December’s Principal’s Message

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December’s Principal’s Message

The message below provides a little more detail on the events happening at Dr. George Hall.  Do not forget that you can look at the DGH calendar on the website to see all of the events happening at the school.  We do our best to keep it updated and it is “your one stop shop” for all things happening at the school.

The weather has not quite yet decided what it would like to do even though we have officially hit December!  In the span of 2 weeks we had our first snow day of the year (students were excited…parents less so!) and temperatures significantly below zero to a temperature of 10 degrees.  This is not the best situation on our yard as it transforms from a snowy, winter wonderland to a mud bowl.  The best advice we can offer is be prepared to be dressed for almost any weather!

As you read this message we are less than 3 weeks away from Christmas Holidays.  This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the many activities taking place in the school during December and to celebrate the activities that took place in November.  November had many happenings in the school.  Dr. George Hall has four volleyball teams picked and practising: the Primary team which consists of both boys and girls in grades 3 and 4, the Junior team which consists of boys and girls in grades 5 and 6, the Intermediate Boys team and the Intermediate Girls team.  In total, there are approximately 40 students taking part, or roughly 1/8th of the school (which is pretty impressive!).

Voices, our school’s choir, has been hard at work practising throughout the month of November (thanks to Ms. Evans for organizing).  They are preparing for a visit to several retirement homes on Tuesday, December 16th, bringing good spirits and cheer to many in our local community.  Thank you for your time and effort in preparing for this worthwhile activity!

Ms. Graham organized, as always, the Elmira Chicken Fundraiser, in which students sold chicken to help fundraise money for end of the year trips.  As mentioned in an earlier post, the fundraiser was a success!  The Parent Council undertook a new fundraiser this year – poinsettias.  The fundraiser, too, was a success.  It remains to be seen; however, if enough poinsettias were sold to have Mr. Boudreault (Parent Council Co-Chair) and Mr. Parish taped to the wall during an assembly.

If you have been in the school during recesses you may have hard the Flute Ensemble practising.  They already sound great with only a few practices under their belts!  Thanks for Ms. Britton for organizing and supervising!

Dr. George Hall also enjoyed 2 spirit days.  The first had students dressing up as their favourite characters.  While this spirit day did not have quite as much participation as the other, there were still a large number of students “in character!”  Primary students definitely enjoyed dressing up, although one of our intermediate students likely pulled off the most impressive costume – dressing up as Zelda.  Our second spirit day was a MASSIVE success!  Students enjoyed a “lazy” day where they were able to wear pajamas and hats to school.  I am guessing that roughly 75% of the school’s population participated.

A thank you goes out to Mrs. MacEachern for organizing the school clothing order.  We recognized that orders had to be placed quickly; however, the goal was to have orders arrive at the school in time for Christmas.  A second clothing order will be arranged for later in the year.

December, as you might imagine, will pass in a blur!  Many activities will make these 3 weeks move quickly!  Do not forget that the final four school days of 2014 have a spirit day on each day: North Pole Day, Christmas Present Day, Christmas Sweater Day and, last but not least, Red and Green Day.  Let’s show our school spirit, DGH, and have gargantuan participation.  For those families who are able, we ask that you donate to our Christmas Family program.  We have a number of local families we are supporting with both gifts and food.  The donation does not have to be large, it can be as simply as a few dollars, Canadian Tire money, a gift card, or food.  While this is my first year at DGH, I have participated in similar programs in other schools and I know that the impact of this program is immense and appreciated.

As mentioned above, the school’s choir (Voices) will be travelling to retirement homes on Tuesday, December 16th.  The grade 1s, 2s and 3s will be travelling to IE Weldon Secondary School for a performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  High School students usually put on outstanding performances, so this should be an enjoyable afternoon for our students.

Our first Character Education Assembly of the year takes place on Friday, December 12th around 2:15 p.m..  Parents and relatives are welcome to join us for a celebration of the great character at Dr. George Hall and to also recognize our sports teams who have competed thus far this year.  The assembly will last approximately one hour.  Intermediate students will enjoy the Christmas Dance in the 3rd Block of Thursday, December 18th.

Two particularly special events take place in the final week before holidays.  BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, hosted by the Parent Council, will hopefully see a visit by every child’s favourite person on Tuesday, December 16th in the first block.  Mr. Boudreault and Ms. Watt, along with the Parent Council team, will be cooking pancakes and cheer that morning.  The CHRISTMAS SHOP takes place on Wednesday, December 17th.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for family members on that day.  Thanks to Mrs. Walden for organizing!  Many students look forward to this event each year!  Thank you to the many school community members who have donated gifts, wrapping paper and tape for this event.  It is not too late to still donate!

Christmas holidays begin on Friday, December 19th (Thursday, December 18th is the last day of school).  School resumes on Monday, January 5th.  While there will be many more posts to the website before the Christmas holiday, I will take this time to wish all members of our school community a happy and safe holiday.  As a staff, we would look forward to the beginning of a new year.  It is a little hard to believe, though, that more than 1/3 of the school year will have passed by that time!