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.
The wind outside is howling which means that it is time for this year's BVG rendering of Dracula! The Bayview Glen Upper School productions are well known for their breathtaking sets, dedicated actors, and true embodiment of the play they are performing. This year's production is no different with the entire student-run team working tirelessly to breathe life into the timeless characters. Join us on the 21st and the 22nd at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or payments required. We look forward to seeing you there!
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
Celebrating all the unique ways to give of one's time, talent and acts of kindness were the focus of #givingtuesday at Bayview Glen. The students were asked a question to start the day. What are some of the ways we give to those in our community and to each other? Students in the Lower School took their markers to a kindness wall and started a conversation. In the Prep and Upper Schools, it was also about conversation in mentor groups and highlighting the amazing giving around our annual Better Beginnings campaign helping those in need.
Yazmeen Jamieson ‘16 has always been proud of her roots. As an Upper School student at Bayview Glen, she helped plan Black History Month celebrations and organized guest speakers to present to her peers. She won awards for her community outreach and always looked for ways to connect her storytelling through creative outlets like spoken word poetry.
Her outstanding athletic talents are also part of what makes Yazmeen tick. She is the goalkeeper on the first Jamaican squad to capture a FIFA World Cup berth. Her story was recently reported in the Toronto Star. Click here to read more.
At Bayview Glen, Yazmeen played a wide range of sports including basketball, volleyball, track and field and of course, soccer. She will play in net next July at the FIFA World Cup in France.
"We are preparing our children for an inter-connected world where they don't just survive but thrive." Michelle Yarndley, Director of Global Education.
Listening to guest speakers and learning more about the school community is a major focus of the BVG Parent Association general monthly meeting. The new Director of Global Education, Michelle Yarndley, made a presentation at the November gathering on the many ways our students are exposed to global thinking. In fact, Michelle told the group, global education is part of the fabric of everything we do at Bayview Glen.
To learn more about her approach, click on this slide show presentation here.
When Wayson Choy asked a room full of Grade 9s if many of them liked to tell their friends stories, there was a sea of hands that shot into the air. He delightedly told them they were in fact all writers since at the heart of all good writing is storytelling. The Head of Arts in the Upper School, Norm Reynolds, invited Wayson Choy to spend the day speaking to students about his remarkable life and share insight on his craft. Wayson's novel The Jade Peony won the Trillium Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. His memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. He is also a member of the Order of Canada.
Part of the workshop involved making butterflies out one sheet of paper in three minutes. Wayson then showed them how to make an origami butterfly in seconds with a reminder that everything takes education and practice.
Students worked on writing prompts and spent time sharing ideas and challenges with their classmates.