Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
December 2015

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the healthy schools movement! Follow DASH on social media for all your healthy schools news and happenings.

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Grant Opportunities 
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2016
Deadline: Ongoing
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Video of the Month:
Flowers of the Rivers: School Connectedness in Action in SD 82
The Coast Mountains School District's decision to change the name of John Field Elementary to better reflect the community's culture opened the door to conversations that engaged teachers and the community. The chosen name, Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School reflects and celebrates local Gitxsan language and culture. Watch the video to learn more about their inspiring journey. 

Submitting an Article for the Newsletter
How would you like to promote your organization's message to members of the health and education sectors across BC? To learn how to submit an article for the Healthy Schools BC Newsletter, please visit the Healthy Schools BC website here for submission dates and guidelines. 
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
Physical Literacy with a Whole School Approach 
Holistic approaches to creating healthier school communities 

A whole school approach is grounded in holistic concepts for creating healthier school communities. Recently, DASH has focused on bridging holistic concepts, such as comprehensive school health (CSH) and physical literacy to broaden the understanding of how school health can be supported across the whole school environment. On October 23rd, DASH presented at the QDPE Conference to explore building physical literacy through a whole school approach. Click here to read more.  
DASH Update
Fostering Meaningful Community-School Partnerships
ASSAI attends the Cities Fit for Children Provincial Summit 
Representatives of the After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) were in Vernon, BC on November 12th and 13th for the bi-annual Cities Fit for Children Provincial Summit. At the summit, ASSAI representatives teamed up with the Surrey Schools Community-Schools Partnership initiative to talk about our experience in community-school (or C-S) partnerships, why they are important, and how to get the most out of them. Click here to read more. 
Healthy Schools Network Story Highlight
Healthy living inquiry at Fairview Elementary School 

The learning community of the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) seeks to inspire and encourage others through sharing their healthy living inquiry stories and experiences. This month we are featuring an inspiring story from Fairview Elementary School in Nanaimo, where a keen group of school community members focused on developing a healthy living mindset within a group of Grade 6/7 learners. Click here to read more about their journey.  
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, your school will be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of three iPad Minis courtesy of DASH BC. Winners to be announced in March! The survey will close on January 15th.  Whether you completed the survey last year or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping to inform what is needed to create a healthy school. Please click here to see the summary reports from the first and second year of the Healthy Schools BC evaluation.
School Connectedness
Start with 10 Minutes
Ideas to foster school connectedness 

Where have the weeks gone? How can it possibly be December? If your  back-to-school plans to focus on school connectedness have been derailed by other priorities, get back on track by spending  10 minutes a day trying out a few quick and low-effort ideas to foster connectedness.  With all of the distractions this month, it might be the perfect time to try something new! Read more here.
Healthy Schools Stories
Healthy and Safe Routes to School
A school community comes together to make a positive change 

This month we are featuring a story from the social media contest winner of the October Healthy Schools Week, Kulvir Mann from North Vancouver. Kulvir is a proud parent and PAC member from Canyon Heights Elementary School and is also a North Shore Safe Routes Advocates (SRA) Co-Chair. 
Kulvir shares a motivating story about how a school community can come together to make a positive change in the community! Click here to read the story. 
Healthy School Resources
Seventh Generation Club
A club for BC First Nations students 
The Seventh Generation Club is an initiative for BC First Nations students. The mission of the Seventh Generation Club is to create a club where First Nations youth can envision their future by recognizing their own energy, the culture of their people, and the teamwork needed to succeed, and by giving them opportunities to make healthy life choices, participate in the community, and meet the challenges of life. Click here to read more. 
ArtStarts in Schools
Bringing art into the classroom

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.ArtStarts envisions a society where the arts are regarded as an essential part of educating young people and a catalyst for creating innovative, engaged and contributing members of society. Click here to read more.  
Happy Holidays from DASH!
On behalf of all the staff, we'd like to wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season