Bear Blast

For the Week of Oct 10, 2022

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.

So Many Things to Be Thankful For

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to spend some time with family and friends. I know that many of our families were in the field and I hope that, if you were, it was a fruitful weekend and that very soon you will be able to take a well-deserved rest.

As I reflected this weekend, I realized that we have many things to be thankful for. If the past 3 years has taught us nothing else, it is that we should always be thankful for the little things. This Thanksgiving we enjoyed a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with our family as well as some much-needed family time. We played cards, we visited, we snuck in some yard work, but most importantly we were together. Often, in the past, when we got together we would worry about filling the time with things to do. Now, coming out of the last 3 years, we don't do that. We are happy and thankful to sit and have quiet conversations, to watch the Riders or Blue Jays on TV, and then support each other through our grief and disbelief at their losses. We still did things but it is the together that has become the focus. Just being with the ones we love refills our batteries and fills us with incredible thankfulness.

This Thanksgiving, as I always am, I am thankful for all my families, immediate, extended, and Bears. I am thankful to work in a school that oftentimes feels like family, including the good-natured back and forth in the kitchen during Thanksgiving soup prep. I am thankful that we could travel to see our family and enjoy their company. I am thankful that I can be with my people. It is my deepest hope that all of you were able to be with your people as well.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Paper Report Card Request

Our method of delivery of report cards is through Edsby. However, if families would prefer a paper copy, please complete the request form below. You must complete a separate form for each child, thank you. Report cards will be released in November.

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

The SRC is Supporting Cancer Awareness in October

Every Friday in October, the SRC will be selling chocolate bars for $2.00 with all proceeds going to help fund the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Screening Bus. Click the button below to find out more.

Every Friday we are also asking all staff and students to wear pink in support of all those who have or are battling cancer.

PPCS Applied Engineering Team

The PPCS Applied Engineering Team is working hard designing and building their go-kart which they will use to compete. Huge thanks to Parkland Co-op for their generous $2000 donation.

The team got the chance to tour the Bourgault facility at St. Brieux, they were blown away by the high level of technological innovation happening just down the road from us.

Extra Curricular Fees

In an earlier newsletter, we laid out our plan for an extracurricular fee this year. Shortly after, we were contacted by a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who has agreed to donate $4500 per year for the next three years to cover this fee. We are incredibly grateful for this generosity and will be canceling the fee. The donor has asked that our students contribute at least 1 hour of their time volunteering in the community. We will work with our coaches and teachers to coordinate this. Thank you to our donor for supporting extracurricular programming at PPCS. We do ask that families continue to support our fundraising as more funds can now be channeled to field trips and elementary activities.

Next Staff vs. Student is Oct 28

Thanksgiving Soup a Success

On Friday, Oct 7, the Bear Bites crew (PAA 10, 20 and 30) prepared and served over 150 bowls of soup. 91 bowls of chicken noodle and 60 bowls of potato bacon. Both were made from scratch. We received many compliments.

Also on Friday, Mrs. Mielke and the PAA 89 girls baked, iced, and served 300+ cookies to the stduents. Mr. Mielke was supposed to watch one batch and forgot resulting in burnt cookies, which were the ones he got on Friday.

Oct 6 is World Cerebral Palsy Day

We celebrated our hero, BT, by wearing green for World Cerebral Palsy Day.
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NESSAC Cross Country Oct 4, 2022

PPCS has 3 athletes compete at NESSAC Cross Country on Tues. HT brought home a 4th, KB brought home a 6th and AM brought home a 6th. Congrats to our athletes for a great season.

Music Lessons in Porcupine Plain

Parents have inquired every year for many years about the possibility of music instruction at PPCS. Our challenge was finding a teacher. As luck would have it, Mrs. Victoria Riley reached out to me late this summer about offering private lessons at the school. We have agreed to provide Mrs. Riley with a space to teach the lessons at PPCS in exchange for some classroom time for our art classes. To inquire about lessons, please see the contact information below.
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Upcoming Events

Oct 12 - Retakes and Grad Photos ** Note this was changed from Oct 13 to align with kindergarten days.

Oct 28 - Halloween Parade / Staff vs. Student / Jr. G Vball Home Tournament

Nov 9 - Term 2 Begins

Nov 10 - School Remembrance Day Service

Nov 11 - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

Nov 15-17 - Stack Up 2022 (Speed Stacking)

Nov 18 - Report Cards Released

Team Schedules

Jr. Girls Vball

Practice Thursday 3:30-5:30

Junior A @ home on Wednesday

Junior B @ Arborfield on Wednesday.

Junior A @ Tisdale Tournament Friday and Saturday

Sr. Girls Vball

Practice Thursday 7-8:30am

Game @ Home on Tuesday

Tournament @ Foam Lake/Wynyard Friday and Saturday

Flag Football

Tues and Wed practice 3:30-5:00

Home Games

October 11

Senior Girls Vball

October 12

Junior Girls (A) Vball

October 19

Junior Girls (B) Vball

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.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear