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 | November 2, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

It has been a great week of learning at BCA! We enjoyed meeting all of you at last night’s Parent Teacher Interview evening. We hope the night was a great opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teacher(s) and learn more about your child’s progress.

I have heard from a few parents about our after school pick up routine. I have addressed these concerns with our “on duty” staff and would like families to be aware of the expectations for pick up, effective immediately. I have heard and observed that many vehicles approach the roped off area travelling far too fast and once children are loaded in the vehicle, drive away fast as well.

After School Pick up Expectations:

When picking students up in the drive through lane:

  • Cars should be driving at a slow/safe speed of approx. 10 km/hr. and be aware of students at all times.
  • When loading children in to the vehicle, do so quickly so the line can keep moving.
  • Cars should not pull over in the JK/SK end of the school and expect their children to walk down the sidewalk to their car. There is no way for our staff to ensure the child gets in to the car safely.
  • Parents waiting on the sidewalk to receive children should be on the “children side” of the roped off area, not on the “parking lot side” as students may run down the sidewalk and fall in to traffic.
  • If parking the car, parents should get out of the car and come to get their children. Children are not to walk across the parking lot to get to their car.

Please note that the drive through lane is not a place to talk to teachers who are on duty. If you have to speak with a teacher, please park your vehicle and then speak with the teacher. Keep in mind that if wishing to speak to a teacher on duty, parents will have to wait until duty ends at 3:45 p.m.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – In anticipation of our Tinsel Town Bazaar on November 10th our wonderful parent volunteers have been busy decorating the school! As you can imagine there is much excitement for students. You can see from the sign-up sheet, below that there is plenty of room for you if you are considering volunteering at this event. It is going to be a fantastic event next Saturday and we hope you can join us!

Tinsel Town Market - Nov 10 2018 from 9am til 2pm


Last night at Parent Teacher interviews Matthew Bean and Martene Puskarova were promoting programs that may be of interest to our families. Here is more information:

On Thursday, November 22nd at 7pm, BCA will be host to a free parent workshop entitled “Supporting Your Teen’s Career Exploration.” This will be relevant to parents with children in grade 4 and older. Mr. Bean from Foundations Career Coaching, who was at the parent-teacher interview night last night, will be here to give a FREE 45 minute workshop that will include a discussion, presentation and Q&A. If you are interested, please register at:


Thank you Dear Parents of BCA! It was a pleasure meeting everyone at the After School French Club Open House during the BCA Interviews held on November 1/18. It was exciting to see some of the BCA students engaged in French Arts&Crafts and Mini French Robot Tech activities!

In the next two weeks we will be launching our After School French Club on campus @BCA! Our mission within our French Club is to empower our students’ French language skills and learner confidence through innovation, creativity and exploration! As day-time Ontario Certified French Teachers the team was inspired to go beyond the classroom and into the community to encourage the passion and enrichment of the French language in authentic & creative 21st Century learning contexts!

This French Programme is suitable for Grades JK- Grade 8. For more information please feel free to visit our Programme Details via following link:

We plan to launch the French Programme the week of November 12,2018.

Registrations are currently open via following link:

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 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

Principal’s Corner | September 28, 2018

Dear BCA Families,

As we welcome fall I am thankful to God for all the beauty around us! Soon the trees will be in their magnificent fall colours!

Grade 4 students took advantage of the beautiful weather this week by working on their novel studies
outdoors. Our boy’s and girls’ soccer teams were in Brantford today participating in a tournament. As I write this the girls are playing in the consolation round. They certainly got the best day of the week
for their tournament.

We welcomed a wonderful guest speaker to Chapel this week, Pastor Chris Heise (father of four BCA students!) from Compass Point Bible Church speak on our theme, Jesus is the light of the world.

School Trips

There were several school trips this week.

On Monday students in grade 1-3 visited Westfield Heritage Village and learned about the past in an immersive, multi-sensory environment that made history come alive through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. It was a wonderful day and we thank the extra volunteers who helped to make our day enjoyable.

The SK class visited Brant Hills Public Library this week.

Today the Grade 4 class visited the Royal Botanical Gardens, Nature Interpretative Centre to learn about
rocks and minerals as part of their science studies. What a great opportunity students have to learn outside the classroom.

Upcoming Events

Bring a Friend Day

On Wednesday October 17th we will be hosting our first Bring a Friend Day event for the year. This first Bring a Friend Day will be open only to friends of students in SK-Grade 4. If you know of someone who is considering a switch from their current school please invite them to join us for the day. We offer a pizza lunch to visiting students and the BCA student who invited them. Please email Mrs. Hayward at the office if you are planning on participating in this event.

Open House

On the evening of Wednesday October 17th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm we have our first Open House event of the year. Please help us to spread the word to anyone you know who would be interested in learning more about our school. Attached is our advertising poster; please do print and distribute or ask the office for copies. We certainly appreciate you telling others you know about this event – feel free to post the flyer at your places of work and share them at your children’s extracurricular activities.

New Family Breakfast

If you are new or nearly new to BCA you are warmly invited to our New Family Breakfast Wednesday October 17th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the gym. We know your children are settling in and thought it would be a good opportunity for you to meet other families and feel more at home at BCA. We will
be serving a continental breakfast, coffee and tea. Your children are welcome to attend as well.

Tinsel Town Market

Save the Date! First School Fundraiser of the Year: Tinsel Town Christmas Bazaar at BCA – Saturday November 10.

Uniform Truck

DGN Kilters, our uniform provider will be bringing their truck filled with BCA uniform pieces to the school on Monday October 22nd from 3-6 p.m. so families can purchase items if needed.

Pizza Lunches

Thanks to Tracey Gee (B & J’s mom) for organizing the online pizza lunch program. Our pizza lunches will start on Friday October 5th.

Track and Field Day – Tuesday October 2nd

We are looking forward to a great day of participation at our annual Track and Field Day on Tuesday at MM Robinson High School track. The bus will be leaving BCA at 9:10 a.m. and returning by 2:30 p.m. We have a great number of parent volunteers and if you signed up to volunteer, you will be receiving an email with your volunteer assignment for the day.

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

Lost Uniform Items

Please be sure to label your child’s uniform pieces and check at home for uniform items that may not be your child’s. Some items have gone missing.


Great Lakes Christian High School is a Christian day and boarding high school providing academic excellence since 1952. Our mission is to foster excellence in education while equipping students to SEEK, SERVE, and BECOME LIKE CHRIST. Being located in Beamsville, a small but vibrant Niagara town, 100 km from downtown Toronto, students are provided many of the necessary amenities but fewer distractions. Our students have an exceptional acceptance rate to the post-secondary school of their choice – not surprising given our small class sizes and that most teachers have their Masters degree.

Come, see for yourself, how your child could benefit from the Great Lakes Christian experience. Join us for our Information Evening on November 15th at 7:00pm, a Student Visitor Day on November 16th or December 10th. We’d love to introduce you to our community!

Call to make your reservation or better yet, make an appointment today!

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