Founder’s Day 2024

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Celebrate with us as Bayview Glen marks its 62nd Founder’s Day on February 4, 2024! Watch the video below to journey through the inspiring history of Bayview Glen, from its humble beginnings to the thriving institution it is today. Founder’s Day marks not just a celebration of the past, but a commitment to shaping the future. Happy Founder’s Day, Bayview Glen!

Parent Association New Year’s Breakfast (AGM) 2024

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The Parent Association (PA) Annual General Meeting and New Year’s Breakfast was held on January 23, 2024 in the Daunt Dining Hall. We had over 90 parents join us to hear from our Head of School, Division Heads, Admissions, and the PA Executive team. We heard about all the fantastic work being done at each division, school activities and continuous learning for our children.

Our PA President and Vice President welcomed new PA Executive members and outlined exciting new roles for existing members. We also received updates on the upcoming PA social events planned from February to May. Our PA Treasurer presented the PA’s annual financials, and Ms. Ruscica from Advancement presented an overview of the Parent Association pledge and contributions to school. We were also thrilled to hear from Ms. Kanary on the Better Beginnings 2023 campaign results, thanks to the amazing contributions from the parents and the school community.

The event recording is available for viewing via our post under Edsby news river. Thank you all for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the PA Family Skate Social in February.

Parent Association Welcome and Networking Breakfast 2023

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Thank you to all the parents for joining the Parent Association Welcome and Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. The event recording is available for viewing via our post under Edsby news river.

To keep up-to-date with PA events, please visit the PA Events webpage, and check your email and Edsby news river for more details on each event.

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the PA Coffee Socials in October.

Penning a Project for the Ages

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The project concept was carefully crafted, spanned ages, grades and curriculum, and featured a timeless question at its core – what makes you happy? 
“In Grade seven, we covered a whole unit on happiness,” says Rita Iafrate, Teacher at Bayview Glen School (BVG). “What does happiness look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like?” 

It was the basis for the Pen Pal Happiness Project pairing more than 75 Grade 7 students with Junior Kindergarten students. 

Following their first meeting just before March Break, the two age groups met on multiple occasions over a three-month period to get to know each other and delve more deeply into the question of their individual happiness.  
Students from each grade would also share letters written to their younger and older pen pal partner, along the way. 

“It was amazing to see how caring and gentle the Grade 7s were with their pen pals,” says Andrew Moore, Teacher at BVG. “They were so excited every time we announced that we would be seeing them in person, and they took such care with the letters they sent to the JKs; decorating the envelopes, drawing pictures in the letters.” 

Students in each of the four Grade 7 classes were also able to share the gift of reading with their new reading buddies, while nurturing new friendships. 

The project process also yielded new learnings for teachers involved. 

“I learned that what really bonds people together is that shared experience, something that is relatable,” continues Iafrate, who has been teaching at BVG for 30 years. “For the Grade 7s and JKs, it’s that concept of play and giving them that positive message. It doesn’t matter what age you are; it’s what makes you happy that counts. It’s that feeling of positivity and purpose,” she says. 

As friendships blossomed over weeks and months during their brief visits, so, too, did the appetite for more. In this case, a culminating storybook written and illustrated by each Grade 7 student for their younger buddy, with their JK pen pal featured as the protagonist of the story. 

“They’ve really gotten to know their pen pal,” says Iafrate, of the Grade 7 students. “What is their favorite colour? What’s their favourite animal, or sport? They’ve incorporated all of those personal concepts or facts into each book. They’ve been so engaged and so excited about writing this book for their pen pal. And it also gives them the opportunity to feel like they’re authoring a book. It really gives them that confidence as writers.” 

Further evidence of the students’ engagement and the impact of the project came in feedback teacher Andrew Moore received from several of his students, including — “can we see them again next year? My buddy gave me a hug! Can I adopt mine?”  

A successful project completion, bringing with it a new source of happiness! 

Spring Concerts Showcase a Varied Musical Menu 

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The halls are alive with the sound of music at Bayview Glen School (BVG), once again. Actually, they are rarely ever silent! 

Months of early morning and after-school practices, dress rehearsals and painstaking preparation by students and music teachers resulted in a series of memorable recent performances. 

BVG’s annual tradition of Spring Concerts in the Upper School, Prep School and Lower School showcased the musical talents of students, bands, ensembles, soloists, vocalists and others while featuring a breadth of musical genre.  
The Upper School Spring Concert featured more than a dozen pieces, including a few popular tunes like Skyfall, the Pink Panther Theme song,and Bohemian Rhapsody, a classic from the band, Queen.  

It marked the last performance for many performers who will be graduating in 2023. 
The concert, which was held in the J.T.M. Guest Theatre before a full-house, was also the finale for Diane Drysdale, music teacher who has been filling in this school year and delayed her retirement to support BVG’s music program. 

Another highlight saw Michael Bellissimo, music teacher, Upper School feted by students, many of whom he has taught for the last four years.  

The Prep School Spring Concert featured a mixed musical menu as well, with something for everyone! Songs from Disney, the Jurassic Park theme and even some Irish music with a Celtic focus, highlighted the 70-minute concert. 

Under the direction of Chris Hunsberger, music teacher in the Prep School and Ms. Drysdale, the evening included performances by the Grade 7 and Grade 8 Bands, and the self-directed Upper School Woodwind Ensemble.   

The evening marked the last performance for many students, who will graduate to the Upper School in September and continue to their musical careers at BVG as high school students. 

The Prep School Spring Concert came on the heels of Grade 6 Music Night in early April where students provided their parents with a teaching, learning and performing twist. 

Learn more: 

Parents Face the Music During Grade 6 Music Night  

Online Safety and Responsibility: Speaker Series Focus

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In the more than 10 years he has been speaking to students, parents, educators and corporations about online safety, the core of Paul Davis’ message has not wavered — resonating even more so now.

“The internet never forgets,” says Davis, in advance of his upcoming visit to Bayview Glen School (BVG), as part of the Bayview Glen Parent Association Speaker Series.  

Research and evidence on the potential harmful effects of the digital world on youth continue to mount. These include impacts on mental health, sleep and self-esteem. 

“Understand HOW we got here and taking responsibility for what was given to children at such a young age,” says Davis, is part of what he hopes to convey to parents through his presentation. 

With more than 30 years of expertise as an IT professional, along with the lived experience of speaking to more than 700,000 young people, teachers and families in Canada and the United States, Davis believes much more education is still required across the board, with parents having a critical role to play. 

“Developing open and transparent relationships with kids on technological use moving forward, while not being afraid to say NO when they have to,” he says is key for parents in helping their kids cultivate a healthy and responsible relationship with technology.

During his return visit to BVG on Friday April 28th, Davis will address different grades during the day, and parents, separately, during an evening presentation. 

Davis, a father of two himself, says he often hears, “Never my child. I trust my child,” from parents. His response? “Technology is not a babysitting tool and there must be an investment of time and knowledge before giving a child a device.”

For parents, that also means clearly understanding what ownership of a mobile device entails and the responsibilities that accompany it before that device is handed to a child.

When it comes to young users of technology, Davis hopes to drive home one central message, “understanding that choices are permanent and ‘I didn’t mean to’ will not be accepted.” 

The Spring 2023 Bayview Glen Parent Association Speaker Series with Paul Davis takes place Friday April 28, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. 

This is a complimentary, parents/alumni-only event for the Bayview Glen community. 
Seating is limited.

Learn more and register here. 

New Bayview Glen Day Camp Offering — A Slam Dunk! 

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The Prep School gymnasium at Bayview Glen (BVG) School will be buzzing with loud thumps and thuds over the next 10 weeks. 

It’s all thanks to a new after-school offering being presented by Bayview Glen Day Camp, called The Gryphon Basketball Academy. 

“Two important factors led to the creation of this camp,” says Daniel Garfinkel, Director of the Bayview Glen Day Camp,” describing the new, weekly basketball programme. 

“The first is an opportunity to create more synergies between the Bayview Glen Camp program & Bayview Glen Lower and Upper Schools,” he says. “The second is to provide the BVG school community with more opportunities to build specific skills they are most interested in advancing, within a no-pressure recreational environment that camp programs organically create.” 

Open to children from Grades 1 to 8, The Gryphon Basketball Academy is divided into four age groups of participants who take part in 45-minute sessions. 

“Basketball was identified as an activity that many Lower School students were excited to participate in and build their skill sets,” continues Garfinkel. “Many Upper School students were interested in enhancing their chances at making one of the school basketball teams next year!” 

With a staff to camper ratio of 1:3, the camp is open to the BVG community and beyond and runs Tuesday evenings until May 30th

The camp debuted with 50 participants at the end of March and is facilitated by third-party supplier — TenTen Kids Sports, described on their website as, “Canada’s leading indoor and outdoor kids sports program provider.” 

Garfinkel adds, “TenTen facilitate sports activities for our youngest campers as well as our basketball specialty camp for older campers in the summertime.” 

And there is more to come, he says.

“This is just the first of many afterschool programs that Camp will be offering to the BVG school community in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting opportunities in the near future!”

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Bayview Glen Camp