Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
February 2014
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School Grant Opportunities
To view an even bigger collection of healthy schools related grants, visit the Grants section of the Healthy Schools BC website here.
Videos of the Month:
To This Day Project

To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called "To This Day". The goal is to explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. Check out the inspiring video, plus some related questions and discussion topics for teachers to use in a classroom setting here.

Videos of the Month: VIU Ministry of Education Rural Literacy Research Project

This collaborative research project works to support literacy learning in rural communities with a high percentage of aboriginal students. This video offers a clear overview of the Rural Literacy Research project, opening with coordinator Dr. Paige Fisher, from Vancouver Island University, offering a description of the conception and design, and also includes learning as experienced by teachers, school leaders and literacy coaches. Watch the video here. Read more about the initiative here


Save the Date!

Youth Day for the Projecting Change Film Festival will be April 25th, 2014. More information will come soon. Read about last year's PCFF Youth Days here.


Stories of Change: Pictures of Possibility - Innovative Leadership in BC and Beyond. This Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) symposium is on May 2nd and May 3rd. Click here for more information.


The Annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium will take place Monday, May 5th, 2014. Registration opens in March, 2014. Click here to read more.

Healthy Happenings
Feb. 26
Feb. 2 - 8
Feb. 24 - Mar. 7
Feb. 1 - 28  
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Featured Articles

Support Anti-Bullying by Wearing Pink on Feb. 26th  

DASH takes a look at anti-bullying resources for BC schools


February 26th is Pink Shirt Day, which supports anti-bullying in British Columbia. Schools all over the province will be incorporating anti-bullying and positive mental health programming into their curriculum and extracurricular activities. This month, DASH takes a look at some of the available anti-bullying and positive mental health resources for schools. Click here to read more.


What's in Your School's Vending Machines? 

Updated Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales Now Available


The 2013 edition of the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools ("the Guidelines") are now available! The purpose of the Guidelines is to

support healthy eating at school by increasing access to healthy food and beverages. Check out what's new in the 2013 edition here.


Attention Teachers: Take a Survey and Win! 

Healthy Schools BC survey offers chance to win iPad Minis


The Healthy Schools BC initiative is being evaluated and we're asking educators and administrators for their perspective on Healthy Schools BC. By completing a brief, confidential survey here, you'll be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of three iPad Minis. Winners to be announced in March!


Healthy Schools Stories

Partnership in Action at Vancouver Technical School

A comprehensive and collaborative approach to student wellness


Partnerships are a key component of creating healthier schools and they can occur in many different forms. This month, we share the story of partnership in action between a Public Health Nurse from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vice-Principal at Vancouver Technical Secondary School as they sought to develop a social-emotional wellness initiative. Click here to read the story.


DASH Update

Apply for a Healthy Schools Network Grant Today!   

Grant applications due March 1, 2014


Last chance to apply! Healthy Schools Network grants are available to support healthy living goals and student-centred actions within schools. There are two grants available, the Healthy Living Activity Grant ($200) and the Healthy Living Inquiry Grant ($500). Grant applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2014. Read more here.


DASH Travels to Indonesia

The past, present, and future of sustainable school effectiveness 


DASH travelled to Indonesia for the 2014 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). The theme this year was "Redefining Education, Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century: The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable School Effectiveness". Read highlights of DASH Executive Director Kathy Cassels' inspiring, rich and meaningful experience on the DASH Blog here.


Teacher Resources

February Is Heart Month in BC

Giving students the healthiest valentine: HeartSmart Kids


Celebrate Heart Month this February with your class by teaching heart health with FREE curriculum resources from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Educators can use the resources creatively to fit the theme of Valentine's Day and motivate students to live a healthy lifestyle in a fun way!


To learn how to bring the HeartSmart Kids™ program to your class, click here.


Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program 

Digitization of First Nations knowledge


The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to announce the call for applications to its BC Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADPP). Matching funds for equipment, training and funding support for the conversion of audio materials on cassette to digital preservation formats are provided. The program, which accepts applications twice a year, also seeks to promote enhanced and appropriate access to these recordings for communities and, where possible, the broader public. Deadline is February 28th, 2014. Click here for more information.


Bringing First Nations Curriculum into Your Class

Seventh Generation and the First Peoples Principles of Learning can help!

Over the past several years, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has produced a number of resources to support K-12 teachers in a variety of subject areas and grade levels. These resources - intended for use with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and teachers - are designed to help make BC classrooms more reflective of the realities and worldviews of First Peoples in this province. Read more here.  
Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves

February is Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week  


It's Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 5th to February 11th, which also marks the launch of the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign. Read more about the campaign and the purple lights on BC Place here.


Action Schools! BC Update
Stay active on snowy days with Action Schools! BC


Read about the latest Action Schools! BC updates including DPA Pages! to support the integration of daily physical activity within the school, inspiring Success Stories from around the province and nation, as well as Healthy Together Newsletters here.


Connecting Students with Mental Health Resources offers early supports and resources is a youth and young adult-focused, interactive website where visitors can evaluate how they're feeling and connect to support early and quickly. The website offers information about depression, anxiety, substance use, and more, including what to look for and what may be happening if someone is affected. Read more here.


Incorporate BC FRIENDS for Life into Your Classroom
An anxiety prevention and resiliency program for youth


The BC FRIENDS for Life program is a 10-12 week classroom-based, anxiety prevention and resiliency program for Kindergarten to Grade 7 students. Training for educators is free. Learn more about this program here.