May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

The Parent Council and I would like to thank all those who were able to come out to our Community Fun Fair on Thursday, May 2nd at the Hensall Community Centre. The event ran smoothly, in large part due to our awesome Parent Council, numerous volunteers and the BCES staff who donated their time and efforts to this event. Special thanks go to the Hensall Fire Department, Central Huron Fire Department who organized getting the Smoke House to us, OPP, EMS, Par-T-Perfect rentals from Mt. Brydges, and to the various businesses and families who donated items to our Silent Auction and Penny Sale. We’d also like to send a special thank the numerous families who donated peanut/nut-free baked goods to the Bake Sale. We appreciate that the Hensall Community Centre and Municipality of Bluewater donated the use of the hall and arena surface to us free of charge. The inflatables were paid for by the Hensall Kinsmen and we are hugely grateful for this donation. We also want to thank the Beach for joining us and playing music at the event. All told, we will have made approx. $3,700 (we have a few outstanding bills to pay).

On June 4th and 5th, 2019, our school will be hosting our school track and field days. We will need some parent volunteers to help make this day run smoothly for the students, so please feel free to contact Mrs. Schepers or Ms. Van Poucke to let them know of your interest in helping out with this fun event. We have moved the date to June in order to give our athletes more opportunity to practice prior to the Regional and District Events being held on June 11th and June 18th, respectively.

Just an FYI to parents of students in grades 3 and 6 that EQAO is coming up at the end of May. Grade 3 students will be writing on Wednesday, May 22 until Tuesday, May 28. Grade 6 will commence writing on Monday, May 27 until Friday, May 31. Students will be writing in the morning block, so please avoid booking appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Teachers will be sending out more specific information on special themed events they are running for students to celebrate their learning.

Have a great month of May and enjoy the sunshine!

Ms. Van Poucke

Remember….our school calendar can be found on the school website.

Thank You

A huge Husky Howl to the South Huron District High School Intermediate and Senior band members and to Mrs. Denise Haines & Mrs. Carolyn Regier for a wonderful performance. Our staff and students enjoyed all the tunes. You can go back into our Twitter feed to see some of the performance.

EQAO Assessment Dates

As stated in the Principal’s Message, the assessment dates for EQAO for this year are as follows: The grade 3 students will write May 22, 23, 24, 27, and 28th. Grade 6 students will write May 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31st.. Please try to avoid booking appointments on those dates, if possible (particularly in the mornings from 9:00-11:30 a.m.), as it is very important that your child be at school during this time period. We appreciate your encouraging nutritious breakfasts, a good night’s sleep, and lots of exercise to help your child to be rested and prepared for the assessment.

Track and Field

We are hosting our BCES Track and Field meet on Tuesday, June 4 and June 5. A raindate of June 6 has been set in case of inclement weather. In order for this event to run smoothly for students in Gr 4-6 we will need some parent volunteers. Please contact Ms. Van Poucke or Mrs. Schepers if you are able to assist with this meet. We will also need parent volunteers to attend the Regional Track and Field meet on Tuesday, June 11 (weather date is June 12).

Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-10)

Did you know that 1 in 5 students face various mental health concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships and emotional dysregulation? All of us, here, at Bluewater Coast are working towards bringing an awareness and supporting people who are affected. We would ask that on Tuesday, May 7th everyone wear green in support of Mental Health Awareness. Let’s get creative and get that green ready! We will also be having lots of great mental health activities going on throughout the week. So listen to the upcoming announcements and get out there – we will explore different ways we can regulate our bodies through yoga, breathing, colouring and more! Let’s see you participate, Huskies!

Scholastic Book Fair – Thank you!

We want to thank everyone for participating in this year’s Book Fair and to the many volunteers who helped out at school and at the Community Centre on May 2nd. We also wish to thank the many people who purchased books from teacher wishlists to add to classroom libraries. To maximize our commission, our goal for book fair sales was $1,630. We have not yet counted the amount we made, but will share this info with you in the June newsletter. All commission will used to purchase books for the library and classrooms.

Our $25 draw was won by Jaden D from Grade 5/6 , which means an additional $25 worth of books will be donated to Mrs. Schepers classroom. Congratulations, Jaden!

Silver Birch Students Have Spoken

Our Silver Birch students have read a total of 85 Fiction books, and 122 Express books. Students were eligible to cast their votes for their favourite book on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Congratulations to all our voting students!! Great job Kamryn, Rayven, Mason and Verity, who have qualified to vote in two categories. Wonderful work Adam, who read all ten Silver Birch Express books. Awesome show of perseverance by all the voting students! Thank you to Mia, Charlie and Mikayla for all of their hard work assisting with the voting.

The results of our votes are as follows:

Blue Spruce
1st Place Where Oliver Fits
2nd Place Barnaby Never Forgets

Silver Birch Express
1st Place Meet Viola Desmond
Three-Way Tie for 2nd Place
The Elephant Keeper: Caring For Orphaned Elephants in Zambia
Heartwood Hotel The Greatest Gift
What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures

Silver Birch Fiction
1st Place Elephant Secret
Two-Way Tie for 2nd Place
Ebb and Flow

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Blue Spruce and Silver Birch reading programs. The Blue Spruce and Silver Birch books are now available for all students to check out. Please watch your June newsletter to view a list of Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Ontario winners.

In celebration of our Silver Birch voters, we are planning a party on Monday, May 13, 2019. A fruit snack will be provided for your all voting students at this party.

Police Checks/Vulnerable Sector Screening

Just a reminder that as we come up on our year-end trips and forward planning for next school year, Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Checks are required for volunteers working alongside children or volunteers who come into the school. These checks are done for free through the Exeter OPP. If you want to volunteer as a reader, as someone who attends a field trip, helps with snack program, or help as a coach, it is important to have this background check done. We keep them on record at the school for 3 years; the first year is your actual background check followed by two years of “Offense Declaration” forms. On the 4th year, you will need to submit for a new OPP Vulnerable Sector Screening check.

BCES “Green Tag” Identification Program….and The First Ride Program – May 16, 2019
Each September, new Kindergarten students ride the school bus to school for the first time. The Green Tag Identification Program will help to alleviate potentially confusing experiences for JK/SK students on their first week of riding the bus and throughout the school year.

The use of Green Tag can be an effective way to improve safety and confidence. This method of identification ensures that the school bus drivers and school staff can readily identify Junior and Senior Kindergarten students that are riding school buses and helps them to assist students find their correct school bus at the end of the day. The program assists school bus drivers by indicating which children must sit at the front of the bus and which students must be met by a parent/caregiver at their designated drop-off location.

In order to ensure that this new procedure is successful, we have invited all of our new JK students who will be starting school in September 2018 to a ‘First Ride’ morning on Thursday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. Information has been sent home to those parents who have registered their child for school for September 2018.

Paper Copy – Food and Milk Orders

This is a reminder that monthly food orders and milk orders must be paid for separately. These items are two separate entities. The monies collected are allocated to different fundraising efforts.

Along with orders arriving combined, there has been an increase in overpayments requiring change to be sent back. We do not keep change on hand in the school, especially since moving to School Cash Online. For manageability and simplicity, exact change is required. Any overpayment will be considered a donation to the school. Thank you to all the families that order. We enjoy providing a break from lunch making!

– Parent Council

Dress Code

As warmer weather approaches, students and parents are reminded of appropriate clothing for school. Our dress code states that students should wear clothing that is suitable for a public learning environment. We encourage children to wear t-shirts to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and running shoes for outdoor play are the best choices. Hats, sunscreen and even sunglasses are recommended. Sandals are cool to wear, but can be dangerous when running or playing games on the playground. Occasionally hot weather clothing can be too revealing for school, and is more appropriate as beachwear, so we appreciate your help in upholding the rules for the few months of warm weather that we have. Thanks!


With spring’s arrival, some students are riding their bicycles to school. Parents are reminded that all people under 18 are required by law to wear a bike helmet. Please ensure that if your child is riding his/her bike to school he/she is wearing a properly fitted helmet. For safety reasons, we do have an expectation that bicycles be walked across the street before and after school so that cars can see children who have bicycles. Also, it is highly recommended that valuable bikes be locked in the racks while here at school.