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Annual Town Hall looks to the future

Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bayview Glen's Lower School will undergo a transformation that will unify our two campuses for generations to come. Our facilities committee updated the community on the latest developments in the Campus Master Plan at our annual Town Hall.  The goal of the build is to support excellence in learning and create the look and feel of one campus. The exterior of the renovated Lower School will match the outside of the Prep and Upper School  campus with a new entrance that will open onto Moatfield.  Duncan Mill will be closed to traffic. Other highlights of the new Lower School include:

*A new athletic complex to replace the bubble with an indoor pool and viewing area

*Refurbished interiors to enhance student learning

*New reception area

*New windows, heating and air conditioning

*Re-landscaping of exterior spaces

We are currently awaiting permits from the City of Toronto and a review of the construction tender process is underway.

Several members from the Board of Directors also made presentations on year-end financials, governance and risk management. The chair of the Advancement committee spoke about the importance of legacy and community as we move forward with our innovative plans.

 

 

 

Did Somone Say Zarzuela?

Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The annual Spelling Bee championships were a gargantuan success with BVG students securing medals thanks to their creative abilities with words such as doorjamb, pullet, coupe and resurgence. (Fast fact: Zarzuela is a Spanish seafood dish!)

One of our students will be advancing to the Canadian Championship Finals in May.

Here are the results:

Primary:

1st Place    Grade 2     Tanya Verma                                                                                         

3rd Place    Grade 3     Rehan Shah                                                                                      

Junior:

3rd Place    Grade 4     Ethan Yam                       

Honourable Mention for making it to the 8th Tie Breaker Round: Grade 6 John Zhonhyang Hu, Grade 5 Anushka Yoganathan,,and Grade 4 Emily Jiang

Intermediate:

3rd Place    Grade 9    Ryan Freeman                                                                                  

Tanya Verma has advanced to the 2018 Spelling Bee of Canada Championship Finals on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel. She will compete against 30 other spellers from across Canada.

A special thank you to coaches Ms. Wilson, Ms. Vu, Ms. McCleary, Ms. Bowles and Mrs. Nathani who were an integral part in making this a successful event. Their support over the past months has provided our BVG students with confidence and a solid foundation, as they continue to develop and master their spelling skills.

       

 

Gold medal Olympian visits BVG

Date: 
Friday, February 23, 2018

"Medals are rewarding but being a great teammate is what it's all about."

Vicky Sunohara knows a great deal about Olympic medals. The three time Olympian has two gold and one silver medal in women's hockey playing for Team Canada. Vicky visited our Lower School two days after our Canadian women captured the silver medal in Pyeongchang. "You may have seen a lot of tears but that's because you work hard for so long and your goal is the gold medal" said Vicky. "You want to win for your country and your teammates. When you fall short of your goal, it can be hard but we're always exceptionally proud to play for Canada."  Hockey has been a driving force in Vicky's life. When she was a toddler, her dad started shooting the puck with her in their basement. She was on skates by the age of two. Vicky spoke to our students about the challenges she faced early in her career. "Can you believe back then people didn't think women should be playing hockey?!"  But she said friends and family helped her believe in herself along with all the talented teammates she played with. One of the most valuable lessons she learned from hockey was it's not only important to play hard and succeed personally but supporting others to be the best they can be is equally important.

 

Vicky represented Canada in three Olympics and played on the winning team in 7 World cups.  After 30 years of playing, she is now a full time hockey coach at the University of Toronto. She was also honoured to be chosen as a torch bearer for the Olympic flame in Toronto as the torch made its way  across the country to Vancouver for the 2010 games.

Olympic Fever Sweeps Through BVG

Date: 
Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Results here:

              

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.

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 

 

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