Dear Parents and Students,

I am very excited that the new school year is about to begin! It has been a busy summer at BCA as we have been planning for the school year ahead, ordering supplies, cleaning and improving our facility, and introducing new families to the school.

This letter will provide you with information about the upcoming school year. In the mid-summer email to families I introduced some of our new staff. I am happy to welcome the following new staff members:

Mrs. Diana St. John is our new Administrative Assistant. Diana has many years of experience working in the corporate world as well as for non-profit organizations. She is very excited about her new role at BCA.

Mr. Jude Kudera will be teaching music. Jude has served as Director of Music at his church and has been teaching music for many years to students in Grades 1-8. He has developed and implemented curriculum to meet and exceed the Ontario Music Curriculum guidelines. In addition to his teaching experience, Jude also is an organist at his church.

Mrs. Tammy Smith will be teaching Grade 5. Tammy was one of our excellent supply teachers this past year. She has taught previously in the public school system. Tammy has a background in PE and we look forward to having Tammy teach some of our PE classes. Tammy has also worked in her church as a youth pastor planning and implementing children’s programs.

Mrs. Brie Chapman will be teaching the Junior Kindergarten class this year. Brie has been part of the BCA team for about 6 years now in many different roles, from working with students with special needs one-on-one to resource teaching to supply teaching. She is thrilled to be joining such an amazing group of staff and students in a classroom teaching role this year.

Welcome Staff in New Roles

Miss Jennifer Bye will be part of our Special Education team this year. She recently completed her specialist course in Special Education and is looking forward to her role as special education teacher this year

Mrs. Heather Bruinsma is moving into the role of Grade 2 teacher having taught music previously as well as Grades 1, 3.

Ms. Carol Struyk will be team teaching Grade 3 with Candice Quesada as well as continuing in her role as French teacher.

Mrs. Maria Makonnen will be team teaching with Mrs. Izsak teaching Grade 1 on Mondays this year. Maria will continue to teach French.

BCA Staff 2019-2020

JK– Mrs. Brie Chapman, Mrs. Diana Skinner

SK – Ms. Jane Shantz

Grade 1 – Mrs. Colleen Izsak (Tuesday-Friday), Mrs. Maria Makonnen (Monday)

Grade 2 – Mrs. Heather Bruinsma

Grade 3 – Mrs. Candice Quesada (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Ms. Carol Struyk (Tuesday, Thursday)

Grade 4 – Mrs. Michelle Collier, Miss Teresa Hawton

Grade 5 – Mrs. Tammy Smith

Grade 6 – Mr. Dan Cope

Grade 7 – Mrs. Shannon Matter

Grade 8 – Mr. JD Collier

French – JK&SK, Grade 4-6 – Ms. Carol Struyk Grades 1–3, 7&8 – Mrs. Maria Makonnen,

Music – Grade 1 & Grades 3-8 – Mr. Jude Kudera

Special Education – Mrs. Samantha Price, Miss Jennifer Bye

Administrative Assistant – Mrs. Diana St. John

Senior Programs – ALPA – Mr. JD Collier, EdVenture – Mr. Dan Cope, Curtain Call – Mrs. Michelle Wagman

Educational Assistants – Mrs. Marika Bosuma, Mrs. Jennifer Cook-Grigsby, Miss Josie Burgess, Mrs. Eleanor Verstrate, Miss Stephanie Konefal

School of the Arts (SOTA) Private Music Teachers – Troy Harmer, Victoria Cox, Hillary Jamieson, Sarah Shelley

Extended Care – Aggi Krebber (Miss Aggi) will continue to lead the before care program that starts at 7:30 am each day. We are currently finalizing our staff for the aftercare program.

New Family Orientation Day

Wednesday August 28, 2019, noon to 6 p.m.

If you are new or nearly new to the BCA community please plan to attend this event from noon-6 p.m. This is your informal opportunity to drop in (either with or without your children) to meet some of our wonderful staff and other families new to the school this year, as well as having your questions answered regarding curriculum, uniforms, hot lunch programs, etc.

We hope you will join us as we welcome our new families to the school. If you are unable to attend please note there will be other opportunities to meet our school community throughout the first few weeks of school including Meet the Teacher Night, New Family Breakfast, and first day of school Chapel. Members from our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will also be in attendance. Sandra Yip is head of the PTA Welcome Committee and can be reached via e-mail at If you would like to get involved on the PTA, please email

Opening Day Assembly

Tuesday September 3 starting at 9:10 a.m.

You are warmly invited to attend our opening assembly on Tuesday September 3 at 9:10 a.m. in the gymnasium. We will welcoming everyone and introducing our school theme for the year.

Meet the Teacher Night and BBQ

Wednesday September 4 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

We hope you can attend this informative evening that starts with a family BBQ at 5:30 p.m. followed by teacher introductions and classroom information sessions, to meet the teachers and hear about what is planned for the year ahead. The classroom sessions will be 15 minutes.

There will be two formal sessions so you can visit more than one classroom.

School Of The Arts (SOTA), Private Music Lessons

The SOTA program at BCA offers private, half-hour music lessons during the school day for your child. Lesson times are chosen in consultation with parents and teachers. From beginning musicians to student’s preparations for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, the SOTA program encourages all students through qualified, caring and enthusiastic teachers, regular feedback, performance opportunities around the school, and a final grand recital in June! Click here for an attachment included with the SOTA registration package and click here for more information about the program.

Lessons will begin the fourth week of school following consultation with both teacher and parents to determine the best time slot for weekly lessons.

BCA Extended Care Program

We are pleased to offer an Extended Care Program where students receive care in a loving and nurturing environment. The Extended Care program begins at 7:30 a.m. every morning and runs until 6:00 p.m. after school. Families do not have to sign up in advance for this program.

Students arriving in the morning after 8:30 a.m. and before 3:45 p.m. will not be charged extended care fees.

Extended Care Fees Per Child

Morning – Annual fee $ 1,300

Afternoon – Annual fee $2,200

Vouchers – 20 use vouchers can be purchased in advance at the front office using debit, credit or cash for $240 (afternoon) or $140 (morning)

BCA Uniform

Our uniform provider is DGN Kilters. Please click here to visit the DGN website. Click here to view the BCA uniform policy.

Hot Lunches at BCA – Monday to Thursdays

To order a hot lunch for your child through Access Catering, Monday to Thursdays only, follow
these registration steps:


Select “click here” to register

Use the access code BCHL to begin creating your account

Complete the registration form and select “register now”

You will be able to add your child’s name and homeroom under the “students” button, as well as order meals for your choice of days

New Email Addresses

We have new e-mail addresses at BCA. Effective immediately, please send any email communication to our staff at their new address. The format is: (

Students will be getting new accounts as well; more information will be available shortly. To view the complete listing of staff email addresses, please click here.

Social Media at BCA

Our social media presence helps to reinforce the strong community atmosphere that makes our school so special by allowing our families to actively engage and connect with each other at home, while simultaneously spreading the word about BCA to the local community so that we may act as a bright light to others as they learn about the work God is doing both in and through our school.

There are many ways that your involvement helps our content to circulate. You can like a post, comment on a post, tag us in your own pictures, use the hashtags #onlyatbca, #bca, or #burlingtonchristianacademy, #bcaschool, share a post that we have created on your own accounts, and contribute to our page by submitting your own posts or writing a review.

It is not just about telling others about how wonderful our school is; we also use the accounts to communicate with our school community about upcoming events, news, classroom announcements, and school closures. Most importantly, these accounts are also used to showcase pictures of your children hard at work throughout the day.

See below for links to all our social media platforms:




BCA Parent’s Info and Swap (please note this is a parent-run group and not officially affiliated with school administration, staff, or faculty):

Important school related information for current and prospective BCA families is also available on our school’s website ( Be sure to visit:

“Parents Portal – Current Students” to download documents, and for easy access to purchase school uniforms and hot lunches.

The school calendar is also available on the site by clicking here.

Finally, if you happen to take any pictures of school events throughout the year, please share them with us either through direct message on one of our social media accounts or by e-mailing them to

Please note, pictures will only be posted of students who have agreed to external use of their photographs as indicated by parental permission on the 2019 – 2020 registration package. If you would like to view or change your permissions, please contact Mrs. Collier at

Life Threatening Allergies

BCA is a peanut/nut sensitive school. If touched or eaten, foods that contain even a small amount of nuts may be life threatening to students with allergies. We ask that students not bring any food products that contain peanut or nut products in their lunches. If your child has an allergy and requires medication to be administered in case of an incident, please contact the office. A Medication Form needs to be completed and will be kept with the medication in a central location accessible to staff.


Back to School Letters from teachers

School Supply List

BCA Parent Handbook

School Of The Arts (SOTA) registration package

DGN Kilters – Flyer with information about their new location

Music Theatre After School Program with Mrs. Michelle Wagman

I pray that the Lord will guide us as we together begin the 2019-2020 school year!

In Christ,

Heather Crossing



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