Blyth Academy Downsview Park Weekly Update

Greetings Blyth Families!

I can’t believe we have been in our virtual classrooms for over 2.5 months now! Time really has flown by! I am sure there have been challenges along the way but I am hopeful that we have been able to provide your child and your family with some structure, engagement and most importantly, fun! As we enter the last few weeks of classes I am extremely proud of our students, staff and families! We have come together during these unprecedented times to continue supporting our students, your children, in their academic and athletic development! We are encouraged by the fact that our students will have a step-up on most as they enter next school year after completing the entire curriculum, while the majority of others have had their school year cut short and their curriculum reduced. We have some exciting guest speakers joining us in the coming weeks that I encourage you all to attend! We also have two sessions for Mental Health & Well-Being coming up (for students and parents) that I recommend you register for!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Rylan S. as our Student of the Week! Rylan has demonstrated an very strong work ethic in our virtual classroom and continues to excel in our new model of education! Rylan is a very hard working student-athlete who continues to thrive in the classroom and regularly attends our guest speaker sessions, fitness workouts and game-film analysis sessions! Great work, Rylan!

Wellness Wednesdays
Continue to look out for our Wellness Wednesday videos and activities! These are great opportunities to take a minute to reflect on how things are going and to support your success and well-being. We are very excited about the mental health and well-being sessions Blyth Academy is running for students and parents! We have two left so please make sure to register for them!

Wellness for Students Session 2 with Ms. Lewis
Time: June 11, 2020 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Topics include:
· Managing the expectations of others;
· Dealing with uncertainty.

Wellness for Parents – PERMA Model
Time: June 18, 2020 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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

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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