On January 11 at the FIRST LEGO League East Ontario Championships, all 40 teams from the province gathered to hear the results of the competition. When we heard our team called for the third-place Champion’s Award, there were no words to accurately capture the feeling of intense joy our team felt. We were all in utter disbelief that this was happening.
We were all on edge, unsure if we would move on or not. This was the culmination of our hard work and continued effort throughout this season. Our coaches and mentors told us to take off our sweatshirts, just in case we got called up for an award. We were positive we would not move on because we thought the incredibly innovative ideas of the other teams were so strong, but we took them off anyway.
We thought we might go to the Ontario Innovation Celebration. This did not happen. Perhaps, an award for our project, still nothing. Then, it was time for our fate to be decided. Time seemed to slow down. When the announcer said, “In third place, team number 2-1-5-4-4, All Systems Code,” we all jumped up and started cheering and screaming. A massive tsunami of relief flooded over us. We had done it, and we were going to an international competition! We sprinted down from our seats and received our award. When we arrived at the photo station, we all started hugging each other. It was so surreal.
We have had innumerable enlightening experiences together, and we treat each other like family. Through the season, we have laughed and learned together, while further strengthening our friendships with each other.
We are team All Systems Code and we will continue to work hard together in the pursuit of learning. Maybe, if we are lucky, we will hear our team’s name called again at our International Competition. Stay tuned.
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.
One of Canada's leading speakers on Cyber Safety delivered a powerful presentation to parents and Alumni as part of the ongoing Speaker Series at Bayview Glen. Paul Davis emphasized in his presentation "The Internet Never Forgets" that technology for children is a privilege and not a right. "Accountability and responsibility starts with the parents," said Paul. "It's up to adults to set the rules on screen time, when and where devices are allowed and what social media is permitted." Paul has spoken to over 500,000 students across the country and to thousands of parents. He stated he's not anti-technology. "Learning to code, building websites together as a family or learning how to be a game developer are all examples of appropriate use of tech." Paul told parents they need to lead by example and model good digital habits. Most importantly, he suggested parents engage regularly with their children about their digital world and ask questions.
Top three takeaways from Paul:
1. The hand held check-in: Set daily in and out times for mobile devices.
2. Snapchat audit. Without notice, ask to see your child's Snapchat feed and ask them about their connection to each "friend".
3. Unplug cable modem in the home to limit access after designated times.
Bayview Glen has a long history of offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students in our Upper School. Coordinated by the College Board, AP courses allow students to study and sit exams on selected subjects at a first-year university level, while also earning credits towards their high school diploma. Not only do these courses offer students the opportunity to challenge themselves and explore subjects of special interest to them in greater depth, but many universities will grant advanced standing or transfer credits on the basis of a student’s results on their AP exams.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, Bayview Glen is introducing new two AP subject courses: Computer Science Principles and US History.
In addition, beginning in September of 2019, Bayview Glen will begin offering the exciting new AP Capstone programme. This two-year programme allows students to conduct in-depth, advanced research and problem-solving in a field of their own choosing guided by the classroom teacher and a subject-matter mentor, essentially completing a ‘mini-thesis’ over the course of their Grade 11 and 12 years. Students who successfully complete the two Capstone courses and also earn a level 3 or better on four additional AP examinations are awarded the AP Capstone Diploma.
The complete list of AP offerings at Bayview Glen is available in the Upper School course calendar, which can be accessed here, and further details about the College Board and the AP programme can be found at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/.
For more information, contact Christopher Federico, Assistant Head, Academics at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you dropped by Ms Iafrate’s Grade 6 classroom, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were at conference on innovation in education. Big ideas were flying around the room for ways to improve learning environments. The students were presenting their designs for their own middle schools with the focus on these questions: What is school for? What is it designed to do and how can it be improved? Using the programme floorplanner.com, students tackled designs for individual spaces around a school such as the library, science classrooms, rooftop gardens and storage spaces. Many of the ideas centred on using renewable energy, making spaces open and bright and ensuring each room was accessible for all. Students were also in charge of naming their school and designing a logo and mascot. The project was part of the Problem Based Learning class that all students take as part of our Grade 6 programme.
Lisa Sonshine knows how to light up a room. The Lower School atrium was filled with music and high energy as children’s entertainers Sonshine and Broccoli took to the stage.
The BVG Alumna met her musical partner Brock Burford in the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre programme. That fateful meeting was the beginning of a 15-year career as Sonshine and Broccoli. Their success has been meteoric. They have a China tour booked this summer and are hoping for a Juno nomination for best Children's Album of the year. They will also perform at the ROM over March break.
As a BVG Alumna, Lisa recalls how many of their performances were in the bubble. She fondly remembers participating in Leader of the Pack. “Taking part in musical theatre here at BVG helped influence my future path,” says Lisa. “Ms. Astrella in the Prep School is someone who I think of to this day as a person who helped shape me.”
Sonshine and Broccoli are releasing their 4th album called “It’s Cool to be Kind”. Lisa held her CD launch party at Bayview Glen in early January.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Nurturing a global perspective is one of the foundations of a Bayview Glen education. An exciting new option is now being offered to our future graduates. The Global Studies Certificate, in addition to the Bayview Glen Diploma will provide students with an interest in global studies the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the world and their place in it.
Our students currently participate in a wide range of experiential learning from Round Square activities to co-curriculars like the model UN and the Global Ideas Institute. This certificate is designed to recognize what students learn in class, the wider context of our school and the world outside our borders. It also allows them to translate their ideas and experiences into appropriate actions to improve conditions locally and globally. There are four criteria with a focus on learning, participating in international experiences, engagement and action. (For a more detailed look, please click here for a PDF with the specific criteria).
Grade 8 students and their parents were introduced to the Global Studies Certificate at the 2019 course selection evening. Our Director of Global Education, Michelle Yarndley, outlined the new initiative saying, “Global Competency is part of the “leading edge” that you develop as a student at Bayview Glen.”
The class of 2023 will be the first cohort to graduate with the new certificate. For further information or any questions, please contact Michelle at email@example.com
"Unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years." Cybersecurity expert Paul Davis.
With more than 25 years of experience in the world of Information Technology, Paul Davis is our featured guest in January as part of our ongoing Speaker Series. He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defense, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.
Paul spoke to our students about how to legally, safely and conscientiously navigate the internet and the ever-expanding field of social media. His presentations were so well received, we invited Paul back to speak with parents and alumni.
To register for the event before January 27th, please click here.
When: Jan. 29th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: J.T.M. Guest Theatre Moatfield Campus