Category Archives: healthy living

Kids and Active Play York Region information

York Region has shared the following information for our community

Win a prize by taking our spring Active Play survey!

 Kids and active play

How does the change in seasons affect how kids play?  Do you live in York Region and have a child age 5 to 12 years of age? Or do you work at an elementary school in York Region?  Tell us how children play in warmer weather by completing this brief survey and you could win a prize.

Thank you to everyone who already filled out our winter active play survey!  With over 700 responses, the survey taught us a lot about how kids play in the winter.   For example, the weather kept many children indoors, both at home and at school.

Whether its winter, spring, or any other time of year, children need several hours of active play each day.

Outdoor active play can include such things as:

  • Playing hopscotch, tag or soccer
  • Making mud pies or sandcastles
  • Climbing a tree or building a tree fort
  • Riding a bike, scooter or skateboard

How can parents encourage active play?

  • Balance scheduled activities with free play time
  • Encourage children to play in natural outdoor spaces, and in a variety of weather conditions
  • Allow children to take risks so they can have fun while learning to identify and manage risks in all areas of their lives

How can schools encourage active play?

  • Regularly embrace the outdoors for learning, socialization and physical activity in various weather conditions
  • Choose natural elements for the school yard over pre-fabricated playgrounds and paved areas
  • Examine existing policies and reconsider those that pose a barrier to active outdoor play


For more information on physical activity and active play, visit:

Dental Screening

As a follow up to the communication sent home earlier in the fall, York Region Public Health will conduct dental screening for JK/SK and grade 2 students next Wednesday December 7, 2016.

Mr. Collins

Update: School field

To our community,

As you may have noticed today, the fences surrounding our school field have been taken down and the field is now accessible for our students and staff to utilize. This is an exciting time for our school and we thank everyone for their patience while the sod had an opportunity to root and grow.


Far western boundary at the top of the image.

Students will now be able to access the field that has been pyloned off (from the end of the shorter black fence on the east side of the school to the edge of our pavement area on the far west side of the school). We will use the next few weeks to assess the new boundaries. In time, we will likely expand the field more, but want to start with students becoming adjusted to the larger space and to ensure our supervision of the area works well.


Far eastern boundary.

Students will be able to access the field for morning recess and at lunch. Before school, we ask students to remain on the pavement. Plant Services asks use to assess the use of our field each day. There may be times our field needs to be closed such as after a heavy rain. We will notify students and staff of any changes on our announcements.

New triple hoop systems almost complete!

New triple hoop systems almost complete!

We are also pleased to share that our new Triple Hoop ball systems have been installed and are almost complete for student use. These games, along with our new pavement games are wonderful additions thanks to the hard work of our school council. Finally, we look forward to one more surprise this week for students….new soccer nets! Watch for the exciting new additions coming soon. We are very much looking forward to these new opportunities for our students to enjoy healthy living opportunities outdoors.

Mr. Collins