Bear Blast

For the Week of Jan 9, 2023

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.

Resolutions for 2023

As a new year begins, it is a great time to better ourselves. Not to say that the current iteration of us is not sufficient, but like anything, there is always room for improvement. Over the next few Bear Blasts I would like to suggest some general areas of our lives, where perhaps we could do some tweaking, some minor adjustments, some find tuning.

Be More Patient

Have you ever heard the saying, "patience is a virtue"? In my experience I often find that I don't have time for patience; don't worry the irony is not lost on me.

The true meaning of patience is to remain calm and peaceful in situations that are completely out of your control. Modern advances in technology have made is very difficult to practice patience. We have everything we want, including information, at our fingertips. Living in rural Sask, we are still required to practice patience, perhaps, more than more urban counterparts as we await the arrival of packages or wait until we can get to the city. That being said, we are seldom required to be patient and as such we are often out of practice. When things occur that test our patience, we are quick to anger or become frustrated.

This year, I am challenging myself to recognize times that test my patience, times when things are out of my control, as an opportunity to practice, to exercise my patience muscles and hopefully grown in the virtue.

Seen Around PPCS

Xmas Dinner Was a Huge Success

It was so wonderful to have our Christmas dinner the traditional way this year. Our high schoolers sat with their elementary buddies, our grade 6s hosted our special guests and we all enjoyed each others' company. We have some huge thanks to make...

  • Huge, huge thanks to Blaire and Angela Lutz of Lutz Logging for sponsoring our meal again this year. The meal would not be possible without their generous donation.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Irving, Mrs. Patchin, Blaire Kirkland, and Mrs. Mielke for cooking the Christmas turkeys. This saved us from having to come it at 5:00am to get them started.
  • Thanks to Mr. Bloski and his class for setting up the tables and chairs.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Brezinski and her grade 6s for doing all of the dishes.
  • Thanks to Parker B and Leela T who cleaned the stage, pretty much on their own.
  • Thanks to the local RCMP for fearlessly guarding the juice boxes.
  • Thank you to our SCC and parents who helped get the meal ready and helped to serve it.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Mielke and Home Ec 8/9 for preparing the Kindergarten Christmas dinner.
  • Thank you to everyone and anyone who helped in any way to make the day possible.
  • Last, but far from least, thank you to the PAA 10, 20 , 30 class for preparing the meal. Many started well before 9:00 and did not get a chance to sit until just before we ate. I had many compliments on the meal, which is a testament to how much they have learned this year.

Board Games in the Foyer

Huge thanks to Miss Hoffus and her grade 8 ELA class for playing board games with the grade 1s. Thanks to the grade 1s for teaching them the rules. Huge shout out to Jayden J for providing music for the event. Jayden is a very talented musician who plays largely by ear. Often he can be heard at noon hour or upon special request.

Shout Out to Keith and Rachel Tumax

Once again this year Miss Palaniuk partnered with Keith and Rachel to collect pet food for the SPCA. PPCS is proud to support such a worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who donated food and thank you Miss Palaniuk for donating prizes to entice students to bring in donations.
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Elementary Skating Day / High School Skating and Curling Day

Huge Thanks to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft

Huge thank you to the Delmer Thorpe Memorial Draft for their generous donation of $3500 to go towards funding our van for extracurricular travel.

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.

Bear Bites Punch Card Draw

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

The winner for the month of December: TBD (Stay Tuned)

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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.

Next Staff vs. Student is Jan 27

Upcoming Events

Jan 31 - No School (SIP Day)

February 1 - Semester 2 begins.

Athletes and Volunteer of the Month

Mr. Riley

A big group bear hug to Mr. Riley for his volunteerism and leadership in our community and school. He was the troop leader behind the outdoor rink board project that will see many of our students get out in the fresh air. He is also willing to chip in by taking teams to basketball games when needed. He has helped out with conference volleyball, supervised practices and always asks if he can help during any major sport event. Thanks for all that you do for Athletics.

Athletes of the Month

Trayce Mathieu

Trayce earns the nod for this month for his great performance and teamwork through December. The fruits of his labor, coachability and hard work shows Trayces skill level continually improving to the point where he can dump 30 pts if teams don’t respect his craft. Trayce is a huge role player for the Sr. Boys as he sometimes waits to come in during tight games and contribute where he can. When not on the court Trayce leads team support by encouraging others and watching the scoreboard accuracy like a hawk. Keep doing the good things that make you an asset to our team.

Amitiel Samalla

Amitiel is becoming a dominant force on the court on both sides of the ball. She is quick to transition and push the ball down the floor as well as leads the Jr. Girls with blocks and possibly smiles. She is a tenacious smothering defender and is part of the Man D crew who held Melfort A scoreless in the first quarter. Keep on keepin’ on Amitiel.

Shirts Available

We still have very limited quantities of shirts available. Click the button below to order. We will take orders on a first come first serve basis. Note, they fit about 1 size bigger (i.e. if you would normally wear XL, you could order L).

Team Schedules

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Home Games

Junior Girls Bball

Wed Jan 11 vs. Hudson Bay

** Games may start earlier if teams arrive, our goal is to get them home as early as possible.

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. Please note: ALL JIGS ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM BELOW.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear