HEALTHY SCHOOLS BC NEWSLETTER - September 2020
News

GoByBike Week 
Formerly known as Bike to School Week, this year's GoByBike Week is September 28 to October 4, 2020. School and classroom teams are encouraged to register online and track the trips students take by bike instead of using a motor vehicle. Visit their website for posters and other materials to help you promote GoByBike Week at your school. Find out more.
 

Fresh to You Fundraiser
The BC Agriculture in the Classroom’s Fresh to You Fundraiser is a unique opportunity for schools to fundraise by selling bundles of locally grown fruits and vegetables. This year, to help families that are finding it difficult to get fresh produce due to COVID-19, BC Agriculture in the Classroom will be supplying schools with a complimentary bundle of produce for every bundle sold through the fundraiser. Schools will be able to give the complimentary bundles to families that need them. Sign-up before September 21, 2020. Find out more.


Articles

Physical and Health Education Canada’s (PHE Canada) National Position Paper on Recess.
Recess plays a critical role in shaping positive social relationships, overall health, academic performance, and improving long-term health trajectories for children and youth. PHE Canada recently published a National Position Paper on Recess which includes more information about the importance of recess and direction for school system administrators and policy makers to enable change. Find out more.


Stories

On-the-Land Science Course
A partnership between Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Yukon College led to a traditional high school science class being taught from two distinct perspectives. In the course, students learn "through the eyes of First Nations people", as well as Western science. For example, rather than dissecting frogs to learn about biology, students are presented with rabbits and gophers and taught how to make them into stew. Find out more.


Resources

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe
Using Dr. Bonnie Henry’s words of wisdom as a guide, Heart-Mind Online has compiled evidence-informed practices to nurture teens’ resilience during these uncertain times. Read their full blog post for tips to help teens tame their anxiety and lead with kindness, and for ways to create an environment of emotional safety. Find out more.
 

Terry Fox Run and Resources 
Terry Fox was a celebrated motivator, attempting to run across Canada on one leg on a humanitarian mission we had never seen before. While your school’s Terry Fox Run might look a little different this year, there are plenty of resources available on the Terry Fox Foundation website to support you in carrying on with the annual fundraising event. Find out more.


Announcements

Staff Well-being Webinar Series 
EdCan is back this fall with new episodes for their webinar series focused on staff well-being. Tune in to learn about actionable strategies you can take to support staff well-being in Canadian K-12 schools. All of the webinars are free and recorded so if you miss one you can catch up at a later time. Find out more.
 

President’s Choice School Nutrition Grant
Does your school run a daily meal program? Are you looking for additional funding to offer higher quality, more sustainable programming? Apply for a President’s Choice School Nutrition Grant. Applications are due September 30, 2020. Eligible schools must have an existing, universally available school meal program. Find out more.