Welcome to the February Edition of the Healthy Schools


Brought to you by Regina Area Health Promotion 
Saskatchewan Health Authority 

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French resources will be highlighted by 'FR.' 
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February 2020 feature topic:
School Gardens

In this issue:

  1. School Gardens
  2. Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas (grades k-12) (FR & EN)
  3. Parent Resources
  4. February School Nutrition Poster: Make the healthy choice the easy choice (FR & EN)
  5. Community Programs and Resources:
  6. How to Connect with us
Image: Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

Why Garden?

Benefits Students, the School and Community

Provides unique, enhanced learning opportunities
  • Supports multiple learning styles and abilities
  • To teach many different subjects
  • Helps kids do better in school
  • Gets kids moving and spending time outside in nature - connecting them to the land
Teaches healthy habits
  • A chance for children to learn to grow their own food
  • Gets kids interested in and excited about healthy eating
  • Provides physical, mental and spiritual health benefits
  • Helps the school meet healthy eating guidelines
Promotes team work and community
  • Allows for interaction between students, teachers, parents, and the community
  • Builds a sense of community, pride and co-operation.
  • Provides opportunities for inter-generational learning
  • Makes more beautiful spaces to live and learn in
"The garden became a safe space for some of our quieter and more shy students to interact." -Wilfred Walker School

Types of gardening in the school setting

School gardens can be: 
  • Indoor plants growing in containers with grow lights. You can apply for grants from Agriculture in the Classroom’s ‘Little Green Thumbs’ Program.
  • A rented community garden plot near the school
  • Raised garden beds on school grounds
  • In the ground on school property 
  • On vacant land near school grounds (with permission from the city or municipality)
In Regina, for outdoor gardens on school property, a development permit is not required, but strongly encouraged, and is free to apply for.

Where to start?

  • Share ideas and get others interested
  • Get the proper permissions (e.g. School Division, City, etc.)
  • Form a garden team: find the passionate people - this could be students, parents, community members and school staff
  • Make a plan!
    • What are the goals?
    • Who will help tend the garden – how will you recruit volunteers?
    • Are there any community groups that may help?
    • How will you keep students, staff and community engaged?
    • Who will help tend it over the summer?
    • Is there a water source?
    • What will you plant?
    • How will the bounty be used?
    • How much will it cost & where will you get funding? (Some grant options here)
  • Contact your local public health dietitian for support
“The support from the community, students and different staff members has been incredible. Master gardeners and hobby gardeners alike are excited about the prospect of helping to turn our current concrete wasteland into a beautiful learning space” – Miller Comprehensive High School

Ideas for Using Garden Produce

  • Donate to other organizations
  • In meal and snack programs
  • For meetings and events
  • Have a school harvest meal
  • For fundraising
  • Integrate growing food into programming, e.g. cooking or community kitchen programs
  • Give to students, staff and family volunteers

Success Stories - Saskatchwan Schools

There are too many positive outcomes to name them all! But here are a few: students learn about where food comes from; there is multi-generational sharing of knowledge; it encourages and demonstrates meaningful physical activity; students learn to work collaboratively toward a common goal; they are developing an awareness of the cyclical nature of the seasons and journey their food has come through to arrive on their plate; they are more willing to try different foods; culinary horizons are broadened; kids and families are eating healthy; children feel a sense of pride in contributing to the community; gardens always attract attention and curiosity from neighbours, not to mention a variety of bugs and bees”
- Prairie Sky School

Curriculum Connections, Resources and Activity Ideas 
(grades k-12) (FR + EN)

Information for Parents/Guardians (FR & EN)

February's School Nutrition Information Poster -  'Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice' (FR + EN)

This Month's Nutrition Information Poster is: "Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice " 

French Poster "Faire du choix santé le choix facile"  
The Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan have developed a nutrition information poster for each month of the school year. This information can be posted in the school, used in newsletters, as a part of school announcements, posted on the school website or used for Facebook or Twitter posts. Download French and English copies HERE

Upcoming School and Community Programs, Resources and Events

Trauma Informed Teaching: Creativity and Wellness

A Learning Session for Early Childhood Educators and Students

This workshop provides ideas, insight, and practices to guide educators, and others to help children work through trauma in a creative reparative process. Participants will learn how to work with anxiety, shame, self-regulation, anger and more using artistic techniques.
  • When: Saturday March 21st 2020 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: University of Regina, Education Building, Room 228
  • Cost: $50
  • To Register: Contact or call (306) 535-5993

REACH Community Kitchen Training

A community kitchen is a group of people who get together to cook and eat together and take home prepared food.
  • Who should attend: anyone interested in learning how to facilitate cooking with a group.
  • Why Attend: Gain hands-on experience on how to facilitate your own community kitchen, including successful recipes to use.
  • When: Thursday May 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Regina, SK
  • Cost: $25 (includes lunch, snacks, resource binder, and a certificate)
  • How to Register: Call 306-347-3224 or email: - Register by May 7, 2020.

Regina Public Library Financial Literacy Workshops

Where: Regina Public Libraries 
Cost: Free
Topics Include:
  • Effective Tax Strategies (Feb 18, Mar 12, Apr 9);
  • Income Tax for Newcomers (Feb 6);
  • Resume Dos and Don'ts (Feb 20, Mar 18, Apr 16);
  • Tax Credits 101 (Feb 27, 28);
  • Income tax for newcomers (mandarin) (Mar 3);
  • Understanding Tax and filing your tax return (Mar 4);
  • 75 Ways to save on household expenses (Mar 10);
  • Free income tax clinic (Apr 4, 5, 25, 26);
  • The journey out of debt (May 20)

Lakeview Community - Go Out and Play Challenge

If your school is in Lakeview Community, you, your students and their families can participate in the Go Out and Play ChallengeIf Lakeview Community wins, they will put it towards their Lakeview Park Project - to revitalize one of the central parks in the area. 
Dates: The challenge runs from March 1st-10th 2020 - create online profiles after February 14th here: . 

How it works:
  1. Encourage staff and students to get movingand log their minutes of physical activity every day in their online profiles. 
  2. Host an active event at school, have students log gym and recess minutes. Incorporate active brain breaks during the day. To get started check out the in motion DPAVideos, the DPA Manual or sign up to receive the weekly FITbreak, take a look at
  3. Connect it to curriculum learning, and engage families in outdoor activities, for more ideas visit:

Greenhouse and Garden Field-trips and Tours

Did you know most greenhouses and community gardens in the city will do classroom tours?

Some Examples:

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