Message to our Parent Community

COVID-19, Lower School, Prep School, Preschool, Upper School

Dear Parents,

It has been wonderful to see the student’s returning from March Break re-energized for the final term of the school year. 

As promised, we have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation since our return from March Break to determine our next steps in implementing the Government of Ontario and Ministry of Education’s updated Covid directives for schools. Throughout this pandemic, we have always anchored our decisions on public health directives in keeping our school community safe.

Our School’s current positive case numbers are certainly up but then our historical case numbers have been very low over the course of this past school year. We continue to monitor and inform parents when a student tests positive in a grade/class and this allows you, the parents, to take the precautions necessary to adjust to your particular family’s needs.

As we move to this next phase of a gradual and safe resumption of regular activities, we have made the decision to lift the mandatory masking requirement as of Monday, April 11th, but we are strongly recommending that parents continue to encourage masking for their children.

Mandatory masking will still be required at specific times/events within the school day such as assemblies, bussing, etc. and, as a result, all students are required to bring a mask to school every day for such events. Cohorting will continue by grade until the April long weekend; after which cohorting will be removed. Daily screening is still necessary although it is not necessary to upload the results. I have included the link to the Ontario Government’s Covid-19 School and Childcare Screening Tool as well as Toronto Public Health’s most recent Covid-19 Screening Questionnaire which can be used for your child’s daily screening questionnaire.

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/974a-General-Screening-Business-Questionnaire-March-29-2022.pdf

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

All other protocols with respect to positive cases and how they are managed will remain in place.

As you would expect, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation and will not hesitate to re-adjust our protocols, if necessary. We will continue to provide updates regularly. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. Now more than ever we appreciate your assistance and cooperation as we slowly and cautiously move forward in resuming normal school activities while respecting individual masking choices.

BVG FIRST LEGO League through the Pandemic

Lower School, Prep School

In the Spring of 2020, Bayview Glen’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams were having another fantastic season, making further preparations after having accomplished a great deal in the first rounds of competition. Unfortunately, this was put on hold by the pandemic. The school’s Spring intramural program was also cancelled. Over the Summer, Jesse Denison revived robotics through an online summer camp. In the Fall session, Eric Borromeo, of Ctrl-Z fame, and newcomer Ben McCord taught online programming courses with the invaluable assistance of experienced Upper School students. This continued through the Spring session. In the Summer, the school offered both in-person and online robotics experiences, with the help of the venerated coach Harold Goldstein. 

In the Fall of 2021, BVG began its first competitive FLL Challenge season since the beginning of the pandemic. We created 4 teams for the FLL CARGO CONNECT season consisting of 36 students from Grade 5 to 8. Ctrl-Z returned under the guidance of Eric Borromeo, and Ben McCord coached the teams ConnecTech and TransporTech. First-time coaches Meredith Langston and Julia Warren led the DARSELLAAS, a Grade 5 to 6 team, with the help of Harold Goldstein. 

With approximately 150 teams competing in FLL Challenge, BVG had a remarkably successful and enjoyable experience. This season was especially challenging because the BVG teams had to socially distance and separate by grade cohort. Their hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes paid off. All 4 teams won awards at their respective Regional tournaments:

  • Ctrl-Z: Champion’s Award, 1st place 
  • DARSELLAAS: Newcomer’s Award for team and the Coach’s Award for Julia Warren
  • ConnecTech: Champion’s Award, 1st place
  • TransporTech: Engineering Excellence Award

Each team progressed to the Ontario Provincials. Amid formidable competition, Ctrl-Z and TransporTech were fortunate enough to win awards. Ctrl-Z took 1st place and is progressing to FIRST Championship, to be held in Houston in April. TransporTech won another Engineering Excellence Award and will advance to the Canada Cup in May. Additionally, both teams competed in the FLL Ontario Innovation Celebration, and each won a Champion’s Award for their Innovation Project. With the Champion’s Award comes a nomination to represent Ontario and submit their project for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award.

End of Second Term 2022 Update

BVG News, Lower School, Prep School, Preschool, Upper School


Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of our second term and prepare for our third and final term of this school year, I wanted to give you a quick update.

Currently our Athletics Programme is up and running across the school. The arrival of three visiting CISAA Teams provided a long-awaited buzz for our Gryphon Athletics.

Looking to the Spring, it is our plan to have all Gryphon Athletes competing in interschool sporting competition as Spring Sports are mostly outdoor. For athletes from Grades 4 to 6, CISAA participation rules require vaccination.

Hybrid and online learning has served its purpose and we intend to have all students back in class for the third term. This will position the students for a strong start to the school year in September. We will follow-up with those students with accommodations before then.

Our enrollment season is now complete and I’m happy to report that the demand for Bayview Glen is at an all-time high. As many of our new families come from referrals, I want to thank you for your continued support.

In the Robotics arena, Ctrl-Z won the Ontario Championship this past weekend and will be going to the World Championship in April. Also, TransporTech is going to the Ontario Innovation Celebration and Canada Cup with a focus on taking their invention to the next level. This entrepreneurial approach to learning is clearly both a strength and a focus at Bayview Glen. 

Bayview Glen was recognized by the M.S. Society as the lead donor in their reading campaign to raise funds and appeared on City News this week. (https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2022/02/23/students-read-hundreds-of-books-to-support-ms/)

Prom has been booked, much to the delight of the Grade 12s, as has the Grade 8 Graduation Social.

Graduation ceremonies for our Grade 5, Grade 8 and Grade 12 students are planned to be in-person this year with a back-up virtual option. At this moment, given the restrictions in place for schools, we will only be in a position to accommodate parents of the graduates, but we will update you as we are advised by the Ministry of Education on our capacity limits.

We will distribute Rapid Antigen test kits before March Break to Grades 7 to 12 so that all students can be tested prior to their return from the break to ensure a safe start to the term.

Have a wonderful March Break Holiday.



Career Breakfast on Social Justice and Advocacy

Alumni, BVG News, Prep School, Upper School
Alumni Speakers at Career Breakfast March 1, 2022

On Tuesday, March 1, Olivia Nightingale ’08 and Christina Crisostomo ’09 joined as alumni speakers at our last virtual Career Breakfast of this school year and shared their insights in the Social Justice and Advocacy industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.

Olivia shared her career trajectory with us. It’s inspiring to see the impact that she is making with civil political rights and humanitarian response internationally. We particularly liked the advice that she would like to pass onto our current students – say yes, ask for help, disrupt the status quo and rest to avoid burnout. Thank you, Christina, for showing us that advocacy can come in many forms, including corporate responsibility. As Christina encouraged the students – start right now, take advantage of opportunities, align your skills/interests with your passions, take care of yourself, and use your values/passions to guide you both in and outside of work.  No matter what profession our students decide to pursue, these are great tips for everyone to keep in mind.

Thank you to Olivia and Christina for their involvement and support of our school community. All three virtual Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers.

If you are interested in being an alumni speaker at future Career Breakfast events, please contact alumni@bayviewglen.ca.

Founder’s Day 2022

Alumni, BVG News, Lower School, Parent Association, Prep School, Preschool, Upper School

A quick look through the past 60 years for Founder’s Day 2022! Ms. Daunt and students from each division shared their birthday wishes to our school. From the beginning as a small nursery school and day camp in 1962 to growing to our two campuses, our school community continues to be as connected and supportive as ever. 

Don’t forget to save the date for our 60th-anniversary celebration on September 25, 2022! We will be sharing more details shortly.