Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
May 2015

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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Grant Opportunities 

RBC Learn to Play Project Grant

Deadline: May 8,2015


Toyota Evergreen School Ground Greening Grant

Deadline: May 8, 2015


Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary 

Deadline: May 28, 2015 


Artists in the Classroom Grant

Deadline: May 28, 2015


Arts in Education Grant

Deadline: May 29, 2015


BCCPAC Gaming Grant 

Deadline: June 30, 2015 


Deadline: Aug. 27, 2015


HCTF Education GO Grant
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015


Cherniavsky's 'Mr. Music' Fund

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2015


Swim to Survive School Grant Program 



McCreary Youth Action Grant



RBC Children's Mental Health Project Fund


ParticipACTION Teen Physical Activity Grant



BC Youth in Agriculture Foundation Grant


View other healthy school grant opportunities here.

Video of the Month: To Inquiry and Beyond! 

Kindergarten students at Anmore Elementary are demonstrating that no one is too young to start asking inquiry questions. Check out their video here!


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

Sharing the Care on National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, May 7th 

Come together to support mental wellness 


National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, led by the Institute of Families, seeks to increase public awareness and acknowledgement of the thousands of children, youth, and families needing mental health support and care across Canada. Organizations all over the country will be hosting events that support the mental health of kids by connecting them to parents and caring adults. Click here for information about how to get involved, and to learn about some of the mental health resources available in BC. 

2015 Summer Institutes and Workshops 

Enhance your professional development 


Summer is a great time to promote your professional development! Organizations around the province are putting on a variety of summer institutes, workshops, and conferences. Click here to check out some of these fantastic learning opportunities!

DASH Update

Healthy Schools BC Website Now Available in French! 

Browse programs, share stories, and use resources en franšais


DASH BC, in partnership with ResoSante and the Ministry of Health, is proud to announce that the Healthy Schools BC website and resources are now available in French! Francophone and French Immersion schools are invited to join the Healthy Schools community to share stories, browse programs, and use the new resources. Click here to visit the website and learn more!

Share, Learn and Inspire

Healthy Schools Network Year-End Stories 


With the end of the year approaching, participants of the Healthy Schools Network will be sharing their stories on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map. Click here for information about how to share your story, and for some fun examples! 

School Connectedness

How Can Teaching and Learning Approaches Support School Connectedness? 

One of the six strategies for fostering school connectedness


As brain research provides us with a deeper understanding of how children learn, it's becoming clear that approaches that offer the best learning outcomes also support high levels of school connectedness-and this is the best kind of two-for-one deal! Click here for tips on strengthening your students' sense of connection to school through effective teaching and learning practices.
Healthy Schools Stories

Tiny Kittens at Holly Elementary 

Strengthening empathy and healthy relationships 


Grade 3-4 students at Holly Elementary have been working with and learning from a black foster cat named Dorothy and her six kittens, via live video stream. Click here to read about how the Tiny Kittens project has furthered students' social and emotional health, and how it has harnessed student curiosity and promoted stronger engagement in learning.  

Healthy School Resources

The First Peoples Principles of Learning 

Celebrate Aboriginal culture and learning in your classroom 

Aboriginal Awareness Week is May 19th-22nd, 2015, and followed soon after by National Aboriginal Day on June 21st, 2015. Educators can join in the celebration and sharing of Aboriginal culture by integrating the First Peoples Principles of Learning into the classroom. Click here to learn more!

Healthy in Nature 

Connect your community to the outdoors 

The Healthy in Nature website was developed by the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) to support community leaders to connect people of all ages to the outdoors. The site offers resources and materials to support healthy activities in nature, and it also provides a platform for individuals to collaborate online with others involved in outdoor initiatives. Click here to learn more! 

Check Out What's Happening with Action Schools! BC 

Self-Regulation Spotlight  


Action Schools! BC offers several resources and supports for schools to enhance students' self-regulation. Click here to read more.

Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary 

Bursary launched for youth with experience of mental health or substance use problems


Blue Wave, the youth mental health program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, has released its annual bursary. The Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary is for youth under age 19 with experience of mental health or substance use problems who are going on to post-secondary education in BC. The application deadline is May 28th, 2015. Click here for more information.