The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are: Lizbeth Hartz, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti,
and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
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Welcome to the May 2019 Issue of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be. We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.
Now we are already into Spring, and although it may seem a little early to think about Summer Camps, Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s Summer Camp edition! The Camps start to fill up early so we hope to give you some ideas as to what is available. Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.
How to choose a Summer Camp
For you Special Needs Child.
It is the season to register for Summer Camps. It may be just late Spring, and most camps do fill up quickly. If you think that your child’s special needs will prevent him or her from participating in a summer camp, it’s time to think again. Many camps offer specialized medical care for specific disabilities or one-on-one buddies, while other camps provide tutoring for individuals with learning disabilities in addition to outdoor activities. Here’s a run-down of the most popular camps for kids and adults with special needs
Try checking the links below, to check out the camps that are available. You can also try local organizations in your Municipality or surrounding areas.
Web Resources: Our Web Resources provide students, tutors, and all who are interested in a relevant and organized listing of literacy-related websites. These sites have been found useful to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math and essential skills and to tutors and trainers who work with these motivated learners. We also provide brief descriptions of each site that is listed. Each site is listed according to the Essential Skill provided.
GCF LearnFree.org offers the computer and technology training you need for life – absolutely free! Whether you’re new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance your skills, GCFLearnFree.org has something for you, from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office training, free. (skills: RT, DU, TS, CU, CL)
…created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building…
True to form Charlie Holmberg has created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building skills are well…out of this world! Myths and Mortals picks up right where Smoke and Summons left off. Sandis is no longer a vessel for Ireth and living with the only family she has, her Uncle. Although grateful for having somewhere to go now that she is no longer a numina, she is still grieving, terrified and feels alone in the world. Still destroyed by Rone’s betrayal and plagued by bad dreams of the vessels left behind and of Kolossus, a numen, who can destroy humanity. Although she lives her life doing unusual jobs for her corrupt Uncle. When she refuses a particularly unsavoury one, he kicks her out without anywhere to go, there is only one person she can think of…Rone. Rone managed to get his mother across the border to safety and even though he had papers to join her, he has stayed behind. Rone won’t rest until he knows Sandis is alright and he hopes to have her understand why he betrayed her. Although Sandis doesn’t completely trust Rone when they are hunted by an assassin and learn that Kazen might still be alive and looking for a new vessel for Kolossus they team up. The two start out trying to find the other vessels to save them from a fate worse than death. On their journey, they pick up allies and make enemies as they find clues to Kazan’s whereabouts all leading to one terrifying cliffhanger. All in all, a fantastic, fun series that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.
Tips for Young Writers
Read! Read! Read! The more you read, the more you learn about writing. Read what you love, read in different genres and should you come across a book you don’t like, consider that a learning experience. When reading try to note what made you like or dislike about a book. Do you like one author’s description of a setting, another’s dialogue etc.? Knowing what you like, or dislike is a great lesson on how to create your own unique voice.
Keep an Idea Journal! I always have two journals on the go…one for my daily diary, setting goals, venting, dreaming etc. and one where I keep story ideas, snippets of dialogue I’ve heard and writer’s prompts.
Pay Attention To Your Surroundings! When writing it really is a case of show, don’t tell. When watching a movie or tv show, you see the colour of the main character’s hair, you can see their quirks or expressions on the characters faces. By observing life with five senses you gain experience which helps your writing in the long run.
All First Drafts Are Diamonds In The Rough! First drafts are all about getting the story down, expect to make mistakes and a lot of them. Remember you can always edit a first draft but you can’t edit a blank page. Don’t be scared to be bad at first, everyone is. Just have fun and enjoy telling the story.
Write! Write! Write! Lack of Time? Not Inspired? Life will always seem busy especially with school, homework, friends, and extracurricular activities, you might not think you have much time for writing…you have to make the time. Writing takes practice, the best way to become great is to write as much as you can. I have been writing since a child, I would write anywhere and on anything. If I didn’t have a notebook handy, napkins would work, now with cell phones, it is even easier to jot down a few lines. Too busy? If I had a busy week I would find little ten to fifteen-minute snippets of time to write. I wrote on the bus, in lines while shopping, waiting for appointments…and on weekends I often woke up early and wrote for a few hours before the rest of the family woke up. The best way to succeed as a writer is to show up to the page, make the time and even if you’re not feeling inspired sit-down and try. Often the act of writing will help you find the inspiration you need.
Keep Everything You Write, Even What You Hate! Whenever you write something whether it’s unfinished or not something you are proud of…always keep it. Often you can recycle ideas, dialogue, descriptions, characters or settings. It also helps you gauge your progress when you read some of your earlier work you can see just how much you’ve improved with time and practice.
Understand The Benefits of Criticism! If you choose to show your work to others don’t be upset or surprised if you receive criticism. Writing is so personal, we put a little bit of ourselves into our writing so often when someone tells us that something is wrong with it, we can get upset or discouraged. Criticism is a big part of writing and it is something you can use to improve your writing. Ask for specifics, what didn’t they like? Take a good look at what they are saying, could they be right? Don’t take it personally, their criticism can help you improve your writing.
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!
“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” ~ James Joyce
Write about what happens when a mistake leads to a secret portal. Where does the portal lead? What is on the other side?
✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒
Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.
We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:
Integrated sports and life skills programs:
Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.
Reflecting on our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games, and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.
Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.
Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.
Variety is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our camp experience includes: Download Variety’s 2019 Camp Brochure: • Summer Camp – Register for 2019! • Kid Development Camp (Day Camp) • Holiday Camp • March Break Camp • Say hello to Summer! Camping is for everyone, and Variety offers a range of programs to ensure we meet the needs and interests of your camper. Summer Day Camp offers new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — extended hours are available to support your families busy schedule! • NEW! Summer camp t-shirts are a mandatory purchase at a cost of $15.00. • Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sport & Social: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Extended hours (optional): 7:30 am – 6:00pm ($60/week) • Download our 2019 Summer Camp Registration Form NOTE: The following camps are now full: • Jr. Engineers, Week 3 • Jr. Engineers, Week 7 CAMP INFORMATION • Camper Tools • Camp Daily Schedules In this section you will find resources for Campers and parents to have a successful season at camp. Please click for:
One to One Camp Attendant Policy Form Picture Exchange Visuals CAMP FAQ’S How do I register my child for camp? To register your child for camp, please download and complete the correct registration form and send to Carly Cookman at email@example.com For more information:
Core-fit, Chair-Fit, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Yoga, Circuit Training & More! Variety invites you to our second annual Fitathon. Join us as we work out for better health and a better facility! We’re doing three hours of back-to-back group exercise classes to raise money for new equipment for fitness classes. Each class will run for 20 minutes with a variety of styles, instructors and benefits – because who doesn’t like a little variety when working out? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, come join us for the FUNtastic FUNdrasier! All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications are available for each class
. Fit30 Group Fitness Challenge
30 days of April Grab a card from your group fitness instructor and take part in tracking your fitness progress for the 30 days of April. Participate in a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week for your chance to win a FREE 4-month Membership. DRAW DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019 LOCATION: Variety Fitathon, Variety Village, 6:00-9:00pm
TORONTO POLICE CHILDREN’S GAMES
May 11th. 2019
Participants 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
by Toronto Police volunteers. Please complete the Police Games 2019 fillable form below to express your interest in participating before May 1, 2019. EVENT SCHEDULE: 9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse) 9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Fieldhouse) 10:00 – Opening Ceremonies 10:30-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games) 12:30pm- Closing Ceremonies/Awards 1:00-2:00pm – Registrant BBQ
VENUE: Variety Ontario (Variety Village) 3701 Danforth Avenue Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2 For more information: Archie Allison firstname.lastname@example.org 416 699 7167 ext.236
20TH ANNUAL PIZZA NOVA THAT’S AMORE PIZZA FOR KIDS DAY SAVE THE DATE!
On Tuesday, May 14 get a MEDIUM PEPPERONI PIZZA for only $4.39+ tax at any participating Pizza Nova locations across Ontario and $1 from every pizza sale will support Variety’s kids
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 11am – 9pm Walk-in only | While supplies last | Limit 2 per customer | Not valid with specials or coupons
For further Information: On this months visits please visit the link below/ 3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2 Phone: 416 699 7167 For more information on these Variety Village Events and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca
About March of Dimes Canada
March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.[
March of Dimes Canada Head Office 10 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, ON M4H 1A4 Tel: 416-425-3463 Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463 Fax: 416-425-1920
Accessibility Customer Service Policy Feedback (including feedback for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Please send a message to email@example.com to submit your comments, concerns, questions or suggestions about our Accessible Customer Service Policy.
Summer Recreation Program for people with physical disabilities includes social events, swimming, water sports, canoeing, art, nature trail walks, and out trips into the community * includes meals and accommodations, along with an atmosphere of acceptance, fun and friendship * attendant services are provided on an as-needed basis * accessible transportation to and from the facility available
Young Adults, Adults, resident of Ontario, with behavioural and social skills appropriate for an adult integrated setting * must not be experiencing violent behaviour, require one on one care or be a substance abuser
Join our Recreation program on a terrific once-a-year opportunity for an extra-long 5-hour spring time cruise aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun on Georgian Bay along the coast of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula.
For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability
When: Thursday May 2, 2019
Location: Bruce Peninsula, ON
Price: $139.00 per person
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
*Includes ticket aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun cruise, hot and cold buffet on board the boat, complimentary water and snack on the bus, accessible and companion seating available.
Round trip transportation from Toronto: Departure from 10 Overlea Blvd March of Dimes Canada at 8:00 am. Return to 26 Overlea Blvd Tim Hortons/ Wendy’s at 9:30 pm. (Additional pickup points en-route may be possible – call for more details)Download Day Trip Registration Form
RETURN TO GRACE
Wednesday May 8, 2019
Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)
A non-refundable payment of $139.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.
Join our Recreation program team on a glorious, heartfelt tribute to a music icon, RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Love Me Tender”, and more!
For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability ~ When: Wednesday May 8, 2019 Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Princess of Wales Theatre
300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2
Price: $65.00 per person, *Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.
Join our Recreation Program on the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family that will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability When:Wednesday May 29, 2019 Time: 1:30 p.m.Location: Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2Price: $65.00 per person *Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.Transportation details:Transportation is not available for this trip. Application deadline: Monday April 15, 2019 Download Day Trip Registration FormSpace is Limited – Register Early! (Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)