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Supporting Learning about Mental Health in Elementary Health and Physical Education Webinar

Thursday, February 27, 2020
In January, Ophea hosted two new webinars (one in English and one in French) with a specific focus on understanding Mental Health as a health topic in the 2019 Ontario Elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum.  With the goal of enhancing teacher confidence, the webinar...

January Feature Healthy School: General Crerar Public School

Thursday, January 30, 2020
We are excited to have 317 registered Healthy Schools, representing 50 Ontario school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2019/20 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List.  Every month until June...

Exploring Social-Emotional Learning Skills in Health and Physical Education Webinar

Monday, January 6, 2020
In November, Ophea hosted a webinar to explore Strand A: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills within the 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum and share examples of how these skills can be taught and assessed in Grades 1 through 8. We would like to thank our co-...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Medical Cannabis

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
We have received multiple questions on the evidence behind medical cannabis, so have broadened the scope of this month’s issue to provide you with some answers. Read on to learn more about medical cannabis, how to approach and support conversations with students or other teachers, and resources...

Beginning the Discussion: An Overview of the 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Thursday, November 21, 2019
With the recent release of the 2019 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) elementary curriculum, Ophea is committed to supporting educators through providing professional learning opportunities throughout the 2019/2020 school year. In October, we hosted English and French webinars to support...

Get Girls Active with FitSpirit

Thursday, November 14, 2019
FitSpirit motivates grade 7-12 girls in Ontario schools to become physically active and inspires them to stay active throughout their lives. Ophea is partnering with FitSpirit to promote the FitSpirit program to schools in Ontario. We all believe that all kids have the right to enjoy the lifelong...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: What is Vaping?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
What do teachers need to know to support discussions with other teachers, discussions between teachers and students as well as teachers and parents, guardians and caregivers? And what do students need to know and be able to do in order to make informed decisions about Vaping?  With the recent...

A Journey through Canada’s NEW Food Guide: What Educators Need to Know

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
In September, Ophea hosted two webinars (one in English and one in French) to introduce Canada’s new food guide to educators; through identifying connections to the 2019 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) elementary curriculum and exploring teaching strategies for different grade levels. We...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Edibles

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Cannabis 101
For our October column we wanted to provide information on cannabis edibles, which will become legal this month. It’s important that educators and school staff are aware of current regulations, to be able to answer any questions students may have on edibles and integrate this information into...

10 Essential Items for your Backpack this School Year

Thursday, September 12, 2019
It’s that time of year again! So grab your backpack and fill it with essential items that will help you succeed this school year. Need some ideas to ensure nothing is forgotten and that you are prepared for anything (well, almost anything!) this year may have in store? Here is a handy list to help...