News and Events
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!
Watch our live webcam now
Bayview Glen is buzzzzzing with excitement over a new initiative we will be taking on this spring. Together with an urban beekeeping company called Alveole, Bayview Glen will be installing and making a home for several honeybee hives in our rooftop garden. Urban beekeeping is an important method of attracting honeybees to the city and providing an ideal home for them to set up their hives. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating plants involved in the vast majority of the foods we eat and due to pesticide use, viruses and other factors, their numbers have been on the decline. (Read more here.) The location of our school is a perfect spot to help maintain a robust bee population.
The rooftop garden is three floors above ground and will not be accessible to children. Unlike wasps, honeybees are vegans and non aggressive.Throughout the summer, beekeepers from Alveole will be coming in to maintain the hives and we will have all of the action available for you to see on our live stream camera which will show on the school’s website. Come September, we will enjoy the fruits of our honeybees’ labour as we extract and jar honey produced by our very own bees.
Our Upper School BioBuilders team championed the plight of the honey bee two years ago as a part of their research project.BioBuilders is the brain child of MIT and offers free curricula to provide hands-on experiences that foster exploration, innovation, and interest in emerging areas of science.
Installation of our Honeybee hive took place May 31, 2017.
The webcam went live on June 15, 2017.
Global TV covered the story on the June 9 broadcast. Watch it here.
Why You Won’t Get Stung This Year!
Bee stings are one of the main concerns when beginning this project. Of course, that’s completely understandable, nobody likes to get stung by insects, at any age!
Wasps have a ravenous appetite and love adventure. As you might have guessed, they are probably the ones who are lingering around and disturbing you, your colleagues and your students on lunch break.
However, bees are docile insects, who only sting when they believe their colony is under threat. They are also strictly vegan and seek only nectar and pollen.
Learn 7 surprising things about Bee stings.
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!
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
Ms. Rosemary Muccilli, Global Pet Foods, Avenue Road
Organization for the Rescue of Animals
The Toronto Humane Society
Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
York Angel Investors
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
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
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.
There's something new for Upper School students to help research community hour opportunities. A new "one-stop-shop" website (or online community resource library) has been launched to easily find the names and contact information of organizations looking for volunteers. The initiative was student run. Here is how the project came together from the student perspective.
In October, a group of Bayview Glen students joined Mrs Hitchcock for a Saturday visit to the Toronto Volunteer Youth Expo. There, we split up and met with over 80 volunteer organizations and collected all the information the fair had to offer.
Using this information we spent the school year creating an online Community Involvement Resource Library website as well as a physical Community Involvement Resource Library, situated in the Student Service’s Office.
The library and the website include volunteer opportunities available to students of various ages, separated by category, such as The Arts, Libraries, Museums, environment and food banks. The physical library includes pamphlets and information that students can go through while the online website lists, describes, and provides contact information for the organizations. Both give students and parents easy access to over 80 volunteer groups and their contact information. We hope to continue adding to the library next year.
I am very proud of our accomplishments and I hope that this will be an ongoing legacy at Bayview Glen for years to come.
Branda Liu, SEC Head of Community Service
Access the Community Resource Library by clicking here.
They came, they dropped off, the pile grew! Bayview Glen's fist ever Textile Recycling Drive surpassed everyone's expectations as the donations continued to pour in. With a determination to help Mother Earth, our community went to their closets, garages and crawl spaces and cleared out all the old clothes, stuffed animals and sheets they could find. The result was a whopping 600 cubic feet of donations which could fill a classroom 2 feet deep. The Earth Day initiative was a fundraiser organized by the Student Executive Council and the Parent Association.
Bins were placed at the Shops for the month of April while students were kept busy promoting the drive at assemblies and in mentor groups. A local company, Textile Waste Diversion, will give the school 10 cents for every pound donated. An average full garbage bag weighs 20 lbs.
Organizers arranged for a pick up of the mountain of donations to take place today after Earth Day assemblies. Student volunteers gathered at lunch hour to help load the truck. There were so many bags, the truck will have to make a return trip to pick up the remaining donations. A final tally is expected sometime next week. Be sure to check back for an update.
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!
Energy poverty- that is a theme a group of Upper School students have spent weeks discussing and debating. The challenge? How best to help India's poorest families who rely on kerosene lanterns to provide light in their homes. It's all part of the Global Ideas Institute. The programme is run by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. After months of work in their home schools, students from all over Toronto gather in April to present their ideas to a prestigious panel of experts. Our student's strategy relied on designing an implementation system to connect solar lamp manufacturers with local village distribution systems. As well, they planned an educational programme that would focus on teaching young children the benefits of green energy.
It's a full day event with speakers and opportunities to ask fellow students about their presentations and ideas. The programme ends with a debrief by the experts about the various presentations, as well as a final speaker for the entire group.