Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2016

Change is inevitable and it's happening here in our Healthy Schools Department.  Andrea Willis has been an amazing leader for our programs over the past few years, although we are sad to see her move to Jeffco we thank her and wish her only the best. DCSD's Health and Wellness Department is committed to the growth and development of our Healthy Schools program which means continued support and efforts for all that you do to make your learning and working environments healthier for all!  As we move forward, do not hesitate to contact Laurie LaComb at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org at any time to help you with your Healthy Schools needs (SHIPS, KRA, Professional Development, yoga for your students, and more!).

Mark Your Calendars

Please join us for a free (subs included) training:
Implementing Healthy Celebrations, Rewards and Fundraisers Training! 

Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Times: 7:30am Breakfast, Training 8-3pm
Location: Douglas County School District: Board Room
              620 Wilcox 2nd Floor
              Castle Rock, CO 80104

This training will provide participants with practical solutions, and feature implementation guides and stellar resources for providing healthier options and environments around healthy celebrations, rewards, and/or fundraisers in schools. 

By the end of the training, participants will be able to: 
  • Articulate how healthy celebrations, rewards, and fundraisers support student learning.
  • Address obstacles for healthy celebrations, rewards, and fundraisers.
  • Identify strategies and resources for implementing healthy celebrations, rewards, and fundraisers.
RMC Health will provide up to $100 per participant to support district substitute pay. The documentation required for sub pay will be sent to participants after registration.

Credit (0.5 hour) from Adams State College is available for a fee. Information regarding this opportunity will be sent to you after the training.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This training is free to all attendees, but registration is required. 

Thank you and we hope to see you there! If you can't make it, there are 3 additional trainings in the area that you can attend on February 4th in Golden, February 29th in Center, and April 29th in Steamboat Springs.

Please join us for a free training:
Destination 201
Using the Destination Guide to create SHIPS

School health teams can move their efforts forward when they:
  • Conduct effective team meetings,
  • Build high-performing teams,
  • Use data to drive their decisions and action plans, and
  • Share their success to get others to notice and support their efforts. 
Full-day trainings will be offered for district and school health team leaders and members. Participants may attend either or both trainings. Lunch will be provided. Full substitute pay or a $100 stipend (as appropriate) and a certification of completion will be provided to those that attend the full day of training. 

Destination 201: Effective Meetings and High-Performing Teams

Participants will be able to:
  • Determine appropriate meeting agenda items
  • Describe meeting roles and responsibilities to engage participants
  • Utilize the elements of an effective meeting
  • Explain your facilitation style
  • Recognize the stages of group development
  • Explain the difference between a group and a team
  • Recognize the characteristics of operating agreements
  • Describe one idea-generating method and one decision-making method
  • Identify solutions for common team dilemmas. 

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Kremmling, CO

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016,  9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Colorado Springs, CO 

Destination 201: Data Driven Decisions and Success Stories

Participants will be able to:
  • Identify the data that indicates the SMART objective has been achieved
  • Identify action steps for how you will collect the data
  • Identify 2-3 ways to use the data you have collected
  • Identify the importance of sharing success
  • Describe the six characteristics of an effective story
  • Draft a story using the Success Story Template
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Colorado Springs, CO 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Kremmling, CO

If you have any questions, please contact Lara Peck at larap@rmc.org, (303) 867-9127 or Coreen Maas, coreenm@rmc.org(303) 867-9116

Stay in the Loop

Remember the movie The Karate Kid ?  This is a parody of that movie with the Muppets demonstrating what whole body listening is and is not.  Get your students to listen with their whole body after watching this video and have a laugh!

GoNoodle has been free to DCSD employees for years but has recently changed funding sources, as a result GoNoodle Plus costs. If you are interested in continuing GoNoodle Plus you can write a SHIP to obtain funds, ask your PTA/PTO, or ask your principal.  If you need more information, visit their website at  GoNoodle Plus for classrooms.

Healthy Schools Highlight

Through the Kaiser grant were we able to provide 88 student fitness classes with a total of 3,174 student participants at 12 schools before or after school including lacrosse, yoga, conditioning, volleyball, running clubs, basketball, intramurals, fitness fun, playground games, and hip hop. All classes were free to students! Thank you to the staff who helped coordinate and teach these classes.

Student Lead Health Team Projects

Student led health teams are doing wonderful work throughout the district. If you need any help on getting a student led health team going at your school, please contact Laurie LaComb at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org for information and assistance.

BCE Health Nuts (SLHT) has been creating Morning Energizer Videos and posting them on their school's website. Use the link to view all current available videos.


CHECK OUT these APPS!!! 

Free Meditation app for your classroom or personal use

The 360 Thinking Time Tracker App ($2.99) is an instructional timer app specifically designed for supporting students' executive function skill development. 
  It is based on the innovative clinical model of executive functioning skills known as 360 Thinking™.  
By using the app, students will have the opportunity to nurture their situational awareness, develop forethought of an end result, and organize resource materials, time and actions to complete a future task!

The app creates slices of time and time markers to represent the time needed to Get Ready and gather the materials, to Do the work and to Wrap Up and close out the task when Done. There are tones activated when the time reaches each marker. Space is provided for the student to list the materials they need to gather to Get Ready and to list their start, mid-point and end goals.


As time passes the primary color becomes more luminous to show that time has passed. Thus the timer app allows the user to look back and assess the productivity of the time they have spent so far! 

Community Partners

The weekly movement, nutrition and mindfulness tips are for parents, educators and child care providers interested in teaching kids how to lead happy, healthy productive lives. They are full of great activities and ideas for teaching kids how to be healthy – inside and out!

Check them out by clicking here.

An update on SHAPE Colorado happenings:

  • The November Journal had lots of great reflections on the October convention.  It can be accessed through the shapeco.org website.
  • The US Congress passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December which identified Health and Physical Education as part of the student’s “well-rounded” education.  Read more about the Act on the SHAPE America page: http://www.shapeamerica.org/advocacy/essa.cfm
  • Don’t forget to keep up with all that is happening in SHAPE Colorado by visiting ourFacebook page:https://www.facebook.com/SHAPEColorado/

Fundraising Opportunities

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The Colorado Health Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a new funding opportunity within our Healthy Living outcome area.

In Healthy Living, our focus is to ensure every kid in Colorado has the opportunity to eat healthy and engage in physical activity.

Funding Opportunity: Middle School Outdoor Learning Environments

This funding opportunity targets schools and communities that demonstrate a need for planning and design services, play equipment, or site improvements to increase physical activity and health.

Applicants could be any school or community that wants to develop an active play space for youth in the sixth through eighth grade age range in Colorado that:
  • Exhibit a need for help with the design and construction of an outdoor play environment
  • Demonstrate a need for new or redesigned play areas or are seeking site improvements to encourage learning and play opportunities for students
The Foundation has contracted with Three Sixty Design to provide professional planning and design services for each grantee.

To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria.
 LOI Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Grant Deadline: June 15, 2016

Get more information about this funding opportunity by contacting:

Brenda Sears

Brenda Sears

February 5th deadline for mini grants

Participation in the Billion Mile Race is free. Schools nationwide have found that adding walking and running opportunities for their students is a cost-effective approach to increasing physical activity. However, we also understand that a small injection of funds can have a massive impact for certain schools in expanding an existing an existing program or getting a new one off the ground. Recognizing this potential impact, we are offering microgrants of $500 for up to 50 schools participating in the Billion Mile Race. Link:  Grant Info

Sharing Health with Staff

Topics for Professional Development at your school: 
Use 5-10 minutes at a staff meeting for health and wellness that could include the following topics:

• Stress and Mindfulness     • PA in the classroom     • Healthy Snacks and Celebration Ideas
• Tower gardens     • Brain Breaks      • Staff Wellness opportunities in DCSD     • KRA

Healthy Recipe

Thank you for visiting our Healthy Schools Blog! If you have any ideas, classroom success stories, yummy recipes, or general health tips that others would benefit from, please share those fabulous ideas with Laurie LaComb at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org.  

Be healthy! Share being healthy with others! Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Love this quote! I ended up using it for a yoga theme for a student yoga class. I talked about how we each have a puzzle that we build onto every day with different shaped/colored pieces. These pieces are made up of people, experiences, actions, choices, etc. Then I shared the quote and asked them what color/shape they will be for someone else's puzzle...will they be bright and colorful with smooth edges or dark and dull with sharp, jagged edges? Thanks for sharing!