March 2019 Newsletter

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to March! Report cards went out last week. Please send back the third page, which is the goal-setting page, as we read these and then place them in the students’ OSRs. If you have any questions about your child(ren)’s report card(s), please contact your child’s teacher – they would be happy to speak with you. You are also welcome to reach out to me should you have any concerns that you would like to share with me. All BCES staff are here to listen and help.

I’d like to take the time to wish Mrs. Regier all the best in her retirement. Her last day of work was February 28th and we are all going to miss her smiling face in the office. She promises to come back and visit. Good luck on your new adventures, Mrs. Regier! In the meantime, we do not have a permanent replacement secretary lined up yet, but this will happen in the very near future.

Student Senate has some exciting events they will be hosting. This month we have a number of Spirit Days celebrating Diversity & Inclusion, World Down Syndrome Day, and Summer Dreaming Day. The Summer Dreaming Day will be a Me-to-We Spirit Day in which we will raise money to donate toward one of our National, International, or Local goals. See the Student Senate info below.

Also, just a reminder that we have March Break coming up from March 11-15, 2019. On behalf of the staff and I, we hope you have a wonderful break and enjoy some of the sunny weather that appears to be in our forecast.

Ms. Van Poucke


It’s only March, but we have been in full swing at school preparing for EQAO testing in May. EQAO is a great benchmark for teachers to use to gauge where we, as educators, need to focus instruction to best support student learners during the school year. We don’t want this to be a stressful event for students, but we do value the information that we get so that it can inform our professional practice and help us set goals. It’s important that all students in grades 3 and 6 write the test and be present for each of the testing dates. We’d ask that you avoid family trips or getaways during May 21 – June 3, 2019 inclusive so that each grade 3 and 6 student can complete this assessment. We appreciate your assistance with this.

Eat and Learn Program

Thank you to the “Kingsfield Zurich Mennonite Church Women” for their generous donation to the Student Eat & Learn Program here at BCES! We have had fantastic nutritious snack items to feed our students every day, and the volunteer time and money that our community donors & parents put into making this program run are much appreciated.

Elmira Chicken Fundraiser

Our grade 5 and 6 students will be selling Elmira Chicken this spring to raise funds for their year end trip to Kintail. Further information will be provided in the April newsletter.

Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Team would like to thank everyone for their contributions to our Valentines Candy Gram activity. Together we raised $502.38 which will be donated to the Tanner Steffler Foundation. Great job everyone!

For the month of March we will be continuing with our Me to We activities to add to our total contribution for the year. On March 8th we will be having a “Summer Dreaming” Me to We Spirit Day. For a 50 cent donation to Me to We, students can dress-up in their summer fun clothing (hats, shades, t-shirts, shorts and more). Crazy Sock Day will be on the 21st to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. The 26th is Purple Day which supports epilepsy awareness.

Hensall Legion Public Speaking

Congratulations to all Bluewater Coast students in grades 1-6 for all their hard work in preparing and presenting their stories and speeches. The following storytellers and speakers were chosen from their classes to represent the primary division: Adam M., Addison H., Bella F., Eden J., Kaitlyn F., Raymond F., Saphira R. and Seth F.

Representing the junior division were: Adele S., Adella G., Ben H., Cheyenne F., Cloey W., Natalie T., Owen M. and Sara H.

We’d like to give a big Husky Howl thank you to our school level judges, Marlene Thornton, Catherine Beierling, Lisa Brown and Al Sygrove.

Our judges chose six speakers to represent BCES at the Hensall Legion Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday, February 19. They were: Raymond, Adam, Eden, Natalie, Cloey, & Adele.

Congratulations go to: Adam (1st), Eden (2nd), and Raymond (3rd) from the primary division and Cloey (2nd) and Adele (3rd) from the junior division for their placement at the Legion Level. The first place contestant will be eligible to move on to the Zone competition held on Saturday, March 9 in Kincardine.

Way to go BCES Huskies!

Student Intramurals – Free Throw

Congratulations to all of our Free throw competitors! On January 22nd, 12 of our Grade 4-6 Huskies participated in St. Boniface at the Free Throw Council competition. Of the 12 students only the top boy and girl student in each age level was able to continue on to the district competition held on Saturday, February 9th at South Huron District High School. We had 3 students represent us at South Huron, and of the 3 students 2 won their division and are now continuing their regional competition at St. Thomas Aquinas in London on Saturday, March 2. Mrs. Miller and Ms. DeBlock wanted to thank all competitors for all of their hard work and persistence with the practices! We are all proud of your accomplishments!

Follow Us on Twitter

Did you know you can get the latest Husky updates by following us @BCESchool on Twitter? Check regularly for special events, announcements and school closure information. Thanks for retweeting and getting the news out to all our families!

Parent Council

Hello Husky Families,
Parent Council is hard at work with the year in full swing! Our Exeter Hawk game fundraiser was a great success! Thanks to everyone who helped to organize, run and donate items for the bake sale. The TV raffle made $355.80 and the bake sale raised another $76.00 for a total of $431.80 towards our playground fund.

We are busy planning for our big fundraiser Fun Fair on May 2nd, 2019 at the school. Look for more details and volunteering needs very shortly.

Our Metzger Meat fundraiser was another great success raising approximately $2000.00 again for our playground fund. Orders will be available for pick up at the school gym on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Please make arrangements to pick up your orders.

Thanks for everyone’s support!

Katrina Robinson
Parent Council Chair

Library News

Forest of Reading Programs

Bluewater Coast Elementary School has been given a grant to assist with the cost of our Silver Birch and Blue Spruce reading programs. Thank you to the Foundation for Enriching Education Perth Huron for this grant to encourage reading in our school.

Blue Spruce News

Some teachers in JK – grade 2/3 will be reading the Blue Spruce books to their class either during March or April. Mrs. Shapton and Miss Wood’s class completed their voting on Friday, February 22nd. Once all ten books have been read to a class, the students from the class will be voting individually. Please be aware that the students in each class are encouraged not to share their votes with their siblings and friends until all classes in our school have had an opportunity to vote. They may share their votes with their parents, if their siblings are not present. When voting for their favourite book, we want each student to make their own choice without the influence of family and friends. Students’ votes will be totalled and submitted to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto in April. All classes will have completed their voting by April 4th.

Silver Birch News

Is your son or daughter a Silver Birch reader? There are charts in the library that students can use with Ms. Wondergem to check off the books they have read in this program. A reminder that students must read at least five Silver Birch books in one category in order to vote. How many Silver Birch books has your child read? If a student would like to read a specific book that is not currently available, the student may place the book on hold with Ms. Wondergem. Students are also allowed to read the 2019 Silver Birch books from the public library as well. Links to a list of Silver Birch books can be found on Ms. Wondergem’s staff page on our school’s web page. There are about seven weeks until voting, which takes place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Please encourage your child to persevere with reading to reach their voting goal. Their voice can make a difference for the Ontario Wide votes that will be submitted to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto by April 30th.

Congratulations to Natalie T. for having read at least five books in the Silver Birch Fiction program! Awesome job! She will be eligible to vote for a Fiction book. Kadance G., Sophia B., Reagan R., Kamryn G. and Kiefer C. have been persevering toward their goal to vote in the Fiction category as well. Keep reading! Collectively the 21 Silver Birch Fiction students have read 60 books so far.

Kamryn G., Verity M. and Ryan T. have achieved their goal to vote in Silver Birch Express. Fantastic! Way to go! Eden J., Mason T., Gibson I., Abby M., Keaton B., Alexis W. and Rayven H. are also working hard toward their voting goal. Don’t give up! The total number of books that the 25 Silver Birch Express students have read is 81.

Ms. Wondergem is very impressed with the enthusiasm and perseverance so many students are showing in the two Silver Birch programs. She enjoys hearing about the books the students have read and seeing the continued excitement over reading.

Recycling Printer Cartridges

Thank you to all, who have sent in printer cartridges to the school, for recycling. This helps our environment, as well as benefiting our school. The proceeds from the recycled cartridges go towards many things for our school such as the library.

When You Donate Milk Bags…

Thank you to all, who have donated milk bags to our school. Have you ever wonder what happens to all the donated milk bags? Ms. Wondergem takes the milk bags to a local church group. These ladies cut the bags into strips and crochet the strips into sleeping mats. The mats are sent to third world countries.

Please continue to send your clean, folded milk bags to our school and Ms. Wondergem will take them to the local church group. If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Wondergem.

Upcoming Events

For upcoming events please see the calendar page on our school website.

This year March Break is from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15. Enjoy the time with your families and we’ll see you back at school on Monday, March 18.