Dear BCA Families,

Our Chapel service this week focused on lighting the second Advent Candle, the candle of Preparation (or waiting or prophecy). Thanks to Ella and Isabelle for lighting the candle and reading scripture. 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. We heard from Sofia and Gabriella who played piano.

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 these verses will be recited by all students.

Christmas Family Night

Our Christmas Family Night takes place on
Thursday December 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Student Absences

Please remember to call or email the school when your child is absent.

Christmas Tacky Toonie Tuesday

On Tuesday 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.
Junior Program Reports were sent out today to students in Grades 3-5. The second session started this week.

Giving Opportunity

Students have been bringing in Beanie Boos and winter gloves/mitts to be given to boys and girls in need and who take part in Next Door Social Space programs. There is an upcoming banquet on Friday December 14th when the presents will be handed out to the children. Please feel free to add a $5.00 Tim Horton’s Card to include with the Beanie Boo and Gloves/Mitts. Thank you for your contributions.

Student Service Week

Last week, Grade 6-8 students enjoyed some learning outside of the classroom as they traveled to different locations to help those less fortunate in our community. Students visited “Sew on Fire”, “Compassion Society”, “Living Rock” and “Mission Services” as well as baked in various homes and at Longos. Our treats were cheerfully donated to some of the organizations they visited.

Mrs. Struyk wrote the following about taking the students to Mission Services.

Last week the Sr. Programs enjoyed spending some time volunteering at Mission Services in Hamilton. Students saw first-hand how a food bank is run as they volunteered in the warehouse. Students helped to prepare items for Christmas hampers in the gift room, and sorted and prepared portions of food in bags to be handed out. We were astounded to learn that 1000-1200 families will use this food bank over Christmas! This experience taught us to be grateful for all that we have, but
most importantly, to develop a heart for service.

The following reflections were written by some of our students following the service week. It is
wonderful to hear that this experience was impactful to our students:

Ellery – Grade 8

I was really happy that I had the opportunity to participate in Session 3 of Senior Programs. It helped me open my eyes and see the big picture of what was going on in Ontario and how even the smallest things we did, changed many lives. The Compassion Society made me see how many people in need live in the Halton area near where I live. I sorted through donations of clothing and one of the volunteers told me, “If we wouldn’t want to wear it, we don’t put it out”. They cared so much about the people there and it really touched my heart knowing that I had put in my time to help someone in need. Mission Services was another place that I got to help out at. The volunteers there were so kind and like the Compassion Society, they were willing to give up their time to help others live a better life. I loved being able to box up toys and blankets for the little kids, so that on Christmas morning, their faces would light up when they see the presents that we had helped them get. Overall, it made me feel so happy that I had impacted many families. It helped me become more aware of how I should be more thankful for everything I have instead of taking it for granted. I’m so glad I got this opportunity and wish to do it again soon!

Ethan- Grade 8

One thing that I felt was very important that, helped with last week was helping Eric at Mission Services. After seeing all the homeless and hungry people there and knowing some less fortunate people myself if made me feel like what I was really helping people by making sure people were able to get food at the food bank by making sure the shelves had food. I think it was a good experience as it reminded me of how fortunate I am having lots of food and going to a private school.

Ella – Grade 7

As soon as I walked in to Mission Services I realized how many families were less fortunate. I packed kids socks and felt very bad for the children who did not have a pair of socks. I never thought there would be so many poor people in one community. I enjoyed baking cookies for families who could not afford treats. My favourite service was at “Sew on Fire” because we were not just helping in our community, but all around the world. I really enjoyed service week.

Student Christmas Artwork

Grade 4 Christmas tree art and Grade 3 Nativity Scene

This beautiful artwork was created by Grade 1 students who each contributed a small Christmas tree triangle to put together to make one large Christmas tree. Great job Grade 1s!

Soap Box Car Races

Last week the Senior Program students had the opportunity to race their Box Cars for the school community. Thanks to the parents who came to cheer on the team.

2018 Soap Box Race

2018 Soap Box Race

After School Robotics Program at BCA – Starting January 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

IRIS Lego Robotics S.T.E.A.M based Program At the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) we provide STEAM-based Toronto District School Board (TDSB) approved learning programs that utilize robot technology. More information about the IRIS Program can be found on this PDF. (PDF will open in new browser tab.)

Through our hands-on approach, students have the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics concepts in an interactive and enjoyable learning environment. We encourage students to appreciate the significance of robotic systems, the growing number of uses and the potential that it holds.

Our key programs include Lego WEDO Robotics (ages 4-8), Lego Mindstorms EV3 (ages 9-17), and Arduino (ages 9 and up). However, we are able to offer a variety of programs based on your request. In a group setting, students will build a robot and program it to control its behavior. Students will understand the various parts necessary to create the robot, follow a step-by-step process to build the robot from the designs provided, and finally program the robot’s behavior. During our workshops, students go beyond the classroom and exercise their skill set in an atmosphere creativity and teamwork.


The LEGO WEDO Robotics program is specifically designed as an intermediate step between the more fully featured robotics platform and regular, non-robotic LEGO. Students will be working with gears, pulleys, motors and sensors to construct, program and control robots.


LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is designed for those with no programming background and introduces students to concepts such as coding, looping, decision making and flow control as they utilize the visual drag and drop programming interface.


Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform which can read inputs and turn the inputs into outputs. Students will have access to everything required to complete 16 circuits which will teach students to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors and more. Students will learn how to connect each circuit with the included parts.

The cost for all the 08 classes is $250. There is a minimum of students required to run the program.

No. of Classes: 08

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost Per child: $250 for 08 classes (all inclusive, no tax)

If there is enough interest, the program will take place after school, at Burlington Christian Academy (should be 1 hour and 30 minutes).

If you would like your child to participate, please fill in the student registration form (the PDF form will open in a new browser tab) and submit by January 17, 2019 (Thursday) along with the payment.