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School Newsletter Tips - January

Indoor Gardening
Just because there is snow outside does not mean that you cannot have fun gardening. Start your own herb garden or lettuce patch in an inside garden box. Once your herbs are ready, start adding them to your meals. You can also plant them outside when the weather warms up! It can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience for the whole family.
Have fun with this 30-day family physical literacy challenge
This challenge is for anyone who wants to be more active with their family. Visit Active for for more information.
Food Safety in a Power Outage
Protect your family from foodborne illness when the power goes out. Throw out food that has been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Without power, a full upright or chest freezer will keep food frozen for about 2 days, and a half-full freezer for about 1 day if the doors have been kept closed. The refrigerator section will keep food cool for only 4-6 hours.
Tips for Good Oral Health
• Brush your teeth twice daily
• Floss regularly
• Eat healthy foods
• Practice tooth safety, wear a mouth guard
• Visit your dental team regularly
Games, games and more games
Are you looking for games/activity ideas? Visit CIRA, Playsport, Get Active for Life, Fit Kids Healthy Kids for hundreds of fun, easy games for kids.
​Stay warm while playing
All winter activities require warm, dry clothing. To prevent frostbite, warm clothes are best, including a close-fitting hat that covers the ear lobes, mittens, loose layers, wool or wool-blend socks, and boots. Remove wet clothes and shoes quickly as they are the biggest factors in frostbite.
Children’s Snowmobile Safety
Recommendations from: The Canadian Pediatric Society
• Every rider must use a snowmobile helmet on every trip.
• Children under the age of 16 should not drive a snowmobile.
• Children under age six should not ride as passengers on snowmobiles.
• Avoid 'kid-sized' snowmobiles despite their smaller size. They are still not safe for children's use.
• Snowmobile drivers should receive instruction in the safe operation of their machine by an instructor. Contact your provincial or local snowmobile association.
• Never tow a person behind a snowmobile.
Healthy Relationships
Five necessary qualities for a Healthy Relationship are: Safety, Honesty, Acceptance, Respect, and Enjoyment.
The opposite is an abusive relationship. These revolve around control, fear, and lack of respect.
For more information on what a healthy relationship looks like, click here. (
If you suspect your child is in an abusive relationship talk to them as soon as you have concerns, or encourage them to talk to someone else.
School Immunization Clinics
Northwestern Health Unit will be holding school immunization clinics to update 4-6 year olds. Two immunization boosters will be given to protect for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio and Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox). If your child is due for an immunization, consent forms will be sent home to parents. For more information contact your local health unit office.
Washing your hands is important
We all can play a role in preventing infections. Hand washing is considered the most important and effective infection prevention and control measure. Illness is responsible for millions of lost school days each year. If we all do our part, we are protecting each other and reducing the risk of infections spreading.
Sun Safety
Did you know that you can get a sunburn in the winter? When you are outside during the winter months, it is important to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. It’s important to protect your eyes, too, with sunglasses or goggles that have 100% UV protection.
 New! The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP)
Starting this month, elementary students will be receiving fruits and vegetables in their classroom! The program is a partnership with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Each child will receive 2 servings per week of a variety of produce (mostly fresh, and, when possible, Ontario grown). The NFVP runs from January – June each year.