Hello Everyone,

The first ever BAO Invitational Soccer Tournament took place on Monday, and we are proud to say that it was a success! We had just over 100 people show up, with 10 competitive teams taking part. In the end, Downsview Park took home the trophy where it now proudly sits on their mantle. We must give credit to Lawrence Park, however, as they only lost by one goal in the final game. Perhaps next year they can wrestle it away from Downsview!

The Staff team also made a noble effort, making it to the semi-final game and finishing fourth overall. Of special note, Serg ‘The Wall’ Olaru was our goaltender and really kept us in some of those games, especially toward the end when our endurance was running low.

We would like to thank everyone that helped make this tournament so enjoyable. We know each of your campuses gave up teachers and students for an entire day, which is very much appreciated. We also had tremendous referees throughout the day, so a big thank you to Kofi Amoah from Ottawa, Alex Di Giacomo and Sarah Logozzo from Mississauga, Joe Zupo from Thornhill, Nick Ebel from Lawrence Park, and anyone else who had to step in and lend a hand.

We would also like to thank Adam Hurley and the entire Downsview Park staff for opening up their doors and allowing 100 people to wander through their campus throughout the day. Your patience and assistance really made this day run smoothly.

Looking forward to the 2018 tournament!

Cheers

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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