Teaching Dance for Understanding and PLAY Parkland

Calling all Parkland School Division Teachers, Principals, and Parents!  Dean and Vicki are coming back to town to keep our  momentum fostering movement alive!PLAY Parkland Logo - Large (3)

Please join us for either event!

December 8th, 2015 @ Centre for Education and the TransAlta Tri-Leisure Recreation Centre

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December 9th, 2015 @ Woodhaven Middle School

Teaching Dance for Understanding with ERLC


The Journey Continues – Physical Literacy Development in a New School Year

Be Fit for Life

By Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Provincial Fitness Unit

Guest Writer for PSD Wellness Initiative

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With all of the excitement of a new school year, it takes a while to fall back into a routine. As a Health

Champion, you are aware of the district’s support around the development of physical literacy, but you might be

wondering where to start! There is a lot of information and resources available to schools, so here are a few

reminders about resources that you might want to dust off this September.

Ever Active Schools Recipe Card Lesson Plans – These lesson plans are great for Physical Education

and provide well rounded lessons and units all in one.


Be Fit for Life’s Move & Play through Physical Literacy cards are great for extra time, in classroom

activities, warm up activities, and in Physical Education class.  These are also great as they were

designed with simple language so that the students can choose and lead activities as well.


The Yoga Techniques for the Classroom resource is great for in class, especially for active breaks.

The cards come with access to pre-set PowerPoint presentations for use in the classroom.


 To build on all the above resources, the My Skills Poster and Lesson Plans were created to support

teaching Fundamental Movement Skills. Support the students to learn what skills are called and be

aware of the types of skills they are participating in when being active.

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Most importantly, be mindful of the concepts of physical literacy when choosing and playing games and

activities in Physical Education class, classroom daily physical activity opportunities, indoor recess, and even

school wide activity opportunities. Remember, there are a lot of resources out there that can complement all of

the great activities and lessons that you have already.  Most of these games and activities focus on purposeful

activities that provide opportunities for students to develop their motivation, confidence, physical competence,

knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.


Lindsay Wright is a trained facilitator with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta and can be reached at bffln@provincialfitnessunit.ca

Announcing…the PSD Try-me Triathlon for students

Try-Me Triathlon


This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2015 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments.

Who is able to take part in the Try-Athlon?

All children ages 8 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher.

Please note: Grade 6 students are not eligible for registration due to Provincial Achievement Tests on June 19.

Are there any additional fees outside of the $20 registration fee?

Participants are responsible for gathering their own race kit and ensuring that their race kit is dropped off at Stony Plain Central School on June 18 from 4-8pm.

Student registration is open here.  


Thank you to our sponsors!

Booster Juice, Mud Sweat and Gears, Spruce Grove Save on Foods, and more to come!  To sponsor this event, contact Felicia Ochs at 780-690-2835.


Prepare for National Non-Smoking Week January 18-24

WhatsyourReasonNational Non-Smoking Week 2015

In celebration of National Non-Smoking Week – January 18-24, 2015 – Alberta Health Services’ Tobacco Reduction Program (TRP) is providing several resources to raise awareness and promote action amongst staff, the public, community stakeholders and local media.

Continuing to build on the theme “Majority Do,” which was designed and developed by the TRP in 2012, the focus of the week will be on smoke-free homes and vehicles. The majority of Albertans do choose smoke-free environments , but for those that don’t there are some very real health risks and consequences, particularly for children and pets.

By focusing on environmental tobacco smoke, the TRP is working to support the goals of the Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy, and improve the health of all Albertans. This approach also supports the ban on smoking in vehicles when minors are present, which came into effect in November under the provincial Tobacco Reduction Amendment Act.

The TRP is pleased to provide some resource materials to support your efforts:

Staff Field Kit (attached)
• This kit will include guidelines for media engagement during events (in accordance with the AHS Communications Policy), key messaging and examples of the social media promotion that will be taking place throughout the week as well.
* If you are planning an activity or taking part in an event around NNSW, please contact AHS Communications with the details, as these events will be captured in Public Service Announcements sent out in the Zones prior to NNSW.

Smoke-Free Home and Smoke-Free Spaces Decals (image attached)
• These decals can be placed on vehicle and home windows to declare and celebrate them as smoke-free spaces.
• Leveraging the existing AlbertaQuits social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter), the TRP will use the decals in a series of images with different families and individuals that will showcase reasons for having a smoke-free home or vehicle, and also encourage others to take action. Public who wish to share their smoke-free status with others will be able to do so through engagement with the social media accounts.

Smoke-Free Home and Smoke-Free Spaces Posters
• Using the same images as the decals, these posters provide an opportunity to promote and educate about the importance of smoke-free spaces.
• The same images and messaging will also be used in a number of social media posts, providing health information on second-hand smoke exposure and encouraging people to become, or remain, smoke-free.
• These posters will be send out as PDF’s early in January


Let’s Talk About Second-Hand and Third-Hand Smoke – Information Sheet (attached)
• This information sheet can be used as a reference for providing information and presentations during National Non-Smoking Week. It provides information on the types of environmental tobacco smoke and the health effects of exposure.

AlbertaQuits Services Magnet
• This handy magnet can be given out to patients/clients as a reminder of the excellent cessation support resources available to them: online, phone, text or groups. This item will be added to the on-line catalog in early January.

These resources can be used for health fairs/displays, Well Child clinics, car seat inspection clinics, counselling sessions, etc. They are available to order through the AlbertaQuits.ca on-line catalogue at: http://www.albertaquits.ca/helping-others-quit/healthcare-providers/tools-and-resources/order-online.php.


PLAY Parkland Group Addressing Physical Literacy in the Community

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By Mitch Goldenberg, Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter
Friday, December 12, 2014 3:51:21 MST PM

More than 20 community members, primarily involved in youth athletics and education, met for the second time on Dec. 10 to continue their pursuit of pioneering a tri-area physical literacy strategy.

Having discussed the problems with the current trends of active living in their first meeting in October, the committee began brainstorming ways to change the mindset, conversation and the habits of teaching and providing kids with physical education.

“We all feel really passionate that kids are not as active today and there are not as many options as we had growing up,” said Jennifer Telfer, wellness co-ordinator at the TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre (TLC).

The group concluded that today’s youth are lacking the opportunity and instruction necessary to live an active lifestyle.

Too many kids are being driven to practice only one sport or none at all, which severely limits their capability and confidence to participate in diverse physical activities when they grow older.

“We know that our kids love to move and play and be active, but as kids get older they move less and less,” said Felicia Ochs, youth resiliency co-ordinater for the Parkland School Division (PSD). “It’s largely because we’re sending them the wrong messages, we haven’t built their confidence early on to have a wide variety of skills.”

The objective is to get kids feeling more confident with a deeper range of fundamental movement skills that allows them to thrive in a diverse range of sports and physical activities. The hope is that if kids become more competent in a wide-range of sports, actions and movements, they will stick with physical activity when they grow older instead of quitting.

Ochs said the group came away with three main conclusions from their second meeting.

“First, we need municipal stakeholders to join this group, we have community issues here that need to be expressed and understood,” she said. “There is a gap in their community and they play a part in helping families and kids become active members.”

The group also expressed the need to deliver the message that every kid is born an athlete and there are so many different outlets that can harness their child’s physical activity.

“Finally, people are expecting that since the TLC and PSD initiated this, that we have the answer,” said Ochs. “But the truth is the answers are within the community and we need people to try out some stuff, see if it works and prototype it.”

Brian Torrance, director of the Ever Active School’s initiative funded by the Province of Alberta, says the government is taking action to enable and empower groups like this.

“It can lead to more Albertans being more active, more often,” Torrance said. “There’s a wave to making sure our personal and community wellness is a bigger priority than it is right now.”

Telfer expressed the importance of tackling the issue with a group effort.

“It’s really innovative to have these discussions, and we’re taking a cross-dimensional approach, collaborating to have more resources and services offered in schools and the TLC,” she said. “We all want to achieve the same thing for the kids in our community.”

With the next meeting set for February, the physical literacy committee is poised to see their promotion and engagement plans begin to take shape in the new year.

National Child Day-Right to Play!~

Hello PSD Health Champions!
Today is National Child Day and this year’s theme is “Right to Play”. For more information on this day and national activities, please visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/index-eng.php

National Child Day

Find out more about how this day promotes the 40 rights of children across the world. Share the video with your classes and find out what they think about this day and how governments, schools, and communities can better help protect their rights.

What is the Right to Play? What do children need this right?

Learn more about the International Right to Play here.

Save on Foods and Freson Bros. Support Our Schools

Breakfast Program Fund Raiser Launch

Breakfast Program Fund Raiser Launch

Thank you to our awesome grocery store partners–Spruce Grove Save-On-Foods and Stony Plain Freson Bros. who have each helped us launch a September fund raiser to support the initiation or continuation of school breakfast programs in any of our 22 school communities.  Many of our schools have expressed that breakfast programs are incredibly important to the health of their students for a wide-variety of reasons.  These schools have begun to educate students how healthy nutrition supports their social, physical, and academic growth.  We are fortunate to have partnerships within our communities that will help us increase the reach of our unique breakfast programs throughout Parkland School Division #70!

Entwistle School Healthy Breakfast

Entwistle School Healthy Breakfast

Physical Literacy and PLAY Parkland

Provided is a short video that outlines how a few local partners are working towards the development of a tri-municipal PLAY Parkland group (Physical Literacy And You). More information to come this fall. Thank you to our PSD Teacher leads, Miranda Niebergall and Teryl Pidhaichuk, for heading up this work within our school division.