June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As the 2018-19 school year wraps up, I’d like to thank our families, students, teachers, support staff, and volunteers for all their hard work this year. It takes a village to raise a child, and, in this case, we have a pretty successful empire if you ask me. Every contribution each adult has made toward the success of our children has benefitted them in ways that are immeasurable. The investment each child has made in themselves and their education will pay off in dividends for the rest of their lives.

We wish our Grade 6 students the best of luck and happiness as they move on to the 7/8 site at SHDHS. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Grade 6 students for all their hard work, volunteerism, and active participation in their school work and extra-curricular activities at BCES. My wish for you is to experience all the success and happiness that you richly deserve as you move through your educational careers and through life. You will be missed here at BCES and, I hope that we see you back here as volunteers, at different events, or just popping in for a visit.

The staff and I want to extend a huge thank you to our parent volunteers and community members who have helped in many ways to make this another successful year of learning and growing at BCES. A special thank you to the Parent Council, who work tirelessly on the students’ behalf to ensure that there are special events and materials to enhance student learning. We will be bidding farewell to our Parent Council Chair, Katrina Robinson, at the end of June and we wish her all the best. We’re always looking for new members to join Parent Council, so please consider giving a few hours of your time over the course of the year to make a positive impact on your child’s education.

We will have some changes coming for next year; we are tentatively increasing by one class size, as our school population is growing. Next year, we will have approximately 145 students attending our school. I’d like to welcome Ms. Andrea Wice to our staff. I’d also like to mention that Mrs. Patty Case has finally arrived at our school! Mrs. Case is our new secretary and many of you may remember her from a few years ago when she spent a year here as our secretary. I know you will make them feel welcome as new members of our Husky pack.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the staff for their service this year. The teachers strive to make this school a warm and inviting place for children and parents. They create a safe atmosphere where children feel they can take risks with their learning and that success comes from trying again and again; not always being the best or being “right” on the first attempt at something new. Thank you for devoting your time and efforts to the children at our school and for caring about their well-being every day.

Please note that there will be a volunteer luncheon on Tuesday, June 18th at 12:30 p.m. and invitations will be sent out. There will be a year-end celebration for K-6 students in the gym on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. If your child is receiving an award, the teachers will reach out to you in advance in case you’d like to make arrangements to attend the celebration.

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer! There will be one brief newsletter being sent home at the end of June, which will have some important information on getting ready for September start-up.

Parent Council

Our next Parent Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 16. Plan to attend the meeting as we will be deciding on our yearly fundraisers. We are still fundraising for new play equipment.

Fun Fair

Thank you again to all the families who came out and supported our first off-site Fun Fair at the Hensall Arena. A tremendous amount of preparing and planning went into this event and we heard amazing feedback about how awesome the event was. Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers, “voluntolds,” sponsors and donors, and staff members. I also want to extend a huge thank you to the Hensall Kinsmen for their generous donation that paid for the inflatables, to the Hensall Arena for giving us the arena space to use, to the Hensall Fire Dept., Central Huron Fire Dept. and Fire Chief, to the OPP, to the EMS, and my 90.5 MyFM.

Your Husky Student Leadership Team

Thank you to all the students on the leadership team. You have given up many recesses and have done an amazing job, from taking pictures, to cutting out slips, doing announcements and lots of other things. Thank you for all your hard work!

We had a successful year thanks to all of your generous donations. We collected many items donated to the local food-bank from our WE Scare Hunger Campaign as well as approximately $500.00 from Candy Grams donated to the Tanner Steffler Foundation, supporting youth mental health. With all your efforts and donations from the WE Walk for Water, we were able to give 7 under-privileged individuals from around the world access to clean water for life! Finally, with the combined donations from spirit days and spaghetti lunch we raised approximately $350.00 which will help support ME to WE children and families from under-privileged areas around the world. Again, we gratefully appreciate all your donations and support for these causes and for helping us become part of the WE Movement this year!

Student Recognition Year-End Celebration Assembly

There will be a student recognition assembly on Thursday, June 20 beginning at 2:00 p.m. to recognize the accomplishments of the students at BCES. Some students will be receiving plaques and/or certificates. If you would like to attend this event, you are welcome to come. For students receiving an engraved plaque, teachers will be discreetly contacting those parents in case you wish to attend.

Track & Field

Our grades 4-6 students have started to participate in BCES Track & Field events. The Regional meet will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. The rain date is Wednesday, June 12. Permission forms and a meet schedule will go home with students who will be attending. Tuesday, June 18 will be the date for the District meet. The location has yet to be determined. The rain date is Wednesday, June 19.

Play Day

Play Day for all students will be Wednesday, June 26 in the last block of the day. Please ensure you send hats, sunscreen, water bottles, and closed toed shoes for your child that day so that we can enjoy some fun in the sun!

Transportation Information
Please see the attached letter as a reminder to all Parents/Guardians, if your child(ren) is (are) eligible for transportation.

Community Use of Our School Grounds

Families and children often make use of our playground equipment, basketball nets and inviting open spaces in the evenings, on the weekends, or during the summer. We welcome you to enjoy our school grounds and hope that you will use our space considerately, so that it continues to be a safe and well maintained place for our students. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Take all garbage with you or put it in the big dumpster;
  2. Please keep all pets off the premises for everyone’s health and safety – remember that tomorrow a child may be playing in the spot your animal left its mark;
  3. Respect the sanctity of our aboriginal peace garden.
  4. Report any vandalism or misuse of the property to the principal or the police; and
  5. Enjoy our space!

Forest of Reading

The results are in from across Ontario! Over 250,000 children participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading Program and over 170,000 readers voted in the 2019 program. There are seven reading programs across Ontario that compose the Forest of Reading Program for students. Bluewater Coast students, who participated in Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction and Blue Spruce, have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time.

Blue Spruce Winner 2019
Barnby Never Forgets
By Pierre Collet-Derby

Silver Birch Express 2019
Meet Viola Desmond
By Elizabeth MacLeod

Silver Birch Fiction 2019
By Linwood Barclay

Silver Birch Nonfiction 2019
Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender
By Catherine Rondina

Thank you to all the students, who participated in these programs. Ms. Wondergem has enjoyed seeing your enthusiasm for reading. The Silver Birch voting students celebrated with a party on May 13, 2019 to conclude our Forest of Reading program for this school year.

Library and Computer News

The library helpers are very dedicated in assisting throughout the school year at first recess with stamping, stickers, sorting books, putting books away and other tasks that may be required. Thank you to all library helpers for their hard work and dedication. The computer helpers are responsible in assisting before and after school each day to turn computers on and shut them off. Thank you to the computer helpers for your wonderful assistance throughout the year.

Thursday June 6, 2019 is the last day to check out library books.

All library books must be back to the library by Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Book Fair

Our book fair was a tremendous success! Thank you to all the families and students that supported our book fair. We far surpassed our goal of $1,630.00 with total sales of $2,219.40. Wow what an awesome accomplishment by our school community! That gives us $1,032.02 worth of Scholastic books for our school library and classrooms. Bluewater Coast students and staff graciously appreciate your generosity.

Congratulations to Jaden D. She was our door prize winner, who won $25 worth of free books from the book fair. A big thank you is extended to Rose Rader, Scot Ferguson and all the students that helped set up and volunteered at the book fair. Their assistance enabled the book fair to be a successful event for our school. A huge thank you to Melissa Shepley, Brennan Alexander-Masse, Daniel Regier, Cheryl and Dan Rader for helping move the book fair from the school library to the Hensall Community Centre and back on the Fun Fair Day. As well, thank you to Rose Rader, Audrey Melick, Scot Ferguson, Denver Gascho, Mercedes Kints, Abbey Ansems and Abby Verberne, who helped at the book fair during the Fun Fair. Also, thank you to all the families that donated books to the classrooms through the Wish List Program. Happy June reading!

Piano Lessons at Bluewater Coast Elementary School

Kathryn Desjardine will be offering piano lessons again next year throughout the instructional day, beginning the 3rd week in September. Kathryn has a few spots available for new students. Please check out her website, contact her at kathryn@desjardine.ca or call the school to leave her a message.

Protect Your Head, Wear a Helmet

Head injuries are the No.1 cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. A properly fitted and correctly worn helmet can make a dramatic difference, cutting the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Parents can help by setting an example and using a helmet when they ride. Keep yourself safe when biking:

  • Ensure bikes are adjusted to rider requirements
  • Get trained in bicycle safety
  • Use designated areas for riding when available
  • Be sure your bike has reflectors and lights

Zurich Country Fair

The 2019 Zurich Country Fair hosted by the Zurich Agriculture Society is Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2019 and will be held at the Bluewater Complex, Zurich. The theme this year is “Churning Cream in 2019.” Events include a talent show, prince and princess competition, parade, baby show, pet show, kids’ mini tractor pull, petting zoo, children’s inflatables and activities, pony rides, livestock shows, lawn-tractor pulls, home craft & school exhibits, and much, much more. Hope to see you there!

Huron County Multicultural Festival

Huron County Economic Development will be hosting the annual Huron County Multicultural Festival on Sunday June 23rd, 2019, 12 noon – 7 p.m., at the Goderich Courthouse Square.

The festival is a free family event with interactive programs, crafts, stage events, and ethnic food & drinks.

VBS 2019

Join us at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood for VBS 2019
July 22 – 26, 2019
9:00 am to noon
Ages 3 to Gr. 6 Welcome
Call 519-237-3548 or Email: ziondashwoodvbs@gmail.com or bnz@hay.net for details.
Register online.

VRC Summer Newsletter 2019

Free PA Day Swim on June 7 from 1:30-3:30.
Sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge of Huron.

Babysitter Course on June 7 from 9-4. Must be 11 years of age or completed Gr.5 $70

Vanastra Community Day on June 8.
Sponsored by the Vanastra Lions Club
Day Care Penny Sale 8:00am – 1:00 p.m.
Snipity the Clown11-1,, Kids Scavenger Hunt, BBQ & Sundaes 10-12
Free Rec Swim 2:00pm-4:00pm Sponsored by Vanastra Lions Club

Sign up for Summer Lessons:
Monday to Friday July -19
July 22- August 2
August 12-23
Thursday Evenings July 4- August 22

Now Open…Day Camp Registration!
Vanastra Recreation Centre Summer Day Camp July 2- Aug 30. Summer fun for kids aged 5-12!
Weekly themes with fun field trips and special presenters are scheduled.
Registration can be found at the Municipality of Huron East website or pick one up at the Vanastra Recreation Centre.