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Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
May 2013
The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is a society where student participation in a healthy school community is the norm, not the exception. We are a non-profit society that inspires our partners and stakeholders to improve the health and learning of students in BC by promoting, supporting and facilitating a healthy schools approach. Visit our website for more information.

School Grant Opportunities

Deadline May 15th, 2013


Artists in Education

Deadline May 17th, 2013


Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants

Deadline May 31st, 2013 


Artists in the Classroom Grants

Deadline June 7th, 2013 


Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants

Deadline June 30th, 2013 


Vancouver Foundation Education Grants

Deadline July 16th, 2013 


Cherniavsky's 'Mr. Music' Fund

Deadline October 10th, 2013 


Do you have a school grant opportunity you'd like to share with our readers? We want to hear from you! Please email us here with the grant information.


Movies for the Classroom: Bully
Shown at the Projecting Change Film Festival, "Bully" is a documentary that follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. The film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. Purchase the video on iTunes, then support your class and school with provincial positive mental health support program ERASE.


Kelty Mental Health Summer Institute
Save the date! The 4th Annual Summer Institute is a two-day event that will bring together all members of the school community from districts across BC to exchange ideas about how to promote student mental health and well-being. Mark August 22nd - 23rd, 2013 on your calendar!
Healthy Happenings

Hands-on Cook-off Contest

May 1 - June 2


National Mental Health Week

May 6 - 12


National Child and Youth Mental Health Day

May 7


Canada Health Day

May 12


International Day Against Homophobia

May 17


Aboriginal Awareness Week

May 19 - 25


Bike to School Week

May 27 - June 2


Know of a Healthy Happening our readers should know about? Contact us here.


How Can You Build a More Mindful Community?

In February, nearly 200 students and teachers from over 30 different high schools across BC came together for an inspirational day of dialogue at the first Youth Summit: Building a Mindful Community

The students were asked two questions throughout the day: "How can we build a more mindful community?" and "What is your role?" Are you curious about what the students had to say?  


Click here to see colourful graphic recordings that depict the student voice throughout the day.  


Archived Healthy Schools Newsletters

Producing the Healthy Schools Newsletter regularly for over six years has created quite an archive of healthy schools history in BC! To view past newsletters full of helpful and relevant content, please visit the Healthy Schools BC portal here.


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Featured Article

The Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network

Helping learners cross the stage with dignity, purpose and options 


A 2012 federal government commissioned research study concludes the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) has had significant transformational impacts on schools, teachers and districts around the province. To learn more about how the AESN is working with BC schools, click here for the rest of the article.

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Healthy Schools in Action

Teacher of the Month: Josh Ogilvie

Creating win-win situations at Alpha Secondary


Each month, DASH shines a spotlight on a member of the healthy  schools community making a difference in BC schools. This month, DASH is pleased to introduce Josh Ogilvie from Alpha Secondary School in SD #41, Burnaby. Josh is a Physical Education teacher and program coordinator for the SD #41 Fitness and Leadership Program, and is also an active member of the Healthy Schools Network. To read about Josh's work and hear from his students, click here!

DASH Update

Welcome to the New DASH BC Website  

Evolving to meet the demands of 21st century learning 


As DASH continues to grow and evolve, we have recognized that there is a new approach to learning, one that better prepares students to be healthy contributing citizens and to be life-long learners; as a result, we have updated our website with a new look, and great new features to help you get the information you need, including our first BLOG! Read about our new website here.

iWalk 2013- Registration Opens May 15th!

Sign up to celebrate the many benefits of walking to school   


International Walk to School Week is coming to B iWalk C October 7th to  11th, so prepare your walking shoes! Hosted in partnership by DASH and HASTe BC, iWalk is a weeklong event from October 7th to 11th that gives students, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event to celebrate the many benefits of walking to school. Click here to read more about iWalk 2013. For video highlights of 2012 iWalk, check out the DASH website here.  


Healthy Schools Network Update

Sharing success stories creates opportunities for others 


HSN schools - a reminder that year-end reports are due by Friday, June 7th, 2013 and can be emailed to [email protected]. We encourage you to share your story in writing, pictures and/or videos! We're looking forward to learning about your experience this year! Read the entire update here.  

Encourage your school community to get moving by celebrating Move for Health Day on May 10th. Check out the Action Schools! BC Top 10 Daily Physical Activities for Move for Health Day for some new physical activity ideas to engage your classroom and whole school - both indoors and outdoors.   Read more about ways to celebrate here.
Teacher Resources

Creating Future Leaders Through Mentorship   

GEN7 program supports Aboriginal students and communities


GEN7 is a community-based program designed for Aboriginal youth and the unique challenges they face. The program pairs trained Aboriginal athletes called GEN7 Messengers with an Aboriginal community to act as role models and motivators for the youth of that community. To learn how your school or community can partner with GEN7, please read the full article here.

Integrating Aboriginal Content into the Classroom
Shared Learnings supports teachers with classroom resources

Shared Learnings is a teacher guide developed in recognition of the need for classroom materials that can help all teachers provide students with knowledge of, and opportunities to share experiences with, BC Aboriginal peoples. To learn how you can bring this helpful resource to the classroom, please click here    

Cook, Shoot, Win!

Better Together cooking contest for students now open


The Better Together fourth annual Hands-on Cook-off Contest is  back! This spring, for the first time ever, there will be a special category just for youth. Anyone in BC can enter throughout the month of May. Get full contest details, including sample videos, by reading the article here.

Smarter, Healthier and Happier Students

MindUp™ helps educators create supportive learning environments

MindUP™ is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 students that provides a framework for teachers to learn strategies to boost students' social and emotional competencies and to create an optimistic classroom. To learn more about this program, click here    


BC Agriculture in the Classroom Announces New Partnership with BC Dairy Association
Milk products added to the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program

The BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and the BC Dairy  Association have announced that the BC Ministry of Health will be providing funding of $1 million to the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program to provide milk to K-2 classes around the province. Read more about this new partnership here.