End of June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

We’re finally at the end of June! It’s hard to believe it has gotten here so fast, as it feels like only yesterday we were doing September start-up. There is some important information below that you will want to review, so please take the time to read it over. If you have questions, you can call the school at 519-262-2833. We will be starting summer holidays soon, so please note that we will have a limited number of days considered regular office hours; our phone messages will not be checked on a regular basis. If you have questions requiring a more immediate response, emailing me is always best. Have a great summer! See you on Tuesday, September 3, 2019!


We’d like to wish Mr. John Power, our grade 4/5 teacher, all the best on his retirement. He has been a phenomenal member on our staff. Over the years, he has coached sports teams, coordinated Leadership Team events, organized Me to We events, been our “go-to” for all things art/mural related for special events, and anything technology that we need assistance with. He will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best in his retirement!


We will be welcoming four new staff members to our BCES team for next year. We welcome Ms. Andrea Wice from Goderich PS, Ms. Amber Overholt from Stephen Central PS, and Ms. Becca Reid from SHDHS. We have another person who will be doing a 0.25 FTE position, but they have yet to be hired. Please help us in making these four teachers/EAs feel welcome when September starts up. I know they will be a fantastic addition to our team.

Student Placement/Class Structures for Next Year

Staff put a lot of time and thought into placements on behalf of your child over the months leading up to the next school year. We consider each child’s development, their well-being, their relationships, and the “things” that will make them the most successful in the next school year. Please realize that we are not able to accommodate parent requests for specific classroom placements or groupings of friends, especially as many schools are often in a position of having to reorganize classrooms in the fall, and we are no exception here at BCES.

It is important for parents to know that there is potential for changes to happen based on enrolment in the school and District (e.g., this could mean adding a class/losing a class, splitting a class, redistributing students, etc.). While I have no indication that this will happen at BCES next year, I want to prepare parents for the possibility that this can happen in any of our schools in the District. In the event that a change needs to be made after September start-up, those parents of student impacted will be notified directly.

Thank you for your understanding.

School Supplies for Next Year


We ask that students have a back pack that is an appropriate size (not too big or heavy), lunch pail, indoor Velcro shoes to wear that stay at school, a blanket or towel to sit on during quiet reading, and a change of clothes that can stay at school (please include socks, underwear, shirt, and pants). We also ask that you send a box of Kleenex to school and we will share the supply with the Kindergarten students, as we go through a lot of Kleenex.

Kindergarten and Grades 1-3

In order to simplify classroom management in the primary division (K-3), all learning materials will be provided for your child. This includes pencils, erasers, glue sticks, notebooks, etc. We kindly ask that you keep any school supplies you may have at home where your child can use them when completing homework assignments.

Grades 4-6

In the junior division (grades 4, 5, 6), students are being asked to provide their own pencils, pencil crayons, markers, headphones, (these can be earbuds and we’d like them to fit into an iPad “jack”), stylus (to be used on iPads), and a calculator.

Of course, a back pack, lunch pail, and indoor shoes are items that all children will need. Teachers may contact you via Class Messenger about other items (e.g., Kleenex) that they may wish for you to send in.

Thank you

… to the Zurich Lions Club for their generous donation to our Eat & Learn program

Summer Hours of Operation

On the days listed below, the school office will be open and accessible to parents between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

July 2, 3, 4, 5 and August 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

We will occasionally check phone messages, but your best point of contact will be through email. Please do not use the Husky Hub or Twitter to contact the Principal or Secretary, as those sources are either not run by school staff/not attended to as much over the summer months.

School Safety

A letter was sent home on June 13 regarding controlled access at all AMDSB schools. Over the summer months there will be a front door integrated intercom, camera, and remote release control system installed. The front door is the door closest to the main office. Starting in September parents, caregivers and community members will need to use the intercom system in order to gain entry into school. This may impact the before and after school program drop off and pickups in the fall; we will be communicating a plan in early September to those affected by this change. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through using this new mandatory safety system.


BCES is a Mathletics school! This means that if your child is currently enrolled at BCES for the 2018-19 school year, your child has access to this online math account all summer long. All students were given a login and password, and teachers will be sending these home to you before school ends. If you have difficulty logging in, you can contact Ms. Van Poucke via email and we will locate or reset your password.

Please feel free to take advantage of this great opportunity to keep those math skills finely tuned over the summer months! This includes our grade 6s going into grade 7 next year.


It is with a sad heart that I inform our parents/community supporters that the QSP company who provided our magazines will be closing its doors by the end of August, 2019. In the meantime, we are looking to find an alternate provider for magazines (possibly) and for cookie dough. You can anticipate that we will line up something for September/October as a school fundraiser.

As for your QSP subscriptions, if there are any outstanding issues, you are asked to contact QSP customer service immediately to rectify these. (1-800-667-2536).

From the Library

If you find any Bluewater Coast Elementary School library books over the summer at home, please send them back to school the first week of school in September. Some students may have lost books, during the school year. They may also have taken books home and forgot to check them out. Therefore, any BCES books that you may find, which have a barcode and/or a spine label, should be sent back to school in September. If the book is marked discard or withdrawn from collection, it does not need to be returned. Thank you and Happy Summer Reading!

Community News

Are you ready for summer? Get ready for the 2019 TD Summer Reading Club! The TD Summer Reading Club is back this summer at all twelve Huron County library branches! The reading program runs for eight weeks throughout the summer starting on Tuesday, July 2nd and running until Friday, August 23rd. This program is offered to students between the ages of 4 and 12; however older students are welcome to volunteer with the program. The main goal of this program is to increase the level of interest in reading for children over the summer. We have planned creative crafts, goofy games, and of course superb stories to engage children of all backgrounds and interests! We will provide stories, crafts, games, and songs for participants based on the weekly theme. You can get more information or register for the TD Summer Reading Club by calling or visiting your local library branch. A summer of exploration and fun awaits you at the Huron County library!


Fun and adventure starts with Scouts. Meetings start on Monday, September 9. Register online at the Scouts Canada website or for more information contact Beckie Jones @ beckieaj4@gmail.com.