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Meeting the Canadian PM - a first hand account

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Taking STEM Outreach to Another Level

Imagine if a teacher asked you to concisely summarize everything you learned over a school year in under two minutes. On September 26, 2017 we, as members of the Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen robotics team, were faced with a similar challenge, but instead we were asked by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

From September 2016 to April 2017, Ctrl-Z, consisting of Brianna Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez, Trent Rossos, Harrison Cazzin, Mackenzie Clark, Matthew Wong, and Alex Alexiev, had invested over 3,500 hours working on their robot, research project, and outreach. As a result, in April 2017, out of a pool of over 32,000 other robotics teams from around the world, Ctrl-Z won the Champions Award – 1st place at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis. This was only the second time a Canadian team had ever achieved this honour.

A few months later, in September 2017, Ctrl-Z was invited to represent FIRST Canada at the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Fair held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. There were 28 other students selected from across Canada (BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, and Newfoundland) to showcase their science projects at the event.

On the evening of September 25th, we flew to Ottawa accompanied by Mr. Denison (learning strategist for the Lower School and head coach of Bayview Glen robotics teams) and Dave Ellis (Director of FLL Ontario). After arriving at around 10:30 p.m., we had to prepare for the big event the following day by charging the robot's batteries, lining up team materials, and most importantly learning how to iron our team jerseys!

The next morning, all 30 participants of the Science Fair gathered their projects and loaded them onto the coach bus that would be transporting the group over the course of the day. The first stop was the Wellington Building, just down the street from Parliament. Here, all the students would participate in a round table meeting with the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, and the President of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), Dr. Mario Pinto. Without their science projects in hand, all the students and chaperones entered the building. Due to high security, it took almost an hour to make it to the meeting room, but it was well worth the effort. Each seat had a microphone and a set of headphones, and there was even a live translator for participants to hear simultaneous interpretation of French and English language. First, each student made introductory remarks to the Minister. Then the students each spoke about their science project, from a 10-year old student talking about the effects of advertising on the human senses to a 17-year old student describing research on cancer therapy with Nano technology. All found it inspirational to hear the students share their passion and to hear Minister Duncan and Dr. Pinto speak about their goals and how important it was for Canada’s future that youth be involved in STEM.      

Following Minister Duncan’s round table, the students ate a light lunch and then boarded the bus for the final stop at the Langevin Block, the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. This time, the students entered the building without the chaperones. Everyone unloaded their projects from the bus and brought them to security for inspection. We were given thirty minutes to set up our showcase, consisting of two 4’ x 8’ display boards, trophies, robot and playing field, and Pinder Pet Finder innovative solution.  For the next hour, almost two dozen Members of Parliament visited our showcase. We demonstrated our autonomous robot and research project and discussed our accomplishments, all that we had learned, and how we have inspired other youth to get involved with STEM.

As the MP’s cleared out, guards secured all the entrances, and Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Dr. Mona Nemer, newly appointed Chief Science Advisor, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and an entire film crew, came up the stairs, and made their way to the end of the hall. As the students lined up side by side, the Prime Minister listened to their presentations one by one. Then, it was time for us to deliver our presentation. We had less than two minutes to explain everything to our audience. With all the practice over the years and the good luck from our oversized Canada hats that we wore at the FIRST Championships, we nailed the presentation. The Prime Minister was extremely impressed by how much Ctrl-Z has done to inspire youth, including mentoring a First Nations team in Toronto. In saying farewell, we gave Prime Minister Trudeau one of our Canada hats to remember Bayview Glen and the Ctrl-Z robotics team.  

We will never forget our visit to Ottawa and how honoured we were to represent BVG and FIRST Canada in meeting with Canada’s leaders.  Special thanks to Mr. Denison and Mr. Ellis for accompanying us to Ottawa and making this truly memorable event a reality.

Trent Rossos and Alex Alexiev

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:

 

 

Trump, automation and the populist wave - Gwynne Dyer visits the Upper School

Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Award winning journalist and author Gwynne Dyer ignited a conversation about politics, the evolving job market and the impact of automation in a lecture to Upper School students this week. Students in grade 10 History and grade 12 History, Politics, Law, Social Justice and Human Geography attended the wide ranging discussion about US President Donald Trump’s popularity, recent elections results in Germany and Britain’s plan to leave the European Union.

The students engaged in a lively Q and A format following the lecture which included questions about job prospects in a world of growing automation. Dyer’s column appears in more than two dozen languages around the world as he tackles global politics and the impact on world economies. The talk was organized by Bayview Glen’s Social Sciences department.

 

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

Robotics team attend Prime Minister's Science Round Table

Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ctrl-Z, our world champion robotics team, was honoured with an invitation to The Prime Minister's Science Fair Round Table with the head of NSERC and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan in Ottawa.  Alex and Trent, two Ctrl-Z team members, were part of a group of students from across Canada who made presentations at the work shop. The goal of the round table was to share innovative ideas in the area of science and engineering. Our students gave a demonstration to the Prime Minister and others of their Pinder Pet Finder.

                            

As part of the one day event, Alex and Trent spent the morning getting to know more than 30 students from BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland. They all met with the Prime Minister Trudeau and other dignitaries in the afternoon. Stay tuned for a first hand account and more photographs from the special day.

                                     

 

 

Back to School 2017 Info Guide

Date: 
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!

 

 

A Painted Lady - a beautiful symbol of change

Date: 
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

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