The Week Ahead

 
Greetings Blyth Families!

We hope you have had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing weekend!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Cooper as our Student of the Week! Cooper has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic in our transition to a virtual classroom and has participated in our weekly challenges and athletic events! Keep up the great work, Cooper!

We are continuing to have some exciting guest speakers and activities going on next week; please log in to Edsby to access the links and schedule.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE (THURSDAY APRIL 16th @ 7:30PM)

We will be hosting a Virtual Open House next Thursday evening via Zoom, open to all interested families to attend! Please share this information with families and friends, asking them to RSVP for the session via the following link: https://bit.ly/2JQSOna. Once they have RSVP’d a Zoom link for the conference will be sent to them.

Fitness/Sport-Specific Skills Training
It has been great to see our student-athletes participating in the daily fitness workouts posted in the Fitness Training Edsby group and in the sport-specific skills videos posted by our fantastic coaches! We continue to encourage you to send us pictures/videos of your workouts and to post them in these Edsby groups to motivate one another!

Wellness Wednesdays
Continue to watch out for our Wellness Wednesdays videos in the Fitness Training Edsby group! Thanks to Ms. Charmley for creating the first two videos! Take time to watch and learn from them! It is very important to work on mindfulness and focus on well-being during these challenging times!

Social Media
We are trying to be more active on our social media accounts (@blythdownsview/@blythhockey/@blythsoccer) so please make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see all of the exciting things that are going on in our virtual classes, with our guest speakers and our athletic components!

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