Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
June 2016

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 
PAC/DPAC Community Gaming Grant
Deadline: Jun. 30, 2016

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Fund
Deadline: Jul. 15, 2016

Victoria Foundation Community Grants
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2016

Coast Capital Community Investment Grants for Youth
Deadline: Aug. 25, 2016

GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program
Deadline: Aug. 26, 2016

BC Rehab Foundation Project Grant
Deadline: Sep. 2, 2016

Deadline: Sep. 15, 2016

Artists in the Classroom Grant
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2016

BC Youth in Agriculture Foundation Grant
Deadline: Ongoing 
View other healthy school grant opportunities here.
Video of the Month:
Caravane Santé 
The "Caravane Santé" project aims to build capacity within the Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) and French immersion schools to promote healthy living in students. Following the release of the Caravane Santé school community videos, the final, full-length video is now available here!

Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!
We want to hear your healthy schools story! Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools. Sharing your stories can help support and inspire others, and viewing stories from other schools can do the same for you. Check out the Healthy Schools Stories Map today!
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
Get Ready to Walk and Wheel!  
Registration now open for Walk and Wheel to School 2016 
DASH BC is excited to present the 9th annual Walk and Wheel to School event as part of International Walk to School Week (iWalk). Join students, teachers, parents, and community members across BC and celebrate the many benefits of walking or biking to school. This year's event will take place October 3rd-7th, 2016. Click here for more information and registration. 
After School Sport and Arts Initiative  
"Stretching" our learning at the 5th annual Community Forum
The After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) hosted the 5th annual Community Forum on May 5th and  6th, 2016. The Community Forum brings together representatives from school districts across the province delivering ASSAI after school programs. It is intended to create a space to share their learnings and build relationships. Click here to read about the new learning at this year's Community Forum.  
DASH Update
Action Schools! BC Update   
Program available for 2016-17 school year

DASH BC is pleased to announce that the Action Schools! BC program will be available to schools in the 2016-2017 school year!  DASH will be managing and administering the Action Schools! BC program in partnership with viaSport and PHE Canada, with funding support from the Ministry of Health. Throughout the summer we will be revising the Action Schools! BC program based on what is learned through a review process, and are excited be launching the program for the 2016-2017 school year! Click here to read more. 
Feedback Needed on Francophone Resources 
Chance to win a gift card

Since 2014, our Healthy Schools BC Francophone initiative has provided resources and support to Francophone and French immersion schools throughout BC. We are currently undergoing an evaluation of this initiative so that we can continue to strengthen our efforts in supporting Francophone and French immersion school communities. We are looking for your feedback to aid this process! Click here to learn more about how you can complete a survey and be entered for chance to win a $50 Chapters Indigo gift card.
Healthy Schools Network 
Check out year-end, inspiring stories

As another school year comes to an end, schools that participated in the Healthy Schools Network are sharing their year-end stories. These stories provide a rich understanding of the various ways that schools engage in healthy living. You can read these stories on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map by filtering for "HSN". Stay tuned in the fall for additional HSN Grant opportunities. Thank you to all of the schools that participated this year, and for your dedication to creating healthier school communities.  
Stay Connected This Summer 
Follow DASH BC on Facebook and Twitter

School may be on its way out for summer, but DASH isn't! Stay connected with us on social media, where we will continue to share healthy schools updates throughout July and August. You can check us out anytime on Facebook and Twitter.  The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter will be back in September 2016.
School Connectedness
Caring for the Environment 
Fostering school connectedness in a caring environment 
To understand the benefits of fostering caring environments, it's helpful to take an ecological view.  Our colleague, Dan Reist of CARBC, uses a simple analogy of frogs in a pond to help us understand a whole school approach, or what we term comprehensive school health. As he says, "If some of the frogs in the pond started behaving strangely, our first reaction would not be to intervene by providing a fix or treatment for the frogs. Instead, we'd wonder what was going on in the pond environment."  So, as we think of our school environment, what are some considerations for thinking about how all school community members can thrive? Click here to continue reading. 
Healthy Schools Stories
What Is a Healthy Lifestyle? 
A holistic inquiry at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
Check out this inspiring story from Garibaldi Highlands Elementary  School where students embark on a 5-month inquiry journey of exploring healthy living. Through the inquiry process, they find resources, curriculum connections, community partners, and outdoor exploration in the community that help to facilitate students' learning. Click here to read their story.  
Healthy School Resources
Be Sun and Water Smart This Summer 
Help the young people in your life stay safe 
Summer is almost here! As we begin to spend more time outdoors and gear up for sunny days at the beach and the pool, it's important to refresh our sun and water safety knowledge. Click here to read more.
Professional Development Opportunities 
2016 summer workshops and institutes for educators 
Are you looking to enhance your professional development this summer? There are a variety of exciting professional development opportunities through summer institutes, workshops and conferences. Check out the learning opportunities here!
Disaster Preparedness in the Classroom 
Give your students the tools to become Masters of Disaster! 
PreparedBC recently released learning resources to help educators across BC teach their students about the risks in their region and how to take a proactive approach to preparing for disasters and emergencies. PreparedBC is currently requesting teacher expertise in piloting the resources for the remainder of the 2016 school year and providing feedback. Click here to read more about how you can support this initiative.
Farm to School Story: Small but Mighty 
Captain Meares Elementary Secondary School (CMESS) 
With a student population of 34 from Kindergarten through Grade 12, CMESS in Tahsis is one of the smallest schools in BC. You wouldn't know that, however, by the size and diversity of their Farm to School program. It has been thriving since 2011 and is a great example of community and school collaboration. Click here to read more.