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No matter what age or stage, the more involved you are in your child's education, the better their chance of success!
When you take part in school activities you give your child a sense of pride and a feeling that they belong within the school community. You also show them that school is important. Being involved takes time and effort. Do what you can and you’ll discover that the rewards are worth it. You’ll get to know the staff, students and other families within the school, you’ll get an inside view into your child’s school day and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re contributing to the school.
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Super Fruit Face
A great after-school snack!
½ cup vanilla or fruit flavoured yogurt
1 small banana, sliced
2-3 strawberries, sliced and/or blueberries
½ pear and/or apple, sliced
Slice of cantaloupe
1. Spread yogurt on a plate to form a small
2. Place banana slices across the top of the
circle for "hair", strawberry slices for "eyes",
pear slices for "ears", apple slices for the
"mouth" and blueberries for the nose.
3. Use a toothpick or fork to dip the fruit into
the yogurt. Enjoy!
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Try using granola for "hair" to add crunch.
*Recipe adapted from Kalynna from Stoney Creek at Eatrightontario.ca
- Get involved with food served and sold at school. Help out with the school snack or breakfast program, promote healthy fundraising options like fruit instead of chocolate and/or encourage special food days that offer more nourishing choices like spaghetti instead of hot dogs. You can even take it a step further and work with your school to develop nutrition policies that allow only healthy foods to be served at school.
Serve it up healthy at school celebrations. Share healthier food items for classroom parties like fruit kabobs with yogurt dip, veggies and dip, or even whole grain pitas and hummus. You could even provide the fixings for students to make Buried Treasure Parfaits (adding favourite fruits and granola to yogurt).
- Speak up about school rewards. Providing treats to kids for good behaviour is common. However, rewards like candy undermine lessons on healthy eating, encourage unhealthy eating habits and promote dental cavities. Encourage school staff to use non-food rewards such as stickers, pencils, bookmarks, more playtime or special privileges.
- Check out Nutrition Tools for Schools for more information about how to support healthy eating at school.
- Learn more about the new food and beverage policies for all publicly funded schools.
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School needs to be a place where children have opportunities to be active throughout the day. Activity becomes a habit when students (and staff) have regular chances to get moving.
Be an active role model. Show your kids that being active is important by cheering them on at school sports events, by chaperoning active outings, by attending open-gym nights, by volunteering to help out a school sports team, or even by participating in a neighbourhood walking school bus.
Be informed. Ask your child’s teacher about how the class is meeting the requirement for 20 minutes of daily physical activity (DPA). Kids need to move more and DPA can help add to the number of minutes they are active. Also ask about how often your child gets gym class, how well they are participating and if there are skills that can be practiced at home.
Be an activity advocate. Encourage school staff and the school council to increase the opportunities for physical activity at school. For example, school fundraisers could purchase gym or outdoor equipment, field trips could involve skating or hiking, dance-a-thons or outdoor play days could take the place of movie days. Open gym nights are also a great way to get parents and their children active together.
Learn more about the Ministry of Education's Healthy School Recognition Program.
Find out why children need Quality Daily Physical Education.
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- Show an interest. Once your child has had a chance to settle in from school, ask about their day with questions that go beyond “what did you do at school today?” Get a conversation going about the best part of their day, if anything bothered them and what interesting things they’re learning about.
Do what you can. Drop into the school once in a while and build a positive relationship with the school staff. Read the parent’s bulletin board and school newsletter, attend school open houses and special events, participate in parent/teacher interviews, chaperone field trips, and donate towards fundraising events and food drives.
Stay involved. Parents are more likely to be involved at school when their children are young, but this often declines as kids get older. Even as children grow and show signs of wanting to be more independent they still need you to be involved. At every level, talk to your child’s teachers regularly and look for ways to be part of the school community.
- Get helpful advice on how to get involved at your child's school from KidsHealth
- Browse tips from the Elementary Teachers of Ontario on how to work with your child's teacher
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Last Updated: 8/6/2013