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Spring Break
2021 Spring Break Camps

Reading Time: 3 minutes Spring Break is creeping up, for me, it feels faster than expected. What have you...

virtual music
Virtual Music Opportunities to Keep Your Child Learning

Reading Time: 7 minutes Music education has numerous benefits for students, including establishing stronger social skills, increased confidence, and improved academics due to involved brain function. With all of these benefits and more stemming from music, there is no doubt that you should include music education within your child’s online studies. Here are some easy ways to be sure to keep music education incorporated in virtual learning.

climate change
Exciting Climate Change Education

Reading Time: 3 minutes This Earth Day, it will be easier than ever to arm the next generation of youth climate activists with facts and give them hope with the new and free online Climate Restoration Course. This course, created by the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR), is specially designed by teachers for students in grades 3-5. Start the course here.

HelloFresh
Dinner is almost ready!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Enter our contest to win a box from HelloFresh which includes up to 4 meals! The contest closes Sunday at 11pm!

Arts Umbrella
Arts Umbrella's amazing new space unveiled

Reading Time: 3 minutes A model for arts education across North America, the new facility significantly expands Arts Umbrella’s capacity to provide transformative experiences for young people in Metro Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world. Arts Umbrella serves 24,000 young people annually, and, within the next three to five years, the new building is expected to support 15,000 children and youth
every year through tuition-based programs and performances, as well as community programs, distance learning, bursaries, and scholarships.

R2R
Enter tonight!

Reading Time: < 1 minute There is still time to enter to win 1 of 2 passes to the Reel to Real Film Festival for Youth running April 14-23. The contest ends at 11pm tonight so get your entry in now.

film
Reel to Real Film Festival for Youth April 14-23

Reading Time: 2 minutes Held from April 14-23, this year's Reel to Real Film Festival for Youth is online and available across British Columbia! The line-up of Feature films champion diversity and inclusivity and address the impact of social media, racism, and discrimination.

tks
Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver - Deadline: April 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes We just learned about an incredible extracurricular program for high school students and wanted to share it with parents in Vancouver. The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month innovation program for students ages 13-17 who want to solve the world’s biggest problems. The program is modeled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. They’ve also been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

Spring
Spring has officially sprung!

Reading Time: < 1 minute BCParent hopes you enjoy our digital issue to keep you and connected while distanced. In it you will find some tips on how a chiropractor can help all members of your family, how to help your children read a little more, and how to keep them happily going to school for the last couple of months!

screen time
Avoid Villainizing Screen Time in Your Household

Reading Time: 4 minutes Technology is here to stay and will prove to be one of the most important tools in your child’s life. Parents must be careful not to villainize technology. By painting excessive screen time in a negative light or punishing your child for spending too much time on their device, this does not deter them away from using technology. Instead, this villainization eventually transfers to them in the form of guilt and shame.

Recipes
Your families most cherished recipes

Reading Time: 3 minutes FamilyCookbookProject.com has brought us a way to create a printed personal recipe cookbook filled with your own recipes. Now you can put your favourites from Grandma, other cookbooks, magazines, and the Internet all in one place. Narrow down the huge collection of recipes you don't look at to just the ones you love.

spring clean
Amazing Spring Cleaning - Ready, Set, Refresh

Reading Time: 5 minutes As any parent can tell you, kids are the first to embrace bright colours and creative spaces. Their joie de vivre can help lead the way in imaginative bedroom design. All it takes are a few new upgrades, accents, or accessories for the ultimate kid’s room refresh.

Boy counting money
How to Instill a Positive Attitude Towards Money in Your Kids

Reading Time: 3 minutes Financial psychologist Bradley Klontz and his partner Sonya Britt believe the answer to that question is as complicated as we are. They say that the way we respond to money and the world around us is shaped by the generational forces of our family, culture, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Healthy
3 Healthy Alternatives

Reading Time: 4 minutes In light of the current environment i.e. dare I say it, the new "C" - COVID, health is definitely a top priority. We have a few ways to integrate more healthy food that is easy, tasty, and the picky eaters may not even notice the extra dose of vegetables or healthy ingredients. Typically people want to do one, or maybe all, of the following - eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, or eat less meat. Here are some great companies that will help you meet these goals and get back on track for your 2021 goals.

Spring Break
Spring Break is coming fast!

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are now just over 5 weeks from Spring Break 2021. The usual routines have...

Pear Tree
Pear Tree Elementary expands to include middle school!

Reading Time: 4 minutes In September 2021, Pear Tree Elementary will expand the school to include a Middle School Wing for students up to Grade 9, as part of their longer-term expansion to offer up to grade 12 in the coming years.

dry hands
5 Tips to Treat Your Children's Dry Hands This Winter

Reading Time: 5 minutes If your children are suffering from dry hands that are itchy, red, and starting to crack then you need to take action right away to prevent them from getting any worse. Here are some tips to help you treat your children’s dry hands this Winter.

smartphones
Crazy talk. Or, is it? SmartPhones, Cigarettes, and Our Children

Reading Time: 8 minutes Smartphones are causing negative health effects. We even have a medical diagnosis for smartphone addiction (it’s Nomophobia, by the way). Look for yourself-you don’t have to dig very deep to find it. We have developed difficulties with sleeping, anxiety, compulsive web surfing, loneliness, depression, even vision and balance disturbances.

transmission
Excellent update from VCH - Low COVID-19 transmission in schools

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since schools reopened in September, VCH has not recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children relative to other groups. Those aged 5-17 years of age accounted for 6 per cent of VCH’s COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, despite representing 10 per cent of VCH’s population. Evidence shows children are less likely to get infected with COVID-19, and less likely to experience severe symptoms if infected.

restrictions
BC restrictions extended until Feb 5, 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all events and social gatherings are suspended until Feb 5, 2021. Here are some ways to fill the time.

pandemic
5 Helpful Steps and Tools to Care for Your Kids as They Navigate School During a Pandemic

Reading Time: 6 minutes The holidays are over, and we're back to the usual routine. Amidst the second wave of the pandemic, here are some tips and reminders from Dr. Salima Abdulla about how to stay in good health throughout the rest of the school year.

physical activities
Physical Activity for Children and Youth this Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Children are experiencing lower physical activity levels, less outside time, and higher sedentary behaviour, including screen time, during the outbreak. Kids need to move more, now more than ever. 

Christmas Event
6 Exciting Christmas events to enjoy with your family

Reading Time: 3 minutes Christmas is different, but it's still on! Here are a few Christmas events that have adjusted to make sure families can still enjoy them in a physically distanced way!

stocking stuffers
9 Stocking Stuffers

Reading Time: 4 minutes I don’t know about you, but I’ve had the primary Christmas shopping done for ages....

Covid - waiting for dad
An Inspiring Parent's Story: Covid and family

Reading Time: 5 minutes When we first began hearing about Covid in early 2020, it barely registered. Like many parents, having my kids at home, working full time and trying to keep sane has been a lot to handle. But I’m proud of how we’ve managed and, when I reflect on these past months, I realize we’ve found the good in the situation and I’ve found some of the strategies from my professional life have translated to managing my family life.

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