The annual Spelling Bee championships were a gargantuan success with BVG students securing medals thanks to their creative abilities with words such as doorjamb, pullet, coupe and resurgence. (Fast fact: Zarzuela is a Spanish seafood dish!)
One of our students will be advancing to the Canadian Championship Finals in May.
Here are the results:
1st Place Grade 2 Tanya Verma
3rd Place Grade 3 Rehan Shah
3rd Place Grade 4 Ethan Yam
Honourable Mention for making it to the 8th Tie Breaker Round: Grade 6 John Zhonhyang Hu, Grade 5 Anushka Yoganathan,,and Grade 4 Emily Jiang
3rd Place Grade 9 Ryan Freeman
Tanya Verma has advanced to the 2018 Spelling Bee of Canada Championship Finals on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel. She will compete against 30 other spellers from across Canada.
A special thank you to coaches Ms. Wilson, Ms. Vu, Ms. McCleary, Ms. Bowles and Mrs. Nathani who were an integral part in making this a successful event. Their support over the past months has provided our BVG students with confidence and a solid foundation, as they continue to develop and master their spelling skills.
"Medals are rewarding but being a great teammate is what it's all about."
Vicky Sunohara knows a great deal about Olympic medals. The three time Olympian has two gold and one silver medal in women's hockey playing for Team Canada. Vicky visited our Lower School two days after our Canadian women captured the silver medal in Pyeongchang. "You may have seen a lot of tears but that's because you work hard for so long and your goal is the gold medal" said Vicky. "You want to win for your country and your teammates. When you fall short of your goal, it can be hard but we're always exceptionally proud to play for Canada." Hockey has been a driving force in Vicky's life. When she was a toddler, her dad started shooting the puck with her in their basement. She was on skates by the age of two. Vicky spoke to our students about the challenges she faced early in her career. "Can you believe back then people didn't think women should be playing hockey?!" But she said friends and family helped her believe in herself along with all the talented teammates she played with. One of the most valuable lessons she learned from hockey was it's not only important to play hard and succeed personally but supporting others to be the best they can be is equally important.
Vicky represented Canada in three Olympics and played on the winning team in 7 World cups. After 30 years of playing, she is now a full time hockey coach at the University of Toronto. She was also honoured to be chosen as a torch bearer for the Olympic flame in Toronto as the torch made its way across the country to Vancouver for the 2010 games.
We were thrilled to be cheering for former Gryphons at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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.
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.
To see Jesse Denison's presentation, click here.
To see coding PowerPoint Presentation, click here.
It's not every day the remarkable Barbara Reid presents to kindergartners and teenagers in the same visit. The award winning Toronto author and artist is best known for her Plasticine art and prolific writing. In the Lower School, Barbara spoke with Junior and Senior kindergarten students about the inspiration for her stories and the joy of working with Plasticine. Her favourite part of using Plasticine is blending the colours to create entirely different looks in her pieces. She did share that it can be tough when the clay is firm and less malleable. As she read stories aloud to the group, she pointed out features in her illustrations and shared the significance of many of the details. For example, she explained a stuffed bunny drying on a clothes line was inspired by her daughter's favourite toy called Floppsy Bunny. Later in the day, she spoke with Upper School students about how she connects the majority of her work with her personal experiences. Students in both schools have been working on their own Plasticine illustrations and many had questions on how best to create works of art.
Barbara Reid's books have won every major children's book award, and in 1988 she became the first Canadian to win the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration. She is also a Globe and Mail bestselling author and her book the Subway Mouse won a Governer General's award for literature.
In July 2013 Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
For more about Barbara Reid
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 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 email@example.com or by phone at 416.443.1030, Ext. 634
By Mr Neville - Lower School Teacher Librarian
“You can be a writer too!” That was the enthusiastic message from the talented children’s author Andrew Larsen. The award winning writer visited the Bayview Glen Lower School this week to speak to our students about the magic of the written word. Mr. Larsen has been publishing children’s literature for the past ten years and currently has about 12 books available in local bookstores and libraries. His next book, The Bagel King, will be published in the spring of 2018 and is sure to be a hit!
During his presentations in the Atrium and the Library, he shared some of his picture books and chapter books with our grades 1-5 students. Our Lower School students were so inspired by his presentations that many of them returned to their classrooms and promptly picked up their pencils and began to write!
One of Mr. Larsen’s latest publications, A Squiggly Story, has been nominated for a Forest of Reading Award in the Blue Spruce category. This is especially exciting for our grades 1-5 students as they all have the opportunity to participate in and vote for the Forest of Reading Awards this year. The library and classrooms are abuzz with discussions about Forest of Reading books. Come check them out!
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
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.
•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:
•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?
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”
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