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Back to School 2017 Info Guide

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 Helping Hand for the Honeybees

Tuesday, May 16, 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.


From Alveole:

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.


Historic Canadian Win for Bayview Glen Robotics Team on the World Stage

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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!

Fast facts:

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

FLL Ontario

Ms. Rosemary Muccilli, Global Pet Foods, Avenue Road

Organization for the Rescue of Animals

Pegmatis Inc.


The Toronto Humane Society

Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs

York Angel Investors

Media stories:


Parents Canada


2017 Speaker Series

Friday, September 8, 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:  TBA


New Portal Means Community Hours Are Only a Click Away

Friday, May 19, 2017

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.


Overwhelming Response to Textile Recycling Drive

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.


Ideas for India - Thinking Globally

Monday, April 10, 2017

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. 


Ctrl-Z Pinder Pet Finder a Major Hit With Investors

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bayview Glen’s award-winning robotics team, Ctrl-Z, was invited to formally pitch their Pinder Pet Finder to the York Angel Investors on March 30th at the York Downs Golf & Country Club in Unionville. 



As part of the 2016/2017 FIRST LEGO League season,‎ Ctrl-Z designed a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. With the help of extensive research, consultation, surveys and hard work, the team developed a prototype that has been receiving a great deal of attention.  Pinder Pet Finder has been showcased at several events including the Ontario Innovation Celebration where Ctrl-Z took home the Problem Identification Award.


Designing, building and programming a robot is one aspect of participating in FLL each year. Teams are also challenged to identify a real-world problem related to a theme and propose an innovative solution. For this season, FIRST LEGO League‘s theme is ANIMAL ALLIES and the challenge is to improve our interactions with animals.

To see Ctrl-Z in action, click here. 

Check the team’s website for regular updates. 

Textile recyling is the new GREEN

Monday, April 3, 2017

It's an idea that packs a triple punch.  Recycling textiles helps the environment, generates money and lightens the load for those looking to do their spring cleaning.

The Bayview Glen Student Executive Council and the Parent Association have joined together for a fundraiser this month with a green twist - just in time for Earth DayThe Textile Recycling Campaign involves an arrangement with a local Textile Waste Diversion Company that will give the school 10 cents for every pound of textiles we donate. An average full garbage bag weighs 20 lbs. So for example, Bayview Glen will receive $100 for every 50 bags collected. The money will be put towards future environmental initiatives. The drive runs right up to Earth Day on April 22.  The bins are located in the Shops at both campuses.

What is being collected: ANY clean and dry textile, even if its ripped or stained. 










Reading Glasses

Sports balls

Stuffed items like pillows or stuffed animals

The Textile Recycling Drive runs until April 21, 2017.   If you have any questions, please email


Tour For Humanity visits Bayview Glen

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Fear should not guide our humanity".  Simon Wisenthal

The much anticipated Tour For Humanity bus pulled up in front of our Moatfield campus this morning for a day full of compelling discussion and learning.  The mobile classroom is so in demand, schools are booking visits two years in advance. The programme is run by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies with the goal of talking to as many people as possible about diversity, democracy, and Canadian civic rights and responsibilities.  Not only was this a powerful learning opportunity for our students, the themes and subject material connect directly to the Grade 10 curriculum.  The creators of the mobile human rights education center hope to empower Canadians to raise their voices and take action against hate, intolerance and bullying.

The Bus

Tour For Humanity is a refurbished RV that operates like a state-of-the art studio. The 30-seat theater has multiple screens with a high-tech sound system.  It cost $1.2 million to conceive, design and build. The bus travels throughout the province providing education on historical events including the holocaust, slavery, Japanese internment camps and Canadian residential schools for First Nations children.



Since it was launched nearly four years ago, the tour has delivered interactive programmes, to more than 50,000 students at 315 schools across the province.