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                           Reaching Out
                              Outreach High School Newsletter – Healthy Interactions Newsletter

March 2009                         Admin News
                                          We have made some big gains this semester and to inform our students and
  Upcoming Events                         parents we have created a special edition newsletter to highlight these new and
                                          exciting changes at Outreach. We have initiated our Health First initiative where
    Mar. 4 Staff Meeting                 students will have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical
    Mar. 25 Parent/Teacher Interviews    activities throughout the term. We are in the process of developing our own
    TBA     WEM Trip
                                          exercise facility allowing our students access and training on a regular basis. We
                                          have also made arrangements to have weekly field trips where students can
                                          participate in swimming, climbing and participating in other activities throughout
 Contents                                 the rest of the term. For more information about the destinations of our trips see
                                          our website.
 Admin News                   1
 March Birthdays              1           Paired with the active living component, we are also providing healthy eating
                                          support and dietician instruction with our Thursday lunches. Please let the staff
 Project Overview             1           know if you are interested in attending and we will sign you up to join in and stay
 Healthy Eating               2           fit and active for a life time. I am looking forward to a fantastic semester 2 with
                                          the knowledge we are continuing to meet the needs of our Outreach family . . .
 Active Living                2
 Social Environments          2           Graham Jackson
 Curricular Connections       2
                                          Outreach High School
 Time Goals                   3
 Project Objectives           3           March Birthdays
                                          Happy Birthday to everyone whose birthday is in March!
 Eating/Environment           4           Kristi Harper            David Blackley          Kiel Knopp
 AADAC Chat                   5           Tyler Alexander          Laura Rekken            Duncan Ostergren
                                          Samantha Meng            Logan Zimmerman         Tamara Sovdi
 Student Events               6
                                          Kelby Hagen              Shandi Wells            Kaitlyn Dziwenka
 Healthy Relationships        6           Cody Houle               Margaux Robertson       Steven Sommers
 Star of Outreach             6           Dylan Quadling           Brittney Bush           Daniel Cormier
                                          Michelle Bojechko        Jeffrey Kowton          Noreen
 Schedule of Events           6
 Overdue Books/Fees           6           Project Overview
 Website Articles             7           This project incorporates the three pillars of healthy living; Active
                                          Living, Healthy Eating and Positive Environments. The school
 RAP                          8
                                          proposes to serve the needs of our students through the
 March Calendar               9           implementation of our “Health First Initiative”. The project will
 Parent Interview Form       10           schedule time into the school calendar on a weekly basis to educate,
                                          empower and support healthy living through direct instruction,
                                          encouragement and opportunity.
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Healthy Eating
Through observation, dialogue and informal
surveys the staff noted significant deficiencies in
eating patterns including; regular consumption of
fast food, empty calorie consumption, high pop
intake, lack of dietary balance and regular
ingestion of “low value” foods. The students will
be encouraged to participate by:
     Bi-weekly Dietician instruction, Thursday
        lunches (preparing food together)
     Monthly guest speakers to explain value of
        healthy eating
     Healthy eating weekly color challenge

Active Living
Our student’s are also typically less active than our partner high schools. Our students
have less opportunity and are less motivated to be involved in extracurricular sporting
programs. Our students are interested in being active but will often choose the “path of
least resistance.” We feel as a staff opportunity and modeling could deeply help to
change pervasive and unhealthy attitudes to active lifestyles. The students will be
encouraged to participate by:
     Regular weekly activity Thursday afternoons with varied fun/engaging activities
     Facilitate the family yoga/Pilates workshops at the school
     Developing an active lifestyle activity log and rewards challenge
     Include a section in our school newsletter to highlight students/provide health

Positive Social Environments
The school has worked hard to provide rich and varied experiences for our students.
We have cultivated a support and accepting culture in the school. We are hoping to
further develop and foster attitudes and actions of our students as supported by the
Active living and Healthy eating. The students will be encouraged to participate by:
     Development of a student recreation room/student lounge
     Bi-weekly field trips

Cross Curricular Connections
The staff will tie in direct connections such as in the Biology 20, Science 10/14/24
curriculum with the body and healthy living and in the new Social 10/20 curriculum
related to globalization. Staff will work to develop the deep connections found in the
Calm 20 course and relate them to our healthy initiative.

We will work to make connections with parents/stakeholders via newsletter articles,
celebrations of success, and rewards to staff and students. Staff will also participate in
the wellness challenges and model what we hope to influence in our youth.
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  The best six doctors anywhere
  And no one can deny it
  Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
  Exercise and diet.
  These six will gladly you attend
  If only you are willing
  Your mind they'll ease
  Your will they'll mend
  And charge you not a shilling.
  ~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Time Goals
By June 2009 we are hoping to have initiated:
    Regular weekly activity Thursday afternoons with varied fun/engaging activities
    Established goal setting for students to systemically adopt active practices into
      their patterns of behaviour
    Availability of equipment for activity onsite e.g. hockey sticks and basketball
    An active lifestyle activity log rewards challenge
    Bi-weekly Dietician instruction
    Regular instruction of food preparation methods
    Monthly guest speakers to explain value of healthy eating
    Input into vending machine change and material
    Healthy eating weekly color challenge
    Development of a student recreation room/student lounge
    Bulling awareness and student meetings on a regular basis
    Further consolidate school leadership through our newly formed Student
      Council to encourage the growth of our positive social environments

Specific Project Objectives:
    By June 2009, we will increase weekly student physical activity to at least 30%
       of Outreach students through participation in fieldtrips and activity challenges
       such as encouraging students and staff to walk/bike to school
    By June 2009, we will have created adequate space, and prepared and purchased
       all requested equipment for students to participate in during lunches and breaks
    By June 2009, we will have established a regular participation of 40% or more
       on our weekly field trips
    By June 2009, we will have had at least three presentations from the community
       in relation to active living
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    By June 2009, we will ensure 90% of the food options available in the school
       based on healthy practices and the Canada food guide
    By June 2009, we will have attained participation rates of at least 25% on our bi-
       weekly food prep instruction class
    By June 2009, we will have had at least three guest speakers to explain value of
       healthy eating
    By June 2009, we will have hosted at least one drinking and alcohol
       consumption forum

    By June 2009, we will have created a safe and healthy culture where 90% of our
      students feel safe and respected members of the school / community
    Track and rewarding positive behaviors of student via the Stars of Outreach to
      be participated in by 100% of the staff
    At least one presentation by our school psychologist to the staff to provide
      further strategies to meeting the behavioural and sociological needs of our coded
      / “at-risk” students
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We all know people who drink, do drugs, gamble or smoke. Substance use and/or
gambling, can affect any of us – whether we are using, or if someone we love is.

Addiction is a complex. When it is in our family, it affects all of us and can have a
lasting impact. This impact varies from person to person. If there is a member of your
family with substance use/gambling problems or if you know someone who has
substance use/gambling problems – there is help and hope for you.

Many people don’t know that AADAC is not only here for those who are interested in
quitting or reducing drinking, drug use, gambling or smoking, but also here for those
who have been IMPACTED by someone else’s substance use/gambling. Here are some
numbers that you might want for yourself, or perhaps someone you know –

   -    AHS AADAC – St. Albert – Wendy 780-460-4971 (also available at 1100 am on
        Wednesdays after the Outreach Group).
   -    AADAC 24 Hour Information Line – 1-866-332-2322
   -    AADAC – all kinds of information –
   -    Al-Anon or Al-Ateen for family members or friends affected by someone else’s alcohol
        use – 24 hour line 780-433-1818
   -    Naranon – for family members or friends impacted by someone else’s’ drug use – 780-
        952-1763 for information and/or books
   -    Gam-Anon – for friends and family impacted by someone else’s gambling 780-463-

Here are some tips for continued growth:

   1.  Remember your strengths! Use them to move yourself forward!
   2.  Focus on what is working in your life.
   3.  Make a gratitude list- everyday.
   4.  Think POSITIVELY!
   5.  Use Affirmations – “I am strong” – “I will do this”.
   6.  Have Fun.
   7.  TRUST YOURSELF – this means listen to your intuition deep down inside.
   8.  Remember that asking for help is not a weakness but strength! Collect phone
       numbers of those that are ON YOUR SIDE and those you can talk to when
       times are tough. Keep these numbers handy for when you need them. We all
       need one another sometimes – a heavy load is lighter when it is carried by more
       than one!
Until Next time

 Did You Know:
     10 million people worldwide will die by 2020 as a result of tobacco use.
     In 2002, an estimated 37,209 Canadians and 3,023 Albertans died as a result of
       tobacco use.
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Student Events
Outreach will be going on one field trip this month. The students will be going to the
WEM Galaxyland Amusement Park. In order to attend the field trip conditions have to
be met. Students will need to complete a fixed amount of work and have completed
two courses minimum.

Healthy Relationships Workshop
Marie Mansfield, the St. Albert SAIF Society’s Education Coordinator will be hosting a
Violence in Dating Relationships and Healthy Relationships Workshop February 19, 26
and March 5 at Outreach. Marie Mansfield has extensive education and experience in
this area. She believes that using violence and abuse is a choice, and as such believes
that education and awareness is crucial in reducing violence in intimate relationships.
Space will be available for approximately 10 students.

In this three session workshop, students will examine abuse in the context of dating
relationships, look into the values and beliefs that support using violence and abuse, and
explore the characteristics and dynamics of equitable and respectful relationships.
Through interactive activities including discussions, videos, and small group work,
students will gain insight into their rights and responsibilities in dating relationships.
Additionally, students will leave with an increased understanding about what they can
do if they or someone they know is experiencing abuse in their relationship.

Star of Outreach
The Star of Outreach for March is Lisa Cardinal. With her outstanding work ethic and
dedication to academic excellence, Lisa is an inspiration to both the students and the
staff. Lisa is always ready to share her wealth of knowledge and her vast assortment of
learning materials, not to mention her Christmas tree. And Lisa always takes time to
encourage and help other students. Thanks, Lisa.

Schedule of Upcoming Events
Just a reminder of the important dates for March
                                                                      Recycling one
Mar. 4      Staff Meeting – Students dismissed at 1:15
                                                                      aluminum can
Mar. 25 Parent Teacher Interviews
                                                                      saves enough
Mar. 27 Non-operational day
                                                                      energy to run
Mar. 30-Apr. 3 Spring Recess
                                                                      your TV for 3
Apr. 6      Classes resume
TBA        WEM Galaxyland Amusement Park Trip

Overdue Books and Outstanding Fees
For those students who have not already done so, school fees are now due. If you have
books you are not using return them to the school so other students may use them.
Once courses are completed and upon return of books, the book deposit will be
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Website Update
Exciting changes are in the works for the newsletter. The following articles will now be
viewed on our website: Our Community, Counsellors Corner, Character Development
and Breakfast for Learning. A preview of the article will be in the newsletter and to
read the full article you may access our website at http//

                         Our Community
                         Kids: Valentine’s Day, Friendships, and Dating
                         “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”
                                                                              Pearl Bailey
                         Valentine’s Day, It’s a day kids either love or hate. Those who
                         love it enjoy all the care, attention, and connection with others.
                         Those who dislike it can feel left out and lonely. Older
teenagers who are dating often find the holiday romantic, which can get parents worried
about how romantic it is . . .
 For more on this article go to our website and click on News and Events

                           Counsellors Corner
                           How to Improve Self Esteem
                           We all have a mental picture of who we are, how we look,
                           what we’re good at, and what our weaknesses might be. We
                           develop this picture over time, starting when we’re very
                           young kids. The term self-image is used to refer to a
                           person’s mental picture of himself or herself. A lot of our
self-image is based on interactions we have with other people and our life experiences.
This mental picture (our self-image) contributes to our self-esteem. . . .
 For more on this article go to our website and click on News and Events

                       Character Development
                        As part of our commitment to character-building education, each
                        month the staff and students of Outreach will focus on one aspect
                        of character development. For March, the students and staff of
                        Outreach will focus on the virtue of trustworthiness.
                        Trustworthiness is being honest, telling the truth, keeping
promises, and being loyal so people can trust you. Trustworthy people don’t lie, cheat
or steal. They have integrity and the moral courage to do the right thing and to stand up
for their beliefs even when it is difficult to do so.
“The glue that holds all relationships together – including the relationship between the
leader and the led – is trust, and trust is based on integrity.”
                                                                              Brian Tracy
 For more on this article go to our website and click on News and Events
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     Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
                        Apprenticeship is on-the-job training under the
                        supervision of a skilled tradesperson combined with
                        classroom training. It is an efficient and effective
                        way of providing skilled workers in the trades.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an apprenticeship program
for high school students. Students start learning and practicing their future
trade while in high school. Students gain hands-on, up-to-date training, earn
high school credits, receive a pay cheque, and accumulate hours towards their
journeyman status.

RAP students are both full-time high school students and registered                      Outreach High School
apprentices. Students can earn up to eight, 5 credit RAP courses available in         50 Sir Winston Churchill Ave
each of the 70 apprenticeship trades. A total of 100 credits are required for a             St. Albert, Alberta
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high school diploma and a RAP completion would give a student 40 of those
credits. The time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be                     Phone:
quite flexible. The student, school and employer jointly agree to a suitable                 (780) 458-0839
schedule.                                                                                         Fax:
                                                                                             (780) 418-1648
We have had students participating in RAP in the following courses: an                           E-mail:
Service Technician, a Parts Technician, a Plumber, a Transport Trailer
Mechanic, a Machinist, an Electrician, a Cook, a Sheet Metal Worker,
and an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician.

Who can enter the program? Any registered high school student is eligible to
participate in the program.
How do you sign up for RAP?
    1. Choose your trade—check out websites to explore the right trade for
        your skills, talents and abilities. (
    2. Find an employer—a journeyman or an employer who employs
        journeymen can hire you as a RAP apprentice.
    3. Complete the application/contract with your employer. When the
        application form is complete, send it to your nearest apprenticeship
        and industry training office for registration.

Contact Ruby for the application/contract for your employer. (780) 458-0839

         The first three people to answer the question and return
         this certificate to the office will receive a gift!!

                  Name __________________________

                  Phone Number ___________________

                  Which page has the shamrock on it? _____
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Interviews will take place on Wednesday, March 25 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm –
9:00pm. Please return the interview request form (one per family) to the school as soon as
possible. Bookings will be done on a first come first serve basis.
If you have any questions please call 780-458-0839. Please return this form no later than March

Name: _______________________________________________

Phone # ___________________________________

Teacher (s): ___________________________________________

Please choose your top three times for an interview and we will call you with the time

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