DGH Twitter

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Parents – did you know that DGH is on Twitter?

 

Updates are sent out regularly!  Recent Tweets can be seen on the DGH website; however, your best bet is to follow the DGH Twitter feed.  All you have to do is sign up for a Twitter account and search for DGH.  Mrs. Taylor, Mrs MacEachern and I try to regularly send out information via Twitter.  If the power goes out at DGH, if a bus is going to be late from a class trip, or there is new happening at DGH…the odds are good that you will find out about it first from Twitter!

 

The DGH Twitter “handle” is @DrGeorgeHallPS 

 

You can read Tweets from the school website; however, the best option is to create your own Twitter account and “follow” DGH.  It sounds complicated, but it really is not!  If you have ANY questions just contact Mrs. MacEachern or Mr. Parish in the office and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

DGH Needs Volunteers!

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DGH Needs Volunteers!

As always, we depend on parent volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks in the school. If you are interested in supporting programs or assisting with supervision on field trips by volunteering your time, please complete the volunteer form.

All volunteers are required to have a current criminal reference check on file with the school. Forms for the criminal reference check are available in the school office. If you have a police check on file at the school that was completed last year, you will only need to sign an offence declaration.

This year we would like you to consider volunteering for Head Checks which is a very important part of our volunteer program.

Nutrition Break Routines

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Nutrition Break Routines

 

Students who live outside the school’s walking area or who are participating in a nutrition break activity, usually stay for the break.  They eat in their own classroom under staff supervision for the first twenty minutes of the break.

 

Students who live in Little Britain may choose to go home for the second nutrition break.  Parents are asked to please send a note to the classroom teacher to indicate the normal procedure for that break (e.g., home for the break every day or at school for the break every day).  Exceptions to the normal routine must be communicated to the classroom teacher or the school office by written note or phone.

 

Students leaving school property during the second nutrition break on an occasional basis must have a dated, signed note for each occasion.  They must sign out as they leave and sign in before returning to the classroom or playground.

 

Students who leave the property for the second nutrition break may not return until twenty minutes into the nutrition break when supervision of the playground begins.  Any food or drinks bought in Little Britain must be consumed before returning to the school property.

Students are not allowed to buy candy etc. and bring it back to school.  Students must have their nutrition break and return directly to school.  They should not be in other areas of the village such as the Community Centre, ball diamond or forest areas.  Students should not be visiting homes other than their own.

 

All School Code of Conduct rules are in effect while students are downtown.

 

Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 will not be permitted to leave the school grounds on dance days.

DGH Paperwork

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Paperwork…Paperwork…Paperwork!

Okay – we admit it. We love paperwork! Today and in the next few days there will be a significant amount of paperwork going home from the school. We apologize for all of this paper, but…

Please read all of this paperwork carefully as some of it is time sensitive and helps us have accurate information on each child. For example, the Student Information Verification forms (SIV’s) let you update us on home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, allergies and other information. It is CRITICAL that we have this information on file. Being able to quickly reach a parent or emergency contact in the event of a sick child is important!

Once you have completed the paperwork, please return it to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Should you have any questions regarding the paperwork that has been sent home, please feel free to contact the office at 705-786-1915.

DGH Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

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DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP STUDENTS

Parents dropping off students are reminded that students and parents are to use the crosswalk at the middle of the bus loading area to cross from the parking lot to the school.

Parents dropping off Kindergarten students in the morning or picking up Kindergarten students in the afternoon are asked to remain outside the fenced area. This allows our staff to monitor the students very closely. Please respect that we need these restrictions in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

Parents meeting students at the end of the day are asked to meet the students in the main entrance foyer. This ensures student safety. Parents SHOULD NOT be walking down the hallways to classrooms.

Parents picking up students during the day are asked to report to the office and sign them out. The secretaries will call students from class and the students will meet their parents in the office.

Parents, please note that if your plans change in the afternoon and you have to get a message about transportation to your child, please be sure to call by 2:15 p.m. at the latest. This will help us ensure that your son/daughter receives the appropriate message.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe!

DGH’s Current Staffing for 2014-2015

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DGH’s Current Staffing for 2014-2015

We are happy to provide DGH’s current staffing for 2014-2015. Based on our student enrollment (with the goal being the best overall learning environment taking overall student enrollment and staffing into consideration) our classrooms have been created as noted below.

Please be aware that should student numbers change or there be a need, class reorganization or the transfer from a student from one class to another is possible.

 

DGH Staff 2014-2015

JK/SK- Mrs. McGregor and Mrs. Hadfield
JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott and Ms. Horton
Gr. 1 – Mrs. Anderson
Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick
Gr. 2 – Mrs. Marsh
Gr. 2/3 – Ms. Schmiegelow
Gr. 3 – Mrs. Adams
Gr. 4 – Mrs. Karklins and Mrs. Chidely
Gr. 4/5 – Mrs. Alexander
Gr. 5/6 – Mrs. Burns
Gr. 6 – Ms. McColl
Gr. 7 – Ms. Graham
Gr. 8 – Mr. Hetherington
Gr. 8 – Mrs. Read
Intermediate Music –Mrs. Britton
Resource – Ms. Jewell (Primary) and Ms. Cayley (Junior and Intermediate)
French – Madame Evans and Mrs. Chidely
Instructional Leader – Mrs. James
Prep –Mrs. Teel
Library – Mrs. Britton

Educational Assistants – Mrs. DeGroote, Mr. Eagleson, Ms. Thurston, Mrs. Walden, Mrs. Sutherland and Mrs. Scrivens-Firth

Office Administrative Assistants – Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Starr

Custodial Staff – Mrs. Van Hamburg, Ms. Johnston, Mr. Florence

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

Vice-Principal – Ms. MacEachern
Principal – Mr. Parish

We Are All Excited!

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Dr. George Hall PS…welcome back (in less than a day)! The 2014-2015 has arrived and students and staff are equally excited! The school looks outstanding inside – the shiny floors are always great to see! Classrooms have been put together. Class lists put out. First day lessons are ready to go.

I am excited by the start of the school year (this is Mr. Parish, the new principal, writing)! A new school with 340 (give or take) new student names to learn – it might take me a couple of weeks! I have heard wonderful things about the school (students, parents and staff) and I am looking forward to beginning the journey tomorrow.

DGH, as returning students know, has much to offer. Over the course of the year there is something for almost every student at the school. From clubs that suit artistic students to clubs that suit the athletic…hopefully every student finds something that interests him or her. The DGH staff encourage students to “take the plunge” and sign-up for these clubs and teams – the more you join and participate…the better your school year will be.

Huskies – I am looking forward to meeting all of you tomorrow!

School Starts Tomorrow!

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Good morning, DGH community!

 

School starts tomorrow!  The backpacks are packed.  Pencil cases filled.  Lunches are being made.  New clothes are being put out.  Everyone is excited!

 

As has been done in previous years, staff members will be writing their students’ names on poster paper/bristol board and posting that outside of the school (on the tarmac behind the school) as the students are getting off their buses.  Staff members know most of the students already, so it will be a fairly quick process to pull classes together.  If it is raining on Tuesday morning this will take place in the gym.  For those students new to the school there will be lots of staff members outside to help guide everyone to the correct staff member.

 

See you on Tuesday morning!

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