Bear Blast

For the Week of Nov 28, 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.

Flipping Their Lid

Beginning last year and carrying forward into this year all staff members of PPCS have been working on enhancing wellness, specifically mental wellness. This aligns with the Ministry of Education's priority in the area of mental wellness. It is no surprise that this is an area of need after all we have been through in the last three years.

A big part of our work has been around reframing behavior. For a long time, PPCS has worked from the principle that student behavior is a form of communication. More often than hot, student behavior is trying to communicate something to us, the difficulty comes in trying to discern what is being communicated through the behavior rather than getting caught up in the behavior. This work has spilled over into my personal life in terms of dealing with my own children.

A foundation of this work is recognizing where a student is at in terms of their regulation, or in some cases disregulation. Regulation occurs when our students or kids are calm and rational. Disregulation comes when this is not the case. A great example of disregulation occurred when our children would throw temper tantrums. This is referred to colloquially in the research as "flipping their lid" and refers to a state in which our students are working from their emotional brain rather than their logical brain. What is important for us as teachers and parents, is to recognize that when a child is disregulated, they are incapable (biologically speaking) of learning. It is in these moments that our work is to help our students and children first regulate and then, perhaps, break down what happened and work to avoid similar situations in the future.

Most of our students are developmentally past the point of temper tantrums. That being said this does not mean that they do not become disregulated which can take on both fight or, increasingly more common flight behaviors. Fight behaviors often appear as aggression; yelling, arguing, etc. Flight behaviors often appear as avoidance, withdrawing, and fleeing. It is flight behaviors that we begin to see as our children and students get older. Our challenge as educators and parents is to work with our students and children to uncover the stressors that have led to the disregulation and then work with and for our students/children to reduce the stressors both internally and externally.

Coming out of the pandemic, we are finding that stressors and behaviors are beginning to appear more frequently. This is why the work we are doing around enhancing wellness is critical to ensuring that we can support our students to identify and then work to decrease the stressors which lead to varying states of disregulation. This is work that is a critical step in our journey in returning to the normal we once knew.

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Seen Around PPCS

Movember Arm Wrestling Tournament

PAA Class Visits Sheep Farm

Special thanks to the Easton family Perbred sheep farm and mr Richard easton for showing out Ed 20 kids the ropes of rasing sheep. An impressive operation and a wealth of knowledge passed along to the students .

Shout Out to Thomasgard Lumber

Huge thanks to Eric Thomasgard and Thomasgard Lumber for donating a lift of lumber. WIth prices the way they are, this will greatly help our program.

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.

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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.

Name the Bear Contest

Thank you to everyone who voted on naming our Bear mascot.

The winning name is Bertley Bear.

Next Staff vs. Student is Jan 27

Upcoming Events

Dec 7 - 12 Days of Christmas Begins

Dec 13 - Christmas Pageant

Dec 14 - New 2U Christmas Shopping (grades K-5)

Dec 21 - Skating and Sledding Day

Dec 22 - Christmas Dinner / Last Day of Classes

Meet Your 2022 2023 SCC

The 2022 2023 SCC was chosen at the Annual General Meeting on Nov 10, 2022.

President: Blaire Kirkland

Secretary: Stacey Irving

Treasurer: Alicia Curle

Members At Large: Melissa Christianson, Kendra Smith, Megan Hoffus, Jayme Musikov

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Team Schedules

Sr. Boys Bball - Practice Mon 7-9pm, Wed 7-9pm, Thurs 6-8pm

Game in Tisdale on Tues (leaving at 2:50)
Tournament in Prince Albert on Friday (leaving at 2:30)

Sr. Girls Bball - Practice Mon 3:30-5pm, Wed 3:30-5pm

Jr. Boys Bball- Practice Tues 3:30-5pm, Thurs 3:30-5pm

Jr. Girls Bball - Practice Mon 3:30-5pm, Wed 3:30-5pm

Home Games

Hot Lunches

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Bear Bites Punch Card Draw

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

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