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