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

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:
  • 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

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:
  • 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!

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