An Update From Your Principal

Greetings Blyth Families!

I can’t believe it is May already! While this has definitely been a year with unprecedented change, I feel that it has flown by! As we progress through Term Four I am excited to see our students continue to thrive and our teachers continue to provide our students with engaging and innovative learning experiences! This is the time of year to take a look in the mirror and decide how you will end your school year! With summer in sight, it is important to continue to demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to your learning in order to finish the school year achieving at the highest possible level you are capable of!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Jahiem W. as our Student of the Week! Jahiem has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic in our virtual classrooms and continues to excel in our new model of education! Great work, Jahiem!

Don’t forget to check out Edsby for our weekly guest speakers!

Weekly Challenge

Plank that Song Challenge – Ellen DeGeneres

Challenge Criteria
– Record a video of you planking to your favourite tune! Special bonus points if you sing the song too!
– Choose song with appropriate lyrics
– Post video in the Weekly Challenge Edsby group

Example from the Ellen DeGeneres show!

Fitness/Sport-Specific Skills Training
Who is using their time at home to work on their fitness and sport-specific skills? As you have heard from our fantastic guest speakers, what you do to improve during this time will set you apart from others! Use this downtime to work hard, improve your fitness and skills, and eat well! Continue to follow the daily workouts that are being posted in our Fitness Training Edsby group.

Wellness Wednesdays
Continue to look out for our Wellness Wednesday videos! These are great opportunities to take a minute to reflect on how things are going and to support your success and well-being. Make sure that you complete the Wellness Wednesday activity from this past week which is to Pay It Forward! Go out of your way to make a difference in someone’s life; call someone to check up on them, send someone a nice message or help someone in some way.

Who’s Most Likely To Question Game!
We hope you have been enjoying our Who’s Most Likely To Question Game that we have been running on Instagram and Facebook! It has allowed our staff to come together to have some fun while we are all apart and we hope that it has provided you with some laughs so far! Keep an eye out for a new question every day or two on social media!

Thanks to all students, staff and parents for all of your hard work this week and ongoing support! Have a lovely weekend and do your best to unplug and enjoy the outdoors (in a physical distancing kind of way)!

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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