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The right fit for back to school shoes s parents, we want nothing but health and happiness for our children.We worry about getting their teeth and eyes checked, but rarely do we pay attention to their developing feet. Children’s feet are not fully formed until they’re in their late teens. Shoes that don’t fit properly can prevent natural growth, cause discomfort, adversely affect your child’s walking development and lead to health problems. When you buy new shoes for your kids, they should feel good from the moment they put them on. For athletic shoe company New Balance, being a kid doesn’t mean you have to compromise fit, comfort and support because you are not ready for adult sized footwear. Multiple width fittings, sizes, removable insoles and supportive heel counters are basic New Balance standards that help ensure proper fit and support for your kids. Whether your child’s feet are average, wide or narrow, New Balance offers the fit selection to ensure your kids have shoes to get them comfortably through a busy day.When it comes to shoes for school, there are two features to consider. First, kid’s indoor footwear for pre-school and grade school usually needs to be non-marking. The second feature most often requested by schools is velcro closures. Be sure to clarify what specific requests your child’s school may have regarding indoor footwear before you make your purchase.



Fitting Tips for Children’s Shoes • Young children’s feet can grow as much as two full sizes in one year. Make sure you have a thumb’s width of empty space at the end of the shoe beyond their longest toe to allow for growth.Your child should be able to comfortably wiggle their toes inside their shoes. • With shoes laced up, check the space between the two rows of eyelets.They should be one to two finger widths apart, and fairly parallel to each other.A distance greater than two finger widths may indicate a shoe that is too narrow.A distance less than one finger width may indicate the shoe is too wide. • Always get your kids to untie and open up the laces when putting on or taking off their shoes to prevent damage to the supportive heel counter. Get your kids in the habit of using their hands and not their feet to take off their shoes. • Avoid hand-me-down shoes. Once a shoe has formed to a child’s foot, it might not fit another child’s foot properly and could adversely affect walking development. • Have your child’s feet measured every time they get new shoes to get the correct size.Too big and it can cause blisters, too small and it can impede growth. If your child is experiencing a diagnosed foot problem, it is beneficial to get a more precise fit to their current size, not allowing a lot of extra room for growth.A shoe that is a bit big does not always provide the support needed to aid properly in recovery.

Pick and Pack chool supply shopping can be as easy as a quick email. Avoid the crowds this summer. Monk Office is once again offering their free Pick and Pack program until Sept. 11. CEO Caitlin McKenzie says Pick and Pack allows families more flexibility when it comes to shopping for their school supplies. “We know that summers are busy,” says McKenzie.“We wanted to offer a solution that lets shoppers skip the lineups and not have to worry about finding specific items on their lists, at the same time, leaving room to add some personal touches to their school kit as well.” McKenzie recently stepped into the role of CEO & President – a position her father, James, and grandfather, Ron, have each held since the family-run business was opened in 1951 – so this Back to School season is extra special.


“Ever since I was a little girl, Back to School shopping was an exciting time,” she said.“I love seeing families and students buzzing with energy and I think they’ll be delighted when they see some of the new products we have coming in this year.” Fully stocked with Vancouver Island in mind, Monk has all the products on Back to School lists, plus all the latest in must-have accessories. No more navigating the isles looking for a special binder or specific type of pen. Monk Office has already checked the school lists to ensure a one-stop-shop. Email, call or drop off your list to your closest Monk Office store, and they will do the work for you! Going on vacation? Kids at summer camp? Just let Monk know when you’ll be back, and a box filled with everything for the school will be waiting at your nearest store.


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Campus Revitalized excited to think that in a few estmont Montessori short weeks, they will move School is opening a current classes from their rooms brand new, purposely into their new home in the designed classroom building in purposefully designed spaces of September that will be the new the new building. home of all kindergarten to grade Westmont invites the entire seven students.The new classcommunity to the grand opening rooms are large, spacious and full of natural light, helping Westmont ceremony for the new classroom achieve their vision of providing a building on Tuesday, Sept. 25. As this project has been many years world-class Montessori education now and for generations to come. in the making and is the culmination of a lot of work by successive Westmont has been working generations of Westmont families toward revitalising their campus and supporters, the school is for many years.The impetus for the final push came with the 2015 particularly eager to welcome past families and students of Westmont strategic plan – to focus on the to the opening ceremonies. replacement of Westmont’s “We are so excited to have the somewhat tired classrooms with opportunity to come together as a modern purpose-built spaces community and celebrate the specifically designed to enhance the Montessori pedagogy.With the lifelong love of learning that is at the heart of our Montessori vital support and input of staff, education,” says Board President families and the community, the David Caughran. school is well on the way to completing the first new building of its revitalised campus. “We have grasped a once in a generation opportunity to create innovative new spaces where we can all gather as a community, lift our imaginations, enrich our minds, strengthen our bodies and celebrate learning,” Magnus Hanton, Head of School said. This past year at Westmont has been transformational.The new building has gone from design to Join Westmont on Tuesday, reality in a remarkably short time. While not without normal Sept. 25 to celebrate lifelong learning setbacks and complications, the and lay the foundations for a brighter project has progressed smoothly future for the community. Details at: and successfully.Westmont is truly




Discover an easier way to cook ith a busy school year approaching, local businesses are gearing up for the crazy back to school period. Local Urban Bites is no exception – they’ve worked with local suppliers and their in-house chef to bring you a selection of the very best and tastiest seasonally-inspired recipes, so you don’t need to worry about meal planning this fall. Local Urban Bites is locally owned and operated and has been in business for the past two years.They are Victoria’s only meal-kit delivery service.They pre-portion fresh, local ingredients for you to combine into delicious restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home. Local Urban Bites works with local suppliers such as The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer,


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Education at Children’s Hospice he Canuck Place schoolroom provides a vital sense of normalcy and outlet for creative expression during difficult times. For children and families staying at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, life can feel chaotic and overwhelming. One of the comforts offered by Canuck Place is access to education with a bright, colourful schoolroom where Kay Lever, the full-time teacher at Canuck Place, provides specialized lesson plans from preschool through to grade 12. For the children on the Canuck Place program and their siblings, the schoolroom provides a sense of normalcy


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and routine, and complements the care and support they receive at hospice.This allows children to stay on top of their curriculum from their community school and provides an outlet for expression. “My focus is always on

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Saanich Schools — Opening the Door to Opportunity Our schools, like our world, have changed over the years – today Saanich schools have opened new doors of learning not possible just a few short years ago. Our innovative learning opportunities of new courses, programs and academies engage the learner like never before allowing them to follow an incredible array of new interests and passions. Our students are actively engaged in the new curriculum, assisted with new technology and tools that make learning fun, relevant and future focussed. The future is being taught today in Saanich public schools.


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Mount Doug: Grade 9’s meet in Gym, 9:30 am - 11:30 am Grades 10 and 11 meet in Gym, 12 pm - 1 pm Grade 12’s meet in homerooms, 12 pm - 1 pm Oak Bay: Grade 9’s meet in Teachers Advisory, 10:30 am - 12 pm Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in Teachers Advisory, 9:30 am - 10 am Reynolds: Grade 9’s meet in Gym, 9:30 am - 11 am Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in Gym, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Spectrum: Grade 9’s meet in old Gym, 9:45 am - 11:15 am Grades 10, 11, 12 report to Teachers Advisory, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Vic High: Grade 9’s meet in Auditorium, 10:30 am, then report to homeroom, dismissal at 1:30 pm Grades 10, 11, 12 report to homeroom, 9:30 am - 10:15 am SJ Willis Alternative Programs: 9:00 am - 2:15 pm on Friday, September 7

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