National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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By: Fiona Fenili, Director of Teaching and Learning, Prep School

Originally published in the October 2021 Glen newsletter.

Recently, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day

will recognize and commemorate the legacy of the residential school system in our country.


At Bayview Glen, this day will serve as a day of remembrance, reflection and action. All students will participate in learning modelled on Indigenous pedagogy. Students will participate
in lessons focussed on all four aspects of the Anishinaabe sacred circle: spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual. Our youngest learners will explore Mother Earth knowledge, family connections and walking on the land. Older students will look at the perspectives of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples, and the importance of learning from Elders, and will investigate treaties and residential schools.

As part of our commitment to action, Bayview Glen is honoured to donate all proceeds from Orange Shirts purchased through the Parent Association Shop to the Woodland Cultural Centre’s ‘Save the Evidence’ campaign. This campaign will ensure that the former Mohawk Institute Residential School is fully restored into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource.

Through thoughtful and meaningful educational opportunities, we aspire to create a new relationship with all Indigenous Peoples of Canada — one based in honour and deep respect for their cultures, languages and significant contributions

to our country. Learning about the truth of our history and recognizing the historic and present-day importance of contributions of Indigenous Peoples are the first steps towards reconciliation.

Alumni Spotlight: Terence Yeung ’20

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Terence Yeung '20 alumni spotlight table tennis

Big congratulations to #BVGAlumni Terence Yeung ’20 on winning the Silver Medal in U19 Singles representing Canada at the Pan American Youth Table Tennis Championships 2021 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Terence made history by taking the highest podium in singles among Canadians in this tournament since its 2016 debut. We wish Terence the best of luck at the World Youth Championships in Portugal this December. #TableTennisCanada

Photo Source: Table Tennis Canada Facebook Page

Back to School 2021-2022 Information

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Be sure to read your Back to School 2021-2022 Booklet.

It was mailed home in August along with the School Calendar 2021-2022 and School Reopening Plan 2021-2022.

They are also available to view online on our publications page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office or your Assistant Head of School.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Letter to parents – mandatory vaccine policy

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Dear Parents,

As you know, Bayview Glen is committed to providing and maintaining a safe environment. Consistent
with this commitment, the Board of Directors has established a Covid-19 policy as set out in the
attached document.

As you will see, this policy requires that all eligible students (those born 2009 or earlier) and all faculty,
staff, third party providers, volunteers and coaches be vaccinated prior to school in September.

As we continue to see the numbers of Covid-19 increase daily, this added protection is a necessary
step combined with social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning protocols, and hand sanitizing. The
vaccination status of everyone will also be required by Toronto Public Health in the event of an

For students from Preschool to Grade 6, families will have access to a Rapid Testing Programme. We
expect all families to use this Rapid Test App twice a week as another layer of protection for our
youngest students. More detailed information will follow.

Please remember that the first dose of the vaccine is required by September 1st to be eligible for oncampus learning. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your Assistant Heads.

As always, I thank you for your continued support as we navigate this together and prepare for a safe
and exciting school year.

Eileen Daunt
Head of School

Alumni Spotlight: Christina Rakitzis ’15

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Christina Rakitzis '15 feature

Check out the recent feature articles in “Yahoo Style“and “Huff Magazine” about the apparel company, Eletros Streetwear, founded by #BVGAlumni Christina Rakitzis ’15. Christina is excited about these special features and is thrilled that their newly released swimwear line was featured in Toronto Fashion Week 2021 – Fashion Art Toronto. Congratulations to Christina on her accomplishments and wish her continued success in all her future endeavours. 

Christina Rakitzis '15 feature articles in Yahoo Style and Huff Magazine

Christina Rakitzis graduated from Bayview Glen in 2015 and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto this year in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Equity Studies and Human Geography Studies. In addition, Christina has studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and started her own apparel business, @eletrostreetwear, based in Toronto and also available in New York and Los Angeles. Learn more about Christina and her brand:

Congratulations to the Bayview Glen Class of 2021 Graduates and the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumni Award 2021 Recipient


Welcome to our newest members of the Bayview Glen Alumni Association, #BVGgrads2021. Congratulations on your graduation and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Congratulations also to #BVGAlumni J-M Erlendson ’03 (pdf) on being selected by the Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board as the recipient of this year’s Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumni Award 2021, which honours and acknowledges J-M’s remarkable accomplishments in his chosen professions and the community. J-M Erlendson graduated from Bayview Glen in 2003, and is an internationally-recognized process engineering expert, a successful arts entrepreneur and a highly accomplished professional musician. If you would like to nominate a Bayview Glen graduate (or yourself) for the 2022 award, please complete the nomination form online.

Please join our Alumni social media channels to stay connected. We look forward to seeing you again soon and can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Please join our Alumni social media channels to stay connected. We look forward to seeing you again soon and can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Have a safe and wonderful summer!

The collected graduation photos of the class of 2021