Halfway Through Term Four

 
Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

I know that it’s hard to believe, but this week we have reached the midterm point of our Term Four courses! Congratulations to our students for their continued investment in their studies to finish off the year strong, and a massive thank you to our faculty who prove day after day how much they care about the success of our students, finding new and unique ways to engage them in our virtual classes. We had a great turnout for our virtual parent-teacher conferences this week. So many of you booked in simply to tell our teachers how appreciative you are of their efforts and thank them. It really bolstered the team, and for that, I thank you, parents!

Our Student Council is wrapping up for the year, and as we did last year, we will be holding elections for the President and Vice President positions in June. Holding year-end elections allows us to collaborate with the incoming execs to plan for orientation and the year ahead. As such, if you are interested in running for either of these positions, please email Mrs. Pace. More information to follow on campaign and polling formats in the weeks ahead!

For those who have been asking, we will be allowing students/parents the opportunity to come to the school, by appointment, over several days in June, in order to pick up items from lockers. If you/your child has items they wish to retrieve, please email me directly to book a date and time to do so.

A reminder that our food drive is in full gear. Ms. Brissett’s class thinks they’re in the lead! The contest runs until June 19. Details again for you below!

  1. Gather non-perishable items for donation and take a photo of yourself with your haul.
  2. Send the photo to your period 1 teacher over Edsby or email.
  3. Take your donations to a donation centre of your choice. We’ve put together a list of possible locations in our area for you below, but any donation centre will do!
    • Parkdale Foodbank (High Park area)
    • Toronto Fire Stations 425, 422, 431, or any one near you
    • Daily Bread Foodbank (Islington & Bloor area)
    • The Mississauga Foodbank (near Cloverdale Mall)

food on table

Finally, a couple of reminders:

  1. Next Wednesday, June 3 is a PD Day so there will not be any classes.
  2. Our registration deadline is Monday, June 1, so if you are planning to re-register and have not yet done so, please make sure you register online by Sunday at midnight.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Blyth ET!

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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