An Update From Your Principal

 
Greetings Blyth Families!

Welcome to Term 4! A new term brings new opportunities! As we continue to thrive in our virtual classrooms I encourage all of our students to reflect on their achievement in their previous terms and set goals for their future achievement, success and well-being in our final term! This is no time to slack off. In fact, this is one of the most important times of the school year to really focus on your commitment to success! The weather will start getting warmer and distractions might increase, however, it shows the true character and commitment of a student in how they finish out the year! Take a look in the mirror, set some individual goals and finish off the year strong!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Rayen S. as our Student of the Week! Rayen has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic in our virtual classrooms and continues to flourish academically! Great work, Rayen!

Weekly Challenge
Since we only received one submission for the weekly challenge we are going to keep this challenge going for one more week (special shout-out to Cooper H. for submitting his trick shot)!

Challenge: Best Trick Shot!

Rules:
1) Video under 30 seconds of a trick or shot in your sport of choice
2) Appropriate attire, language, etc.
3) Be creative!

Below is a video of our former student, Zac Bell, to help get you started with some ideas!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDc_VykRpao

Fitness/Sport-Specific Skills Training
Please continue to take advantage of the daily fitness programs and the skills training videos that are being posted! We would love for you to share more pictures and/or videos of you working on your fitness and skills!

Wellness Wednesdays
Continue to look out for our Wellness Wednesday videos! These are a great opportunity to take a minute to reflect on how things are going and to support your success and well-being. If you would like more wellness activities, you are welcome to participate in one of the six daily yoga sessions being run by @PowerYogaCanada via Instagram and Facebook live!

Who’s Most Likely To Question Game!
As a fun staff activity we took part in a good old game of “Who’s Most Likely To…” on our PD Day! We thought it would be fun for our students, parents and the community to see us in a different light! Although our staff are remarkable at what they do, they are more than just teachers, administrators and coaches! We like to have fun too! We have recorded all of these questions via Zoom and will be posting them over the next few weeks! Keep an eye out on our social media accounts and Facebook: Blyth Academy Downsview Park)

Thanks to all students, staff and parents for all of your hard work this week and ongoing support! Have a lovely and restful weekend!

Best,
Adam Hurley

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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