Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools

UPDate June 2015

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SEPTEMBER

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Breakfast for Learning Month

Cops for Cancer

AIDS Walk for Life September 13

Terry Fox Run September 20

Terry Fox School Run September 30

Spotlight on Healthy Schools Stories in SD 61!

OAK BAY MINDFULNESS

A small group of students attended two sessions per week over a six week period where they learned about and practiced mindfulness. Students increased self-awareness, ability to identify a variety of emotional states, and their ability to sit mindfully (quietly, present, aware, and non-judgmentally). This platform created a safe space for this small group of students to explore this new experience.

Have a Healthy School Story you would like to share?

Email Healthy Safe and Caring Schools Program with your story at mjones@sd61.bc.ca

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WHAT DO STUDENTS WISH THEIR TEACHER KNEW?

A third grade teacher in Denver, Colorado asked her students to respond to the prompt, "I wish my teacher knew" and shared the results:

  • How much I miss my dad because he got deported.

  • I love school.

  • Vietnamese because then she could say words that I forget.

  • I want to go to college.

  • Sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot.

These student’s responses remind us inquiry and empathy are the most powerful tools at teachers' disposal. To read more and view a video click here

STRESS STRATEGIES

The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Pfizer Canada have teamed up to develop Stress Strategies. This free, online tool empowers users to explore the sources of their stress and develop their own customized plan for managing the stressor. To check out this amazing tool visit www.StressStrategies.ca or view the video below.

What is Stress Strategies?

YOUR CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth has launched a second phase in its special project examining youth mental health in British Columbia. The second phase will focus on the development of solutions to enhance youth mental health services and outcomes. The committee is interested in hearing from youth and families, government agencies, educators, health providers, community service providers and First Nations. Written submissions are being accepted until July 31st.

THE KIDS ARE NOT ALRIGHT

In a recent online survey, the largest of its kind to date, youth shared with the nation (USA) and its lawmakers how they feel and how they want to feel in school. The results will be revealed at a special summit for teens called The Emotion Revolution in October. The Summit will be a platform to create momentum around the national SEL movement and the launch of a resource center, developed with Facebook, to help improve young people’s prospects for leading happy, healthy, and productive lives. See video below.
Lady Gaga Speaks About The Emotion Revolution

GRADE 12 STUDENT SPEAKS UP

High school student Kelsey Carlson has written a letter to the BC Education Minister and Opposition Education critic calling for a unit about hate speech and inequality to be added to the grade 10 curriculum to help fight discrimination. You can sign her petition, found at change.org. Grade 12 student Kelsey Carlson: Let’s fight discrimination with Planning 10 curriculum in B.C. schools

BUILDING RESILIENCE

Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience is one of an ongoing series of working papers from The Center on the Developing Child. This paper examines the factors that are associated with disadvantaged children's capacity for resilience, broadly defined as a "positive, adaptive response in the face of significant adversity" that "transforms potentially toxic stress into tolerable stress."

OPEN MINDS SERIES

The Globe and Mail did a week-long series called Open Minds that focused on better mental health care in Canada. Below you’ll find links to a few noteworthy articles in the series that might interest you.

The Case for Publicly Funded Therapy

Tackle the Problem Early On

For kids in need of mental-health care, too often we offer drugs, not help

The Cluster Effect: Is Self-Harming Contagious?

The Tricky Issue of Consent in Adolescent Mental Health Care

SMILING MIND EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Smiling Mind website is designed for teachers, educators, counsellors, team leaders, facilitators, sports coaches wishing to conduct wellbeing or mindfulness programs. It is supported by a free comprehensive manual and is designed to be easily implemented without a large time commitment.

BOOSTER BUDDY APP

Booster Buddy is a free app sponsored by Island Health designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. A side kick guides youth through daily quests, helping to establish healthy mental habits. Includes daily check ins, how to plan and use coping skills and tracking of medications and appointments.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

It can be challenging to get the professional learning that will enable you to strengthen school connectedness and confidently meet the diverse cognitive, emotional, and social needs of your students. When you have finally taken that long-awaited workshop, how many times have the course materials sat in your reading basket unopened for months? We've all been there! Let's take a fresh look at how to make the most of learning opportunities - it can be as simple as finding a learning buddy or two, and embarking on a learning journey together! Click here to read more

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HEALTHY LIVING FOR TEENS

The new Healthy Living for Teens booklet was created for youth, with youth. It contains tips that will help teens to feel their best and make the most of their potential, and it is available in both English and French on the Healthy Schools BC website here.

FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH

The second annual Canadian National Farm to School Month is kicking off in October 2015! Farm to School month is a celebration of all the great things happening across our country to connect children and youth to healthy, local and sustainably produced foods. For a gallery of last year’s activities click here

8TH ANNUAL WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK

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 5th-9th, 2015. Click here for more information and registration.

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BLUE DOT

Victoria’s ten year old Rupert Yakelashek has made headlines as one of the youngest Blue Dot campaigners, and as a force in gaining environmental rights declarations in Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities. Despite already helping achieve declarations in several municipalities near his home, he continues to write letters to politicians and attend council meetings to speak out for environmental rights.

E-BOOK

Green School Grounds ebook includes step-by-step instructions for numerous schoolyard projects, from tree nurseries to school composting to native plant gardens, along with ideas for enhancing learning by addressing the diverse needs of students. For teachers, there are dozens of outdoor classroom activities and curriculum links, and a bibliography of learning resources.

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To check out more grant opportunities visit the Healthy Schools BC website here


The Healthy Schools BC website is a “one-stop” access point for healthy schools information and programs across the province. The website assists teachers, the health sector, and other interested members of the community in accessing the array of resources available and demonstrates how these programs can work together using a planned and coordinated approach.

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SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Summer is a great time to promote your professional development! Organizations around the province are putting on a variety of summer institutes, workshops, and conferences. Click here to check out some of these fantastic learning opportunities!

PROMOTING MENTAL WELLNESS IN BC SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Thursday, Aug. 20th, 9am to Friday, Aug. 21st, 4pm

UBC -2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 6th annual Summer Institute is a two-day event that will bring together teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, school administrators, district staff, health care professionals, parents, youth and school community partners from districts across BC to exchange knowledge and ideas about improving mental wellness in school communities. For more information click here

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Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools

This Update is intended for information purposes. Inclusion in the Update does not necessarily imply endorsement or recommendation by the District or the Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools Program. It is the readers’ responsibility to determine the suitability of the resource for their specific purposes.

Marnice Jones

Greater Victoria School District

Coordinator Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools

Student Services