Poster Campaign to Promote Wellness in Waterloo Region and the WRDSB School Community – Nov 18

The WRDSB has partnered with the WCDSB (Catholic Board), Lutherwood, KW Counselling and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHC) to create a poster or series of posters that promote mental well- being. These posters will be displayed in elementary and secondary schools in our Region, as well as in social service organizations and potentially common community places.

Invitation to Design a Poster

We are inviting students to design a poster that promotes the following messages:

  • Positive mental health and well-being apply to all of us (messages that are applicable to all students from JK-Grade 12)
  • Talking about mental health and getting help breaks down barriers and stigma re: mental illness
  • If a student is in crisis, contact Here 24/7 at 1 844 437 3247 or the Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868
  • The following apps can be incorporated into the poster: BeSafe, MindyourMind, Always There, MindShift, Virtual Hope Box but we can also add these to a bottom banner.

Please use images/concepts that will not be soon outdated, and use images, colours, graphics that are bold and catch one’s attention.

Please submit your artwork by November 18, 2016 to the WRDSB Mental Health Lead

Contact Barbara Ward at 519.570.0003 x 4558 if there are any questions.

Submissions can either be in hard or electronic copy, whatever the original is in. Your school Administrator can help provide access to scanners and inter-office Board mail service if needed.

Frogs are Green Art Contest – Dec 15, 2016


Calling all children, ages 3-17!

Enter your best artwork into our 7th Annual Frogs Are Green International Kids Art Contest!

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as: (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D; Most Unusual; Best Environmental; Best Black and White. Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016 and the winners will be announced by January 15, 2017. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Greenpermission to use your artwork. Credit to artist will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): Our new custom designed “Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass strawand a complete set of our 5 coloring books (3 Volumes of Frog Art & 2 Volumes of Rainforest Art)!

       Contest theme: FROGS and BUGS!

Your artwork can be about frogs, amphibians, bugs, insects, rainforests, climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment.

Learn about where frogs live: streams, ponds, woods, cloud forests, rainforests… we have posted a few articles to guide you:

Learning about Frogs and Bugs

We’re looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, or whatever format helps you express yourself.

For instructions on how to enter, please visit the contest website.

Nov 14, 2016: Space Foundation Student Art Contest



For ages 3-18.  From the contest website:

The Space Foundation is seeking talented, creative student artists from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, to enter its seventh annual International Student Art Contest. Children may draw, paint or create a digital mixed media image for the 2017 contest theme “Space Through My Eyes…”

The deadline to submit entries is noon universal time (12:00 UTC), Nov. 14, 2016, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. Homeschool students are also invited to participate.

Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in January 2017. The 2016 contest featured 3,883 entries from 40 countries and 38 U.S. states.

The 2017 International Student Art Contest is co-sponsored by Eagle Eyes®, makers of advanced optical technologies. Eagle Eyes is also a Lifetime Space Certification program partner and 2010 Space Technology Hall of Fame Inductee.

Awards and Categories

The Space Foundation will award a total of 25 winners — first, second and third place for each age category and a Space Foundation Achievement Award.

Acceptable Artwork Media/Format

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed media
  • Digital art 

Eight Age Categories

  • 3 – 4 years
  • 5 – 6 years
  • 7 – 8 years
  • 9 – 10 years
  • 11 – 12 years
  • 13 – 14 years
  • 15 – 16 years
  • 17 – 18 years 

Prizes and Exposure

  • All winners receive an art kit, Eagle Eyes® sunglasses, ribbon and a certificate
  • Winning entries will be displayed on the Space Foundation website, social media and at the 33rd Space Symposium, where space professionals from around the world will have viewing opportunities
  • Winning artwork will later be displayed at the Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • All winners receive international exposure – digital images of past winners’ artwork have been sent to the International Space Station

How to Enter
All artwork will be submitted electronically at by a teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. For general contest questions, contact the Space Foundation at Due to the high volume of entries and limited resources, we are unable to contact each participant regarding contest status and winners. Please watch for details and announcements.

Get To Know Art Competition (Canada Only)

You can enter one or more of the five categories: Art, Writing, Photos, Video, and Music

From the Get to Know (Canada) website:

1. General

These are the official rules and regulations for the Get to Know Contest in Canada. (Please note that the Contest rules in the United States are different).

  • Open to Canadian residents 19 and under
  • Eligible entrants under the age of 18 must disclose the name and address of at least one adult representative who has agreed to assume contest responsibility for the under-age-18 entrant
  • No purchase is necessary
  • Entries must be received by no later than 11:59 PM PT on November 1, 2016.
  • You may enter as many categories as you want!

2. Prizes

Be sure to check out the Contest Categories Page to learn more about category specific prizes that you can also win!

3. Originality and plagiarism policy

All entries must be original, and must not be a copy of any existing work. Whether you intend to or not, claiming that someone else’s work is your own (“plagiarism”) is a serious violation of copyright law. Plagiarism and forgery can result in criminal sanctions, fines and civil damages. You must be very careful to make sure that your creation(s) is original and cannot be considered the work of others. Be creative! Get outdoors and experience nature and share your experience with us through art.

The best way to be sure your art is an original is to get outside! We strongly encourage all entrants to go outdoors and experience nature for themselves. Get outside and observe your wild neighbours in their natural environment; make sketches, have a photo/video shoot in the best possible setting, get wild inspiration for your poetry or music. This contest is all about having fun and spending creative time outdoors. So get out there and share your experience through art.

4. Entrant Agreement

By submitting an entry, the entrant (if over the age of majority in his/her home province) or the entrant’s adult representative (if entrant is under the age of majority):

  • Certifies that the entry submitted is entirely original.
  • Takes any and all legal responsibility for breaches of copyright caused by plagiarism.
  • Grants Get to Know a license to reproduce the submitted work, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including research, on the internet, in print publications and/or in any other medium without compensation of any kind and to publish the entrant’s name, age, and home city/province in conjunction with the work.
  • Authorizes persons accessing or any affiliated websites to view, download and print the work for personal and classroom educational purposes.
  • If the entrant is under the age of majority, the adult representative assumes all liability for the entrant and indemnifies Get to Know and Rotary International in respect of all matters related to the entry.

5. Judging and Administration

For the art, writing and photography categories, 12 winning entries are chosen from the following age groups:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 4
  • Grades 5 to 7
  • Grades 8 to 10
  • Grades 11 to 12

12 Honourable mentions will be selected in the art category from the age groups above.

For the video and music categories, a total of 6 winning entries will be chosen per category.

For more information and to enter, visit the contest page. 

TIFF Elementary and High School Programs 2016/17

tiff-programsTIFF provides students and educators with innovative ways to explore the moving image and related technology through screenings and hands-on workshops. School Programming can be booked for classes from kindergarten through grade 12, and for groups of elementary and high school educators.


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Free ETFO Art Resource: The Heart & Art of Learning – Practical Ideas and Resources for Beginning Teachers

The Heart & Art of Learning –  Practical Ideas and Resources for Beginning Teachers





As a Beginning Teacher, you bring many gifts to your classroom. Your enthusiasm for learning and commitment to meeting the diverse needs of the students you work with are tremendous assets to your school. Our goal in writing this book is not only to provide a practical resource for the many “firsts” you will encounter, but also to encourage and enhance your personal learning journey. As we begin this journey together, please accept our sincere thanks for the difference you will be making in the lives of your students.

Co-Authors Joanne Languay is an Executive Staff member in Professional Services – Professional Development with ETFO. Her two daughters teach her about life and learning every single day. Joanne believes that every child is a world of possibilities. It is the educator’s job to discover how each student is “smart” and to build on that knowledge.

Jim Strachan has been working with (and learning from) children for 27 years as a social worker, classroom teacher of grades 2 to 8, and instructional leader. For the past seven years, he has been the Program Coordinator: Beginning Teachers in the Toronto District School Board (his dream job). By modelling caring, compassion, co-operation and humour, Jim believes we can contribute to the success of all children. Jim starts each day in his kayak watching the sun rise over Lake Ontario.