Archives for October 2018

Principal’s Corner | October 26, 2018

Next Door Social Space

Dear BCA Families,

Our week started with a visit from Angie Chrichton, site director of Next Door Social Space  who shared during our chapel time about the different outreach programs Next Door offers to the local Warwick community in Aldershot. Breakfast and lunch programs, sewing classes, coffee mornings, community garden, bolus ball hockey league, community bike shop are just a few of the programs Next Door offers to families in need. It is good to know that we can support the ministries of this organization knowing the good work they do in the community.

Fall Festival

We are very excited about next Wednesday’s fall festival event for all students. Students will be placed in mixed grade groups and participate in many outdoor events including scavenger hunts and races. This will take place in the afternoon. Parents are invited to come out and cheer on students! It will be a casual day, with students dressing in fall colours.

Report Cards and Parent Teacher Interviews

Next Wednesday progress reports will go home with students. Please be sure to sign up for parent teacher interviews with your children’s teacher(s).

To schedule your appointments, please CLICK HERE . Interviews will be held on Thursday November 1st, 2018.

Please note, for Grade 6-8 students, session 1 reports for senior programs were sent home with students this week.


Tinsel Town | November 10, 2018

Only 15 more sleeps to go!!

Tinsel Town is rapidly approaching

and we need your help to make this event a success!

Jars, jars and more jars… keep those jars coming…every day!

Upcoming Crazy Sock Day and Casual Day for Tinsel Town

We would love more jars, to fill the kids most favourite room! Please send in: items for jars, filled jars or money so we can purchase jar items. If students bring in jar items on Thursday Nov 1st they can wear crazy socks to school that day.

If students bring in jar items on Monday Nov 5th they can dress in casual clothes.

So far Grade 3 has the lead in the jar competition for a class pizza party! This could be the jar that puts your class in the lead! Nov 7th is last day to help your class win a pizza party. Good luck everyone!

Silent Auction

If anyone has a business or knows a business that might be willing to donate, please ask them, or let us know and we can contact them. This is one of our major fundraising elements of the event, but without donations, we have nothing to bid on! For every large donation you can rustle up, you will be entered into a draw to win a $50 Cineplex Gift Card and a $50 Bon Appetit Restaurant Gift Card. A thank you for all your help! Just drop them off at the office and register your ballot. Some of our donations so far include: 4 Aladdin pantomime tickets, $80 gift certificate to Confundrum Escape Room, Art Classes at Creative Hub, a month of swimming lessons at Goldfish Oakville, exquisite jewelry and hand-finished furniture.

Donations due by Nov 5th!

Silent Auction Themed Baskets

We are also asking each family to donate something small to one or more of our themed baskets. Save money & shop at home… have an unused gift card, duplicate birthday present? Crafts supplies you haven’t opened? Food treats waiting for a special occasion? Maybe something you won but don’t want or need? Gifted Christmas decorations or goodies the elves brought last year? If its BNIB (brand new and in the box)? Bring it in!

Our themes include: Furry Friends (Pets Basket), Arts & Crafts & more, Sweet & Savoury Gourmet Food, Christmas Wonderland, Toys & Games and Gift Card Frenzy. With everyone donating a small item, we can generate some amazing baskets that everyone will want to bid on! Donations due by Nov 5th!

Used Books for the Book Sale

De-clutter and make room for Christmas – bring in your gently used kids’ books, teen choices, novels, and non-fiction items to the front office!

Volunteers Needed!

Watch your email Monday Oct. 29th for instructions in how to scoop up some GIFTS Volunteer hours and enjoy a great event with our school community! It’s all about the kids and we couldn’t do it without you! We need you! Start your ovens for our bake sale! Cookies, squares, loaves, muffins, pies, cakes and more! Baking donations for bake sale can be brought in Friday Nov. 9th at drop off. Send it in a container from home and we’ll package it for you!

Looking forward to seeing you on the big day!

Your Tinsel Town Team


SOTA Staff News

The following is a message from SOTA teacher Sarah Shelley:

Hello SOTA families,

Music lessons are going really well so far this year and I’m enjoying teaching all of your children. If you’ve seen me recently around the halls of BCA, you may have noticed that I have a rounder belly compared to last year :). I will be having a baby in January and taking some time for maternity leave. All SOTA lessons will still continue as scheduled. Another teacher, Celine Cascanette, will be taking over for me until I return again in September. Celine is an accomplished musician and teacher in the Hamilton area. She teaches voice and piano at the Hamilton Conservatory of Music along with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Her bio is attached below. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email me at Sarah.Shelley@onlyatbccs.com.

 

Thanks

Sarah Shelley

Celine Cascanette:

Originally from Parry Sound, Ontario, Celine graduated with honours from the McGill Schulich School of Music in Montréal with a vocal performance degree in which she studied with Dr. Tracy Smith-Bessette. She has been performing in voice since she was five years old in classical, pop/contemporary, and musical theatre. While at McGill, she had the opportunity to be a chorus member in three Opera McGill productions, play the role of Dorcas in Opera McGill Horizon Project’s production of Thomas and Sally, hold two public recitals, and be a member of the Schulich Singers choir. She has also performed at Whispering River Orchestra’s productions of Handel’s Messiah and past Riversongs concerts. Celine has taught all ages and levels in voice,while also teaching beginner piano. She is currently an active performer in both classical, contemporary, and musical theatre.

Celine teaches voice to all ages and abilities and is especially passionate about vocal technique and helping students find their own unique voice. She teaches with a balance of music theory, ear training, rhythmic understanding, vocal technique, and repertoire. She believes all of these components are integral to a fine music education. Each lesson is tailored to each individual student as no one musician is exactly alike. Her goal for each student is help them become competent and well-rounded musicians, as well as fine singers. She also believes it is important that students also have opportunities to perform as musicians. It builds character and lays the foundation for confidence and self-discovery throughout a student’s lives. Celine desires to help each student reach their goals, whether it be an upcoming performance, RCM exam, or learning to sing/play in a way that brings the student joy.

Hot Lunches

To order a hot lunch for your child through Access Catering, Monday to Thursdays only, follow these registration steps:

  • Visit: https://bca.hotlunches.net
  • Select “click here” to register
  • Use the access code BCHL to begin creating your account
  • Complete the registration form and select “register now”
  • You will be able to add your child’s name and homeroom under the “students” button, as well as order meals for your choice of days

Principal’s Corner | October 19, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

Report Cards

Another short week as today was a PD Day today for teachers to prepare their student reports Report Cards will be sent home on Wednesday October 31st with parent teacher interviews scheduled for Thursday November 1st from 3:45-8:45 p.m.

More information about signing up for interviews will be sent home in next week’s Principal’s Corner.

Collecting Food Items for Next Door Social Space

Please note that the “We Scare Hunger” initiative mentioned in last week’s Principal’s Corner will be taking place only until November 2nd so pleases send any food donations to the school before then. All food items will be donated to Next Door Social Space. Students can ask for food items when trick-or-treating or just ask family members to donate. Please help the student council SCARE Hunger!

BCA Picture Day

Wednesday October 24 is BCA Picture Day. The photographer will be at the school in the morning.

Student Work

Grade 8 student E. produced a great painting of an eye (below).

Student Work - October 19 2018

JK students E. and J. have been applying their learning about numbers from the Dr Seuss book Ten Apples Up On Top with their apple stacking (below).

Mad Science

Please check the Mad Science attachment with this newsletter and sign up for the Mad Science session starting Wednesday November 7th. This is always a popular after school program with our students.

BCA Fall Festival Event

Wednesday October 31st in the afternoon. Please see attached information letter with Principal’s Corner. Food donations requested.

Car Pooling Needed

If you live in the Brant Hills Area, Guelph Line and Hwy 5 there is a family in need of carpooling. Please email the office if you are able to help out.

Homestay Family (Still) Needed

We are looking for a family who is interested in hosting a student from China in their home from November to June. He is in Grade 8. Please speak with me if you are considering this and I will give you more information. You can contact me at heather.crossing@onlyatbccs.com

GIFTS Volunteer Program

We have had a number of parents asking about how to record their GIFTS hours. The link is now on our website under “PARENTS | Log your GIFT Hours.”

*Please note the following about the form:

The form will only allow you to enter hours for the previous and current months – if parents fail to enter time beyond that they will need to speak with the office directly and request the change. This is in place as many people were rushing to enter time in the last 4 weeks of the year and it put a heavy burden on the office staff and parent coordinator, Robert Grigsby.

Hot Lunches

To order a hot lunch for your child through Access Catering, Monday to Thursdays only, follow these registration steps:

  • Visit: https://bca.hotlunches.net
  • Select “click here” to register
  • Use the access code BCHL to begin creating your account
  • Complete the registration form and select “register now”
  • You will be able to add your child’s name and homeroom under the “students” button, as well as order meals for your choice of days

After School Sewing Club

Registrations due Monday October 22nd. Last call for an after school sewing club for 5 weeks with Colleen Difrancesco. The program runs Tuesdays October 23 through November 20th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (not until 5:30 p.m. as mentioned previously).

  • Come learn a great life skill while creating a fantastic project.
  • All items needed to complete your sewing project are provided so just show up!
  • Project will be – An 18”Stuffed Animal! (This has been the most popular project with students over the years)
  • Students can choose a dog, rabbit or bear
  • Cost is $150 including all materials. Please pay by cash or cheque at the office. Make cheques payable to Colleen Difrancesco

Request to Support a BCA Family

My name is Julie W. and I’m the proud mother of MH and LH. On November 10th I will be heading to Ensenada, Mexico, to build a home for the disadvantaged people in this rural community. I’m making this journey with my father and 10 others to build a home for a deserving family. The house is being built for a single mother of 3 children that lives off $72 a week! They currently live in a small shed they built themselves out of scrap wood and cardboard for the walls, plastic tarps for the roof and the foundation is dirt. I’m reaching out to request donations of any size as every little bit helps! We pay our own flight and living expenses for the Mission Trip so all funds raised go back to the family!

https://www.gofundme.com/hearts2homes-mexico-mission-2018

Click on the link to check out past missions or to make a donation. Thank you!

Women’s Conference

Refresh, Restore January 19, 2019

When life disappoints, frustrates, hurts or just gets crazy it’s easy to isolate. But we aren’t meant to walk alone—in our joy or pain. Come and learn to delve into deeper community with God and each other, and take a day to be refreshed and restored. Compass Point Bible Church invites you to refresh.restore, a women’s conference on January 19, 2019.

Our guest speaker is Esther Fleece, author of No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending. Canadian songwriter and worship leader Brooke Nicholls will also be joining us. Women of all ages including junior high and high school students are welcome.

Learn more at www.refreshrestore.ca and don’t miss taking advantage of the earlybird price through October 31.
*See attachment with Principal’s Corner for more information.

Principal’s Corner | October 12, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. The weather has been great this week and today our cross country team is off to the CAASO (Christian Athletic Association of Southwestern Ontario) meet in Fergus and the JK and SK students are visiting Springridge Farms in Milton. It is great to have opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Please take the time to read through Principal’s Corner this week as there is important information about upcoming events and school needs.

Homestay Family Needed

We are looking for a family who is interested in hosting a student from China in their home from November to June. He is in Grade 8. Please speak with me if you are considering this and I will give you more information. You can contact me at heather.crossing@onlyatbccs.com

Car Pool Request

There is a Waterdown family in need of transportation for their Grade 8 son. They live across from Sobey’s plaza. Please let me know if you are able to help out. They are looking for drop off at the end of the day only.

Collecting Food Items for Next Door Social Space

Some members of the student council recently attended WE Day in Toronto. They learned to think of others and not just themselves. One of the campaign initiatives suggested was to collect non-perishable food items over the month of October. For this initiative, called “WE Scare Hunger” the student council invites all students to collect non-perishable food items from Oct. 12th to November 7th and bring them to the school to be donated to Next Door Social Space. Students can ask for food items when trick-or-treating or just ask family members to donate. Please help the student council SCARE Hunger!!!

GIFTS Volunteer Program

We have had a number of parents asking about how to record their GIFTS hours. The link is now on our website under “PARENTS | Log your GIFT Hours.”

*Please note the following about the form:

The form will only allow you to enter hours for the previous and current months – if parents fail to enter time beyond that they will need to speak with the office directly and request the change. This is in place as many people were rushing to enter time in the last 4 weeks of the year and it put a heavy burden on the office staff and parent coordinator, Robert Grigsby.

Hot Lunches

To order a hot lunch for your child through Access Catering, Monday to Thursdays only, follow these registration steps:

  • Visit: https://bca.hotlunches.net
  • Select “click here” to register
  • Use the access code BCHL to begin creating your account
  • Complete the registration form and select “register now”
  • You will be able to add your child’s name and homeroom under the “students” button, as well as order meals for your choice of days

After School Sewing Club

Once again we are offering an after school sewing club for 5 weeks with Colleen Difrancesco. The program runs Tuesdays October 23 through November 20th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Come learn a great life skill while creating a fantastic project.

  • All items needed to complete your sewing project are provided so just show up!
  • Project will be – An 18”Stuffed Animal! (This has been the most popular project with students over the years)
  • Students can choose a dog, rabbit or bear
  • Cost is $150 including all materials. Please pay by cash or cheque at the office. Make cheques payable to Colleen Difrancesco

School Life

The SK Class enjoyed a hike with their teacher Mrs. Shantz where they learned a math lesson. SK students pictured look on with interest at something exciting! Below the SKs show everyone who lives in their house using people tracers. The trees were created by tracing their hand and wrist. See the town created below. What great work SK students!

Grade 4 students were playing a familiar song using their boomwhackers (musical instruments in the percussion family) during a music class this week led by Mrs. Bruinsma.

Grade 5 students led by Miss Bowler were working hard during a PE class working their muscles

Principal’s Corner | October 5, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already in to our second month of school! Students have settled in to their routines and are looking forward to the first long weekend of the year, Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for.

Miss Bowler and the Grade 5 class presented an excellent Chapel on Monday about Thanksgiving and reminded us to have an “attitude of gratitude”.

Pictured below is our BCA tree, decorated by students with fall leaves. Students wrote on a leaf what they are thankful for and attached it to the tree. This is a great reminder to us to be thankful.

BCA Thanksgiving Tree

Cross Country Meet

Friday October 12th for students on the cross country team in Grades 3-8. Please return permission forms by Tuesday October 9th. We need drivers for this event.

Extended Care Staff

We are happy that Miss Aggi has returned for another year as before care teacher. Our after school staff has changed. Meagan Jude will be with us Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Fridays. Jennifer McDonald (Cooper’s mom) will be our Tuesday after care teacher. They are both
excited about being part of the BCA family.

First Toonie Casual Day

I am happy to announce that our first Toonie casual day brought in $228.55 plus two pesos! The money will be given to Next Door Social Space. Thank you for supporting this great cause in our local community. At Next Door we seek to be good neighbours, particularly to those living in tough socioeconomic circumstances. Next Door is located right around the corner from BCA. They are a ‘next door’ neighbour to the local Warwick Surrey community offering a ball hockey league at the local pad, gardening at the local community garden. The community is welcoming to all. In 2017 they expanded into the adjoining unit opening Next Door Kitchen – a space for learning healthy cooking and sharing healthy food with one another. Thank you for contributing to this great Christian community organization.

Reporting Student Absences

If your child will be late for school or absent, please call (905-639-7364) or email the office at office@onlyatbccs.com to let us know. Messages can be left on our phone 24 hours a day.

Lost and Found

We have a tent at the lost and found that was left over after the camp out September 21st. It is a Eureka brand tent. Please claim it at the office if it is yours.

Student Life

Grade 1 Math and Science -Ready Set Race!

The grade one class had fun racing cars and learning about ordinal numbers and the variables affecting
movement.

Grade 3 Art

The thanksgiving theme came through in the Grade 3 art class this week. Below, Gabriella
gives plenty of reasons to be thankful!

We're Thankful For...

Tinsel Town Bazaar

Thank you for sending in your donation of items and cash for our first Tinsel Town Casual Day on Wednesday. The volunteers worked hard to put together jars for the very popular jar
room! Students are very excited about this event!

Soccer Tournament

The boys and girls soccer team traveled to Brantford for the annual CAASO Soccer tournament. The teams played very well and although no trophies were won, they represented their school with excellence. Congratulations for a great year of soccer. Thanks to Miss Bowler and Mr. McDonald (Cooper’s dad) for coaching.

Tinsel Town Kids Room

Calling Grades 6-8 BCA Students!

Are you creative, crafty, and looking for the opportunity to sell your handmade items and ideas to
others? I so, here’s your chance to do it!

Join the Tinsel Town Kids’ Market. It’s a place where kids in grade 6-8 can sell their hand-made wares to
other kids (and adults, too ?)

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing: decorated greeting cards, Christmas soaps,
science-experiment-in-a-bag, specialty play dough or slime, home-made candies and baking. As you
plan your craft, consider a price guideline of $1-$10 per item.

If you’re interested in being part of the Tinsel Town Kids’ Market, send an email to Sandie Faulkner at
slf1@cogeco.ca, stating your name and merchandise idea. You’ll need to make approximately 10 of
your signature, hand-made creations to sell at the Tinsel Town Bazaar on Saturday, November 10th.

Please note that vending tables are limited, and the cut-off date for reserving a table is Saturday,
November 3rd . (Submitted by Sandie Faulkner)


It is very exciting to know that one of our BCA parents Lisa Kearns is in the running for Burlington’s Ward 2 Councillor. We want to wish her all the best in the election and the days leading up to it. It is an
important year to get out and vote for the future of our beautiful city. Lisa can be found at https://www.lisakearnsward2.com/

Lisa Kearns - Ward 2 Councillor