HEALTHY SCHOOLS BC NEWSLETTER - June 2020
These are tough time for kids, parents and families. Below are some ideas and resources to hopefully help relieve stress and also keep your children learning and being active.
News

National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21st, 2020
While large public gatherings for National Indigenous Peoples Day may not be held this year, you can still recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in the territories where you live. The First Nations Education Steering Committee, in collaboration with the First Nations Schools Association, has assembled a list of books by and about Indigenous peoples, as a resource for learners. Share them with your students, or kids, to deepen their understanding of Indigenous history and culture. Find out more.    Find out more.


Articles

Social and Emotional Learning Now More than Ever
Many schools have adopted social and emotional learning (SEL) practices to build resiliency among their students and staff. When classes resume, children, youth and adults, may need even more support to process feelings relating to the pandemic. CASEL, an organization considered to be a leader in SEL, has written a brief report with actionable recommendations to help school leadership teams plan for the SEL of students and adults while we transition into summer and the new school year. Find out more.


Exploring Food: COVID-19 Home Learning Opportunities
Vancouver Coastal Health has compiled age-appropriate food literacy opportunities that provide positive food experiences and develop food skills in children and youth. These resources have been designed or identified for use during COVID-19, and they connect with the BC Physical and Health Education curriculum, as well as, other curricular areas.  Find out more.


Stories

Schools Connecting with their Students 
Being an educator can come with its share of stress, but the transition to distance learning this year has added additional challenges for everyone. Educators and educational assistants in British Columbia have risen to the occasion, and we are so grateful for their dedication. Read more about the creative ways schools and staff across the province are staying connected to their students here .


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Keeping Kids Active
The First Nations Health Authority has created a list of indoor activities that are accessible and fun for kids who are spending more time at home than usual. Their list includes a recipe for play-dough, and a link to  First Voice , a website where kids can learn and practice traditional Indigenous languages. Share with the families of your students who are looking for ways to keep kids engaged.  Find out more.


Tips for Home Learning from Shelley Moore
Shelley Moore, an inclusive education consultant from the popular video series “Five Moore Minutes”, has started a new series in partnership with the Ministry of Education. In these special edition videos, she offers tips for home learning with a focus on families who have individuals with disabilities in their home. Everyone will benefit from her advice for how to stay connected and engaged. Watch the special edition series on the  Five Moore Minutes YouTube Channel .  
 

 Announcements

Neighbourhood Small Grants
Many students are probably feeling isolated and missing seeing their friends and peers. Do you have an idea for a project that will re-connect students in your community, while maintaining social distancing requirements? You might be eligible to apply for a responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant up to $500 to fund your idea. Open to residents of specific communities throughout British Columbia .  Find out more.


National Health and Fitness Day is June 6th, 2020
National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to challenge Canada to move more, by making the first Saturday in June a day when Canadians get active in any way they wish. While there are restrictions on gathering at the moment, health experts have expressed that the outdoors is a great place to engage in physical activity. For inspiration, Active for Life has provided 10 nature activities you can do with kids while social distancing.  Find out more.