Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
January 2015

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School Grant Opportunities
To check out the following grant opportunities and many more, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here.


Healthy Schools BC School District Readiness Grant 

Deadline: Jan 31, 2015


BC Student Healthy Living Network

Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015


Healthy Schools BC Northern Connections Grant

Deadline: Feb 15, 2015


Toyota Evergreen School Ground Greening Grant

Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015


Healthy Schools Network Grants

Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015


Science World's BC Green Games

Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015


BCTF Social Justice Grant

Deadline: Apr. 15, 2015


RBC-Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

Deadline: Apr. 17, 2015


Artists in the Classroom Grant

Deadline: May 28, 2015


Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating School Food Grant



BC Hydro Sponsorship



Breakfast Clubs of Canada



Computers for Schools BC



KidSport BC Program



McCreary Youth Action Grant



RBC After School Project Grants           



Video of the Month:

Healthy Schools BC Community Leadership Workshop Video

Take a look at the  Healthy Schools BC Community Leadership Workshop video to see how BC community leaders explored their work through a "collective impact" lens under the guidance of Paul Born, president and cofounder of the  Tamarack Institute. This workshop took place on Nov. 4th and 5th, 2014; you can read more about it here!

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Featured Articles

Seven Principles of Learning

Understanding the nature of learning and learning environments


What do we know about how people learn? How do young people's motivations and emotions influence their learning? Establishing a positive learning environment is essential for creating teaching and learning opportunities, and for enabling students to thrive at school and beyond.  The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice explores the nature of learning and summarizes seven principles of learning to guide and inform teaching practice. Click here to read more.  

DASH Update

Healthy Living Grants Available for the School Community!

Grants available for students, school districts and communities


Healthy Schools BC is excited to share a number of available Healthy Living Grants and opportunities for school communities! Healthy Living Grants support various levels of the school community and are complementary to each other as they all help foster healthier school communities. Grant opportunities include student-level grants through the BC Student Healthy Living Network, Healthy Schools Network grants for schools, School District Grants, and Northern Connections Grants. Click here to read more about these grants, including application deadlines.

Supporting Students to Become Health Champions

Seamus Damstrom is Northern Health's Community Health Star   


Seamus Damstrom was a member of the 2013-2014  Healthy Living Youth Council (HLYC), a leadership committee of high school students across BC who led healthy schools work in their school communities with support from adult mentors and DASH BC. As a member of the HLYC, Seamus was supported in developing strong leadership skills and a passion for healthy living. This year, he has continued to promote school health and, as a result, he was named Northern Health's Community Health Star for December! We're so excited to see Seamus continuing to work to advance school health within his community. Click here to read Northern Health's feature article about Seamus, and click here to see his 2013-14 Student Inquiry Project.

New Grant Supports Active Students in BC

DASH BC leads project ensuring children stay connected and active in the summertime


At the beginning of December, DASH's Executive Director Kathy Cassels was on hand to receive a $25,000 grant from the RBC Learn to Play Project, a program that supports kids to learn the skills to be active for life. The RBC Learn to Play Project builds on DASH's work on After School Sport and Arts Initiative, which is funded by the Province of BC. With this grant, DASH will focus on reducing the barriers children face to participating in physical activity programs in the summertime. Click here to read more.

School Connectedness

School Connectedness: Keeping That Resolution

Six strategies for fostering school connectedness


If one of your private New Year's resolutions this year was to become that educator or administrator - the one who transforms even the most challenging students' lives, and the one whose students, as they accept their Order of Canada/Nobel Prize/Oscar, recognize you as the pivotal figure in their development - take a deep breath. Read the full story here.

Healthy Schools Stories

Kaleden Elementary  

Meet the Healthy Active Cougars Squad!


Students at Kaleden Elementary formed a student health council called the Healthy Active Cougars (HAC) Squad. The HAC Squad met once a week at lunch hour, and brainstormed how they could make a great school even better. They came up with the phrase "You've been H.A.C.-ked!" and set out to educate their classmates on how to eat healthy and be active, and then catch them in the act! Click here to read the full story, or here to read the students' report!


Each month, we highlight healthy schools stories. Have a healthy school story to share? DASH wants to hear from you! Click here to view the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map to read more stories and submit your own.

Teacher Resources

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

A free online course for educators, beginning January 27th

Are you an educator interested in bringing Aboriginal culture into the classroom? To support the need for growth of Indigenous ways of knowing in Canadian classrooms, the UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a free 6-week online course on Indigenous Education that begins on January 27, 2015.Click here to read more.

Check Out What's Happening with Action Schools! BC  

Student leadership, family newsletters, snowy day resources, and more!


Activate your school and engage families this winter with complimentary Action Schools! BC Student Leadership Training, snowy day physical activity resources, and family newsletters on Physical Literacy, Self-Regulation, Embracing Tradition, and more. Click here to read more.

Hosting a Dry Grad this Year? 

Start planning now!

Will your school be organizing a dry grad event this year? Use the  Life Starts Now! resource to coordinate an event that will recognize the success of your graduating students and send them on their way in a safe and celebratory style. Life Starts Now! contains details and tips on important topics such as finances, communications, fundraising, event management, activities, and food. Click here to read more!