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Back to School 2017 Info Guide

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back to the 2017/18 School Year

The Admissions team has put together this comprehensive guide to help with back-to-school questions for the new year. It's loaded with info on school times, curriculum nights and so much more! Click on this link  for an on-line version or stop by our reception desks at both campuses for a hard copy.

We're looking forward to seeing all our friends and families again on September 5, 2017!



Historic Canadian Win for Bayview Glen Robotics Team on the World Stage

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For only the second time in history, a Canadian FLL Robotics team has captured the Champion’s Award at the FIRST® Championship. Team #5831 Ctrl-Z, a team comprising of seven Lower, Prep and Upper School students from Bayview Glen, was crowned champion at the FLL World Festival in dramatic fashion last week in St. Louis, Missouri. (FLL is ages 9 to 14 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico; ages 9 to 16 in the rest of world)


The team made three presentations in the compulsory categories of robot, research project and core values.  In the robot presentation, teams outline the design process and the key elements of the robot they designed, constructed and programmed.  The research project is the opportunity to present an innovative solution based on the year’s FLL theme, ANIMAL ALLIES - improving our interactions with animals.  The core values evaluation is meant to showcase teams’ accomplishments in the areas of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism (doing things to encourage high-quality work, emphasize the value of others and respect individuals and the community). Ctrl-Z’s robot design presentation was exemplary and the team’s robot delivered a strong performance on the competition table.  For the research project, Ctrl-Z designed and built a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. The product, called the Pinder Pet Finder, received a great deal of attention leading up to the FIRST® Championship.

After the initial three presentations were complete, it was announced that Ctrl-Z and nine other teams from around the world made the shortlist for the Champions Award.  The ten contenders were then interviewed by a panel of eight judges to determine the three FLL Finalists which were revealed in the ballroom at the America’s Center Convention Complex.  The three Finalists, Team #1920, Flufflepuff (Granger, IN), Team #8631, St. Peters Brickbusters (East Troy, WI) and Ctrl-Z then proceeded to the adjacent Edward Jones Dome to await the announcement of first place – FLL Champion’s Award.  In front of an audience of tens of thousands on Saturday night, April 30, it was announced that Bayview Glen’s Ctrl-Z had captured the top prize.  Congratulations to the Finalist teams and all who competed at the FLL World Festival for a terrific ANIMAL ALLIES season!

Fast facts:

104 teams from around the world qualified for the World Festival at FIRST® Championship – St. Louis, MO

255,000 students globally on 32,000 teams participated in the 2016/2017 ANIMAL ALLIES robotics season

5 Canadian teams, including Ctrl-Z and Team #3436, Hydrators from Oakville, attended the FLL Championships in St. Louis

2011 was the only other time a Canadian team, the Sentinels from Oakville, won the FLL Champion’s Award at the FIRST Championships. 


Thank you to our sponsors!

The team thanks its sponsors and advisors, without whom all this would not be possible:

Bark n’ Yapp

Cathy Broughton Dog Walking

Ms. Melissa Chee, COO, ventureLab

Mr. Jack Feder

FLL Ontario

Ms. Rosemary Muccilli, Global Pet Foods, Avenue Road

Organization for the Rescue of Animals

Pegmatis Inc.


The Toronto Humane Society

Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs

York Angel Investors

Media stories:


Parents Canada


2017 Speaker Series

Friday, September 8, 2017

Anxiety and Depression in Youth: A Growing Concern

Many children and adolescents experience a range of emotions that serve a productive purpose and that includes anxiety but Dr. Silvia Bernardini says 10 percent of youth today are experiencing a level of anxiety and sadness that is interfering with functioning. The Bayview Glen Speaker Series is designed to start conversations about important topics. The goal is to empower parents with information and resources. Dr. Bernardini will discuss the difference between normal anxiety and sadness and what could potentially be an anxiety disorder. She says knowing what to look for and catching the warning signs is key. The presentation will also cover both prevention and treatments for anxiety and depression in children and teenagers.

Dr. Silvia Bernardini is a registered Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Toronto in 2005 and received dual registration as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist and School Psychologist from the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2007. She has worked extensively in both hospital and school settings throughout the years with children and their families who experience a range of psychological and learning difficulties. Dr. Bernardini is a founding partner of the Clinical Psychology Centre, a private practice in Thornhill.

When: October 26th, 2017 

Time:  7 pm - 8:30 pm

Where:  J.T.M. Guest Theatre

Ticket details:  TBA


A Painted Lady - a beautiful symbol of change

Monday, June 19, 2017

Each year the Junior Kindergarten students nurture and witness the metamorphosis of a butterfly. The children learn to be gentle and patient as they observe the caterpillars growing and spinning their chrysalis. For two weeks they wait for the Painted Lady Butterflies to emerge. Sometimes the timing is right and students actually get to see the butterflies unfold out of the chrysalis and then dry their wings. The children prepare sugar water and pick flowers so the butterflies can draw strength before flying off into our Bayview Glen Valley, a chorus of little voices calling after them "good bye butterflies"! 

This is always a heart felt moment as it also happens to coincide with graduation. The growth and changes our JKs go through in a year is truly like a metamorphosis. Our little butterflies are off to SK with wings stretched and ready for anything. 

April Wiles Robinson - JK teacher

Music and Celebration of Spring Inspire Students to Give

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

With the backdrop of the Savannah, the Grade One Spring Festival was an escape to the beauty of Africa. The performers helped bring the continent to life with the sights and sounds of many of the regions amazing animals and cultural traditions. Spring Festivals are an honoured tradition in the Lower School.  They provide students with rich opportunities to stretch their comfort zones and embrace the art of performance. This year's "On Safari" festival in Grade One provided an additional opportunity to learn.

 Two students were so inspired by the African theme, they set out to learn more about this remarkable part of the world. After visiting Unicef’s website, they discovered children in Africa are in need of some of life’s necessities such as food and water.   Cienne and Nya (who are twin sisters!) made presentations and posters to raise awareness of Unicef’s famine relief campaign.  Together they raised funds from the Bayview community and on behalf of the Grade One classes, made a donation to Unicef to help them continue their important work.

Standing Up in Front of the Crowd - A Student Perspective

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hi, I’m Leela Bhide and I’m in L5A. Being part of the Annual CIS Public Speaking Contest has been a wonderful experience. The final competition was held at Royal St. George’s College (RSGC). I can’t believe I got to represent Bayview Glen with my speech: The Do’s and Don’t’s of Travelling. I spoke about how to be safe while travelling and some fun suggestions to make it more memorable. To get to the RSGC contest, I went through three rounds at Bayview Glen in which the judges and audiences were different. First I presented my speech to my class, then to the entire grade, and lastly only to the Grade 5 homeroom teachers. I would like to congratulate all my fellow classmates who participated in these rounds - all of your speeches were great! I am very thankful that my friends and teachers chose me to represent Bayview Glen! This is the first year that the Grade 5’s at BVG have participated in this competition so I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous and excited but when I got there I realized that everyone was probably feeling the same way as me. After this competition, I learned that public speaking is an important academic skill that will help you throughout your life. It was fun to write my speech and there are so many interesting topics to speak about! I look forward to participating again next year!

Carnegie Hall Calling for Grade 3 BVG student

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hi, I’m Ethan Yam, a Grade 3 student at Bayview Glen.  I have been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.  Back in November 2016, I participated in the Crescendo International Music Competition and won First Place in the Junior division!  I was then invited to perform my winning piece, Air in B Flat Major by Handel, at the Winners’ Recital held at Carnegie Hall on February 12, 2017. 

While I was waiting at the backstage for my turn to perform, I was a little nervous.  But once I started playing on stage and facing the crowd, my fingers began to move to the music and I was not scared anymore.

I had a fun time traveling to New York City with my family even though our flight got delayed because of the huge snow storm. Carnegie Hall is a large and beautiful building.  It was such an amazing experience to perform in one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world and I feel so proud of myself after I finished my performance on stage!


Ready, Set, Innovate!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Two of our award-winning robotics teams have qualified to take part in the second annual Ontario Innovation Celebration (OIC) hosted by FIRST Robotics Canada and ventureLAB.  The FLL competition has several elements.  Designing, building and programming a robot is one aspect but teams are also challenged to identify a real-world problem related to a theme and propose an innovative solution.   This year, FIRST LEGO League‘s theme is ANIMAL ALLIES and the challenge is to improve our interactions with animals. 

The February 25th event in Markham will feature 18 of Ontario’s most innovative ANIMAL ALLIES solutions at one location, and teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The judges will then select the two most innovative solutions to represent Ontario at in the Global Innovation Award competition, the winner of which will receive $20,000 to make their innovation a reality.  Leading up to the showcase, teams will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching from industry experts in innovation and how to make a professional sales pitch.

UPDATE:  Feb, 27/17  Ctrl-Z took home the Problem Identification Award. The team is absolutely thrilled with the result and look forward to incorporating many of the takeaways from the OIC into their preparations for their next competition.

The Pitch: Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen’s innovative solution is Pinder Pet Finder, a smart pet collar that helps to reunite you with your lost dog or cat.  Your furry friend wears the collar, and it connects to your phone by Bluetooth.   If your loved one wanders away, the Bluetooth signal is lost and Pinder goes into SOS mode announcing, both visually and audibly, that the animal is lost and brightly displaying the owner’s contact information for passersby to see.  Watch how it works here.

The Pitch: Team RED has designed a Thermo Bot. It’s an autonomous robot with a built in thermometer that constantly monitors the temperature of barn hay. It relays temperature information to farmer’s phones via push notifications. The goal is to prevent barn fires and save the animals and resources that would be destroyed if fire was to occur.  Watch how it works here.

Six String Nation Ignites National Pride on Flag Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"My goal was to put this guitar in people's hands so they truly understood the essences of citizenship. It's actually a piece of history that you play." - Jowi Taylor, February 15, 2017

Canada's most famous guitar was held, played and celebrated in three separate Bayview Glen assemblies to the delight of hundreds of our students. More than two decades in the making, Six String Nation is the legacy project started by award-winning writer and CBC broadcaster Jowi Taylor. On an invitation from the Prep School's own Scott Milligan, Mr Taylor spoke to enthralled audiences about the guitar's journey.  64 symbolic pieces, from Pierre Trudeau's canoe paddle to Rocket Richard's Stanley Cup ring, are woven into this one-of-a-kind guitar. Mr Taylor traveled all over the country collecting important artifacts and significant objects. "I soon realized I wasn't just gathering stuff, I was gathering stories," said Taylor.  He spoke of being frustrated with the cliché stereotypes of our country that include donuts and hockey.  "We are so much more than that," said Taylor. "We have to get better at telling our own stories so we have a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian."

Several of our students played the guitar, nick-named Voyageur, at each of the assemblies.

Mr Taylor said his project has been a transformative experience and its impact has been far-reaching. With the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday this year, Six String Nation is much in demand.

On the way out of the presentation, students chatted with each other about their favourite part of the guitar while others crowded around the stage hoping to have a chance to hold Voyageur. As everyone trickled back to class, Mr Taylor packed up the guitar  as he prepared for his next school visit where more students will celebrate Canadian heritage six strings at a time.

For more photos click here

Read Jowi Taylor's blog about his visit to Bayview Glen.




Mandarin club celebrates Chinese New Year with a sea of colour

Friday, January 27, 2017

The year of the Rooster!

Every culture has special traditions and celebrates significant events. The Chinese culture is no exception. The most important of these events is the Lunar New Year. As the name suggests, Lunar New Year follows the Lunar calendar. This year,  January 28 will mark the year of the rooster.

To celebrate this special occasion, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 the Mandarin club teachers and the team from Yu-Shan Chinese culture organized several activities for the students to experience the traditional rituals. These included: painting the lion’s face, the lion dance and the God of Wealth. Students and guests had their pictures taken with this very special guest who handed out red-packets with Mrs. Gill. 

About 70 students and parents participated in the event. For a couple of hours, the students were immersed in Chinese culture, and learned more about Chinese traditions through listening, speaking, and dancing.

The Mandarin Club teaches students from JK level through to grade 8 advanced level. If you are interested in your child joining the Mandarin programme or if you have any questions, please contact the coordinator – Ms. Stephany Liu or email for further information.