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Leadership in Action: Peer4Peer Online Peer Tutoring Platform

Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
By: Nikhil Marwaha and Sydney Caduc, Grade 12

Last March, our community experienced a time of great uncertainty. Faced with this challenge, Peer4Peer was founded with a mission to create stability. The organization’s goal is to connect peers with one another and foster a positive learning environment in this challenging environment. Peer4Peer is an online peer tutoring platform run by students, for students. At Bayview Glen, we are very fortunate to have the privilege of a private education and online learning. However, we know this is not the reality for most students. Peer4Peer works to break the imbalance between resources available to the public system and the private school system. This initiative has been brought to Bayview Glen to help introduce students to new opportunities, further develop their learning skills. In addition, increase student’s confidence in their knowledge as a tutee or to share their own understandings and experience with others as a tutor.Last March, our community experienced a time of great uncertainty. Faced with this challenge, Peer4Peer was founded with a mission to create stability. The organization’s goal is to connect peers with one another and foster a positive learning environment in this challenging environment. Peer4Peer is an online peer tutoring platform run by students, for students. At Bayview Glen, we are very fortunate to have the privilege of a private education and online learning. However, we know this is not the reality for most students. Peer4Peer works to break the imbalance between resources available to the public system and the private school system. This initiative has been brought to Bayview Glen to help introduce students to new opportunities, further develop their learning skills. In addition, increase student’s confidence in their knowledge as a tutee or to share their own understandings and experience with others as a tutor. We may be socially distant, but we continue to learn together.

Career Breakfast on Professional Athletics

Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

On Tuesday, October 27, we were pleased to host our first Career Breakfast for this school year online via Microsoft Teams Live Event to explore a day in the life in Professional Athletics with two of our alumni, Spencer Estey '12 and Jordyn Listro '13.
 
It was interesting to hear about their differing perspectives regarding professional athletics. Spencer opened our eyes to a variety of career possibilities, such as the use of data analytics on player performance and how it has led to improved decision making and better results in the field. He also shared some wise advice - focus on a specific sport and figure out the skills that would be the most beneficial, then learn those skills and apply them to a sports team. Jordyn shared her journey as a professional soccer player both in Spain and now in Orlando. She reflected honestly on her challenges and encouraged students to take similar steps as she did. By persevering through uncomfortable situations, surrounding herself with a positive support group (which she formed at Bayview Glen), going the extra mile and remaining focussed on her end goals, Jordyn can truly say she is living her dream.
 
The next Career Breakfasts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. online via Microsoft Teams Live Event. Please stay tuned for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE for the BVG Gryphon in Post City's Mascot Contest

Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Bayview Glen is in the finals! 

Thanks to all of your support, our Gryphon has made it to the finals! This means we NEED your votes to win a virtual visit from the Raptor, Carlton and Ace.

Vote now & vote as often as you can: https://trnto.link/mascot2020

Please share with other parents, students and friends. We have until Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m. to cast as many votes as possible.

The winner will be announced next week!

Parent Association Virtual Speaker Series: Thomas and Randle IPAC Consulting

Date: 
Monday, October 5, 2020

 

Date Recorded: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Format: Online via Zoom

Please watch this information session from Janet and Eslyn, Registered Infectious Disease Nurses, on COVID-19 prevention strategies and proper use of PPE. The nurses provided Bayview Glen parents with information as well as answered questions.

Myopia and the Effect of Screen Time on our Vision

Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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? 

  • Squinting 
  • 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 

 

Most importantly… 

  • 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.

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