Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
May 2014
Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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School Grant Opportunities
To check out the following grant opportunities and many more, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here.


MusiCounts TD Community Music Grant

Deadline: May 9


RBC Learn to Play Program Grant

Deadline: May 16


School Connectedness Grant

Deadline: May 16


Artists in Education Grant

Deadline: May 23


Artists in the Classroom Grant 

Deadline: May 30


Breakfast for Learning Grant

Deadline: June 1


BCCPAC Gaming Grant

Deadline: June 30


Vancouver Foundation Education Grants

Year-Round Intake


Computers for Schools BC

Year-Round Intake


BC Hydro Sponsorship

Year-Round Intake


RBC After School Project Grants

Year-Round Intake


Video of the Month:

At Shoreline Middle School in Victoria, BC, students are engaging in physical activity prior to starting the day. Every morning, Activity Before Learning (ABL) takes place and, for 20 minutes, students participate in higher intensity activities. Check out the video from this healthy school initiative here.

Save the Date!

Collaborating to Foster Self-Regulated Learning in Schools. UBC Summer Institute July 2nd to 4th, 2014. Registration deadline is May 28th, 2014.  See flyer here. For additional health-related professional development opportunities being offered at UBC this summer, click here. For more information, contact Alejandro at


Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools: Summer Institute. Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre presents the 5th annual summer institute which will be held at the University of British Columbia on Thursday, August 21st and Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Click here for more information.


DASH is excited to present our upcoming walk to school initiative as part of iWalk (International Walk to School Week) in fall 2014! Registration will open in early May, so stayed tuned for more information!

The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL children and youth in BC will realize their full potential as healthy learners who feel connected and engaged in their community.
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. 

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Featured Articles

Celebrate Child and Youth Mental Health Day

Wear your green ribbon on Tuesday, May 7th, 2014



May 7th, 2014 is National Child and Youth Mental Health Day. This year's theme is "I Care About You", which aims to connect children and youth with parents and caring adults. Learn more here.

Healthy Schools Stories

The Happiness Advantage in School District #67

Training your brain to see the positive 


Recognizing that health is more than just the absence of disease, staff and students in School District #67 have begun to investigate ways to use positive psychology to be more successful in school and relationships, and to be generally happier! Click here to learn about some of the initiatives staff and students are participating in that promote positive mental health.

DASH Update

Apply Now for School Connectedness Grants!

Reflect, document, share


Many schools and districts are taking action to improve school connectedness, embracing the research confirming that students who feel connected to their school are more likely to have better academic achievement and stay in school longer. Read more about the grants to support school connectedness here.

Healthy Schools Network Mid-Year Grant Summary

See how BC schools are engaging students  


Over 120 schools are participating in the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) this year and are engaging students in a variety of healthy school initiatives. Click here to view the HSN Mid-Year Grant Summary document, which highlights the number of funded projects, the locations of HSN schools around the province, what schools are focusing on and more!

Healthy Schools Stories Map

View and share healthy schools stories from YOUR community


Schools across the province are sharing their healthy school stories! The Stories Map is a great way to connect with other BC schools. New stories are posted regularly, including Healthy Schools Network (HSN) stories. Click here to read more about the Stories Map.

Who's Ready to Walk? 

Register your school today!  


DASH BC is excited to present the 7th annual walk to school event as part of International Walk to School Week (iWalk). This year's event will take place from October 6th to 10th. Join students, teachers, parents, and community members across BC and celebrate the many benefits of walking or biking to school. Click here to learn more.

Teacher Resources

Results from the BC Adolescent Health Survey

What did BC youth have to say? 


In 2013, nearly 30 000 youth in Grades 7-12 took part in a survey in BC schools. They answered questions about their health and their life experiences. To read the report and see what BC adolescents had to say in the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey, From Hastings Street to Haida Gwaii, click here.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
A collaborative approach to learning and health


This report from ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) reinforces the notion that health and learning are interrelated, and emphasizes the need for a collaborative approach to encourage schools and communities to redefine learning to focus on the whole child. Click here to read the article.

New Film-Based High School Resource Encourages Open Conversation About Cannabis  

Opportunity to pilot new materials


Teens need opportunities to talk openly and honestly about cannabis (marijuana). Researchers at the UBC School of Nursing have developed CYCLES, a new classroom resource for secondary schools that explores decision making and cannabis use. Educators and adult facilitators are needed to pilot these classroom-based materials. Click here to read more about CYCLES and how to get involved.

Start with ArtStarts!

Connecting artists and classrooms


ArtStarts is a unique not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among BC's young people. Access grants, and bring ArtStarts programs and resources to your school! Click here to read more.


Action Schools! BC Updates

What's new for May 2014


Read about the latest Action Schools! BC updates including new DPA Pages! that enhance and expand on activities in the Action Schools! BC Physical Activity Resource, and Healthy Together Newsletters that include quick and healthy snack and picnic ideas and tips for after dinner and summer physical activities. Click here to read more.