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June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It’s hard to believe that another whole school year has come and gone. With every new school year come new staffing changes. We say farewell to Mrs. Nuhn (Kindergarten) and Madame Melick (French/Music). Mrs. Nuhn will be teaching at Listowel Eastdale next year and Madame Melick will be moving onto a new phase in her life – retirement! I’d like to wish them well on their new adventures and thank them both for the huge and positive impact they have had on our school community. They will be missed! With these two staff movements occurring, it means that we will be welcoming new/additional staff to our building. Ms. Cornish will be joining us as a half-time teacher and Mr. Powers (not to be confused with Mr. Power who teaches in grade 4/5) will be joining us as our new French and Music teacher. A big Husky Howl to all and we wish everyone all the best in their new roles!

We will also soon say goodbye to our grade 6 students as they move on to SHDHS 7/8 site. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the grade 6 students for all of their hard work, volunteerism, and active participation in their school work and extracurriculars at BCES. You have left big shoes to be filled for our upcoming group, but I know that our students are up to the challenge. We have great students in this school and our parents and community members need to be proud of our children. It really does take a village to raise children, and this is an example of how it’s done right!

A huge thank you to the Parent Volunteers and Community Members who have helped in any way 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 students have special events and materials to enhance their learning. We look forward to having lunch with our volunteers at BCES on June 19th. A warm and well deserved thank you to the BCES staff for ensuring that our students learn in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and feel safe to take a risk and strive to always try their best. Thank you to everyone.

We hope that you have had as much fun as the staff, and that you have a fantastic summer. There will be one more newsletter to follow at the end of June, which will have some important information on getting ready for September start-up.

School Calendar

Remember to check out the school calendar on our website.

Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening

The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee invites you to its next event:

Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening
June 6, 2018
Seaforth Public School gymnasium
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

– an interactive evening showing parents how technology intersects with math in the classroom
– giving parents hands-on opportunities to use technology
– homework help demonstration

A variety of stations will be set up that will focus on the four grade segments of learning; Primary K-3, Junior 4-6, Intermediate 7-10 and Senior 11-12.  Parents can drop in throughout the evening similar to an Open House. Children are welcome too.

Fun Fair

Thanks to all of the families who came out to make this year’s Fun Fair another success. A special thanks to the Parent Council and staff for organizing the event and running events. We hope you all had fun!

Student Senate

The Student Senate is finishing up their events and work this June. We have 2 more events to raise funds for our Me to WE charity campaign. On Tuesday, June 5th, Senate with the assistance of parent volunteers, will be having their ‘Grilled Cheese Lunch’ for Me to WE. Then on Friday, June 22nd, in coordination with our school Play Day we will be having our ‘Tacky Tape’ challenge! Students bringing in a toonie will receive a draw ticket for the chance to tape one of our illustrious staff members to the wall in the gym. Tickets will be sold in advance of the day as special goals have been set. $175 donated will tape 1 staff member, $225 and a Student Senate member will be added, and for $300 or more two ‘lucky’ names will be drawn to pie them while they are on the wall.

Similar to last year, Student Senate will put these funds into action using the charity group Plan Canada and their ‘Gifts of Hope’ program.  Together our efforts will support children and families from under-privileged areas around the world. This, combined with our ‘Terry Fox’ fundraiser and our ‘Scare Hunger’ food drive, will help us meet our Local, National and International goals of helping others in need. We again gratefully appreciate all your donations and support for these causes and for helping us become part of the WE movement this year.
– Your Husky Student Senate

Student Recognition Assembly

There will be a Student Recognition assembly on Friday, June 22 beginning at approximately 9:15 a.m. to recognize the accomplishments of the students at BCES. Some students will be receiving plaques and 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 will be participating in BCES Track & Field events from June 4 – 7. Please take a look at the online school calendar to see when specific events are being held. Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to call Ms. Van Poucke if you are able to assist. The Regional meet will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. The rain date is Wednesday, June 13. Permission forms and a meet schedule will go home with students who will be attending. Tuesday, June 19 will be the date for the District meet. The location has yet to be determined. The rain date is Wednesday, June 20.

Play Day

Play Day for all students will be Friday, June 22nd 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 have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading Program and over 164,000 readers voted in the 2018 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 Nonfiction, Silver Birch Fiction and Blue Spruce, have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time.

Blue Spruce Winner 2018
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
By Jess Keating

Silver Birch Express 2018
Smiley: A Journey of Love
By Joanne George

Silver Birch Fiction 2018
From Ant to Eagle
By Alex Lyttle

Silver Birch Nonfiction 2018
Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History
By Elizabeth MacLeod

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 1, 2018 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 7, 2018 is the last day to check out library books.

All library books must be back to the library by Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Book Fair

Our book fair was a wonderful success! Thank you to all the families and students that supported our book fair. We far surpassed our goal of $1630 with a total sales of $2057.10. Wow! What an awesome accomplishment by our school community! That gives us $956.55 worth of Scholastic books for our school library and our classrooms. Bluewater Coast students and staff graciously appreciate your generosity.

Congratulations to Lily F. She was our door prize winner, who won $25 worth of free books from the book fair. A big thank you is extended to Scot Ferguson and all the students that helped with the book fair. Their assistance enabled the book fair to be a successful event for our school. As well, thank you to Rose Rader, Alex Stasik, and Cara Trembulak, who helped at the book fair during the evening of our school’s 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 contact her at or call the school to leave her a message.

Guitar Lessons at Bluewater Coast Elementary School
Unfortunately Adam Cyr will not be continuing guitar lessons at the school for the 2018-19 school year. We will miss his presence and his talents at BCES. We will keep our families apprised if any other musical opportunities present themselves.

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

Hensall Spring Fair

The Hensall Spring Fair will be held Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, at the Hensall Community Centre. Our theme this year is ‘It’s BEAN 150 Years!’ Saturday will be the Parade, Pet Show at 12:30 pm, Teddy Bear Picnic at 1:00 pm, Mini Tractors at 1:30 pm and Baby Beans and Tots at 2:00 pm. Special feature will be the Dunk Tank. Look for the Junior Talent Homecraft listings which are out for kids in Grades 1-8. Colouring contest sheets are available now at the Hensall Library and need to be returned by June 5th. We look forward to seeing you!

Zurich Country Fair

The 2018 Zurich Country Fair hosted by the Zurich Agriculture Society is Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 and will be held at the Bluewater Complex, Zurich.

The theme this year is “We All Pull Together.” Events include a parade, baby show, youth games, petting zoo, pony rides, tug-of-war, livestock shows, lawn-tractor pulls, wrestling event, homecraft & school exhibits, mini-tractor pull, and much, much more. Plan to attend this annual fair!

VBS 2018

Join us at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood for VBS 2018 on July 23 – 27, 2018 from
9:00 am to noon. Ages 3 to Gr. 6 are welcome.
Call 519-237-3548 or email: Register online at our website.

Huron Perth Student Transportation Services

This is just a reminder to all Parents/Guardians. If your child (ren) is (are) eligible for transportation you are responsible for looking up your child (ren)’s busing information for the 2018/2019 school year. The busing information for the 2018/2019 school year will be available on the Huron Perth Student Transportation website mid-August. (Any child(ren) that are new to the board or are in JK without older siblings at the same residence will receive a phone call mid-late August from the bus company with their bus information.) Please check the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website frequently in the last week leading up to the first day of school as routes and times change daily during the last week.

To look up your child’s bus information:

● Go to the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website at

Once you have entered the website:

● Select the “Busplanner Web” icon
● Then select “Student Login” (Make sure you have selected the correct school year from the drop down arrow box in the top left hand corner of the page before you make any selections)

You will need the following information to login:

▪ Ontario Education Number (OEN)
▪ This can be found on your child’s latest report card and should have 9 numbers
▪ Only include the numbers – do not include hyphens
▪ If the report card only has 8 numbers, then include a zero 0 before the 8 numbers
▪ Date of Birth (Year/Month/Day) (birthdate order format may be different on each computer)
▪ House Address Number or 9-1-1 Address
▪ i.e. for a home address of 4602 Line 32 use only 4602
▪ School Name
▪ The School that the child will be attending in September 2018
▪ This can be selected from the pull-down list
When you gain access to the portal, you will be able to see such information as your child’s eligibility for bus transportation, the Bus Route Number, approximate morning pick-up time and location, approximate afternoon drop-off time and location, transfer bus information (if required), School Bus Company and more.

VRC Summer Newsletter
Free PA Day Swim:
June 8 & 29 from 1:30-3:30
Sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge of Huron.

Vanastra Community Day: June 9
Day Care Penny Sale 8:00am – 1:00pm
FREE Rec Swim 2:00pm-4:00pm Sponsored by Vanastra Lions Club

Sign up for Summer Lessons:
Monday to Friday July 9-20
July 23- August 3
August 13-24
Thursday Evenings July 5- August 23

Now Open…Day Camp Registration!
Vanastra Recreation Centre Summer Day Camp July 3- Aug 31. Summer fun for kids aged 5-12!
Weekly themes with fun field trips and special presenters are scheduled.
Registration can be found at or pick one up at the Vanastra Recreation Centre.