Badges Earned

Green Thumb
Green Thumb
Earned May 2017
45 Points

Success Story

Our kindergarten class is very interested in plants and gardens. It all started when I brought in the bottom part of lettuce and we had a discussion as to whether we thought the lettuce could regrow in water alone. Our teacher-librarian helped us research other fruits and vegetables that could grow in water. So we got started with planting! And researching! As we are limited in space in our school yard, we have begun to plant other types of fruit and vegetables in the classroom. Students also began to speak of our new class inquiry at home and we encouraged to bring in seeds and leftover vegetables to regrow. We have planted: potatoes, celery, carrots, fennel, avocado and various herbs. The students are encouraged to explore, observe and monitor the progress of this discovery station. They are eager to draw and record their findings and many have even expressed interest in researching more about growing vegetables indoors using the class iPad. We have recently added a series of Scholastic books to our class library with titles such as Grapes Grow on Vines, Carrots Grow in the Ground and Apples Grow on Trees to continue to encourage children to discover and learn about how their food is grown. A parent generously donated these books as their child continues to discuss our class garden at home, and we encourage family involvement. Our favourite part was the fact that our students were so highly engaged in this inquiry. They would come to school each morning and run to the window where we planted and look to see if anything grew. They wanted to measure all of the vegetables growing daily! We loved to see that the whole class was involved. We were able to share our new learning with the parent community and encourage our students to continue planting vegetables and fruits at home too using leftovers! I would like to thank Mrs. McBrien for donating the books to our class and for sharing her knowledge and expertise in nutrition!


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Zesty Lessons
Zesty Lessons
Earned May 2017
15 Points

Success Story

Building on our classroom gardening centre (see Green Thumb badge), and our regular health and physical activity sessions with Mrs Benjamin, we invited one of our parents who also happens to be a public health nutritionist to come in for a morning and discuss fruit and vegetables and healthy eating. We discussed where food comes from, why eating fruit and vegetables are good for our bodies, different colours and names of fruit and vegetables. The children talked about the class garden, and gardens that they grow at home with their families. Following the discussion the children had the opportunity to learn some food skills at an interactive centre where with the help of teachers and the parent volunteer children washed, peeled and cut up fruit for a fruit salad. While at the station, the students were engaged to talk more about their favourite types of fruit and vegetables etc. At the end of the activity students were encouraged to come and sample the fruit salad that they all helped to make. Our class was very excited to make and eat the fruit salad! We loved singing along to the nutrition songs introduced to us by Mrs. McBrien!


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The Big Day
The Big Day
Earned May 2017
30 Points

Success Story

St Padre Pio school has been involved in a program called At My Best through Public Health Education (PHE) Canada for a number of years. This program is a free curriculum-supported school-based program from kindergarten to Grade 6 that takes a three pronged approach toward health promotion, combining physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional well-being. Each year through the At My Best program, three schools across Canada are chosen for a Signature Play Day which includes a day of fun activities, a nutritious snack, and a $2000 grant towards equipment, renovations or an initiative to support a school physical activity program. This year SPP has been chosen as one of the three lucky schools. A signature play day will be held in June, where students will participate in a number of fun and interactive physical activities and games, snack on healthy foods sponsored by Saputo and presented with a cheque for $2000 to put toward physical activity equipment for the school.I was very happy to apply for this grant and so excited that our school was chosen! We love using the At My Best Program (which incorporates holistic learning, including physical, mental and nutritional pieces.). A special thanks to Ms. Angelucci, Ms. Alati, Ms. Taddeo and Mrs Benjamin for co-ordinating this opportunity for SPP!


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