Mission: To provide a healthy environment that inspires a growth mindset and educates children to become active and compassionate citizens.

Vision: Students and staff will be partners in developing a growth mindset and become models for each other.

Dates to Remember:
May 2nd PPO 7 p.m.
May 3rd Cycle 2 Hiking Trip Bromont
May 4th Cycle 3 dance
May 4th 5H & 6P trip/Backbone
May 4th Grade 3 Math competition
May 11th Movie night for all cycles
May 12th Badminton Tournament 9-2:30
May 15th Governing Board 7 p.m.
May 17th Harmony& Heroes’ Band practice
May 18th Ped Day
May 22nd-24th Dental Hygienist K-Cycle 1
May 23rd General Meeting for PreSchool
May 31st Band and Choir Concert@ Emmanuel United Church 6 p.m.

School highlights:

1. School Fees*** Please pay your school fees asap. Your name will be going to collection if they are left unpaid. Our neediest families manage to pay. Please respect your fellow parents by doing your part. Unfortunately, families with unpaid fees will not be included in the year end trip.

2. Chocolate Fundraiser. Thanks to our amazing community we have managed to raise an astounding amount of money!! A special thank you to parents, Brandy Sullivan Garrou, Emma Lee Morrison, and Julie Demers who together sold 45 boxes of chocolate!!! All together we raised $8000.This money will go towards the purchase of new cafeteria tables to brighten our eating experience downstairs. If you are a parent who has not returned the money or chocolates, we ask that you do so as soon as possible.

3. Exam period is upon us once again. Please support your child with a regular sleep schedule and healthy meals during this time. An evaluation of the years’ work is underway and we want your child to have the best possible chances of success.

4. Many thanks to Laura Barr, PPO parents, and many staff members who supported the annual talent show. It is a huge undertaking to create a way to showcase our students’ artistic abilities. Thank you parents for supporting this event as 300 tickets were sold.

5. Thanks again to Laura, parents, and students for representing our school at the United in Music Festival. Our students did us proud with their good behavior and talented performances.

PPO News
Cafeteria: The school cafeteria got a makeover !! PPO funds were used to help purchase paint / chalkboard paint, supplies, new whiteboards and bins. Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make it possible. We hope that the staff and students are enjoying the new look.

May 11th Movie Night: Last movie night of the year will be a big one. All cycles are invited!
Follow the Heroes Elementary School PPO page on Facebook for updates.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Finding food recipes and healthy snacks for kids that aren’t loaded with preservatives, refined sugar and grains, and artificial colors and flavors is no easy feat. But don’t despair: Here are 9 fun, healthy snacks for kids so you can win at snack time — and even get your kids to participate along the way.
1. Greek Yogurt
While yogurt is a healthy snack, many brands marketed toward kids are loaded with sugar and other artificial additives. Instead, choose plain Greek yogurt so you can flavor and lightly sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, or fresh fruit. Another benefit of Greek yogurt? It has roughly twice the protein as non-Greek varieties to help keep kids full until lunch or dinner and helps them build strong bones.
Kids can help: Customize their yogurt with their favorite toppings and mix-ins like chopped apple and cinnamon, sliced almonds and blueberries, or honey and walnuts. But remember to watch topping portions; sugar is sugar, even when it comes from natural sources like honey and maple syrup.

2. Fruit & Veggies With Nut Butter
Nuts, a healthy source of fiber, vitamin E, unsaturated fats, and other key nutrients, make nut butters a no-brainer at snack time. The smooth, creamy consistency of peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, and walnut butter (or really any seed or nut butter) pairs well with fruits like apples, bananas, and pears as well as crunchy veggies like celery and carrots. Your little ones not feeling fruits or veggies? Whole-grain crackers work, too.
Note: When choosing nut butter, check the label to see that there’s no added sugar or other sweeteners or additives. There should be only one ingredient: The nut or seed (and maybe some salt). Nut butter will have a natural oil separation — simply stir and refrigerate.
Kids can help: Spread nut butter between crackers to make a healthier “sandwich.”
3. Chia Seed Pudding
While this pudding isn’t like the chocolate and vanilla versions you may have eaten as a kid, it still has a fun pudding-like consistency that can be customized with your child’s favorite flavors. Chia seed pudding gets its thick texture because the omega 3-rich seeds absorb 10 times their weight in liquid. Try this Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding, which has seven grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber per serving to tide kids over until mealtime.
Kids can help: Hold science class at home — mix the pudding and watch as the seeds expand.
4. Roasted Pumpkin/Squash Seeds
When kids want a savory snack, it is possible to avoid the potato chip aisle. Roasted pumpkin and squash seeds satisfy that need for crunch and contain a host of important minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Before you roast the seeds, season them with spice combinations like cinnamon and nutmeg, garlic powder and curry powder, or the tried-and-true standby, salt and pepper.
Kids can help: Coat the seeds with oil, spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer, and season them.
5. DIY Applesauce
Store-bought applesauce is crazy convenient, but nothing beats the homemade stuff. You can also cut tons of sugar and preservatives by making applesauce at home. If you’re feeling extra creative, add in other fruits like peaches and pears.
Kids can help: Wash apples and mash the cooked and cooled apples.
6. Whole-Grain Cereals
Taking your kids down the cereal aisle can be a risky move. Research shows cereals marketed to kids are placed on lower shelves (i.e. kid eye level), which means all those brightly colored boxes full of sugar and refined carbohydrates may put your parenting willpower to the test. However, there are healthier alternatives: Look for cereals made with basic ingredients (including whole grains) and void of artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings. You can even use whole-grain cereals to make healthier homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and roasted chickpeas or edamame. For a treat version, add some chocolate chips.
Kids can help: Whip up a batch of healthy trail mix with their favorite whole-grain cereal.
7. Sliced Turkey and Chicken
Sliced deli meat is one of the easiest ways to boost protein intake. Kids can either eat it on its own, rolled into whole-wheat wraps with a little mustard, or in a protein snack box with hard-boiled eggs and cubes of cheese. While deli meat is convenient, many brands include sodium and preservatives. We’re not about to suggest you roast your own bird and invest in a professional-grade deli meat slicer, but look for varieties that are nitrate-free, low-sodium, and less processed.
Kids can help: Roll chicken and turkey into wraps with slices of cheese and mustard.
8. Homemade Trail Mix
This DIY healthy snack for kids requires no cooking skills and has endless possibilities, depending on what you have on hand and what flavors you like. Grab a big bowl and mix healthy ingredients, like unsalted peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, unsalted popcorn, raisins, dried berries, unsweetened shredded coconut, dried apricots, oats, and whole-grain cereal. Divvy into small containers or bags for snack time.
Kids can help: Select ingredients from the store or the pantry and add them to their own unique mix.

9. Whole-Grain Mini Pizzas
While most pizza doesn’t fall under the healthy snack category, this happy medium has all the components of pizza — but it’s healthier: Use a fork to separate a whole-grain English muffin, top both halves with a low-sugar tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and sliced veggies, and then bake in the toaster oven.
Kids can help: Choose toppings and assemble pizzas.

Anne Stairs