Wrapping up the School Year

 
Greetings Blyth Families!

Where has the time gone! It seems like yesterday we were all coming together in our student lounge for orientation day and now we are already wrapping up the school year! It has without a doubt been an eventful year, full of exciting learning experiences and challenging change due to the shift to virtual classrooms! I would like to commend everyone on their hard work and continued commitment! To our students – we recognize and appreciate all of the hard work that you put in to not only succeed but excel with this new virtual platform! To our families – your support of your children is nothing short of amazing! We recognize that you have been trying to juggle work and supporting your children academically throughout the day which is truly outstanding and very much appreciated! To our staff – we definitely could not have accomplished this without you all! You reinvented education overnight, overcame technological challenges and found ways to deliver an innovative, engaging and thorough educational experience for all! As we enter the second last week of school for our high school students, I encourage you all to finish strong! You have two months of vacation ahead of you so please continue to work hard for the next two weeks! Our elementary students are entering their last week of school with their last school day being June 19th! It has been so nice to see you all grow and improve in all aspects, and we are very excited to continue working with you all next school year!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Chris P. as our Student of the Week! Chris has stepped up his academic game in the virtual classroom environment and has been thriving! He has shown a commitment to his learning and dedication to achieve at the highest level! Great work, Chris!

Last Day of Classes for Elementary Students!
Congratulations to all of our Elementary students for their hard work throughout the school year and in our virtual classrooms! Your last day of school is Friday June 19th and then you are off for a well-deserved summer break! We have been so proud of everything that you have accomplished this year and we look forward to working with you all again in September! Make sure to take some time to relax but make sure to still use the summer effectively; learn something new and make a difference in someone’s life!

Weekly Challenge

Body Break – “Get Yo Body Movin’!”

– Do you best impression of the video via the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpD9kRyBn8o
– Post a video of you doing the dance in our Edsby Weekly Challenge group!
– Have some fun with it and get movin’!

Volunteering in the Summer
Students who wish to support the COVID-19 efforts in their community may wish to volunteer this summer. To do so, students, in consultation with their parents, could look for community involvement hours through their local community organizations or by exploring SPARK Ontario the province’s first bilingual volunteer hub connecting volunteers with community organizations that support vulnerable Ontarians. Remember that students must have their volunteer opportunities approved by their guidance counsellor and principal before participating.

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 mental health and well-being. If you haven’t done so already please check out the Wellness Wednesday Activity this week which is going on a Mindfulness Walk to relax and connect with the Earth, rather than focusing on your thoughts.

We are very excited about the mental health and well-being sessions Blyth is running for students and parents! We have one left and it is specifically geared towards parents. Register via the link below!

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

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

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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