Bear Blast

Week of Sept 13, 2021

Working together; succeeding together.

We are priviledged to share Treaty 6 Territory traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Saulteux, Ojibwaya and the Metis Nation.

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Welcome Week was a Great Success

Last year many of my Bear Blast entries focused on the resilience of our school community to get through tough times. Although I would not say the tough times are over, I think that this year I will focus more on celebrating the return to the normal we used to know.


Welcome Week was a huge return to normal for our school community. We had a lot of fun making signs for our homerooms, watching the staff whoop the grade 6s in flag football and the grade 11s in frisbee relay and tug of war (at least that's how I remember it happening). The week ended with a community scavenger hunt (in our homeroom groups). The students had to solve clues and take pictures around town. Some were easier than others. One that seemed to stump a few was "Where you would get protection from the white combine." Luckily, in my group, an aspiring farmer assured us that hail insurance could be purchased at Johnston's Agencies. After discussing why hail was called the white combine we headed out for our picture and many more after that. We had lots of laughs and got some exercise on top of it.


Also part of the scavenger hunt was to take a picture and say thank you to a business in the community that supports the school. This was an easy one as there are so many businesses that support our school community. It was a great way to say thanks and for some of our students to bother their parents (and grandparents) at work.


I want to send a huge thank you to the staff who helped organize all of the activities and to the students for having so much fun with them and also to the community for being good sports.


I look forward to many more normal (but safe) activities this year.


A small sample from the scavenger hunt is below, stay tuned for a more complete presentation.

Shout Out to Aylsham Agro

Aylsham Agro recently offered to provide financial support for our PAA welding program. We are so excited to be able to offer this to our students once again. Huge thanks to Mr. RIley for spearheading this (and thinking outside the box to do so) and to all of our community supporters, including Aylsham Agro! This will give our students an industry-standard experience and a leg up in the job market.
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Haunted Halls needs your help...

If you are interested in acting or helping out with the set as part of the Haunted Halls, Oct 15 and 16, contact Koral at (306) 292 8901
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Edsby

Thank you for your continued patience. As I said earlier this week, we will not be reaching out to you regarding Edsby until we are certain it is working and ready to go.

Structure of Our Day

8:50 = warning bell telling students to line up to come inside.

8:55 = morning classes begin.

9:00 = Land acknowledgement, Oh Canada and morning announcements.

10:25 = K, 1, 2, 3 Recess

10:45 = 4, 5, 6 Recess

12:10 = Lunch (K, 1, 2, 3 eat then go outside at 12:30, 4, 5, 6 go outside and then eat at 12:30).

12:50 = warning bell

12:55 = afternoon classes begin

1:55 = K, 1, 2, 3 Recess

2:10 = 4, 5, 6 Recess

3:05 = High School released (if all work is complete, GO Time is 3:05-3:25)

3:25 = Elementary released.


GO Time (Gift Of Time)

Our high school students are released at 3:05. This was done partly to help avoid congestion in our parking lot. However, the primary reason that it was implemented was to create time in the day when students could meet with teachers to work on incomplete work or to get help when needed. Students are not formally released until 3:25, and it is our expectation that students with work that needs to be completed are staying for GO Time to get the work completed. We ask that families do their best to avoid scheduling things during this time (unless the students have completed all their work). We also ask that students are not scheduling work during this time as it is part of the school day (unless, of course, all of their work is completed). For those students who have completed all of their work and do not require extra support, we welcome them to depart at 3:05.

Upcoming Events

Sept 27 - Terry Fox Run and Virtual Meeting with Fred Fox

Oct 6 and 7- 3 Way Conferences

Oct 11 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)

Oct 14 - Retakes / Grad Photos / Kindergarten Class Photo

Fred Fox Virtual Talk

PPCS students will get an up close and personal meeting with Fred Fox as he shares his memories of growing up with Terry and his legacy to raise funds for cancer research.


Our students will have the opportunity to participate in a 10 minute Q&A hosted by an online ambassador. Fred will do his best to answer as many questions as possible.

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PPCS Athletics

NOTE THE CHANGEs


Jr. Girls Volleyball

- this week, practice Monday and Thursday 3:30-5:30

Sr. Girls Volleyball

- this week, practices Mon 6-8pm, Tues 5-7pm, Thurs 7-8:30am

- Foam Lake Tournament Saturday, Sept 18

Cross Country

Monday 3:30-4:30

Jr. Golf

- Tuesday 4:30-6:30 at Greenhills Golf Course

Sr. Golf

- Monday 4:30-6:30 at Greenhills Golf Course

Flag Football

- Mon and Tues 3:30-4:45

Ferster's Apple Sale

Remember that our fundraiser ends this Friday. Please make sure that you have your orders in by no later than 12:00 on Friday Sept 17. Thank you in advance for your support.

Ordering Apples Online

Once again you can order apples online. Just follow the instruction below (but substitute the apple choice for oranges). We are not selling oranged right now, only apples!

As always, contact the school if you have any problems.

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Hot Lunch

We are not sure what is happening with hot lunches this year. Stay tuned.

Youth Group (Beyond Discovery)

Stay Tuned

Awana Kids Club

For Kindergarten-Grade 6!

Awana Kids Club will begin on Thursday, Sept 9.

It’ll run each Thursday from right after school gets out until 5:10pm.

Kids can come to the old elementary school (QCP) and enter through the back double doors!

Games, live music, and learning time every week!

Free to register!

Call Heidi at 306-278-7883 or Desi at 306-865-6350 if you have any questions!

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