May 2017 Newsletter




What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.

Anne Lamott


Dyslexia represent from 80 to 90% of all learning disabilities.


What is Dyslexia? It is a difficulty with the alphabet, reading, writing and spelling despite normal or above-normal intelligence, conventional teaching methods, and adequate sociocultural opportunity. Dyslexia is thought to be genetic and hereditary.

Common Myths about Dyslexia:

  • Dyslexia is rare: Dyslexia touch about 23% of the population.
  • Dyslexics will not succeed in life: A vast majority of dyslexics have invented or done something great for humanity.
  • Dyslexia will prevent your child from succeeding: Your child should succeed not despite dyslexia but because of it.
  • Dyslexia: Why the Confusion? Dyslexics are learning disabled: Dyslexics can also be learning disabled but usually they only become learning disabled because of ineffective teaching.
  • It is difficult to diagnose: It is easy once we know what we are looking for.
  • Reading difficulties disappears with age: Not if it is Dyslexia
  • Repeating a school grade can remove dyslexia: To do more of the same that made you fail in the first place.
  • Dyslexia is limited to those who reverse letters or numbers: Only 10% of dyslexics reverses letters.Dyslexia is caused by parents who do not read to their children: Some parents read often to their children, some are writers, own book shops, are translators’
  • Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until a child is in third-grade: It should be diagnosed in kindergarten
  • Only a psychologist can assess individuals with Dyslexia: Only if he has received training in the assessment of people with dyslexia

For more about on Dyslexia read the following booklet:

Extract of: BRAZEAU-WARD, Louise, I’m confused, is it dyslexia or is it learning disability?, Canadian Dyslexia Centre, 2003.

Characteristics of Dyslexia:

Characteristics of dyslexia vary greatly from one individual to another. The dyslexic person can experience difficulties in many areas, including:

  • formation of letters;
  • correctly writing letters of the alphabet in the proper sequence;
  • naming the letters;
  • associating sound (phonetics) with the symbol (grapheme);
  • appropriate sequence if individual letters, and a series of letters which make up a word, in the reading or writing process (e.g. b-d, was-saw, quiet-quite);
  • reading, spelling, writing;
  • finding a word in the dictionary;
  • expressing ideas in writing;
  • finding the right word when talking;
  • expressing clear ideas verbally;
  • distinguishing left from right, east from west;
  • telling time, days of the week, months of the year;
  • confusion with math symbols;
  • memorizing multiplication tables (sequential memory);
  • difficulty memorizing non-phonetic words.

As well, other symptoms of dyslexia include:

  • inordinate amount of time spent on homework;
  • inconsistent performance and grades from day-to-day;
  • high stress resulting from having to perform on the spot;
  • lack of organization and study habits that are not in keeping with the personal 0f intelligence.

Forms of Dyslexia:

The Dyslexia Determination Test (DDT) will determine the three fundamental types of dyslexia and its seven permutation patterns. It is used to investigate specific aspects of language problems relating to reading, writing and spelling. The test is in three parts; the first one involves checking for written reversals of numbers and letters. The second part tests the mode of decoding words: eidetic or phonetic. The third and last part consists of assessing whether encoding is eidetic or phonetic.

Examples of the three fundamental types of dyslexia: Dysnemkinesia (motor)

A deficit in remembering how to do the movements needed for writing.

For example:         The student will make reversals.         The student will write b instead of d.

Dysphonesia (auditory)

A deficit in the ability to sound off, to syllabicate, to pronounce and to distinguish sounds of unfamiliar words. For example:         The student reads house instead of home.         The student writes aminal instead of animal.

Dyseidesia (visual)

A deficit in the ability to recognize whole words by sight and match them to whole-word sounds.

For example:      The student reads ball instead of bell.     The student writes enuf instead of enough.

IMPORTANT: A student with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability and/or a visual acuity problem will not demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia on the DDT.

The above dyslexia tests are available from the Canadian Dyslexia Centre.

If you are diagnosed with Dyslexia, there is help out there ~ below you will find several famous people that have still been able to live their dreams.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Authors:

Agatha Christie (1890- 1976), was an English crime fiction writer. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her 66 mystery novels. Her work with mystery novels, particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, have given her the title the ‘Queen of Crime’ and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the mystery novel. Christie has been called – by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others – the best-selling writer of books of all time, and the best-selling writer of any kind second to William Shakespeare.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.

Ernest Miller Hemingway(1899 – 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. His distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement and had a major influence on the development of twentieth century fiction writing.

Jules Verne (1828 -1905) was a French author and a pioneer of the science-fiction genre best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870), Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne was noted for writing about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Politicians:

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the most well-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist, he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that made independence possible. Franklin was noted for his curiosity, his writings (popular, political and scientific), and his diversity of interests. His writings are proverbial for being wise and scintillating to this day. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe.

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. His leadership during the USS PT-109 incident during the Second World War in the South Pacific was a turning point in his life. Kennedy represented Massachusetts from 1947 to 1960, first as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then in the U.S. Senate. He was elected President in 1960 in one of the closest elections in American history. He is the only Roman Catholic to be elected President of the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, early events of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights Movement. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was an American Vice President, governor of New York State, philanthropist and businessman. A leader of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, he was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, where he launched many construction and modernization projects. Scion of one of the world’s richest and best known families, he failed repeatedly in his attempts to become president, but he was appointed Vice President of the United States of America in 1974. He served from 1974 to 1977, and did not join the 1976 GOP national ticket with President Gerald Ford. He retired from politics when his term as Vice President was over.

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) was an English statesman, soldier, and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Well-known as an orator, strategist, and politician, Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for his many books on English and world history. Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest-ever Briton in the 2002 BBC poll the 100 Greatest Britons.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Actors

Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven-time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. He has been nominated for an Academy Award 12 times (winning 3 of them), more than any other male actor, and second only to Meryl Streep (who has 13 nominations and 2 wins) in total nominations. He is tied with Walter Brennan for most wins by a male actor, and second to Katharine Hepburn for most acting wins overall (Hepburn had 4). He has also won seven Golden Globe Awards and he received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.

Robin Williams (born July 21, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. As an actor, he has had starring roles on television, stage, and film. The majority of Williams’ acting career has been in film, although he has given some memorable performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godot). His first starring roles, Popeye (1980) and The World According to Garp (1982), were both considered flops, but with Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Williams was nominated for an Academy Award and established a screen identity. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos, for example, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire.

Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. Counted as one of the most successful movie stars in Hollywood, he is the only actor to have six consecutive $100 million plus blockbusters on his resume. His first leading role in a blockbuster movie was 1983’s Risky Business.  From then on, he starred in many top films, becoming an iconic celebrity of Hollywood. Despite the recent scrutinizing media coverage of his personal life, mainly regarding his support of Scientology and his related criticism of psychiatry, he remains a star of worldwide renown

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Scientists:

Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist widely considered one of the greatest physicists of all time. While best known for the theory of relativity (and specifically mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2), he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1905 explanation of the photoelectric effect and “for his services to Theoretical Physics”. He was known for many scientific investigations, among which were: his special theory of relativity which stemmed from an attempt to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field, his general theory of relativity which extended the principle of relativity to include gravitation, relativistic cosmology, capillary action, critical opalescence, classical problems of statistical mechanics and problems in which they were merged with quantum theory, leading to an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules; atomic transition probabilities, the probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory, the quantum theory of a monatomic gas, the thermal properties of light with a low radiation density which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light, the theory of radiation, including stimulated emission; the construction of a unified field theory, and the geometrization of physics.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was a Scottish scientist and inventor who emigrated to Canada and later the United States. Today, Bell is widely considered as one of the foremost developers of the telephone, together with Antonio Meucci inventor of the first telephone prototype and Philipp Reis. In addition to Bell’s work in telecommunications technology, he was responsible for important advances in aviation and hydrofoil technology. Much of his later work was done in Canada.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life worldwide into the 21st century. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and can therefore be credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Some of the inventions attributed to him were not completely original but amounted to improvements of earlier inventions or were actually created by numerous employees working under his direction. Nevertheless, Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,097 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He lived to the age of 84.

Below the following links lead to several interesting videos’ and stories about Dyslexia:





Lesson 3.



When a is followed by the bonus letter l, it makes the sound of /ol/ in ball


  mall wall   call   hall

  ball    fall    all   tall

  Write the best word from the box to complete each sentence.


  1. Our new _____________will have 75 stores!
  2. Are you _____________ done with your lunch?
  3. Let’s hang your painting on that _____________.
  4. Don’t forget to ____________your parents.
  5. I always wear knee pads in case I ____________.
  6. Our poems are in the _____________outside our classroom.
  7. My mom thinks I will be _____________ like my brother.
  8. Bring a _____________ when you come to soccer practice.


Masks and Shadows Kindle Edition

by Stephanie Burgis (Author)


The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterh¡za Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterh¡zy’s carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterh¡za is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus’s mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband’s death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace’s golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress–a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.


Romance, music, and dark alchemy rise to a pitch-perfect ending in this wonderful historical novel. Memorable and utterly delightful. Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award winning author of The House of Shattered Wings  This deftly told and hugely engaging story weaves together the glittering court life of eighteenth-century Europe with a love for music (and Haydn), a thrilling taste of love and politics, and the bitter threat of a deadly magic. Kate Elliot, author of Cold Magic and Court of Fives Elegant and exciting Masks and Shadows celebrates diversity in taking us to a corner of the fantasy world few have ever visited. Stephanie Burgis plays her magical music with assurance and a profound knowledge that delighted and enlightened me as much as it entertained. Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and the Locus Award winning The Privilege of the Sword Terrific. A lush adventure fueled by music and alchemy, and peopled with irresistible characters. Masks and Shadows blends history and magic into a rich, believable love story fraught with royal intrigue. I finished it in one sitting. Donna Thorland, author of The Dutch Girl. 

Available from: and  and other fine bookstores.



If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?: (A Story About Dyslexia) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

by Barbara Esham (Author), Mike Gordon (Illustrator), Carl Gordon (Illustrator)

Katie always thought her dad was smart; he is one of the busiest attorneys in town! People are always asking him for advice! She has been a bit confused since asking him for help with her weekly spelling list. How can her very smart dad struggle with one of her spelling words? This definitely didn’t make sense. The word Mississippi has changes everything… Book Series Endorsements: “It is hard to overstate how much better children are served if they believe, rightly, that their efforts to improve academically actually make a difference. Research by Dr. Carol Dweck and colleagues has shown, in impressive detail, that children’s beliefs about the nature of intelligence–as being either malleable or axed–can greatly impact both their attitude towards learning and their academic achievement. It is far better to believe in a malleable rather than a fixed notion of intelligence. Thus it is a delight to see books like the present one put much needed, and scientifically credible, tools in the hands of educators, parents, and children.” Dr. Jeremy Gray, Yale University Professor of Psychology “The Mainstream Connections book series teaches that challenges and differences are part of the spice of life, not something to hide or fear. Each child in the series faces a challenge that makes him or her feel different and maybe not as good as other kids. Young readers will learn the value of facing challenges directly, and to respect everyone’s unique challenges. Success comes from practice and improvement, especially on the things that are hardest to do.” Dr. Brian Nosek, University of Virginia Professor of PsychologyThe Mainstream Connections Children’s Book Series conveys a message that could have been lifted straight from a psychology research journal: there is more than one way to define ‘being smart. As these stories illustrate, for every person, large and small, there are skills that are relatively difficult to master and others that seem to come more naturally. These books emphasize the important empirical conclusion that just as regular exercise makes the body stronger, so, too, does practice and the effort to improve academically–with all the struggle, fatigue, and initial failure that it entails–allow people to capitalize on the malleable nature of human intelligence. Dr. Samuel R. Sommers, Tufts University Professor of Psychology I applaud Barbara Esham for finding a way to teach young children how to be more mindful. In so doing, she sets the stage for their greater well-being as adults. Dr. Ellen Langer, Harvard University Professor of Psychology “This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children. Dr. Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University Professor of Psychology “If You’re So Smart How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? is a fantastic way of bringing this information to the many smart children who find reading and spelling especially difficult–and especially to those who are beginning to doubt their potential.” Drs. Brock (M.D., M.A.) and Fernette (M.D.) Learning Experts As consultants, the Eides are international and national professional advisors for organizations such as SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted).

Available from: http://  and   and other fine bookstores.

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Short Story Starter….

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  ~Winston Churchill

Most of us have told a little white lie at least once in our lifetime.  We’ve told a lie to spare someone’s feelings or blamed a sibling for eating the last cookie; the lies are small and seem harmless enough.  What happens when a little white lie takes on a life of its own?  Write about the consequences of a lie that gets out of hand. Does someone get hurt, do you lose a friend in the process or does something more sinister happen?

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒

Monthly Journal Challenge

May Journal Prompts

  1. Your favourite thing about May.
  2. A person who has made a difference in your life and why?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  4. Your favourite book, why did you enjoy it?
  5. A movie you want to see.
  6. Your favourite hobby.
  7. Favourite comfort food.
  8. What type of music do you like?
  9. Favourite fictional character?
  10. Favourite thing to do when the weather is warm.
  11. Your least favourite chore
  12. Favourite family tradition
  13. Three good things that have happened to you.
  14. Something you have too much of.
  15. A book you want to read.
  16. A word to describe your best friend.
  17. Three things you like about your life.
  18. Three wishes for your future.
  19. Your favourite TV show.
  20. Your favourite actor/actress.
  21. A goal you want to accomplish.
  22. Three things you like about yourself.
  23. Talk about your pets or one’s you’d want.
  24. Three accomplishments you are proud of.
  25. What comforts you when you’re sick.
  26. What’s the best dream you’ve had?
  27. Something you are looking forward to.
  28. Favourite subject to study.
  29. What makes you happy on bad days?
  30. Favourite thing to do on a rainy day.
  31. What do you want to do this summer?




Variety Village

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Save the date! Tuesday, May 9  |  11am-9pm

MEDIUM PEPPERONI PIZZA only $4.39 + tax! WALK-IN ONLY  |  While supplies last  |  Limit 2 per customer $1.00 from each pizza sold supports Variety Village!

TAG YOUR PIZZA SELFIES! #ThatsAmore  @Variety_Village  @PizzaNovaGuy

Toronto Police Children’s Games:

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017  |   9:00 am  2:00 pm

Welcome to the 35th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games. Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games. This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.

EVENT SCHEDULE 9:00-9:30AM  Registration (Fieldhouse) 9:30AM-10:00AM  Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse) 10:00AM  Opening Ceremonies 10:30AM-12:30PM  Activities (Sports And Games) 12:30PM  Closing Ceremonies And Awards 1:00-2:00PM  Registrant BBQ

Click Here to download the registration form

WHERE Variety Village 3701 Danforth Avenue Scarborough M1N 2G2

MORE INFORMATION Archie Allison 416 699 7167 x236

Mikhela’s 18th Birthday ZUMBA Party

Join us and celebrate Michela’s  Birthday the ZUMBA way!

Date: Sunday, June 11 2017 Time: 3:30pm  6:00pm (Doors open at 3:30pm) Where: Variety Village Fieldhouse

Click here to view the event  |   Click here to view the event on Facebook

Tickets: $20/person For ticket inquires please contact: Aida Go 416 577 5769 Rose Benavidez 416 902 1102

Featured vendors: ZUMBA Shop by Kizzy Adams Cookie Tells by Syen Chong

ZUMBA Instructors: Mariko Kamata Eric Jones Ison Kay Morishima Aida Go Cherrylyn Murayao-Sera Kizzy Adams Marissa Burias Jeff Chupa

Meet Mikhela Go. She is turning 18 on June 2017. She is a lovely young lady and always has a smile on her face. She loves going to Variety Village. She is very involved with the Drama program. This year, her drama class is doing a spin off from Grease Sandy. She is a Black Belt Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Variety Village and has done competitions over the years. She enjoys swimming and goes to lessons all year round at the Sunshine pool at the Village.

Mikhela has been a member of this organization since she was 5 years old. It has provided her a home away from home where she can meet new friends and be accepted as a growing young woman. She is also an ambassador. Variety Village has been a huge part of Mikhela growing years. It is time for her to give back to this organization that brought so much joy and happy memories for her. Her mom, Aida Go, who is a certified Zumba instructor, has organized this Zumba event to raise funds for Variety Village.

All proceeds from the event will support Variety Village If you would like any further information on any of the events shown above

PLEASE CONTACT:  Variety Village

Address: 3701 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167

Open ~ Tue 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM


March of Dimes

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Rock for Dimes Toronto May 6 2017

Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1,300,000 to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

For more information go to

Access Storage Charity Auction

If you love the TV show “Storage Wars” then you will love CaraCo  Annual Storage Charity Auction for March of Dimes Canada!

May 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. ~ 31 Steve Fonyo Drive, Kingston, Ontario

On Saturday May 27, 2017, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CaraCo Storage Solutions, in conjunction with the March of Dimes Canada, will be holding a charity storage units auction at 31 Steve Fonyo Drive in Kingston, Ontario.

How it Works

Just like you see on the TV show, the door of the storage unit will be opened, you will be allowed to take a peek at the unit (without entering it) and the bidding will start. Once the bidding starts, the individual with the highest bid will win the storage unit.

Bill Hall from CKWS will be the host and a BBQ will be held for all those who attend to enjoy!

All of the auctions and BBQ proceeds will go to the March of Dimes Canada programs and services to help people with physical disabilities.

Bid on storage units, support a great cause, and win some treasures! 

We look forward to seeing you at the BBQ and auction on May 27th!

For more information about the auction, contact:

Linda Yielding, Manager, Special Events & Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada ~

1-800-263-3463 ext.7290

wise-picks ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience. ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more. ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.




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