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 | September 7 & 14, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

Welcome back BCA families! It has been a great first week of school and students are feeling more at home in their new surroundings. On the right, Julia from JK is showing off her lovely art creation.
It was wonderful to see so many families out at our Meet the Teacher Night and BBQ on Wednesday. Thanks to Christy H (Andrew and Sam’s mom) and Leslie and Alec M, (Kyle’s parents), for greatly assisting with this event.

Pizza Days

We will be starting our Friday pizza days Friday October 5th. Information will be sent out shortly. Lindsay M (Josie, Georgia and Trevor’s mom), is coordinating the volunteers and parents who signed up to help out with Friday lunches can expect an email from Lindsay. She is hoping to meet with all the lunch volunteers on Friday September 21 at 3 p.m. to determine availability of everyone and to provide instructions about the pizza distribution routines. There is still time to sign up. Please speak with Teri Hayward at the front office and she will direct you to the sign-up sheet.

Popcorn Sales

Starting on Monday September 10th students can purchase Kernel’s popcorn during recess times at the front office for $2.00/bag. The following flavours will usually be sold: butter salt, creamy caramel, ketchup, dill pickle, salt and vinegar, say cheese, white cheddar, jalepeno jack.

Milk Sales

Starting on Tuesday September 11th students can purchase small cartons of chocolate or white milk. Students can purchase 10 for $10, 20 for $20 etc.). Milk will be delivered to students at lunch time each day. We sell both chocolate and white milk. We keep track of when students receive milk each day, and will let them know when they need to order more.

Serving Initiatives at BCA this year

We are excited to be part of a Christian community with opportunities to respond to the needs of others through giving. This year, we will be partnering with two organizations: Mission Services of Hamilton and Next Door Social Space to educate students about the various needs of individuals. Here is a brief description of each organization

Next-door Social Space – is located just down the road from BCA ‘next door’ to the Warwick Surrey community in Aldershot. They operate out of a storefront, and occupy community spaces offering, among other things, a ball hockey league at the local pad and gardening at the local community garden. BCA students have had a chance to help out in the past with the community garden and with various giving projects including a coat drive, and protein drive. Please support the upcoming coat drive (see attached flyer). You can drop off winter coats, boots, hats and mitts to the school from Sept 28-Oct 13.

Mission Services of Hamilton – are a social services agency who believes every person deserves safe housing, healthy food, and opportunities for tomorrow. We have partnered with Mission Services for many years through food drives and student baking projects for the men’s crisis shelter. We will have a Thanksgiving Food Drive and will provide more information shortly.

Toonie Casual Days

Each month on the last Friday BCA students may choose to wear casual clothes to school instead of their uniform and if they choose to wear casual clothes they are asked to bring a Toonie (or more) to school that day. The Toonie will go to Next-Door Social Space from September to January and to Mission Services of Hamilton from February to June.

We encourage your child to be part of the Toonie giving, knowing what a difference that will make in helping those less fortunate. Our first casual day of the year will be Friday September 28th.

Uniform Reminder

Overall, students have been wearing their proper uniform. We will start to reinforce the shoe and sock policy next week. A reminder that students should be in BCA crested tops, not white or navy tee shirts. 

Uniform Policy – Footwear and Socks

  • Navy, white or black ankle socks when wearing running shoes
  • Navy or black socks or leotards (single colour) can be worn with skorts or tunics
  • Girls may wear footed navy or black tights with a skort or tunic. If the tights are not footed then they must wear matching socks to cover the bottom of the tights, to look like footed tights.
    Shoes should be solid black, navy or dark coloured, with no colourful symbols/stripes or other markings. No boots or high top shoes should be worn indoors.
  • Shoelaces should be dark coloured as well
  • For gym classes, any proper non-marking soled running shoe can be worn, in any colour. It is important that students have proper running shoes that can be tied (laced/velcroed) securely to avoid injury 

Staff Update

We are happy to welcome Michelle Wegman to our BCA staff. Michelle will run our Curtain Call program for senior students.

Here is an introduction to Miss Michelle:

Miss Michelle has been training in music and acting for as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of the prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan Institute – Canada’s leading music theatre program. She has had the privilege of training with some of the best instructors in the country, and continues to take workshops and classes to increase her knowledge. Miss Michelle has performed all over Canada, and has had the pleasure of being cast in some of her favourite shows. (She Loves Me, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man – to name a few.) She has also spent the last decade portraying some of her favourite Disney Princesses! Being able to create a magical experience for all of the children she has met, has truly been a privilege. But her favourite role she has ever been given, is the role of being a Mommy to her little princess! The Wagman house is always filled with music and laughter, and since her husband is also a professional singer, lots of harmony too! Miss Michelle looks forward to being able to share her love of music theatre with everyone, and hopes to inspire all of the students she meets. Her positive energy and attitude allows the ability to build confidence and have fun!

SOTA Lessons

Registration is still open for our SOTA (School of the Arts) private music lessons. Lessons begin the week of September 24th. Please see the registration package attached with this email.

GIFTS Volunteer Opportunities

We have had a number of parents volunteering already and want you to know how to record your volunteer hours. The new link is:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/BurlingtonChristianAcademy2/BCAGIFTSENTRYFORM20182019

*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 Lunch

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

Chapel Next Week

Chapel Speaker on Monday at 9:10 a.m. is Mrs. Crossing. She will be speaking to students about our theme this year, the “I Am” statements of Jesus. She will talk about “I am the light of the world” based on John 8:12.