Principal’s Corner | November 30, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

As we enter the Christmas season our Chapel this week focused on Advent. Christians throughout history have celebrated this season of spiritual preparation with Advent readings—short Bible passages read during the lighting of the Advent wreath.

This time of reflection invites us to remember the reason for the season: the eternal Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day as a special time to prepare their hearts.

Grade 5 students Luc and Josh lit the first advent candle and read Bible verses. There are four candles and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent.

  • Week 1: Hope (or promise)
  • Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
  • Week 3: Joy (or peace)
  • Week 4: Love (or adoration)

Following the lighting of the Advent candle and Bible readings we enjoyed singing Christmas carols. We were able to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our SOTA students as we listened to them perform. Miss Jaclyn is part of SOTA, and sang a beautiful song. Madame Makonnen presented the Scripture passage in Isaiah that the whole school will learn during the month of December.

  • JK – Grade 4 students will learn Isaiah 9:6 and
  • Grades 5 – 8 will learn verse 7 as well.

At our Christmas Family Night (December 20th starting at 6:30 p.m.) these verses will be recited by students.

Student Spotlight

Grade 6-8 Community Service Week Grade 6-8 students took part in community service week this week visiting many local organizations to lend a hand. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn first-hand about these organizations who help those in need. Thanks to our many parent volunteers who came out to lead the student groups and help with the baking. Student baked goods were donated to Mission Services of Hamilton and to Next Door Social Space.

What a great learning opportunity for our students during this season of giving. Above, right, some boys are baking for Mission Services men’s shelter.

Mrs. Matter submitted Grade 7 student Noel’s excellent story, “Great New Food”

Are you tired of coming in second on the podium? Have you been training like an Olympian but still can’t get a new personal best? Do you watch other athletes eat the same things as you but still seem to do better? Have you become so frustrated that you are about to give up and become a couch potato? Don’t despair, we have the answer for you!

The ocean is a mysterious place full of magical creatures. We at BASA are excited to share our discovery, a new fish called Vicora, that is sure to become the new superfood. It is overflowing with healthy nutrients including Vitamin C and all of the Vitamin B’s. It is rich in protein and most importantly it has a unique nutrient called zoompa. Zoompa accelerates your muscle growth and allows you to train longer and harder. Eating Vicora will let you leave your competition in the dust.

With Vicora your sprint will feel like a jog. No longer will you watch everybody beat you but instead you will fly past them straight to the winner’s podium. Eating Vicora with Zoompa in it will give you that extra boost you need. Don’t miss out, add Vicora to your diet today. It will change your life!

Special Visitors to JK/SK Classes

Kindergarten student enjoyed a visit from some local firefighters to go along with their studies of community helpers.

Senior Program – Soap Box Racers

As a final project senior program students designed, created miniature models and tested them for speed, stability and steering before building their soap box racers. Their final test was to race the cars. The entire student body as well as many parents came out to cheer on the student racers! Thanks to teachers Mr. Cope and Mrs. Struyk for leading students in this project.

Showing Local Love Via Fundraising

Grade One Student Bentley Climbs all 1,776 Steps of the CN Tower and Raises Needed Funds for Others

On Saturday November 24th before sunrise, Bentley along with his dad Robert completed the UP2018 United Way CN Tower Climb! With a very enthusiastic and charged line-up of participants, Bentley and Robert paced themselves and climbed all 1,776 steps to the top of the CN Tower. Bentley’s time was 29 minutes and 13 seconds, while Robert followed one second behind. Their cumulative efforts raised $2,598 to help our communities rise from poverty to possibility. Way to go!

Engaging students beyond the classroom empowers them to make a real world impact and learning is more meaningful and the content sticks.

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School is proud to offer its 2nd Annual “MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL CAMP”

Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Development Camp will focus on introducing young student athletes, both novice and advanced (Grades 4-8), to the individual fundamentals required to play the game of basketball. The camp allows players an opportunity to work on their skills in non-competitive drills as well as game situations. Campers will also learn offensive and defensive skills and the footwork associated with both. Most importantly, students will develop positive mental health and greater levels of self-esteem.


Notre Dame Health & Physical Education Teachers, Coaches & Student Athletes.


Complete the Registration Form and include a cheque for the appropriate amount payable to Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School or pay online at Please return the completed registration form and cheque or Receipt from School Cash online to the main office at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.


If there are any inquires, please direct them to Mr. David Montoya, Department Head of Health and Physical Education at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school.

E-mail at
School at 905-335-1544
Mobile at 226-972-4871

Principal’s Corner | November 23, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

It has been a wonderful week of learning at BCA! Our week started with our Chapel speaker Mr. Cope who spoke to us about the I am statement of Jesus, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture” John 10:9

He spoke about how Jesus called himself the gate for his sheep. Gates were used to protect the entrance to the safe pen for the sheep. If there was no gate for the sheep pen, the shepherd would literally lay in front of the entrance to block it. If someone was supposed to be near the sheep, they would enter through the gate. If someone tried to enter over the wall or through another way, they were a thief. Jesus was telling his followers that He was the only way to get to heaven, so they had to get in by going through Him. He was also telling them that as the gate, He was there to protect them from sin and to keep them from being taken by the devil and his temptations. Lastly, He was telling them that just as a shepherd would, He would soon be laying down his life to save them.

Today we had our sprinkler system leak which caused some water running in to the Grade 4 classroom. We had the system repaired today and the Grade 4 students enjoyed working in the science lab for the day. There is some drywall damage on the ceiling which will be fixed next week. The Grade 4 class will work in the Science lab and SOTA room until the classroom work has been completed. 

Christmas Giving Project

A few weeks ago in chapel, we heard about the ‘NextDoor’ ministry from director, Angie Crichton. They are doing amazing work to help provide resources, programs and hands-on help for the families they work with.

Every year, BCA students and faculty, participate in a Christmas giving project. We thought it would be appropriate to provide gifts for the children connected with the NextDoor ministry. We discussed ideas with Angie, and decided that it would be great if every BCA student could provide a cute beanie boo, (like the one pictured above), along with a pair of warm, waterproof mitts for a child their own age, and a $5.00 Tim Horton gift card (tucked in the mitts) and all tied up together with a Christmas ribbon!
Donations may be brought to the school and placed in large boxes by the Christmas tree in the front foyer. Let’s be a blessing by giving to others!

**Donations may be brought in until Friday, December 14th.

Student Service Week

The Grade 6-8 students will be leaving the school next week and getting involved with serving our local community!

Twin/Triplet Day

Our Twin/Triplet Day was a great day for students to dress up with a friend or some friends and enjoy the special day. Even staff got involved in the day. See below picture of Mrs. Price and Mrs. Cook-Grigsby twinning up!

Christmas Tacky Toonie Tuesday

On December 11th, the student council invites students to dress in their tackiest Christmas attire. Students can decorate themselves, wear Christmas PJ’s, etc. For every $2 students bring, they will be given 5 raffle tickets for Christmas prize boxes which will be displayed at the front office. The draw will take place at noon. JK students may dress up and bring their toonies on Monday, December 10th.

EdVenture Soap Box Race!

Come Join Us Thursday November 29 at 1 p.m. as the Grade 6-8 students signed up for EdVenture show off their soap box racers! Students have been learning the physics involved in designing and building a soap box racer with their teachers Mr. Cope and Mrs. Struyk. Students researched successful designs, creating miniature models first and testing them for speed, stability and steering. The final project was to build a soap box racer. Students will be testing them out on Tuesday. Please come and cheer them on!

Noah’s Ark Projects

Grade 6 students show off their Noah’s Ark projects to JK students this week. See pictures below as JK students look on with delight as they hear Grade 6 students tell the story of Noah’s Ark.

Feedback Requested – about our children’s education

The Provincial government is inviting everyone – parents, students, educators and interested individuals or organizations – to provide feedback on the education system in Ontario.

Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world.

Consultation closing date: December 15, 2018

In the middle of your busy lives and jobs, I would encourage you to take a moment to become familiar with the unprecedented provincial government consultation that is happening until the middle of December. It is imperative to participate in this avenue to provide feedback to our government. This opportunity does not come around very often.

In order for us to be a noticed participant, we need 20,000 pieces of correspondence representing the private educational sector. You are in a position help us reach that goal and to rally your communities to affect change that matters for our students. You can also go to the website to find out more.

Thanks for your attention and commitment to the cause!

Tinsel Town Market | IT’S A WRAP!

Reflecting with the committee this week at our wrap up meeting, we were very thankful for the hands and hearts that helped make this event such a success. From our school’s leadership team, our teachers, our planning team, shopping crew, decorating crew, set-up crew, parking crew, clean-up crew, soup makers, cookie makers and everyone in between. We were reminded of Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. A special thanks to Teri Hayward, our school Administrator for her constant support of our efforts.

Tinsel town was such a great way to see the community of BCA come together!

Thanks to you all… your efforts helped raise just over $ 10,000! Proceeds from this event will go towards school programming.


Great work everyone creating an EPIC jar room with 800 jars to choose from! Congratulations to Grade 3 for the earning the highest percentage participation at 1227% participation and to Grade 8 for bringing in the highest number of jars with 204 jars!

PIZZA PARTY is coming Wed. Dec. 5th! Each Grade 3 and Grade 8 student will receive 2 slices of pizza, drink and sweet treat!

We’d love to get your feedback… tell us about your Tinsel Town experience! Email to share your thoughts. We appreciate your input to make next years’ event even bigger and better!

Just 353 days until our next Tinsel Town – see you November 9, 2019!

Student Spotlight

Showing Local Love Via Fundraising – Grade One Student Bentley Plans to Climb all 1,776 Steps of the CN Tower to Raise Needed Funds for Others

On Saturday November 24th, grade one student Bentley will be doing the 2018 CN Tower Climb for United Way (with his dad Robert as his chaperone). With others from the community, Bentley will try to climb 1,776 steps to the top of the CN Tower to help others rise from poverty through fundraising efforts.
United Way Greater Toronto works to meet urgent human needs and strategically tackles social issues in our region. Please support Bentley’s climb through a donation to United Way via the following link:

Principal’s Corner | November 16, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

The Grade 7 class presented the Remembrance Day chapel on Monday. Jack opened the assembly playing “Oh Canada” on the flute. We wanted to remind all those in attendance of the importance of remembering the past. With this idea in mind the students wrote and performed a skit about the role women have played in Canadian military history. We wanted to remember that keeping peace means not just staying in the past but bringing the idea of peace to our present. Some of the students taught a song “I’ve got peace in my fingers”, about spreading peace by our actions and our words. Finally the class wanted to add a personal aspect to the assembly, Jonathan, Ella and Shannon read essays that they wrote about “What Remembrance Day means to me”. The assembly closed with a moment of silence and Noel playing “The Last Post”.

Twin/Triplet Day:

The Student Council invites students to grab a friend or group of friends and dress the same on Tuesday, November 20th. Be as creative as you can.

School Closure Policy

With the recent snowfall I wanted to let families know about our school closure policy, as taken from the BCA Parent Handbook:


If the school is closed for any reason, families will be contacted by email.  BCA will be closed when any one of the following three area Halton schools are closed.
Specifically, if Glenview Public School, Aldershot Elementary School or Central Public School is closed due to a weather event, Burlington Christian Academy will also close.

  • If the above schools are not closed but the School Principal deems it prudent to close BCA, the School Principal may decide to close the school. It is understood that the decision to close was based on weather information that was predicted to result in seriously hazardous driving conditions for the BCA community.
  • Even when the school is open and the weather may be in some question, it is always the responsibility of the parent to decide whether it is safe to take their child to school for that particular day. The discretion for safety associated with transportation for a child is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.

If the school is to be closed due to inclement weather, the School Principal will circulate the decision to close to all participants via email.

Showing Local Love Via Fundraising

Grade One Student Bentley Plans to Climb 1,776 Steps of the CN Tower to Raise Needed Funds for Others

On Saturday November 24th, grade one student Bentley will be doing the 2018 CN Tower Climb for United Way (with his dad Robert as his chaperone). With others from the community, Bentley will try to climb 1,776 steps to the top of the CN Tower to help others rise from poverty through fundraising efforts. United Way Greater Toronto works to meet urgent human needs and strategically tackles social issues in our region. Our family is very happy to be supporting this wonderful and important work. We hope you’re able to support Bentley’s climb through a donation to United Way. Here is the link:

Thank you for supporting our annual Tinsel Town Bazaar on Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many BCA families helping out at the various stations. There were over 700 people who
attended! A special thanks to the organizing committee of Tosha Freitag, Christa McKay, Allison Brindle, Lindsay Murray, Colleen Linde, Sandy Faulkner, Catherine Evans, Cait Geddes, Tanya
Steele, Sandra Yip, Tammy Beattie, Susan Confente and staff Jenn Cooke, Allison McDade and Sam Price. Our final numbers are not in yet, but we will keep you posted.

Tinsel Town Vendors 2018

Tinsel Town Vendors 2018



Principal’s Corner | November 9, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

This week in Chapel I introduced Jesus’ statement, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” John 10:9. This statement was written at a time when sheep and shepherds were familiar to everyone. The shepherd had an important role of keeping the sheep safe in their pens.

The sheep pens were caves, sheds, or open areas surrounded by walls made of stones or branches. The shepherd often slept in the pen to protect the sheep. Just as a shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, cares for his flock (those who follow him).

In the sheep pen, the shepherd functioned as a gate, letting the sheep in and protecting them. This reminds us that Jesus is the gate to God’s salvation for us.

John 14:6, I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me”
When we invite Jesus in to our lives, to be our savior He lives in us and as we get to know Him by reading His word, the Bible, we understand His love for us and how he wants to protect us from harm and guide us in living a life that is pleasing to Him.

It has been an exciting week around the school with final Tinsel Town preparations and as classes awaited the results of the jar contest. The winning classroom’s are the Grade 3 and Grade 8 classes. They will have a special pizza day in the next few weeks and that date will be announced shortly.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Tinsel Town tomorrow.

Tinsel Town Market - Nov 10 2018 from 9am til 2pm
Picture re-take day – Wednesday November 14th

Twin/Triplet Day: The Student Council invites students to grab a friend or group of friends and dress the same on Tuesday, November 20th. Be as creative as you can!

Remembrance Day Chapel on Monday November 12 – Please join us for a special chapel as Grade 7 students will be focusing on Remembrance Day in their presentation.

GIFTS Volunteer Program – We have had a number of parents asking about how to record their GIFTS hours. When recording volunteer hours the link is below. 19

*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.

Student Work

This week many classes focused on Remembrance Day during their art periods. See below artwork from: Isabelle and Lauren in Grade 7, and Juliana in Grade 4. 

Grade 6 students have been learning about Noah’s Ark during Bible classes. Katryna and Hannah’s ark is pictured below.

Grade 3 students took part in a pioneer picnic this week. They picked the menu themselves, gathered ingredients, and made everything from scratch. They enjoyed homemade butter, bread, caramels, biscuits, apple butter, potato cakes, and dried fruit.

Attention All Grade 8 Students:

Grade 8 Students you’re invited to Exceler8 (Grade 8 Day) at Hamilton District Christian High. Join us for an exciting high school experience. Snacks and hot lunch are on us! See you Thursday, November 22, 2018, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Note that bussing is available for Trinity Christian School, Burlington Christian Academy, Calvin Christian School, Providence Christian School, Brantford Christian School, and Jarvis Christian School. Please let your teacher know you’re interested.

Parents of Grade 7 & 8 students please join us at Hamilton District Christian High Thursday, November 22 from 7:30-9:00 pm. Take a tour of the school, meet current students, ask questions, connect with staff and enjoy some light refreshments. 92 Glancaster Road, Ancaster, ON. No RSVP required.

Student Focus

Congratulations to Nicholas in Grade 5 who is taking part in the Nutcracker musical at First Ontario Concert Hall on December 8th. Below is the link to an article where Nicholas is featured. We wish you all the best in your upcoming performance!

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 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

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, 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

Lisa Kearns - Ward 2 Councillor