Badges Earned

It’s an Honour
It’s an Honour
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

We use the school website, Twitter, video announcements, and the school newsletter to share and celebrate success at our school an in the community about our healthy eating goals. As part of the certification process in order to become an OPHEA Healthy School (we are going for gold!!!). We needed to explicitly communicate our activities, outcomes, our appreciation to others, as well as our next steps as part of our application. We included information each month in the school newsletter about making good drink choices while explaining the science behind the information presented. We celebrated each accomplishment along with way by taking photos, sharing our learning and encouraging others to make healthier choices. Posters, presentations during assemblies, a pop-up smoothie station, as well as a fruit and vegetable trivia challenge in March are just some of the ways we celebrated healthy eating at our school.


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Green Thumb
Green Thumb
Earned Mar 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Last year, vegetables were planted in the large planters by the kindergarten windows so the students could learn how plants grew and changed over time. At the end of September 2016, the root vegetables were harvested and made into a soup by the class with their grade 4 learning buddies and teacher.

To further our learning, several classes have teamed up in order to create a community garden. They are at the planning stage and are looking for donations to get the project going. The following letter was sent home with students. It shouldn’t be long now before the community garden will become a reality:)


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned Mar 2017
45 Points

Success Story

As a way to celebrate March being Nutrition Month, our Healthy Schools Team came up with a trivia challenge called “Le grand défi santé de Roch Carrier”. During the video announcements each day, there is a question that needs to be answered in order to receive a point. Some of the questions so far have been – Name three fruits and/or vegetables that come from Ontario. Name one kind of hybrid fruit. Since there are 18 school days in March, we have 18 different questions. The class with the most points at the end of March will then win the chance to plan their own picnic with healthy foods to enjoy later on in the spring. We have over 10 homerooms participating in our challenge and so far it has been a very close race! Funding for the picnic has been provided through our Metro Green Apple Grant.


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned Mar 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Since we are a French immersion school, we celebrate “Carnaval” every February. It is a time to go outside, have fun in the snow and to use our French in a fun and meaningful way. Last year, one of the activities was an edible craft. Students made marshmallow snowmen and decorated them with various types of candy. This year, with our healthy eating goals in mind, we decided to make snowmen out of bananas and other types of fruit instead. The activity was completely student-led thanks to our helpers from grades 4, 7 and 8. It was a huge success. Students enjoyed making their healthy treat and gobbling it up afterwards too. Already thinking about healthy snack ideas for Carnaval next year.


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned Mar 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Milk Program-Students are able to have milk daily. The milk is delivered directly to the students classrooms at lunch by Madame Corina’s grade 4 class. This opportunity promotes responsibility and a healthy eating culture at school.
Hot lunches on Fridays-Our parent volunteers come in every Friday to prepare a healthy hot lunch as a fundraiser for our snack program. Options include grilled cheese, pasta, wraps and pizza. Wraps and pizza are ordered in but served using whole wheat tortillas and a whole wheat crust.


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned Feb 2017
45 Points

Success Story

At our school, we have a three day snack program on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays where snacks are provided at no cost to students. On Fridays, we have hot lunches which serve as a fundraiser for the school snack program. In speaking with students and teachers, the Healthy Schools team realized that there was a need to provide snacks on Mondays. In speaking with Kelly Ferguson, our contact at the Oxford Health Unit, she was able to secure funding so we could provide a student-led snack day on each Monday. From February 6 until the end of the year, student members of the Healthy Schools team as well as representatives from our student parliament will deliver healthy packaged snacks (based on the guidelines from the Ontario Student Nutrition Program) to each homeroom. Kelly was also instrumental in securing a mini-fridge for our student-led initiative so that we could offer more of a selection of healthy snacks including fresh fruit/vegetables and milk products that require refrigeration.


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

Success Story

One of the goals of our Healthy Schools Team was to create a bulletin board to encourage students to eat more fruit and vegetables. Students created posters outlining the importance of fruit and vegetables as well as the dangers of powdery drinks. As well, photos of the cooking club from October and November were posted to inspire other students to participate in the lunch time program running in February, March and April for students in grades 4 – 8. This activity was completely student-led and took many, many lunch recesses to complete.


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Paint Your Plate
Paint Your Plate
Earned Feb 2017
15 Points

Success Story

My school was awarded a Metro Green Apple Grant for a cooking program I started for grades 4-8. I realized that I could involve more students in the school if I invited the staff to get their classes involved in creating healthy snacks to share together. I started off with my class. Since we are learning about procedural writing in French, I thought that learning about recipes and in groups following a healthy recipe to later share with the class would be a great way for students to learn about writing, communicating in French, as well as nutrition. With my first group, we made strawberry and banana smoothies. With my second group, we created a fruit salad. With my third group, we made whole wheat banana muffins. With my last group, we will be making oatmeal with fresh berries. I will be creating healthy snacks with the SK/Grade 1 class, a grade 1 class, a grade 2/3 class as well as support many other teachers who will be exploring healthy recipes in their classes.


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Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Earned Jan 2017
45 Points

Success Story

We invited Kelly Ferguson our public health dietitian to present at our staff meeting for the month of January. She spoke about the importance of a positive food culture at school and things we could do as teachers to promote healthy eating. She shared some great examples (from bright bites) such as not rewarding students with treats but rather using stickers/pencils or encouraging physical activity by having a dance for students. We are looking forward to implementing many ideas from bright bites as we work towards our OPHEA Healthy Schools certification at our school. By reaching out to Kelly Ferguson our public health dietitian we learned many new and interesting ways to promote a positive food culture at our school. We are looking forward to implementing the ideas she shared with us.


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

Success Story

Madame Young’s grade 1 class held a Sip Smart taste test for other grades. In all, we had about 85 students participate in the activity. We prepared the strawberry cucumber recipe, the frozen berry recipe and the orange and mint recipe for the students to try. It was so interesting to see which classes liked which type of water the best. We graphed the results for each class and discussed our findings as part of our math unit on data management. We loved every step of the way! We got to try some really yummy flavoured water recipes, had the chance to speak in French to other students and learn more about making healthy choices at school and at home.


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Pack It Up
Pack It Up
Earned Dec 2016
30 Points

Success Story

Every Thursday is Litterless Lunch Day at school. Since most nutritious foods do not require extra packaging, not only are we encouraging students and their families to make healthy food choices but also to reflect on the environmental impact of their decisions as well.


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Cook It Up
Cook It Up
Earned Nov 2016
45 Points

Success Story

Every moment was an adventure so there really wasn’t a favourite moment because the whole program was fun and memorable. The students loved working together as a team to accomplish a goal, sharing their new found knowledge about fruits and vegetables with each other and doing so in French. They learned the importance of following a recipe, how to communicate using the appropriate vocabulary in French and that cooking with fruits and vegetables is not only delicious but fun.

“Un gros merci” goes out to the Metro Green Apple Grant for supporting our program through the purchase of fruits and vegetables, parent council for helping us purchase some basic necessities in order to start the program, our principal Marie Wilkie for helping to secure after school permits to use the kitchen and encouraging us along the way and our many parent and teacher volunteers who helped the students with questions and supervision during our cooking activities.


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Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
Earned Nov 2016
15 Points

Success Story

We have a fabulous team of parents who come in three times a week to prepare and serve healthy snacks to students. They keep us full of energy which helps us to learn in the classroom. Students are excited when it is snack day because they know the snack is going to be delicious. Through the snack program, students are exposed to a wide variety of fresh foods. Who knew healthy eating could be so yummy?


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Reason to Celebrate
Reason to Celebrate
Earned Nov 2016
30 Points

Success Story

When it comes to celebrations, we celebrate these special days with class parties involving games and fun learning activities. For students’ birthdays, we have a bookmark for them as their “treat”. We like to provide other opportunities for students to pay tribute to these special days in a healthy way.


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First Bite
First Bite
Earned Nov 2016
15 Points

Success Story

Our school is working towards the OPHEA healthy schools certification. After contacting our local public health nurse, she told us about the bright bites program. Recently, we received postcards and a personalized letter in the mail inviting us to join bright bites. Since we are completing a variety of projects in order to receive the Healthy Schools certification, we thought that the bright bites program would be a fun way to enrich our learning and further support our journey in becoming a healthy school.


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