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On Tuesday, December 3, two talented alumni - Jonathan Moneta '03 and Robyn Richardson '07 - returned to Bayview Glen as guest speakers at our Career Breakfast and shared their insights about Innovative Technologies with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Robyn spoke about her different roles over the years and showed a video highlighting many of the special effects that her team is responsible for in a wide variety of shows on Netflix and CBS. She concluded by sharing her top three pieces of advice - explore what interests you, your network will be imperative, and skills you are developing now will matter. Jonathan also echoed the importance of building a network and how your friends are your best network. When starting his company, MakeLab, it was another Bayview Glen graduate, Tiffany McKenzie '04, who taught him about the legal aspect that he would not know otherwise. One message that parents and students alike walked away with, was that your journey is going to be different iterations of what you like - if something doesn’t work out, try to pivot.
The last Career Breakfast of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. in the Parent Association Library and Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our next Career Breakfast.
Robyn Richardson graduated from Bayview Glen in 2007. She went on to study Psychology at the University of Waterloo, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in 2011. She began her career in Arts Administration, including roles with the Juno Awards and Toronto International Film Festival, before shifting into film production in 2017. Now working as a Motion Graphics Coordinator with Junction Box Design, she brings her organizational and communication skills to a team developing fictional user interfaces for film and television. Recently, Robyn has worked on Netflix productions Let It Snow, Locke & Key, and Spinning Out, and is currently working on CBS’s third season of Star Trek: Discovery. Her passion for film extends beyond her career, and she loves watching movies both new and old at any opportunity.
Jonathan Moneta graduated from Bayview Glen in 2003 and pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Theatre programme at York University. Jonathan is the founder and creative director at MakeLab Studio, a laboratory of interactive technology. He leads a team of engineers, fabricators, designers and theatrical producers, who have together produced more than 800 interactive experiences for museums, festivals, and companies around the world. In many ways, MakeLab is a hybrid of engineering and art, of science and theatre. The studio is a product of his interests first explored here at Bayview Glen, and he credits his English, Drama, Computer Science and Physics teachers for helping him explore those interests. Jonathan was selected as the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient in 2019. In December 2019, Jonathan was featured on CP24 Breakfast to showcase the interactive technology used by MakeLab, including edible selfie photo booth, customized ornaments and personalized gift wrapping papers.
Alexis Rudnick graduated from Bayview Glen in 2000 and has published 14 children’s books and a new Rap-A-Long collection to some acclaim under the pen name “Alexis Alexander”. His recently launched album hit #1 on iTunes for kids music on opening day and was interviewed on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on November 18, 2019. The series is called "Friendly Fables" and is based on the life and adventures of his two children, Ella (4) and Lochlan (2). One of his stories, “Heroic Hospital Quest”, is partnered with The Hospital For Sick Children where he reads to patients on a regular basis. Alexis was thrilled about the opportunity to participate in the Bayview Glen Merry Market last year to showcase his Friendly Fables children’s book series to the school community.
On Tuesday, October 22, we were pleased to host the first Career Breakfast for this school year in the Parent Association Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus to explore a day in the life in Mathematics with two of our Bayview Glen alumni, Ambrish Shah and Alia Saeed '08.
Both Ambrish and Alia made students and parents re-think the importance of mathematics and its role in critical thinking which can be applied to a wide variety of areas both in the workplace and out. As Ambrish mentioned “Mathematics is not just a stand alone subject of field of study. It’s a language and essential tool for all other sciences. Skills that are honed and nurtured by mathematics include logic and reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving and even effective communication skills.” In addition, both reflected fondly on their time at Bayview Glen and the many opportunities they experienced that have been advantageous. In particular, they shared the impact of their Round Square experience both personally and professionally.
The next Career Breakfasts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. at our Moatfield Campus. Please stay tuned for more details.
Ambrish Shah, Class of 2003, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2007 with a Bachelor of Mathematics, majoring in Actuarial Science, Statistics and Finance. Through UW’s co-op programme, Ambrish was hired as an intern at Barclays Capital in their US fixed income trading division in New York. Immediately drawn to the energy and intensity of the trading floor, Ambrish decided to shift his academic focus towards finance and fast tracked his undergraduate degree to accept a full-time job offer from Barclays. Ambrish has been a trader for 12 years, spending the first 10 at Barclays. Early in his career, he traded structured interest rate swaps and options and later moved to the cash bond trading desk. Ambrish is currently a Director at Deutsche Bank Securities, trading US Treasury Bonds and interest rate derivatives. In his work, he uses various mathematical principals and concepts, most importantly: multivariate differential calculus, statistical analysis, and game theory. Ambrish studied at Bayview Glen from Grades 5-11.
Alia Saeed, Class of 2008, graduated from Queen's University in 2012 with the highest level of distinction after completing her Bachelor of Commerce. During her university study, Alia spent one term abroad in Paris, and she started at PwC as a summer student after her second year of university. Alia joined PwC full time after graduation in the audit practice and obtained her CA designation. During that time, she completed a secondment in their New York City office. Upon her return, she joined their Valuations Group and obtained her CBV designation. In March 2019, after almost 10 years at PwC since she started as a summer student, she joined the Valuations Team at CPPIB (Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board).
What can we do to protect our children from developing vision conditions related to screen time?
Myopia, or nearsightednesss, affects nearly 30% of the Canadian population. If you are Myopic, it means that you experience a blurry appearance of far-away objects, caused by excessive lengthening of the eye. Did you know that this condition normally starts during childhood and continues to increase until the age of 20? Registered Optician Amy Chow (also one of our Bayview Glen parents) shared insightful evidence at our Parent Association Meeting last Tuesday regarding Myopia.
Why should we be concerned about the rising cases of Myopia?
With increases in screen time for children and teens being seen across the world, it is important that we take measures now to avoid eye damage. Children ages 8-11 are spending an average six hours per day looking at screens, and kids age 11-14 are up to nine hours per day. Visual input is a crucial part of learning, and difficulties seeing can absolutely be attributed to problems in the classroom.
What are some signs of Myopia in kids?
- Trouble seeing signs in the distance, or needing to move closer to the front of the classroom
- Tilting or turning of the head –this may indicate Astigmatism
- Headaches, nausea, dizziness
- Rubbing the eyes frequently or blinking excessively
- Often losing their place on the page
What should we do about it?
- Bring your children for eye exams as early as 6 months of age – annual exams are covered by OHIP up to 19 years of age
- Enforce the 20-20-20 rule while looking at a screen: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a break, and help to relax the eye muscles
- Limit your child’s “extra-curricular” or “fun” screen time
- Instead, promote colouring, reading or playing simple games like tic-tac-toe or a word search
- Encourage outdoor play – bright, natural light and vitamin D are helpful in keeping eyes healthy
- Toddlers should not have any screen time
- No screen time 1 hour before bed. Studies show that this blue light exposure can lead to interrupted sleep
The Eye See...Eye Learn® programme is available to children born in 2015 that will start junior kindergarten in September. If required, Eye See...Eye Learn® will provide one pair of free glasses. See more details here.
As an annual Thanksgiving tradition, Bayview Glen hosted this year's Alumni Homecoming on Friday, October 11 in the Daunt Dining Hall and welcomed back over 70 participants, including alumni, faculty, staff and past parents.
Our recent Class of 2019 graduates enjoyed reconnecting with former classmates/teachers and picking up their yearbooks. Other alumni and friends appreciated the opportunity to learn about different ways that they could get involved and all of our available resources.
Special appreciation goes to our Alumni Association Board members, student volunteers and food service provider Aramark Canada. Please stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
In September 2019, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted two successful events on campus for alumni, parents and students.
As part of the Fall Fest this year on September 22, a group of Bayview Glen alumni and parents participated in the inaugural Beer Tasting Social and had an enjoyable time on the Moatfield Campus Rooftop Patio trying different types of beers and ciders, generously contributed by Richard Wood ’08 from Bobcaygeon Brewing Co., as well as two other companies.
In addition, we were excited to welcome back Lisa Sonshine ’00 and her musical partner Brock Burford to the Fall Fest stage. The Juno-nominated duo “Sonshine and Broccoli” have been entertaining families for over a decade, engaging children and parents alike with their enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs. They have quickly become a favourite of Bayview Glen students and families.
On September 24, four alumni entrepreneurs - Greg Church ‘91 (Domain Design Inc.), Richard Wood ‘08 (Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.), Dayna Stein ‘09 (bare market) and Louisa Nicolaou ‘08 (Photographer, Photos By Weez) - returned to Bayview Glen and shared their journeys and experiences with alumni, parents and students.
Thank you all for your participation. Stay tuned for the next event in the series.