Tuesday’s Spirit Day – Christmas Present Day!

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Christmas Present Day Tomorrow!

DGH students and staff – your second Christmas Spirit Day challenge is out there: Christmas Present Day.  How are you going to include something to do with Christmas Presents in your clothing tomorrow?  Are you wrapping yourself up?  Wearing a bow?  Turning yourself into a giant present?  The possibilities are endless!  I know that Ms. Taylor and Ms. Starr in the office are going to be going all out and pulling it off (as they always do!).

Show your school pride, DGH students!  Let’s see as many students and staff participate as possible!

“Just Hanging Around…”

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Mr. Boudreault and Mr. Parish Took the Third Block Off!


Friday’s Character Education Assembly was a tremendous success.  While we ran out of time and will need to complete a few of the character education presentations on Thursday, December 18th – the portion completed was well done.  There are a number of “shout-outs.”


Mr. Boudreault, the Tape Cutters and the Student Helpers

(you can check out Mr. Boudreault “hanging around” below)


Although, to be honest, I am not sure that the tape cutters and student helpers need a shout-out for this!  Both staff and students alike seemed to take a great deal of delight in taping Mr. Boudreault (Parent Council Co-Chair) and Mr. Parish to the gym wall!  Regardless, thanks to Mr. Hetherington, Ms. Jewell and Ms. Burns for looking after the tape for Mr. Parish, and to Mrs. Read and Mrs. MacEachern for looking after the tape for Mr. Boudreault.  Staff members had to be quick cutting the tape and helping students place it.  The students involved in placing the tape (2 from each class), did an awesome job keeping the process moving along.


So…how much tape does it take to hold someone to the wall?  About 8 rolls each, as it turns outs.  We wanted to be left hanging for at least 10 minutes, so a significant amount of tape was used!  Both of us were left hanging for at least 15 minutes and if the tape had not been pulled off we would have been left hanging longer!  Mrs. MacEachern, our vice-principal, turned the lights out in the gym and threatened to leave us there for the weekend before relenting and helping us down!


Amanda C, Fiona R, Ms. Graham, Ms. Arscott, and Ms. Cayley 


Amanda C and Fiona R emceed this month’s Character Education.  Given that I was hanging around for the entire assembly, with little to do but listen, I can tell you that they were confident, well-spoken hosts.  Standing in front of almost 400 people (by the time you include students, parents and staff) and speaking is no easy task (many would shy away from doing it) – so the poise they demonstrated is impressive.  Congratulations, ladies, on a job well done.


Ms. Graham, Ms. Arscott and Ms. Cayley were involved in planning the assembly and putting all of the pieces together.  This is no small task!  Presentations included everything from sports to character education.  The character education pieces, several of which remain to be presented on Thursday, took a significant amount of time and planning to put together and reflect the passion that these staff members rightfully feel for character education building.


DGH Sports Teams Over the Past Several Years


Once the taping process started, the assembly got under way with numerous banners being paraded into the gym.  These banners represent championships won by DGH sports teams in the past few years.  What is most impressive about these banners is that they represent a variety of sports.  From skipping to soccer to track and field to cross country to the Duncan Watson Relay race…DGH has showed athletic prowess in multiple sports.  Finding space on DGH’s gym walls is not going to be easy!  To the members of these teams – thank you for continuing to build our school’s pride in sports.  We celebrate ALL students who try-out for our sports teams; however, we also appreciate the banners which are visible reminders of our school’s successes.


Mr. O’Reilly


Mr. O’Reilly, a City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor, and a resident of the area visited DGH to speak about Compassion during the assembly.  He spoke about the compassion that is shown in life as adults and what we learn about this character trait as kids stays with us as adults.  Thank you, Mr. O’Reilly, for sharing your time with us.



Breakfast With Santa is Tomorrow!

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Santa Visits Dr. George Hall PS Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 16th)

Mr. Boudreault, Ms. Watt and the Parent Council have been busy making final preparations for Tuesday’s Breakfast With Santa.  The combination of Breakfast with Santa (Tuesday) and the Christmas Shop (Wednesday) is hard to beat!  Mr. Boudreault has gathered all of his spatulas and mixing bowls, Ms. MacEachern has broken out her cooking apron and Ms. Starr has her electric mixer plugged in and ready to go!  The pancake flipping will be happening soon!


The guest of honour is expected to arrive by 9:00 a.m. to meet students.  For those students having a photo taken with Santa, we ask for a $2 donation to help cover the cost of the photo (with any additional money remaining being used to support our Christmas Families programme).


Click on the link below for the flyer sent home with students last week.


Thank you to the Parent Council for organizing this outstanding event!

Monday’s Spirit Day – North Pole Day

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North Pole Day Tomorrow!

DGH students and staff – get your creative juices flowing!  Tomorrow is DGH’s first Christmas Spirit Day.  The challenge is out there for North Pole Day.  So what exactly do you associate with the North Pole?  How can you incorporate that into your outfit for tomorrow?  I do not know – but I DO know that any number of students and staff will pull it off!


Show your school pride, DGH students!

Christmas Shop on Wednesday!

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The Christmas Shop is This Wednesday, December 17th

The DGH Christmas Shop is almost here!  In just a few days, the Christmas Shop will be taking place in the DGH gym.  There are a few critical pieces of information parents and students will want to know in advance.


In order to participate in the “shop,” students donate $2.  The $2 allows them to purchase gifts for family members.  There will be wrapping paper, tape and numerous volunteers to help wrap the gifts (Santa’s helpers are very helpful!).  A draw is held for the JK through to grade 3 classes to determine the order in which these classes visit the shop.  Once our primary students have all had a chance to visit the shop, the grade 4 to 8 students get a chance to visit and purchase items, as well.


For those who are new to the Christmas Shop – your son or daughter will love it!  It is a highlight of the year for many of our students!

DGH’s Voices Choir

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DGH’s Voices Choir Sounds Outstanding!

On Tuesday December 16th, Dr. George Hall’s Voices choir will be speading the Christmas cheer to many nursing homes in the Lindsay Area.  Accompanied by our Elvis impersonator, “Rob Moncrief,”  our Voices choir will be visiting Frost Manor, Caressant Care, Extendicare and Victoria Manor.  Voices will be performing songs such as “Do you want to build a snowman,” “Christmas prayer,” “Rudolph,” “Winter Wonderland” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”  The dedication and hard work of our choir has been amazing!  I feel very fortunate to have been giving the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of students this year at DGH.  The choir has been practising for almost 2 months (that is dedication!).

“One Choir, One Voice”

Ms. Evans


Ms. McColl’s and Ms. Burns’ Cookie Cafe Rescheduled to Monday, December 15th

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Cookie Cafe Rescheduled (Ms. McColl’s and Ms. Burns’ classes)

Due to today’s snow day, the Cookie Cafe has been rescheduled to Monday, December 15th at 2:15 p.m..  It will take place in the gym.  We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused.  The Cookie Cafe looks to be a great event!  Aside from the cookies (always a good thing!), both classes have been hard at work on a number of dramatic presentations.


Both classes are accepting donations for the food bank and/or monetary donations for the school’s Christmas Families’ Programme.  Help us support others in the community.


Ms. Burns and Ms. McColl hope to see you there!


Welcome DGH’s Updated Husky Logo!

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Dr. George Hall Public School Officially Has a Logo of Its Own!

Thanks go to Ms. MacEachern, our school’s vice-principal, for organizing not only our recent clothing sale, but also for creating an “official” school logo for Dr. George Hall PS.  While DGH has had Husky logos in the past, we have not had an official logo that was specifically created for the school.  The company that looked after our clothing order had the computer software to generate logos – which is why we have our logo!


We think it looks great!  If you look carefully you will see the “DGH” drawn into the ears and forehead.

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