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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.

 

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!

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

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

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.

                                     

 

 

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