Welcome PSD Health Champions to 2015-2016

Welcome back, everyone! I imagine that you’re building the culture of your classrooms and working out some of the last minute, unanticipated changes that have taken place in your school.  I am so excited to continue working with all of you this year and hope that this blog post assists you in planning and supporting your school community to achieve their wellness goals.  Please record the following dates, resources, and district-wide Wellness Initiative activities for 2015-2016.  The first meeting date requires that you invite me to your wellness team to conduct the fall assessment.

Also, please sign up for this blog and you will receive additional information on grants, partnerships, and professional development training that arise during the year.

I’m  available to talk with you, connect on Twitter, or help with your school-based wellness activities inside the classroom or for the whole school.  Thank you for signing on to be the PSD Health Champion for 2015-2016.  It will be a GREAT year.


Are you BRAND new to Comprehensive School Health?  Please enjoy a crash course on the change philosophy by visiting:

Alberta Health Services

Videos on CSH from the Wellness Fund

Health Champions Professional Development Dates:
Please plan immediately for a September/October planning and assessment meeting--Welcome everyone to the wellness team; Conduct the JCSH Foundational Module with your school-based team and begin a school wellness action plan for 2015-2016.

-Please invite a few instrumental people from your school community to form your 2015-2016 wellness team.  This team should be willing to meet regularly during or after school as per the direction of your principal(s) to review your action plan and reflect on your progress and impact.

For the very first meeting (September or October), we will need about 60-90 minutes of time with this group.  I would love to join you for this first meeting, so please invite me via Google Calendar to join this initial discussion and assessment.  I am happy to support or lead the first meeting if you are new to this role.

Your wellness team should consist of health champion(s), administration, parent(s), student(s), community partner(s), public health nurse or health promotion coordinator.

January 28-30, 2016 

Shaping the Future Conference: This is an optional, but highly recommended professional development opportunity for all health champions and wellness teams.  Please consider making a presentation to showcase some of the exciting wellness activities and programs you’re involved with at your school.  There is currently no funding to support registration, but I will keep you posted if this changes.

All Health Champions PD

February 9, 2016

April 5, 2016

June 7, 2016 

Centre for Education Stony Plain



Student Wellness Action Team Training Date: 

November 24, 2015

Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS)

Do you want to train or work with your own School Wellness Action Team (SWAT)?  This FREE full-day training is the perfect opportunity to allow students to co-design your school’s Wellness Action Plan and take a leading role in delivering on many of the objectives for this year.  Your substitute and travel cost are covered by Ever Active Schools.  The event is held at the Centre for Education and you must pack a lunch for this action-packed day of healthy eating, active living, and positive mental health planning and presentations.  Do you have something that you want to share from your school?  Contact me today and we’ll begin planning your school’s presentation at this event.

Save on Foods Rainbow Connection Produce Program 

February 9-April 19


Cost per school–$500 for enrollment of 200 or less students and $1000 for 201-500 students

Fruit is delivered once per week by Parkland School Division’s district delivery service–Peter Evans

Headstrong Summit: Positive Mental Health for Grade 9 PSD Students: Contact William Sykes at Greystone for more information on this year’s student-led and student-run anti-stigma event.

April 25-29

PLAY Parkland Activities and Professional Development 2015-2016

PLAY Parkland Logo - Large (3)

October 9th, 2014

Calling all French Teachers–

La Fédération du sport francophone de l’Alberta is hosting a 3 hour physical literacy workshop in French on October 9th. Cost: $ 65. Contact the FSFA for more information info@lafsfa.ca.

October 14th, 2015

Purposeful Play for Grades K-1 and Early Childhood Educators

Play in the early years provides the foundation for healthy, active living. In fact, early gross motor ability is associated with cognitive, social and emotional development. Purposefully choosing activities and creating opportunities that encourage play and develop physical literacy establishes the basis for life-long participation.

This interACTIVE session will focus on teaching fundamental movement skills and creating an environment that supports confidence and fun. You will also leave with the knowledge of resources and tools to add more play into your programs.


December 8-10 PLAY Parkland and PLAY GREAT:

Community Building and Physical Literacy–Phase II with Dr. Dean Kriellaars, TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre, Ever Active Schools, Tracy Lockwood, and Be Fit for Life Provincial Fitness Unit

***This professional development will be made available using our PSD PD Sessions on the Chalkboard

January 28-30-Shaping the Future Conference

March 11th, 2016-PSD Winter Try-Athlon at YWCA YoWoChAs (Skating, Skiing, Archery)  Teams or Individuals invited to join the first annual event!  Please email me if you’re willing to sit on the monthly planning committee.

May 12, 2016-Health and Physical Education Council Conference

June 10, 2016-2nd Annual PSD Try-Me Try-athlon at the Stony Plain Outdoor Pool (Ages 6 and Up)  Teams or Individuals invited to join the first annual event!  Please email me if you’re willing to sit on the monthly planning committee.


52105210 Posters and Information –I will also print these at district office and send you them upon request!

Physical Literacy

Nutrition and Gardening 

Mental Capital and Health Resources 

Healthy Minds, Healthy Children Resources and Free Online PD Sessions

HEALTHY FUNDRAISERS and Fundraiser Resources

Apple Schools Monthly Health Campaigns with healthy student announcements