Commit to Character: Caring

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we highlight ‘caring’.

Caring: We show kindness towards each other

Some examples of how we can be caring:

  • treat people with kindness and generosity
  • help those in need
  • be sensitive to the feelings of others
  • don’t be mean/hurtful
  • think about how your actions will affect others
  • be polite
  • apologize when you need to

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop caring include:

  • brainstorm about “Random Acts of Kindness” and discuss how they affect other people and yourself personally
  • select someone who has demonstrated caring towards you and write a letter of thanks and recognition to that person

“We should behave to our friends as we wish our friends to behave to us.” – Aristotle

Learn more about character education in the SCDSB. 

Dabble: What’s in your lunch bag?

What's in your lunch bag?Children are going back to school next week and that means a return to the daily routine of packing lunches.

To help spark some lunch ideas we asked members of the Communications Team to bring in a lunch that they’d send with their child. There was only one rule: it had to be made with items we had on hand. Here’s what we came up with:

Lunch one:IMG_2387_web

  • yogurt drink
  • ham and cheese
  • crackers
  • grapes
  • carrots
  • popcorn
  • cheese grits tots (learn to make these yummy bites of deliciousness)

Lunch two:IMG_2391_web

  • granola bar
  • apple
  • grapes
  • crackers
  • yogurt
  • bean salad (make this salad by combining a bean mix or chickpeas with tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper and lemon juice)

Lunch three:IMG_2399_web

  • turkey, lettuce, cucumber and mayo wrap
  • crackers and cheese
  • yogurt
  • strawberries
  • carrots and tzatziki dip

Additional tips:

  1. Pack a reusable water bottle. This is a great alternative to sugary drinks.
  2. Pack enough food to last 2 nutrition breaks.
  3. Practice opening and closing food containers.
  4. Label your child’s belongings including lunch bag, water bottle and food containers.
  5. Pack a waste-free lunch by letting nature wrap your food for you! Oranges, bananas, apples and hard-boiled eggs all come in their own handy packaging.

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out 6 healthy school lunch ideas your kids will actually eat, Earth-conscious + health-conscious lunch ideas and tips for packing a waste-free lunch.

~ Jamie Campbell, Communications Officer, SCDSB

Dabble: ‘First day of school’ sign

Create a reusable chalk board sign to mark the first day of school!


Here’s what you need:

  • chalkboard
  • chalk
  • paint (optional)


  1. Prepare your chalkboard. If the frame on your board is plain (like ours), let your child paint it. Have them refresh the board each year by redecorating it.
  2. Write on your chalkboard. Here are some headings to consider including on your sign:
    • ____’s (name) first day of ____ (grade)
    • #SCDSBfirstday
    • Date
    • I am ___ years old
    • When I grow up I want to be a ____
    • My favourite colour is ____
  3. Have your child hold the sign for a photo on their first day of school. Don’t forget to share it with us on Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools), Facebook and Instagram (/SCDSB) using #SCDSBfirstday for your chance to win a SCDSB prize pack!


If you’d rather skip the chalkboard, we’ve created a printable sign template for your child to colour in before the first day!


~ Jamie Campbell, Communications Officer, SCDSB

Kindergarten: what your child needs on the first day

Summer has just begun, but many parents of soon-to-be Junior Kindergarten students are beginning to think about the first day of school. Here are some ideas on what to purchase and pack, and what you can do now with your child to get ready for the big day!

If your child is turning four in 2016 and you haven’t registered them for school yet, visit and watch our Kindergarten in the SCDSB video.

Infographic identifying tips and ideas for preparing for Kindergarten


10 things to do with your kids this summer

Summer is in full swing, but many kids are already complaining about being bored. Here are our top 10 ideas of things to do that are local, low cost (or free!) and lots of fun!

Word "Top 10'' written by a chalk on a blackboard

  1. Read, read, read. Try non-fiction, comic books or magazines.
  2. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy our amazing provincial parks.
  3. Libraries are not just about books anymore! Local libraries offer 3D printers, maker spaces, Lego programs, movies and special events.
  4. Cool off with a swim at a local rec centre or YMCA.
  5. Bike or walk to the store to pick up a few groceries. Kids can help make the list and learn about money.
  6. Have kids keep a journal or draw pictures of what they do each day. It’s a nice memento at the end of the summer.
  7. Check out a splash pad or park that’s not in your local neighbourhood.
  8. Set up a tent in your backyard and sleep under the stars. S’mores are a must.
  9. Go raspberry or blueberry picking, or explore a local farmer’s market.
  10. Be bored. It’s good to do nothing sometimes.

Enjoy your summer!