October’s Principal’s Message

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And September went where?  Aside from the fact that I was new to Dr. George Hall PS and learning the routines of the school, it seemed that September passed awfully quickly!  DGH students quickly feel into the rhythm of school and, in particular, getting involved in school activities.  Within the first 2 weeks of school starting both the Cross Country Team and Soccer Teams were up and running, with there being a good student turnout for both.  Mrs. Jewell has already held a Peace Garden Club meeting and Mrs. Cayley, Mrs. Read and Mrs. Graham have arranged for DGH’s ongoing participation in We Day in Toronto in early October.  September also saw our recent Meet the Staff Night, along with the Book Fair.  Both events were well attended by both parents and students.  Our Terry Fox Run took place on September 26th in the third block.  ALL of our students walked or ran.  All of the money goes to the Terry Fox Organization to fight cancer.  We will have to see if DGH meet its goals to see if Mr. Hetherington will have any challenges to follow through on!


October promises to be an equally busy month.  TLDSB schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes region (along with Haliburton area schools) will be participating in the Cross Country Meet on Tuesday, October 7th.  Our runners have been training hard and should be ready to represent DGH well!  All of our soccer teams (Primary for grades 3 and 4, our Junior Mixed Team and our Senior Teams) will be participating in the Zone Soccer Tournaments (check out the calendar on the main page of the school website for dates).  Having been at schools that have played DGH teams before I know that the Huskies are ALWAYS competitive!  School Photo Day takes place on Wednesday, October 8th.  Jimmy Chapman will be continuing his visits.  His visits in October will be for the Junior and Intermediate divisions.  He is ALWAYS a hit with students!  A not so popular, but important event nonetheless, are HEP B needles for our grade 7 students and HPV needles for grade 8 girls on October 30th.  In order for your child to receive these needles you do to submit the paperwork.  If you have missed this paperwork, just contact the office and we can put you into contact with the local Health Unit.  Last, but not least, our grade 7 and 8’s are off to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Friday, October 17th.  The Aquarium is spectacular, so our students should enjoy the day.


How do I like DGH?  I am loving it!  Thanks for making me already feel a part of the DGH community.  DGH is certainly an impressive facility.  Aside from the air conditioning (a huge bonus as my last two schools were “naturally air conditioned!”), the gym’s size, the impressive entry foyer and stage, and intelligent lay-out makes it a very enviable school!  The green space outside is not to complain about either.  The students at DGH, as they have been at all of the other schools I have worked at, have been very welcoming and forgiving of my forgetting or mispronunciation of names.  Smiling faces and “hellos” are always appreciated when you are the new person at a school.  I also appreciate the variety of activities in which students can become involved.  While DGH has a very well-developed sports program, I like that it also has activities such as Me to We and the Peace Garden Club.


Huskies – keep up the outstanding work!


Mr. Parish