Burlington, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
I love being involved as a parent at BCA. Parental volunteering is encouraged, valued and is paramount to making the school a better place. I always feel welcomed and greeted by my first name. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in the school and lots of social opportunities to meet other families as well... such as welcome BBQ, donuts for Dads, tinsel town.... etc. I believe that if a parent had an idea of how else to improve the community at BCA the staff would be open to ideas.
The parents have been very nice and welcoming at the school. There is a lot of opportunity to be involved at BCA if you so desire.
Parents are extremely involved at BCA which we have found to be a positive. There are lots of opportunities to be involved but we haven't felt pressured or experienced unreasonable expectations. Everyone we have encountered so far (parents or volunteers) has been positive to work with and the relatively small size of the school allows for a sense of community among families who choose to be known and involved.
Volunteering is huge at BCA. Parents are encouraged to be a part of the parent community through lots of volunteering opportunities to choose from. Parents are allowed to freely choose activities that match their interests and also help the students to accomplish more. The school PTA this year has been great with open communication and inclusive by providing parents who find it difficult to be physically available to volunteer at school events with volunteering opportunities that don't require physical presence. The school PTA encourages parents to share their skills, knowledge, and experience while making a meaningful contribution to the community. Volunteering at BCA has helped my family to connect with other parents and also build lasting relationships with other school families outside the school wall.
BCA is an extended family and wonderful community. Parents become friends and are encouraged to get involved in the classroom, school and overall community. In the classroom, parents are encouraged to attend field trips, help with weekly subjects (memory verse, art) and on special days (celebrations, theme days). In the school, parents are encouraged to attend weekly chapel, run recess clubs, coach teams and help in school-wide events. In the community, parents are encouraged to assist in fundraising for the golf tournament or Tinsel Town. There is a Parent Council and Board of parent volunteers as well. Even with two full-time working parents we find time to get involved with the classroom, school and feel connected with the other parents and community. Grandparents are also welcome and regularly get involved with events.
As parents, we feel that the online platform is engaging for parents and keeps us up-to-date on the events and special days at BCA. The GIFT program (mandatory family volunteer hours) has been a good opportunity to be involved in BCA events and classroom activities. As full-time working parents, we have found it hard to find enough opportunities to earn volunteer hours and this process could be improved. As other parents have also expressed this same sentiment, I have no doubt that future years will be easier in this regard once more clear-cut communication is in place. Overall, we have felt very welcome to voice our opinions and have always felt that the teachers and ourselves are working together for the best interest of our child. Any questions that we have asked have been answered thoroughly and teachers have always encouraged open communication.