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May 2, 2018

May 28th to June 1st Is Bike to School Week

Participating in Bike to School Week can have many benefits for students, staff, and families

 

May 28th to June 1st is Bike to School Week. This event encourages school communities to get excited about active transportation! Bike to School Week will be coordinated for schools located in the Metro Vancouver area by HUB Cycling and for schools located in other parts of B.C. by Bike to Work BC.

Participating in Bike to School Week can have many benefits for students, staff, and families, including:

  • Supporting daily physical activity and active transportation to school
  • Providing a foundation for healthy lifestyles and a lifelong love of biking
  • Empowering students to arrive at school energized and ready to learn
  • Enhancing connections between students, staff and families in a fun and engaging way
  • Allowing students to practice safe biking skills and identify safe routes to school
  • Encouraging independence and responsible decision making
  • Reducing school traffic congestion and vehicle emissions
  • Enhancing green initiatives at school

HUB Cycling has compiled a list of cycling safety tips and Bike to Work BC has compiled a list of safety resources to help schools ensure the safety of students, staff, and families during Bike to School Week.

Learn more about participating in Bike to School Week for schools located in the Metro Vancouver area and for schools located in other parts of B.C. Share in the excitement and get riding!

May 2, 2018

May 7th is Child and Youth Mental Health Day

Start a conversation in the classroom, school, or school community about the importance of taking care of ourselves

 

May 7th is Child and Youth Mental Health Day in B.C. and nationally. The national campaign theme, supported by the National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health, is “Taking Care of ME Matters”. According to FamilySmart, while some children and youth may have individuals in their lives that can provide care to them, it is important for all children and youth to learn ways to take care of themselves. This can foster resiliency skills that they are able to use for the rest of their lives.

There are many opportunities for schools to support students in learning to take care of themselves. Consider incorporating positive mental health programming into your classroom, school, or school community. The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre provides tools and curriculum guides to support school professionals in promoting positive mental health. The Joint Consortium for School Health Positive Mental Health Toolkit consists of 5 modules to promote positive mental health within the school environment. To find these resources and many other resources related to positive mental health, check out the Healthy Schools BC website.

This Child and Youth Mental Health Day, ask your school community to reflect on what “taking care of ME” looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

Learn more about Child and Youth Mental Health Day here.

May 2, 2018

Action Schools! BC Food Literacy Mentorship Series

Supporting healthy eating and a whole school approach to food literacy

 

Build your skills to support healthy eating and food literacy in your classroom and school by participating in the Action Schools! BC Food Literacy Mentorship Series. Led by nutrition professionals, the Food Literacy Mentorship Series offers practical, hands-on support to develop enhanced teaching and learning strategies and to promote healthy eating across your whole school.

Action Schools! BC offers mentorships to schools that have completed an Action Plan. During the Food Literacy Mentorship Series, Food Literacy Mentors provide educators with two hands-on sessions based on the goals and objectives identified through the Action Planning process. This could include developing a healthy celebrations school policy or exploring how to support healthy eating in the classroom and throughout the school. 

If you are interested in completing an Action Plan and getting connected with the Action Schools! BC Mentorship Series and other Action Schools! BC resources, please email info@actionschoolsbc.ca. The Action Schools! BC program will be wrapping up for the 2017-2018 school year at the end of June, so don’t delay!

Learn more about the Action Schools! BC Food Literacy Mentorship Series here.

May 2, 2018

Personal Strengths and Abilities

Consider the personal strengths and abilities of students and incorporate opportunities for them to shine and have their talents recognized

 

Within the school environment, when students believe that their personal strengths and abilities are being recognized and appreciated by others, they feel accepted, respected, included and supported by their school community, which helps increase school connectedness

According to the Positive Personal and Cultural Identity core competency from the BC Curriculum, if students are able to acknowledge their personal strengths and abilities, explicitly consider them to be assets, and explain how they can use them to achieve their goals, it can help them in all aspects of their lives.

In 2014, School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) increased school connectedness through their Through a Different Lens project, which empowered students to link their strengths to the school curriculum. Their case study was of a student with little school connectedness who had an interest in making videos. His teachers found opportunities in the classroom and school that empowered him to use his creative and technological skills. Making a promotional video for a school trip allowed him to showcase his talents, bond with teachers, improve his self-esteem, and change perceptions of him among his peers. In a follow-up interview, the student reported that he became more focused, confident and engaged, and was able to cultivate a stronger sense of school connectedness through being given the opportunity to pursue his interests at school.

Learn more about the above approach to improving school connectedness by checking out the video by School District 67. Additionally, you can find school connectedness programs and supports on the Healthy Schools BC website.

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