Welcome to the APPLE Schools resource site. 
Please note that this site is no longer being updated. We plan to have a cleaner, more accessible resource page later in 2017. 


December 3, 2015
ECSD Parents Nutrition Handbook
This handbook provides information on the Edmonton Catholic School District Nutrition Policy, what you can do as a parent to help support it and useful tips that can be used at home. LINK

November 18, 2015

School Breakfast Program Toolkit
This AHS toolkit is a practical guide to help start or improve a school breakfast program. It can be used by all members of the school community. It includes information on:
          • how to identify the need and planning for a program 
          • types of breakfast programs; sources of funding
          • food safety and food donation considerations 
          • menu planning and healthy eating information LINK

November 3, 2015
CTV "Healthy Kids" spot on Madonna Elementary 
John Harmata, Assistant Principal at Madonna School discussing the changes he's seen since becoming an APPLE School. 

October 1, 2015
Highlight Video - Birthday Book - Walter and Gladys Hill Elementary School
David Hurley, Health Champion and Danielle Lecki, Teacher at Walter and Gladys Hill Elementary School discuss their Birthday Book initiative, the school's strategy for reducing Choose Least Often foods for birthday celebrations in classrooms. 

June 15, 2015
Highlight Videos
Highlight Video - Richard Secord School's Roadrunner Club
Kathleen Mazolf, Principal and Cailin Eaton, Teacher at École Richard Secord School discuss their Roadrunner club, an afterschool program combining homework, healthy eating and physical activity with mentorship and community partnerships.

June 5, 2015
Lessons Learned from APPLE Schools 
Over the last seven years APPLE Schools has learned a few lessons. These learnings been summarized into a handout explaining the seven lessons learned. Talk to your School Health Mentor if you would like to learn more about the full presentation.

May 25, 2015
Standing Up Against Sedentary Behaviour
This challenge will last for two weeks. A large majority of people’s sedentary behaviour occurs at the work place, so this challenge focuses on at-work sedentary behaviour only – so no need to track weekends and after work hours. Prolonged and frequent durations of sedentary behaviour has been linked to a variety of negative health outcomes. Even when adults meet the physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods can compromise one’s health. Interrupting these bouts of prolonged sedentary behaviour with a five-minute walk, an energizer or by standing at your desk, can drastically reduce the negative impacts to your health.

May 8, 2015

Tyler Smith, School Health Facilitator and Tamara Lesage, Teacher at Dr. Clark School in Fort McMurray discuss the school's Healthy Cup initiative and provide advice for other schools interested in doing it in their school. 

Different classes can submit a healthy initiative that they're doing, whether it's a day, a week, a month or a year long. Each month a winner is selected and the classroom receives the Healthy Cup trophy, which they keep in their classroom for the month. They also receive a certificate that goes up on a bulletin board with a class photo and a description of their activity. Classes can enter every month

April 7, 2015
RBC Learn to Play Grants
The Learn to Play Program grant targets children aged 2-12 and focuses on programs that teach children fundamental movement skills. There is a $1000-10,000 grant and a $10,001-$25,000 grant. Deadline May 8, 2015 - LINK

Published on Apr 2, 2015
St. Francis of Assisi School Highlight Video

Mark Sylvestre, Principal at St. Francis of Assisi and Christopher Drobot, Manager at Londonderry Save On Foods discuss the schools partnerships, and offer advice to help other schools develop partnerships. The school has built partnerships that have allowed them to offer daily breakfast, snack at no cost to students and a daily hot lunch to every student, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Slice of Advice for building partnerships: 

1. Show partners how a partnership benefits THEM

2. Involve your school team to find potential partnerships

3. Leave a paper trail for the team 

4. Share your partnerships with your community often

5. Spread the partnership knowledge around amongst the staff

March 31, 2015
Sample Action Plans
Action plans are used to guide school communities towards a comprehensive school health model. Action plans look different in every school community and reflect the health priority areas of every school community. Below are action plans from four school communities for examples of what could be included in action plans. LINK

March 23, 2015
Lesson Plan Builder
Build your own physical literacy program with Active for Life's Lesson Plan Builder. Choose an age group, the skills you want to develop, and the activities you want to use and Active for Life will give you a PDF you can take right into the classroom, gym, or playground. These activities include demonstrations, are child-focused, fun and guaranteed to get children laughing while they develop important fundamental movement skills. LINK

March 23, 2015
Elephant in The Room
Elephant in the Room is a web-based resource site aimed to "stamp out the stigma" of mental health. The website includes resources for divisions 1-4, in addition to school wide activities, announcements, videos and community events. LINK 

March 19, 2015
Request Letter for Apples Template 
This sample letter can be used to ask for donations or discounts for apples in your school community. This letter is modifiable and should be placed on school letter head. LINK

March 16, 2015 
Jumpstart Funding
You've seen the logo and donation cups at Canadian Tire, but did you know that Jumpstart can financially support kids in need to get involved in sports? No kid should be left on the sidelines but in Canada 1 in 3 families cannot afford to enroll their kids in organized sports. Who's it for? Kids who want to get active. Kids who want to learn a new sport or activity. Kids who want to keep up with a sport or activity they already enjoy. But these kids just need a little extra financial help to get their name on the roster. Kids aged 4 to 18 from families in financial need can receive funding to help with registration fees, equipment and/or transportation. LINK

March 13, 2015
OPHEA First Nations Inspired DPA
The free online resource was developed in consultation with First Nations educators to get children and youth active, improve their self-esteem, increase their readiness to learn, and create a healthier school or community environment while infusing the FNMI culture. This resource includes:
  - 30 activity cards and related support materials that incorporate First Nations culture and traditions
  - Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide
  - Easy access to all materials online (downloadable as PDFs)
Open the LINK

March 13, 2015
Alberta Health Processes to Create Action Plans
Alberta Health Services has several processes to help prepare, create a shared vision and celebrate healthy school communities. Check out their comprehensive school health processes for more ideas for creating a healthy school community. Open LINK

February 27, 2015
Jean Vanier Highlight Video 
School Health Facilitator Annalise Howe, Principal Don Marceau and Assistant Principal Bonnie-Lynne Boehm talk about Jean Vanier School's Active Assemblies. Jean Vanier is a K-4 APPLE School and in September of 2014 they changed their Monday morning assemblies to always include an activity. 

February 27, 2015
Fundraising Letter Template
This template for a funding request can be used by schools to ask service groups, businesses, individuals etc for donations. Be sure to update the letter with personal information and stories that are relevant to your school community before sending it out. LINK

Sample Thank you Letter
This template for a thank you letter can be used by schools to thank organizations and/or individuals for donations to help provide apples in schools. Be sure to update the letter with personal information and stories that are relevant to your school community before sending it out. LINK

February 12, 2015
Fish out of Water
Fish Out of Water is an informal process to use with staff to ensure all students have positive adult role models while at school. The activity stresses the importance of building relationships with students and having students feel connected to their learning environment. Find this on the Other Mental Health Resources page. Open as a PDF

February 9, 2015
https://sites.google.com/site/appleschools2014/highlightvideosBrightview Highlight Video
Erin Whelen from Brightview School in Edmonton talks about her school's healthy reward system called Kids in the Kitchen. Along with her parent volunteer Dayna Sicinski they work with students once per month who have been recommended by their teachers due to their positive behaviours and leadership in and out of the classroom. 

Two groups of 4 students work together to make a healthy recipe. They make enough for the entire student body to do a taste test of the healthy recipe as part of the school's morning snack program. Set up for the program cost approximately $200. The recipes cost about $100/month, which feeds the whole school. Time commitments are about 90 minutes per month. Funding for this program is provided by the Mayfield Rotary Club. 

January 20, 2015
We're exciting to introduce the new Video Highlights section (in the side bar under Comprehensive School Health) on the Resource Site. Each video will have it's own page. We'll offer additional info on this page, such as contact information for the interviewed Facilitator/Champion and links to the full documents used on the resource site. Because this site is private, you'll be able to find more info about each highlighted project than on the YouTube page. Most importantly, this is a place where you can collaborate, comment and ask questions about the school.

Friday, November 28, 2014
https://sites.google.com/site/appleschools2014/highlightvideosSakaw School Highlight
APPLE Schools has started a new sharing initiative. Over the course of the year we will be highlighting different initiatives that exemplify APPLE Schools. Below is our first video. Congratulations to Sakaw School in Edmonton for their fine work in student leadership! Thanks to Jordan and the G4s for making this video possible. 

October 28, 2014
What is APPLE Schools? 
You'll find hundreds of events and activities to help you and your school increase and improve healthy behaviours in your school community. We've moved the APPLE Schools calendar. There are many activity and nutrition-based events with links within the calendar. Click to view the APPLE Schools Calendar

APPLE Schools Overview
The backgrounder has approved words and a lot of information regarding APPLE Schools research. Feel free to share with media, your school community or any community contacts you may have. Updated July, 2014.  
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