Students Signed Out at 2nd Nutrition Break

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If you are new to DGH or your child has reached the age where they are allowed to sign out for our 2nd Nutrition Break, some of the basic information is provided below.  A letter will be going home with students soon after school starts with more detailed information.


You can click on the link below to access the letter that was sent home or will soon be sent home.


Students Walking to Local Stores Letter


  • students will be permitted to sign out to go to the stores/restaurants or their own home for the 2nd Nutrition Break/Recess only.
  • students should NOT be travelling any further than the 4 “corners” as there are no stores or restaurants beyond this point (the only exception is if his/her home is beyond the 4 corners).  In NO case should students be playing by the river or playing around the bridge as this represents a serious safety concern.  As well, the area around the arena is out of bounds.
  • if your son/daughter is going to be allowed to sign out and visit the stores/restaurants or their own home on a regular basis (e.g., any day of the week), please provide a note stating that they will be allowed to do so.  Please include your child’s name, your name, and the date in neat and legible handwriting.  A list will be compiled from these notes and kept at the office.
  • if your son/daughter is only going to be allowed to sign out once in a while, please write a note and indicate that it is only for that day that he/she may sign out.  Your son/daughter should bring the note to the office and give to Mrs. Starr or Mrs. Taylor.

DGH is a Peanut/Tree Nut Safe School

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Click on the link below to view a copy of the letter that has been/will be sent home with students.


DGH Letterhead Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy


DGH endeavours to be a “Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School.”  We encourage all parents to NOT send food containing peanut, peanut products, or tree nuts (e.g., almonds, Brazil nuts) to school.  DGH currently has students attending the school who are highly allergic to nuts and nut products.


Should a student mistakenly/accidentally bring a food item to school that contains or has come into contact with nuts, they will be asked to place the item back in their lunch bag.  Should the student absolutely need to eat that food item, they may do so in the office.


We recognize that it can be an inconvenience not being able to send peanut butter sandwiches or products containing nuts to school; however, we would all agree that if it was our child who had a life-threatening allergy we would want everything reasonably possible done to keep him or her safe.


Should you have any questions regarding our Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School Policy, feel free to contact the school’s office.

Lockdown Practices at DGH

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DGH students will be involved in a number of “Lockdown” (Code Red) Practices throughout the year.  In a Lockdown Practice, students are taught find a safe location in which to stay while the Lockdown has been announced.  Lockdown announcements are usually announced over the school’s PA system.  A typical Lockdown announcement would be “Staff and students we have a Lockdown situation.”


A Lockdown might be announced if there was a danger in the school or local area.


The goal in practising Lockdowns is that students know exactly what to do should a Lockdown be announced.  Should your child come home and have questions or concerns regarding Lockdown practises (or his/her involvement in one) please discuss this with him/her and always feel free to contact the school if you require further information.

DGH Staff for 2018-2019

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DGH Staff for 2017-2018

Below you will find information on DGH’s current staffing for 2017-2018.  Based on our student enrolment (with the goal being the best overall possible learning environment taking student enrolment and staffing into consideration) our classrooms have been created as noted below.


DGH Staff for 2017 – 2018


Educational Assistants – Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. DeGroote, Mr. Eagleson, Mrs. Walden, Mrs. Sutherland

Office Administrative Assistants – Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Starr

Custodial Staff – Ms. van Hamburg (Head Caretaker), Mrs. Johnston (Night Custodian) and Mr. Florence (Night Custodian)

Teaching Staff

JK/SK – Mrs. McGregor and a DECE to be determined

JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott and Ms. Horton

1 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Marsh

Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Britton

Gr. 2/3 – Ms. Davis (completing an LTO for Mrs. Alexander) 

Gr. 3/4 – Mr. Fournier (completing an LTO for Mrs. Sornberger)

Gr. 4 – Ms. Anckaert (completing an LTO for Ms. Chidley)

Gr. 4/5 – Ms. Chidley

Gr. 5/6 – Mrs. Burns

Gr. 6/7 – Ms. Prins (completing an LTO for Ms. McColl)

Gr. 7 – Ms. Graham

Gr. 7/8 – Mr. Brown

Gr. 8 – Mrs. Read

Resource – Ms. Jewell (Primary) and Ms. Cayley (Junior and Intermediate)

French – Madame Ellis 

Student Services Worker – Ms. Thexton (normally at DGH every other week)

Vice-Principal – Mrs. James

Principal – Mr. Parish

Safe Arrival Line – Please Call If You Child Will Be Late or Absent

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Please remember to post the safe arrival number by your phone so you can call and leave a message should your child(ren) be absent.  When a student is late or absent and the school has not been informed, office staff go to great lengths to determine if the student is safe.  A short message on the Safe Arrival Line helps eliminate this issue.


The Safe Arrival Line is:


(this is the main line for the school – the voice box will be on before 8:15 a.m. and after 4:15 p.m.)

DGH Bell and Class Times for 2017-2018

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Parents, guardians and students, class times, nutritional and recess times at DGH are as follows:

Entry Bell 8:55 a.m.
Period 1 9:00 – 9:50
Period 2 9:50 – 10:40
First Nutrition Break 10:40 – 11:00
First Recess 11:00 – 11:25
Period 3 11:25 – 12:15
Period 4 12:15 – 1:05
Second Nutrition Break 1:05 – 1:25
Second Recess 1:25 – 1:50
Period 5 1:50 – 2:40
Period 6 2:40 – 3:30
Dismissal 3:30

The 2017-2018 School Year Starts Tomorrow!

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The temperature is beginning to cool off a bit – which means the school year begins soon!


Parents and students, the 2017-2018 school year begins TOMORROW (Tuesday, September 5th).  The DGH staff are excited for the new school year to begin.  While some students might deny it, we know that most of our students (maybe all!) are excited and happy to be back for another school year at DGH!


As was the practice last year, class lists HAVE NOT been posted on the school’s door prior to September 5th.  The TLDSB’s policy is that class lists will not be posted prior to the start of the school year for privacy reasons.  Instead, staff will be at the back of the school on September 5th (primary staff on the primary side of the building and junior/intermediate staff on the junior/intermediate side of the building) with class lists.  Staff will help students find their teacher and classroom.  Should it rain on Tuesday, the same process will be followed in the gym. 


We are looking forward to seeing all of our students and parents again!

The 2016-2017 School Year is a “Wrap”!

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While our largest congratulations naturally go to our recent grade 8 grads, we really have to congratulate all of our students at this time of the year.  Dr. George Hall PS is a wonderful place to be for the entire school community.  Our school offers students opportunities in so many different ways and almost all of our students participate one or more of these ways.


Reflecting back on the school year, perhaps the most impressive changes involve our youngest students: our Kindergarteners.  Our JK students begin the year knowing nothing about the routines which allow schools to function.  In just two short years, as they prepare to head off to grade 1, they are seasoned students!   Riding the bus, playing sports on the yard, becoming independent learners – these are abilities and skills which will allow them to be successful in future years.  Our Primary students truly come into their own in grades 1 to 3.  Ever more confident, they are willing to push their learning in new ways.  Some begin to tackle abstract learning and amaze adults with what they know and how they can explain it.  For those that have had a grade 2 or 3 explain the mysteries of multiplication, you know what an extraordinary moment that is!  Junior students, in grades 4 to 6, undergo a phenomenal metamorphosis over these 3 years.  Walking into grade 4 they are still a bit nervous and have not yet hit their growth spurt.  As they leave grade 6, they have a great deal more confidence, exhibit the personality they will likely have for the rest of their lives and many have begun to grow much, much taller!  Our Intermediates, as the oldest kids in the school, naturally take on a significant leadership role.  Many of the grade 8s are “ready” to graduate around March Break, to be honest.  They chafe at the higher degree of control which exists in elementary schools and want the “freedom” of high school (although with greater freedoms comes greater responsibilities too!).  Although being a grade 8 is difficult (many of us adults remember this stage of our lives with varying degrees of enjoyment!), it is an interesting age to teach.  They have grown ever more knowledgeable and are trying to find their place in the world which, most parents know, means a love of arguing!


To the larger DGH school community, thank you for your support over the course of this year.  We ask much of you!  Many of you contribute to the various fundraisers held by the school.  Charities supported include the Terry Fox Run, Me to We Charities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the local Food Bank.  By helping the school, you are showing the importance to our students of helping others.  Frankly, the maturity and empathy demonstrated by our students is always amazing.  You, DGH community, are the largest reason for this.  You support the school in other ways, including driving your children to the practices and games for all of our sporting events.  This is no small commitment!  Some of the sports’ seasons last 2 or months.  That is a lot of before school and after-school drop-offs and pick-ups!  Finally, your general support of the school makes a huge difference.  Whether being available for conversations with staff members, helping your child(ren) with homework or simply spending time with them – yours is the greatest influence on their lives that they will ever have.


The DGH staff wishes our entire school community a safe and enjoyable summer.  We truly hope everyone gets the opportunity to hangout as a family and spend quality time together.  Of course, we are also hoping that the rain holds off for more than 1 day so that we can truly enjoy some outside time!


Looking forward to seeing our returning students and families in September…along with some new faces too!

Graduation Day is Here!

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Today is the big day!  In a little more than 12 hours, our grade 8 graduates will be receiving their diplomas and preparing to embark on the next stage of their educational careers.  This represents the culmination of 10 years of elementary education!  Parents and guardians be proud of the young men and ladies your kids have become.  We know that our graduates are going to look GREAT tonight and will be amazing representatives for our school.  The DGH staff looks forward to sharing your celebration tonight!

Good Luck, Mr. Hetherington!

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DGH wishes Mr. Hetherington good luck and best wishes as he heads off to the next stage of his career: Central Senior Public School in Lindsay!  Mr. Hetherington will be transferring to Central Senior over the summer and will begin teaching there in September 2017.  His new position definitely suits his teaching preferences – grade 7 and 8, with Phys Ed on rotary for part of the day.  Given his phys ed background and experience, we know that he will do well!


Mr. Hetherington has contributed greatly to Dr. George Hall Public School over his almost 15 years at our school.  A coach of countless teams, a convenor of many, many tournaments and involvement in the school in so many other ways; his contributions to the school will be missed.  Mr. Hetherington was a proud Husky!


Thank you for your contributions to our school!  We know that we will see you back at DGH soon as a coach for Central Senior (although it will be weird to see you in another school’s colours!).

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