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 fortheparents.ca 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.

WAY TO GO BCA!

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 jenn.grigsby@onlyatbccs.com 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:
http://uwgt.convio.net/site/TR/CommunityEvents/General?px=1071795&pg=personal&fr_id=1090