From the Principal

Principal’s Corner
Friday October 13, 2017

What a busy baby month at BCA! Mr. Collier returned this week following the arrival of his third daughter Lauren and Mr. Cope was off this week as his twins Jackson and Olivia were born on Tuesday.  Exciting times for the Cope and Collier family and we are excited that they are contributing to the future growth of BCA!


Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope Event – We have been supporting Joy and Hope of Haiti this year through our Toonie casual days and I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event where you can support Joy and Hope through participation in Hamilton Road2Hope running event. A flyer was sent home with your child today with more information as well as how to register for the event. Runners have the opportunity to make a pledge to Joy and Hope of Haiti.


Research and Development (R&D) –At last Friday’s R&D session we worked on the crafting of report card comments to enhance how we speak professionally about students.  There is an upcoming PD day on Friday October 20 which is a report card preparation day for teachers. Parent teacher interviews will take place Thursday October 26.  Please see Mrs. Van de Ban’s email about how to sign up for an interview with your child’s teacher


Bring a Friend Day and Open House October 19 – If you know of any families who may be interested in learning more about Burlington Christian Academy and have children who want to attend for a visit day, please take this opportunity to invite them to our Bring a Friend Day next Thursday October 19.  Please email Mrs. Van de Ban at the office if you are planning on sending children to the school that day. We offer a pizza lunch to the visiting friends and to the student who brought the friend.  Our Open House takes place in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. so please spread the word.


New Family Breakfast – It was wonderful to have many of our new families out for our new family breakfast on Tuesday. We hope all our new families are settling in and feeling at home at BCA!



After School Sewing Project – We will be changing the dates for the sewing club as well as the sewing project as there was not enough interest to go forward.  This sewing project will be pajama pants. Here is more information from Colleen Difrancisco:


Learn the basics of being a FASHION DESIGNER!

  • Draw Project Plan
  • Learn Pattern Layout
  • Fabric Selection
  • Machine & Hand sewing
  • Leave with YOUR awesome & completed project.


DATES:  TUESDAY October 24 – November 28

TIME: 3:30-4:45pm

PRICE: $150 for 6 weeks *ages 8 & up

(includes all materials & sewing machines necessary to complete project)





From the Office

Chapel Schedule:

All family members are invited and welcome to join chapel each Monday morning at 9a.m.


16 – Mr.  Cope

23 – Mrs. Crossing

30 – Grade 5

Event Schedule:


18 – Picture Day

19 – Bring a Friend Day and Open House

20 – PD Day – no school

25 – Progress Reports go home

26 – Parent-Teacher interviews

27 – Toonie Casual Day

31 – Fall Festival Day

Parent-Teacher interviews for Progress Reports, is coming up on Thursday, October 26. We are using the on-line sign up system that was used last year.

The system will open on Monday, October 16 at 9am.  From October 16 to Wednesday, October 18 inclusive, sign up ONLY for your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher.  Then, beginning Thursday, October 19, you can sign up for Rotary teachers.  Like last year, if you sign up for a rotary teacher interview on October 16-18, that interview will be cancelled and you will receive an email indicating so.

The Event Code you might be asked to enter is: ptbca

Click  HERE to access the on-line sign up system.  I trust the process will work well for you.



Fall Festival Day is on Tuesday, October 31.  All BCA Students will be participating in our FALL FESTIVAL.  The festival will begin at 12:45 p.m. and the activities will take place outdoors.

On that day, all students should wear FALL COLOURS and be sure to dress appropriately for 2 hours of outdoor fun!

If you are able to help, there are a few things we require for the afternoon:

Jk- Grade 3: A bag of cookies (max 454 g size NUT FREE)

Grade 4-6:  A sleeve of drink boxes

Grade 7-8: A small bag of apples

We would appreciate receiving the items on the 30. Thanks for your help.


If your child(ren) will be late or not attending for the day, please email or call and leave a message at the office as teachers don’t always check their emails before school begins.

Last chance for the Coat Drive – Please drop off your gently used or new items such as coats, boots, hats, mitts, to the front foyer today or Monday.


Bring a Friend Day – if your child(ren) are planning to bring a friend, please let Mrs. Van de Ban know the student’s name, parent(s) names and a number to contact in case of emergency.


Open House is also happening on Thursday, October 19 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Attached is an advertising poster; please do print and distribute or ask for copies.


October 2017 GIFTS hours are due on November 30.  BCA very much appreciates your volunteering; it makes a difference.  If you want your hours to be counted, you need to submit them on-line before or on that date. That is cut-off date; you are not able to submit hours after the last day of the following month.  Click HERE to access the online form.


Mad Science Presentation – To date, there are 6 Mad Science registrations submitted for BCA and a minimum of 8 is needed to run the program.  There is still time to register, but don’t delay.  See attachment for more information.


Hot Lunch Program – We are excited to announce that we have a hot lunch program option for our students.  The company who will be providing lunches is called Axxis Catering. Axxis offers the convenience of online ordering.  If you are interested in ordering hot lunch for your child(ren) here are the registration steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Select “click here to register”
  3. Use the Access Code BCHLto begin creating your account. Complete the

registration form and select “Register Now”

  1. You will be able to ad your child’s name and homeroom under the “Students”

button, as well as order meals for your choice of days.


A variety of food options have been added to the daily choices in an effort to provide a balanced variety throughout each week.

We trust you will enjoy this lunch option.

Bulletin Board

Volleyball Players Needed. Mrs. Crossing knows Justin Cook, who works at the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools and he has the following request for aspiring volleyball players.  This is from Justin:

I’m co-coaching a 12U girls OVA club volleyball team out of HDCH—Ancaster Lions. We currently have 7 athletes, but really need to have nine or so to run the team. Are there any girls at BCA who might be interested in playing club volleyball? It could be a mature gr. 5, grade 6, or late birthday (Sept-Dec.) gr. 7 athlete. Practices are on Wednesday evenings, 6:15-8:30.

Please contact Mrs. Crossing at if you know someone who might be interested.


Women’s Conference: All women are invited to a conference on Friday November 24 and Saturday November 25.   Please visit for more details