Bear Blast

For the Week of Oct 9, 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.

Meet Edsby

Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing different parts of Edsby for our families. Edsby i s about as complex as Facebook to operate and navigate within, so if you can do Facebook or Instagram, you can do Edsby. We will journey together to ensure that you are as up-to-date as possible on the progress of your child and the goings on at PPCS.

Episode 3: 3-Way Conference

In consultation with our SCC, the PPCS staff has determined to host a more traditional style of 3-way conference. Families will book a time, all families must attend. Time slots will be 10 min long and students are expected to be in attendance for at least part of the conference time. Topics of discussion will be mutually determined by the families, students, and the teacher. Digital documentation of learning is something that all schools in NESD are working on, this will most likely come up as part of the discussion during 3-way conferences.

Occasionally, teachers may need to talk to families about a particular student. They will request a 3-way conference slot to do so. If families wish to speak to another teacher, as well as the teacher requesting the slot, they can sign up for an additional slot.

Parents will receive a notification to sign up for 3-way conferences through an Edsby message this week. Please sign up soon as slots are on a first come first serve basis. All students are expected to attend a 3-way conference. We look forward to chatting with you on October 25 or 26.


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.

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.

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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Cross Country NESSAC Results

On Oct 4, our grade 7-12 athletes competed in the cross country NESSAC final at Rolling Pines Golf Course, near Niapwin.

Oakley R got first place in Pee Wee Boys.

Abby L got second in Pee Wee Girls.

Breanne S got seventh in Pee Wee Girls.

Harleigh P got fourth in Intermediate Girls.

Kruze B got seventh in Intermediate Boys.

Huge shout out to all our athletes and to Mrs. Mielke for coaching. We had a great cross country season.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

Volunteer of the month.

Mrs Patchin gets the nod this month for holding down the fort in the canteen on Friday night. She often helps out by picking up supplies and serving food throughout our athletic events and her help is surely appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Bears Athletics.

Athlete of the month

Harley Holinaty has made a smooth transition to the high school sporting end. She has demonstrated a solid base of volleyball skills and an effort level that shows she is a gamer. She will be one to keep an eye on as she gains experience.

Athlete of the month

Marty Salmond has been ripping serves and making some good decisions while setting for her team. Marty appears very positive on the court and seems like she is having a lot of fun while playing which is the goal we have for all of our athletes. Great job in September Marty.

Community Events

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Hot Lunches

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Check Your Punch Card Balance

You can click the button below to check on how much your child has left on his/her punch card. To help support privacy, we have developed account numbers for each student. The account number is their grade followed by the last 4 digits of the phone number we have on file. For example, my son Noah is in grade 5. His account number would be 059017.

Once you click the link below and find your child's account number, you will see a number to the left of their account number (i.e. 17). That number will not change, so you only have to remember that number going forward.

We hope that this will help our families.

Scan me to check your punch card balance.

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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