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Olympic Fever Sweeps Through BVG

Date: 
Friday, February 9, 2018

We are thrilled to be cheering for former Gryphons at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Lenny will compete Sun, Feb 18th @ 1:15am ET Men’s 4x10km Relay and Wed, Feb 21st @3:44am ET Men’s Team Sprint Free.

              

National Cross Country team member Lenny Valjas ’06 is a champion skier and proud BVG alumnus.   Lenny made his Cross Country skiing Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014 and is a member of Team Canada at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.  Lenny won the World Cup bronze medal in Ulricehamn, Sweden when he was a member of the men’s 4×7.5km relay team in 2017. 

The Olympics are a familiar place for the Valjas family. Lenny's older sister Kristina competed in beach volleyball at Rio 2016.

As part of his Olympic profile on CBC, Lenny chose to have his story shot here at Bayview Glen. Watch it here.

Former Prep School student Candace Crawford is a downhill skier for Team Canada.  At the FIS World Championships in 2015, she was a member of the Canadian squad that won silver in the team event. She also posted top-30 finishes in both of her individual events, slalom and giant slalom. Candace is attending her first Olympic games.  Candace and her brother were profiled in the Toronto Star.

 

And Mercedes Nicoll was also a student in the Lower School in the 90's before moving out west with her family.  She is competing in her 4th Olympic games.

https://olympic.ca/team-canada/mercedes-nicoll/

Creating a Generation of Coders

Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ask a 5 year old if she knows how to code and you might be surprised to hear the answer is YES!  Instead of telling you about javascript, she'll more likely talk about this amazing video game she played that involved moving colour coded animated robots around a screen. Bayview Glen's Lower School has imbedded coding skills into the curriculum from SK to Grade 5.  Jesse Denison, our Director of Teacher and Learning, spoke at the January Parent Association meeting about the importance of digital fluency. "Coding is one of the 21st Century skills that employers are looking for in new graduates along with strong speaking and writing abilities," Mr Denison told the audience. "The games based coding platform makes it easy to learn and the kids absolutely love it."  Mr Denison says the early grades are about laying the foundation for a solid base of understanding around coding before moving into the Prep and Upper Schools. Tech, science, robotics and innovative thinking are emphasized through-out the curriculum so "we're setting them up for success by starting early".

To see Jesse Denison's presentation, click here.

To see coding PowerPoint Presentation, click here.

 

Barbara Reid - Children's author wows young ones and teenagers alike

Date: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's not every day the remarkable Barbara Reid presents to kindergartners and teenagers in the same visit. The award winning Toronto author and artist is best known for her Plasticine art and prolific writing.  In the Lower School, Barbara spoke with Junior and Senior kindergarten students about the inspiration for her stories and the joy of working with Plasticine.  Her favourite part of using Plasticine is blending the colours to create entirely different looks in her pieces.  She did share that it can be tough  when the clay is firm and less malleable. As she read stories aloud to the group, she pointed out features in her illustrations and shared the significance of many of the details. For example, she explained a stuffed bunny drying on a clothes line was inspired by her daughter's favourite toy called Floppsy Bunny. Later in the day, she spoke with Upper School students about how she connects the majority of her work with her personal experiences.  Students in both schools have been working on their own Plasticine illustrations and many had questions on how best to create works of art.

        

Barbara Reid's books have won every major children's book award, and in 1988 she became the first Canadian to win the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration.  She is also a Globe and Mail bestselling author and her book the Subway Mouse won a Governer General's award for literature.

In July 2013 Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

   

 

For more about Barbara Reid

http://www.scholastic.ca/barbarareid/

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=barbara+reid&qpvt=barbara+reid&view=detail&mid=D9211451C873CD22174ED9211451C873CD22174E&FORM=VRDGAR

Empathy and Digital Awareness

Date: 
Monday, January 8, 2018

As part of the Prep School day of empathy, notable public speaker and IT expert Paul Davis delivered an impactful presentation to students in grades 4 through 12 about the use of technology in our daily lives. Mr Davis has spent 27 years in Information Technology and the last six years dedicating himself to education

 

He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defence, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.

Mr Davis addressed issues around cyber bullying, digital citizenship and the importance of respect and kindness. He emphasized, unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years. "Delete is a myth," said Mr. Davis. He outlined the importance of discretion when photo sharing and disabling devices that geo track a person's whereabouts.

His cyber bullying tips included:

1. Never respond.

2. Out smart the bully by gathering evidence. Capture and print the attack.

3. Report and ask for help.

4. If there is a threat of physical harm, call police.

Mr Davis discussed the benefits of an online presence including informative blogs and private photo sharing but said safety should always be the number one issue.

Students in the Prep School spent the first day back from winter break taking part in presentations, activities and workshops promoting empathy, collaboration and communication.

 

 

From the Archives - a BVG original for the holidays

Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

From the BVG Archives  - By Mark Fellin, Archivist

In 1843, Henry Cole (1808-82) had an ingenious idea! He contacted an artist friend, John Horsley, and commissioned him to design an idea that he had sketched out in his mind. Cole took Horsley’s illustration—a triptych that showed a family around a table celebrating the holiday in the middle and images of kindly souls helping the poor on each side—and had a thousand copies made by a London printer. The image was printed on a piece of stiff cardboard 13 x 8.25cm in size. The top of each card was the salutation, “To,” while the caption along the bottom read, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

It was the first Christmas card.

As printing technology and the mail service improved, the practice of sending commercially produced Christmas cards caught on and it became an integral part of the holiday season. In 1975, our founder, Doreen Hopkins, designed and gave out her own 18 x 15cm Christmas card, seen to the right, to celebrate the holiday season.

If you are interested in contributing Bayview Glen memorabilia or keepsakes to the Archive or seeing more of our collections (we have over 240 Christmas photographs from 1975!), please contact Mark Fellin by email at mfellin@bayviewglen.ca or by phone at 416.443.1030, Ext. 634

Happy Holidays!

Award-winning Children's Author Ignites the Lower School

Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017

By Mr Neville - Lower School Teacher Librarian

“You can be a writer too!” That was the enthusiastic message from the talented children’s author  Andrew Larsen. The award winning writer visited the Bayview Glen Lower School this week to speak to our students about the magic of the written word. Mr. Larsen has been publishing children’s literature for the past ten years and currently has about 12 books available in local bookstores and libraries. His next book, The Bagel King, will be published in the spring of 2018 and is sure to be a hit!

During his presentations in the Atrium and the Library, he shared some of his picture books and chapter books with our grades 1-5 students. Our Lower School students were so inspired by his presentations that many of them returned to their classrooms and promptly picked up their pencils and began to write!

One of Mr. Larsen’s latest publications, A Squiggly Story, has been nominated for a Forest of Reading Award in the Blue Spruce category. This is especially exciting for our grades 1-5 students as they all have the opportunity to participate in and vote for the Forest of Reading Awards this year. The library and classrooms are abuzz with discussions about Forest of Reading books. Come check them out!

    

Problem Based Learning explained

Date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Collaboration and problem solving are at the core of Problem Based Learning (PBL)  says Prep and Upper School Director of Teaching and Learning Christopher Federico. He presented to the Parent Association November meeting about PBL and answered a series of questions from the audience. Among other strengths, Mr. Federico says PBL allows students to retain information more efficiently since trial and error and experiential, hands-on interaction makes subject matter more "sticky". Thanks to the internet and Google, information is far more readily available. Experts are finding it's how our students are using "information at their finger tips" that will define how they best navigate the global economy.

To view a video of the presentation, click HERE 

Slide deck, click HERE 

 

Record turnout for BVG Speaker Series

Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017

With stories of struggle and hope, Dr. Silvia Bernardini shared her expertise on the topic of anxiety and depression in youth. BVG is proud to host leading industry experts to discuss topics that are timely and relevant to our community. Dr. Bernardini is a registered clinical child and adolescent psychologist. She discussed the differences between normal anxiety and sadness versus anxiety disorder and depression. She told the audience that mental health is measured by how well we manage the everyday parts of our lives, how well we deal with stress and how well we connect with others.

Fast Facts:

•In Ontario, 20% of children < 19 years have significant mental health problems

•40% have more than one disorder

•1 in 5 teenagers will have experienced a major depressive episode before leaving high school

•Historically 75% don’t get help

•Earlier intervention prevents long-term negative outcomes

Suggetions on how to help:

Do

•Privately – “I have noticed…..”

•Listen and offer support

•I’m happy you are sharing this with me - LISTEN

•How can I help?   

•What are the parts that we can manage/deal with?

Don't

•Be dismissive

•Be critical

•Be judgmental•

Always take their concerns and worries seriously

Do not tell your child to “get over it”; “snap out of it”; “suck it up”, “grow up”

Website recommendations:

Anxiety BC website - www.anxietybc.com

Youth anxiety/depression treatment guideline algorithm - www.bcguidelines.ca/gpac/guideline_depressyouth.html#algorithm

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - www.aacap.org

Teen Mental Health - www.teenmentalhealth.org

Book recommendations:

 

 

Chapters Night preview: Our 2017 teachers book picks are out

Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Chapters Night at Bayview Village set for November 16th   6:30 - 9 p.m.

In honour of our upcoming Chapters Night, our Lower School teachers are sharing their favourite reads.

 

Your Bayview Glen bookmark gets you
discounts at particpating stores in the mall.

Mr. Neville - Not Quite Narwhal, Jessie Sima

*** Mr. Neville will kick off the evening on Chapters Night with a reading at 6:30 p.m.

Mrs. Daunt - Danny the Champion of the World. Roald Dahl

Mrs. Bertuzzi - Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

Mrs. Escott - The Skin You Live In, Michael Tyler

Mrs. Baranieski - The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Peggy Rathmann

Ms. McCleary - Howard B. Wigglebotton Listens to his Heart, Howard Binkow

Mrs. McDonald - The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Ms. Freedman - Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Mr. Meingarten - Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Mr. Baumgartner - Morpheus Road Series, D. J. MacHale

Mr. McCarter - James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

Mrs. DesLauriers - Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss

Ms. Dunlap - Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Mr. Ganley - Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman

Mrs. Johnson - The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mrs. Hillier - Red is Best, Kathy Stinson

Mrs. Dillane - This is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen

Mr. Denison - Crossover, Kwame Alexander

Mrs. Simmons

Over in the Meadow, Jill McDonald and Susan Reed

Ms. Mills - Swimmy, Leo Lionni

Mme. Warlow - Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog, Jackie Clark Mancuso

Mr. Nagthall - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Mrs. Denison - The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt

Mrs. Lende - The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Mrs. Weidner - The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

Mme. Kongoli - Tu Peux, Elise Gravel

Ms. Seun - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling

Mrs. Mackenzie - The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein

Mr. Cwirenko - The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Mrs. Hafiji - Can I Play Too, Mo Willems

Ms. Iorgu - Mix it Up, Herve Tullet

Mr. Jones - The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Mrs. Nathani - Not a Box, Antionette Portis

Mr. Snowdon

Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Mrs. Gill - Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

Ms. Elliott - Nasreen’s Secret School, Jeanette Winter

Ms. Hanou - Ish, Sky Colour, The Dot By Peter Reynolds

Mme. Raouda - Le Ballon Rouge, Albert Lamorisse

Ms. Kanary - A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’engle

October Speaker Series - Youth and Anxiety

Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 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:  Click here

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