Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ January 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the January 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 our new format! 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.

Happy New Year ~ Everyone!
Let this be the year you set your reading goals.   
Professor Owls Newsletter is here to help you achieve them all.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney 

Professor Owl’s Book corner with help you learn how to read, to assist you with problems and learning challenges and give you a bigger choice of books to choose from.   We will be restarting our weekly book reviews next Wednesday and  our usual monthly books of the month in our monthly newsletter.. We will also give you information where you can get the books you want to read and some suggestions for reluctant readers.

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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

Lesson 2:
Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Word Recognition Strategies:
Part 2 (Phonics)

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

Lesson 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM
Lesson 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCDXKmiEsro

Read an interactive story
~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/index.php?p=interactive/story/858

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

 

 

book-of-the-month

“ShadowZone” 

By Simon Rose

This is the third book in the “ShadowZone” series written by one of my favourite young adult authors. After finishing books one and two, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed. This time Ben and Charlie risked their lives to save both worlds from destruction. This was another exciting story with good character structure and as usual well written. The story closed with a great ending. Although I was hoping for perhaps another book to this terrific series.

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

We would love to hear about your favorite 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!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
~Neil Gaiman

Write a paragraph about what the new year means to you. Does it seem like a fresh start? What do you want to experience? Did you make any resolutions? What is something you are willing to try that scares you?

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


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Write about a winter wonderland!

Get Creative!

Although I normally talk about writing there is so many more creative activities out there, most of you are at the perfect age to give something new a try. If you don’t think you are creative enough, I think it’s time we had a little talk….

Unfortunately,  you may believe that only a few people are capable of being creative, that it is some sort of exclusive club that they don’t think they can be a member of. This is one of life’s biggest myths and the truth is, creativity is a lot like your muscles; everyone has creativity but they need to use it regularly in order for it to work properly and not atrophy. You don’t need to be a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Hendricks to be creative, you just have to dedicate yourself to uncovering your creative potential.

How does one begin to develop one’s creative muscle?

Focus on a creative activity every day!

Whether it’s journaling, doodling, painting, redecorating, crafts, do anything that inspires you and makes you come alive. By performing small creative tasks, you are exercising your creative “muscle” helping it to grow strong.

Think outside the box!

Sometimes, challenges and limitations can be a good thing especially when they force you to work within your means and find different approaches. Challenges often motivate you to be more imaginative in solving a problem or creating an item. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers and doing something different. Some of the most creative people in the world have used challenges to motivate them, they have had no choice but to work around constraints and find solutions. Learning to think outside the box in your creative life can also give you the tools to assist you in your day-to-day endeavours.

Immerse yourself in creative culture and learn all you can!

Want to write? Write everyday and read everything you can, both the good and bad. Want to be musician? Listen to all types of music, practice daily and take in local music jams to learn from others. Never get discouraged if you think someone is more gifted than you…remember, they once started where you are now.

Keep an open mind!

By training yourself to look at life with a creative eye, you open yourself to the never-ending potential of what you encounter every day. Once you have opened your creative eyes you will find that you’ll notice more and more things which will enrich your life and inspire you. The more you know, the more you will desire to know, and the more active your sense of wonder will become.

Try something new on a daily basis!

By learning a new skill and doing something in a slightly different way you can produce different results. By taking a different route on your daily walk, you can change what you see, changing your experiences thus expanding your point of view. Try to interact with new people, visit new places that attract people interested in the same things i.e. if you are interested in art, art classes or galleries will help you to expand and enrich your social circle. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your passion for creating.

By unleashing your creativity, you will bring about a new passion for life. The more you develop those creative muscles, the stronger they grow, the more able they are to produce, thus, inspiring you to take yourself to the next level.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou


 

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Variety Village

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM VARIETY!
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MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONS
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If you would like to hear about what’s happening at Variety and be first in line for special offers, join our eNewsletter. Click here!

2 for 1! Bring a friend

It pays to work out with a buddy!
When you purchase a 4-month or annual membership, we’ll give your friend or family member a one-month membership free!

Promotion ends Jan. 31, 2018.
New members only.

 

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at 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.

upcoming events

 for January 2018

ABILITIES EXPO TORONTO 2018
COME AND VISIT THE VARIETY VILLAGE BOOTH AT THE ABILITIES EXPO TORONTO AT BOOTH #342!
Abilities Expo Toronto
January 19-21, 2018
International Centre
(6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga)

The #1 event for the disability community is back and better than ever! This free once-a-year event is your opportunity to learn about the technologies and services that will make the difference in your life. Canadians with disabilities, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are welcome for a three-day celebration of what you CAN do!
Get ready for fun and inclusive workshops and events including:
Dance with Auti Angel; International wheelchair dancing pioneer and Push Girl Auti Angel is back with her electrifying, freestyling dance workshops.
Is a service dog right for you?; The everyday tasks that these clever canines perform for their human partners can be the difference between dependency and setting your own life course.
Get actionable info from Expo workshops; The education series offers vital information from community experts on accessible travel, bionics, pediatric therapies, medical malpractice, living with chronic pain, and more.
Play adaptive sports; With power wheelchair hockey, tennis, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey and a host of other inclusive athletics, the sidelines will be no place for you!
Come to the Abilities Expo for the latest products and services, stay for all the fun!
Pre-Register Online for Free ~ http://varietyvillage.ca

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

EVENTS ~ JANUARY 2018

Spiking For Dimes London 2018

Sign up for Spiking for Dimes!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc.
120 Weston Street, London, Ontario

Get your corporate team or a team of friends together for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc., 120 Weston Street, and help raise money for children and adults with physical disabilities through March of Dimes Canada.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team

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 Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ December 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the December 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 our new format! 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.

 Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

As we look all around us, we see so many people who have decorated their homes for Christmas. For many of us this is the happiest holiday of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As we enjoy these holidays, we must not forget that many other religions have their own special holidays also.

Holidays Around the World

For two other religions that have celebrations in the month of December, please check out below.

On December 25, 2016, Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights started and lasts eight days.

~Hanukkah~

Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem – which had been taken over by the Syrians – and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. However, a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. The Hanukkah lights are to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

 In the week between 26 December and 1 January each year.

 

~Kwanzaa~

1. Kwanzaa an African-American holiday celebrated mainly in the US. The holiday was established in 1966 to help African Americans remember and celebrate their heritage. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits.” Each day of the seven days is dedicated to one of “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are1. umoja – to maintain unity in the family and community.

2. kujichagulia – self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself

3. ujima – collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community

4. ujamaa – economic co-operation, to help and profit one another

5. nia – purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people

6. kuumba – creativity, to do everything possible to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial for future generations

7. imani – faith, to believe in parents, teachers, and leaders.

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literacy

Lesson one: Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Vocabulary Word List

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

Read an interactive story ~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/

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

Lesson 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

book-of-the-monthInto The Web
by Simon Rose
Shadowzone #2


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Synopsis:
On a doomed version of Earth, the sinister schemes of the Ministry are moving ever closer to completion, with dire consequences for the inhabitants of two worlds. For Ben and Charlie, an unlikely alliance, unexpected reunions, and the mysterious prophecy of the Chosen One offer a glimmer of hope, with the ever-present prospect of betrayal, as they embark on an unpredictable journey into the unknown.

This is the second book of this series “Shadowzone” written by one of Professor Owl’s  favourite young adult authors. After finishing book one, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed a great story with good a character structure and as usual well written. The storyline kept me focused until the very end where it left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Watch next months book of the month ~  “Shadowzone #3.”

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

We would love to hear about your favorite 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!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”~William Arthur Ward

The holiday season is about giving and receiving but material gifts aren’t everything. What is the greatest gift anyone has ever given you that wasn’t a thing.  Write them a Thank You letter, thanking them for their gift. Reflect and write about what their gift meant to you in your life.

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

~Brian Tracy


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your perfect gift! Is it an object, an experience or something for someone else?

 

 


 

Journaling

Initially, journals were kept as a matter of record.  People would document events that happened to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations.  Now newspapers, blogs, vlogs and social media are the mainstay.  Many do still use journaling as a tool for documentation but many more seem to use it as a form of expression.

The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside one’s head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause turmoil, stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.

Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation.  Creating a dedicated time throughout the day to journal is also therapeutic in itself; by giving yourself permission to spend time on yourself is a healthy indulgence.  Journaling also helps with planning and transformation.  Recording dreams, goals and wishes helps you keep your focus on your desired outcome, plan how to get there and keeps you honest with yourself about your limitations and progress.

When it comes to healing, many people keep one or more journals.  General journals record hopes, fears, anxieties and are a great tool for learning about yourself.  Dream journals are great for tracking what recurring themes are presenting themselves in your dreams, thus helping you identify and address things that could be causing stress.  Gratitude journals are daily listings of things one is thankful for. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you focus on the positive things that are going on in your life and helps improve both your mood and attitude.  Idea journals are helpful for sparking creativity and problem-solving.

The written word is a powerful thing. Words provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal.  Journaling can be an incredible life-changing process.

Writing has always been a huge part of my life. When I was a child, I kept a journal. I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed for my future.  I would doodle, write down things of interest and solve my problems.  As an only child, it became a way for me to work things out for myself; I could think, rant or dream on the page. I found the more I wrote, the better I felt. I have never looked back, my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Recently, a friend asked me about what I write and how they could start journaling for themselves. Here are some basic topics:

1) Write down your strengths and how you can use them to improve the world for yourself and for others.

 2) Write down things you are grateful for.

3) Write down what inspires you.

4) Write down what you dream about.

5) Write down ideas for projects.

 


“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


 

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at 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.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Additional programs and services include:

  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

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.

upcoming events

 for December,  2017.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST
CHRISTMAS PARTY

On Sunday, December 3, Variety Village will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety Village raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.
GAMES · FOOD · SANTA PHOTOS · LOOT BAGS · VENDORS · CRAFTS · INFLATABLES & MORE!

ADMISSION: $8.00/at door
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
11:00am-2:00pm
MEMBERS ONLY:
10:00 am-11:00 am

Tickets at the door or online!
CLICK HERE!
Proceeds support of programs and services for people with disabilities right here at Variety Village

March of Dimes

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upcoming events for December, 2017

 

OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends
from The Young and the Restless
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

VIP Meet & Greet 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
High Tea 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Autographs & Photos for all guests 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kate Linder
(Esther Valentine) March of Dimes Canada’s sixth-annual Toronto “OpportuniTea” High Tea will take place at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on December 3, 2017. The event features actors from the top-rated North American soap opera The Young & The Restless, including Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), Abhi Sinha (Ravi Shapur), Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), who will be co-hosting the event along with Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show on Global.

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

High Tea & Show tickets $100
Patron preferred seating tickets $125
VIP Circle of Friends tickets $250
Co-Host Christian LeBlanc
(Michael Baldwin) Abhi Sinha
(Ravi Shapur)

Daniel Hall
(Scott Grainger)

 

Thank you! ~  to our Spons0rs
2017 OpportuniTeas Co-Host
Carolyn MacKenzie
Anchor of The Morning Show
on Global

For more information on any of the above events, please contact 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 ~ Newsletter November 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the November 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 our new format! 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.

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literacy

For over 30 years teachers, tutors, and learners have depended on this unique approach to reading instruction. The Laubach method was developed specifically to help adults with limited or no reading skills achieve success and become confident readers. This structured, phonics-based series works even with learners who have had negative experiences with other reading programs.

Click the link below to open the book

Laubach Way to Reading 1

       Work through the lesson ~ you may complete the homework and submit

to Professor Owl via email ~ professorowl@outlook.com

We will be working through all the books ~ If you would like to do the lessons more often than once a month ~ please let us know at the address above.

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book-of-the-month

Shadowzone

by Simon Rose (Author

While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.
This is the first book of a series by one of Professor Owl’s favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”

This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web

About the Author

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults. Simon offers a number of services for writers, including coaching, consulting, editing, and writing workshops. Full details can be found at his website simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.
This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”
A planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe.

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

Coming Soon: Watch Professor Owls Book Corner in the next month for a review of the other two books.

These books and other mentioned above are  available from http://www.amazon.com,  http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

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!

Think of your favourite song with lyrics! Using the first two lines of the chorus, craft a short story! ~ Be adventurous!

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


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Go outside and move around your neighbourhood, use as many senses as you can to describe it. What do you see, smell, hear etc…? 

Autumn Walk

 

 


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS: NANOWRIMO STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST!

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

 

PREPARING FOR NANOWRIMO

We are a mere two weeks away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you are like me you are looking forward to it.

There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans.  There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you.  I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out.  I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write.  While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road.  I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you.  If you are not sure where to start there are some great books out there. Two I recommend are  No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.  Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not.

When I sit to write a novel I create mood boards on Pinterest and my own writing soundtrack on Spotify  , all to help keep me inspired and motivated to write. I  also get or make pretty notebooks and setup an area just for writing.

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality.  For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing.  With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.

NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.

NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated in 2016 the number reached 384,126 participants. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels.  Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

 

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Variety Village

 Variety Village2

3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ON. M1N 2G2 416-699-7167

upcoming events

 for November  2017.

We’re so excited to announce that the week of October 30 – November 3 will be our second annual Variety Week on Global BC and BC1! Last year, your generosity raised $700,000, and the stories we shared all week long were updated at our 51st Show Of Hearts Telethon.
We are thankful to Global BC and the whole Corus network for the amazing support we received, on-air, online and everywhere, and your generosity had a direct impact on improving the lives of kids and families with special needs in BC. Variety Week 2017 will again host a Road Show, with live music, entertainment and your favourite BC and Corus personalities!
Thank you for your support, and if you can, please consider giving to Variety BC as monthly donors, so all kids can be kids. Donate now
Sponsorship opportunities:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#VarietyWeek #VarietyKidsCan
• Monday, October 30, 2017
• Global BC
• Tune into every news segment on Global BC the week of October 30 – November 3! Our 2nd annual Variety Week will introduce you to the kids and families your donations help. Updates will happen at our 2018 Show Of Hearts Telethon, where you’ll be able to see how you’ve improved the lives of the kids in BC!

October 31st., 2017

ROTTEN RONNIE’S
HALLOWEEN HAUNT

October is here, which means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween. And what better way to mark the spookiest month of the year than by taking a trip to a haunted house?

There’s something rotten at 121 Sandown Ave. in Scarborough. For the last month, “Rotten” Ronnie McGrath has been up to something in his garage and it’s got his neighbors spooked. McGrath has transformed his garage and yard into a Halloween Haunt that has been spinning the heads of those who pass by his home near Midland and St. Clair avenues.


It is demonic doors will be open to any poor soul brave enough to venture in on Halloween night. Skeletons, ghosts, ghouls and more can be found lurking in the darkness of Rotten Ronnie’s Halloween House that will give you a scare you’ll never forget!
OCTOBER 31, 7:00PM – FREE ADMISSION
121 SANDDOWN AVENUE, SCARBOROUGH
2 Blocks south of St. Claire Avenue | 3 Blocks west of Midland Avenue
~ For more information and map – please visit ~
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/rotten-ronnies-halloween-haunt/

November 3rd.,2017
Active Living Conference 2017

Join us at Variety Village for the 21st annual Active Living Conference. This exciting one-day event is popular with college and university students, educators, coaches, community organizations and families interested in increasing their awareness of inclusive and healthy active living opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities.
Registrants will enjoy speaker presentations, interactive recreation and sports and community resources. Please wear comfortable gym attire to enjoy the rotational activities.
Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00-4:00 pm
Variety Village

Guest Speakers 10:30 – 11:30am
Rotational Activities 12:30 – 3:45pm
Exhibitors and Resources 9:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Inclusion – Level One Certification
For more information. Please visit:
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference/

November 9th.,2017
Variety Gala 2017 Presents

#TBT THROWBACK THURSDAY

Variety Gala 2017 presents Throwback Thursday, a chronological journey, through 69 years of helping kids with disabilities

Click here! varietygala.ca Special guest Emcee, acclaimed Canadian queen of comedy Carla Collins, has prepared a side-splitting evening of comedy, while musical genius Matt Cully spins the night away with a Chronologic presentation of musical smashes starting from the 1950s through to present day greatest hits.
If all that wasn’t enough, we will have Toronto Maple Leaf’s Alumni, a fully stocked silent auction, 50/50 draw and more great ways to give back and win great prizes.
Your cocktail style evening includes a variety of gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres, Antipasto Station, Saganaki Station, Gourmet Slider Station & Open Bar Service (until 10 p.m.). Late night service includes sweet and fresh fruit table and a Cash Bar to keep you going while the music plays on.

We are pleased to announce Archie Allison, Director of Access & Awareness at Variety Village, as the recipient of the 2017 Variety Heart Award for his contributions over the past 30 years to inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TICKETS $200

For more information ~

Please visit: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/variety-gala/

March of Dimes

Upcoming Events

November 2017


We’re Still Rockin’!
Welcome back for Issue

#2 of the March of Dimes Canada (MODC) Rock for Dimes newsletter! In this Issue, you’ll read about what’s happened so far, details on upcoming events, special features, a focus on people involved in the event and so much more.
Okay, let’s get this show on the road…
Halifax and Pennzoil – Jumpin’, Jammin’, Jivin’ and Drivin’!

Rock for Dimes is a signature MODC event. It offers bands an opportunity to battle it out in front of fans for top spot in their city… and Halifax, Nova Scotia is the rockin’ place to be on November 1, 2013. So if you are in the area come on down to the Cunard Centre and get in on the jumpin’, jammin’ and jivin’.
Another reason to come out is that our Rock for Dimes sponsor, Pennzoil has partnered with MODC to donate up to $15,000 to retrofit a vehicle for a deserving family or individual living with a disability in Nova Scotia! The special winner will be presented during this event. It’s all about reclaiming freedom, independence and drivin’ on down the highway.
And the best reason of all: money raised from this high energy event helps children and adults with disabilities from across the province by supporting the MODC Conductive Education® program. Man, talk about a win-win happening!
Tune into our website at marchofdimes.ca to get more info on this incredible program, and the many other programs and services MODC has to offer.

Rock for Dimes Review

The fun was immeasurable as over the last couple of months, bands were out in full force to sing and play their hearts out in Edmonton, Kitchener and Sherkston Shores.
Both Kitchener and Sherkston Shores (in the Niagara Region) were showcase events, so no “winning” band was crowned, while in Edmonton, the winning band was the Josh Sahunta Band.
And the best result of all the singing, drumming and guitar playing at these exciting evenings, was that money was raised for some well-deserving programs: in Kitchener, the $2,500 raised went to Campers Helping Campers and Stroke Recovery Canada®; in Sherkston Shores, $1,500 was raised, also for Campers Helping Campers; and in Edmonton, over $9,500 was raised and went to local peer support groups in the Alberta area.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in these successful and entertaining evenings: hosts, judges, bands, audiences and supporters.

Bret “Hitman” Hart – a Hit with the Crowd!

Wow! What a treat for the crowd at the first-ever Pennzoil presents Rock for Dimes in Edmonton as none other than Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, spokesperson of March of Dimes Canada’s Stroke Recovery Canada® program took to the stage. There was no doubt he was a big hit!
Bret enthusiastically welcomed the audience, and thanked the bands, volunteers and guests for supporting a cause so dear to his heart. Of course, he also took the time to greet fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and raise awareness of Stroke Recovery Canada®. Way to go Bret!
The “Hitman” is a native of Calgary and is part of a wrestling dynasty led by his father, Stu Hart. He rocked the wrestling world by winning numerous championships over his 20-year wrestling career but, as he will tell you, his greatest victory has been his triumph over a devastating stroke in 2002. The stroke caused partial paralysis requiring months of physical therapy leading him to a successful recovery.
Thanks to Bret, champion wrestler and stroke survivor, for helping make Rock for Dimes the success it is today.

Rock on Jeff!

Jeff Poolton is a 37 year old singer/songwriter who has discovered that music has become his greatest source of comfort and confidence while facing the challenges of his life with Cerebral Palsy.
These challenges, along with his desire to thank those that inspired him on his journey, led to the creation of his new pop album “Welcome to My World”. The collection of original songs is chronologically organized, as Jeff sings his way through the highlights of his life.
Jeff is a passionate supporter of many organizations that assist people with disabilities and he was a big part of our Kitchener Rock for Dimes event. His hope is that through his music people will see the world a little differently.

Sit Back and Strap Yourself In!

One of the bands competing this year at the Halifax Rock for Dimes is Dali Van Gogh, a four piece Hard Rock band out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Their sound is “reminiscent of early years AC/DC and Led Zeppelin slashed through with a more modern-sounding crunch on the guitar work” (Stuart Rankin).
Dali Van Gogh were chosen as one of the top 25 Bands of 2012 by Rockwired Magazine, with their Guitarist Isaac Kent featured as one of the top guitarists world wide in Independent Music earlier in the year.
So, if you get the chance to attend the Halifax Rock for Dimes, sit back and strap yourself in as the band takes to the stage and rocks the Cunard Centre, November 1, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome

Halifax Rock for Dimes

Event Review

Special Features
Bret Hart
Nico

Focus On
Jeff Poolton
Dali Van Gogh
Upcoming Events

Nico – A Real Rock and Roll Cutie

One of the people enriched by the generosity coming out of the Rock for Dimes event is a real rock and roll cutie by the name of Nico – a spirited five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy. With MODC programs, such as Conductive Education®, children like Nico are enabled to do things that once seemed impossible.
Thanks for your support!

Please Say the Fun Isn’t Over!

Okay, the fun isn’t over… there are still three more great events to come:

RFD Halifax

November 1, 2013

RFD Montreal

November 16, 2013

RFD Hollywood, CA
December 3, 2013

Get details at www.rockfordimes.ca

One Stop: Opportunities for Independence
http://www.marchofdimes.ca Toll-Free:1-800-263-3463
Charitable Registration No. 10788 3928 RR0001

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada

eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ is a virtual wheelchair for your website.

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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.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ September 23rd, 2017

House of Chaos (House Eternal Book #1)

by Sarai Henderson (Author)

Sixteen years ago, Tabri showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Chaotics running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings, but then the Madnesi came.

Nell’s Furyon bloodline and elemental magic make her the perfect warrior. Perfect to revenge her sister’s death at the hand of a Madnesi Lord, to defend the Chaotic until her magic fully emerges and to defeat the masses of rotting undead who threaten the survival of the Wilders. If only there was more time in the day.

The Earth Stone has given the two companions a path to safety, but Tabri’s magic is on the fritz and Nell has completely lost her mind with grief. Can they hold it together long enough to allow Chaos to shine a light in the darkness, or will the Madnesi destroy all magic in the world along with the prophecy?
I really enjoyed the story of Tabri, Arsan, Nell, and Ruan. Their struggle to find their bloodlines and help save their people. This an easy read book that held my interest until the end, it is sweet and full of adventure, fantasy and magic ~ It’s a fun YA book

About the Author

Sarai Henderson

Sarai Henderson is a retired ballerina from Oregon City, Oregon, where she spends most her time chasing down her three rambunctious boys and writing on her lunch break at work. She enjoys DIY projects, Photography and writing on her blog about life as a mother of an autistic son.

Find her online at http://www.exballerina.com or on Twitter @Shendersonbooks.

 

Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ October 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the October 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 our new format! 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.

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September 8 was The United Nations’ International Literacy Day to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
In countries all over the world, including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, the day raises people’s awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred because of this increased awareness. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly regarding technology and literature, which are promoted by various organizations including reading associations.
The UN’s International Literacy Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on the day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed a 10-year period beginning on January 1, 2003, as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The assembly also welcomed the International Plan of Action for the Decade and decided for UNESCO to take a coordinating role in activities at an international level within the decade’s framework. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. This day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966.
UNESCO’s banners for the event feature the words “Literacy is the best remedy”. These banners have been produced in English, French, and Spanish. UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for International Literacy Day.

Watch Professor Owl’s Newsletter for information in November issue regarding ~

November is Family Literacy Month, and the National Center for Families Learning is promoting their guide to 30 Days of Families Learning. The guide has literacy activities and practices for every day of the month designed to inspire family memory-making as families play, imagine and learn together.
Fun Ideas for Family Literacy Month | Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org/news/fun-ideas-family-literacy-month

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Lesson 1 Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76S4icu_y4&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Chart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIuc2YhEpSA&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Vocabulary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM&t=317s

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Ringer

by Lauren Oliver (Author)

(To be released ~ October 3rd. 2017)

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by the powerhouse author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.
In the world, outside of the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and Lyra, infected at Haven with a terrible disease, finds her symptoms are growing worse. When Caelum leaves without warning, Lyra follows him, seeking a pioneering organization in Philadelphia that might have a cure. But what they uncover there is a shocking connection to their past, even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.
Though Gemma just wants to go back to her normal life after Haven, she soon learns that her powerful father has other plans for the replicas—unless she and her boyfriend Pete can stop him. But they soon learn that they aren’t safe either. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.
Bestselling author Lauren Oliver brings the Replica duology to a shocking close in Ringer, but like both Gemma and Lyra, you won’t be able to leave the world of Haven behind after you’ve turned the last page.

We would love to hear about your favorite 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!

Write a brief story/piece starting with…

“I wish everyone would realize that ….. Then everyone would…..”

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


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your favourite thing to do in October…

AutumnLeaves

 


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS!

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

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Variety Village

 Variety Village2

 

3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at 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.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Additional programs and services include:

  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

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.

upcoming events

 for October 2017.

VARIETY VILLAGE NCCP
COMMUNITY CLINIC


In celebration of National Coaches Week in Ontario this year, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) is partnering with host communities from across the province to deliver NCCP Community Clinics, which aim to recruit, develop, educate and celebrate community volunteer coaches!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Make Ethical Decisions Workshop – 6pm-10pm – ONLY $10
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel Workshop – 9am-5pm – ONLY $20
Fundamental Movement Skills Workshop – 9am-5pm- ONLY $20

We’re so excited to announce that the week of October 30 – November 3 will be our second annual Variety Week on Global BC and BC1! Last year, your generosity raised $700,000, and the stories we shared all week long were updated at our 51st Show Of Hearts Telethon.
We are thankful to Global BC and the whole Corus network for the amazing support we received, on-air, online and everywhere, and your generosity had a direct impact on improving the lives of kids and families with special needs in BC. Variety Week 2017 will again host a Road Show, with live music, entertainment and your favourite BC and Corus personalities!
Thank you for your support, and if you can, please consider giving to Variety BC as monthly donors, so all kids can be kids. Donate now
Sponsorship opportunities:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#VarietyWeek #VarietyKidsCan
• Monday, October 30, 2017
• Global BC
• Tune into every news segment on Global BC the week of October 30 – November 3! Our 2nd annual Variety Week will introduce you to the kids and families your donations help. Updates will happen at our 2018 Show Of Hearts Telethon, where you’ll be able to see how you’ve improved the lives of the kids in BC!

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

upcoming events for October, 2017

 

Rock for Dimes

Halifax – October 13, 2017

Opening Doors For Accessibility

ODFA Ottawa – October 19, 2017
ODFA Toronto – October 27, 2017

 

For more information on any of the above events, please contact 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.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Boards Special Edition

 
Toronto Wolfpack Tickets
in support of Variety kids!

50/50 Charity Draw

Variety – the Children’s Charity Ontario is excited to partner with the Toronto Wolfpack Rugby team and 5050 Central to raise needed funds for children with a disability. Through this partnership, more kids across Ontario will have opportunities to play. The Toronto Wolfpack rugby team recognizes the importance of supporting children of all abilities and we are looking forward to being part of their team.

                                              50/50 draw               50% of ticket sales
                                                                                       donated to variety
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Look for us at Toronto Wolfpack                     Follow the link below to purchase           Games on August 19, September 2,
9 and 16!                                                                         Toronto Wolfpack Tickets

 http://varietyvillage.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8613170f3e47d7bc585df92f0&id=8ec2d97abb&e=9e88ed1518
You could win big and so can Variety’s kids!

“50/50 is a staple in the Toronto Sports event fabric,” said Joe Santos, Chief Operations Officer of the Toronto Wolfpack. “Teaming up with Variety, the Children’s Charity is a natural fit. They improve young people’s quality of life regardless of their abilities. Rugby, whichever modality you support, is an inclusive game that promotes healthy activity while instilling life long lessons – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and sportsmanship.

“As a fan of Toronto sports, I personally love buying a ticket for the 50/50 draw in the hopes of one day being that fan that screams in pure joy with the winning ticket. We welcome all our loyal Wolfpack fans and new fans to take their game day experience to another level by supporting an amazing local charity and possibly winning the jackpot!”

Learn more

Volunteers wanted for game day!

We are in NEED of enthusiastic and energetic Volunteers, to help us sell tickets for our 50/50 draw to the rugby enthusiasts on game day! Come and be part of a great sporting event that will help support Variety Village.

Game date:
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 9,16 2017

Time commitment:
3:00pm-7:15pm

Location:
Lamport Stadium
1155 King St West
Toronto, M6K 1E9

SIGN-UP TODAY!
If you are interested in volunteering or know anyone who might be interested in helping out for any of these game days, please contact:

Smeeta Sohanlal
Volunteer Coordinator
416-699-7167 Ext. 239
ssohanlal@varietyvillage.on.ca

5050 Central & Variety, the Children’s Charity Ontario Reach Agreement – Read the release

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Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ Back-to-School Edition 2017

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Welcome to the Back-to-School issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner 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 our new format! 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.

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Bullying

It’s that time of year again ~ Back to School.  Many look forward to going back and some dread the homework and lack of playtime.  For some, however, it can be a very scary thought. It’s not the school that bothers them but the thought of being beaten up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.

What is a bully?  A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Bullies have usually they been the victim of a bully themselves.  If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone.  It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself.  Another thing to do is if possible walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.

Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault ~ What if you are not being bullied but see someone else being bullied?  Don’t join in, encourage or give the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult.  Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully.

Check the following websites for more information on bullying:

http://www.kidpower.org/store/kp-book.htm 

https://www.bullyingcanada.ca/services

http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/talking-about-it/index.html

http://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-bullying

Do You Need A Homework Helper?

 Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers.  One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.

Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.

http://www.do2Learn.com/

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/homework_help_home.html

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/

http://www.jiskha.com/

 

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Excalibur Rising:
Book One of an Arthurian Saga Kindle Edition

by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts (Author)

 

A newscaster. A psychic. A legend brought to life…

Marcus is losing his touch. The TV newscaster’s ratings are down and his job is on the line. So when he’s given the opportunity to leave Las Vegas and search for Excalibur, the missing artifact from one of the greatest legends ever written, he jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the mafia also gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Violet’s psychic abilities serve as a gift and a curse. When the Mafia’s marching orders force her onto a plane to England with Marcus, her skills are put to the test. As they probe the legend of King Arthur and Camelot, the unlikely team watches the body count start to rise.

After their search takes them to the mist-shrouded Welsh countryside, Marcus and Violet begin putting the pieces together, but a surprise awaits. A surprise that could change their lives for good. If they survive to see it…

Excalibur Rising is an edge-of-your-seat fantasy suspense novel laced with wit and history. If you like funny characters, dramatic plot twists, and the myth of King Arthur, then you’ll love the first book in Eileen Enwright Hodgetts’ Excalibur Rising series.

I could not put it down. It had everything a great story should have. I will have to wait for the next book.

Entertaining and beautifully written a little slow in the first chapter but in all.
a must read for anyone who has a love for Arthur, Knights, and Excalibur.
Looking forward to Book 2

Buy the book to learn the real story behind history’s greatest legend!

 Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.amazon.ca

 

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

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Writing Prompt~A Day in the Life of…

We all have our favourite fictional character from books and/or movies. What would happen if you got to trade places with this character for just one day.Who do you choose? Why? Describe how the day plays out for you!

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


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about what brightens your day…


Journaling

Initially, journals were kept as a matter of record.  People would document events that happened to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations.  Now social media, blogs, and vlogs are mainstream.  Many people choose to use good old pen and paper, whether it’s a nice leather journal or a cheap dollar store find both give you the option to quickly jot down your feelings.  Some choose to use their phone, tablet or computer, there are tonnes of apps many for free. For more complex programs a few dollars can give you journalling with special features and password protection.

The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside your head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.

Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation.  There are so many benefits to journaling that far outweigh the negatives. Creating a set time throughout the day to journal is also is helpful in giving you some quiet time to yourself.  Writing down dreams helps you keep your focus on the big picture and is a record of your progress.

The written word is a powerful thing. Words provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal.  Journaling can be an incredible life-changing process.

Writing has always been a huge part of my life. From when I was a child I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed of for my future.  I would doodle, write down things I was interested in and solve my problems on the page.  As an only child, it became a way for me to work things out for myself; I could think, rant or dream on the page.  I found the more I wrote, the better I felt. I have never looked back and to this day my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Many people aren’t sure what to write about, my answer, in short, anything, but to be more specific…

1) Write down your strengths and how you can use them to improve the world for yourself and for others.

 2) Write down things you are grateful for.

3) Write down what inspires you.

4) Write down what you dream about.

5) Write down ideas for stories, songs, poems, etc.

6) Write about what scares you. 

7) Write down problems and brainstorm solutions.

8) Write down goals and the steps to take in order to reach them.

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at 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.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

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Additional programs and services include:
  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

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.

upcoming events
 for August 2017.

SWING ‘FORE’ CHARITY

2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic in support of Variety Village – The Children’s Charity

August 25th, 2017 12-8:00 pm   |   Black Diamond Golf Club
$125.00/person | $500.00/foursome
RSVP now! Space is limited > Click here

SCHEDULE
12:00pm: Tournament registration opens.  Grab bags, information and tickets handed out.
1:00pm: Tournament begins.  Shotgun starts.
5:30-6:30pm: Tournament completed.  Shootout (weather depending). Score cards turned in.
6:30-8:00 pm: Dinner, draws, and prizes.

ABOUT
In 2007, fundraising efforts were created in hopes of raising money for the children at Variety Village.  In 2016, a golf tournament fundraiser was initiated and the results were better than we had hoped for.  As a result, the annual golf classic was formed.  Through these various fundraisers, over $30,000 has been raised and we are hoping to double and even triple that number in the years to come.

Each year $500 from the money raised goes towards the “Toronto’s Finest – Heart Award Scholarship”.  This scholarship is awarded to the athlete who has given their all-in training, teamwork, and competitions throughout the year.

Thank you to all who attend, donate and help sponsor this event on behalf of Variety Village.

PLEASE CONTACT Variety Village for more information.

Address: 3701 Danorth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167

www.varietyvillage.ca

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

 

March of Dimes

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upcoming events for August 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 close to $1,350,000 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.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause – new bands are always welcome! 

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time

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 close to $1,350,000 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.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause – new bands are always welcome! 

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time:

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 close to $1,350,000 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.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause – new bands are always welcome! 

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time

 

Kingston Rocks for Dimes and raises over $3,000
for March of Dimes Canada!

Did you make it out to Rock for Dimes Kingston on August 27th? If you weren’t at Longborough Lake Holiday Park that day, you missed the fundraiser of the year! Over 100 people were there, and they raised over $3,000 for March of Dimes Canada’s Campers Helping Campers program. Campers Helping Campers takes place from May to October each year and funds raised are used to subsidize the costs associated with supporting a person who lives with a disability so they can enjoy a summer camping experience.

At Rock for Dimes Kingston 2016, local bands Project 20 Nine, Bigmotorgasoline, The Bandicoots, Bon Evans, Zach Teal, The Royal Drifters, and Sweet Talk Jackie all competed for bragging rights. Our panel of celebrity judges – Eric Tremblay, Elizabeth Heslinga, Graham Greer, and Stuart Roberts – had a tough decision to make but, in the end, The Bandicoots won out.

CKWS’ Bill Welychka once again took on hosting duties and was terrific.

Rock for Dimes Kingston was sponsored by Long & McQuadeAirgo Medical, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Agency59, Sunspace, General Coach, Fresh Radio 104.3, 96.3 Big FM, CJAI 92.1 FMKingston Sound Works, Empire Life and Loughborough Lake Holiday Park.

Parkbridge Spiking For Dimes Spring Lake!
 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12 noon – 2p.m.
Spring Lake RV, 263459 Prouse Road, Mount Elgin, Ontario
Parkbridge Resorts is hosting a volleyball fundraiser at Spring Lake RV to support March of Dimes Canada’s Campers Helping Campers program. Campers Helping Campers provides a once-in-a-lifetime camping holiday for children and adults with physical disabilities.
So come out for tonnes of fun in the sun on August 26, 2017, and help give the gift of a camping experience with Canadians living with physical disabilities!
Registration:

 

$10 per player / 6-8 players per team
Register online by creating or joining a team or with
Skyline Recreation Coordinator, Teighan at (705) 760-6722
Visit www.marchofdimes.ca/ParkbridgeCampers
for more information and to register!
Benefitting  MODC’s Campers Helping Campers Program

For more information on any of the above events, please contact 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.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ July 2017

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Hopewell, NB.

Summer is  here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter 
  is taking a holiday for a month

We will be back on August 15th.2017 with our back to school issue and our usual book and literacy corners and our community boards.

We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays watch for them every Saturday, in the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.

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Pool Safety by Joanna Murray

This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard.  Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments.  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.

With three children, for my family safety was a priority.  The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc..  Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside.  Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.

First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.

As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.

  • Teach your children safety rules around the pool.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
  • Have a phone close by at all times.
  • If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
  • Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.
  • Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
  • Learn CPR and update your skills regularly
  • Understand basic life-saving skills

The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child.  If money allows check local community centres such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available.  As you would teach a child to put on a seatbelt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills is essential

Originally published 7th June 2011

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Ghosts of Manitowish Waters

by G.M. Moore  (Author)

 “Powerful. Clever. A solid … a choice for both girls and boys.” —Publishers Weekly

Fifteen-year-old Tess O’Brien finds her life inexplicably intertwined with the rebellious teen Cain Mathews and the conflicted Wesley Thayer as they search the vast Wisconsin woodlands for a mystical albino deer herd.

An ominous curse, a mysterious fog, and villainous poachers plague their journeys as the three struggle to come to terms with their lives, their parents and the wilderness they love.

Filled with page-turning action and suspense, Ghosts of Manitowish Waters is a coming of age story about finding your own path and following it. It’s a lesson in knowing when to obey your parents and when to have the courage to defy them.The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started reading the book, I could not put it down until I had finished.  The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action.  This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and

The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started the book, I could not put it down until I had finished.  The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action.  This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and up.

Available from: http:// www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com   and other fine bookstores.
We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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The following is a couple of links you should visit, to find more suitable books for all you book worms.

Download the 2017 Catalogue (PDF)

Introduction

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. One project, the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, is located at North York Central Library and includes:

  • Outstanding examples of books for and about young people with disabilities
  • 4,000 titles in over 40 languages
  • Specialized formats such as Braille, PCS and Sign Language
  • Tactile and textile books

Read about the 2017 IBBY selections and more on our blog.

Location and Access

*The IBBY Collection is currently unavailable due to renovations. Please email ibby@tpl.ca for assistance and other options.

The collection is located on the main floor in the Children’s Department at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario.

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Join the AW Teen Summer Reading Challenge to win FREE books and other prizes!
Read any AW Teen title (click here for a full list) and review it anywhere (your blog, Instagram, YouTube — wherever!). Reviews from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, will be accepted. Yep, even older reviews! You will receive one entry for every AW YA book you submit a review for. You can receive extra entries for sharing your review on sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Netgalley, Goodreads, and Edelweiss. And if you follow AW on their Albert Whitman or AW Teen Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube, you can get even more extra entries!

One lucky participant will win the GRAND prize: A beach basket full of 10 AW Teen titles and summer reading goodies including lip balm, nail polish, perfume, water bottle, beach towel, sun hat and more! Four participants will win the book pack of the same 10 titles!

Reviews are accepted until August 31, 2017, and winners will be randomly selected on September 1, 2017. Submit the link to your review here. Happy Summer Reading!

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June 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome to  Professor Owl’s Book Corner 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 our new format! 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.

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You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

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“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” – Aldous Huxley

Adult Literacy: Better Reading Comprehension, How to Speed-Read, and Some Life-Changing Literature to Improve Your Life

By Andrianes Pinantoan

According to a survey done by the Jenkins Group, in the USA, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college and 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

This is quite alarming and it’s definitely something that we all should worry about, especially when we’re presented with many other studies that link the high likeability of people ending up in prison if they have literacy problems.

Now, there are many factors that lead to literacy problems in people of all ages, such as the inadequate education system and school infrastructure, living in countries with high poverty and unemployment rates, or growing up in places that have a high crime rate…etc. But, what about the people who are simply not interested, let’s say, in reading books for pleasure?

Society’s views and taste in reading books has changed a lot in the last decade and the technological innovations allow us fast access online to the information we want in just a few clicks. But this kind of behavior has not only damaged the need to read and digest longer pieces for personal advancement or just for the sole fun of reading something but has also shortened our attention span as well. It’s not uncommon for people to buy books and never finish reading them.

Literacy is not only about reading and writing, but it’s also to help people understand the complexity of the world and life in general. To improve the way you think, communicate and act; to make you a better and smarter human being.

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download or read this book Laubach Way to Reading 1Sounds and Names of Letters Free Ebook …

If you would like to complete these lessons and email them to Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ send your answers to professorowl@outlook.com. We will include a lesson every second Thursday along with a newly released book review and if you email in your answers. At the end of every month, we will have a draw for everyone who emails their answers~ and one lucky person will win a book.

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Twisted Fate: A Flashback Novel 

by Simon Rose  (Author)

A tattered photograph. A lock of hair. Keepsakes of his mother have triggered strange dreams for Max, dreams of a dank prison cell and an oddly familiar teenaged girl. But it’s the disturbing vision of a train accident that convinces Max to investigate his mother’s death.

During his investigation, Max discovers a connection with Julia, a classmate with dark secrets of her own. Her mother also died mysteriously and was linked to Project Mindstorm.

I would highly recommend going on the adventure in “Twisted Fate” with many twists and turns. Time-travel, visions of paranormal activity, secrets and psychics; a book that explores everything.  Once I picked the book up I could not stop reading until I finished it.  I always love to read Simon Rose’s books, they are great to read for most ages.  Looking forward to his next book.

Available from http://www.amazom.cahttp://www.amazon.com and other fine Book stores.

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Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read

by Marilyn Lerch (Author, Editor), Angela Ranson (Author, Editor)

 

In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting undiagnosed dyslexia, a Canadian Tire store manager to ensure Christmas for a child, written tests for the military, certification exams, or jumping from an airplane, these people are heroes.

 

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Your mission should you choose to accept it…

It’s time that you broke up with your biggest fear.   What better way for you to say goodbye than by writing them a letter telling them how horrible they are and why they no longer have a place in your life. Have fun with it, in my opinion, if you can learn to laugh at what scares you, then perhaps you won’t see that fear as being so intimidating.

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


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Attention all aspiring authors: Its’ that time again, we have one month until the July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo! 🙂 Now is the time to outline your novel and do your research! 🙂

Haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Here’s the goods: 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!


Monthly Journal Challenge

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June Journal Prompts

All you need is a pen, journal and 15-30 minutes a day to write down your thoughts.  

Open your journal, set a timer and write! 🙂  Use the prompts to start your journal entry i.e.

“My favourite thing about June is….”

  1. Your favourite thing about June.
  2. A cause near and dear to your heart.
  3. One thing you would change about the world.
  4. Your favourite book genre.
  5. A hobby you would like to take up,
  6. Three things you are grateful for.
  7. Your favourite song at the moment.
  8. A fictional character you would like to meet.
  9. Favourite summer activity.
  10. Your least favourite food.
  11. What you would like to do in the future.
  12. Three good things that have happened to you this week.
  13. Favourite thing about nature.
  14. Someone who inspires you.
  15. Lazy day rituals.
  16. Three things you want to change in your life.
  17. How you handle difficult challenges and how does it work for you.
  18. One thing that cheers you up on bad days.
  19. A compliment that you received that sticks with you.
  20. A goal you want to accomplish this month.
  21. What it would take to make your dreams come true.
  22. Favourite thing to watch on TV.
  23. Favourite place to visit.
  24. What good moment always makes you smile.
  25. A movie that describes your life.
  26. A secret you haven’t shared with anyone.
  27. What you’ll miss about school over the holidays.
  28. Write about a picture that catches your eye.
  29. What you wish you could change about your life and steps to do it.
  30. Favourite person in your life.

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Variety Village

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Please note the following correction in the May 2017 Newsletter for the
VVAC Athletic Banquet:

Qssim Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Road, Scarborough
6:00pm – 10:30pm

Thursday, June 15 

Each year the teams’ athletes, coaches, parents, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the accomplishments, teamwork, and contributions of these incredible, inspiring young athletes. Join us as we celebrate our achievements & milestones of the 2016 – 2017 season

$15 Athlete/$30 Guest
Cash Bar
This event is for VVAC Team
members only.
R.S.V.P. by Friday, June 2, 2017
Nina Chamberlain
416 699-7167 x285
nchamberlain@varietyvillage.on.ca

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH

Pride Toronto is a not for profit with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of our community. One of our wonderful members, Eric Martin suggested we raise the Pride Flag in recognition of Pride Month and our own diverse community.

We think that’s a great idea! Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 pm to help us raise the flag and enjoy cake and coffee afterwards in the lobby.

Inclusivity: Pride Toronto welcomes everyone and wants everyone to be welcomed. Pride Toronto is accessible to everyone as they create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

Diversity: Pride Toronto celebrates the uniqueness of all voices while bringing people together as one community.

These are Pride Toronto’s values, which are shared by Variety Village’s own mission, vision, and values.

 Get ready for a show filled with laughter, song, and dance… ‘It’s

MIKHELA’S

18TH BIRTHDAY
ZUMBA PARTY

Join us and celebrate Mikhela’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 inquiries 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’s 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.

 Electrifying!’.

GREASE!

The Variety Village Drama Company presents their uniquely adapted theatrical production GREASE! The annual showcase takes place on Saturday, June 10 with a Matinee performance at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00 pm. Reception to follow.

Matinee: $10 per person
Evening performance:  $15 per person 
Tickets available at Variety Village reception or contact: Valeria at valeria.alvia@gmail.com
Tickets on sale at the door. CASH ONLY

St. Columba Theatre Room 2723 St Clair Ave E, East York, ON M4B 1M8

The Variety Village Drama program provides a variety of educational creative arts for youth and adults with disabilities. Funds raised through this Annual Showcase ensure Variety Village continued offering of quality programs that enhance self-esteem and encourage social development in an arts-focused environment.

MEMBER APPRECIATION

You’re invited! With the support of Zurich Insurance, Variety Village is hosting a Member Appreciation Day. Everybody is welcome!

Monday, June 12  |  11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Courtyard
BBQ Hot Dogs, refreshments, popcorn!
Games, giveaways and a chance to win great prizes.

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Contact 
Zoe Pagazani
Special Events Coordinator
416-699-7167 x 290
zpagazani@varietyvillage.on.ca

 

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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

www.varietyvillage.ca

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

 

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

Get Ready for the 9th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll! 

Get Active and Out in Your Community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia

June 1 – 9, 2017

The annual Walk ‘n’ Roll fundraiser held across Ontario and now in British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada, encourages people with physical disabilities or aphasia, to get active and out in their communities, supporting vital programs that help independence, improved communication, community participation and improves health and fitness as a bonus. We hope that you can be a part of it!

Dates: June 1 – 9, 2017

About: Participants, volunteers, friends and family members of March of Dimes Canada’s stroke, acquired brain injury, aphasia and communication disabilities, post-polio, and supportive living programs, will walk or roll through a designated course in their community and put up displays about support groups to raise awareness and money for vital community programs and services.

Help us reach our goal of $70,000!

8th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner
Ability and Beyond Dinner 2017

 June 7, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, renown actor RJ Mitte will inspire the audience with his candid talk about his strategies for overcoming obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has set and achieved his lofty goals.

Although RJ Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the young age of three, that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. Mitte played Walt Jr., the son of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Mitte reemerged in 2016 on the big screen in his first non-handicapped leading role in Dixieland, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Mitte serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign in support of children with disabilities. Currently, he is working with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support.

We are happy to announce that the evening will once again be hosted by the engaging Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show, on Global. And the evening’s Chair will be Scott Beckett, President, Edgewater Financial Group Inc. and his wife Kelly Beckett.

Special thanks goes out to our committee members; Michael Cole, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Office, Bell Canada & MODC Board Member; Eric Lo, President, GenX Solutions; Dave Wilkins, Account Executive, Integrated Solutions, People Corporation; and Faisel Saeed, Senior Manager in Enterprise Analytics, BMO Financial Group & MODC Board Member.

All the funds raised from this event will support our Conductive Education® program, which helps children and adults with neurological motor disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke survivors, to be more independent.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

TICKETS

Dinner Tickets   $250
VIP Patron Tickets   $500

TABLES

Dinner Table (table for 10)   $2,500

VIP Patron Table (table for 10)   $5,000

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available

For more information about the 18th Annual Ability & Beyond Dinner visit:

http://www.marchofdimes.ca/Dinner

All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes Canada’s 

Conductive Education® program

For more information on any of the above events, please contact 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.

 

Conductive Education – Changing Lives #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 six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric LahtiInderpreet Kaur Uppal Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks.

Conductive Education® is a community rehabilitation program offered through March of Dimes Canada whose mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment, and community participation of people with disabilities.

This program is important to me as my husband, and I have a friend who had a stroke and with the help of this program has been able to lead an almost normal life. He was paralyzed down one side and spent many months in hospital and rehabilitation. It has been several years, and he is now able with the help of a cane or walker to get around. He is seventy-three and still plants a vegetable garden every year, and made a great little patio with low walls and beautiful flower garden. He attends several functions always cooking a dish to share. He is a positive and caring man and a joy to be around. He not only looks after his garden but when the occasion arises, he is willing to help others who are less fortunate than he is.

Conductive Education® (CE) is a program that combines physical rehabilitation and education to help children and adults with neurological motor disorders or who have had a stroke or brain injury. Conductive Education works on the brain to change the body. Participants are taught skills and techniques to help them overcome the challenges of their disability – they learn how to apply these strategies to their everyday life, becoming more independent.

Check out this video….


Designed specifically for people with neurological motor disorders, Conductive Education offers an alternative group setting approach to rehabilitation for people living with:

·        Cerebral Palsy

·        Spina Bifida

·        Multiple Sclerosis

·        Stroke

·        Parkinson’s

·        Acquired Brain Injury

For information on The March of Dimes or any of their programs ~ Please visit http://www.marchofdimes.ca

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here!