"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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416.443.1030, Ext. 634
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
Chapters Night at Bayview Village set for November 16th 6:30 - 9 p.m.
In honour of our upcoming Chapters Night, our Lower School teachers are sharing their favourite reads.
Mr. Neville - Not Quite Narwhal, Jessie Sima
*** Mr. Neville will kick off the evening on Chapters Night with a reading at 6:30 p.m.
Mrs. Daunt - Danny the Champion of the World. Roald Dahl
Mrs. Bertuzzi - Love You Forever, Robert Munsch
Mrs. Escott - The Skin You Live In, Michael Tyler
Mrs. Baranieski - The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Peggy Rathmann
Ms. McCleary - Howard B. Wigglebotton Listens to his Heart, Howard Binkow
Mrs. McDonald - The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Ms. Freedman - Wonder, R. J. Palacio
Mr. Meingarten - Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Mr. Baumgartner - Morpheus Road Series, D. J. MacHale
Mr. McCarter - James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
Mrs. DesLauriers - Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss
Ms. Dunlap - Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Mr. Ganley - Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman
Mrs. Johnson - The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mrs. Hillier - Red is Best, Kathy Stinson
Mrs. Dillane - This is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen
Mr. Denison - Crossover, Kwame Alexander
Over in the Meadow, Jill McDonald and Susan Reed
Ms. Mills - Swimmy, Leo Lionni
Mme. Warlow - Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog, Jackie Clark Mancuso
Mr. Nagthall - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
Mrs. Denison - The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt
Mrs. Lende - The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Mrs. Weidner - The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
Mme. Kongoli - Tu Peux, Elise Gravel
Ms. Seun - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
Mrs. Mackenzie - The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
Mr. Cwirenko - The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
Mrs. Hafiji - Can I Play Too, Mo Willems
Ms. Iorgu - Mix it Up, Herve Tullet
Mr. Jones - The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Mrs. Nathani - Not a Box, Antionette Portis
Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Mrs. Gill - Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Ms. Elliott - Nasreen’s Secret School, Jeanette Winter
Ms. Hanou - Ish, Sky Colour, The Dot By Peter Reynolds
Mme. Raouda - Le Ballon Rouge, Albert Lamorisse
Ms. Kanary - A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’engle
Anxiety and Depression in Youth: A Growing Concern
Many children and adolescents experience a range of emotions that serve a productive purpose and that includes anxiety but Dr. Silvia Bernardini says 10 percent of youth today are experiencing a level of anxiety and sadness that is interfering with functioning. The Bayview Glen Speaker Series is designed to start conversations about important topics. The goal is to empower parents with information and resources. Dr. Bernardini will discuss the difference between normal anxiety and sadness and what could potentially be an anxiety disorder. She says knowing what to look for and catching the warning signs is key. The presentation will also cover both prevention and treatments for anxiety and depression in children and teenagers.
Dr. Silvia Bernardini is a registered Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Toronto in 2005 and received dual registration as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist and School Psychologist from the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2007. She has worked extensively in both hospital and school settings throughout the years with children and their families who experience a range of psychological and learning difficulties. Dr. Bernardini is a founding partner of the Clinical Psychology Centre, a private practice in Thornhill.
When: October 26th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: J.T.M. Guest Theatre
Ticket details: Click here
Taking STEM Outreach to Another Level
Imagine if a teacher asked you to concisely summarize everything you learned over a school year in under two minutes. On September 26, 2017 we, as members of the Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen robotics team, were faced with a similar challenge, but instead we were asked by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
From September 2016 to April 2017, Ctrl-Z, consisting of Brianna Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez, Trent Rossos, Harrison Cazzin, Mackenzie Clark, Matthew Wong, and Alex Alexiev, had invested over 3,500 hours working on their robot, research project, and outreach. As a result, in April 2017, out of a pool of over 32,000 other robotics teams from around the world, Ctrl-Z won the Champions Award – 1st place at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis. This was only the second time a Canadian team had ever achieved this honour.
A few months later, in September 2017, Ctrl-Z was invited to represent FIRST Canada at the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Fair held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. There were 28 other students selected from across Canada (BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, and Newfoundland) to showcase their science projects at the event.
On the evening of September 25th, we flew to Ottawa accompanied by Mr. Denison (learning strategist for the Lower School and head coach of Bayview Glen robotics teams) and Dave Ellis (Director of FLL Ontario). After arriving at around 10:30 p.m., we had to prepare for the big event the following day by charging the robot's batteries, lining up team materials, and most importantly learning how to iron our team jerseys!
The next morning, all 30 participants of the Science Fair gathered their projects and loaded them onto the coach bus that would be transporting the group over the course of the day. The first stop was the Wellington Building, just down the street from Parliament. Here, all the students would participate in a round table meeting with the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, and the President of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), Dr. Mario Pinto. Without their science projects in hand, all the students and chaperones entered the building. Due to high security, it took almost an hour to make it to the meeting room, but it was well worth the effort. Each seat had a microphone and a set of headphones, and there was even a live translator for participants to hear simultaneous interpretation of French and English language. First, each student made introductory remarks to the Minister. Then the students each spoke about their science project, from a 10-year old student talking about the effects of advertising on the human senses to a 17-year old student describing research on cancer therapy with Nano technology. All found it inspirational to hear the students share their passion and to hear Minister Duncan and Dr. Pinto speak about their goals and how important it was for Canada’s future that youth be involved in STEM.
Following Minister Duncan’s round table, the students ate a light lunch and then boarded the bus for the final stop at the Langevin Block, the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. This time, the students entered the building without the chaperones. Everyone unloaded their projects from the bus and brought them to security for inspection. We were given thirty minutes to set up our showcase, consisting of two 4’ x 8’ display boards, trophies, robot and playing field, and Pinder Pet Finder innovative solution. For the next hour, almost two dozen Members of Parliament visited our showcase. We demonstrated our autonomous robot and research project and discussed our accomplishments, all that we had learned, and how we have inspired other youth to get involved with STEM.
As the MP’s cleared out, guards secured all the entrances, and Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Dr. Mona Nemer, newly appointed Chief Science Advisor, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and an entire film crew, came up the stairs, and made their way to the end of the hall. As the students lined up side by side, the Prime Minister listened to their presentations one by one. Then, it was time for us to deliver our presentation. We had less than two minutes to explain everything to our audience. With all the practice over the years and the good luck from our oversized Canada hats that we wore at the FIRST Championships, we nailed the presentation. The Prime Minister was extremely impressed by how much Ctrl-Z has done to inspire youth, including mentoring a First Nations team in Toronto. In saying farewell, we gave Prime Minister Trudeau one of our Canada hats to remember Bayview Glen and the Ctrl-Z robotics team.
We will never forget our visit to Ottawa and how honoured we were to represent BVG and FIRST Canada in meeting with Canada’s leaders. Special thanks to Mr. Denison and Mr. Ellis for accompanying us to Ottawa and making this truly memorable event a reality.
Trent Rossos and Alex Alexiev