DGH community, our grade 6 to 8 students will enjoy a Valentines’ Dance on February 14th during the 3rd Block (1:50 pm to 3:15 pm). Our last dance, the Christmas Dance, was missed due to a snow day, so the kids are excited! Thank you to the Student Leadership Council for organizing.
We have 2 groups skating on Thursday, February 15th. All of our skating is taking place at the Little Britain Arena.
Students in Ms. Prins’, Ms. Graham’s, Ms. Elliott’s and Ms. Knot’s classes skate during the 1st Block.
Students in Mr. Fournier’s, Ms. Anckaert’s, Ms. Phendler’s and Mrs. Burns’ classes skate during the 2nd Block.
We are asking students to pay $1 to cover the cost of skating. All students MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet (TLDSB mandated). We are provided advanced so that parents will have the time to arrange for a helmet if their child(ren) does not own one.
Thank you to the DGH Olympic Organizing Committee (and particularly Ms. Arscott for arranging this with the Little Britain arena) for setting up this fun and physically active event. Skating at the local arena and outside winter activities – it is pretty hard to beat that!
Ms. Prins has organized the Yearley overnight trip for her class for February 13th and 14th. Yearley is an outdoor activity camp operated by the TLDSB. The goal is for every TLDSB grade 6 student to attend the camp. In the case of blended grade 6/7 class, like Ms. Prins’, the grade 7s in her class have the opportunity to go again.
While at Yearley, students participate in a variety of outdoor activities, including orienteering and the always popular ecology game (where students take on the role of various animals and try to survive during the game).
The class will be leaving soon after 9:00 am on February 13th and should return in time for the afternoon bus run on the 14th.
The Yearley trip is weather dependent. Should there be a snow day on the 13th, the trip will be rescheduled to a later date.
A reminder, DGH community, that we are asking you to show Canadian Pride by wearing red and white on Friday, February 9th! Do you have clothing with “Canada” on it? Then this is the day to wear it!
Our Olympic Opening Ceremonies are on Friday February 9th and we are hoping that our gym will be red and white from the front to the back!
Show your spirit, DGH!
DGH community, please click here to find out additional information about the TLDSB’s Parent Forum where you will have the opportunity to chat with Larry Hope, our Director of Education.
The closest Parent Forum for City of Kawartha Lakes schools is at IE Weldon Secondary School and it takes places on February 27th between 10:00 and 11:00 am, and 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Other Parent Forums take place at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School on February 28th, or BMLSS (Bracebridge) on March 7th at the same times.
There is a registration link provided on the attachment that you are asked to register with.
Students in Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s, Mrs. Little’s, Ms. Armitage’s and Ms. Davis’ classes will enjoy an hour of skating on Monday, February 12th! The DGH Olympic Organizing Committee has arranged for this ice time.
We are asking each student to bring in $1 to cover the cost of the ice skating. All students MUST wear a CSA approved helmet (mandated by the TLDSB). We are giving lots of advance notice so that parents can arrange for a helmet for their child (if they don’t have one). Skating takes place during our 2nd Block.
Along with the Olympic Activities taking place on Monday, February 12th, it should be a great day for students!
DGH community, Mr. Fournier (the Senior Boys Volleyball Team coach) wanted to provide a recap of the boys’ efforts at the County Tournament.
The Intermediate Boys Volleyball team concluded their season January 29th in the County tournament which took place at Fenelon Falls Secondary School. The boys were off to a great start that day, having won their first match against Scott Young PS in the first two games. They experienced defeat against a strong Central Senior School team, meaning they had to win their next match against Mariposa ES in order to advance
to the semi-final round. The DGH players had time to prepare for the upcoming match against a team with whom they were familiar. This season, the Huskies were unable to win
a match against the Monarchs during the exhibition games leading up to the tournament. The DGH boys were motivated. After two hard-fought games, the match was tied at one game apiece. The tie-breaking game to fifteen was a nail-biter. The boys celebrated their victory after securing the final point and, therefore, a position in the semi-final round. A formidable opponent, Langton PS, defeated the DGH team, advancing to the final match against Central Senior School. The Huskies were reminded to keep their chins up and to reflect on their accomplishments that led them to that semi-final round.
As the DGH coach, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach a wonderful group of grade 7 and 8 boys, most of whom I would otherwise not have got to know. I wanted to take a brief moment to thank the players. Thank you for your hard work. You gave your best effort during practices and games.
Thank you for your “coachablility”. You showed a desire to be better players, listening respectfully and showing excellent improvement throughout the season. Thank you for your sacrifice. You gave up many recesses to attend practices.
Our Olympic Opening Ceremonies are on Friday, February 9th and to celebrate we are having our next Spirit Day: Canadian Pride! Wear Canada’s colours of white and red. If you have any clothing with “Canada” on it – then this is the day to wear it! We live in the best country in the world, so let’s show our pride!
Let’s make DGH a sea of red and white on February 9th!
Since many in our school community read this message via our school website or Facebook page, you likely already know that January was a busy month and the posts that you will soon be reading over the course of February will probably convince you that our school is about to become even busier!
You can always check previous posts to the webpage and Facebook for additional information on all of the events taking place at our school.
While I will not recap everything that took place in January, I would like to thank our volleyball teams for their efforts and their successes at the County tournaments. Our Junior Mixed team finished in the top 4 for the CKL area. The Senior Girls played several close games in the round robin portion of the tournament. While they did not qualify for the semi-finals, they nonetheless demonstrated hardwork and sportsmanship. The Senior Boys played well and made it to the semi-finals. Facing tough competition, they were unable to pull off a win to make it to the finals. DGH plays in a division containing other similarly sized schools, with a great deal of talent, so County tournaments are tough! All of our coaches commented on the outstanding representatives our students were for Dr. George Halls PS – something that we place a great deal of value on. Thank you to our coaches for their commitment over the course of the season.
February’s Upcoming Events
The first two weeks of February will see an incredible number of activities taking place at the school! It seems like there is something happening almost every day.
Our grade 7s and 8s are headed off to Horseshoe Valley for a day of tubing and cross-country skiing. Unfortunately they have to go on separate days due to a lack of availability in buses. Our grade 8s go on Monday, February 5th and our grade 7s go on Thursday, February 8th. Our thanks go to Ms. Graham for organizing this activity.
Jimmy Chapman brings back his high energy and extremely popular breakdancing sessions to DGH during February and March. He is always one of the hits of the year, with pretty much every student appreciating his talent and passion for what he teaches. Each class will have 3 sessions with Jimmy.
Our grade 3s will be participating in Swim to Survive on February 16th, 23rd and March 2nd. We thank the TLDSB for again supporting this program which is provided to students at no cost.
Ms. Graham and her Olympic Organizing Committee have Opening and Closing Ceremonies, along with activities, planned between February 9th and 16th. Staff are extremely excited about the event and its activities and we know students will be too! Keep your fingers crossed that we have lots of new and fluffy snow by then and that the weather is not too cold! This really should be an outstanding time for students! Along with this comes the opportunity for all of our students to skate at the Little Britain arena. Other than our Kindergarten students (who had separate skating dates booked already), all other classes have an hour skate booked at the arena. Please remember that all students require a CSA approved helmet.
Ms. Prins’ grade 6/7 class is headed off to Yearley on February 13th and 14th. Students will enjoy the outdoor activities!
Students continue reading and preparing for the Battle of the Books. We are really excited to have this activity back at DGH as it gives our readers the opportunity to read new, and usually great, books, not to mention get into the competitive spirit! Thank you to Ms. Elliot, Ms. Phendler and Ms. Starr for looking after this activity.
Ms. Graham’s “WE” Volleyball Intramural continues into February. Over 60 players are participating on 16 teams! Students pay a $1 to participate, with the money going to the charities supported by the Student Council. This is a great way for students to be active, develop volleyball skills and support a great cause! Like all intramurals, “WE” volleyball is all about the fun!
Ms. Graham has organized another popular activity for our grade 7s and 8s at DGH: the Horseshoe Valley trip! This is a great opportunity for our grade 7s to get outside and enjoy the winter activities of tubing and cross-country skiing.
For reasons beyond our control, the grades are going on separate days:
• all the grade 8s go on Monday, February 5th, and
• all the grade 7s (including grade 7s from Ms. Prins’ class) go on Thursday, February 8th.
This field trip is weather dependent. If it is too cold (which happened in the past few years), we are unable to go, and we do need enough snow to participate. Parents and guardians, please be sure your child dresses appropriate for the day. It never hurts to send extra clothing!
It should be a fun day! Thanks for organizing, Ms. Graham!