Badges Earned

Zesty Lessons
Zesty Lessons
Earned May 2017
15 Points

Success Story

Following a learning unit about how foods affect our dental health, the kindergarten children were asked to create a happy tooth or a sad decaying tooth by pasting pictures of foods that make it that way. The result was amazing and a conversation starter around the school. They added a nice back ground during our wellness night also.


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Zesty Lessons
Zesty Lessons
Earned May 2017
15 Points

Success Story

Kindergarten classes studied a unit on where their food comes from, how fruits and veggies differ and how they grow. They learned about the parts of a seed, what plants need to grow and that food we buy comes from the earth. They then end their unit with a visit to a local farm to further their experience and harvest vegetables to use in the class and make a yummy harvest soup! The children loved to watch their seeds sprout into small plants and then into even larger ones and if lucky, bear fruit!


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Reason to Celebrate
Reason to Celebrate
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

There are a number of family events that we celebrate at our school as well as meetings. For some of them we offer food snacks. After polling people we learned the foods and drinks offered are not always the healthiest. We discussed changing the food we offered at these events to nutritious foods and drinks and cut back on the sugary drinks and foods we might be serving. We asked the students for their favourite ideas of fruits and veggies and started there.

Our first big event was in December – our Family Christmas Celebration. We served an array of fruits, veggies and cheese and crackers and opted to leave the cookies and juice boxes out of the evening. Movie night at the school – we served only water and popcorn (made on site) for a tasty treat. We also hosted a family Bingo evening in February and encouraged everyone to bring their own refillable water bottles and about 80% did!

Birthday celebrations at our school are not celebrated with food. Instead the children get to go to the office and receive a special birthday pencil and bookmark. They love receiving theirs and they also are very useful! Many of the younger grades also make birthday crowns for the children on their birthday or allow the birthday child to be the special helper for the day – what a great way to celebrate your big day! The kids have huge smiles on their faces telling others they get to be the special helper or when they go to get their birthday bookmark and pencil.

We still have a long way to go but we are slowing spreading the word that sugary drinks and sweets don’t need to be a part of gatherings and celebrations!


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Paint Your Plate
Paint Your Plate
Earned May 2017
15 Points

Success Story

Our Student Nutrition Program serves students a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. On average we have 2-4 choices a day of these and we try our best to include all different kinds of these. Our group of dedicated parents involved in the Healthy Snack program together with students ensures the food is delivered to classes and picked up to reduce waste. A Bulletin Board was started to post info about nutrition and a seasonal food star (or 2) each month. We post info about 2 or more foods that are nutritious and why they are nutritious for the children to read and discuss. The parents then roll out those foods and tries to get all the students to try the showcased food (usually fruits or vegetables that are less known or eaten). Some of our stars have been: fennel, oranges, apples, squash and dates. Some were sent out fresh and others turned into a yummy snack such as squash soup, energy bites and smoothies. Since starting these ideas we have noticed a change in the foods the children are bringing for lunches and the discussions they are having with one another and with teachers. They are excited to show us when they have something healthy.

Currently the primary Health Teacher is kicking up a unit on the ‘rainbow on your plate’. She has made a visually stunning display using the Canada food guide and posters about healthy fruits and vegetables. She has set this up next to the healthy teeth display the Kindergartens did. Looks great! We also have been only serving fruits and veggies for school events such as our Health Fair, Advent Celebration and Family Bingo night. We are continuing to work hard to promote everyone use a refillable water bottle and fill them often!


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A Taste of Nutrition
A Taste of Nutrition
Earned May 2017
15 Points

Success Story

At the end of the last years school year our principal and council made a commitment to improve and work towards a healthy school environment. We began our student nutrition program and we began planning a school health and wellness evening for our families. It was scheduled for March 2017.

While this was being planned, a group of dedicated parent volunteers created a bulletin board that showcases different season foods every month. They then choose a day in the month to use them during our snack program our make them available for the children. To date we have had bring an orange to school day, given each class fennel to taste, made energy bites, smoothies, healthy banana apple carrot muffins and flavoured water.

Leading up to our Health and Wellness evening, our principal and a few of the teachers, together with parent council members and community members got together to discuss ideas for the event, secure funding, arrange organizations to lead groups in activities (yoga, Zumba, Aussie X, Activate Aurora) and book a nutritionist and various health vendors for the night. One of the teachers gathered a group of students who made us flavoured waters for the evening and manned a nutrition wheel of questions. We invited Longo’s, Nature’s Emporium, chiropractors, physical therapists, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Canadian mental health association and many others to be a part of our evening. We had 75+ people turn out for the event despite the snow that evening and everyone had a great evening. We had non food prizes such as water bottles, yoga mats, cook books and a zip line. We served a beautiful array of fruits and vegetables along side the amazing flavoured waters. We are hoping to host another one next year and continue to improve our snack program and raise awareness of nutrition in our school.


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Cook It Up
Cook It Up
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

With the commitment to teach the children about healthy foods, nutrition and keeping our minds and bodies healthy, one of our teachers attended a training for the “You’re the Chef” program. Just this month the group of grades 5 & 6 students has begun meeting to learn how to prepare and cook healthy and yummy foods. They group meets twice a week and each time they prepare anywhere from 2-4 different items to share and taste together.

The students learn about washing and preparing foods, how to read a recipe, the difference between chopping, slicing and dicing, how to measure dry and wet ingredients and the importance of measuring and the importance of changing the recipes up as needed for tastes and allergies etc. The children are having a great time and learning so much.

Thank you to our Primary Physical Education Teacher for taking on this challenge and enjoying her time continuing to teach the children about healthy food and cooking.


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Green Thumb
Green Thumb
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Each year the kindergartens do a unit on fruits and vegetables, where our food comes from and planting/growing. To wind up the unit the children went on a field trip to a local farm to tour the garden and learn hands on about where our food comes from. They got the chance to see vegetables and fruit on the tree and in the ground. Followed by an opportunity to plant some of their own seeds to take home and watch turn into food. When they were done they harvested some of the vegetables and took them back to their classroom. The next day the children had the chance to wash and cut the vegetables and make a yummy squash soup. They ate it together for lunch!

Our principal and Kinder teachers wanted to expand on their learning by bringing the garden to the children so plans were made to purchase a raised garden bed and 4 metal (moveable) tubs that will act as gardens in the Kindergarten yard. With the help of our school Eco team, who made newspaper pots to start seeds, these sprouts and tomatoes will be transplanted for the young ones to water, care for and watch grow. The children are excited for their gardens to come alive. The hope is that when the time comes we can share in harvesting and eating the foods that will be grown. Each year we will hope to grow our garden in variety.

In addition to this, we partnered earlier this year with the York Region Food network who come to the school to host a Seedling and Sprouting program with our grade 1 & 2 students and then returned for our Family Wellness evening to allow the children to plant their own sprouts and beans. They took them home and have been watching them grow since – even tasting the yummy sprouts! This was a great program to showcase to the children where our food comes from and just how much work goes into the nutritious foods their bodies need!


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

The Health Teacher came up with a great school wide challenge to promote water as everyone’s primary drink. She kicked off a month long campaign to promote water in our school. One of the great ideas that the kids loved was the Water Does Wonders Tickets/Bin. Every student in received a small prize for their efforts in drinking more water and using refillable water bottles. Each class was challenged to drink more than one bottle of water a day and for each empty water bottle they received water drop tickets. At the end of the week we had tallied over 1,860 water drops…that is A LOT of water!!! It really got the children thinking about what to drink.


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The Big Day
The Big Day
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

We have a number of school and family/community functions through out the year. Most of these involve serving some sort of food or beverage. We found that some of these events were filled with sugary foods and they didn’t need to be. We chose 3 main targets: our Advent celebration, Family Health Fair and family movie night. We decided to make fruit and veggie trays for those who wanted and left out the sweets. We also served only water during these events. At our Health Fair some of our students alongside our teachers made flavoured waters to give out. What a HIT!! Our snack committee decided to continue with this theme and sent jugs of flavoured water to each classroom on a couple hot days and plan to do this again in June – the kids loved it so much. Another must redo for us is smoothie day – the kids can’t get enough of the yummy tasting smoothies made only from fruit, veggies and water.


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Water Works
Water Works
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

WATER DOES WONDERS

On Wednesday, March 22nd, LOC began its “Water Does Wonders” Campaign by celebrating World Water Day. As a school, all staff and students (sporting their blue shirts), gathered in the gym where they were met by the Aqua Team, a team of students who dedicated their time during recesses to help launch this water initiative. The celebration assembly was comprised of water announcements, the benefits and importance of drinking water, and a lyrical/contemporary WATER dance choreographed and performed by Ava K. and Emily P. The assembly ended with guest speaker Lauren Stephanoff, from York Region Environmental Services. She spoke about how precious our limited water supply is and explained to the students how the water in our lakes make its way to our taps.

During the campaign, students throughout the school have been encouraged to reach for a glass of water instead of a sugary drink. Thus far, the campaign has been a success as it has created dialogue in the classrooms. There was an impressive ‘Water Does Wonders’ display in our front foyer.

The Water Does Wonders Campaign ended on April 22nd. Throughout the month-long campaign, students were educated on the benefits of drinking water through school announcements, in- class videos, and class discussions. In addition to this, each class received a set of ‘water tickets’ that were to be ‘dropped’ into a water bucket every time a student finished their refillable water bottle from home. Each water ticket contained water facts that helped reinforce their learning of how to help maintain a healthy lifestyle- encouraging water as a choice of beverage over a sugary drink. As a school, over 1,860 water tickets were counted and tabulated. That is A LOT of water. This initiative coincided with our ECO Team’s initiative on reducing the use of plastic bottles. Both programs were a huge success!

On Wednesday, April 28th, each student in the school received a small ‘water inspired’ prize to help remind them to continue reaching for that bottle of water instead of a sugary drink. Prizes consisted of water bottles, water drop shaped erasers, pencils, key chains, water recipe cards, water necklaces, stickers, ‘seed’ bracelets, and rulers. A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Fiumara- D’Antonio, Ms. Gordon, and the ACQUA team for their efforts in promoting this water initiative.


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Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Our parent council chooses the following years big fundraiser a year in advance. After running a successful chocolate selling fundraiser, a number of parents and even students questioned how this lined up with our Healthy School Culture we were trying to create. This brought up some good discussions and it was determined that it was not in line with our goals and so for the coming year we are looking at non food campaigns such as greeting cards, gift wrap or flowers and also some healthy food campaigns such as fresh food boxes. We are already looking forward to a healthy campaign for the 2017/18 school year!

Along these lines, we also knew we needed to find ways to support our Student Nutrition Program. An opportunity presented itself to us by way of our school photography company. They were willing to provide us with a photographer for pictures with Santa. We arranged for Santa to be at the school they took photos and printed a few prints for each child. All proceeds went towards our snack program. It was a big success!

So after talking to staff, parents and students we decided to try a yogurt parfait sale during one of our snack times. A group of dedicated parents made healthy and allergen free granola, then mixed plain unsweetened yogurt with vanilla yogurt to cut back on the sugar. And these beautiful parfaits were filled with the children’s choice of strawberry, blueberry or a mix of the 2. They were delicious. We will be trying to sell these a few times next year.

In addition to this fundraiser to support our SNP we made a healthy veggie filled sauce and paired it with pasta for a pasta lunch that the kids loved. This too will be repeated next year.


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Cook It Up
Cook It Up
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

With the commitment to teach the children about healthy foods, nutrition and keeping our minds and bodies healthy, one of our teachers attended a training for the “You’re the Chef” program. Just this month the group of grades 5 & 6 students has begun meeting to learn how to prepare and cook healthy and yummy foods. They group meets twice a week and each time they prepare anywhere from 2-4 different items to share and taste together.

The students learn about washing and preparing foods, how to read a recipe, the difference between chopping, slicing and dicing, how to measure dry and wet ingredients and the importance of measuring and the importance of changing the recipes up as needed for tastes and allergies etc. The children are having a great time and learning so much.

Thank you to our Primary Physical Education Teacher for taking on this challenge and enjoying her time continuing to teach the children about healthy food and cooking.


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Sip Smart!™ Ontario
Sip Smart!™ Ontario
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

In the fall of 2016 our PE teacher accompanied 3 students to the Water Does Wonders Conference. Her and the students took away many ideas that they then used to kick off a month long campaign of reducing sugary drinks and education around making water everyone’s primary beverage.

They began this journey on World Water Day, with a big kick off assembly. Students were a big part of the event, discussing water facts, unveiling a sugar shocker display, and putting on an amazing lyrical dance about water. Teachers were given water videos to watch and discuss with their students. The assembly was amazing and the kids had so much fun, they were talking about it for days. The first thing you saw when you walked into the school was the large water does wonders display! It really was a fantastic conversation starter. It included a life size poster of a person with the water make percentage shown, a sugar shocker display, and our calendar contest (theme was water) winners.

During our Health and wellness evening at the end of March 6-8 students set up a Flavoured water station and manned a nutrition trivia wheel. Our school newsletter included information about our Water Does Wonders campaign as well as information about being “Sip Smart”.

The sugar shocker display was added to almost daily with new beverages to showcase. The primary students discussed in class the importance of reducing sugary drinks on their teeth health and created beautiful healthy teeth full of good drinks and food to feed your mouth, then displayed these in our school hallway. Morning ‘Sipsmart’ announcements were read by the students.

They ended the program with a friendly water competition between classes. For each water bottle a child emptied during the class day they received a water drop with a water message on it. At the end of the day the ‘drops’ were tallied. The class at the end of the week with the most water drops won the competition – prize was a small happy face keychain! Such a success!

And a month later the children are still discussing how healthy water is and why it is important to save our water sources and full our bodies with Water!


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Pack It Up
Pack It Up
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

January the Primary Health teacher began teaching the students about tasty and nutritious foods. they learned about how we fuel our bodies, the food groups, how much of which foods to eat and much more. During the week of January 23rd – January 27th, the primary students partook in the Healthy Lunch Challenge. The Healthy Lunch Challenge is all about promoting healthy packed lunches to students and families. The program is also meant to facilitate teaching of healthy eating as it relates to the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum. The goal was to include three to four food groups in their lunch each day. A healthy lunch recording sheet was used by each student and collected by the end of the week. The Challenge was a positive learning experience and a personal exercise for the students and their families. The students were excited to participate !!! Way to Go !!! Each participating student received a Healthy Lunch Certificate and a bookmark highlighting some important tips in order to help maintain and keep up with healthy food choices. At the end of the challenge, parents were provided with additional tips to help them continue planning and preparing healthy lunches and snacks. These were also included in our monthly newsletter. Thank you to the parents who helped support their children in this healthy initiative. Shortly after this challenge our healthy snack committee made and sent to each class healthy allergen free energy bites. These were a huge success and the children were very open to trying them and found that most of them loved them. Our healthy snack group showcases 2-3 foods a month, putting out facts about them and pictures and then serving them or making them into something each month. Its always such fun to see how the children receive them. Fennel was one that many of the students had never tried and got the chance to experience at the school. We are hoping to repeat these 2 initiatives next year!


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Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
Earned Mar 2017
15 Points

Success Story

We began our Student Nutrition Program at Light of Christ in May 2016. It started by having healthy snacks (fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurt, cheese) available to our students in the office. Through funding we purchased a fridge specifically for the Student Nutrition Program at our school and recruited a group of dedicated parents to prepared the snacks each morning. At each break, the children were able to come to the office if they needed a healthy snack. The reception was amazing! The students loved it! By the end of the school year we knew we had to make the food easier and quicker for the children to access. In September we changed our method of delivery and instead of keeping the snacks in the office, we began delivering bins and cooler bags with the prepared snacks to the classrooms. Part way through the day a group of students on the Healthy Snack Committee would collect the cooler bags and empty them as needed. This way reducing waste of perishable foods and still leaving the students with non-perishable single serving fruits and vegetables in the class for the last portion of the day. We are 1/2 a school year into this and the program is doing well. It is great to hear the children talk about the foods and tell us that they like what is going into it.


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First Bite
First Bite
Earned Jan 2017
15 Points

Success Story

Since May of 2016 we have a committee of teachers, parents and community members that have formed a healthy school committee. The Bright Bites program is a fun way to get our students more involved in and motivated about being more health aware. We are looking forward to earning more badges now that we have signed up!


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