Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ September 2018 ~ Community Boards Update.

 

Attention Members,

We will be completing some work throughout our facility over the next several weeks and as a result, some closures will take place. Please see below for details:
1. Thursday, September 6 – Monday, September 9: Aquatics Closure. We will be replacing a leaking pipe under the pool as well as completing a deep clean of the Aquatics wing.
2. Monday, August 27 – Thursday, August 30: Kiosk Closure. We will be moving the kiosk into the new cafe, completing electrical and water work as well as creating a new reception and entrance area in the front lobby.
All reopening dates will be pending approvals and will be posted on the website and social media once confirmed.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~September 2018 ~ Back To School Edition

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Welcome to the September 2018~Back to School 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.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! 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.

Have a Good School Year!

• Planning in advance
• Being more organized this year
• Achieving in school
• Enjoying school
• Interacting with other people

Improve things for yourself at school this year by making changes to your approach, your organization and your interactions with others. By aiming to have the best school year ever, you are on the right path to good marks, happy friendships and enjoyable external activities.

~To read more on this subject ~

Please visit:

https://www.wikihow.com/Have-a-Good-School-Year#Enjoying_school_sub

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail toprofessorowl@outlook.com

literacy

http://www.laubach-on.ca/teach/resources/read

How to Teach Yourself How to Read ASAP – Part I  

With YouTube and Professor Owl

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Me and Me

by Alice Kuipers (Author)

It’s a perfect day for Lark’s dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark’s birthday. Everything is just right … until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them. With that split-second decision, Lark’s world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark? “Me and Me” is about how it feels to be torn in pieces, and how to make two halves whole again. This mind-bending novel by Alice Kuipers, expert chronicler of the teenage heart, explores loss and love, music and parkour, all while navigating the narrow space between fantasy and reality.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more stories by this author. I would recommend this book to teens and adults as well since it is fast-paced and keeps one reading until the end.

About Author

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is a British-born author living in Saskatchewan, Canada who is best known for her young adult novels. Life on the Refrigerator Door won the Grand Prix de Viarmes, the Livrentête Prize, the Redbridge Teenage Book Award in 2008 and the Saskatchewan First Book Award in 2007, was narrated as an audiobook by Amanda Seyfried and Dana Delany and has been adapted for theatre in England, France and Japan.
Website: www.alicekuipers.com/

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde

It’s back to school time! Write a short story about what happens when a magic textbook is found at your school and its power is unleashed! Does the magic make things better or worse? Who falls victim to its power and do they use it for good or evil? Write about some of the strange occurrences that come out of the situation.
Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

If you could travel through time, what time period would you visit if you had a chance?

Visit to Royal Ontario Museum

Bullet Journaling for Students!

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Today young and old alike are hooked on bullet journaling.
Wondering what bullet journaling is? A simple explanation is it’s a journal where you keep point form lists of things to accomplish or dates to remember. It’s an easy, uncomplicated way to keep track of items that you just check off when you’re done.

You start with a dot or graph book and decorate it to make it your own. I have used fancy expensive journals and simple dollar store finds. Both work well. it really is a matter of what you like and can afford.

You can use stickers, coloured pens, highlighters, washi tapes and even watercolour pens/pencils to make your bullet journals gorgeous and unique. I use a ruler and black fine point pen to create both the main list and a general calendar on a single page then I create a weekly list on the next page and then use coloured markers to decorate the sections or the entire page. I write quotes on the pages, draw pictures to inspire me and use my creativity to make it work for me.

I also love to colour code things to make them easy to see at a glance. You might try colour coding try using blue for school work, red for exams or special projects, green for after-school activities, yellow for events with friends and family, pink for new books, movies or music coming out etc.

The one great thing about bullet journals is that YOU create them just the way you like them. They are a unique form of expression and help you stay organized so you can make this the best school year ever!

To get ideas just search for “bullet journals” on Instagram or Pinterest to get thousands of ideas to inspire you! 😊


 

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Variety Village

Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.

Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60 years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

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.

Applied research:

Reflecting our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

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.

Various positions are available from working with children in programs to administrative work and special events.

Contact Zoe Middleton at zmiddleton@varietyvillage.on.ca

Contact Information:

3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2

For more information on these Variety Village Events and  Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Giveaway
March of Dimes Canada is here for you!

Tell us your story and win a customized accessible tablet package that includes a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help residents in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia and Montreal with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative. We are looking for local residents with a disability which impacts their ability to communicate, be independent or to enjoy other aspects of a full life.

Share your story with us for a chance to win a customized tablet package. Smart tablet packages may include a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps. The Tablet package has a maximum value of $1875.00 per winner.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

•Increase access to services

Explore or control the environment  contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
•Contribute to improving their education
•Assist in their employment objectives
•Assist in communication, verbal and written

Applications must be received by the following dates:
Edmonton – August 29, 2018
Winnipeg – September 4, 2018
Nova Scotia – October 9, 2018
Montreal – October 30, 2018

La Marche des dix sous du Canada est là pour vous!

Parlez-nous de vous et courez la chance de gagner une tablette personnalisée assortie d’accessoires (étui, stylet) et d’applis spécialisées) pour améliorer votre accès et votre participation à la communauté.

La Marche des dix sous du Canada aidera les résidents et résidentes à Edmonton, à Winnipeg, en Nouvelle-Écosse et à Montréal qui ont des handicaps physiques à améliorer leur accès et participation communautaires par l’entremise de l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile. Nous recherchons des résidents locaux et des résidentes locales qui ont un handicap qui affecte leur capacité de communiquer, d’être autonome ou de jouir d’autres aspects d’une vie pleine.

Partagez votre histoire avec nous pour courir une chance de gagner une trousse d’une tablette personnalisée. Les trousses d’une tablette intelligente peuvent inclure une tablette, un étui, un stylet et des applications spécialisées. La trousse de tablette a une valeur maximale de 1,875 $ par gagnant ou gagnante.

Le projet aidera les demandeurs dont la demande est acceptée à réaliser un ou plusieurs des objectifs suivants :

•Avoir un accès accru à des services

•Explorer ou contrôler leur milieu de vie

•S’adonner à de nouvelles activités récréatives

•Poursuivre des études

•Atteindre leurs objectifs d’emploi

•Communiquer verbalement ou par écrit

* Les demandes doivent être reçues avant les dates suivantes :
Edmonton – 29 Août 2018
Winnipeg – 4 Septembre 2018
Nouvelle-Écosse – 9 Octobre 2018
Montréal – 30 Octobre 2018

Eligibility Criteria /Critères d’admissibilité :

To be eligible for the tablet package giveaway in your city, contestants must:

1.Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in Edmonton (for Edmonton AMTI), in Winnipeg (for Winnipeg AMTI ), in Nova Scotia (for Nova Scotia AMTI) and in Montreal (for Montreal AMTI);
2.Be the age of majority for the province they reside in;
3.Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
4.Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
5.Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $45,000, after allowable deductions are considered;
6.Be working with an Occupational Therapist and/or Speech Language Pathologist who can provide a current assessment of the applicant’s needs and support them in installing required software applications; and
7.Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to be held in their city. Please visit http://www.rockfordimes.ca for dates and locations.

Pour être admissibles à l’offre cadeau d’une tablette, les demandeurs doivent répondre aux critères suivants :
1.Être un résident canadien permanent et son domicile permanent et principal doit être dans Edmonton (pour l’ITAM à Edmonton), Winnipeg (pour l’ITAM à Winnipeg), Nouvelle-Écosse (pour l’ITAM en Nouvelle-Écosse) et dans Montreal (pour l’ITAM à Montreal); et
2. Avoir atteint l’âge de la majorité pour la province dans laquelle il ou elle vit; et
3.Avoir une invalidité permanente qui empêche de participer pleinement aux activités de la vie quotidienne; et
4.Expliquer en quoi le fait d’avoir une tablette aidera le demandeur à atteindre un objectif particulier; et
5.Avoir besoin d’une aide financière. Pour être admissible à une aide financière, les revenus bruts combinés du demandeur et de son conjoint (s’il y a lieu) ne doivent pas dépasser 45 000 $ après les déductions autorisées; et

6.Travailler avec un ergothérapeute et/ou un orthophoniste qui peut fournir une évaluation actuelle des besoins du candidat et les soutenir en installant les applications requises; et
7.Être disponible pour la présentation de la tablette à la collecte de fonds annuelle Rock for Dimes qui aura lieu dans sa ville. Veuillez visiter http://www.rockfordimes.ca pour les dates et les lieux.

Guidelines / Des lignes directrices :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines (PDF)MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019
Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019
MODC Aphasia-friendly Guidelines (PDF) MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019 (Aphasia-friendly)

Application Forms / Formulaires de demande :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

EDMONTON:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Edmonton Formulaire de demande (PDF)Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Edmonton
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (Aphasia-friendly)

Applications must be received by August 29, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 15, 2018 at on the Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

WINNIPEG:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Winnipeg Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Winnipeg
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg

Applications must be received by September 4, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 10, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Opening Doors for Accessibility Winnipeg fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 20, 2018 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg.

Nova Scotia:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Nouvelle-Écosse Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour la Nouvelle-Écosse
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia

Applications must be received by October 9, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of October 15, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on October 26, 2018 at Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

MONTREAL:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Montreal Formulaire de demande Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Montreal
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal

applications must be received by October 30, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of November 5, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Montreal fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on November 16, 2018 at Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to:

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative
March of Dimes Canada
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London ON N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca
Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632
Fax: 519-432-4923

* Please note that only complete Applications with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à
1-855-660-6632.

Special Thank You to our Sponsoring Partner /

Un merci tout spécial au partenaire commanditaire :

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal,

March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4H1A4
CA

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

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 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~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.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th. July, 2018 ~ Pretty Waiter Girls by Greg Alldredge

Pretty Waiter Girls

by Greg Alldredge

Some monsters are still human.

In a magical 1899 San Francisco, the new millennium is quickly approaching. Of course, new inventions happen every day, some wondrous, some mundane while the streets produce a new murder every night.

Set against this backdrop a debutante goes missing, and socialite Helena Brandywine takes it upon herself, along with her trusted manservant, to discover what happened.

Did the woman run afoul of the Tongs in Chinatown? What horrors might she have exposed? Discover this Gilded Age while Helena uncovers her family’s secrets. The good and evil, where danger lurks around every corner. Can Helena Brandywine be prepared for the monsters she will uncover? Come search for the Pretty Waiter Girls.

Pretty Waiter Girls is an excellent steampunk adventure, with some fantasy elements mixed into a mystery plot. I love the steampunk setting and I really enjoyed the delightful protagonist, Helena Brandywine. Hopefully, there will be more of her adventures.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you..

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

 

About Author

Greg Alldredge

I write books I would want to read. Normally short enough to read in a day or two, and exciting enough to make me want to finish. I want powerful women and men able to overcome adversity, stand up for what is right and willing to sacrifice for their beliefs. If these interests you check out one of my novels at most worldwide retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ June 2018 Edition

 

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Welcome to the June Edition of Professor Owl’s Newsletter! This month we’ll be highlighting some great books, offering some tips on how to get the most from your reading and…we would also like to encourage you to take Professor Owl’s Reading challenge, and if you would like to send us your reviews on the weekly books,  we would love to include them in our books of the week.  mail them to professorowl@outlook.com

Next month we are taking a break but check back with us throughout the summer for some awesome book reviews and events that will be happening with our favourite organizations every Saturday.

On August 20th we will be back with our back-to-school edition!

Hope everyone has a very happy and safe summer! 🙂

 

Water  Safety.

Make Family safety a priority: 9 Water Safety Suggestions..

Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun.  One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming.  No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy.  As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.

  1. First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch younger children when they are in or near the pool definitely no fooling around.
  2. As a precaution, get together with adults t0 setup the safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.
  3. Teach by your example to younger children the  safety rules around the pool.
  4. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
  5. Have a phone close by at all times.
  6. If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
  7. Ensure everyone in the family knows how to swim. Learn CPR
  8. Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
  9. Update your skills regularly Understand basic life-saving skills

Teaching younger children basic water safety skills is essential.  These rules would apply if you are at a lake as well as a home pool ~ Remember Safety First!

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

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How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl

 

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Wolf Spy

by Bruce H. Markuson (Author)

There are plans for a coup in the Russian Federation. The conspirators had obtained the Russian nuclear codes. The C.I.A. has stolen that information and dead dropped it inside a whiskey flask in the middle of Siberia.

They need someone who could “Go fetch” the item among hordes of Russian soldiers, mind fields, snipers, helicopters, hunters and attack dogs.

They need someone who could survive the harsh Russian wilderness.

They need someone who could traverse the vast expanse of Siberia faster than anyone.

Above all else, they need someone who could be so covert that they could not give away any evidence of American involvement.

They send a wolf.

I found this book had a great storyline  with terrific characters, one is drawn into the story on the very first page.  Many times I found the book  so interesting I could not put it down until it was finished.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s books.

About Author

Bruce H. Markuson

Website: http://brucemarkuson.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  WolfSpyNovel

Genre: Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks

URL:    https://www.goodreads.com/Bruce_Markuson

Bruce H. Markuson lives with his wife and two children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has had a number short stories published. Markuson is also working on a new book series. He enjoys writing and often finds himself with writer’s obsession. He prefers to write the ending first, then work backwards.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores  and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” ~ Ansel Adams

For many of us, summer is here and it’s time for adventure. What are you planning to do this summer? Are you going away or staying home? Do you have any places you plan to visit, books you want to read, friends you want to meet with? Write about all the adventures you’d like to have this summer.

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Sunny day by the lake

Write about your favourite summer getaway…

Keeping Summer Memories Alive

Travelling this summer or planning to have a staycation right in your hometown? The best way to keep your memories alive is to keep a travel journal.  There is no right or wrong way to keep one, just do what comes naturally to you.

Personally, I like to write about specific outings and create little sketches of the places I visit. I usually pack a pencil, small watercolour palette and a black pen.  The drawings are nowhere near perfect but just a quick impression of what I saw.  Not into sketching? How about using polaroids or printing off photos when you get home. The great thing about smartphones is that they are usually always on hand and ready to capture the perfect moment.  Write a note or two in your notebook, describe the place using your senses, what do you see, what sounds surround you, do you feel a cool breeze, did you try a new food, how did it taste? Once you get your photos, you can insert them into your journal alongside to reinforce your memories.

I also like to include little things like postcards, ticket stubs or pressed flowers, anything I can to keep that memory fresh when I look back in the colder months. All you need to start is a notebook of some sort, a pen, art supplies (if desired) a keen eye and a sense of adventure and you’re on your way!

 


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Variety Village

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Events for June 2018.
Join us PRIDE WEEKEND!

 

Also be sure to join us for at Family Pride Day for activities, demonstrations and showcases of the great work that Variety Village does! There will be wheelchair basketball, arts and crafts, and lots of outdoor family fun as we celebrate with the Pride community.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Church Street Junior Public School – 83 Alexander Street, Toronto

Join us at the 19th Annual Fitness Friends Celebration!

 

This fun and FREE one-day event welcomes all Fitness Friends participants to enjoy fun, inclusive games and activities.

This is a great opportunity to try new activities, connect with other students and educators, promote enthusiasm for your school’s commitment to inclusive participation and enjoy the benefits of being active! Students from across Durham, Peterborough, North Humberland and Courtice are welcome.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm
Iroquois Park Sports Complex, Whitby

Register today to coordinate your transportation needs by contacting us:

  • Michelle Meraw, Durham District Catholic School Board – michelle.meraw@dcdsb.ca
  • Randi-Lea Micklewright, Durham District School Board – randilea.micklewrith@ddsb.ca
  • Laura Carson, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board – lauracarson@pvnccdsb.on.ca
  • Vicki Caume, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board – vicki_caume@kprdsb.caArchie Allison, Director, Outreach & Educationaallison@varietyvillage.on.ca
  • Please include the following information:
  • 416-699-7167 ext. 236
  • Please RSVP to:
  • School name and contact;
  • Number of students attending;
  • Number of staff and support staff attending;
  • Number of wheelchair spaces required for transportation purposes (information will be shared with BOW representatives for booking requests). A PLAYWRITE BY THE VARIETY DRAMA CO.The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Brought to you by Variety’s very own adult day program participants.  June 15 & 16, 2018 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Variety VillageParticipate in seminars on a wide range of educational topics and learn more about accessible and inclusive options that are available for you. DANCE ABLEDance-Able 2018 is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.DanceAble-2018 PosterCabana Pool Bar  11 Polson St. Toronto, ON  |  AGES 10+RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETMAKE A DONATION!At the 2nd Annual Dance-Able, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances. “This is also a great opportunity to create awareness for Variety Village and highlight our important and vital programs, along with the great work of our staff.” says Karen Stintz, President and CEO, Variety Village.
  • “Our goal is to create an open event to celebrate people with disabilities in our community. It is our hope that this amazing event will make memories to last a lifetime,”
  • VIEW MORE PHOTOS!
  • Donate to empower people with a disability to dance like there’s no tomorrow!
  • FREE Admission, non-alcoholic beverages, Pizza Nova slices!

Variety Village and Help by Helping are excited to announce they are hosting the 2nd annual all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. This will be an unparalleled night of entertainment in celebration of all those within the disabled community on June 26, 2018 at Cabana Pool Bar from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

  • Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony at 10am on Friday, June 15 in the main lobby of Variety Village!
  • Come out to this FREE exhibition featuring the top disability-related companies and organizations with products and information on services they provide. There will also be a one-day-only Career Fair on Friday, June 15 and include some of the biggest and best companies in Canada who want to hire YOU.
  • Canada’s largest disability exhibition is coming to Variety Village!
  • Form more information:
    Peter Smith
    Variety Village
    peterjsmith91@gmail.com
  • WHEN
    June 9, 2018
    WHERE
    Cafeteria, Variety Village
    SHOW TIMES
    AFTERNOON: 12:00 noon $10
    EVENING:  7:30pm $15/Dinner + Show
CAMP MEET & GREET

We offer the opportunity for parents and campers to meet the Head Instructor of their program before summer camp starts. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please mark this date down on your calendars:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6:00-7:00pm
The Barall room, Variety Village

Head instructors will be able to answer questions regarding programming, scheduling, what to expect, etc. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity to reschedule or make up this date.

WONKA’S GOLDEN TICKET

A PLAYWRITE BY THE VARIETY DRAMA CO.

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WHEN
June 9, 2018
WHERE
Cafeteria, Variety Village
SHOW TIMES
AFTERNOON: 12:00 noon $10
EVENING:  7:30pm $15/Dinner + Show

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Brought to you by Variety’s very own adult day program participants.

Form more information:
Peter Smith
Variety Village
peterjsmith91@gmail.com

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  June, 2018

Youth Week

Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29, 2018

YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia

Youth Leadership Development Retreat 2015

 

Introduced in 2012, the Youth Week Retreat is a one-week, co-ed program offered in partnership with Camp Awakening for young adults with physical disabilities 19-24 years of age.

The Youth Week Retreat is focused on supporting and encouraging young adults with physical disabilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities; live healthy, active lifestyles; and improve social skill development. Each year the Youth Week schedule adapts to the interests of the participants and allows participants to create their own week long adventure!

The Youth Week Retreat currently operates out of the YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre in Orillia, ON.  Accommodation is in a 2-person shared hotel-style room where participants are paired with another participant of the same gender.  Support Staff are housed separately, but can be reached by phone at all times.

When:  Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29, 2018

Where:  YMCA Geneva Park, 6604 Rama Rd. Orillia, Ontario

Who:  Youth with Physical Disabilities and/or Acquired Brain Injuries

Ages:  19-24

Cost:  $900.00 (fee covers cost of accommodation, meals, attendant care and accessible bus transportation from Toronto)

Recreational Activities Include:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Bocce Ball
  • Special Arts & Crafts
  • Evening Programs (Campfires, Karaoke etc.)
  • mportant Dates:
  • Application Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
  • ** Space is Limited – Register Early! Registration may close sooner when capacity is reached.
  • Download Youth Week Application Form
  • View the Youth Week Retreat Packing List
  • For more information please contact:
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • 10 Overlea Blvd Toronto, ON M4Y 1A4
  • Phone: 416-425-3463 Ext. 7288
  • Fax: 416-425-1920
  • recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Summer Recreation Program Geneva Park ON 
June 24 – August 17, 2018

 

Join the March of Dimes recreation department for our
week long recreation and holiday program at the
beautiful Geneva Park in Orillia Ontario

For: Adults (18 years +) living with a disability

Cost: $3,000 per person. Subsidies available based on eligibility criteria. Please inquire for more details.

Program Includes:

    • Meals and accommodation for six days and five nights, equipment/activities, and attendant services
  • Daily activities including archery, rock climbing, trail walks, bonfires, fishing, arts and crafts, various water sport activities and lots more.
  • Transportation is not included.

How to Apply:

Camp Geneva Park Summer Recreation Program 2018 Application (PDF)

Application deadline: February 16, 2018 

Many participants tell us that their holiday at Geneva Park is the highlight of their year!

“I had a blast. I sailed for the first time. I kayaked, canoed, fished, played botchy ball, enjoyed the beach and scavenger hunts and even met the guy from cash cab! I really think it increases mobility in people. It also allows people who do not necessarily socialize that often to be a part of the community.”

Brian Dawood

“My goal before the trip was to socialize more and participate in activities that I had previously perceived as being incapable of doing. I had a fantastic week at camp and achieved all my goals!” 

Linda Woodhams

Space is Limited – Register Now!

For more information please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka

rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca

416-425-3463 ext. 7212

Keith Rashid

krashid@marchofdimes.ca

1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

March of Dimes Canada – Recreation Program

10 Overlea Boulevard

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

recreation@marchofdimes.ca

For more information on the March of Dimes events please contact http://www.marchofdimes.ca

 

NEW RELEASE #BookReview of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (@CNHolmberg )#UrbanFantasy #NetGalley

 

Review

The Plastic Magician

(The Paper Magician Series #4)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: May 15th, 2018

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Plastic Magician by CN Holmberg Cover


I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4 Spin-Off) by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North

New to the world of Charlie N. Holmberg I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Plastic Magician. This book although a spin-off of the popular YA Paper Magician Series (which I have yet to read) this book definitely works as a stand-alone.

The Plastic Magician treats us to twenty-year-old Polymaker (Plastic Magician) Alvie Brechenmacher’s adventures apprenticing abroad.  Down to earth, intelligent and highly enthusiastic, Alvie leaves her German-American family in the states to apprentice for the world-renowned inventor and Polymaker, Magician Praff in London England.

Enroute she meets a rather rude gentleman who causes her to get off at the wrong train station and this is where her adventure begins. Along her journey, Alvie meets wonderful friends, a kind-hearted love interest and a mentor who respects and believes in her.  Magician Praff and Alvie work on a life-changing invention to not only help a friend but to present at a world-famous convention(contest) for Magicians.  Magician Praff has already won the elite contest and it helped establish him as one of the best Polymakers in the world.  When word gets out to rivals that they are presenting a groundbreaking device that will help many people,  their work and lives are put in peril.

Holmberg does a fantastic job crafting this fantastical cozy mystery. She creates a unique, fun magic system and her characters are interesting, quirky and downright loveable. Although the mystery is fairly predictable, I really didn’t mind because I liked the sweet story that unfolded along the way.  There is a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and a great story that keeps you interested in Alvie’s journey.  

All in all a fantastic, fun read that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ May, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the May 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.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! 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.

Rising concerns over literacy rates in Canada

Most of us often take reading for granted as an everyday practice for most families but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.

There are a number of reasons and barriers for kids that just don’t get that kind of day-to-day exposure to books.”

On Sept. 8, Canada marked International Literacy Day. The day highlights the need of getting children to read and the importance of getting them access to books inside the classroom and at home.

Recent statistics show:

  • 25 %, is a big number and it has nothing to do with the digital revolution. It has to the with the inability of parents to be able to afford books,” Tom Best from First Books Canada told Global News.
  • Figures also show around 30 % of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of individuals with low literacy levels are from low-income households compared to eight per cent of individuals who are ranked in the highest two categories of literacy.
  • In May 2018, First Books Canada partnered up with McDonald’s Canada to distribute over two million books with Happy Meals across the country to help give kids access to books.
  • Little free library helps build a sense of community
  • “That’s a fantastic opportunity for parents to sit down, read at McDonald’s or back at home, and to sit down and read with kids because that is really what is missing,” Best said.

For those who follow Professor Owl will have noticed that we have tried to give the message that all children and young adults need to be encouraged to read and the best place to learn is at home while they are still young. Parents introduce them to books on the sports they play or crafts or activities they enjoy.

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores..

If you would like to see more on the interview between Angie Seth and Tom Best, follow the link below:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3748748/rising-concerns-over-literacy-rates-in-canada/

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

literacy

 

How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl

 

 

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True Storm

By L.E. Sterling

 

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

True Storm’ is the third and final book in the ‘True Born’ dystopian trilogy. ‘True Born’ does an excellent job introducing readers to the characters, their societal hierarchy and history, and the overarching plot of the series. Excellent storytelling, non-stop action, gripping conclusion which is full of plot twists and surprises for Lucy and for readers.

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores  and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brainCheap paper is less perishable than grey matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

~Jack London

I love to journal and find when I have no idea what to write about I turn to quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?  Take your quote, write about how it applies to your life and what it means to you.  Don’t have one? Check out websites such as http://www.brainyquote.com/ or http://www.thinkexist.com/ and find one that speaks to you!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Macro Tulip II

Spring is here and so are new beginnings! What new beginning do you want?

Creating A Creativity Corner!

Whether you journal with pen and paper or use a computer or tablet, journaling is an excellent way to express yourself. Journal about anything that matters to you, it can be anything from real-life, about your life, your hopes and dreams, drawings, doodles, collages or a fictional story you make up. But to do this often it helps to have a small little corner that you keep just for journaling, reading and being creative.

Make sure you try to make a time to journal every day. Perhaps after school before dinner or before you go to school in the morning so choose a place that won’t interfere with other family members and a place where can sit and just be creative. Turn on music if you like or keep it silent, whatever works for you and helps you make this time special.

Set up your workspace. Choose a space which feels comfortable and where you won’t have to move your stuff all the time. Using bright index cards or post-its and write different affirmations or inspirational sayings and post them in your workspace.  Place inspirational pictures, your favourite books, plants or objects to motivate you. Keep all of your supplies so that they are easily within reach. If you choose to use pen and paper, a trip to the local dollar store can help you find some nice journals, pens, markers, washi tape or scrapbooking materials to decorate it and make it unique.  Try to make this area yours!

May 2018


 

wise-picks

Variety Village

 Variety Village2

upcoming events

 for May,2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
11am-9:00pm
WALK-IN ONLY
While supplies last.
Limit 2 per customer.
Not valid with specials or coupons.

Tag us in your PIZZA SELFIES!

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KYRA , Age 6
Variety Member Since age 3. Loves to dance & read. Fave colour is red!

Pierce , Age 5
Variety Member for over a year. Fave sport: Hockey!

Pizza Nova’s association with Variety Village spans over 30 years.
This association has resulted in more than $1 million for our organization via the Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day which started in 1999.

The professionalism and passion that staff and volunteers display for children with physical and mental challenges sustains the ongoing partnership between Pizza Nova and Variety Village. It goes hand-in-hand with Pizza Nova’s passion for its product, its employees and its community.

36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games here at Variety Village! 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)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse)
10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
10:30am-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  May, 2018

Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility in Barrie!


If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHOWCASE.  

Opening Doors for Accessibility Barrie​

RSVP TODAY!

 

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Liberty North
100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario
Cost:  Free
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions Include :

  • Home Modifications​
  • Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
    Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed
    Author | International Keynote Speaker |
    Paralympic Trialist | Accessibility Advocate |
    Award Winning Humanitarian​
  • Caregiver Strategies
  • Adaptive Cooking
  • Inspirational Talk by Aaron Lillie
  • Aging in Place** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.     RSVP by May 11, 2018 at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca.RSVP** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 
  •  Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. ​
  •  * Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.
 

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~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.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel

Synopsis:

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

Available at http://www.kobo.comhttp://www.amazon.ca, and http://www.amazon.com

 

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th April, 2018

Codename: Freedom – The Goblin Siege

By Apollos Thorne (Author)


After surviving the onslaught of week one, Lucius has something to prove. He seeks to train under a living legend in hopes of being ready for the goblin siege.

He isn’t the only one looking to train. As his competition grows in strength, he must push himself harder than ever before.

Then, he unexpected happens. Players start to unlock abilities…

There is only one thing to do when facing impossible odds. Train harder!

This book is creative and a great break from typical fantasy. It adds a growth element and tracks the hero well. This  book is light hearted and fun! If you enjoy a traditional fantasy this is a must read for young adults.

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About Author ~ Apollos Thorne (Author)

Visit Amazon’s Apollos Thorne Page
Find all the books, read about the author, and more.

Available at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.amazon,ca  and other good book stores.

The Great Big Story ~ Defying the Odds at any Age.#WATWB


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 five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are

Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti and Belinda Witzenhausen
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here!

The following quote to me speaks to many stories about the young people at Variety Village, who strive to be the best they can be, despite any health challenge they may have…continuing to excel and follow their dream.

“When the world says give up ~ Hope says try one more time!”
(unknown)

Defying the Odds at any Age.

The video below tells the story of five more young people who have definitely shown that they too defied the odds.

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~April, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the April 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.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! 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.

Positioning the adult literacy rate in context

An international adult literacy survey results dispelled the old notion that
Individuals are either literate or illiterate.
There are no uniformed standards distinguishing whether adults do have skills or not. Instead, skills use the information to function in society.

Adult surveys showed a strong link between literacy and a country’s economic potential

For most, this is the IALS survey, but for Canada, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.S., the results are from the ALLS survey.
Three categories of literacy were tested:

1. Prose literacy: the ability to understand and use information from texts such as editorials, news stories, poems, and fiction.

2. Document literacy: the ability to locate and use information from documents such as job applications, payroll forms, transportation schedules, maps, tables, and graphs.

3. Quantitative literacy: the ability to perform arithmetic functions such as balancing a cheque book, calculating a tip, or completing an order form.
An average of the results from these three literacy categories is used in the Conference Board’s ranking system.

Participants’ skills were rated on a continuous scale from level 1 to level 5.

Those at levels 1 and 2 literacy had low literacy skills. The easiest task in level 1 asked the participant to look at a medicine label and determine the “maximum number of days you should take this medicine.” The participant had to go to the label and locate the phrase “no longer than 7 days.”

Level 2 participants could deal only with material that was simple and clearly laid out; they may have adapted their lower literacy skills to everyday life but would have difficulty learning new job skills requiring a higher level of literacy.

 
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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note at professorowl@outlook.com

literacy

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month

Adolescent and adult reluctant reader

English Language and Literature:
Queen’s University Library provides subject, course, and how to guides to help you connect with the best tools, resources, and strategies for research.
The liaison librarian for English Language and Literature is available for research consultation and can help you design research strategies, access key databases, effectively use the information resources of Queen’s University Library and beyond and stay current in your field. Tailored research skill instruction can be provided for specific classes. We also evaluate, purchase, and make available teaching and research materials, including books, journals, and databases to support the discipline.

Publication Date: 2011-09-01

The Terry Fox Story

By Terry Barber

Terry Fox is specifically written to meet the needs of adolescents and adults who are reluctant readers. The photographs, maps, and illustrations reflect the text, making the words easy to decode. This high-interest, low-vocabulary biography is ideal for English as a Second Language or adult basic education students. Terry Fox (1958-1981) was an active teenager involved in many sports. He was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His right leg was amputated 15 centimeters’ (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope. It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

 

 

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Blue Window Kindle Edition

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (Author)

Five siblings fall through time and space into a strange, unkind world — their arrival mysteriously foretold — and land in the center of an epic civil struggle in a country where many citizens have given themselves over to their primal fears and animal passions at the urging of a power-hungry demagogue.
When siblings Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean stumble one by one through a glowing cobalt window, they find themselves outside their cozy home — and in a totally unfamiliar world where everything looks wrong and nothing makes sense. Soon, an ancient prophecy leads them into battle with mysterious forces that threaten to break the siblings apart even as they try desperately to remain united and find their way home. Thirteen-year-old twins Max and Susan and their younger siblings take turns narrating the events of their story in unique perspectives as each of the children tries to comprehend their stunning predicament — and their extraordinary new powers — in his or her own way. From acclaimed author, Adina Rishe Gewirtz comes a riveting novel in the vein of C. S. Lewis and E. Nesbit, full of nuanced questions about morality, family, and the meaning of home

The story is told in interchanging points of view about five siblings discovering a new world where nothing is what it seems. A magical book with relatable characters. I found the book a little vague around the building of the world. However, the concept of magic was unique and there were times I found it hard to put the book down. It did have an enjoyable ending.  The book was very much like the stories, I read in my teens,  it is the type of book that is very popular these days with the young adult reader.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

Spring usually signifies new beginnings and renewal.  In what area of your life would you like to “start-over”?

Reflect and write!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Pink Gerber Daisy

Spring is in the air…..write about something coming back to life!

Attention all aspiring authors: 

APRIL 1st, 2018

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂

campnanowrimo

Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better…

CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up.

Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

So sign up today!  See you at camp!

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~William Faulkner


 

wise-picks

Variety Village


Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and
Variety Village2at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

EVENTS ~ April 2018
AQUAFITATHON

Join the movement! Join us for Variety Village’s Annual Active Aging Fundraiser. This two-hour event challenges and tones your whole body and is safe for any fitness level.
Active Aging members help raise funds for Aquatics programming by collecting pledges offline or by creating their own personal fundraising page online and encouraging friends and family to make a contribution.

Top Fundraiser wins a 2-month free Active Aging Membership!

DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018
TIME: 1:00-3:00pm
Refreshments: Barall Centre, 3:00-4:00pm
Registration (member’s only): $25.00

For more information contact:
Tara Colby
416 699 7167 x268
tcolby@varietyvillage.on.ca
Carly Cookman
416 699 7167 x254
ccookman@varietyvillage.on.ca

DATE: April 15th.2018

VARIETY VILLAGE MARLIES EVENT

Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on the Toronto Marlies and skate at the Ricoh Coliseum!
Bring the family out and cheer on the Marlies hockey team as they play against the Belleville Senators on Sunday, April 15 at 4pm. Once the game is done, you and your family will have the chance to skate on Ricoh Coliseum ice with some of the Marlies’ players!
WHEN
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 4pm
WHERE
Ricoh Coliseum
45 Manitoba Drive, Toronto, ON
Ticket Price Includes:
– Tickets to the Marlies vs. Senators game
– Post-game skate with members of the Marlies

TICKETS $15
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT
FEVO.ME/VARIETYVILLAGE

DATE: April 26th,2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

Please join us as we toast our past successes and our bright future.

Variety’s In The Spotlight Cocktail Reception is a dedicated event that recognizes outstanding community service which has contributed to the success of people with disabilities. These contributions ensure the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow for children with disabilities and their families.

DATE
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30-9:30pm
LOCATION
Variety Village
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough
DETAILS
Dress: Business
Parking on-site
TICKETS: $40 Individual | $75 Couples
NOTE: Tickets are open to Variety members and their guests only.

In the Spotlight Award Recipient

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist, author and advocate for people with disabilities, including our Paralympic athletes. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report.
MORE INFORMATION: Zoe Pagazani, Events Coordinator zpagazani@varietyontario.ca

Watch Rick Mercer’s Report at Variety

Rick spends a day checking out our programming and state-of-the-art equipment at our facility dedicated to people of all abilities.

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca
EVENTS ~ April  2018
An American In Paris by Mirvish

Wednesday April 4, 2018
Join March of Dimes Canada Recreation department at the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability
When: Wednesday April 4, 2018
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: The Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2
Price: $75.00 per person (for seats in the dress circle) OR $ 55.00 per person (for seats in the balcony)
*Includes ticket to An American in Paris show, accessible and non-accessible seating available

Transportation details:
Transportation is not available for this trip

Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $75.00 or $55.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Fax: 416-425-1920
Mail: Attention MODC Recreation
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1A4

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka Keith Rashid
rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca krashid@marchofdimes.ca
416-425-3463 ext. 7212 416-425-3463 ext. 7213
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

April 24th

Legends in Concert
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Join March of Dimes Canada recreation as we experience a stunning performance at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. With incredible costumes and award-winning performers, discover the unbelievable tributes to Roy Orbison, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, George Michael and Frank Sinatra. A truly legendary experience!
For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability
When: Wednesday April 25, 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Location: Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 6380 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5
Price: $125.00 per person
*Includes ticket to Legends in concert show, lunch at a local eatery, accessible and companion seating available.

Transportation details:
Round trip transportation included on our wheelchair accessible bus: Departure from 10 Overlea Blvd March of Dimes Canada at 9.00 am Return to 26 Overlea Blvd Toronto (Tim Hortons/Wendy’s) at 8.00 pm

Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $125.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Fax: 416-425-1920
Mail: Attention MODC Recreation
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1A4

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka Keith Rashid
rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca krashid@marchofdimes.ca
416-425-3463 ext. 7212 416-425-3463 ext. 7213
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~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.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.