback from our students to make our learning environment second to none. I look forward to working with all of our students and families as we embark are the 2023 2024 school year journey.


Edsby is an online tool and our primary mode of communication with our families. All new families should receive an email with an invitation to join. You will receive a separate invitation for each child, please allow about 15 minutes between invitations to ensure that the system does not get overwhelmed.

Edsby allows you to check on your child's current progress in their classes. Check our family handbook (link below) for a key to the completion codes that you will see in Edsby.

If you are having trouble accessing Edsby for any reason, contact the school and we will do our best to problem-solve with you.

Family Handbook

The staff have worked over the summer and into the fall to update our family handbook (see link below). Some changes of note can be found in...

2.4 GO Time - Students who have not completed their work, will be placed on the GO Time list. They must remain in their period 5 class to complete the missing work. Students on the GO Time list will not be eligible for any non-curricular (including extracurricular) activities.

5.1 Entering the School - As per NESD AP-412 Schools equipped with video/intercom entrance systems are expected to have all exterior doors locked during instructional hours and systems activated. This means parents will have to ring a buzzer and be admitted to the school during instructional hours. PPCS remains open to our families to visit at any time, we ask for your patience and understanding as we transition the new system into operation.

9.1 Bears Matrix - In response to student feedback from some focus groups we arranged in the spring, our matrix has been updated to reflect both student and staff expectations, as they align with our beliefs.

9.2.2 Student Work During a Planned Absence - Historically, we seldom see work that is sent with a student prior to or on a planned trip get done. For this reason, we will not (except in exceptional circumstances) provide work prior to prolonged planned absences. We will, instead, work with the student upon their return (in GO Time for gr. 7-12) to get caught up.

12.5.3 Personal Devices - Student devices must either be in their locker or in a secure central location in the classroom.

Our complete, updated PPCS Family Handbook can be accessed by clicking the link below. A copy will be sent home for each family on the first day.

Ferster's Apple Sale

Once again we will partner with Ferster's Trucking to bring you the finest apples BC has to offer. Our sale will run from Sept 5-15, with all orders due on September 15th. The funds from this help to offset the cost of extracurricular travel as well as provide funding to purchase toys and equipment for our playground. For this reason, we as that every student try and sell at least 2 cases of fruit, which would put our total sales at 400+, giving us a $6000 profit!!!!! Our profit is $15 per case. Your child will be bringing home an order form on the first day.

We are selling...

Macintosh $45 for a 20lb box

Gala $45 for a 20lb box

Ambrosia $50 for a 20b box

Apples will be here for pick up in October.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Pop Tabs

The Kirkland family is once again collecting pop tabs. All proceeds are used to support childhood cancer research and support. Families need to drop off pop tabs by Thursday, Sept 7 and we will get them to the Kirklands. Thank you in advance for your support.

Kindergarten to Grade 2 School Fee

In order to help our families and to ensure consistency within the classroom, PPCS purchases the school supplies for our K, 1, and 2 students. We charge a $25 cost recovery fee for these supplies and students bring home leftovers at the end of the year.

Families can pay by cash or cheque at the school, cheques payable to NESD, or online through our website

Fees are due by Sept 15 please.

Thank You

Once again this year, we would like to send a huge thanks to the anonymous donor who has generously helped support our extracurricular programming at PPCS. This donation allows us to offer extra-curricular activities without charging our families additional fees.

Open House - Sept 14, 2023

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Bear Bites is Back!

We will once again be running Bear Bites hot lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and hopefully Mondays in the near future). We will start up hot lunches in late September so stay tuned.

Due to increases in grocery prices, we will have to increase the cost of our meals to $5.00 from $4.00, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

We will once again be running the punch card program but will be setting up a dollar-for-dollar card. You can load any amount (up to $100) that you want on a punch card. Anyone who has leftover punch cards will be notified and the value will be transferred to a new punch card. We also hope to have a digital portal set up where parents can check on how much money they have left on their child's card. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Welcome Week

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Family Verification Email

On or around, Sept 5, each family will receive a family information verification email. This is a chance for you to check the information we have on file for your family. Please make any changes that are needed. This will help us to ensure that our information is the most up-to-date it can be. Thank you, contact the school if you any questions.

Power Outage

We expect that there will be an extended power outage on Wednesday, September 6. PPCS will remain open and in full operation on that day. We will ensure that we do all that we need to to ensure the safety and comfort of the students throughout the day. We have planned a buddy activity in the afternoon, students will participate in a variety of outdoor games. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the school.

Seen Around PPCS

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Family Calendar

Each month, we will be putting out a family calendar which will include major events for the month. We will do our best to be as comprehensive as possible, but please continue to check the Bear Blast for updates. This will include our home games and our practice times, as well as special events. We encourage families to print a copy (click the pdf file to download) of the calendar and keep it handy.
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Check out the family calendar for home game dates.

Cross Country Running

Students (grades 4-12) interested in cross-country running can sign up at the office. Talk to Mrs. Mielke if you have any questions.

Fall Golf

Students interested in participating in fall golf can sign up at the office.

NESSAC Golf - NESSAC Golf is Tuesday, September 12 in Nipawin at the Evergreen Golf Course. Students who wish to participate need to talk to Mr. Mielke before September 8. You must have an 18-hole golf score. NESSAC golf is open to students in grades 9-12.


Students interested in helping out with SRC, please sign up at the office. Talk to Mrs. Mielke if you have any questions.


Any students (grades 7-12) interested in playing volleyball, talk to Miss Wallen or Mrs. Irving for more details.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

Community Events

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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. Stay tuned.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear