Weekly Update From Blyth Academy Etobicoke

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

It’s hard to believe, but as of the end of today, we have successfully completed week seven in our virtual classrooms. I counted – twice. For most, we’ve now got the hang of it, more or less, and many of those initial wrinkles have been ironed out. That said, I also know that some of the novelty is wearing off and we are missing those relationships and interactions that happen best in our school building and in our classrooms. This, coupled with the onset of spring and the end of the school year in sight, is starting to show on the faces of our students. I would ask that you all take a moment to regroup and keep your foot on the gas until the end of the year. We’ll do our very best to continue to engage your passions so that you can finish the year as strongly as you started it.

Next week is our University Experience Week for our Grade 12 classes. Tuesday through Thursday, Grade 12 teachers will be adopting a variety of university-style teaching/learning approaches in their classes through lectures, seminars, tutorials and labs. On Thursday, teachers and students will debrief on the experience in an effort to have students reflect upon and determine skills that they might wish to focus on over the remainder of the year in order to further prepare for university. Teachers will also share feedback with parents, anecdotally. On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., three Blyth ET graduates from the class of 2019 will host a Zoom session open to all of our students. They’ll share their first year experiences and provide tips and advice on topics such as scheduling, time management, study habits, and university living/life. There will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions.

As we are now in the home stretch of the school year, you may be thinking about options and activities for your child this summer. With many facing the prospect of cancelled summer camps and vacations, I wanted to share that we will be running Summer School at Blyth ET in July, with some of our full-time faculty team leading our classes. Classes will be face-to-face, either virtually through Zoom or in person if it is safe and permitted to do so. Classes will run from July 6 – 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, with afternoon office hours available daily. We offer a variety of courses in Grades 10 – 12. Details can be found on our website. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions or would like to register.

Finally, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Blyth ET moms! I hope that you and your children have a wonderful day together, however you spend it! Until next time, be well, Blyth ET, and never hesitate to reach out. I am available for a call or Zoom meeting if you ever want to connect.

Laurie Foley

Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy is remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities will continue through virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.

Our plans include continuing term three virtually, along with all of the usual processes for student report cards and information sharing with post-secondary institutions delivered on schedule. Planning for term four is underway with Principals and guidance staff working on finalizing courses and students’ schedules.

Blyth Academy is committed to providing students with personalized instruction and support, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills, and nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership. We are also committed to providing ongoing communication between the school and families.

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