Bear Blast

Week of March 1, 2021

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Working together; succeeding together.

Daily Screening

Please use the following tool to screen your child, every morning.

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In Like A Lion or A Lamb

As I write this the Weather Network says that it will be -3 tomorrow, with a chance of snow. If that holds true then I guess March will come in like a lamb. If the Farmer's Almanac holds true then, I guess it will go out like a lion, but we have a whole month to worry about that.

At our recent SCC meeting, a great discussion centered around Students Achieve and the amount of information that is available to families. Like most school divisions across the province, the NESD utilizes a live and open grade book software. What this means is that families can access their child's grades (K-12) any time from anywhere in the world. With this comes 2 added responsibilities on teachers:

1) Grade books must be kept current and up to date.

2) Grade books must e designed in a way that tells the story of the students' learning.

At PPCS we believe that the purpose of student grades, first and foremost, is to provide an indicator of where the students are at in their learning journeys. For this reason, we are committed to ensuring that our garden books are as up-to-date as possible, to ensure that families have access to the most up accurate information about their students' learning.

Part of the discussion with the SCC focused on how many of our families may be unaware of what Students Achieve is or how to access it. I know that most if not all of our high school students access Students Achieve (or SA) on a regular basis to check their marks. This is where their marks are housed. High school teachers put feedback on student work and record the mark in SA. This puts more focus on the feedback, which is where the richest learning opportunity can be found. However, we realized through our discussion that some of our elementary families may be less familiar with SA. For that reason, I wanted to take the time in this Bear Blast to give you a very brief overview.

Families can access SA by visiting, clicking on the parent tab, and choosing Student Achieve. Please don't use google and search for it as it will connect you with PEIs Students Achieve, which will then give you an error. You will be asked for a username and password. If you do not know this username and/or password, contact your child's teacher and we can get you that information.

Once you log in, you will see all of your child's classes with their current marks. If you have more than one child there will be a drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner where you can select different students (only your own children).

If you click on any of the focus areas that are listed you will be taken to a more in-depth look. By clicking the Show Assessments tab you can access the individual assignments and see how your child did on each of them.

This is a great way to stay up to date on how your child is doing and monitor any missing work.

If you have any questions or need to get your username and/or password, please contact the school and we will get you set up right away.

Go Out and Play

We are super excited to partner with the town in the Blue Cross Go Out and Play contest. Our community is competing with communities from across the province to rack up the most active minutes. PPCS will be running our Go Out and Play Passport activity to help drive up our minutes. On Friday all students were given a passport that contains instructions as to how you can set up student (grade 8-12) or family (grade K-7) accounts. We are asking families to log their minutes every day from March 1 to March 10 (you cannot go back and log minutes after the fact). Families are asked to complete their passports and bring them in after March 10 to be entered into a draw for some amazing prizes. We have purchased...

  • A spike ball set
  • A bocce ball set
  • A plasma car
  • Many more
Click the button below to access the Go Out and Play website to set up your account.

It is important that you log your minutes online to make sure that our community gets credit for the minutes.

Every day, we will push out a Facebook post that contains the minutes that each class has earned throughout the school day. We encourage families to record weekend and family activities as well. Every minute helps to move our community closer to winning.

Thank you for your support in this!

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BOOK Fair (March 15-24)

We are very excited to announce that we are able to host our annual book fair from March 15-24.

As with many things this year, it will be a little bit different; we will be hosting it online.

We are confident that we will be able to host a very successful event. Scholastic offers over 450 titles and every purchase earns points for the school to purchase new books for our library.

As part of our book fair this year we are hosting Family Nights on March 17 and March 24. On these nights, all purchases come with free shipping. They will run from 6-8pm. On these nights, Mr. Mielke will host a live story reading at 6:30. Please click the button below to submit story suggestions. I will choose from the options that you send me. If you tune in and answer Mr. Mielke's question in the comments, you will be entered to win $20 toward your book purchase. Stay tuned for more details.

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New Device Policy a Success - But The Students Won't Admit It

In just 1 week there has been a marked improvement in classroom climates. The students are visibly more engaged n their learning and getting more done. They are not ready to admit it yet, but this has been a very positive change for our school. Thank you for your continued support in this.

Fersters Fruit Sale - NOW CLOSED

Our fruit sales are now closed. Thank you to everyone who ordered. Fruit will be in on Wednesday, March 3. We will be contacting everyone who purchased to organize pick up.

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Basketball at PPCS

We have been given the green light to start up basketball!

Things will look a little bit different to ensure that we are in compliance with Sask Health regulations.

  • 3m physical distancing at all times.
  • Masking is mandatory at all times.
  • Bring their own water bottle.
  • No snacks or food.
  • Groups of 8 students maximum.

Practice Schedule (Schedules may change, always check with your coach.)

Mondays = 5/6 Boys (3:30-4:30)

Tues = Jr. Boys (3:30-4:30) Sr. Boys (7:00-8:00)

Wed = 5/6 Girls (3:30-4:30)

Thurs = Jr. Girls (3:30-4:30)

Upcoming Events

March 4 - Women in Sport Virtual Conference

March 9 and 10 - 3 Way Conference/Check In - stay tuned for details.

March 10 and 11 - OURSchool Surveys

March 15-24 - Scholastic Book Fair!

March 25 - SCC Meeting (Contact Dan at school if you are interested in joining.

April 2 - 9 Easter Break

April 21 - Block 4 begins

June 25 - Grad (Stay Tuned)

Caroline's Hot Lunch

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we had to make the difficult decision to shut down our Bear Bites (hot lunch) program for now. We know that this was an inconvenience for many families. This is why we are so excited to let you know about a program that Caroline's restaurant is starting. Many of you may have read about it on Facebook. Please see below for more information. All orders must be placed directly with Carolines.
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Youth Group (Beyond Discovery

Youth group is open to all students in grades 7-12.

Youth group is hosted Friday nights at the youth room at QCP.

Contact Heidi Leech or Mrs. Wasyliw if you have any questions.

What is different at PPCS?

PPCS COVID-19 Parent Guide

Please read the attached document which outlines the start-up and safety plans for PPCS (and all NESD schools). There is some school-specific information at the end of the document.

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