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Spirit Update #16

Bell Let’s Talk Week at St. Nicholas – Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2018

The Healthy Schools Committee at St. Nicholas has been meeting and gathering information from students, staff and parents to develop an action plan for our school. The results from our information gathering have lead us to develop a plan that focuses on promoting positive mental health.  We will be using Bell’s Let’s Talk week as an opportunity to highlight that focus.

During the week classes will be:

Monday – Going for a walk outdoors.

Tuesday Answering the question – What does positive mental health look like to you?

Wednesday – Bell Let’s Talk Day. Look for tweets of our students modelling activities to promote positive mental health.

Thursday – Participating in whole school meditation.

Friday Taking time to reflect on the week.

February FitBit – Five Great Ideas for Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Why are healthy celebrations important?

Special occasions often include less healthy food and beverages. Celebrating with nutritious food promotes the messages that our children learn about healthy eating in the classroom. Healthy celebrations show kids how to have fun while celebrating special occasions and are an opportunity for children to learn new food skills.

Here are a few ideas to try this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Repurpose the heart-shaped cookie cutter

Create fun and festive heart-shaped sandwiches, fruit, cheese, or cucumbers. For an extra special treat, use different types of heart shaped fruit to make a cupid’s arrow or rainbow themed fruit kebab!

  1. Create pun-tastic fruit valentines

Get ready to peel the love this Valentine’s Day! Send a piece of fruit with a clever tag-line. Try these or make up your own: “You are the apple of my eye”; “Orange you glad we are friends?”; “I’m bananas for you!”; “You are ‘pear-fect’!”; “You’re berry special”; or “You are sweet.”

  1. Celebrate with red and pink vegetables and fruit!

Choose tomatoes, red peppers, apples, beets, radishes, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, cherries or pomegranate for a vibrant red and pink theme that is packed with nutrients.

  1. Choose non-food items to share with your valentines

Show your classmates your appreciation with hand written valentines, or fun themed pencils, stickers, lip balms, glow sticks, bouncy balls or small toys.

  1. Focus on fun instead of food

There are so many fun and healthy ways to celebrate. Check out for great classroom celebration ideas. Your class or school can even earn a badge and a place in the brightbites Hall of Fame!

Valentine’s Banana Split

Preparation time: 5 minutes                                       Makes: One banana split


  • 1 small banana
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 Strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa


  1. Wash strawberries and pat dry. Cut a ‘V’ in the top of each strawberry to remove the hull, then slice strawberries to resemble hearts (with the ‘V’-shape at the top of each slice).
  2. Cut a banana in half lengthwise and place in a bowl or dish.
  3. Spoon Greek yogurt onto the banana, top with strawberry hearts and sprinkle with cocoa (or sliced almonds, if desired).

This recipe meets the criteria for Maximum Nutritional Value.

Recipe adapted from

Traffic Flow at St. Nicholas CES

Thank you to all the families who have been walking their children to and from school, as well as those that use alternative streets to drop off and pick up their children. Everyone is reminded that you are only to use the school parking lot if you need to come into the school. Please remember that our student safety is a joint responsibility.

With the wintry weather, remember to allow extra time in your morning for those extra layers and potential traffic delays. Our traffic flow map is listed under About Us on our school website.